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|18 County Graduates |
to Receive Diplomas
The three county schools in Burke County will graduate a total of 18 seniors, two more than in 2015.
Bowbells School kicks off graduation services a week earlier with commencement exercises set for Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. with seven seniors.
Honor students are Heidi Knutson and Mark Nelson. Other graduates are Zackery Beard, McKenzie Berg, Kyle Greig, Anna Pace and Nicholas Sapkaroski.
Powers Lake’s graduation is set with baccalaureate starting at 3:00 p.m., and the commencement at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29. Powers Lake will graduate seven seniors.
Valedictorian is Kinzi Grubb and Daniel Bolen is the salutatorian. Honor students are Kylie Gunderson and Cassandra
Lee. Also graduating
are Erica Payne, Dakota
Savage and Tristen Slemin.
Burke Central School will graduate four young women at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 28.
The entire class earned honor student status: Brook Blom, Amy
Casteel, Reese Heinrich and
Graduation trends over the past few years show in 2005, Burke County tallied 18 graduating seniors; in 2006, 21; 2007, 23; 2008, 18; 2009, 32; 2010, 17; 2011, 30 and 2012, 17; 2013, 19; 2014, 21; and 2015, 16. More
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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