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4 Things to Know Today

1 A weekend worth of fun is coming beginning Friday, Sept. 13. We’ve got articles letting you know everything about Headwaters Day and the BBQ-Farming Fun Fest taking place in Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minnesota.

2 St. Thomas Church in Kent, Minnesota, is holding its Fall Bazaar on Sunday, Sept. 8. Mass is at 10 a.m., with the activities beginning at 11 a.m. They include everything from a turkey and ham dinner to bingo, a cake walk, crafts and more.

3 Boldly going where no man has gone before, “Star Trek” premiered on this date in 1966. Starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, “Star Trek” eventually launched a pop culture phenomenon that continues in 2019.

4 Today’s Birthdays include country legend Patsy Cline (1932-1963), U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (1941-), “Sherlock” star Martin Freeman (1971-), singer Pink (1979-) and “Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo (2002-).


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New teacher on St. John’s staff
Kaja Kaste teaching first graders

Kaja Kaste loves St. John’s Elementary so much that she had no desire to work anywhere else.

Kaste, 34, is the new first grade teacher at St. John’s, Wahpeton. Raised in Wahpeton, Kaste is excited for her first year of teaching.

“I always wanted to be a teacher, from the time I was a little girl,” Kaste said. “My mom would always talk about me playing school with my brother of having something set up.”

Fifteen first graders are taught each day by Kaste. The class has spent over 10 days together so far.

“They’re a great group of kids. Fifteen is a great number of students to start with. It’s been fun to jump into the material for this year,” Kaste said.

Kaste and her students are currently reviewing what was learned in kindergarten while transitioning into first grade-level learning. Recent classroom topics include bar graphs and using the interactive Mystery Science program.

“I really like when the kids can play,” Kaste said. “I know the desk work is so important, but I like that they can explore through outside activity and with experiments in the classroom.”

Saying she’s someone who likes to have a lot of fun, Kaste also enjoys sharing music with her students and having an energetic day.

“I am a mom. I have my own family. Although my journey to being a teacher has been a little unconventional, having been at home with my own children for 10 years, I’m excited to be back in the workforce,” Kaste said.

Kaste and her husband Kory have four children, fifth grader Gracin, 10, fourth grader Nolan, 9, second grader Isla, 7, and pre-kindergartener Declan, 4. The Kaste children have been attending St. John’s all their lives, Kaja Kaste said.

While St. John’s was Kaja Kaste’s parish growing up, she went to Wahpeton Public Schools and Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, Minnesota.

“I have known the teachers here for a longtime and feel like I’ve been here for a long time already,” Kaste said.


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20 years celebrating Headwaters

The 20th annual Headwaters Day will take place at Welles Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Wahpeton Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce will begin their activities at 8 a.m. and the parade begins at 10 a.m.

Participants in the parade can line up at any time after 9 a.m. at the corner of Minnesota Avenue and 11th Street. The parade will head east on Minnesota Avenue.

Wristbands are $4 and children who are age five or younger get free admission. The wristband can be picked up at the Chamber office or Breckenridge City Hall.

Starting the day is a pancake and sausage breakfast in Welles Park. The Great Northern Caboose opens at 9 a.m. until noon. The 4-H Rummage Sale Fundraiser in the 4-H Exhibit Building will run at the same time.

Booths will be available to host a rummage sale and vendors can also set up.

The booths will be running 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and anybody interested in having one can visit the Headwaters Day Facebook page or by calling 218-643-4681 or 701-642-8744 for a vendor application form.

The Wahpeton 12U baseball team is selling taco-in-a-bag, root beer floats and bottled water. The begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m.

Entertainment for the children include bouncy houses from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and older attendees can participate in bingo from noon-2 p.m.

The Clays of Glory Shootout will be put on by the Head of the Red Gun and Archery Club at noon.

At 1 p.m. there will be a drawing of Colored Contest Winners at the Welles Memorial Park Pickup.

The picture to color can be picked up at the Chamber office or in the park during the event.

Cinema 6 will have a trio of free showings of “The Angry Birds 2” throughout the day. Showtimes are 12:10, 2:20 and 4:30 p.m.

The Breckenridge Public Library is having a used book sale from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the following day.


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Wahpeton 150th
BBQ-Farming Fun Fest opens Friday
Third of Wahpeton’s four 150th celebrations

The “BBQ-Farming Fun Fest,” Wahpeton’s third of four 150th anniversary celebration weekends, kicks off Friday, Sept. 13.

Having a fall festival has been a longtime dream for Wahpeton Community Development Director Chris DeVries. The Fun Fest, like previous sesquicentennial weekends, has events expected to be staples for future celebrations.

“We’re planning to make the bull riding the anchor for the next festivals. I love this time of year and for sure this coming weekend, we’ll have something that can be carried on,” DeVries said.

