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in Burke County


The American Legion Carl Oftedahl Post #127 and Auxiliary have set Memorial Day services for Monday, May 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Bowbells Memorial Hall. Marvin Baker of Kenmare will be the guest speaker and Stan Anderson of Flaxton will provide musical entertainment.
Potluck dinner will be served following the service. Coffee, kool-aid, plates and silverware will be furnished by the Auxiliary.

Powers Lake

The Roy Clementsen American Legion Post in Powers Lake will hold a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 25 at the Legion Hall in Powers Lake.
The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will feature the Powers Lake High School Band and Choir, directed by Sue Gunderson. Guest speaker will be from the Minot Air Force Base.
The Legion Auxiliary is providing a freewill offering lunch following the program.
Everyone is invited.


Monson-Finkhagen American Legion Post and Auxiliary will meet at the Legion Hall at 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 25, to go to Portal to join Woods-Roan American Legion Post and Auxiliary at the Portal Park for a short service at 10:00 a.m.
The group will return to Lignite for Memorial Day services at Christ Lutheran Church to begin at 11:00 a.m.
SSG Michael L. Shaw, founder of The Guardians Foundation, is the guest speaker. Special music will be provided by Aleyah Fettig on violin.
Following, attendees will march to the Lignite City Park for a short ceremony, returning to the church for dinner.


The Guardians Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 public charity that assists military veterans and their families, primarily with homelessness, but also with food, clothing, household items, counseling referrals, educational and job opportunities, and unexpected expenses.
The Guardians Foundation was founded by SSG Michael L. Shaw, United States Army, Idaho National Guard, while he was deployed in Bagdad, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn and the Global War on Terror (2011).
On May 1, the Foundation opened a home for veterans in Williston looking for work. Since the opening, 300 veterans have been served.

Kat Perkins visits the MLS-Mohall School
Kat Perkins was at the MLS-Mohall School on Tuesday, May 12th to speak to the students and perform her new single hit, “Fearless”. She is pictured on the right showing the students the symbol for fearless.

If you are familiar with the NBC show The Voice, and you watched Season 6 two years ago, you might remember seeing Kat Perkins. She is originally from Scranton, ND, but at the time was a nanny for a family of five from the Minneapolis, MN area.

Kat became very well known while on The Voice, and has become an idol of many throughout North Dakota as well as the United States.

In her blind edition for The Voice, she sang “Gold Dust Woman” by Fleetwood Mac and was selected to be a member of Adam Levine’s team. Kat moved into the battle rounds and performed “Whenever I call You Friend” by Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks; and “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall. She was fortunate to advance in both of those battle rounds, moving her into the playoffs. Kat made it all the way to the semi-finals of Season 6, and then was eliminated from the competition.
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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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