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Burke County Commissioners
Concerned about
Blocked Railroad Crossings

By Lyann Olson

The blocking of railroad crossings, in particular the crossing at County Road 2 was the main topic of discussion at the regular Burke County Commissioners meeting held last Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Chairman Allen Ryberg had been in contact with the PSC Commission and the Department of Transportation, having received two calls again on the crossing being blocked for well over the 20 minutes allotted.

“It’s been an ongoing battle since 2009,” stated Ryberg.
Ryberg talked to the sheriff’s department about giving out citations “every day if need be” and citizens will need to be available to testify to the blocked crossings.

Tom Larson of CP Rail called stating that he realizes that it is not acceptable, and gave the commissioners a phone number for the person who controls the movement out of Minneapolis.

“It’s been six years. It’s been patched and is now at three different levels. We’ve been on them and it’s fallen on dead ears,” Ryberg told Larson.

Larson responded that they would try and get “up there” in April of 2015.
Later during the meeting, Ryberg received a second call.
Keith, a CP Rail representative out of Portal, requested the times and dates of the blocking. The sheriff’s department will be getting back to him.

Over $5,000.00 raised at this year’s Kelly Vig Memorial Run/Walk event
The Good Samaritan Society - Mohall held the 3rd annual Kelly Vig Memorial Walk/Run, Silent Auction, and Community Picnic on Wednesday, September 10th, and again, it was another huge success. All the proceeds from the walk/run, silent auction, and community picnic will stay locally with the Good Samaritan Society - Mohall. Proceeds will go to the Kelly Vig Memorial Education Fund and will be used for work related education for staff and employees at Good Samaritan Society - Mohall.

Pictured above are left to right: Tracy Vig, Michael Vig, Jenn Becker, Clarissa Brackenbury (behind Jenn), and Betsy (Vig) Trudel.
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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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