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Nelson Brings
Love of Art to
Powers Lake Elementary

By Lyann Olson

The elementary students in Powers Lake are bursting with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm for art.
Sue Gunderson, principal at Powers Lake School, wrote and received an Artist in Residence grant from the ND Council of the Arts.

And what makes the program so wonderful is Alice Nelson of Columbus. Her love of art shines through, radiating to each of the Powers Lake elementary students.

Fifth graders, Ari McFarland, Tianna Enget and Maggie Cowan in unison, robustly stated, “Zentagle” is their favorite art style they have learned from Nelson.

“It takes you away from every day drama,” explained Enget.
Cowan rushed to her desk to get an example of Zentangle to show what it was.

The girls explained, “It’s swirls, lines, zigzags in variations.”
Enget has even purchased colored Sharpies with a supply in her desk to work on when she has free time.
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MLS-Mohall PTO provides Seat Sacks
for elementary teachers and students

The new Seat Sacks are seen above hanging on the backs of the students’ desks in their classrooms at the MLS-Mohall School. The Seat Sacks were provided by the MLS-Mohall PTO.

The MLS Parent Teacher Organization presented new Seat Sacks to the elementary teachers last week. The MLS PTO has raised approximately $2,000 to purchase the 185 Seat Sacks. When the newly formed PTO asked the teachers what they could really use in their classrooms, new Seat Sacks topped the list!

The MLS PTO has been doing fundraisers and community events to promote school spirit since they were formed in the Spring of 2014. Some of the ways they have raised money is by providing concessions at a local Concert, a dunking booth for the Renville County Fair, 31 Bag ticket raffle, selling Maverick Spirit gear, silent auction, and working concessions for elementary basketball games.
(article continued on to Renville County Homepage)
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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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