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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY 19, 2011 F RO. 4 THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS To the trained eye of a there are plenty of good-looking, bartender -- or the untrained eye single, hard working gentlemen in of anyone really- it is easy to the area notice that the number of eligible Is there a solution? bachelors in the area outnumber It all goes back to the numbers, that of single ladies, what goals does the community A number of men in the Red need to reach to be able to sustain? River Valley are encouraged to The discussions aren't happening stay home and take on the time- at meetings, they are happening at honored tradition of taking over the local bar or restaurant, which the family farm while the ladies around here often is both, and it is leave to take on the world. Not a concern that has broached the ,that there is anything wrong with watering hole more than once. either, it just leads to a statistic of It is a chicken and the egg type lopsidedness. This isn't like "Sex question of what do we need and and the City" where Carrie how do we get it --jobs, people, Bradshaw describes a world with housing, transportation, a different date every other night, entertainment -- where do we This is a place to settle down, start? not branch out. So, do people drive the job Back to that bar scene on amarket or does the job market quiet Wednesday night where the drive the people? discussion continues about how It's not like we are trying to Hello, Writing this on Monday morning as I prepare to leave for Houston, Texas on a hotshot nan. So I will have plenty of opportunity to think about next week's column. But I did do a little driving this week. And I took'one of the nicest drives I have in a long time. On Thursday I went down to Camp Crook and visited Carm and the kids for a few minutes. I guess I had forgotten how pleasant it was to drive down a highway and meet so few vehicles. And, how nice Harding County could look in the fall. The grass still had a tint of green, hay was being hauled, and calves are half as big as the cows. It was great to stop and visit the school at Crook. Two caring teachers. About a dozen kids in seven grades. I watched two little girls run from the school to take the flag down before school dismissed for the day. I smiled to myself as I recalled the picture invent the wheel here, we just life. But there are people out there. need someone to invent a few At one of the LENS meetings, jobs. The Kringstad boys the worrmn sitting right next to me discovered they had a knack for made a statement that was pretty making signs and people in the profound. She said that we need to area discovered that they had a stop being individual towns with need for signs, our own vendettas and work Take a need and develop, it of together. This is not an issue of just create a need. Grafton vs. Park River vs. Kringstad Graphics started as a Cavalier for who is the best town hobby and now they are responsible for updating the look and this is not everyone for of several area businesses themselves, if we build up the including the fleet of Polar entire region pushing the positives vehicles seen driving around, and not bickering because of who Their business is making other won the big game of whatever businesses look good. year, every town including What we need is innovation. Bathgate and Hamilton to The region needs to advertise to Conway and Ardoch will benefit. the up and comers out there that Then again, ask at the bar and this is prime developing area. their business is just as good as Why go to Grand Forks and Fargo ever because those single fellas where you can get lost in the are keeping the rounds coming shuffle when the answer is fight because they have nowhere to be here. Create a new Fargo. Create -- but that only benefits one part a hub of the northeast with. of the community while the rest connections up and down the Red. hold out hope that there will be In the words of "Field of another generation of farmers Dreams," "If you build it, they coming round soon. will come." 'Zike" the Walsh County Press on The population is aging. There Facebook and check out our new blog at is no way around it, it is a fact of http://walshcountypress.wordpress.com that Carm had e'd me on the first day of school, as the students stood reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as the flag was raised that morning. Beautiful! When school dismissed, Gage and a couple friends took off down Main Street on two bikes and a scooter, headed for a friend's house. Three kids jumped in with Carm for the drive to Buffalo for basketball practice. No dust cloud from traffic. No trucks rumbling through town. Oh, you still look both ways as you pull away from school. But all I saw was a dozen turkeys heading from the schoolyard to the cottonwoods along the river. I left Crook headed west and went around the south end of the Long Pines headed for Ekalaka. a six-man conference. And had nine boys out for football! Trust me, they will get their minutes in. The Stockgrowers meeting had around forty people. Forty ranchers who fight rain and snow and drought and dust. Often *oo I've heard of Ekalaka my entire little rain. Often too much snow. adult life. Which is getting to be a But they had smiles on their faces long tittle. The home of the and families in tow. I imagine the greatest bucking horses in the youngest was eight weeks. The world. But I had never been there, oldest eighty. I was speaking that evening at a The roast beef they served stockgrowers meeting, wasn't "sliced thin and stacked It was a grand drive! I think in high". It was sliced thick and the forty odd miles from Crook to simmering in a wonderful juice. Ekalaka I met two vehicles. And I The way roast beef is supposed to suppose that was a busy day. I be served. The boiled potatoes saw grass and grain. Hay and' were soft. I'm getting the recipe cows. Pine trees and sagebrush. I for soft potatoes for Shirley! probably don't need to worry i I tell you what. You get tired of about it, but I'm