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Domestic Violence Program - NWND
Sets Up Office
in Burke County

By Lyann Olson

Due to the high volume of calls in the past year, the Domestic Violence program for Northwest North Dakota now has an office in the Burke County Courthouse, located on the second floor.

Darla Juma, director, is in the Bowbells office, Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. She can be reached at 701-628-3233. The 24/7 Crisis Line is the same number or 1-800-273-8232.

The main office is located on the second floor of the Mountrail County Courthouse with an advocate there Monday, Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Domestic Violence Program is strictly grant funded. Services provided include safe shelter, emergency transportation, 24-hour Crisis Line, assist in obtaining a protection order, court advocacy and emotional support.

Juma, who has been with the program since 2007, is on-call 24/7. She meets the officers on scene, working closely with the local police and sheriff departments and when children are involved, with the social service personnel.
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Duane Stark presented Pioneer Award at Seed Show and Ag Expo
Duane Stark, right, accepts the Pioneer Award during the Seed Show and Ag Expo held at the MLS-Mohall School on Friday, December 5th. Presenting the award is Brian Michels, left, president of the RBAIA.

The Renville Bottineau Agricultural Improvement Association (RBAIA) presented the Pioneer Award to Duane Stark of Tolley during the Seed Show and Ag Expo held at the MLS-Mohall School on Friday, December 5th, 2014.

Duane Stark was born in the fall of 1932, the oldest son of German immigrants who settled in the Kenmare, and later, the Tolley area. In 1944 the Stark family bought a small farm in Ivanhoe Township where Duane and his younger siblings were raised.

As was the case with many of his peers, Duane started helping with chores at an early age. His first job was to herd the cows along the ditches and sloughs due to a shortage of pasture. As he got older he helped with haying and field work. Duane took over the majority of the farm work at the age of 13, when his father became too ill with MS to do much of the farm work himself. When Duane was 16, he took a job working on the railroad, working during the week and farming on the weekends.
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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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