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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY 1 5, 2014 salt that enters a storm drain does not go to a waste treatment facility. It FROM TH E goes directly into a local lake, wetland or river where it can contaminate our drinking water and harm plants and animals. Storm drains carry ex- E)|TOR'S [)ESK.., cess water from streets and property to nearby water sources. Onceinthe water, there is no way to remove the chloride. Before a storm, apply a small BY KATRI NA H O P NY amount of liquid de-icer to prevent snow and ice from building up. How- INTERIM ASST. EDITOR, ever, this not a substitute for shoveling, it just makes it more effective. When applying salt, if there are leftover crystals still visible, then the salt has been iALSH OUNTY PRESS over-applied. The leftover salt can be swept up and reused or disposed of in the trash. At low temperatures, salt begins to become less effective. While scrolling through the work e-mails, I came across some inter- Shovel, snow blow, plow and/or sweep. These are all effective measures esting information from the Red River Basin Commission. Weathering that will remove snow and minimize ice buildup. the rest of winter; the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the US If you have a wood-burning fireplace, save your ashes in a tin instead Environmental Protection Agency offer the following tips to help us get of throwing them away. Cold wood ashes can be mixed in your compost through the long winter while being gentle on the environment: heap to create a valuable soil amendment that provides nutrients to your Consider using non-toxic de-icing substances such as clean clay cat garden. Recycle old newspapers by making rolled paper logs for your fire- litter, small amounts of sand, or fireplace/stove ash to prevent hazardous place. Roll newspaper sheets around a broom stick until your log is the waste from chemicals. Chemical de-icers can be hazardous to your pets, desired size, then soak your log thoroughly in water. Dry the log overnight your trees and shrubs, and the environment. Antifreeze that leaks from car and use like ordinary wood. Always follow proper safety precautions when engines and chemical snow melters on driveways, roads, and runways can burning anything around your home. pollute surface waters and groundwater through the soil. In the words of my friend Wanda, "Happy Days?" Less is more when it comes to applying salt because at high con- Like "' the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- centrations, chloride can harm the fish and plant life in our waters. Any press.wordpress.com .... i  !  : 6' ' -;  . , Hat blowing 30 or 40 mph. Kind of like a friend I talked to yesterday. He asked what I was doing and I told him I had just put my horse away after riding (I was lying). Told him it wasn't too bad (-55) because I wore a facemask. He said he was sure wishing he had worn one! I used to do quite a lot of win- ter riding. But not on that kind of day. And if you had to, most of the time you were leading your horse to keep your toes from freezing off. And the past couple days, as sit- ting in a heated cab on a tractor feeding cows, was dang glad I wasn't harnessing a team and Hello, As I write this, the wind chill is minus 50? And it's been that way for a couple days. Hopefully, by the time you read this story, this "polar vortex" has passed on by. Now, I never heard of a polar vor- tex before. I'm not sure how it is related to the "Siberian express" that used to bear down on us every winter. I sometimes think that the weathermen are kind of like me playing Scrabble. You can make up really neat words if you are bigger and stronger than the person you are playing against. I do know that the weathermen were pretty disappointed in our blizzard the other day. When there was no snow. Thankfully because that old wind was a ripper? I'm wondering how some of our southern friends in the oil field are handling this. They have to be some tough old cowboys to crawl up on that rig when the it's way below zero and that wind is bor of his went down to Watford Tips for a checkup. Boy, they worked him up and down. They poked and prodded and reviewed his history and said for a fifty-five year old man, he couldn't be in any better shape. If he kept up his lifestyle, he shouldn't have to come in for another checkup for years. pitching hay out of a sweet clover Well, as the neighbor walked stack to feed cows. Those "good out the door, bang? He dropped old days" were a bugger, over dead? Again this week I talked to my Montana friend. You know, the one My cowboy friend confronted the doctor golfer and pointed out with the wife. Yeah, that one. that was pretty damn bad adver- Have to check in with him to get a weather report every once in rising for the hospital to have a guy awhile so I know what is coming, drop just as he left the hospital and Turns out the guy knows a had that glowing report. doctor in Watford City. And oc- The doctor said, "It happens oc- casionally goes down there for a casionally and we just turn them checkup. Now, I'm not one to drop around so it looks like they were names around but the guy is a walking in!" scratch golfer. And does venture to I know that's bad. But I could- Las Vegas once in awhile on a golf n't resist writing it on "Blue Mon- outing, day"! My cowboy friend said a neigh- Hail the Bison! Dean 0"4 _sa.maritan ocie0000 Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Last Week in Activities 5th- 11 th: Jan. 5th Winter Crafts Jan. 6th Hymn Sing With Cheryl Cox ' 9th Birthday Party With Bechyne Catholic Church Special Thank You to the Volunteers:( Sorry ifI left anyone out)Cheryl Cox,Dorthy