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Burke County Speakers
Earn State Speech Awards

On Saturday, April 25, the Burke County Speech team competed in the Class B State Speech tournament in Bismarck.

Lexi Mahlum, Bowbells sophomore, received second in Speech to Persuade. Her persuade was about getting vaccinated and why it’s so important.

One judge gave Mahlum a “one” in the final round. Mahlum spoke immediately after a person who shared the same topic (vaccinations) and a judge commented, “It’s difficult to go after another speaker with the same topic. You handled it well - great work.”

Bowbells seniors, Colton Gandrud placed third in Radio Broadcasting and Sabrina Kremer, placed third in Speech to Inform.

Gandrud’s commentary in radio broadcasting was about lowering the drinking age. He felt that if people can join the military and vote at 18, why should drinking be any different?

Erik McIntyre finishes first in Division C.........
MLS Science students participate
in State Science Olympiad in Fargo

MLS-Mohall students participating in the State Science Olympiad are back row, left to right: Macy Sundahl, Delaine Hanson, Summer Smith, Allison Voigt, Trinity Guenthner, Madasun Frech, Jorie Holsten, Calli Brackenbury, and Grace Solemsaas. Middle row, left to right: Berkley Santos, Wyatt Jones, Tanner Driscoll, Levi Hendershot, Beau Driscoll, Trevor Evanger, Evan Rogers, and Thurstan Johnson, Science Instructor. Front row, left to right: Chase Driscoll, Jacob Gates, Dalton Moberg, and Levi Feland. Not pictured: Erik McIntyre, Aaron Voigt, and Bella Radzwill.

Teams from around the state converged on the campus of NDSU in Fargo on Saturday, April 18th, to compete in the State Science Olympiad. 23 students from MLS were among the approximately 600 from 36 other schools competing in various contests, testing the student’s abilities in life science, earth and space science, physical science and chemistry, technology and engineering, and inquiry and nature of science. Students were split into two divisions - Division C (grades 9 through 12) and Division B (grades 6 through 9), with 23 events in each division. Medals were awarded in each event with trophies being awarded to the top three teams in each division.
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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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