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City, County, School Elections Set
Some Races - Some Open Positions

The deadline has come and gone for residents to file for county, city and school positions.


Burke County has two positions to be elected, Commissioner District #1 which Allen Ryberg, incumbent has filed; and Commissioner District #3, with Andrew Jordon Dosch running.

The Primary Election is set for Tuesday, June 14, with the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.


City elections will be held in conjunction with the North Dakota Primary Election on Tuesday, June 14. Mayor, city council and park board members are four year terms.

The City of Bowbells has two city council positions with Jared Mahlum and Barry Jager running; and two park board members with no candidates filing.

Columbus City has the mayor position up for election with Tim Nelson, Sandra Raines and Michael Reichert filing; as well as two city council positions with Calvin Cooley, JoAnn Lunstad and Amber Nygard filing; and two park board positions with Chris Kuklis, D. Roger Lautenschlager and D. Wes Peterson filing.

Mary Bjergaard has filed for the mayor position in the City of Flaxton. This is for an unexpired two year term. One council member is open with Tammy Halverson running.

The City of Lignite has two council positions open with Casey Lalum, Galen Kalmbach and Toni Bova filing.

Portal has two city council positions open and David Haugen is the only one who filed.

The City of Powers Lake has two council positions and Betty Ledene is the only one who has filed.

All of the cities have to vote on publishing of the minutes.


Burke Central and Powers Lake Schools will be holding their annual elections on Tuesday, June 7, with Bowbells School, the following Tuesday, June 14. School board positions are three year terms.

No one filed for the at-large school board member position at Burke Central School.
Powers Lake had three file for two positions: Jason McGehee, Brian Rosencrans and Jody Schroeder.

Two positions are open for Bowbells School Board with JR Aufforth filing for the rural position and Jill Wettstein filing for the at-large position.  More

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation
awards grants totaling $27,000 to four local groups

Kimberly Gordon, center, Administrator at the Good Samaritan Society - Mohall, accepts a check in the amount of $10,000 from Dianne Lautt, left, and JoAnn Linrud, right, board member of the St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation.

On Wednesday, March 16th, St. Joseph's Community Health Foundation awarded $500,000.00 in grants, pledges, and match grants to area organizations during their annual Regional Grant Awards Luncheon held at the Holiday Inn in Minot.

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation is an independent public charity foundation set up with proceeds donated by the Sisters of St. Francis from the sale of a local hospital in 1998. Over $5.8 million dollars have been granted to area organizations to benefit the residents in the counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Ward, and Wells. A board of directors governs the Foundation.

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation grants funds to promote and support the improvement, availability, and provision of the mental, physical, and spiritual and emotional needs for people residing in the eleven counties served by the Foundation. The Foundation meets this goal by welcoming grant requests from area agencies committed to meeting the needs of residents in our service area. The Foundation may also identify an area of need in North Central North Dakota and fund an initiative.

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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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