Temperatures in the Twin Towns Area are forecast to reach a high of 68 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, Sept. 14. The weather is expected to be mostly sunny.

“So much depends on weather,” DeVries said. “Winter Wonderland, in February, a lot depends on the weather we get. It can be tough to get things organized.”

The BBQ-Farming Fun Fest includes activities throughout Wahpeton, on campuses and at downtown landmarks.

Daily News has the final schedule of BBQ-Farming Fun Fest events. All are located in Wahpeton.

Friday, Sept. 13

“Remembering the Wops” football tailgating, 5 p.m.-kickoff: The Wahpeton Huskies, formerly known as the Wahpeton Wops, face the Beulah Miners. Homecoming and tailgating takes place at and in the vicinity of Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium, located on Frank Vertin Field on the North Dakota State College of Science campus. The stadium is located along 14th Avenue North.

Saturday, Sept. 14

“Pages Ago” open, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Recall the history of Wahpeton. Browse old newspapers dating back to the early 1900s. Enjoy reminiscing with friends and share a story for the memory wall. Pages Ago is located at 521 Dakota Ave., with entrance on Sixth Street South. Its regular hours are 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wahpeton Wrestling Golf Scramble, begins at 9 a.m.: Held at the Bois de Sioux Golf Course, 1305 R.J. Hughes Drive.

Red Door Art Gallery open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The gallery, located at 418 Dakota Ave., is the 150th anniversary headquarters. Artwork on display includes pieces celebrating the beauty of agriculture.

Gallery on the Go, 1-3 p.m.: Tami Sirek will offer an art project that anyone can join in at Heritage Square, 500 Dakota Ave.

Classy and Classic Car Show, 1-5 p.m.: Automobiles of all types will be on display in downtown Wahpeton. The event also includes a chance to celebrate agriculture’s role as a cornerstone of the Twin Towns Area.

Twin Town Gardeners Market, 1-5 p.m.: This summertime staple will be held during the Fun Fest. Unlike the weekly market, the upcoming event will be held further downtown and not at the parking lot shared by Family Dollar and Sears.

Richland County Historical Museum open, 1-4 p.m.: Guests can view the “Big Book” registry, see vintage photos and check out the displays during special visiting hours. The museum is located at 11th Seventh Ave. N.

Downtown BBQ, 4 p.m. until gone: A free barbecue meal, including sloppy joes, chips and pickles.

Bull Bash, 6 p.m.: A bull riding event and fundraiser for the all-volunteer Wahpeton Fire Department. Held at the Alumni Stadium complex on the NDSCS campus. Gates open at 5 p.m. Proceeds go toward purchasing and upgrading fire department equipment.

In addition to the activities, the Fun Fest is also furthering the Wahpeton 150th gun raffle. Tickets for the raffle cost $5 each.

Wahpeton Public Schools will also host a downtown event on Saturday, Sept. 14. The district is honoring inaugural members of its hall of fame.

They are businessman and philanthropist Robert Hughes; retired Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers player Art “Tony” Anderson; national motivational speaker Dr. Paul Radde, Ph.D; former high school principal and District 25 representative Clark Williams and community activist Roger Jensen.

City Brew Hall will hold an 11 a.m. luncheon. Tickets are $25 and are available at the school district’s office or from alumni association members.

Wahpeton’s sesquicentennial celebrations conclude with “Thanks For 150 Years,” scheduled for Friday, Nov. 29-Saturday, Nov. 30.

Look to Daily News, in print and online, for coverage of Fun Fest events. Celebration photos from throughout the year can be seen at www.wahpetondailynews.com.


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Wahpeton High School's Homecoming Week begins

Wahpeton High School is proud to announce the 2019 Homecoming Court.

Queen candidates are Lexie Carlson, Raegan Klosterman, Jordyn Kahler, Emily DeVries and Samantha Pithey. King candidates are Isaac Wohlers, Isaac Getz, Corbin Cornelius, Jacob Petermann, and Thomas Withuski.

Homecoming Week is Sept. 9-13 starting with the Coronation Ceremony held at the High School Auditorium at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 Enjoy with us the laughter, music, and suspense of the moment. A school-wide bonfire will follow the coronation next to the student parking lot and tennis courts.

Sporting events for the week are:

• Monday — JV Football at Milnor

• Tuesday — Volleyball hosts West Fargo, tennis hosts Fargo Davies

• Thursday — Tennis at West Fargo, volleyball hosts Breckenridge, swimming vs. Shanley at West Fargo High School

• Friday — Varsity Tennis vs. Bismarck in Fargo, football hosts Beulah

The Homecoming Dance will be held after the football game in the High School Commons Area from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Have a great Homecoming Week. Go Huskies!