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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY 8, 2014 t' By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist a." A" ,= . FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY KATRINA HOI)NY INTERIM ASST. EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS "An El Toro Marine from North Dakota who served on the base in the 1950s was awarded 100% VA Disability on March 10, 2011 for multiple systems atrophy (MSA) with loss of use of both feet, service-connection for bradykinesia, service-connection for depression, service-connection for facial masking, and service-connection for speech impairment. At the family's request, the Marine's name is withheld." The previous quote is from 'Part V: Injuries and Deaths' of the book Betrayal." Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cov- er-up and the U.S. Marine from North Dakota was Ray Alkofer of Park River. Betrayal is an informative nonfiction account of contamination at two Marine Corps installations: E1Toro and Camp Lejuene. It is written by two former E1 Toro Marines, Robert O'Dowd, investigative reporter and Tim King, photo/journalist, war correspondent, and founder of Salem- News.com. "[Mr. O'Dowd] was very instrumental in helping Ray get his disabil- ity," said Ray's widow Laura. Laura donated a copy of the book to the Park River Library in hopes of informing others of this situation that plagues other military veterans as well and she asks that you check it out. I personally got a copy of the book for my Kindle through Amazon.com. Like" the Walsh Coun(v Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http:#walshcounty- Happy New Year! I know you are not supposed to air your dirty laundry in public. At least that's what my mother used to tell me. But I just have to get this off my chest. Shirley says I am starting to act like Grandpa Jack and Uncle Hugh. Two of my favorite people of all time. You see, they always found work for us to do on holidays. They would decide to preg check cows on New Year's Eve. And it would be done up on the rez in the A. I. Pasture. The pasture was on a hill overlooking Moccasin Creek. In the winter it was always cold and windy. In the summer it was hot and windy. I guess it was built to keep the flies away. The only thing I could figure out. Or they would decide to trail cows home from Charlie's on St. Patrick's Day. Or start a roundup on Thanksgiving. Or brand the first week in July. And she accused me because I was looking at the forecast for the next week or so and trying to pick a day to preg check our cows. While nieces and nephews and kids are around to do a major part of the work. Christmas week was out because of family dinners and family travels. I'm not just talking press, wordpress.com Christmas Day or Eve. I'm talking We don't have any good holidays in the week. There is sledding and ski- August. You could go to the lake. Go ing and ice-skating and snow board- golfing. Rope steers. Have a fami- ing and dinner at every relative and ly picnic. I mean, the whole world some people I don't even know. is waiting for a good August holi- So I looked at next week. Can't. day. Instead, we celibate, I mean eel- New Years. What? Why not New ebrate, but that too, in the winter Years Eve? We will be done mid af- when it is ten below and snowing! temoon. I mean how many Tom and You have to sit around in the dark Jerry's can you drink? Someone for hours waiting for the stroke of might invite us over. Oh. midnight so you can hug and kiss I guess she is right. She usually people you don't really like and wish is. And it won't hurt to feed those old them well. Spreading H1N1 and cows up a little after that cold snap drinking sticky drinks! Give me Au- last week. And by then, I might find gust and a drink with ice in it. someone to nail shoes on a horse I guess I'm not the only one that anyway, sometimes gets a little testy over the As usual, you just start getting holidays. Had a friend telling me over Christmas and New Years about his shopping the other day. It pops up. Now, if I were in charge, was the same friend whose wife was I would space them out a little bet- looking through the kitchen window ter. You should have like a month in in that storm. between major holidays. I would He said he never liked shopping. celebrate New Years in August. I mean if you can't get it at the House of Booze or the feed store, it most likely isn't needed. I'm a lot like this friend. Anyway, he and his wife had gone to Billings to Christmas shop. They were in that big mall and she separated from him to do some se- rious shopping and he sat down next to that pretzel machine in the mid die. But, as men sometimes do af- ter a couple of hours of watching crazy people walk by, he wandered