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Powers Lake Police Dept.
Awarded Two Grants

The City of Powers Lake Police Department has been awarded two grants to provide safety equipment.
Funding for three automated external defibrillators (AED) were awarded. One will be placed in each of the patrol vehicles and one at City Hall.

Funding for portable signs to alert traffic of possible accidents ahead were also awarded. Oil rig safety equipment in the event police officers are called to an oil rig or spill to assist other agencies was awarded.   More

Riley Vendsel and Janie Savelkoul to represent
Renville County at the State Spelling Bee March 30th

This year’s Renville County Spelling Bee winners are pictured left to right: 4th place - Dylan Utter of Glenburn; 3rd place - Tristan Markley of Glenburn; 2nd place - Janie Savelkoul of MLS-Mohall; and 1st place - Riley Vendsel of MLS-Mohall.

The Renville County Junior High Spelling Bee was held at the Glenburn School on Wednesday, February 25th. A total of 18 individuals participated in the event - eight 7th and 8th grade students from Glenburn, eight 7th and 8th graders from MLS-Mohall, plus the two top 6th grade spellers - one from MLS-Sherwood, and MLS-Mohall.

Participants from Glenburn included: Bridger Uleberg, Tristan Markley, Kyanne Derr, Jacob Moxley, Taylene Mendiola, Jackie Ostlund, Megan Goldade, and Dylan Utter.
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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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