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City of Wahpeton
‘Get our downtown sparked again and growing’
Finance committee recommends $10k for fall-winter events

With a 4-0 vote, the Wahpeton Finance, Personnel and Economic Development Committee is recommending the city allocate $10,000 to the newly-formed Twin Towns Business Partners Committee.

The money will come from Wahpeton’s sales tax for economic development fund. The business committee will use the funds for implementation and promotion of five events between mid-October and December 2019.

“We want to get our downtown sparked again and growing,” said Wanda Seliski, executive vice president of the Wahpeton Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce.

Councilman-at-large Perry Miller, who motioned for the allocation on Monday, Sept. 9, mentioned the understanding that the business committee will seek additional sources of financial assistance in the future. Councilman Rory McCann, 1st Ward, added that the city committee will be following up with the business committee in early 2020.

“We absolutely want to be accountable,” Mickie Mohs said. “I want to come back to you guys in January and say this is what we did, here’s exactly how much we spent, here’s how my sales were affected.”

Mohs, owner of Indigo life + style in Wahpeton, was joined by Seliski, The Golden Rule co-owner Todd Mears and Wahpeton Ace Hardware owner Ted Pietron to speak in support of the funding request. Attendees indicated businesses in Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minnesota, would participate.

The proposed event schedule is:

• “Java Jump,” to be held Saturday, Oct. 12; participating businesses would serve the coffee of their choice and offer individual promotions; Saturday, Oct. 12 is the day North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, will hold its homecoming football game; projected cost is $600, including $500 for pumpkin painting expenses, $50 for posters and printing and $50 for social media promotion (the latter two are recurring expenses)

• “Hunting Widows Weekend,” to be held Friday, Nov. 1-Saturday, Nov. 2; businesses would offer individual promotions, with five drawings for $100 in promotional chamber cash; projected cost is $600, including $500 for drawings expenses

• “Jingle and Mingle Holiday Open House,” to be held Tuesday, Nov. 26; the event would be held in conjunction with Wahpeton’s downtown Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Heritage Square; businesses would offer individual promotions, with 10 drawings for $25 in chamber cash; the drawing winners will be youth ages 13 and under; projected cost is $350, including $250 for drawings expenses

• “Cookie Crawl,” to be held Saturday, Dec. 14; the event would be held in conjunction with the arrival by train of Santa Claus in downtown Breckenridge and Wahpeton; businesses would offer cookies, refreshments and individual promotions; projected cost is $600, including $500 for Gallery on the Go expenses

• “Customer Appreciation Drawings,” to be held Monday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 21; daily drawings of $100 in customer appreciation cash, a total of $2,400; winners would be drawn live at 10 a.m. daily on the chamber’s Facebook page; customers would be given tickets with purchases from participating businesses; projected cost is $2,500

The remaining $5,350 of the $10,000 allocation is earmarked for the printing and perforation of chamber cash ($1,050) and advertising on the radio ($3,000), in the newspaper ($1,000) and in Southern Valley Living magazine ($300).

“I’m glad to see the retailers are coming up with some ideas,” Miller said. “They’re the ones in the trenches.”

The Twin Towns Business Partners Committee is a revamp of the chamber’s previous retail committee. Since the chamber’s membership includes more than retailers, Seliski said, the former name is less than accurate.

Seliski said she is planning to request additional funding from the Wahpeton Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Breckenridge Port Authority.

The next Wahpeton City Council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at City Hall, 1900 Fourth St. N. in Wahpeton.

In the Community
Showing their school spirit
Homecoming tradition continues at WHS

In celebration of Wahpeton High School’s homecoming week, where former students and members are welcomed back, students dress up to show their school spirit.

Homecoming tradition includes daily dress-up themes where students can forego their normal school clothes for designated garb. At the end of each day, the best-dressed students are chosen.

“PJ Day” was the theme for Monday, Sept. 9. The winners were Destiny Anderson, Erica Plummer and Lexie Carlson.

Tuesday, Sept. 10 was “Squad Day,” where students dressed up as part of their favorite squad. The top winners wore outfits inspired by pop culture.

