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Powers Lake School
Needs Help Funding
Playground Set

As the Powers Lake School addition is nearing completion, planning for the playground began in April.

Currently there is no recess/playground equipment at the new school, but in just two months 100 grade school children will be at the new building ready to play.

The equipment at the current elementary school was evaluated and only a few items can be moved to the new location.

Since much of the old equipment cannot be utilized, the school is asking for the public’s help in raising the much needed funding.

The estimated cost of a playground set suitable for the number of students currently enrolled at Powers Lake Elementary is approximately $92,000.
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Ribbon cutting ceremony held for the new Walking/Bike Path to Mohall Fairgrounds
Pictured above from left to right are: Cheryl Overby, Mohall City Auditor; Robyn Larson, Mohall Council Member; Shelly Weppler, president, St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation; Tom Witteman, Mayor of Mohall; Julie Chalich, Corporate Communications and Rail Car Accounting, Northern Plains Railroad; and Vance Undlin, Vice President, Citizens State Bank at Mohall.

On Monday, June 8th, the City of Mohall held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new walking/bike path leading to the Mohall Fairgrounds. This walking/bike path to the Fairgrounds was completed in the fall of 2014 with the addition being completed the end of May 2015. The City invited all the representatives who donated money to this ribbon cutting ceremony. Those attending were Shelly Weppler, president of the St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation; Julie Chalich from the Northern Plains Railroad; and Vance Undlin, vice president of Citizens State Bank at Mohall.

A safe walking/bike path to the Fairgrounds has been a project discussed by the Mohall City Council since May of 2006. Council Member LaVonne Erickson brought it up to the Council at their May 15th meeting that there needed to be a safe path for the kids coming and going to the Fairgrounds for baseball practice and games, especially with all the traffic in that area and the kids having to cross the highway to get to the fairgrounds.
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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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