The annual Fill the Bus challenge brought in food and cash donations from community members to assist the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry. This benefit was sponsored by the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Rotary Club.
The club’s three-day benefit in September resulted in a total of 2,138 pounds of food and personal care items and $780 in cash donations. The club applauded Econofoods for their significant donation of over 1,000 pounds.
“Overall, the event was a success. As Lois at the food pantry told me, ‘Anything helps!’” Paige Kjesbo, the service director of the club, commented on the event.
The first day to fill the bus was held at Breckenridge Econofoods. However, the crowd was much lower than the Rotary Club had hoped for due to rain. The weather turned sunny and warm for the other two days of their benefit at the Wahpeton Econofoods and Walmart. The club tried something new by holding the benefit on a Friday at Walmart.
“It seemed as though donations were down, everyone must be shopping quickly on a Friday,” Kjesbo said. “We hope to expand our food drive in the future and we are excited for it.”
For the past eight years, the Rotary Club has sponsored this to provide-assistance with food, personal care items and cash donations to the food pantry. The food pantry is run by volunteers and provides emergency food assistance to those in need.
The Richland Wilkin Food Pantry is located at 699 Eighth Ave. W. in Wahpeton and may be reached at 701-642-1921.
1 This Day in History: In 1960, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Enterprise, was launched.
2 Birth of Honda: Motorcycle builder Soichiro Honda founded the Honda Motor Company in Hamamatsu, Japan, on this day in 1948. Before finding success with motorcycles, Honda tried manufacturing weaving machines, frosted glass windows and bamboo roof panels.
3 Cooling trend: It’s starting to feel like fall with temperatures dropping into the 60s later this week. Thursday’s forecast shows a 40 percent chance of showers.
4 I Love Lucy: The final episode of “I Love Lucy,” starring Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, is aired on this day in 1961. The beloved television show ran for 10 years.
Race Hoglund is the new music teacher for Breckenridge Elementary. He teaches general music for kindergarten through fourth grade.
Race Hoglund grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, before attending Concordia College. It was not until the middle of high school that Hoglund found his passion for music and specifically for the saxophone.
Hoglund knew he wanted to go into music studies at the beginning of college. After advice from a professor and a general music education course in the elementary classroom, Hoglund knew how he was going to make music a career.
“I just knew right away, I was like alright that’s what I want to do,” Hoglund said, “I love having an impact on them (students). I love seeing their eyes light up when they understand a concept that I am trying to teach.”
During college, Hoglund knew that he wanted to make his classes a fun part of the students’ day and a fun way to learn music. He wants to make music classes impactful, memorable, and a positive experience for students.
While Hoglund is new and is still getting to know the community, he said, “I love how nice everyone is, it’s a nice, tight-knit community and it seems like everyone supports the music program.”
Hoglund plays the saxophone in his free time and especially enjoys it when he can perform. He has played as a substitute in all bands in the Fargo-Moorhead area. He will occasionally arrange and write music when he is participating in a mini-big band called “Jazz Avalanche.” Hoglund’s favorite genre of music is jazz and is very fond of the artist Dexter Gordon.
Kari Lee Heiser, 51, made her initial appearance before Richland County District Court Monday, Sept. 23.
The Fargo woman is charged with one count of misapplication of entrusted property, a class C felony.
Through an investigation conducted by the Wahpeton Police Department, Heiser is accused of disposing of, using or transferring interests in property that were entrusted to her as a fiduciary. She allegedly did so in an unauthorized manner which she knew would involve a risk of loss or detriment to the owner of the property or other person for whose benefit the property was entrusted.
Heiser was kitchen manager of the Wahpeton Eagles Club when she organized a benefit for Jacob Petermann, according to her criminal complaint. The benefit took place on June 30, 2018 at the Wahpeton Eagles Club.
“The defendant told Jacob’s mother, Connie Petermann, that the proceeds from the benefit would be collected by the Eagles Club and distributed to the Petermann family,” the complaint states.