kind of hoping the traffic. And want a little piece heaven looks like that for the rest and quite. Take that drive. Go to of you cowboys. Buffalo and Camp Crook and At Ekalaka I watched football, Ekalaka. Stop and visit the practice for a bit. And I smiled to : museum. Stop and have a beer. myself as I thought of parents And tell them I sent you! worrying that their son won't get Thanks for riding along. enough playing time. They play in Later, Dean Sa.maritan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC January has been an exciting month here, Tuesday we had a program on Scotland and enjoyed fresh shortbread. Thursday was our monthly Birthday Party hosted by St. Peter & Paul Bechyne which included a delicious lunch and a wonderful musical program. Matt Hodek entertained on Friday afternoon and the Mennonite Singers were here Friday evening. Our Auxiliary Lunch and Program will be held on Feb 27 at 3:00 with Our Saviour's Lutheran Church hosting. Devotional leaders for the week were David Hinrichs, Rev. Jeff Johnson, Sue Faggerholt, Lorene Larson, Monica Simon and Marlys Bauer. Accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Father Luitin led Mass and Rev. Totman led Sunday Worship services. Remember our used book sale and lunch will be held on March 17. Books may be dropped off at any time. I would like to thank everyone who gave of their time and talents this week. SEXU Y TRA D SEASE IN NORTH DAKOTA Prevent. Promote. Protect. Walsh County Health Short Shots The State Health Department recently released the 2009 Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) report for North Dakota. Here are some of the statistics: There was a 4.2% increase in Chlamydia cases in 2009 for a total of 1,879 cases. More cases were reported among white people, but minority populations continue to be disproportionately affected by STDs in North Dakota. 46% of the Chlamydia cases were in 20-24 year olds, and 26% were in 15-19 year olds. Since untreated Chlamydia can lead to infertility this information is significant. Gonorrhea cases continued to increase from 142 cases in 2008 to 151 cases in 2009. There were cluster cases of gonorrhea in Burleigh County this year. There were 4 cases of primary or secondary syphilis reported in North Dakota in 2009. There are a total of 221 people living in North Dakota with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS. There were 59 cases of chronic Hepatitis B infection reported in 2009. (This disease is vaccine preventable) Between Janl through Sept 30 2010 there were 7 births to Hepatitis B positive women in North Dakota. Hepatitis B is easily transmitted to unborn children from the mother unless proper medication/vaccination occurs within hours of birth. In 2009 there were 467 reports of people newly identified as testing positive for hepatitis C infection. All sexually transmitted diseases, are preventable. Untreated these diseases contribute to infertility, serious illness and in some cases death. The cost to society is great; the emotional toll may be greater. If you have questions about how to get screened for STDs, and what to do to prevent yourself from getting a STD contact our public health office at 352-5139. : Legislaturegrabbing for power - again "The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex." This often quoted observation Those proposing to take charge of the matter allege that they are doing this in response to public opinion. Well, constitutions cannot be altered from Federalist Paper No. 48 for public opinion. If public (James Madison) is often quoted opinion could override the because legislatures are often constitution, the constitution Extension ,Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Better: ,rnln .tlzens 4-H is the leader in innovative positive youth development. The 4-H Youth in Governance initiative engages young people in programs, organizations, and communities where they share a voice, influence, and decision-making authority. Many .efforts to provide equal roles for youth--such as youth in government, youth serving on boards of directors, youth leadership training, or youth service-learning activities--are what support the broader youth in governance vision. The initiative targets both youth and adults, supporting each in developing the skills and knowledge they need to be effective and confident leaders. Here are some Citizenship Programs provided to youth by -t-II. Citizenship Washington Focus: Each summer, National 4-H Council hosts Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) a program for 4-H youth in the Washington, D.C.-area. Many Walsh County Youth have participated in this experience. CWF progides youth with a hands-on view of government through Capitol Hill visits, field trips, and other leadership opportunities. Citizenship in Action: In addition, North Dakota provides youth with an opportunity to experience the ND Legislature. Citizenship in Action is a 2-day program where interested students learn about the legislative process and how it work. They are provided a tour of the state Capitol and interact with legislators from their dis ct. In this' meeting they share ideas about their community and showcase the 4- H program at a local level. The Engaging Youth, Serving Community program helps youth in rural areas gain the skills, experience, and confidence they need to emerge as effective leaders and contributing members of society. The program focuses on the priorities that emerged from the National Conversation on Youth Development in the 21 st Century. Our Walsh County 4-H clubs engage in many service learning activities each year. They volunteer of their time and talents to help make our county a better place to live. Youth have made wheelchair bags for the nursing home residents. They delivered Christmas ,oold, o to those who are shut in or cannot bake for themselves. They raised funds for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. They clean up some of the dam sites in Walsh County and make them great places for all of us to recreate. They are involved and make a difference. If you are interested