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|Northgate Rail Hub in Operation for Wheat & Canola Shipping|
By Marvin Baker
The Kenmare News
A fledgling grain elevator on the North Dakota/Saskatchewan border will soon be working directly with a major fertilizer company in Koch Industries based in Wichita, Kan.
Paul Ferguson, the general manager of energy at the Northgate Commodity Logistics Hub in Northgate, Saskatchewan, said the agreement will make the hub more efficient as fertilizer will come in from North Dakota by rail and be shipped out of Northgate in trucks.
The hub is owned by the Ceres Global Ag Corp., in Toronto.
“We struck a deal with Koch Industries to build a fertilizer warehouse,” Ferguson said. “Some amount of phosphate fertilizer should be attractive to U.S. farmers in this area.”
The agreement was actually reached in November and was announced to investors on Nov. 6, but has only recently been made public.
The Northgate hub is 1 mile north of the international boundary and 2 miles north of Northgate, N.D., in Burke County.
The move is expected to substantially increase revenues at the hub that remains on budget for construction at $95 million.
Ferguson didn’t provide a timeline for completion of the fertilizer warehouse, but added it will be a big economic boost given a weak Canadian dollar and plummeting oil prices for the time being.
Ferguson reiterated Ceres’ original business plan which is to make Northgate one of the biggest inland ports on the Canadian prairie.
The only rail to and from the massive site is south. While a temporary elevator was being built, Ceres worked out a deal with Burlington Northern Santa Fe to deliver rail cars from Berthold to Northgate, turn around at the hub and take the cargo back to the main line at Berthold.
The rail line is about 65 miles running northwesterly through the communities of Coulee and Kenaston, before turning straight north at Niobe and passing through Bowbells and Northgate before crossing the border to reach the hub.
Berthold police chief Al Schmidt hasn’t noticed rail cars coming in or going to Northgate.
Twelve-hundred cars in a year doesn’t appear to be a lot, however, that number is expected to increase dramatically when the facility is fully operational.
“As long as all the crossings are not blocked, I have no concerns,” Schmidt said.
|Tentative plans to again hold Family Skating Day with Minot Minotauros.......|
Children hoping to get back on the Skating Rink soon
If you have driven by the Mohall Skating Rink this past week, you may have noticed that there was no after school action or weekend action at the rink due to the unseasonable warm temperatures. This past week the temperatures were up above freezing and even into the high 30’s and low to mid 40’s causing the Mohall Park Board to close the Skating Rink until the cooler temperatures return. The warmer temperatures were causing the ice to melt and it was best to keep everyone off the ice. The cooler temperatures are expected to return later this week, so hopefully the children can get back on the ice.
This year the Mohall Park Board decided to work with the company called NiceRink and purchased a liner and materials to make the Skating Rink. Materials costing $10,750 were purchased from NiceRink and a group of volunteers spent a weekend putting up the wall barrier and installing the bed liner before the rink was flooded. Volunteers have also been gracious to go down to the rink and remove the snow from the rink when needed.
Many area children, as well as some adults, have spent a lot of time at the rink this year skating and playing ice hockey, thanks to the Mohall Park Board. The Skating Rink is located just south of the Zion Lutheran Church on the old tennis court. The Park Board has also provided a warming house for individuals to use to put on their skates or to just go inside and warm up.
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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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