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Demolition Derby
& Enduro Race
This Weekend
at the Fairgrounds

Two excitement filled afternoons are set for this weekend at the Burke County Fairgrounds with a demolition derby Saturday and the highly anticipated fall enduro on Sunday.

B & G Oilfield Services and Morgel Farms are sponsoring a Demolition Derby, Saturday, Oct. 4, with gates opening at 11:00 a.m. and the derby starting at 2:00 p.m.

Full size derby and herby derby cars are entered with a special feature, a Soccer Mom Enduro during intermission.

In the Soccer Mom Enduro, the women can show their abilities behind the wheel of a minivan in a 50 lap race. This is a new race to the racing tracks but has grown into a popular attraction.

Head back to the fairgrounds for a second day of entertainment on Sunday, Oct. 5, as B & G Oilfield Services and Morgel Farms are sponsoring the Fall Enduro Race with many other races also planned.

“We had a huge show of support so we are able to hold our Enduro Race twice a year,” said Terri Morgel.

Hornet races will be held, where any four or six cylinder car can be prepared and raced on the track.

During intermission of the main Enduro race, some of Minot’s NoDak drivers and their cars will be featured. They will not be racing for prize money but for a trophy to be given to the child of their choice in the stands.

Minot team wins 2014 Mouse River Loop Envirothon and MLS team places third
Finishing third was the MLS - Mohall Mavericks. Members of that team are left to right: Madeline Solemsaas, Emily Brendsel, Macy Sundahl, Nicole Hanson, Kilee Radzwill, and Madison Schmidt.

As the sun was peaking up on the horizon on Wednesday, September 17th, buses of high school students arrived at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge for the 2014 Mouse River Loop Envirothon.

The trail test was to begin at the Oxbow trail located in the Outlet fishing area. The students found their way to 18 trail test sites where they answered questions on water, soils, wildlife, forestry, and prairie. The foggy morning brought special sites of glittering spider webs and fishermen catching nice walleye; however, the pesky mosquitoes kept the students moving as they pondered over the difficult questions.

After the trail test, the students and trail guides moved up to the Refuge shop buildings to listen to Tom Claeys, ND Forestry and Fire Management Team Leader, give a presentation on Urban Forestry. The students were then asked to prepare for a 10 minute presentation to be given in front of a team of judges. While some teams were giving their oral presentation, the other students were listening to presentations from Jim Burud and Alan Howard (ND State Game Wardens) on Report all Poachers; Dan Brothers (Atmospheric Resource Board) on Weathering the Storm; Mike Gerbig (NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist) on Range Health; and Colette Guariglia (J Clark Salyer NWR) on Bird Banding.
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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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