off. Thanks to the miracle of cell phones, his wife called him quite a bit later. ' ' "Where are you", she asked? He quickly replied, "Remember that jewelry store we shopped at be- fore our tenth anniversary? The one that had that beautiful Black Hills necklace with our brand on the pendant? The one you said you wanted more than anything in your life? Remember?" His wife was breathless! She was taken aback that he would remem- berI "Oh God", she squealed! "I do remember! I love you so much!" "Well", my cowboy friend replied, "I'm in the bar next to that store". Happy New Years, Dean Public Ntmlth Prevent. Promote. Protect. FETAL ALCOHOL C11 UM Walsh County Health District Short Shots pregnant, her: child will not have a FASD. What are some of the Signs of FASDs? FASDs can affect the mind or the body or both. It is a group of dis- orders and people with FASDs can show a wide range of signs. Physical signs include abnormal facial features such as narrow eye opening and a smooth ridge between the upper lip and nose. Also a small head size, short stature, low body weight can be seen in people with FASDs. Rarely, problems with the heart, kidneys, bones or hearing might be present. Intellectual and behavioral signs might include problems with memory, judgment, or impulse con- trol, motor skills, academics, pay- ing attention, and low IQ. Specific learning disabilities are also possi- ble. Contact your doctor or local public health staff if you think your child might have FASD. Early in- tervention is important. are fetal alcohol spectrum disorders? Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) is the name given to a group of conditions that a person can have if that person's mother drank alcohol while she was pregnant. These conditions include physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as problems with behavior and learning. Often a person has a mix of these problems. FASDs are a leading known cause of intellectu- al disability, and birth defects. What causes FASDs and how can they be prevented? FASDs are caused by a woman's drinking of alcohol while she is pregnant. There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe to drink while pregnant. All drinks that contain alcohol can harm an nnbom baby. There is no safe time to drink during pregnancy. Alcohol can harm a baby at any time during pregnancy so to prevent FASDs a woman should not drink alcohol while she is pregnant, or even when she might get pregnant. FASDs are 100% preventable. If a woman doesn't drink alcohol while she is t,, il Gtxxl Happenings at Our I . rJ l, Samaritan Good Samaritan S< ic P, ag R,vF. Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Hello I would like to introduce myself, my name is Nannette Hoeger, I am the new Activity Director at the Good Samaritan Society. I have worked in activities in a nursing home setting for over 6 yrs in Grand Forks. I am very happy to be at the Good Samaritan Society and love the huge support we receive from the community. Coming from a larger town we did not have that. Thank You Rose Ulland for all your hard work. If you would like to help in any way please give me or Rose a call at 284-7115. Dec. 31 ..................... New Year's Eve Party with blackjack Jan. 1 ....................... Lutefisk served Jan. 2 ..................... Father Luetin piano Jan. 3 ....................... Resident Rummage sale Jan. 6 ....... i .............. Hymn Sing with Cheryl Cox Jan. 9 ........................ Monthly Birthday Party Thank You to all the many volunteers for the week of Dec. 29- Jan. 4. Sunday Worship David Hinrichs Embroidery Group Linda Larson and Shirley Sobolik Men's group Arnold Braaten Rosary Shirley Sobolik Bible Study Jeanean McMillan Nail time Terry Hagen Sat. Mass Father Gary Luetin Daily Devotions Lois Ydstie, Heidi Collins, Pastor David Hinrichs,Corrinne Ramsey, Daily Devotional Accompanist Mary Seim. Please forgive me if I forgot to mention anyone that has helped. The Oil Industry Is Gem'ng Off Cheap NDSU Extension Service ona at Home While at home on a holiday break, I had a little more time to in- vest in food preparation than I usu- ally have, so I decided we would fo- cus our cooking efforts on foods from around the world. Right after eating lunch, my kids began asking what we were having for dinner. At first, I won- dered if I was preparing enough food for my two growing teenagers and 10-year-old. Turns out, they re- ally were looking forward to the va- riety of recipes we were trying. Cooking was OCcuovih , much of my "vacation," even with my patient husband washing dishes in my wake. I then decided they needed to be in on the food preparation action. My kids learned more about cook- ing in the process of helping chop and assemble food. Many of us eat more interna- tional