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Flaxton Councilmen

The unofficial votes from the City of Flaxton recall election are in. The votes will be canvassed on Monday, Feb. 8 and will become official at that time (too late for print).

City Auditor, Amy Ones released the following unofficial votes:

Casey Ragle: 17 (re-elected)

Gary Cron: 15 (re-elected)

David Rubbert: 11

Ronnie Nelson: 4

Harold Hatton: 3

Don Rudland: 2

Jeff Kalmbach: 1

Pat Negaard: 1

Stan Anderson: 1

Randy Nelson: 1

Thirty-one residents cast their ballots on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

A special recall election took place as some citizens were very displeased with the three city council members, Gary Cron, Tammy Halverson and Casey Ragle for a decision they made to move forward on a water depot project.

A petition to initiate a recall of council members, Cron and Ragle was submitted in September of last year and officially certified on October 22 by the Flaxton City Auditor, Amy Ones.

Council member Tammy Halverson was not included in the petition as her seat is up for re-election in 2016. North Dakota Century Code states that any council member up for re-election within six months cannot be considered for recall.

The petition cited the reason for the recall was the continued pursuit of a commercial water depot construction project.  More

Long lost airplane will fly again

This story goes back more than sixty years ago when Paul Zimny bought a 1936 Aeronca C-3 airplane, with license N16533, from a party in Chicago. Paul flew it many years around Lansford. It was a two cylinder engine that could be heard for many miles when flying. It sounded like an old John Deere two cylinder, running wide open. Zimny taught Kenneth Flom (now deceased) to fly also. The two spent many hours flying together. Kenneth had it at his father's farm once in a while. It was there when it caught fire while Harold Flom was burning off a field near his farm. That ended their time of flying, and the plane was stored in several places until he could possibly restore it. Years went by, and parts of the plane were stolen. After many, many years Paul was able to get all the parts together and had it sent to a place where it is now being rebuilt. Zimny just got a letter from the rebuilder and he will have it at the Oshkosh Wisconsin Air Show on July 18th through July 31st.
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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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