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It's Your Business: Klapprich is queen; Heckman to sell cow for senior project

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Bella Klapprich (left) is the 2019 Lewiston Round-up Queen. She is pictured here with her aunt, Kami Miller Fogleman, who served as Round-up queen 14 years ago.

Facebook photo Bella Klapprich (left) is the 2019 Lewiston Round-up Queen. She is pictured here with her aunt, Kami Miller Fogleman, who served as Round-up queen 14 years ago.


Lorie Palmer

Congratulations to the 2019 Lewiston Round-up Queen, Bella Klapprich. Bella is a senior at Grangeville High School and is the daughter of Melissa Miller and Bilejo Klapprich of Grangeville and the granddaughter of Rick and Mickie Miller of Grangeville and Judy Klapprich and Lloyd Uhlenkott of Cottonwood.

Bella has quite a bit of royalty experience under her belt (or cowboy hat, as the case may be), including as White Bird queen and Border Days princess. She has danced with Shirley’s Dance Studio for 15-plus years and has been involved in sports and 4-H. She is employed by Grangeville Health and Rehab, as well.

Bella’s aunt, Kami Miller Fogleman, was queen of the Round-up 14 years ago when Bella was just a toddler. So, it’s a family affair!

Congratulations to Bella! She received her crown from 2018 queen Rachael Stevens, also of Grangeville. Idaho County has had a good showing for Round-up royalty, including Maggie Chmelik as princess the year prior.

This Friday, Sept. 14, at the Cottonwood Sales Yard, look for Marie Heckman’s senior project. She will be selling her grain fed red heifer. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Camas Prairie Food Bank and the Idaho County Veterans Center.

So, if you’re looking for a good meal and want to help out two local organizations, come on over to the sale this Friday and bid on Heckman’s project!


(L-R) Marie Heckman and Caity Johnson in their Grangeville High School FFA best.

Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach has a variety of fall enrichment classes including the upcoming October classes which include the following:

Eco-Dyed Scarves will be held Tuesday. Oct. 9, with Lynette Mullis from 6-9 p.m. at a cost of $45.

Clean Your Computer with Elijah Zeida is set for Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m., for $50.

Sip and Roll: Smoked Salmon Sushi with Rachel Young will be held Monday, Oct. 15, for $14, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Risk Reduction for Business will be offered by several cooperative entities Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at a cost of $15.

The Free Press’ own Clearwater Valley News correspondent Norma Staaf will offer Effective Letter Writing Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for $15.

To sign up for these and other classes contact coordinator Carla Nuxoll Wilkins at 208-983-2164 or

Remember, several other classes are on tap for September (Idaho Forest Group tour Sept. 18. Learn to Dance: Foxtrot Sept. 25; Quickbooks 2018 Sept. 26; and A Taste of the Prairie Sept. 29) as well as a plethora of classes set for November and December.

Several people have asked about the Bazaar building on Grangeville’s Main Street as they see the windows papered and a roll-off Dumpster in the back. Here’s the scoop: I don’t know. Help me out!

If you know of news around Idaho County, give me a call or e-mail.

Idaho County ranks 35th for purchasing power

A new study from financial technology company SmartAsset shows where in Idaho people can get the most out of their money. The study compares median income and cost of living data nationwide to find the counties where people hold the most purchasing power.

Idaho County ranks 35th in the state for purchasing power and has a listed median income of $38,597.

The top 10 counties for purchasing power are:

•Caribou (where the median income is $57,957 and purchasing power index is 74.00); Ada ($58,099, 72.49): Teton ($58,173, 71.12); Fremont ($49,973, 69.79); Nez Perce ($49, 541, 69.43); Jefferson ($54,646, 69.19): Bingham ($49,943, 68.84); Franklin ($50,500, 68.39); Bonneville ($52,831, 67.81); and Valley ($53.630, 67.12).

Today, Wednesday. Sept. 12, is customer appreciation day at Shiznits. It’s $3 cheeseburgers all day long! The food trailer is located in the Soltman Center parking lot on Grangeville’s Main Street.

You can now order on-line from Grangeville’s Pizza Factory! Simply go to and click order.

Don’t forget, you can also do this for Grangeville Subway at


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