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County Enrollment Continues to Increase
The enrollment numbers are in for the three schools in Burke County; and the numbers are up, 18 to be exact. There are 378 students, kindergarten through the twelfth grade, countywide.

Last year’s county enrollment stood at 360 during the first week of school.

Powers Lake School has the most elementary students in the county with a total of 104.

Between the three schools, Powers Lake enrollment is the highest at 177, an increase of 14 from last year.
The third grade boasts 17 students. The smallest class is the 12th grade with seven.

Burke Central School in Lignite decreased by one student, with 129 enrolled in 2014 and falling to 128 to start the 2015-16 school year.

Burke Central has 70 youngsters enrolled in the elementary, 13 being kindergartners; and 58 teens in grades 7-12.

Eight of the 13 classes have reached double digits with the biggest class the 9th grade, tallying 18 students. Three classes have five students, 5th grade, 8th grade and 12th grade.

Bowbells School increased by five students from last year’s 68, to 73 enrolled the first day of school.

The elementary has 43 students and the high school stands at 30.
The largest class is the 3rd grade with 12 pupils, the only double digit class. Grades 4 and 9, each have two students for the smallest class.  More

Kindergarten students begin their education at MLS
Above photo: Students in Mrs. Knutson’s kindergarten class at MLS-Mohall are back row, left to right: Mrs. Knutson, Lucas Duchaine, Drew Bovia, Dayvin Watson, Mark Vannurden, and Terril Moungo. Front row, left to right: Aftan Johnson, Talyn Betterley, Payton Haman, Allison Lee, and Karissa Mortensen.

Classes began on Wednesday, August 26th for the faculty and students who are attending the Mohall Lansford Sherwood (MLS) Public School District. That day also marked the beginning of education for 26 kindergarten students, who are split into three classes. Two of the classes are at the MLS-Mohall School and one class at the MLS-Sherwood School.
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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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