foods than we imagine. Al- though we might think we are en- joying American food, the recipes we prepare at home and the ones we choose in restaurants often are melting pots of world cuisine. What ethnic foods do you enjoy? My family particularly enjoys food of Asian, European and South American origin. In the past couple of weeks, we had chicken stir-fry, pot stickers, egg rolls, lentil curry, Swedish meatballs, homemade piz- za, spaghetti, tacos and quesadillas. We enjoyed various breads, in- cluding lefse, pita bread and tortillas. We also prepared combread and roasted root vegetables, which can be traced to early Native American culture. Consider trying some different recipes from other cultures in the New Year. With an adventuresome and healthful approach to cooking, Fill one-fourth of your plate with lean proteins such as meat, poultry, seafood and plant-based proteins such as lentils and beans. Many other cultures incorporate more protein-rich plant foods such as lentils, chickpeas and dry beans. These fiber- and protein-rich legumes can stretch your protein food dollar when added to soups, stews and salads. For example, mix minced garlic, lemon juice, red pepper and tahini (sesame seed paste) with mashed chickoeas and you have the tasty Middle Eastern dip known as hum- mus. Try white beans in an Italian vegetable soup with a base of diced tomatoes, chicken broth, oregano and basil. Be sure to drain and rinse canned beans to reduce the sodium content by about 40 percent. As another op- tion, start with dry beans and invest the time in soaking and cooking them to make delicious, nutritious meals. Fill the remaining one-fourth of your plate with grains, particularly whole-grain foods. Try less famil- iar grains such as quinoa or bulgur mixed with parsley, olive oil, chopped tomatoes and cucumbers to make tabbouleh salad, a common dish in the Mediterranean region of the world. Higher-calorie, higher-sodium foods from around the world can be "tamed" by substituting ingredients. Choose fat-free or reduced-fat dairy prod- ucts in place of full-fat dairy. Dairy is the fifth food group that provides protein, calcium and many other nu- trients, and yogurt is a staple in- gredient in many cultures. Try using more spice when you we can take our plates and our trim the amount of butter or salt in palates on a journey around the recipes. You can perk up the flavor world without leaving home. of foods with chili powder, garlic, I Many intemational menus are " " : : , fruits and vegetables. En- Economists at North Dakota :: it in Alaska s estimated at'$28 jo ying more stir-fried vegetables, State University have calculated per barrel, a rosy return when the annual economic impact of the compared compared to only $2 in Bakken Field development arid Iraq. came up with $13 billion for 2009 The truth is that the 11.5 pereent - and a lot of growth has occurred tax is reasonable. It can only look since then. For a people used to unreasonable as long as we over- dealing in thousands, and some- look the tremendous cost brought times millions, talk about billions by the industry. is impressive. As enumerated last week, be- But our euphoric daze shouldcause of the industry the state not blind us to the reality of oil de- government has had to build and velopment, repair highways, beef up state The oil industry is not in North services, and provide financial Dakota because it saw a state in support to commtmities crushed by need of an economic boost. Nei- the costs of medical services, law ther is it here because our tax rev- enforcement, social services, fire enue has always been short. And protection, pollution, schools, wa- it is not here to provide new jobs ter supply and a multitude ofoth- and more population for a sparse- ers. ly-populated semi-arid west.When the first severance tax of The oil industry is here because five per cent appeared in the it can make billions of dollars rain- 1950s, it was deemed as "in lieu ing our resources. And let us not of property taxes." Because forget that while North Dakota is there was no way to assess the val- prospering from the oil develop- ue of the oil underground, we ment, the oil industry is profiting had to wait until it came to the sur- even more. face to assess it. When oil exploration and pro- The annual tax on commercial duction ceases to be profitable, the property in the state is around one oil industry will pack up and leave percent of market value. The us with the consequences, what- 11.5 percent oil tax represents ever they may be. Even though the eleven years of property taxes. industry is raking in billions, some Then that property base is gone oil executives are looking for a re- forever. duction in taxes. Look at the Burlington-North- A spokesperson for the oil in- em Railroad. The