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Panthers Heading Home to Lignite in August
By Lyann Olson

The Burke Central Panthers are heading home, home to Lignite, ND for an all-school reunion Au gust 14-16.

A committee comprised of Julie Kreklau ‘92, Marcie Durick ‘92, Sherry Lalum ‘93, Sam Nelson ‘98 and Derrek Johnson ‘98, Joel Bird ‘90 and Josh Ellis ‘91 met about a year ago to start planning a reunion in 2015.

Being several years since the last Burke Central reunion, the committee chose 2015, hoping to keep having reunions in five or ten year increments.

The Burke Central School District was established in 1969 combining Lignite and Portal, and now encompasses the cities of Columbus, Flaxton, Lignite and Portal.

The committee of five is very excited about the events being offered throughout the weekend.  More

Appreciation Night held.....
First Western Bank building is donated to Glenburn City

The First Western Bank and Trust branch in Glenburn has closed their doors. The company recently built a new bank in north Minot, so Kim Rosberg, one of the Glenburn branch employees will be working there. The other two branch employees, Linda Erickson Talley and Connie Artz have both retired.

With the closing of its branch in Glenburn, First Western Bank and Trust has decided to deed the bank building, along with the land, over to the City of Glenburn. On Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, the City of Glenburn signed a gift agreement to receive the bank building and the property it sits on. The keys and abstract were then turned over to Mayor Folstad by First Western Bank and Trust President and CEO Richard Campbell.

On Wednesday, June 17th the City of Glenburn held an Appreciation Night for First Western Bank and Trust and employees of the Glenburn branch for being a part of their community for several years. This Appreciation Night was held in the Glenburn Park and held in conjunction with the Glenburn Lions Club monthly Burger in the Park event.

The current First Western Bank and Trust building, which was built in 1978, also housed the Glenburn City Hall. The Glenburn City Hall offices will now move over to the bank side and the side currently used by the Glenburn City will be a meeting/museum room.
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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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