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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY 18, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR&apos;S DESK... By Julie Garden Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I cannot tell a lie. Wait... that's not exactly true. I can whip up a good story, which sometimes uses a bit of exaggera- tion or two. My best handiwork came on a popular January holi- day, which shuts down most public offices. The trouble with attending a private college is that not all pub- lic holidays jive with the ones the administration finds important. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of those holidays. In 1963 King led the March on Washington where he delivered one of the most iconic speeches in American history. There is hardly a person who cannot identify the phrase "I have a dream" in relation to the civil rights battle that raged on throughout the country during that time. King worked to end racial seg- regation and discrimination through nonviolent means right up until his assassination on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. He gave the people a voice. President Ronald Regan was the one who signed a bill to create a federal holiday in remembrance of the man in 1983. In 1986 parts of the country celebrated its first Mar- tin Luther King, Jr. Day (or as I like to call it, MLK J Day). Every third Monday in January (which is near King's birthday) we remem- ber the man. Though not all em- braced this idea with open arms. As of Jan. 17, 2000, all 50 states rec- ognized the holiday. King inspired many. When he said what he wanted to be remem- bered for he said: "I'd like some- body to mention that day that Mar- cation theory. It wouldn't be far- tin Luther King Jr. tried to give his fetched to say that my classmates life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Mar- tin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody. "I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war ques- tion. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve hu- manity. "Yes, if you want to say that I.. was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter." Now, you may ask what this all has to do with me. When the rest of the country was taking a Monday off I sat in a communications class ready to dis- cuss the merits of mass communi- and I had tried to get out of having class before, but this was a day where I had done my research. When our professor walked in I addressed the class and said that it was an outrage (I said I was good at exaggerating) that we should act as if it is any other day when Mar- tin Luther King, Jr. was one of the biggest advocates for free speech that ever lived and that we should be honoring his memory. Not only did he dismiss our class, he can- celled his classes for the rest of the day and reminded all of his stu- dents what the day was meant to symbolize. While MLK J probably didn't have a dream that someday some kids would weasel out of class based on his efforts for a better fu- ture, I can guarantee you that I will remember that day that I had a dream of getting out of mass com- munication theory. Like "' the WaLd Coun O, Pr<s's on Facebook and check out out" blog at http.',L/walsh count>press, u'otdpre, Hello, On the news, or on the road, you see a lot of people living in condi- tions less than desirable. Campers built for Arizona, surrounded by hay bales (think mice). You see workers living four to a small room. Service workers crowded into one bedroom apartments. Peo- ple living out of their cars or pick- ups. Campers sitting in a Wal-Mart parking lot for weeks at a time. It's gotta be tough. Then I got to thinking about George. George passed away a number or years ago. He lived a long and wonderful life and built a nice ranch up in Mountrail County. George was tough. Even when he was in his eighties, his handshake would bring tears to your eyes. He had a big smile and twinkling eyes. I was in awe of him since I was a kid. Grandpa told stories of how Hat George would follow the carnivals around when he was younger. At that time the carnies had a profes- sional boxer (bare-knuckles) who would take on all challengers. I think it was like a $1 if you could last three rounds with him. George would saddle up, and head for the carnival if he heard of one within a couple days ride. It got so they wouldn't fight him! Now the reason George got into this story was of how he lived when he first hit North Dakota. He was working on a sheep outfit in Southeast Montana. And it was dry. Which is not unusual for SE Mon- Tips tana. The outfit he was working for was going to run out of feed over the winter. They heard of open range up in Mountrail County, North Dakota so they loaded a wagon and sent George north to winter a bunch of sheep. It was late in the fall when George took off. It was winter when he reached his lonely desti- nation and settled in for the winter. Now, this was in the early nineteen hundreds. No Carharts. No propane heaters. No camper trailers. There were no trees to cut for a cabin. The ground was froze so couldn't build a sod house. Didn't bother George. tte turned his wagon over. A wagon smaller than a pickup box and that was his first home in North Dakota! I imagine there was some long nights, and even a cold morn- ing would look good! And I know dam well a pickup with a heater would have looked dam good! A Wal-Mart parking lot heaven. And I was thinking this morning of one tough spring when we were calving a bunch of cows in March. Cold and snowy. There were four of us sleeping in a small trailer. I mean real small. One small bed for three men. One guy slept on the floor with the cold calves we had brought into the trailer. The lucky guy slept on the floor. But that's an- other story. And remember this, "Even