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Mikayla Avery Wins
Burke County Spelling Bee

Mikayla Avery, eighth grader at Powers Lake School, is on her way to the North Dakota State Spelling Bee as the Burke County Champion for 2015. Avery was runner-up last year.

Joining Avery is her classmate, Samuel Edwards who was awarded second place at the county bee.

Twenty-three students, representing all three county schools participated in the bee last Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Bowbells School.

The State Bee will be held in Bismarck on Monday, March 30.   More

MLS FCCLA members advance to state STAR events
Picture from left to right in the back row are: LoAyne Voigt as adult judge; Kasie Evanger; and Bella Radzwill as timer. Front row left to right are: Allison Voigt, Kylie McLain, and Valerie Aho, advisor.

Four members of the MLS Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and their advisor recently attended the District 2 STAR Events competition held in Harvey on Wednesday, February 18th. Students attending from MLS were Kasie Evanger, Kylie McLain, Bella Radzwill, and Allison Voigt.

Kasie Evanger and Kylie McLain received a silver placing in the Chapter Service Display - CMN- senior division category on their project entitled Makeup For Miracles. Allison Voigt received a gold placing in the Job Interview category - senior division. Both teams will advance to the state competition in Bismarck in April. Bella Radzwill acted as a student timer. Students were accompanied by their chapter advisor, Valerie Aho, and LoAyne Voigt, who acted as an adult judge.
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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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