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Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS ECTIVES WEDNESDAY, JANUARY I 0, 2018 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, V~ALSH COUNTY PRESS There is a series on Netflix called "Black Mirror" that is a ver- sion of "The Twilight Zone" for a new generation. Each episode de- picts an individual story, often with a tragic twist, based on not to far off technology. There are stories of human con- sciousness uploaded to the cloud, there are tales of video game tech- nology taken one step too far, there are moments in social media where the "likes" you get determine your status in life. If this were an episode, the world would end not with a bang but with a tweet. I hate Twitter. I believe that a world encompassed in 140 charac- ters at a time does more harm than good. The only reason I have Twit- ter is because I once was employed at a place that would not have me otherwise. You want to know how many times I have used my Twitter ac- count for anything besides internet giveaways? Not very much at all. You want to know what my boss who wanted me to have Twitter did all day? Not very much else at all. Social media can be a vacuous time suck the likes of which pre-in- ternet generations have never seen or it can be the greatest human con- nector in the world. I have a new niece in my world. I love seeing her little face on my newsfeed. I enjoy sharing my joys and discoveries. I love watching area businesses flourish, spreading their menus and products and more. I don't need a "safe space," but I have trouble finding any avenue of Twitter that isn't infested with trolls looking to ruin someone Hello, I was bitter last week. Bitter cold that is. Talk about ringing in the New Year in style. It was too cold to even go to the dance and supper at New Hradec. I hate missing that. We had a low of-35. That is cold. Even here in North Dakota. But that wasn't the worst around. The national weather service had Hettinger as the coldest place on the planet! Not in the nation. Not on the continent. On the entire planet Earth! That includes the poles! Well, shortly after that was posted on social media, corrections came in. Someone near Mar- math, on the Little Missouri, sent in a picture of their thermometer. -52!! I would let Shirley wear my mittens in that kind of deal. But when we used to feed cows on the river, you could see and feel that temperature drop as you went down through the badlands. I be- some of the hands over the winter. lieve it. One old boy made the best hot I remember one tough winter sauce I ever tasted. He was an old during the oil boom of the eight- hand that was dry watching the rig ies. Pipe was being hauled up after the hole came up dry. Think from Houston as it is now. Work- his name was Charlie. He had done .ers were flocking here from south- a little time in the "big house". He ern states much like last oil boom. would never really say what he had Winterizing on rigs wasn't near as done, but rumor had it he'd got in good as it is now, and those boys a fight over a Cajun queen. Or spent a lot of cold days and nights maybe that's a song 1 heard. You tripping pipe in terrible condi- be the judge. But he was a fine tions, friend. There was a rig drilling not far One day a trucker came in to from the ranch and we were doing use the phone. Being a southern snow removal on the location, lad, he hadn't heard of number one So we became acquainted with fuel and his truck had jelled up else's day. For every one nice per- son doing a good thing, there are an army of trolls seeking their devas- tation. Though that may be an ex- aggeration, the ones with vitriol seem to speak the loudest. The technology we have may be remedial in comparison to the imaginative worlds in "Black Mir- ror," but the theme rings true, maybe it would have been better had we never plugged in at all. I can still hear the sound of the dial-up as it hooked as all one by one. There is a little fear in every logout as the In- ternet quietly whispers, "Come back. Come back or you'll miss it." Miss what? "Everything." "Like" the llh&h C~un0, Press on Face- near the ranch. Mechanics came out to heat it up and get it going. He wanted to call his boss and tell him what the problem was. I listened from the other room as he exclaimed to his boss (in a Southern drawl), "It's so damn cold in this Godforsaken land that the fuel freezes. They are digging it out of the lines with a screw- driver!" Another story that came from the rig one particularly windy day was a guy came down off the rig and met his driller coming up. The driller asked where he was going. Again in a southern drawl "I'm just going to get my jacket". The driller asked, "Where's your jacket?" "Texas!" the old boy drawled. So, as I explain to Shirley as she thaws her frozen hands, it could be worse. Later, Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We are praying that everyone is starting the New Year out healthy and staying warm! This week Jan. 7th - 13th Jan. 7th Activities Canceled due to the Flu Jan.ath 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Making Knefla Soup, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Jan. 9th Taking Down Christmas Decorations Jan. 10th 10:15 Bingo w/Pen Pals, 3:15 Bingo Jan. l lth 3pm Birthday Party hosted by St. Peter and Paul Bechyne, 6:30 Movie Night Jan. 12th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, l pm Music Therapy, 3pm Games Jan. 13th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Word Game, 2:15 Bin- go Next week Jan. 14th2 20ih Jan: 14th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Totman, 3:30 Martin Luther King Jr. Trivia Jan. 15th Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Making Chicken Noodle Soup, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Jan. 16th lpm Crochet Group, 3pm Painting Jan. 17th 9am Peeling Potatoes, 3:15 Bingo Jan. 18th 3pm Beading, 6:30 Movie Night Jan. 19th Clergy visits, 10:30 Na'd Time, lprrl Music Therapy, 3pm Games Jan. 20th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Cheese Lovers Day, 2:15 Bingo Thank you to our many volun- teers: Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Shirley Sobolik, Mary Sundby, Mary Lund, Dorothy Novak, and anyone I may have missed I am sor- ry. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701- 284-7115. FActs ON Fotac ACID 1-2018 Prefent. Promote, Protect, Walsh County Health District Short Shots by Carly Ostenrude January 7-13 is Folic Acid Awareness week. What is folic acid? Is it important? Do we need it? What foods con- tain folic acid? Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is vital to cell growth. It's important in women who are at childbearing age, pregnant, or planning to become preg- nant becatise it can prevent up to 70% of serious neural tube (brain and spinal cord) defects. Spina bifida and anencephaly are two common neu- ral tube defects. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends women ages 15 to 45 should consume 400 mcg of folic acid daily, even if they are not plan- ning to become pregnant. There are two ways to make sure you are consuming enough folic acid: taking a multivitamin and/or eating fortified foods such as grams, pastas, or breakfast cereals. Quality Hearing Care Complimentary Hearing Test 60 Day Digital Hearing Aid Trial Service Major Richard Wakefiela* Hearing Aid Brands Gary Chwialkowski ND, MN Licensed 38 years serving the area Board Certified H.I.S.* First Care Health Center Tuesday, Jan. 16 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For appt. 151' !1 i 170'1-746-7000 II I klk'l ~ II 2514 S. Washington ---- ----- Grand Forks, ND 0% FINANCING AVAILABLE Insurance/Medicaid ~~ ~ ,I Russians ;Vdl Shred Minds In Midterm Elections By the time American voters Well, society has been neglecting start looking at their congres- the civic education of it citizens sional options, Russian political and there isn't time to teach dis- strategists will be waiting to un- eerrunent to millions of gullible load an electronic flood of"shock voters by November 6. and awe" that will be incompre- Perhaps one idea worth con- hensible for the gullible American sidering would be the creation of electorate, a 24-hour online Truth Central to Everyone involved in building receive research and provide re- a new voting system that will pot son the validity offake-news. withstand everything the Rus- After all, we have a lot of fake- sians can design has come with a newsers in as well as outside the different theory about the attack+ country. Those dealing with the collection. One problem: can we find a tabulation and certification ofbal- creditable institution that a large lots are bracing for widespread enough share of the citizen would manipulation of figures, trust with the news? Certainly, the Others are convinced, myselfpropaganda channels of MSNBC among them, that the Russians will and Fox news would be dis- use in 2018 what worked in 2016: missed. The president would not buy thousands of commercialstolerate CNN. on social media to spread con- I suspect none of the three reg- structive and destructive rumors, ular commercial channels would e.g."Hillary has a restaurant in Vir- pass muster anymore. The Drunk ginia engaged in child trafficking." Cowboy Daily in Billings would A man actually appeared withprobably be acceptable to carry the guns to rescue the kids. reports but the page layouts nev- About a hundred years ago, ed- er gets past the Burned Egg to the ucators and social scientists saw a pnnt shop. A Drunk Cowboy has bright future in the spread ofed- not been published since 1947 ucational and charitable institu- It is sad when we have to admit tions. I am glad they didn't live that distrust has seeped so deep in through the death of their expec- our society that our major news tations. The electorate is no more sources cannot be used to correct qualified to mn a democracy today falsehoods. than it was in 1918. Our lives are Most interest groups with pub- -consunaed by electronics - not lications have vested interests so knowledge, just electronics,most of them may be dismissed. The problem is that all of us The only one organization ac- have predispositions to believe ru- ceptable for standing as the pillar mors that we want to believe and of truth in the 2016 election is the we cling to these predispositions American research-based per- with a passion, e.g.'behind some formance management consulting hill in Kentucky is a band of company known mostly for its re- Moslems that have established liable polling, the George Gallup Sharia society." My cousin-in-law organization. told me and that's truth. With 90 years of untarnished If the Russian siege were only performance, the Gallup people going to be through electronic would appreciate the limitations of equipment, defense against this in- data, discretion in handling in, vasion would be simple. After formation, and responsible re- all, we have as many electronic porting. brains as Russia so we could de- Exposure of Russian rumors tect and block their efforts with looks like the most effective strat- ease. But that does not help those egy short of shutting the Internet voters lacking in discernment, down tbr four months. Better so- Social scientists look at edu- lutions are welcome but never,fly cation as the first line of defense, without a strut in one hand. Others are convinced, myself among them, that the Russians wl, use in 2018 what worked in 2016: buy thousands of commer- cials on social media to spread con- structive and destructive rumors, e.g"Hillary has a restaurant in Virginia enjzaged in child trafficking." A man a.c- tua-Ily appeared with guns to rescue the Kios. Extension Exchange A person can develop digestive problems at any age but it is more