in making a difference and would like participate or donate to the Walsh County 4-H program, please give me a call at 284- 6624. We would love to have you involved in any way 4-H changing one child, one family, one community, our world a great investment. More next week All my best to you and your family, : : Julie ~ " ' " Adapted from information from the National 4-H Headquarters North Dakota Center for 4-H and Youth Development Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Glyphosate resistant weeds trying to grab powers beyond would cease to be a constitution. Glyphosate, better known aseffectiveness of Roundup, their constitutional authority. They also concede that the Roundup, has been called the chemical companies have not had The North Dakota legislature has measures may be miracle herbicide of the last 30 a financial incentive to develop a been in session for only a couple unconstitutional but they will let years. It exploded in popularity in substitute and many farmers chose of weeks and it is already trying others prove it. the 1990's after the development to ignore the potential threat with of genetically engineered the hope that a new herbicide will toimpetuous draw vortex." power "into its Even if the Legislature passed soybeans, corn and other crops that be available to combat against the One of the functions of state this legislation, it that would not are immune to the herbicide, weeds. constitutions is to keep the be the end of the problem The first step to herbicide resistance management is Prevention. It is important to rotate your crops and herbicides to promote diversity. Diversity through the use of different crops and herbicides "confuses" the iToday 75 percent of all soybeans ]91anted nationwide are "Roundup Ready". This development changed the lives of farmers; with the new technology farmers can spray their fields with the relatively cheap weed killer whenever it's needed with little fear that it will harm the crops. It also is a valuable herbicide in no-till cropping systems which also saves on fuel, soil and labor. With the extensive use of the Roundup herbicide it is losing its effectiveness against some of the world's peskiest weeds. If herbicide tolerant weeds gain hold on your land it may be detrimental to the lands productivity for several years. Herbicide resistance presents itself with a few weeds left present following the use of herbicides these weeds may have a tolerance against the herbicide or may have adapted after extended use of the same herbicide. The weeds that are resistant or tolerant are then allowed to go to seed and reproduce. Before you know it the entire field becomes overtaken by weeds and after multiple treatments of herbicide the farmer finally believes they may have a resistance problem. Due to the weeds and hell s ensure they are unable to adapt to their branches of government confined to their prescribed powers and duties. The North Dakota constitution provides for four branches of government - the legislative, the executive, the judiciary and the Board of Higher Education. A 4-branch government may sound odd but that's what we have. The higher education branch was created in the 1930s after the executive branch, primarily Governor William Langer, abused its power by meddling in the staffing of North Dakota State University. At the time, the institutions of higher learning wer under a statutory board over which the govemor had control. A constitutional amendment was adopted to protect high education from the other branches of government. In almost every session, the state Legislature entertains proposals that are clear violations of the constitutional provisions relating to the Board of Higher Education. In the last session, it was carrying guns on campuses and regulation of athletic competition between NDSU and UND. The present session is only a couple of weeks old and bills already have been introduced to take charge of the University of North Dakota "Fighting Sioux" logo controversy. Under the state constitution, this issue is none of the Legislature's business. because there are extemal players involved. Some of the other Division I schools have indicated that sometime down the road they will refuse to play teams wilh allegedly defamatory loges. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will continue to issue" mandates, regardless of our state laws. Because of the unpredictable responses of the other Division One teams and the NCAA, North Dakota needs to retain flexibility in resolving the issue. The state could get into some embarrassing situations if all options are preempted by state legislation. At this late date, a favorable vote by Standing Rock residents would be of questionable value. There is no loubt that the legitimacy of the vote would be attacked as unrepresentative or illegal by opponents of the logo. A favorable vote may no longer convince other teams or the NCAA that the logo should remain in use. At any rate, this is not a matter for the Legislature to draw into its "impetuous vortex". The cavalier attitude of legislators toward the importance of the state constitution suggests that a course on the constitution ought to be required preparation for serving in the Legislature. environment or herbicides Rotation of crops from one Roundup ready crop to another does not equal diversity such as Roundup Ready Soybeans followed by Roundup Ready Com. Alternating between conventional and genetically engineered cr@s will work well as a diverse rotation with the use of different herbicides. Use of none herbicidal tools that make economic sense are crucial in any cropping plan. Although more labor may be necessary with these tools the risk of losing glyphosate as herbicide niay be worth it. Rather than considering the individual years profit consider a 5 year plan's profit margin in your cropping system. If you suspect a resistance problem in your fields feel free to contact the Extension Office for more information. Until next week Theresa Dates to Remember: Livestock Alexander January 21 Noon Walsh County Improvement Association Meeting; House, Park River