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Burke County Tribune

Tammy Midkiff recently joined the Burke County Tribune staff as a reporter. She will also be doing some office work, answering phones and assisting customers.

Mrs. Midkiff hails from Bakersfield, CA. She has been married to her husband, Darrell for 12 years. She has four children and 18 grandchildren with her oldest grandchild giving her a great granddaughter.

Midkiffs moved from Bakersfield, CA to North Dakota because her husband found a job here and, “We thought it would be interesting making the move.”

The Midkiffs own a house in Bowbells which was strange how they found it. Her son was looking to buy a car and found one here. The people selling the car were so nice and the owner told them that she was also trying to sell the house. After some discussion, Midkiffs bought the home with the property from Charlene and Bob Keller.

“I love the snow and people here in North Dakota,” said Midkiff. “I’ll go visit my kids and grandkids but I don’t want to move back.”

Midkiff says her hobbies are bowling, Bingo, and trying new things such as this job, “I’ve never been a reporter before and it’s new to me and interesting.
I worked as a front desk receptionist as well as a cashier but this job is different. I, being a shy person, might open up more with this job. I have had two interviews and have written two articles now. It’s fun and interesting.”

Midkiff worked at Juggies in Stanley when she first arrived in North Dakota, then Microtel and Black Gold Suites as well as Cashwise in Stanley.

“I love working the front desk,” stated Midkiff.  More

Donations being sought for annual Timmy Bartuska Memorial Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th
Organizers have announced that the 4th annual Timmy Bartuska Memorial Easter Egg Hunt will be held this year on Saturday, April 4th, 2015.

This annual event seems to grow bigger and bigger each year. In 2012 there were 189 kids in attendance and last year there were 269 kids attending. These amounts do not include the parents, grandparents, and other family members who also come to enjoy the event. This event would not be possible if it weren’t for all those individuals and businesses who have donated money for prizes.

Danielle Petersen and Tiffany Strand, organizers of the event, are asking for your help with this year’s Easter Egg Hunt. They are looking for any type of monetary or gift donations. If you would like your donation to be “in honor” or “in memory” of a friend or loved one, please specify that with your donation so that items can be marked and acknowledged. (article continued on to Renville County Homepage)   More

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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