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Powers Lake Woman Wins Brand New Car
By Jodi Benge

Bonnie Jorgenson was not in attendance when her name was called as being a big winner, but it didn’t take long for the news to travel!

Bonnie and her late husband, Harold, attended the Norsk Hostfest in Minot for many years.

“Harold always bought tickets for the car that they give away every year,” said Bonnie. “But I hadn’t bought one by myself before this year.”

Jorgenson loves the atmosphere at the Hostfest and the first day of the festival, she was walking around and spotted the ticket booth and new car that was to be given away.

“I thought, what the heck,” smiled Jorgenson. “It only takes one ticket to win.”

She dug in her pocket and found a loose five dollar bill and signed her name on the ticket.
She attended several of the Hostfest events that week, never giving it another thought that her ticket would be the winning one out of the 3,200 that were sold.

The last day of the festival was Saturday, Oct. 3. Jorgenson decided to go back home and not to attend the concert where the winner of the car was to be announced. She wishes now that she would have.

Remembering the war 70 years later

Erick Johnson discusses his time as a sailor on the USS Cullman and what he witnessed during the war.

Editor’s Note: With the 70th anniversary being celebrated for the end of World War II, the Bottineau Courant ran a series of stories up to Veterans’ Day on two local vets who fought in the war up to its end. The newspaper also focused on a branch of the military that seldom receives the attention the other branches do - the U.S. Navy. The Courant ended its series the past week with Erick Johnson who served on the USS Cullman and they have graciously agreed to share the article with our readers.

By Scott Wagar
Bottineau Courant
Erick Johnson turned 99 years-old on November 8th. This is not only a special birthday for Johnson, but as a sailor in the U.S. Navy during World War II, this year also marks the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day, or, the ending of World War II, which Johnson played an important role in, and witnessed a part of history that very few individuals were ever given the opportunity to take part in.

Johnson, who lives in Bottineau today at the Good Samaritan Center-Bottineau, was born on November 8th, 1916 in Prosperity Township in Renville County in Sherwood.

In 1944, Johnson entered into the military as World War II was taking place, and where he served in the Navy for two and a half years in the Pacific Theater.

He did his basic training at Farragut Naval Training Station in Farragut, Idaho. Johnson was then assigned to the USS Cullman, which was an attack transport ship.

“We were in Japanese country all the time we were there,” Johnson said. “There were enemy mines and subs all over the place.”

The USS Cullman sailed in a fleet, but saw action from Kamikazi, subs and mines.

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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