The money collected from the benefit was stored in Eagles Club manager Karen Mullin’s office. Mullin is a co-defendant in the Peterman case and Heiser’s mother.
“As organizer of the benefit, (Heiser) was responsible for collecting the benefit money,” the court documents continue. “The defendant and Ms. Mullin counted the money collected from the benefit.”
On Sept. 25, 2018, Richland County Dispatch was notified of a possible theft of money from the Petermann benefit. The reported theft was investigated by the Wahpeton Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Office and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
“Through this investigation, (they) discovered that more than $1,000 but less than $10,000 in proceeds from the benefit were misapplied by the defendant and Karen Mullin,” the complaint states.
The misapplied funds were entrusted to Heiser in her capacity as the benefit’s organizer.
“The investigation showed that because of Kari Heiser and Karen Mullin’s actions, the Petermanns did not receive all the money they were entitled to from the benefit,” the court document states.
Heiser appeared in court without an attorney. Richland County Assistant State’s Attorney Casey Moen represents the state of North Dakota. Judge Bradley Cruff presides.
Judge Cruff set a $1,000 unsecured appearance bond. The state’s attorney’s office had requested a bond of $5,000 cash or surety, citing concerns that Heiser may be a flight risk.
Heiser denied being a flight risk, saying she has been receiving treatment at a monitored facility in Fargo since June.
Under conditions placed by Judge Cruff, Heiser is required to not violate any laws, have contact with the Petermann family except through an attorney or possess a controlled substance or firearm. Heiser requested an amendment to a condition that would prohibit her from leaving North Dakota without a judge’s permission, citing regular meetings in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Heiser has requested court-appointed defense. Attorney Jonathan Green is representing Mullin in her case.
The maximum penalty for a class C felony is five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both.
A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Heiser is not currently confined in the Richland County Jail.
Tessa Smith and Zach Wulfekuhle received their crowns Friday, Sept. 20.
Seniors at Richland 44 High School in Colfax, North Dakota, the pair were named the 2019 homecoming queen and king. Runners-up for the queen title were Ava Aigner, Tegan Amundson and Kaitlyn Wagner. Runners-up for the king title were Carter Lingen, Cole Myers and Gavin Reiland.
Just before 6 p.m. that evening, Richland 44 held a parade through Colfax. Despite dark clouds and a few sprinkles of rain, the parade was viewed by an eager crowd. Sponsored by Richland 44 Dollars for Scholars, the parade was the lead-in for a 6:30 p.m. football match.
The Richland 44 Colts ended up losing, 58-28, against the Spartans of Hope-Page Public Schools, Steele and Cass counties, North Dakota.
Because of the weather, the homecoming game was moved up a half-hour. Wulfekuhle, Lingen, Myers and Reiland are all Colts players, although Reiland was unable to participate due to injury. The females on homecoming court rode alone in the parade. They were driven by Tegan Amundson’s mother, Lisa.
While the athletes took the field, their family members and other community supporters participated in the parade. This year’s floats included salutes to Halloween and the FFA, countless collections of future Richland 44 graduates and a promotion for the upcoming “Cinderella,” opening in November.
Smith and Wulfekuhle received their crowns from the 2018 queen and king, Kennedy Flaa and Parker Crooks. The coronation included the crown-bearers, preschoolers Peter Gauslow and Raegan Muehler.
“It’s been a fun week, a full week,” said Dr. Britney Gandhi, Richland 44’s superintendent and high school principal. “I think the Richland 44 spirit has been extremely strong.”
Spirit Week, leading up to the homecoming coronation, had a record number of participants. Gandhi was hopeful the district’s positive, confident spirit would be carried into the homecoming game.
The Richland 44 district includes Richland Elementary in Abercrombie, North Dakota.
“We jumped into the school year really quickly. It’s been so far, so good. We have a new principal at the elementary (Elicia Hofmann) who’s doing great and we’re doing great here. It’s been great having the kids back and jumping into things,” Gandhi said.
Photos from Richland 44 and Wahpeton High School’s homecoming celebrations can be seen at www.wahpetondailynews.com.