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PAGE 4. PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY I, 2014 Hello, Winter is here. The snow is get- ting deeper. The wind colder. It&apos;s only the third week in December and I'm counting bales in the stack and waiting for a chinook! Forecast for another eight inches of snow to- day! You know, winters just aren't like they used to be. That's what we all say. It used to be colder and snowier. But, again this moming, it looks like Shirley maybe froze her cheeks. The wind chill has been twenty to fifty below quite a few days lately. But it used to be a lot worse. Or maybe it just seems like it used to be a lot worse. Back before four-wheel drive pickups and trac- tors with cabs. I imagine if you were feeding with a team, and pitching sweet clover hay out of a haystack, it would seem a lot worse. But as I was getting a tank of number one diesel yesterday, for over four bucks a gallon, I was starting to kind of lean towards a team again. You know, Shirley says every year I go through this phase. I de- cide I want a team. I've had Ben and Bill, Coors and Coors Lite, Ben and Buck, Thelma and Louise, and some I can't recall the name of. Hat Cause I couldn't drive them. And then in the spring, I decide I want a milk cow. Not for me. For Shirley. And she doesn't like to milk cows. And I don't like to drink it. But, it's like some kind of addiction. I just can't help it. Just setting here recalling, kind of brings a smile to my face. I know there have to be some of you out there who grew up driving horses, or pitching loose hay. Or taking a load of square bales out to the cows on a cold winter morning. I remember one Christmas mom- ing; I suppose fifty years ago or so. Dad was feeding cows over by the lake. He had a good sorrel team that had made the trip a lot of times. It was about ten below and a light snow falling. We, well he, loaded that sled up with little squares and we hunkered down in the hay and = !72 Q < ?5 Tips clucked to that team. They put their heads down and took off down a winding sled trail towards the lake. I suppose it was only a mile or two, but when you' re little, it seemed like a long way. As we came over the hill towards the lake, the cows got up off their beds and bellered at us and came trudging through the snow. Then Dad let out an exclamation and pointed. The last cow coming had a little Hereford calf following her. It was a little heifer calf. You can say what you want about them old Hereford cattle, but they made it through a lot of Dakota winters and bought a lot of ranches. We named that cow Christmas and kept her for a lot of years. Still have a picture of her hanging on the fridge. Right up there with the Grandkids. Some people would say we're sick. But she was a dam good cow. And that reminds me, and I know I've told you this story before, but I like it. When Bennie was sick his wife Betty, did the chores. She was pitching hay to about three hun- dred cows and getting the kids to school. She would get up about four in the morning, bake bread, make a breakfast, take care of Bennie, get the kids to school, and then feed three hundred cows. She would get the kids home from school, do their homework, feed the saddle horses and the pail calves, clean Bennie up, make supper, and clean the house. Next morning, the same thing. And a lot of pitching hay out of a loose stack. Which, if you've done it, is no small task. I don't think you over fed in those days. Along about spring, Betty was feeling pretty down. So, she drove into the doctor at Watford one day for a checkup. The doctor checked her all over and determined she needed more exercise! And I think maybe that is what Shirley needs! Would loosen that new knee up. Merry Christmas! Dean WESt NZtE Vmu$ Lk00ATE-2013 Walsh County Health District Short Shots As of October 29, 2013, 120 hu- man West Nile Virus (WNV) in- fections from 25 counties have been reported to the ND Department of Health. Of these WNV infections 57 (48%) were neuro invasive cas- es (affecting the brain/spine/nervous system). North Dakota has one of the highest incidences of neuro in- vasive WNV disease in the United States. There were also 2 West Nile Virus related deaths in North Dako- ta this past season. The peak for WNV human cases was in Sep- tember 2013 with 19 cases report- ed to the ND Department of Health that week. West Nile Virus continues to be a serious disease, causing illness, hospitalizations and even death in North Dakota. Everyone is sus- ceptible to WNV. Beyond personal protections there are community mosquito pre- vention activities that are helpful in preventing WNV disease. Now is the time to plan for next summer. There are still communities in our county that do not have prevention programs (Spraying and larvaciding for mosquitoes). Contact your city council if you have concerns. Spraying costs money, but if it gets into the city budget it is at least eas- ier to manage the costs. Those of you living on farms or areas outside city limits may want to consider some type of spraying if you are planning large outdoor activities such as family reunions, etc. Any- one that sprays for mosquitoes should have the proper training and certification. If you have ques- tions feel free to contact the public health office at 701-352-5139. Some people who get infected with WNV don't get sick, and are not even aware they have been in- fected. Others get so sick that they are hospitalized or die. Recovery for some people is an extensive process. Let's prevent WNV rather than treat it! ,-, .k-O.l[ sa, maritan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Amanda Daley, Activities Asst. What is going on in Activities/Upcoming Events in Dec. 2013 & Jan. 2014 (part of): Dec. 31 ............................ Resident New Year's Eve Party Jan. 1 ..................................... HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Jan. 2 ..................................... Communion & Piano Music with Father Gary Lutein Jan. 3 ..................................... Resident Rummage Sale Jan. 6 & 20 ................................... Hymn Sing with Cheryl Cox Jan. 9 ...................................... Monthly Birthday Party Jan. 18 ..................................... Art with Bernie W. Jan. 23 .................................... Auxiliary Jan. ? .................................... An inside snowball fight with the residents penpals A Special THANK YOU to the following volunteers for the week of December 22-28: (I apologize if anyone or group is left out or if something is wrong on our schedule.) Sunday Worship: Father Gary Lutein Embroidery Group: Linda Larson and Shirley Soblik Hymn Sing: Rosary: Men's Group: Bible Study: Christmas Worship Service: Nail's Time: Saturday Mass: Cheryl Cox Shirley Soblik Arnold Braaten Jeanean McMillan Pastor Susan Haukaas Terry Hagen Father Gary Lutein Daily Devotions: Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson Pastor David Hinrichs, Bonnie VanBruggen, and Corrinne Ramsey The Oil Industry Comes at Great Cost ,8 North Dakota is on a euphoric high, with the oil industry pouring billions of dollars into the state treasury, mineral owners' pockets and business ledgers. Western towns once written off as dead have sprung to life. The state has gained world- wide importance, on course to chum out a million barrels a day, passing up all other oil-rich states except Texas. While the Bakken boom has been heady for this blank spot on the map (as once described by na- tive son Eric Sevareid), state pol- icymakers need to keep their heads and not let gratitude trample their perspective of what is happening on the ground. While the new money is fabu- lous so are the costs of dealing with the impact of the Bakken. Here is a quick summary of the cost to the state, local govern- ments and private citizens. At one point, Stanley School Superintendent Kent Hjelmstad estimated that schools in North- western North Dakota needed $200 million to cope with the in- flux of over new students - with more on the way. Forecasting a population in- crease to 7,500, Watford City of- ficials are looking at an expected cost if $400 million to expand pub- lic services and facilities. The last session of the Legis- lature appropriated $1.5 billion in general funds for new highway construction and expenses, three- fourths of which is going to oil-af- fected areas of the state. Attorney General Wayne Stene- hjem has stressed the significant increase in drug crime, meaning that more money is desperately needed for law enforcement. McKenzie County has been forced to hire a full-time states attorney to handle the new prosecutions brought by the oil boom. Emergency medical crews are taxed beyond their limits. The agencies involved in medical serv- ices in the Oil Patch reported an in- crease of 60 percent over the past five years and they predicted that it would reach 150 percent in 2014-15. Oil field waste is now over 500,000 tons annually, meaning that new costs a:e occurring for the State Health Eepartment whose job it is to montor oil and chem- ical spills. Dave Glatt, head of the De- partment's environmental section, noted that "the environment as we know it is not going to be the same." That cost cannot be quan- tified in dollars. But the costs related to the Bakken are nt confined to the public sector. 1Nvate citizens - es- pecially those vho were residents before big oil - have been paying as well. The most dramatic impact has been the cost of housing. The mar- ket has become so competitive that rents of $2,500 for two-bedroom apartments are not uncommon. One senior confronted with this tripling of rent explained that "we are all on fixed incomes, liv- ing mostly on Social Security, so it's been a terrible shock." (God bless the memory of Franklin Roosevelt.) An area policymaker under- lined the problem by noting that "grandma can't go to work in the oil fields and make 150 grand a year." Other folks suffering from the oil boom are the landowners who did not own the mineral rights un- der their fields and are now being trampled by the development with very little, if any, benefit. Actually, there are so many untallied costs involved that it will be years before we can quan- tify the impaclt on the state, its lo- cal govemmelnts and private citi- zens. So while we revel in the new money and the population growth, we need to balance these benefits against the costs. And right now the cost-benefit ratio is not as good as it looks on the surface. Next week: The Oil Industry is Getting Off Cheap. Daily Devotional Accompanists: Mary Seim This week we celebrated Christmas with singing Christmas carols & 41' J' Oil field waste is now over 500,000 hymns, bible study, trivia, a resident Christmas party & games, and a  tons annually, meaning" that new special worship service given by Pastor Susan Haukaas on Christmas Day. I am sure the residents appreciated this. Thank you. costs are occurr[nl" for the State Please feel free to call the Good Samaritan Society at 284-7115 Health Department. whose, job it