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ERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21,2015 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." Dr. King marched for equal rights among those with different skin. A group of youth from North Dako- ta will be leading the way in Wash- ington, DC tomorrow to march for equal rights for a group of people who cannot speak for themselves. The March for Life began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The March began in 1973 as a peaceful protest to the re- sults of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, which made abor- tion legal in the United States. You probably won't see anything about it on the national news. You Hello, Over the past handful of decades, I haven't had many jobs. Oh, I did my service in the National Guard. I was in the state legislature. I was the racing director for a few months. But, by and large, I've been pretty much self-employed. A friend and I joked for thirty years that we still worked for our dads. Which is a pretty good life. But the other night, we were in- vited to a Christmas party put on by Stockmen's Livestock of Dickinson. The owners hosted it for employees and their families. I'm not a steady employee, but once in awhile I am kind of like a substitute. Which fur- ther illustrates the fact that "good" help is hard to get! This was a great party! Succulent roast beef, free whiskey, deep fried turkey, free whiskey, mashed pota- toes, free whiskey, salads, free whiskey... I could go on and on, but you see what I mean about it being a great party! And it was held the same evening that the Bison won their fourth National Championship! So it was double celebration, albeit it a bit long for someone as long in the tooth as I. But I have to tell you a little about my employment record. You see, cattle auction sales take several employees. You have employees checking cattle in. You have em- ployees penning cattle. You have employees sorting cattle. You have employees that move cattle up to the ring. You have employees penning cattle back. You have bookkeepers and auctioneers and employees that feed and clean and cook and a hundred other jobs. And each em- ployee knows that his or her job is the most important. Which is as it r,, x I Happenings at Our I 1 * rl,-]al'itanGood Samaritan 1 Siu_'ictx Nannette Hoeger, ActivitiesDir. Pictured are Peggy Bartunik and Connie Sjostrom who came in and entertained us. We had so much fun re- membering those old favorites and show tunes. Thank you to Joel Midgarden for the great suggestion. We hope to have them back again soon. This week Jan. 18th- 24th Activity Professionals Week Jan. 18th Worship 2:30 w/ Pastor Cox, Trivia on Martin Luther King Jr. 3:30 Jan. 19th 10am Em- broidery Group, lpm Baking Apple Turnovers, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Jan. 20th Crazy Hair Day, 3:30 Bible Study Jan. 21 st Hat Day, 3pm Bingo Jan. 22nd Twin Day, 3pm Auxiliary Hosted by Our Savior's Lutheran, 6:30 Movie Night Jan. 23rd Farmer Day, 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Painting Photo: Submitted Jan. 24th 9:30 MassCraft w/Father Luiten, 2:30 Jan. 31 st 9:30 Mass Toddling Tots w/Father Luiten, lpm Next Week Jan. Crafts, 2:15 Bingo 25th- 31 st Thank You to our Jan. 25th Worship many volunteers; Pas- 2:30 w/ Pastor Kiel, torCox, Shirley Sobo- 3:30Music lik, Linda Larson, Jan. 26th 10am Em- Cheryl Cox, Karla Ny- broidery Group, l pm gard, and others that Baking Apple Muffins, help with hymn sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bin- Dorothy Novak, go Jeanean McMillen, Jan. 27th 3:30 Bible Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Study Fagerholt, Terry Ha- Jan. 28th 11:15 Res- gen, Corinne Ramsey, ident Council, 3pm Our Savior's Lutheran Bingo Church, Father Luiten, Jan. 29th 3pm and anyone I may have Games, 6:30 Movie missed. If you would Night like to volnnteer please Jan. 30th 10:30Nailcall Rose Ulland at Time, 3:30 Valentine 701-284-7115. Pt lie IteaRtl Prevent. Promote. Protect. T Ps TO 500IUa ZN yOUR D 'T Walsh County Health District Short Shots SODIUM ! Sod&m g?dda 7g# % ~qtdtr~ t, ,5our ad goes here! Call 284-6333 today for rates. -J 0,,,,,, 5,,d,,,,,, 7ip. qJo,, C,'; REDUCESODIUM probably won't hear about the hun- ing that there is another body who dreds of thousands of kids praying should be cared for. As another doc- in the street of DC holding banners tor (Dr. Seuss) once wrote, "A per- declaring, "I came that they might son's a person no matter how small.'" have life," but fight out front lead- Dr. King had a long fought bat- ing the way will be participants from tie that has come a long way but still Cavalier, Crystal, Grafton, Hoople, is far from over. Park River, and St. Thomas among As the battle being waged on the those from North Dakota. streets of Washington tomorrow, The goal is to shed light on the each step brings a little more light moment life begins; the moment the and each mind changed and each right to life begins. The second I heard my kids' new life brought forth because of heartbeats for the first time there was that light is a little victory toward this moment where it clicked that it winning the war. "Darkness cannot was all really happening. There was drive out darkness; only light can do this spark of joy unlike any other, that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only At that point, no child would be love can do that." able to survive without the mother, ike" the Walsh County Press on Face- but at that point, there is no deny- should be. Now, I started at Stockmen's when I was in college. Probably in sixty-eight or nine. I still remember when our salary was raised to $1.65/hour! I knew there would nev- er