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Aquirre Learning American
Ways in Powers Lake

By Tammy Midkiff

The U.S. government encourages exchange students to increase participants’ understanding and tolerance of other cultures as well as improving language skills and broaden young peoples’ social horizons.

The exchange students program also known as “Fullbright Hays Act” began in 1961.

Vanessa Aquirre is an exchange student as of five months ago in August of 2014 at Powers Lake High School. She has resided with Todd and Anita Jorgenson and will continue to stay until June of this year.

Vanessa’s cousins have stayed with the host family, the Jorgensen's and that is how Vanessa heard about the exchange student program.

The highly motivated young lady came up with the funds of $5000 to enter the program, “I wanted to learn English so that is why I came out here to Powers Lake, ND.”

Vanessa is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico.

The newcomer enjoys the school here, and host mom, Anita said that she is doing good in her classes.

Mouse River Loop Pheasants banquet
and fundraiser Saturday, January 31st

The Mouse River Loop Pheasants will be hosting their 25th annual Prime Rib Dinner/Auction/Raffle on Saturday, January 31st at The Club in Mohall. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the supper to follow.

On Sunday, January 11th the Mouse River Loop Pheasants held their sponsorship party at Wes’s Bar. The party was open to all of their $100 sponsors and began at 4:30 p.m. There were door prize drawings that evening for all sponsors who were present by 6:30 p.m.

The Prime Rib Dinner/Auction/ Raffle is the Mouse River Loop Pheasants’ annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser are used to help fund their events which they sponsor throughout the year. The MRLP is instrumental in improving the fishing and hunting in the area and they need your help to continue this tradition.(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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