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Chillin' out for news of a chili record: Win or lose, Minto expects a hot time

Residents of Minto, N.D., will be feasting on chili tomorrow when they learn whether a summer chili feed has landed the community in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Back in June, the community cooked a pot of 2,420 pounds of chili in an effort to break the existing mark of 1,438 pounds, which was established in 2003 by the Keystone Aquatic Club in Harrisburg, Pa.

While community leaders have been confident of victory, they've been waiting for nearly five months for official notification, according to Chris Misialek, owner of Harvey Avenue Saloon, one of the summer event's organizers.

That word arrived Tuesday in a letter from Guinness. However, the envelope remains sealed -- until tommorow's fundraising chili feed that will benefit the Minto Historical Society Museum.

"We thought about opening it right away," Misialek said, "but since we're having a chili feed, we decided to wait and open it until then and announce it. We either did it or we didn't. It's going to be a done deal either way."

Tomorrow's feed officially begins at 7 p.m. at the Minto Community Center. The letter-opening event will take place at 8 p.m.

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Kevin Bonham

Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.