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Crude by Rail Terminal
Granted Zoning
Change Near Powers Lake

By Lyann Olson

A crude oil loading terminal with pipeline access is one step closer to becoming a reality a mile east of Powers Lake.

The Powers Lake City Council voted 3-1 to approve the zoning change from residential/commercial to industrial with certain conditions at their regular meeting, Sept. 8.
Council members, Arlo Griesbach, David Sellie and Betty Ledene voted aye with Darrell Carlson opposed.

Prior to the vote a public hearing was held with the Powers Lake Trading and Transport Company, LLC giving a presentation to the crowd of 30 plus.

Following the presentation a question and answer session was held, enabling the public to address the company.

The 357 acre facility will have a double rail loop totaling approximately six miles of track with transloading of 70,000 bbls/day or one unit train capacity. The rail service is from Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
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King and Queen candidates selected
2014 MLS Homecoming King and Queen candidates are pictured above from top to bottom: Madeline Solemsaas; Emily Abernathey, left, and Aubree Vendsel, right; William Rogers, left, Trevor Evanger, center, and Connor Brackenbury, right; and Cole Feland, left, and Callie Carlson, right.

The 2014 King and Queen candidates for Mohall Lansford Sherwood’s Homecoming were selected by the student body (grades 7 through 12) at Mohall last week. King candidates chosen were: Connor Brackenbury, son of Clarissa and Wayne Brackenbury; Cole Feland, son of Lori and Dean Feland; William Rogers, son of Johnna and Craig Rogers; and Trevor Evanger, son of Daneen Evanger and the late Mark Evanger. Queen candidates are: Emily Abernathey, daughter of Rhonda and Jay Abernathey; Callie Carlson, daughter of Nancy and Stuart Carlson; Madeline Solemsaas, daughter of Wendy and Guy Solemsaas; and Aubree Vendsel, daughter of Connie and James Vendsel.

Homecoming activities got underway on Monday, September 15th with Rock ‘n’ Roll Day.

Yesterday, Tuesday, September 16th was Pajama Day. The MLS Lady Mavericks held their Homecoming match when they hosted the Rugby Panthers.

Today, Wednesday, September 17th is Prom Disaster Day for the high school and Favorite Person Day for the elementary. The Coronation will be held this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Donald M. Kolbo Auditorium. The crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen will be held after a short game involving the candidates. The public is invited to attend the Coronation festivities.
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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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