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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in located a 43-year-old male missing person, Shannon Gandrud.

Gandrud was last seen in Lignite, ND by family on Nov. 1, 2014, at approximately just before 12:00 p.m. that day. Gandrud has not been seen or heard from since.

Gandrud is described as a 43-year-old white male, approximately 6’1”, 160 lbs. brown hair, balding, hazel eyes and a goatee. Pictures of Gandrud can be found through the ND Missing Person’s page on Facebook.

Gandrud may possibly be driving a black 2005 Buick LaCrosse CXS with possible North Dakota license plate number 37093 or Arizona license plate number 1FR0001.

If anyone has made contact with or may know the whereabouts of Shannon Gandrud, please contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at (701) 377-2311.  More

Farm Credit Services awards the Mohall Rural Fire Protection District $40,000.00
Pictured above, left to right, are: Arlyn Johnson, Mohall Fire Chief; Dan Witteman, Mohall Rural Fire Protection District Chairman; Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota; Tom Henry, Farm Credit Services Board Member; and Tom Foley, Farm Credit Services Loan Officer.

Farm Credit Services of North Dakota is proud to announce that it has awarded the Mohall Rural Fire Protection District $40,000.00 as a recipient of the Rural Community Grand Fund (RCGF). The grant funds will aid in the purchase of a new pumper truck. Dan Witteman, Mohall Rural Fire Protection District Chairman; and Arlyn Johnson, Mohall Fire Chief; were pleased to accept the check and utilize the grant funds towards this new equipment.

“Farm Credit is proud to provide grant funds for equipment that is essential for fire-fighting services,” says Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. Firefighters, including the services they provide and the equipment they use, are critical to support the needs of their local communities. Farm Credit believes it’s important to give back to the local community.
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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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