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Rain Showers Didn’t Stop
Bike Safety Rodeo at Windmill Park

The early morning rain showers on Saturday, the 16th of August, didn’t stop some Powers Lake area kids from taking part in the Bike Safety Rodeo at Windmill Park.

The Bike Safety Rodeo was sponsored by a mini-grant from AAA Auto Group North Dakota.

The bike safety rodeo consisted of a bike safety talk, free helmets and an obstacle course.

The obstacle course consisted of navigating around road cones, a ramp, yield and stop signs and the requirement that the proper turn and stop hand signal to be used.

Door prizes were given away throughout the event.
The bike safety event concluded with a short group ride.

The Bike Safety Rodeo was conducted by Powers Lake Police Officer Yacob “Yaddi” Makonnen and Chief of Police Todd Lerol.

Moellers now serving United Methodist churches known as North Prairie Parish
Appointed pastors to the newly aligned North Prairie Parish are Pastor Gene Moeller and Pastor Marilyn Moeller.

In July of this year, the United Methodist Churches of Bowbells, Mohall, and Sherwood aligned to form a new parish, which is now known as the North Prairie Parish. With the new alignment also came the appointment of Pastor Gene Moeller and Pastor Marilyn Moeller to serve the three churches in the Parish. Pastor Gene notes, “We have been pleased at how well all three congregations have worked together in this newly aligned parish.”

Both Pastor Marilyn and Pastor Gene are licensed local pastors in the United Methodist Church and both come from rural backgrounds, so they feel a bit like they are coming home to the beauty of this rural setting. Since their arrival, they have enjoyed the wide open spaces, including a North Dakota sunflower field. They are new to growing canola, and Pastor Marilyn comments that they had to stop by the road to get photos of that crop. A parishioner stopped by to see if they were having car trouble, and they had to admit that they were playing the role of tourist, getting a photo!

The Moellers have served as United Methodist pastors for the past six years in northeastern South Dakota. While serving in churches, they also attended seminary in Kansas for approximately four weeks out of the year. They graduated from Course of Study on August 1st of this year at St. Paul School of Theology in Leawood, Kansas. They are grateful for the impact that education had on their faith journeys and at the same time are excited at having completed formal studies, allowing them more time to focus on the ministry tasks at hand.
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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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