be another poor day. Damn, I was wrong about that. I started penning cattle after they were sold. You sat on a horse, wait- ing for cattle to come out of the ring. Then you trotted down the alley un- til they came to the right pen, where someone would be holding the gate open. Then you trotted back and got in line for the next bunch. Hour af- ter hour. In the cold. I mean really cold on stormy November or De- cember days and nights. So this fall, when they were a lit- tle short-handed, I volunteered to help. The first day I vaulted over the cables and into the ring I...Well, I didn't really vault over. I guess that would be an exaggeration. But I did manage to crawl over the ca- bles without getting tangled up. And many of my friends were amazed to see me work! They thought I had never done such a thing. But it did give me a chance to show case my talent. Which is probably why I am still a seldom- used sub. But, what this article is really about is how long it takes to ad- vance, but it proves that if you per- sist, you can reach the pinnacle of your profession. For me it took forty-six years to advance from my starting position of penning cattle back, to being a ring man in the heated ring! Thanks and belated Merry Christmas to Stockmen's! LateLDean Common Core Debate Resurrects Unfounded Fears Common Core, an effort to up- and balances and the federal sys- grade standards in key fields of tern built into the Constitution arid study, has rallied a cadre of oppo- the influence of democratic nents who see the tentacles of theprocesses. These deterrents to federal government reaching into abuse of power are still very effec- school districts and destroying tivetoday. local control. The boogey word is Let's move on to the fears being "takeover." It's as old as the U. S. Constitution. fanned against Common Core. Even though Common Core In 1965, a general federal aid to was initiated by the National Gov-education program was launched, emors Association and the Coun- doling federal money to states for cil of Chief State School Officers, primary and secondary education. opponents still see the federal gov- At the time, fears of a federal ernment lurking in the details, takeover were resurrected and pre- History is repeating itself. The dictions were made that Washing- fears being raised are so old theyton bureaucrats would be sitting at were first used against adoption of every schoolhouse door. our beloved and revered Constitu- Fifty years have passed and we tion. are still waiting for the first bu- In Pennsylvania, opponents of reaucrat to show up. Off in the the Constitution claimed that "thehills, we can hear a shepherd powers vested in Congress by this shouting "Wolff Wolff" constitution must necessarily anni- States are still passing the edu- hilate and absorb the legislative,cation laws and local districts are executive and judicial powers of the several states..." still hiring teachers, ordering text- In New York, the "Federal books and scheduling classes. Farmer" claimed the Constitution It is true that the federal govern- was calculated to make the states ment has leveraged federal aid to "one consolidated government." deal with various kinds ofdiscrim- He further claimed that the new ination, including the mandate that federal government couldn't carry local districts provide sports activ- out its powers without "calling toities for girls and boys alike. its aid a military force, which must Without this mandate, we maY very soon destroy all elective gov- not be seeing much girl's hockey, emments in the country." basketball or volleyball in North Other New York critics agreed Dakota. The girls would still be with the "Federal Farmer." They sitting on the bench in many school said that the new government couldn't work without "the point districts. of a bayonet." But it was hardly a takeover. Another fearmonger claimed When it comes to standards in that "the state governments, with-Common Core, the stakes are too out object or authority, will soonhigh to let fear control the decision. dwindle into insignificance, and be Not only are international compet- despised by the people them- itiveness and workforce require- selves." ments important but our students Had the state ratifying conven- deserve an equal chance to enroll tions listened to these naysayers,in universities anywhere in the the Constitution would not have United States. been adopted and the United StatesIn the future, universities in of America would not have come Common Core states will look into existence. How accurate have these with skepticism at graduates from non-Common Core states where naysayers been? After 225 years of waiting in terror, we have not lower standards of performance seen the Army driving the mail may have impaired student learn- trucks or flashing the point of a ing. bayonet. Federal takeover? Two cen- The fears expressed did not turies of experience tell us that this come to pass because of the checksis an unfounded fear. Not only are international com- petitiveness and workforce re- auirements important but our stu- ents deserve an equal chance to enroll in universities anywhere in the United States. NDSU Extension Service Please Stay Home When You.Ale Sick I didn't see it coming until it was too late. The cashier blasted a sneeze right in my face as I began to place my groceries on the count- er at the store. I stepped back quickly, but even if I had jumped back, I would not have been pro- tected from those flying droplets. Some reports say that cold virus droplets can spread at least five feet and up to 30 feet. I nearly had to get a towel to dry myself. You get the picture. "Excuse me," the cashier said with a stuffed-up sounding voice punctuated by coughing. Her