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It's Your Business: Benefit dinner set for Meissner; Asker’s wins chili contest

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Alicia Asker, manager of Asker’s Harvest Foods and winner of the March 3 chili cookoff, readies a helping of Asker’s chili.

Free Press / Lisa Adkison Alicia Asker, manager of Asker’s Harvest Foods and winner of the March 3 chili cookoff, readies a helping of Asker’s chili.


Lorie Palmer

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction to help offset medical expenses for Cash and Carry employee Elaine Swanstrom Meissner has been set for Friday, March 16. The dinner will be held at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, 108 Truck Route. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the dinner served from 6-8 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Elaine has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and will need to undergo chemotherapy, radiation and a hysterectomy.

An account has been set up at Umpqua Bank in Elaine’s name.

The Grangeville Merchants Chili Cookoff, held Saturday, March 3, was well-attended. About 150 people voted and the winner was Asker’s Harvest Foods. Tied for second place were Cash and Carry Marketplace and Early Bird Supply. Coming in third was new business and first-time entry Once Around Again. Congratulations and thanks to the community for joining in on the fun!


Elaine Meissner

Stop in at the Senior Projects Display night at Grangeville High School tonight from 6-8 p.m. There will be a lot of projects on display, including that of Garret Malone who will have calendars for sale for $20 each, with all proceeds going to ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation). To contact Malone call 208-816-0293.

St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood will host an after-hours event Tuesday, March 13, at 6 p.m., in the Cottonwood Clinic. Peg Gehring, FNP DNP, will present on pain management, opioid usage, and the changes they are making at SMH-CVHC in the way they treat and manage both. Coffee and refreshments will be served, and the event is free to the public. Gehring has been doing extensive research for the past year on how pain is treated and managed in Idaho County, and has important information to share.

Seasons Restaurant in Grangeville will host its seventh annual customer appreciation day Tuesday, March 13. There are $5 breakfast and lunch and $10 dinner specials. Stop by 124 W. Main Street; call 208-983-4203.

Protect yourself from identity theft with a class set for Thursday, March 15, 1 to 2 p.m., at the Soltman Center.

This free of charge class will go over the fastest growing crime in the U.S. – identity theft. To register, contact Karen by March 9 at 208-883-2241 or e-mail at

Check out The Habit in Cottonwood this Thursday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., for a Business After Hours event.

Two computer classes will be offered through Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach’s enrichment classes. Clean Your Computer will be held in Kooskia with Elijah Zeida Tuesday, April 3, 6-9 p.m., for $45.

Google Docs is set for Grangeville Thursday, April 12, 6-8 p.m., for $35, also with Zeida.

To register call coordinator Carla Nuxoll Wilkins at 208-983-2164 or e-mail

Voters at the polls for the March 13 levy election in Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, and Stites will have an opportunity to add their names to the Medicaid expansion petition. If successful, this initiative will be on November’s ballot and give all Idahoans a chance to vote on expanding health care to the 78,000 hardworking citizens without it. After you vote, look for volunteers carrying petitions to collect your signatures. They will be outside, at least 100 feet away from the polling place.

Don’t forget to come to Grangeville High School this Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m., for the Shirley’s Dance Recital, rescheduled from an earlier time due to inclement weather.


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