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County School Enrollment Continues to Increase
The enrollment numbers are in for the three schools in Burke County; and the numbers are up, 31 to be exact. There are 360 students, kindergarten through the twelfth grade, countywide.

Last year’s county enrollment stood at 329 during the first week of school.

Powers Lake School has the most elementary students in the county with a total of 110, uniquely, 55 girls and 55 boys.
Between the three schools, Powers Lake enrollment is the highest at 163, an increase of 16 from last year. The second grade boasts 21 students with kindergarten as runner up at 20. The smallest class is the 12th grade with three.

Burke Central School in Lignite grew by 7 students, with 122 enrolled in 2013 and increasing to 129 to start the 2014-15 school year.
Burke Central has 70 youngsters enrolled in the elementary and 59 teens in grades 7-12.
The biggest class is the 8th grade with 18 students. The 7th and 11th grade both registered the first day with six students for the smallest classes.

Bowbells School increased by 8 students from last year’s 60, to 68 enrolled the first day of school.
The elementary has 39 students and the high school stands at 29.
The largest class is the kindergarten with 11 pupils. Grades 3 and 8, each have one student.  More

First day of school for 29 MLS Kindergarten students
Students in Mrs. Knutson’s kindergarten class at MLS-Mohall are back row, left to right: Mercedes Espeseth, Natalina Porcello, Dylon Hardy, Reyden Beck, Addison Haller, Hayden Gubrud, and Adam Copeland. Front row, left to right: Sebastion Lozensky, Sally Roger, Brayden Johnson, Colby Thompson, and Mason Sawyer.

Classes began on Thursday, August 21st for the faculty and students who are attending the Mohall Lansford Sherwood (MLS) Public School District. That day also marked the beginning of education for 29 kindergarten students, who are split into three classes. Two of the classes are at the MLS-Mohall School and one class at the MLS-Sherwood School. (article continued on to Renville County Homepage)   More

Opdahl Grocery, Kjelshus Take Top Prize in Chili Cook-off
By Ginny Heth
There was a ‘hot time in the old town’ on Saturday as Westhope Community Club hosted the First Annual Chili Cook-off!
May 10th was chosen as Community Day for Westhope with city-wide rummage sales happening throughout the day as well as the annual Presbyterian Women’s fund raiser serving sloppy joes, pie and coffee. They also had basket- and purse-mania, a silent auction type activity that is fun for all. Included this year in the day’s activities was the Trini Tree Frogs Youth Group detailing the insides of cars. They had a great turn-out for their fund raiser, even having to turn away a couple of cars that arrived after their time was up. Maybe they will have to plan another day of car cleaning since people were so happy to have someone to take on that task for them!
Meanwhile, all around town people’s homes were beginning to smell a lot like a Mexican restaurant as pots of chili were started in anticipation for the Chili Cook-off. Around 3:00 p.m., the Gateway Community Room began buzzing with activity as the ten contestants brought their chili in for tasting......some contestants even brought their own Mexican ambience including table cloths, decorations (even some hung on the wall!) and music!!
Ten entirely different pots of chili were there for the tasting when it began at 4:30 p.m. coming from Westhope Farmers Union (Kevin Schroeder, cook); Westhope Fire Department (Ryan Ellsworth, cook); Double EE Service (Ben Cartwright, cook); John Gruenberg, M&D Pizza (Heather Lee, cook); Presbyterian Children (Lola & Randy Kimpland); Rachel Gruenberg; Kim & Lance Kjelshus; Opdahl’s Grocery (Barb Opdahl, cook); and Westhope Ambulance (UB & Sylvia Schlieper, cooks). There were white chilis, red chilis, and no bean chilis. Some were quite spicy and some were just flavorful, with out the bite! Many contestants included ‘add-ins’ such as sour cream, onions, chips, crackers and cheese to make their offering more enticing. Community Club provided corn bread to make sure everyone had a way to ‘cut the heat’ between bowls of chili, coffee & water with the water being the most popular thing!
In all, nearly 100 people voted and there was a tie for first place! Opdahl’s Grocery and Kim & Lance Kjelshus are the proud winners, sharing a traveling trophy for the year and prize money. Coming in a close third (only one vote separated the three chilis!) was Westhope Ambulance with UB’s Road Kill Chili, who took home a small cash prize as well.
Plans are already in the works for the 2nd Annual Westhope Community Day Chili Cook-off, so get those recipes tweeked, plan on a few decorations for your table (Opdahl’s & the Kjelshus’ both had very nicely decorated tables -- whether that had anything to do with the winning or not.....) and take a chance at bragging rights for next year!!


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