red, watery eyes looked apologetic. She obviously wasn't feeling well, but for the sake of all of us customers, she should have been home sleeping and drinking lots of fluids. However, from another per- spective, the store probably was short on staff during the busy hob iday season, so she came to work despite obviously feeling miserable. Maybe she was paid only if she came to work. Unfortunately, she potentially shared her illness with dozens of shot would protect me. However, flu shots do not cover every strain of flu. You can help yourself avoid becoming sick by staying away from people who are sick. Colds and the flu are two different things. If you have the flu, you will have a fever, aches, extreme tiredness and an intense cough. Cold symptoms are milder and usually not life- threatening. According to the Centers for Dis- ease Control and Prevention, these are some strategies to keep yourself and people around you from be- coming ill. Wash your hands often with plenty of soapy water. You can use a hand sanitizer if hand washing fa- cilities are not readily available, but be sure to use enough hand sanitizer and rub your hands until the alco- hol evaporates. The sanitizer should contain at least 60 percent alcohol. Be sure to cover your coughs or sneezes. Use a tissue or you can sneeze or cough into your elbow, in- stead of your hands. Toss the tissue and then wash your hands as a pre- people who received change, caution. touched other surfaces she touched Avoid close contact with people or were the recipient of her pro- jectile sneezing. The cashier who re- placed her using the same cash reg- ister was exposed to the virus, too. "I'm cooked," I thought to my- self. Which one of the 200 viruses who are ill. Stay home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone. I decided I needed some soup, too. I like soup, so I was not mak- ing a sacrifice for the sake of good health. that cause a common cold wasAccording to a study, chicken going to attack me and make me soup can help clear mucus from tiserable for a week or more? Or nasal passages and relieve conges- did she have the flu, which is more tion better than other hot liquids. serious? I quickly swiped my credit card Actually, any hot liquid helps clear stuffy heads more than cold liquid, and darted out of the store to get but chicken soup "worked better" fresh air. If I had purchased disin- fectant, I would have been tempt- ed to spray myself with it. No, that would not be a good thing to do, ei- I hoped my immune system was in reasonably good shape, and I went to bed early and drank lots of fluid as a precaution. If she ac- tually had the flu, I hoped my flu than hot water. The researchers suggested that possibly the protein, vitamins, minerals or some un- knOWn factor in chicken SOUp de, it a cold fighter. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., LR.D., & a North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service food and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutri- tion and Exercise Sciences. L Editor s Note The Extension Ex ltange columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as posslole. i : 1 Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 New Releases from NDSU Fight the Trend It is commonly accepted logic In many circles in Walsh County that two rowed barley is bred for feed and six-row barley is bred for malt or use in brewing. The other commonly held mantra is that conventional soybeans days have come and gone. The NDSU re- nels. One of its better qualities is that it shows better resistance to net blotch then Pinnacle and accu- mulates less DON then Pinnacle. This last item is a big thing for bar- ley growers in Walsh County. It has low protein compared to some of our standard malt varieties and has very competitive yields. This is one there is a lot of excitement lease committee just bucked both about. To my knowledge we have of those trends With the release to-'mot got it onthe accepted variety the county crop improvements of list for the industry but there is op- ND Genesis two rowed barley timism that it will make it. and ND Henson a conventionalND Henson is intended as a re- soybean. I find it a breath of fresh placement of the Cavalier soybean, air that our seed release commit- so if you liked Cavalier chances tee had the courage to buck these are you are going to like Henson. trends and offer growers a more di- It is two days later than Cavalier verse alternative in varieties. Now in maturity and has an average before everyone gets excited and yield of 6 bushels higher. If you calls me for these varieties, by the look at the northern experiment time you read this request will al- station plots like Langdon and ready be in and what we get will Park River it is 8.1 bushels high- be under contract with the Walsh er. It is tolerant to iron-deficiency County Crop Improvement Asso- chlorosis and is lodging resistant. ciation. There is no guarantee we Here is a variety you can grow for will get any of either. The letter the non GMO market unless there went out to our long term in- is something I am missing here, crease growers and the board. If here is a variety that should not you would like to get on our in2 have a tech agreement associated crease grower list you must reside with it and here is a variety that in Walsh County, have successfully will force you to use an herbicide grown a class of certified seed the program that should be more di- past couple of years and join the verse and maybe work on some re- crop improvement association. I sistant issues. am the person to contact on this. Here are some newer tools in ND Genesis is known for its the tool box. Sometimes it is good high yields and large, plum ker- to buck the trend