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Burke County
One-Act Named
Region 9 Champs

By Lyann Olson

The Burke County One Act Play cast and crew presented “Speed Date” at the Region 9 drama contest held in Kenmare, Nov. 12. Seven plays competed (Kenmare, Stanley, Ray, Burke County, Alexander, Tioga and Watford City).

The top two plays qualified for state contest to be held in Jamestown, Nov. 24-25.

Burke County was named the Region 9 Champions and Ray was runner-up. Placing third was Watford City and Tioga was fourth.

“Speed Date” is a comedy written by Janet Allard. The setting is in a community center, present day. It’s Valentines Day and the pressure is on. Thirteen crazy characters search for love in a round-robin game of speed dating. They’re desperate, chatty, needy, strange--and the clock is ticking. Will they find love before time runs out?

Burke County earned three acting awards. Anna Pace, a junior, received an Honorable Mention; Outstanding Actor went to Colton Gandrud; and the entire Burke County cast earned Outstanding Ensemble.

Glenburn and MLS finish 2nd and 3rd at
the 2014 Region 8 One-Act Play competition

Pictured above: The Glenburn Drama Club finished 2nd at the Region 8 One Act Play contest and have qualified for State with their production of Virtual Family by Christian Kiley. Members of the cast and crew are left to right: Megan Goldade, Audrey Gilbraith, Kourtny Lucy, Savannah Kelly, Karissa Lucy, Sarah Miller, and Eve Post. Their directors are JoEllen Lee and Paula Nett.

Glenburn High School’s play, Virtual Family, placed second at the Region 8 One-Act Play Competition held at Minot State on Wednesday, November 12th. Virtual Family, by Christian Kiley, is a cautionary tale about society’s increasing dependence on technology. Kourtny and Karissa Lucy, playing Personal Assistance Devices were awarded superior acting honors.

Virtual Family cast members were: Sarah Miller, Child; Audrey Gilbraith, Child 2; Savannah Kelly, Child 3; Karissa Lucy, PAD; and Kourtny Lucy, PAD 2. Crew members included: makeup artist, Eve Post; and sound tech, Megan Goldade. The show was directed by Paula Nett and JoEllen Lee.

Glenburn will advance to the state competition on November 24th and 25th at Jamestown.
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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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