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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY 1 2011 Fno THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS January days are a reminder of why people move. I sat in my office on Jan. 3 not questioning the cold temperature until someone else came in and shivered. The heat was broken. The office has been cold before; it is not an uncommon thing. High ceilings, people coming in and out of the front doors, it can be tricky for the heat to keep up, but this time it actually was that the furnace simply was making a noise that did not contribute to the temperature of the room that was causing my fingers to turn blue. Days like that remind me that it takes a special type of person to live here and an even more special type of person to move back here. Last year a series of meetings called LENS were arranged to observe the populous of both Pembina and Walsh counties to try and discover what the needs of the community are and how to reach those goals. It doesn't take much science to establish that North Dakota is not the most desirable of the lower 48, but apparently it is also not the least. With a surplus budget and a hopeful economy, there is something positive northeastern North Dakota has a going on here. And some may lot more to offer than subzero have taken notice because the temperatures? population has taken a 4.7 percent leap, which to those who don't have the numbers may not seem like much, but is actually more than 30,000 people and is a higher rate of acceleration in growth than any other state. They might be in Fargo or Grand Forks or the oil fields out west, but this state has more to offer than that. What about us? What does it take to make an area desirable? Some days it may be so cold your fingers turn blue, but my neighbors have never murdered each other; I usually only hear police sirens when I forget that the speed limit on county roads is 55; and I know what fresh air tastes like. Where is our boost in numbers? What does it take to convince , people that There are thousands of people who live, work, and play in the northern Red River Valley. And I am not asking why with a negative spin, I want to ask why do you live here because that might just be the reason someone else is looking to find out there. Community spirit, good schools, affordable housing, or even just good o1' fashioned country living might be just what your future neighbor is looking for. There is something about living here that makes life worthwile, and I am proof of that. I've been to nine countries, 20 some states and I still come home to North Dakota -- even in January. "'Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our new blog at http://walshcountypress, Hello, I guess I'm getting old. Really. I know you doubt it, but it is true. It really came to mind one day last week. Well, really two days last week. I'm kind of embarrassed to tell you, but I did it. Something I had never done before. Something I had sworn that I would never do. To a guy that grew up driving in the badlands, climbing around, gumbo hills, twenty-foot washouts, snowdrifts higher than the cab of the pickup, climbing up from the Lost Bridge on glare ice, and numerous other challenges, it was cowardly. But I did it. I chained up before I got stuckt For forty years, Shirley has begged, threatened, and cajoled me to "put the chains on before we try that hill". And for forty years I have gently, but firmly explained that a real man does not display a lack of confidence by putting chains on before it is absolutely necessary. It is a sign of weakness. A real man will put the chains on after he has slid into the washout. Or after he has slid imo a tree and smashed up the side of the pickup, broke the mirror off, and jackknifed the trailer. Oh, and I have dear reader, I have. I carry the scars of being hit by the handy-man jack (which is the most inaptly named invention ever) while trying to jack the pickup up in a washout to put the "bracelets" on a pickup. I have slid off hills where mountain goats do not venture, except under pristine conditions. But last week, I was hauling some oil field stuff back in the badlands. West of Grassy. Butte that is. And it was glare ice. As nearly every road from here to Florida is, as of this writing. And I had been forewarned. But, being a wannabe cowboy, I didn't put chains on until I started up a pretty long hill. And the hill kept getting steeper, and steeper. Then it started to get steeper. I decided I'd better chain up. It had gotten a little steeper than I had intended. And the parking brake wouldn't hold the pickup. I put it in four low arid figured that would hold. Well, I hoped that would hold. So there I am, sitting half way up an icy hill with a wonderful of a canyon below, me. I stood there with tears in my eyes as that transmission fought gravity. I would like to say that I quickly slid under the pickup, slapped those chains on, and climbed that hill. But, three hundred pound fat guys don't quickly slide under anything, unless there is food coming out of it. I lay on hay belly and try to hook that inside chain. I couldn't reach it and .I was squeezing the air from my lungs. I lay on my back and try to reach under that pickup, but my shoulders would not flex enough. I lay on my side and by thinking real small (did you know that can help?) ! could just barely reach in and hook the chain. The pickup inched back again and my heart stopped. But