Sorority hosting cook-off

A Minot State University sorority is hosting a chili cook-off on Saturday to help raise money for the Carnegie Center.

Kim Nielsen, an adviser for the Beta Theta Sorority, said the chili cook-off will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the upper-level of the Carnegie Center at 105-2nd Ave. SE.

It will cost $5 for an adult and $2 for a child to sample the chili at the cook-off. People who want to enter their own chili in the cook-off can do so for a $20 registration fee. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated towards efforts to maintain the Carnegie Center.

“I would like to see 20 people register,” said Nielsen. “That would be a terrific turnout!”

Nielsen, a 1973 alumni of Minot State University, said people can bring their chili to the cook-off and enter it that day, but that she would like to see as many people register beforehand as possible. People can register their chili by calling Jasmin Peterson at 240-6884 or by e-mailing The chili should be pre-made and should have 10 to 12 cups. There should be a handwritten recipe beside each entry.

Nielsen said the sorority is encouraging groups to enter. Nielsen said she asked Minot State University President David Fuller to submit a vegetarian chili entry. There will also be a chili entry from Minot State fraternity Mu Sigma Tau, in direct competition with the entry from Beta Theta Sorority. The fraternity and the sorority have a traveling trophy that will go the organization that makes the best chili.

There will be first, second and third prizes awarded for the best chili. Door prizes provided by local businesses will also be given away every half hour. Nielsen said the prizes range from $100 to small gift items.

Nielsen said the young women from the Beta Theta Sorority cleaned up the historic downtown building and have made it presentable for the cook-off. She encouraged them to adopt the building and help make it flourish.

The sorority plans to hold some upcoming events at the Carnegie Center and to try to do other things that benefit the preservation of the building. The Pretty in Pink Tea for members of the sorority and past sorority members will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 28 at the Carnegie Center.

Nielsen said the Beta Theta Sorority was revived last year. It was last a presence on campus in the 1980s. Since last year it has been making a comeback.