Novak, Pastor Hinrichs,Bonnie VanBruggen,Arnold Braaten, Terry Hagen,Corfinne Ramsey, and Father Gary Lutein. This week in Activities 12th-18th: Jan. 13th Baking Apple Muffins Jan. 13th,15th, and 18th Bingo Jan. 16th WII Games Jan. 17th Martin Luther King Jr. Trivia Jan. 18th Art with Bernie Wilebski As always we love the help from the community and to have people come in and share their talents. If you have any talents to share call 701- 284-7115 and talk with Rose Ulland or Nannette Hoeger. Walsh County Health District Short Shots Prevent. Promote Protect When Mom gets abused, her children suffer too ...... Effects of domestic violence on children include: A City of 65, 000 and No Additional Doctors The shortage of primary care physicians in North Dakota just ot worse. It was approaching a crisis sit- uation before expansion of Medicaid kicked in on January 1. That ex- pansion will eventually add 20,000 to 30,000 to the patient load in North Dakota. Add this to the 40,000 new- comers working in the Bakken oil fields and we have something equal to a new city of 65,000 people with no additional doctors. This shortage of primary c'are physicians is most serious in the smaller communities across the state. Unless we beef up medical services in these communities, more of their residents will be moving to the larger cities just to be close to medical services. To consider the problem, let's start with the admission and reten- tion of primary care physicians. Folks at the UND Medical School may think they are dog everything possible to recruit and - mit candidates for community med- icine but some physicians in the field think more needs to be done. ta. As stated earlier in this column, a student from Killdeer or Finley is more likely to practice in Killdeer or Finley than someone from Sioux Falls, Minneapolis or another coun- try. Bribery isn't necessary. Once admitted, all students should be exposed to primary care practice. Look at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. According to Dr. Robin Michaels, since Duluth's first grad- uating class in 1976, 49 percent of its alumni have chosen family prac- tice. North Dakota hasn't achieved half that. Michaels explains that medical students at Duluth are teamed up with two family physicians, one in Duluth and one in a rural setting. They then have a weeklong visit with their rural partner early in their education experience. The location of residencies is also important. North Dakota has four sites for residencies but they are un- derutilized as far as family practice candidates are concerned. We can argue about the degree of usage but the bottom line is the same no mat- ter whose figures we believe: there Stomach aches and ulcers Headaches Insomnia Eating disorders Substance abuse Criminal behavior and arrest Depression Self-mutilation Suicide Dr. Gary Ramage, practicing in the middle of the Bakken oil field at Watford City, has been quoted as saying that "ifUND does not change the process by which they choose students, we will never solve the problem of health care or health care access in places like Watford City - and all of Northwestern North Dakota." Dr. Richard Johnson of Devils are not enough family physicians in North Dakota residencies. We are 12 years away from physicians trained in the new Med School building. Besides, more stu- dents won't mean more family practitioners if we keep doing what we are doing. In the short term, we should look at physician assistants and The abuse is not your fault. If you or someone you know needs help: Call 911 if you are in immediate danger Talk to someone you trust (health care provider, clergy, etc.) Call your local domestic violence shelter. In Walsh County that number is 1 -866-435-7490. Lake has agreed. He labelled the Med School's admission policies as unimaginative and failing to address primary care needs for the past 50 years. It is true that the new $125 mil- lion Med School building can result in expansion of classes but that won't necessarily mean more pri- mary care physicians for smaller communities unless those seats are filled with students who come with a community orientation. We need an admission policy that dedicates half of the seats to students from communities in North Dako- nurse practitioners for quick solu- tions. Starting with their present ed- ucation and experience, registered nurses and other medical staffers could complete either program and be practicing in two or three years. Not only should we aggressive- ly recruit candidates for these dis- ciplines but we should offer them full financial support to make their participation possible - make them an offer they can't refuse. It seems that more feet must be put to the fire if this shortage of med- ical professionals is going to be solved. Thls shortage of primary care physicians is-most serious in the smaller communities across the state." Extension Exchange Spillin' the Beans Beans are one of the most com- monly eaten foods around the world because of their versatility, nutritional value and cost effec- tiveness. Dry edible beans, such as pinto, navy, kidney, pink and black beans, are members of the legume family and many varieties are grown in the U.S. with North Dakota the leading producer of several types. These nutrient-rich foods provide protein, fiber, B vi- tamins, iron, potassium and mag- nesium, and they may help protect us from diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. These inexpensive ingredients cost less than 10 cents per half cup. After soaking and cooking, dry beans can be used in dips, sal- ads, soups, casseroles and even desserts. Check out the free online cookbook "Spillin' the Beans," available at www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/f n 1646_full.pdf. Here's how to soak and use dry beans in your cooking. 