then it started again. Otherwise I wouldn't write this. Well, I made it. I got that old baby chained up, clawed my+ way up the hill, and made my delivery. On the way out I met a tractor-trailer heading back in there. No chains on. That's a real man I thought to myself. The last I heard his truck was still sitting crossways on that hill, waiting for a Chinook. The next day I had another load. Up a steeper hill. At lhe shop they told m+ to chain up all four wheels. And be ready to bail out if I lost it. I chained up on a nice level spot. Getting old does have its -advantages! Later, Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Moniea Simon ADC January is going quickly by as we stay warm and cozy here at the center. I would like to thank everyone who has given of their time and talents this week. Devotional leaders were Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Rev. David Hinrichs, Rev. Jeff Johnson, Charles Wilkes. Accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Sunday worship services were led by Rev. Mark Antal and Rev. David Hinrich. Rosary was led by Shirley Sobolik and Mass was held on Saturday with Father Unger. By Extension Agent-In-Training Theresa Jeske March 17 is the date for our Spring USED BOOK SALE and DESSERT LUNCH. Your used books can be dropped off at the center anytime. January Events: Jan 13 3.'O0 Hosted by ST. Peter & Paul Bechyne Jan 14 7:30 Mennonite Singers Jan 14 Matt Hodek 3:00 Jan 27 3:00 Auxiliary Program and Lunch Hosted by Our Saviour s Lutheran Church Many regular activities are held each week including exercises, baking, devotions, current events, Bible Study, Nail s Time, Bingo, hymn sings, and many more. Colorectal Cancer is a cancer that can be treated effectively if detected early." Colorectal cancer is preventable if everyone 50 and older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be prevented. If you are 50 or older--get screened. Colorectal screening is actually preventive for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer starts out as polyps in the colon. During a colonoscopy screening the polyps are removed, thus eliminating the potential for them to become cancerous. The North Dakota Colorectal Screening Initiative provides free colorectal screening for people as follows: • North Dakota resident • Age 50 to 65 • Reported household income at or below 200% of poverty, with no proof of income required • Uninsured or underinsured (high deductible/co-pay or no coverage for colonoscopy screening) • No prior personal history of colon cancer or colorectal polyp disorders To inquire about the colorectal screening initiative contact one of the two sites that provides the screening in ND: • Heart of America Medical Center-Surgical Clinic in Rugby, ND @ 701-776-7000 or • Sanford Health (formerly Merit Care) in Fargo, ND @ 1-800-437-4010, ext 6292 Medical school falls+. short of mission Chapter 15-52 of the North we should be recruiting and Dakota Century Code states that admitting more students who do "the primary purpose of the not need to be sold on the North university of North Dakota school Dakota lifestyle. We need to make of medicine and health sciences is it known across the state that all to educate physicians and other qualified students especially health professionals and to those without the money - can enhance the quality of life inNortli - think of going to medical school Dakota." and then put up the scholarships As parochial as this may sound, and incentives to make it happen. the only reason North Dakota Statistics indicate that medical started a medical school was to "students born in North Dakota are "enhance the quality of life" by at least 10 times more likely to producing doctors who would practice in North Dakota and practice in North Dakota. students doing their residency in Unfortunately, most of the North Dakota are hundreds yes, graduating sttqdents are not staying hundreds of times more likely to here. Case in point: of the 55 stay. students who were graduated last The medical school also has to year, only seven are doing their deal with a political problem. If it residency in North Dakota. expects more money for buildings This is a disastrous situation or programs down the road, it will because students who leave the need to bring the whole state into state to do their residency seldom its program planning, development come back. This large and implementation. Unless this is outmigration means that the done, western legislators will have .medical school is serving the rest little reasbn to support construction of the country more than it is money or anything else for a Red enhancing the quality of life in River Valley institution. North Dakota. Before the present legislative The state law provides for a 15- session, the school asked for an member advisory council but the appropriation of $29 million for a council is of little help because it new building so that it could doesn't represent the whole state increase the number of students, very well. This was the judgment The Board of Higher Education cut of Board of Higher Education this request to $1.8 million with Chancellor Bill Goetz when he instructions to train more doctors proposed the formation of a new but without any new construction, committee to study the situation. Before the Board or the When asked why he didn't use the Legislature will approve more existing advisory council, he said construction, the medical school he wanted better