is anytime if you would like to share your time or talents. Have a BlessedHoliday Season. tO monttor otl and chemtcal spills. | t Extension Exchange NDSU Helping Peo- ple 50-plus Nourish Their Body As we age, we may not be as active as we used to be. Maybe we have put on a few extra pounds, or we've developed health issues such as high blood pressure or di- abetes. Today there are lots of health- related information coming our way but you need to consider the recommendations carefully. If you are thinking about getting health- ier, the NDSU Extension Service can help you with evidence-based materials. NDSU Extension is launching a brand new effort called "Nour- ishing Boomers and Beyond", a program to provide North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to eat more nutritiously and be more physically active so they can re- duce their risk of developing chronic diseases. Although the pri- mary target audience includes adults 50 and older, any adult can benefit from the content available on the website at You can sign up for a free monthly newsletter and take part in online lessons. Rural counties in the central to western part of North Dakota will be offering face-to: face classes. You can learn about the particular counties offering the classes by visiting the website. If you do not have access to the In- temet contact me at the Walsh County Extension Office (284- 6624) for the information you seek. Each month the program will focus on one topic, such as how to keep your eyes healthy. Other top- ics include how to keep your heart, brain, muscles, digestive system, skin, bones and joints healthy; how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet; how to sort fact from fiction in claims for ; where to go for reliable health and nutri- tion information; and how to deal with stress and mental health is- sues. According to Extension food and nutrition specialist and project director the goal of the program is to provide nutrition and overall wellness education and online support to help adults sustain a healthy lifestyle. The January lesson will focus on nutrition tips and physical ac- tivities to nourish and exercise your muscles. The website will in- clude a workout guide with easy- to- follow strength, balance, and flexibility exercises that you can do anytime, and recipes that are good sources of protein and the nutrients you need for good health. The site also will have Super- Tracker, a program to help you find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities and weight; and personalize your food and fitness plan with goal set- ting, virtual coaching andjoumal- ing. "Good health is important for enjoying a high quality of life and for maintaining independence in later life," says Jane Strommen, Extension gerontology specialist and project co-director. "This pro- gram offers the tools to help us en- hance our physical and mental health." Future lesson topics include heart health in February, evaluat- ing sources of health and nutrition information in March and eye health in April. The project is supported by a Rural Health and Safety Educa- tion program grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Na- tional Institute of Food and Agri- culture. Here are 10 tips to a healthier 2014: Get to know the foods you eat. Get tips and support for mak- ing better food choices fromyour local Extension Service office. Take your time. Be mindful to eat slowly, enjoy the taste and tex- tures, and pay attention to how you feel. Use hunger and fullness cues to recognize when to eat and when you've had enough. Re- member, your brain needs at least 20 minutes to get the message that your stomach is full. Use a smaller plate at meals to help with portion control. If you eat out, choose more healthful options. Check and com- pare nutrition information about the foods you are eating. Most fast-food restaurants post nutrition facts on their menus. Better yet, preparing food at home makes controlling what is in your meals easier to do. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthful way. Indulge in a natu- rally sweet dessert - fruit! Serve a flesh fruit cocktail or a fruit parfait made with yogurt. For a hot desse, bake apples and top with cinnamon. Choose to eat some foods more or less often. Choose more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-flee or 1 percent milk and dairy products. Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars and salt. Find out what you need. Get your personalized plan at Sip smarter. Drink water or other calorie-flee beverages or fat- free milk when you are thirsty. Compare foods. Compare Nutrition Facts labels at the gro- cery store. Make treats "treats," not everyday foods. Have a smaller piece, and limit sweet treats to special occasions. ### Source: Julie Garden-Robinson, (701) 231- 7187, Editor: Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5301, Dates to Remember: 1-7-8 Lake Region Roundup, Ramsey County Courthouse, Devils Lake, North Dakota 8 a.m. 1-9 Walsh County Extension Advisory Council Meeting Extension Office, Park River ND 6 pm 1-15 Walsh County Fair Board meeting, Extension Office 7 pm 1-17 Walsh County Annual Livestock Improvement Meeting, Alexander House, Park River noon Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible. WE'VE GOT NEWS FOR READERS OF ALL AGES... GET YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO THE PRESS! IN COUNTY OUT OF COUNTY OUT OF STATE $34 $38 $42 YOUR EVENTS . . . YOUR COMMUNITY... YOUR HOMETOWN PAPER IN THE HEART OF WALSH COUNTY