trolls were homeless until bridges were built!" (thanks Hutsy) Later, Dean . Samantan PIIK RvE -- Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC The highlight of our week was our Monthly Birthday Party. The St. Peter & Paul Bechyne served a delicious lunch of assorted cakes and flavors of ice cream. Their program included various musical numbers, piano, vocal, violin and a humerous reading done by the children of their church. Janet Gemmil accompanied on guitar. Sunday Worship services were led by Rev. Hinrichs, Mass was led by Father Lutein on Saturday and Rosary and Communion were held with Shirley Sobolik on Monday. Devotions were led by Bonnie VanBruggen, Lorene Larson, Sue Faggerholt, Rev. David Hinrichs, and Corrine Ramsey. The Mennonite Singers performed on Friday evening. Our Saviour;s Lutheran Church will host our Auxiliary Lunch and Program on January 27 at 3:00. January 29th at 4:00 the Piano Students of Jeanette Bemtson will perform here at the center. As we look ahead to February we have: Feb. 2- 3:00 Monthly Communion Service Feb. 9" 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party hosted by Park River American Legion Auxiliary Feb. 14- 3:00 Valentine Party Feb 23-3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and program hosted by the Federated Church of Park River We are also accepting book donations for our Spring Book Sale. Date TBA I would like to thank everyone who shared their time and talents with us again this week. DoN00$ MEDT0000T00N Walsh County Health District Short Shots ro store your medication at room temperature in a dry, dark place. (The bathroom medicine cabinet is not a good place due to the humidity). Do keep your medication in its original, labeled container. Do keep liquid medication from freezing. Do keep all medication locked up and out of reach and sight if you have children or are expecting young children to visit. (Be aware that older children may be stealing your medication for illicit use). Don't leave the cotton plug in an opened medication container. Don't store medication in your refrigerator unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you otherwise. Don't leave your medication in your car for a long period of time. Heat and direct sunlight can damage it, and freezing can damage it. Don't keep expired medication. Y0usaidit, N0100Dak00[ N00rmN wom(s LIKE NfW__ ADVERTISING. No ND child should be left behind Ten years ago, President George Bush saw the entrepre- neurial leadership of the United States in the world slipping away as China, Japan, India and Brazil becoming leading players in the global economy. He responded by proposing more energetic na- tional leadership in education through what became known as the "No Child Left Behind" act. Just about everyone in North Dakota complained about the legislation - state educators, leg- islators, local school boards, teachers, administrators and par- ents. As a result of a nationwide chorus of unrelenting criticism, support for the initiative has gradually eroded. Now the Obama administra- tion has opened the way for "waivers" which means states and schools will be doing less than originally planned, very probably less than is needed. Even though we are now water- ing down the Bush response to globalization, the problem is more serious today than it was the day NCLB was signed. In their recent book on the subject, That Used To Be Us, Thomas U Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, under- lined the crisis: "Because of the merger of globalization and the IT revolu- tion," they wrote, "raising math, science, reading, and creativity levels in American schools is the key determinant of economic growth and economic growth is the key to national power and in- fluence as well as individual well-being." They predict that many of the jobs lost in the current recession are gone for good. In the reces- sion, corporate America learned that it can make more money with fewer employees. Conse- quently, there is no reason to re- hire all of the employees engaged in 2008. This means unemployment will continue to be high until stu- dents can be redirected to the new economic opportunities re- quiring new skills. And if they don't acquire those skills, they will be relegated to menial jobs or chronic unemployment. Congress is now considering renewal of NCLB, with less focus on national goals and greater emphasis on state and local control. As occurred in the days of the Confederation, we will have 50 states going 50 ways in response to globalization. There isn't any reason that North Dakota should accept a na- tional "one-size-fits-all' solution. North Dakota has the resources to develop its own "no child left behind" goals and those goals could exceed any watered-down national standards designed to satisfy every critic. With our own "no child left behind" initiative, we could at- tract the best teachers, minimize student debt, reduce class sizes, tutor the slower learners, deal with the dropout problem, and fully exploit electronic and digi- tal technology. When we talk about saving billions of dollars in oil revenue for future generations, we are for- getting that the present genera- tion of students is as entitled to this largesse as future genera- tions. Today's youth needs the skills to become as competitive and employable as the youth in 2020. And they need those skills nOW. We jastify our root cellar men- tality by worrying that the oil revenue will play out and we will be back to crackers and water. That's ridiculous. We've got so much money stashed away for rainy days that Noah would chuckle. And billions more will be pouring into the state treasury for decades to come. Now is the ideal time to invest in an educa- tion system that will guarantee the state's future beyond the oil boom. There is no longer any need for us to be satisfied with an ed- ucation system that ranks 10th or 20th or 30th in the country. We can have the best and guarantee that our young people will not be the victims of globalization and unemployment in tomorrow's economy. Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Pretzel's history is a bit twisted During the first week of school, my 12-year-old daughter brought home an assignment to do with our family. She was to determine something about her ancestors and their culture. My lineage is pretty straight- forward. Most of my great- grandparents hopped off a ship from Norway in the mid- to late 1800s. Some others were from Sweden and Germany. Most of my husband's family arrived in America earlier and he added English, German, Scottish, Irish and Polish to the genetic pool. I was learning something dur- ing this assignment, too. Part two of the assignment was to figure out an item, such as a food, to share with the class about their culture. My daughter wanted some suggestions. True to my heritage and field of study, I immediately thought of lefse (a potato-based bread). Then I figured there would be quite a few people in her class bringing lefse because people of Norwegian descent are numerous in the area. I suggested homemade pret- zels, since I associate pretzels with German celebrations. How- ever, I decided I'd better confirm the origin of pretzels. I was partially right to associ- ate pretzels with Germany, but they weren't "invented" there. According to the Kitchen Proj- ect, a food history website, pret- zels were developed by monks in southern France or northern Italy. They were given to children who remembered their prayers and were called "pretiola," which is Latin for "little reward." In Italy, the pretzel became known as "brachio|a," which,is Italian for "little arms..', .ventu, ally the pretzel made its way through Austria and to Germany, where it was known as the "bret- zel." Later, German immigrants brought the pretzel recipe to America. Since pretzels finally made it to Germany and represent part of both of her parents' heritage, we were set with my daughter's as- signment. Sharing foods associ- ated with our heritage draws people together and allows them a chance to stay connected with their culture. Here's a quiz about bread from around the world. Can you name the place (country, continent or region) typically associated with these breads? The answers fol- low. 1. Steamed buns 2. Chapati 3. Bagel 4. Baguette 5. Soda bread 6. Pizza crust 7. Tortillas 8. Pita 9. Corn bread 10. Scones The answers are 1. China; 2. India; 3. Eastern Europe; 4. France; 5. Ireland; 6. Italy; 7. Mexico; 8. Middle East; 9. North and South America (American Indian); 10. Scotland. Editor's Note: Garden-Robin- son, Ph.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Exten- sion Service food and nutrition specialist and associate profes- sor inthe Department of Health, Nut((ior qd Excrg(s fffinces: Editor's Note Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmtmd's columnn is no longer available because she has started a new job. As soon as the replacement county agent is settled in a new regular column should return. I Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Livestock Improvement Annual Meeting Dr. Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, will be presenting a program on animal identification. He will talk about where things are currently and if this type of program might fit with your production goals. The program will start at 11 a.m. with the lunch at noon and his program after lunch. Brad Brummond, Extension Agent Walsh County, will talk about the cover crop grazing results from the Cover Crops Demonstration Project in 2011. He will look at the results from grazing these in Western, Central and the Red River Valley in Walsh County. I think you might be surprised at our results. Come and see a new way to possibly get a cash crop and a forage crop in one year! We will close the day with our annual meeting and election of officers. We invite all interested livestock people to attend and become members. He meeting is set for Friday, January 20, 2011 at the Alexander House in Park River. Brad will begin his program on cover crops at 11 a.m. Prosper at the Walsh County Plots We still have some Prosper left but we are starting to sell our inventory down. If you are interested in some of this wheat give me a call at 701-284-6248. The price is $16.55 and it will be registered and in bulk. My number is 701-284-6624 or bradley. So how did Prosper do in the Walsh County plots the past 3 years? I will compare it to Failer, which is a close cousin to it. Prospers three year average yield is 82 bushels per acre compared to 79 for Failer. Test weights were very similar but Prosper was a bit heavier at about a pound. Protein was pretty much the same on a 3 year average with Faller at 14.4 and Prosper at 14.3. Prosper was also a bit better on lodging with a score of 4.8 and Faller at 5.1. These are not great lodging scores by any means. To put these scores in perspective Samson had a 0.9 score and Barlow a 2.9. Prosper was also a couple of bushels better in Pembina County in 2009 and 2011. I did not see data for 2010. It was 2 bushels better than Failer on a 3 year average in Nelson County plots also. Where does Prosper fit? Prosper might be a wheat that can replace some of the Failer acres in the area. It might be a bit of a hedge to plant a bit of both as they tend to be high yielders but react a bit differently to climate. If you want some you know who to call, but don't wait too long. We are already taking and filling all orders in Walsh County and in February we will sell it to growers in other counties who want it. Dates to Remember: 1-20 Livestock Improvement Annual Meeting,. Alexaiader House in Park River; 11 a.m. start 1 /