1. Inspect the dry beans, re- moving any broken beans or for- eign materials. 2. Rinse the beans thoroughly in cold water. 3. Soak the beans using the pre- ferred hot soak method. a. Add 10 cups of cold water to the pot for each pound (2 cups) of beans. Tip: Hard water does not soften beans properly. If you have hard water, use bottled water for soaking and cooking dry beans or used canned beans. ,4. Bring the water to a boil, then boil for one to three minutes. Remove from heat and cover the pot. Let stand. A four-hour soak is ideal for high-quality beans. 5. Drain and rinse the soaked beans. 6. Draining and rinsing the beans helps remove natural sugars that may cause intestinal gas. To cook soaked beans, add fresh, cold water to fully cover beans, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil, if you wish. Adding oil pre- vents foaming and boiling over. Foam also can be skimmed off during cooking. Do not add bak- ing soda to beans at any time. This will make the beans more tender but destroys the B vitamin thi- amine and also may impact the flavor negatively. Simmer the beans until they are tender. You should be able to mash the cooked beans easily between two fingers or with a fork. Drain and rinse the beans immediately after they have reached the desired texture. Cooking times vary with the type, size and age of beans, but generally cooking takes one to two hours. Cook only one kind of a bean at a time. (Different varieties and ages of beans have different cooking times, so never cook dif- ferent varieties of beans together at the same time.) While the beans are cooking, add more water if necessary to keep them covered. Stir occasionally to prevent stick- ing during cooking. Use soaked, cooked beans in place of canned beans in your fa- vorite recipes. You can add flavor- ings, such as the following, after the beans are cooked: Acidic ingredients such as lemon juice, vinegar, tomatoes, chili sauce, ketchup and molasses increase the depth of flavor in your recipes. Onions can be added any time during the cooking process. How- ever, onions retain their flavor best when added during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Herbs and spices can be added any time, but they gradually lose flavor during long cooking, so add them closer to the end of the cook- ing. Salt: Use minimal amounts to limit the sodium content. Two cups of dry beans is equal to 4-5 cups of cooked beans. Some people may be hesitant to increase beans in their diet due to the fear of intestinal gas and stom- ach discomfort. Try these tips to reduce the occurrence of gas: Increase beans in your diet slowly. For example, you may start by eating 2-4 tablespoons of beans per day and gradually in- crease each day. Use the hot soak method when preparing dry beans. The longer beans soak the more you will reduce the amounts of the gas-producing compounds. Around the Count Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Star Wars technology has arrived I remember as a young man be- ing drawn to the Star Wars movies and watching what seemed to me at the time very improbable giz- mos. The thing I still remember is them sending out a little drone to find their friends. We now have that has a reality. We can send out drones to find cattle and even read ear tags and brands. This would be quite useful and quick to do if your cattle made a jail break and you needed to cover a lot of rough terrain in a hurry. I just at- tended the Lake Region Roundup where I got a chance to sit in on a session about drones for agricul- ture and where they are at. They showed us a drone that was the size of a very big pie plate that they could fly over your cow heard and take temperature readings of you cows and tell which ones were sick before you could see the symp- toms. Is this the end of riding pens on horse? Some proponents I talked to seemed to think so but having grown up on a ranch in Southeastern North Dakota I am not sure we cattlemen are ready to give up our horses. Some of the other things this technology would allow us to do IS scout crops for weeds, insects and diseases. They can take pic- tures and we can fly them from the pickup. According to what I was told we are not at the point yet to where we can fly them from our homes. You have to be present a certain distance to make them work and I am also told they do not work in rain. The other con- cerns are planes so they can't be flown around airports and they have a maximum ceiling under which they can fly. You will also need to be trained in the operation of these drones as they are more complicated than the flying heli- copters you can buy at your local hobby store. Finally I think the thing that needs to be guarded most is personal privacy. If you can fly them looking for cattle you can also use them to snoop on your neighbor. If this technology is used in a responsible manner this should not be an issue. I believe laws need to be put into place to safe guard personal privacy with some stiff penalties for those who violate them when this technolo- gy gains wide usage. In conclusion many of the things you saw in Star Wars and Star Trek has come to reality. We now have cell phones smaller then what captain Kirk had. We now have flying drones. I have yet to hear of a functional transporter beam or warp speed but I am sure someone is working on them. I think my sons and daughter will live in a very different world then the one I have lived in the past 50 odd years. We at some point may need to ask ourselves the question that was asked in Jurassic Park. Just because we can, should we? 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