representation will have to demonstrate that it can from other parts of the state. raise the number of in-state With an old population growing residencies significantly. Andwith older, North Dakota is seeing five times more applicants than Medicare and Medicaid grow by openings, the school is in a strong leaps and bounds. The need for position to dictate residency doctors throughout North Dakota requirements, e.g. more in-state is becoming more critical as each residencies with better distribution year passes. New strategies to throughout the state, recruit and keep doctors are sorely Instead of begging out-of-state needed. Seven out of 55 tells us students to stay in North Dakota, that. • . the only reason North Dakota started a medical school was to U " • . enhance thequahty of hfe by producing-, doctors who would practtce in North Dakota. , Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD m who participate in 4-] versus youth who do Key findings sho youth are more likely Research shows that youth development programs like 4-H play an important and vital role in the lives of young people. 4-H youth achieve higher marks in school and contribute to their communities at higher rates than their peers. According to the findings in the second annual report from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development (PYD), youth have the capacity to thrive when presented with resqurces for healthy development found in families, schools, and communities--regardless of their background, programs socioeconomic status, race, and gender. Specifically, 4-H youth are: • 25 percent more likely to contribute to their families, surveying themselves, and their adolescents • Participate in science, engineer: computer technology • Perform b programs tot. / that 4-H to: programs ng and programs, etter in subjects related tq science compared to their classmates, • Plan to pursu careers in science, and • Have higher female involvement The 4-H Stm longitudinal study wl in 2001 and contin nearly from levels of n science y is a rich began les today, 5,000 diverse communities, backgrounds across states in • More likely to see the nation, The study is being themselves going to collegeconducted by researchers at the compared to other youth, Institute for Applied t' esearch in • 41 percent less likely to engage in risky/problem behavior, and • Higher scores on goal setting and goal management In the 2008 data collection, questions regarding science, engineering and computer technology interests and Youth Developmenl University led development schc Richard Lerner, and possible with the corn our nation's universities and Na Council. Ask a child you k1 belong to 4-H. at Tufts y youth lar, Dr. was made ribution of land-grant :ional 4-H tow if they /lore next attitudes were added, surveying week... youth in the 10th grade. The All my,best to yo9 and your sample includes 1,309 4-H family, | participants and 788 non-4-HJulie | participants. The two groups inAdapted from information from the the evaluation are adolescents National 4-H Headquarters 4-H youth achieve higher ma contribute to schoot and communities their peers." at higher rate~ rks in their than County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 28 -6624 snow o. j With the recent snow fall and watch for very eep drifts more to come, will you need to caused by surrounding buildings clear your roof before the end of or trees. Roofs that|have more the winter season? than one level often ccumulate Most house roofs in eastern deep snow drifts, but|those roofs and northern parts of North should have been bqilt to carry Dakota should have been built to an added load as the same hold 30 to 40 pounds of snow with flat roofs. | per square foot. Older roofs may A,g[icultural buildOgs usually be of concern and do ffot meet aren t designed to[ the same the same building permit standards as homes./ gricultural standards of today; it is buildings should be b ilt to carry important to lo.ok at the from 24-34 pounds snow per certification label, which is square foot depending on affixed to your home, to verify location. |. your roof snow load. You can inspect|the rafters To determine the approximate and trusses and i( they are weight of snow on your roof you bending downward flexing to can use the equation, (inches of snow on your roof) *(1.25) = the side the roof is danger. It approximate pounds of snow per is important to be a vare of the square foot. If the moisture potential dangers of shoveling or content of the snow is increased raking your roof. You may due to a rain fall or ice storm this damage the roofing naterials or approximate may need to be structure, as well as harm increased to reach a more yourself including causing a accurate weight of the snow. If person sliding off your homes roof has, withstood falling off a ladder, c the test of time and appearsthemselves or snow structurally sound, your roof top of someone. should withstand a normal Cold temperate winter's snow load. shingles brittle so However, if the snow levels easier. It is importanl exceed normal levels it may be the benefits, nec important to clear your roof. dangers of snow rerr Ken Hellevang, NDSU clearing your roof ol Extension Engineer, says to Until nextweek.. Dates to Remember: January 21 Noon Walsh County Li Improvement Association Meeting; A1 House, Park River the roof, verexerting sliding on res make they break to consider ssity and oval before • snow. Theresa restock exander i +t