likely to occur as you get older. Approximately 40% of all older adults have one or more digestive system disorders every year, main- ly caused by changes that happen in the digestive tract with age. Common digestive problems that occur as a person ages include things such as constipation, di- verticular disease, ulcers and stom- ach bleeding, swallowing prob- lems, colon polyps, and heart- burn. Is there anything that can be done to avoid these common di- gestive problems? Prevention is the best medicine for health problems and the same is true for keeping your digestion system working smoothly. Here are some tips for protecting your digestive health and overall well- being. Check your meds - Many medications used to manage chronic conditions, like arthritis and high blood pressure can have digestive-tract side effects. Stay active - Regular physi- cal activity can help avoid con- stipation, in addition to its overall health benefit. This is important because many older adults be- come less active due to ~dvanced age or medical issues. Eat more fiber- The digestive ing an effort to increase your dai- ly fiber intake do it gradually and make sure to drink plenty of wa- ter. Drink plenty of fluids -Drink- ing water and other fluids, such as orange juice with pulp, can keep you hydrated and help ease con- stipation. Older adults who take diuretics are at increased risk for dehydration. Manage your weight - Many age-related health problems can be prevented by ma'mtaining a healthy weight, which can also reduce the number of medications you need to take. Medications can cause digestive side effects. It is. also important to limit the fat in your diet, choose healthy por- tions and select whole foods in- stead of processed foods to help you manage your weight. Get regular health screen- ings - Talk to your doctor about any concerning symptoms you are having and ask about regular screenings. The risk of developing colon polyps increases after age 50, which makes getting regular screenings very important. For more information on this topic, go to WebMD at disorders/features/digestive -health- aging?print=true Any questions about this col- umn or something else may be di- tract slows down, just like Other rected to the NDSU Extension of- bodily functions, due to age, so it rice in Walsh County at 284-6624, is essential to increase your con- or email me at: sumption of fruits, vegetables, I would be glad and whole grains. If you are mak- to help! 2018 Getting it Right Topics that will be covered in- Soybean Productionclude: Local production and crop Meetings Set updates Soybean producers will have 2018 disease outlook, in- an opportunity to learn about in- cluding an update on soybean tensive soybean management at cyst nematodes, as well as field one off our research results conducted in Getting it Right in Soybean 2017 and information on how to Production meetings the North manage soybean diseases Dakota State University Exten- Variety selection; the latest sion Service has scheduled for information on various produc- Fessenden, Kenmare, Rugby and tion issues, such as the impor- Langdon in January 2018. tance of good root nodulation, "Farming is very complex, and fertility issues and water man- new production information is agement; and the results of a soy- generated annually," says Hans bean production survey Kandel, NDSU Extension agron- Intensive soybean manage- omist. "With tight budgets, it is ment, no till and strip till versus important for producers to gain as conventional till, planting dates, much knowledge as possible, plant populations and row spac- These soybean educational meet- ing, special soybean inputs on the ings featuring research-based in- market and weed management is- formation can help producers sues with soybean production deci- How to manage various in- sions for the 2018 growing sea- sect pests, including spider mites son." and soybean aphids NDSU Extension agents and The North 'Dakota Soybean specialists will discuss soybean Council is sponsoring the Getting research conducted - iff North it Right in Soybean Production Dakota and the outlook and pro- programs and lunch. The council duction issues for 2018. oversees promotion, research and The meeting dates and place marketing programs funded by are: soybean checkoff dollars. Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m The meetings are free of Festival Hall, Wells County Fair- charge. Preregistration is not nec- grounds, 604 Highway 15, FeN- essary. senden; for more information, contact Lindsay Maddock, agent, Farm Bill Payment NDSU Extension/Wells County, at 701-547-3341 or lindsay.mad- Calculator Available for 2018 Cash Flow Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Estimates Memorial Hall, 5 3rd St. N.E Kenmare; for more information, A calculator to help producers contact Paige Brummund, agent, estimate the Agricultural Risk NDSU Extension/Ward County, Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss at 701-857-6444 or paige.f.brum- Coverage (PLC) payments they may receive in 2018 is available Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m online. Dakota Farms Restaurant, 308 Visit Highway 2 S.E Rugby; for more BillCalculator or search for "NDSU farm bill" on Google. information, contact Yolanda Schmidt, agent, NDSU Exten- The payments are for the 2017 sion/Pierce County, at 701-776- crop year, but the final determi- 6234 or nation and issuance of payments are not made until the last three Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m months of 2018. NDSU Langdon Research Exten-Pr6ducers face a challenging sion Center, 9280 107th Ave.profit environment for 2018, and N.E Langdon; for more infor- any source of revenue will be im- mation, contact Anitha Chiru- portant in projecting cash flow, mamilla, agent, NDSU Extert- sion/Cavalier County, at 701-256-2560 or anitha.chiru' Extension on Ag Cont page 6 / . t 4