Company pays dustry has suggested that state property taxes year-after-year taxes on oil should be cut in half. without incurring billions ofdol- He alleged that our present tax lars in public costs. That is also could drive the industry to other true about other commercial prop- states, e.g. Colorado or Texas, erties in North Dakota. with lower taxes. Meanwhile, the oil industry is One oil executive pointed topaying a one-time assessment, Alaska. much of which is offset by the "They have a very, very highpublic costs suffered by the state tax rate that they imposed that ba- and its local governments. sically stopped exploration up Burlington-Northern will keep there," he alleged, paying and paying without incur- Alaska did cut its taxes on the ring public costs. promise that it would stimulate If the oil industry is going to production and result in new rev- carry its share of the tax load, it enue for the state. But even in the should be assessed for all of the ex- face of this tax windfall, a BP ex- tra public costs it is requiring. The ecutive conceded that they were costs have been gobbling up about "producing a diminishing re-one-fourth of our oil income so our source." take-home money is a lot less The suggestion to cut taxes is than we think. groundless as long as the industry Compared to other properties continues to make billions in in North Dakota, the oil industry North Dakota. The per barrel prof- is getting off cheap. [P ] g . The ublic costs have been ob- bhng up about one-fourth of our od income so our take-home money is a lot less than we think. which is characteristic of Asian cuisine, can help us meet the goal of filling half of our plates with fruits and vegetables. ginger, basil, oregano; curry or eilantro. To reduce sodium in any of your recipes, opt for reduced-sodi- um versions of broths and sauces such as soy sauce. Compare Nutri- tion Facts labels to learn more about your choices. Editor's Note The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will re- turn as soon as possible. 1 Walsh County Extension Office Park River- 284-6624 Walsh County Annual ey in the game for Walsh County Livestock Improvement Soybean producers. What are some of the ramifica- Meeting tions of all this? If herbicide resist- Dr. Karl Hoppe will be the fea- ant weeds are not enough to make tured speaker at our annual meeting producers quit soybeans on soy- and will be speaking on several sub- beans they now have one more very jects. The first is "A Long Stretch good reason to rethink this crop se- of Cold Weather, Now What?" He quence. We are going to be forced will also put the pencil to some to make some hard choices in the fu- feeds and see what does and does ture and I believe we are going to not make sense. Free can cost more have to get more diverse and ere- than the stuff you pay for. ative when it comes to crop rota- The meeting is at the Alexander tions. The good news is unlike the House on Friday, Jan. 17 at noon. com country we grow crops up here Soybean Cyst Nematodes; that are non-host crops and we can They're Here! fit them in easily if we make the Like all good things must come choice. Some of these non-host to an end, so does the lack of soy- crops are barley, corn, potato, sug- bean cyst nematode, SCN. At our ar beet, spring wheat and sunflow- soybean plot tour early this fall we ers. I was told by a researcher in handed out bags for sampling SCN. Iowa that wheat is one of the best One of the produces, who farms east rotations when it comes to this of I29 told me he came up with a pest. Here is the bad news, dry ed- positive test. Granted it was at very ible beans are host crops along low levels but it was positive all the with some of the weeds we have same. The rest to my knowledge like chickweed. came up negative. So why should The good news is that Walsh we care? The SCN accounts for an County to this point is relatively estimated 1.5 billion dollars of clean and all the vast majority ofour losses in the United States annual- producers need to do is monitor the ly. If we would see just 10% of yield situation and practice good agron- losses in Walsh County that would omy strategies and understand the be huge. Just for the sake offigur- pest. The point I make here is that ing I figured an average yield loss what we need to do this now mon- of 10% on 30 bushels per acre at itor and manage our fields before $10.00 per bushel that is $30/acre they turn into problem fields that can that we have lost to the economy. I affect the long term productive of would say there is some real mon- some very high priced land. Dates to Remember: 1-15 Walsh County Fair Officers and Directors meeting, Extension Office Park River 7 pm 1-17 Walsh County Annual Livestock Improvement Meeting, Alexander House Park River, noon