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Maple View in Kenmare
Closing Its Doors

When staff and residents of Maple View of Kenmare were called into a meeting Tuesday, July 8, no one was prepared for the sad news they were told.

Gaylen Schmidt, one of the three owners of Maple View, informed those in attendance, that Maple View of Kenmare would have to close its doors by October 1, 2014.

He went on to say the two years of financial hardship is responsible for the decision.

The news weighed heavy on the 18 residents who call Maple View their home.

The senior facility was previously called the Baptist Home of Kenmare where it had been in operation since 1961.

One local resident, Kenny Gravesen, has called the Kenmare facility home for the past 19 years. He says he is going to miss being in Kenmare.

“This is a good place to live and I will miss it,” said Gravesen. He also commented, “It’s okay though. Moving to a new place is kind of exciting.”

Grand and reserve champion winners at this year’s Renville County Fair
Grand champion winners in the 4-H division are back row, left to right: Madison Southam, Delaine Hanson, Hayley Southam, Brittany Wallette, Shannon Asheim, and Emily Miller. Front row, left to right: Lilly Solemsaas, Madeline Solemsaas, Macy Sundahl, Grace Solemsaas, Kaleb Foltyn, and Jacob Undlin. Not pictured: Audrey Gilbraith.

The Renville County Fair wrapped up in Mohall on Wednesday, July 9th.

Grand and Reserve champions at this year’s Renville County Fair were:

Foods: Grand – Meghan Witteman; Reserve – Peggy Sprague; and Honorable Mention – Astrid Egeberg.
Needlework-Crocheting: Grand – Cookie Campbell.
Needlework –Quilting: Grand – Francis Mortensen.
Arts or Crafts Misc.: Grand – Barrie Campbell; Reserve – Gary Strandberg; and Honorable Mention – Myla Grengs.
Arts or Crafts Painting: Grand – Carole Asheim; and Reserve – Carole Asheim.
Photography Color: Grand – Ardelle Schmidt; and Reserve – Ardelle Schmidt.
Photography Black and White: Grand - Arlene Schelling; and Honorable Mention – Arlene Schelling.
Photography Prints: Grand – Ardelle Schmidt; and Reserve – Ardelle Schmidt.
Produce Vegetables: Grand – Gary Strandberg; and Reserve – Inga Kvelstad.
Produce Fruit: Grand – Inga Kvelstad.
Plants and Flowers: Grand – Inga Kvelstad.
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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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