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By Lyann Olson

Burke County Sheriff Michael P. Cude brought an unsigned letter of resignation to the Burke County Commissioners at a special meeting Friday, Sept. 5.

On the agenda was a letter from the Attorney General which stated county commissioners have the authority to remove the sheriff from office.
States Attorney Amber Fiesel advised the board the county has potential liability for wrongful removal of somebody.
Discussion was held on holding a public hearing.

“To even consider that [a hearing to remove the sheriff] we should have some pretty rock solid evidence,” said Commissioner Terry Nelson.
Chairman Allen Ryberg allowed the general public to speak.

Sheriff Cude asked the board to “Use caution and due diligence to make sure you don’t hang an innocent man.”
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Good Samaritan Society - Mohall to host Kelly Vig Memorial Walk, Silent Auction, and Community Picnic today, Sept. 10th
It’s here! Today, Wednesday, September 10th, the Good Samaritan Society - Mohall will be hosting the third annual Kelly Vig Memorial Walk/Run, Silent Auction, and Community Picnic. They invite everyone in the community and surrounding area to come to the Center, participate in all the events, enjoy an evening of socializing, and help raise funds for the Kelly Vig Memorial Education Fund.

The day’s events will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the 5K walk/run. Registration fee for the walk/run is $15.00 per person and includes a t-shirt. Participants may either run or walk, however, they would appreciate you pre-register for the event by contacting the Good Samaritan Society - Mohall at 756-6831 as soon as possible.
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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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