First place was awarded to Cassandra DeVillers, Emily DeVries, Jordan Kahle, Josselyne Valencia, Katrina Bajumpaa, Raegan Klosterman and Samantha Pithey, who dressed as the Mario Kart Crew.

Elizabeth Lasch’s Mi Time class was a second prize-winning “Pack of Things.” Those who participated were Austin Mangalaw, Beau Arenstein, Cade Mauch, Carlyse Ditch, Corbin Cornelius, Emily Braught, Gus Lasch, Isaac Getz, Lexie Sargent, Mason Vilandre, Lasch, Riley Schmidt, Treyton Link and Tyler Tollefson. Third place went to Randa Bischoff and Kiah Klein, who dressed up as Tetris blocks.

Wednesday’s dress up theme was “Your Favorite Meme,” where students were able to show their creativity in showcasing their favorite meme. The final contestants were Gus Lasch, Corbin Cornelius, and Emily DeVries and Jacob Petermann. The team of DeVries and Petermann won Wednesday’s contest.

“Class Theme Day,” with individual themes for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and high school staff, is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12. On Friday, Sept. 13, in honor of the Huskies’ football game against the Miners of Beulah, North Dakota, students and faculty will dress in school spirit.

Stay informed of Wahpeton’s homecoming activities and dress up awards by following Daily News coverage.

In the Community
Wahpeton Fire Department serves corn to appreciative citizens
At last 600 ears of corn cooked

The Wahpeton Fire Department held their third annual Community Corn Feed on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to raise funds for the department.

Community members gathered at the Northside Fire Station where corn, hot dogs and beverages were served. Rather than an admission fee, free will donations were accepted. Proceeds will benefit the fire department.

The department had their fire equipment on display for community members to view. Some took the opportunity of sitting in a firefighter’s seat. Many young children enjoyed themselves as they were able to emulate what it’s like to sit high above in the fire engine as firefighters do.

Community members were able to socialize with friends, neighbors and staff members while other firefighting staff prepared and served food and beverages.

Wahpeton Fire Chief Dale Rubish estimated they had already cooked roughly 400-600 ears of corn by 6:30 p.m. and were still cooking more.

In light of the gathering, community members were able to celebrate and appreciate the fire department for their dedication to protecting Wahpeton’s citizens and property.

Corn and planting was provided by Jeff Leinen, Doug Toussant, Dan Onchuck and Farmers Union Oil of the Southern Valley in Fairmount, North Dakota.

The community corn feed was originally scheduled to be held on Monday. Due to heavy rainfall, it was rescheduled.

4 Things to Know Today

1. A weekend of activity in the Twin Towns Area is less than two days away. Events include the Wahpeton High School homecoming game, Headwaters Day, the BBQ-Farming Fun Fest and Bull Bash.

2. It’s not too late to send in your back to school photos. Learn more on page A2 and check out the latest submissions!

3. Today in History: Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space on this day in 1992. Jemison was a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

4. Today’s Birthdays include explorer Henry Hudson (1575-1611), Olympian Jesse Owens (1913-1980), soul singer Barry White (1944-2003) and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (1981-).

Fill the Bus continues in Twin Towns Area
Day two more successful; one more chance to donate

Rain wasn’t an issue for day two of this year’s Fill the Bus.

Hosted Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Wahpeton Econofoods, the event was put on by the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Rotary Club. The bus ended the day holding 403 pounds in food from patrons and another 1,329 from Econo. They also brought in $470 in monetary donations.

The weight of the food donations was more than 100 pounds heavier than the first day and the Rotary Club more than doubled the money donated on Monday.

The Fill the Bus Challenge has been benefiting the Richland Wilkin Food Pantry since 2011. Sponsored by the Wahpeton Breckenridge Rotary Club, the event’s goal is to assist the food pantry in meeting needs of the community.

Non-perishable items, garden produce and personal hygiene items are accepted as well as cash donations. Over the past eight years, the double-decker bus has brought in 35,000 pounds of food and $17,000 from the community.

This year’s most needed items include tomato products (diced, sauces, etc.) macaroni and cheese, canned peas/corn, peanut butter and jelly and canned meals like chili, ravioli or SpaghettiOs.

The final day of Fill the Bus will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 in the parking lot of Walmart in Wahpeton.