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Powers Lake Students All in One Building
By Lyann Olson

No more.
No more portable classrooms.
No more educating in closets.
No more busing for lunch.
No more lunch tables in the commons area.
No more.

The Powers Lake faculty and students are smiling...and smiling big with their new addition to the high school complete and ready for the first day of school (Aug. 25).

“Hats off to our construction crews for staying on schedule,” thanked Superintendent, Sue Gunderson.

When construction began, plans were made to move out of the old elementary building the first week of August and on Sunday, Aug. 9, they did just that.

With the help of local churches, about 12-15 trailers and 60 plus people, young and old, the move was complete in a few hours. Everyone celebrated afterwards by sharing a meal together.


An open house for the Powers Lake School new addition is set for Thursday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The public is invited to help celebrate the opening of the new school addition. Guided tours will be given every 15 minutes. Northwest Communications Cooperative will be serving hotdogs and hamburgers.

Everyone is encouraged to check out all the amazing new features.


Walking through main front doors, you find the office has plenty of space with glass windows. Along with the main office, the superintendent, principal and business manager each have their own office space.

To the right, the old high school English, math, library and music rooms have been changed into the kindergarten through Grade 3 wing, along with art and title rooms.

Upper and lower cabinets have been added to each of the elementary rooms, as well as a sink and Smart board. Carpet has been laid in the hallways to match the new addition.

Dedication of Altar Cross held at Good Samaritan Society - Mohall
On Sunday, August 16th at 2:30 p.m., the Good Samaritan Society - Mohall Auxiliary, along with Pastor Todd Olson and Pastor Norm Paskowsky, held a dedication service for the new Altar Cross at the Good Samaritan Society - Mohall, which was purchased with donations from the 2014 Tree of Lights.

Carol Erickson, Auxiliary President, stated at the dedication that when it was decided to have a new cross put up, the Auxiliary asked that it be designed locally. The new cross, pictured above, was designed and made by Stephanie Connole, the daughter of Carol and Pat Connole of Mohall.

Stephanie Connole stated, “There is something magical and inspirational about transforming wood that is no longer needed in its current condition and turning it into something valuable and useful.”

This one of a kind historical cross is a perfect example of that concept. The new/old cross is made from three different reclaimed wood types.
(article continued on to Renville County Homepage)

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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