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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY 22, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK.., BY KATRINA HODNY INTERIA4 ASST. EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Dear Diary, Do you ever wonder where po- lar bears take shelter? This topic was the talk at the dinner table the oth- er day and we just didn't know what they did. I honestly had never watched a documentary on polar bears, so did not have the answer. The topic came about after I watched a lady on the television tell some people that she had recently visited the zoo in New York City and noted that it was so cold (how cold was it?), the polar bears went back inside their shelter. Upon some Intemet research, I found that polar bears, or the great white bear, is a lot like us. They sleep for eight to nine hours in shallow pits they dig in the snow with their sides or backs to the wind. They sleep right through blizzards where the snow piles on top of them creating an insulated blanket. They may stay curled up like that for days un- dren's books often show polar bears til the storm passes, and penguins together, the two live According to the Polar Bear In- at opposite poles. Polar bears live in temational web site, "in summer, po- the Arctic. Penguins live in Antarc- lar bears curl up on the tundra or on tica." an ice patch, sometimes using a Something that I didn't know is block of ice or an outstretched paw that arctic comes from the Greek as a pillow. Landlocked bears dig word meaning bear, and Antarctic sleeping pits in the sand or in grav- comes from the Greek meaning el ridges along the shoreline, the opposite, without bear. "Polar bears live in the circum- There are roughly 20,000 to polar north in areas where they can 25,000 polar bears and they appar- hunt seals at openings in the sea ice called leads. They are found in ently do not need to cover their Canada (home to roughly 60% of noses in order to avoid beening seen the world's polar bears), the U.S. by their prey while hunting. It was (Alaska), Greenland, Russia, and very interesting to read about the po- Norway (the Svalbard archipelago), lar bear. More information can be Scientists have identified 19 popu- found on your local Intemet or at lations of polar bears living in four different ice regions in the Arctic. "Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http://walsh- "Although popular art and chil- coun Hello, I had a friend come down and nail shoes on a horse a week ago. I can do it myself, but I'd rather have four shoes on a sound horse, than a couple on a crippled horse. And watching Shirley pick her way around the yard on this ice made me decide I better have a horse shod. And I have a friend who gave me advice one time. He said there are three things in life worth paying for. HBO, air conditioning, and a horse shoer. If you've never spent time bent over with a 1200 pound horse leaning on you, you know why. Years ago, I enjoyed riding in the winter. If you had a good horse sharp shod, and plenty of clothes to wear, it was kind of fun. Coyotes were worth some money, so I packed a ri- fle and enjoyed the great outdoors. I was riding Zip, a good gray gelding that I had purchased from Angle Kennedy. He was about as steady a horse as you could find. Drug calves on him. Pulled bucking bulls out of the arena, picked up bucking horses, sorted pairs, and taught my kids to ride. Anyway, I was riding the south rim of Nels' canyon and saw a cou- ple coyotes coming up the bottom of the canyon. I tied Zip up and went out on this point to see ifI could get a shot. Those old coyotes came up the bottom of the draw and I got both of them. Zip didn't mind, so I tied them behind the saddle and headed for the River Camp. Along the way I shot one more. I tied that one in front of my saddle. I felt like Jeremiah Johnson as I was riding along. Un- like this winter, the wind wasn't blowing. A few lazy snowflakes were drifting down, but they came down, not sideways! I can remem- ber when snow sat on top of fence posts, not alongside them. You younger readers maybe don't re- member this. And Zip, he could pick his way around in the snow. He seemed to be able to feel if there was good ground, or a hole or washout in front of him. Over the years, Zip had built up a pretty solid reputation. I had used him at Mandan when Joe Berger brought a bunch of snotty Brahma bulls up from Florida. You couldn't get them into the bucking chutes. I would just ride Zip into their pen, throw a loop on one and head up the alley. When I we got into the alley up to the chute, I'd just step offon the fence and Zip would pull them into the chutes. We'd gate them, let Zip out the front, and go get anoth- er one. We had a great bull named Bar 33 that would never stay home. He'd rather spend his off days with Henderson's milk cows than his rodeo friends. Guess you couldn't blame him. But every Friday, I'd take the trailer, rope Bar 33, and Zip would pull him into the trailer. I think the horse and the bull both kind of enjoyed it. Zip got a bad wire cut when he was getting older, so he had to be re- tired. Alvin called me up one day to tell me about a neighbor lady of his, Edith Kelley. She had been a nurse in The War. She was an elderly lady living alone. But everyday she got up and did her chores. Well, the guy that kept a couple horses there had sold them. Edith just couldn't stand the thought of not having something to take care of. She had been taking care of people and animals her whole life, and wasn't about to let that change. Alvin was wondering ifI had an old horse that needed a home. I thought this sounded like a pretty good deal for Zip. Like Edith, he had been taking care of people for a long time. So, Alvin came over and picked him up and that was the last I saw of Zip. A few days later, the call came. Zip was lonesome. He needed a friend. I had a crooked neck filly around there that was just eating hay. Away she went. That's been a long time ago. Edith, Zip, and the filly are all gone now, but I know they made each other feel pretty good for their last years. And how I ever got to this story, when I was just going to talk about the cold, I'll never know. Later, Dean NDSU Agriculture Communication Happenings at Our ] y ( LI, Samaritan Good Samaritan I S(>cict .... Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. ] It was a busy week (Jan. 12th-18th) at Good Samaritan Society with baking, bible study, bingo, trivia, and Art with Bernie Wilebski. The week of Jan. 19th-25th is Activity Professionals Week! We will have fun all week. Jan. 19 - winter crafts at 3:30pm Jan. 20 - Hat Day: wear your favorite hat. Cheryl Cox hymn sing and Bingo at 6:30pm Jan. 21 - Farm Day: wear your ham clothes. Men's time and Bible Study Jan. 22 - Crazy Hair Day: how crazy are you? and Bingo Jan. 23 - 50's Day: bring out the poodle skirts and Auxiliary at 3pm and Movie night Jan. 24 - Team Spirit Day: What is your favorite team? Snow ball fight at 3:30 pm Thank you to all our volunteers, Pastor Matthew Maskow, Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrchs, Corrinne Ramsey, Arnold Braaten and Father Gary Lutein. I am sorry if I missed any of our volunteers. Please feel flee to call if you would like to help in any way. Rose Ulland at 284-7115. "rm Co umw Walsh County Health District , ..... ,., .... ,o. p,o,°o,. Short Shots MRSA is methicillin resistant der is actually seen the irritation is Staphylococcus aureus, a type of likely not a spider bite. MRSA ap- staph bacteria that is resistant to sev- pears as a bump or infected area on eral antibiotics. In the community, the skin that might be: MRSA causes skin and other in- • Red fections. In hospitals and nursing • Swollen homes MRSA can cause severe • Painful problems such as bloodstream in- • Warm to the touch fections (Sepsis), pneumonia, and • Full of pus or other drainage surgical site infections. • Accompanied by a fever Anyone can get MRSA, through Contact your doctor ifyou think direct contact with an infected you have a MRSA skin infection. wound or by sharing personal items How can you prevent spread- such as towels or razors that have ing MRSA if you have been told touched infected skin. The risk of by your doctor you have MRSA? getting a MRSA infection increas- • Cover your wounds until es when a person is in certain ac- healed. Keep the dressing dry. tivities or places that involve crowd- You can dispose of the dressing and ing, skin to skin contact, and shared tape in the regular garbage. equipment or supplies. This might • Clean your hands often. Oth- include athletes, daycare and school ers in the household should also students, military personnel in bar- wash their hands often racks, and people who recently re- • Do not share personal items ceived inpatient medical care. such as towels, washcloths, razors, Prevention of MRSA clothing, uniforms, etc. • Maintain good hand and body • Wash used sheets, towels, hygiene. Wash hands often, clean clothes with water and laundry de- body regularly-especially after ex- tergent. Dry in the dryer completely. ercise. Treatment of MRSA skin in- . Keep cuts scrapes, and wounds fections may include having a clean and covered until healed, physician drain the wound, and in • Avoid sharing personal items some cases prescribe an antibiotic. such as towels and razors. Do not attempt to pop or drain a What are the Symptoms of wound by yourself, this could wors- MRSA? en the infection and possibly spread Often people first think the area it to others. Always complete any is a spider bite, however unless a spi- antibiotic your doctor gives you. Bakken Doctor Joins Med School Recruitment Dr. Gary Ramage of Watford City, a strong advocate of recruiting family practitioners for smaller communities, has underlined his in- terest in a response to last week's column on the crisis in medical ed- ucation. Here are his comments, slightly edited for style. "I read your article 'A city of 65,000 and no additional doctors.' Thank you for referencing my con- cem on the shortage of rural physi- cians in North Dakota. It is a con- cem for many other than myself. "In no correspondence or con- versation with you do I recall being critical of UND or the process by which they choose students. In fact, I look forward to working with UND in the fall of 2014 to recruit students to rural medicine slots that exist at UND, both for medical school and residency. "While there are LIND critics who share some of my ideas, I do not necessarily share their vocal op- position to the UND medical student selection process. Nor do I have any opinion as to whether this 'process' affects 'access' to heath care in Watford City or in North Dakota generally. "My position is and has always been that government, rural health care facilities and UND should work together to encourage uni- versity students to not only enter the College of Medicine but to also shape a career in family medicine, particularly rural family medicine. "I have written two short disser- tations as to how I think we can best do this in North Dakota and I was pleasantly surprised that Dr. Joshua Wynne Dean, UND School of Med- icine, and Dave Molmen, Chair of UND School of Medicine Health Sciences Advisory Council, share many of my ideas and, in fact, have been diligently working toward • dedicating family medicine positions and residencies through UND. "I reference the UND Heath Care Workforce Initiative (HWI) supported by the Legislature, Gov- emor Dalrymple, Lt. Governor Wrigley and the UND School of Medicine. "We are all in agreement that we need to recruit, train and retain family medicine doctors in North Dakota. There are a number of ways to do this and there are some differing ideas as to how to ac- complish this objective. "From my perspective in Watford City, I would like to see government funding to oil-impacted areas in ad- dition to the HWI and I would like to see more graduates from UND medical residencies come to small- er towns and cities. It is my strong belief that with concerted effort and continuing ideas we c--Oan bring this to fruition. "We have a very knowledgeable and capable group of individuals working towards this end and I am quite humbled to be a small part of the process. "Thank you again for keeping the health care crisis front and center in people's minds and hearts." Dr. Ramage is well-qualified to speak for North Dakota commtml- ties. He has been practicing family medicine in Watford City for 19 years and is obviously committed to attracting more students for rural medicine. In a presentation to the Coalition Group for Rural Medicine, he not- ed the crisis for most of the 36 crit- ical access hospitals that are forced to hire "excessively-priced" tem- porary assistance to keep medical services functioning. The cost of a single physician under these circumstances is be- tween $1.2 million and $1.7 million annually - and is obviously unsus- tainable. Hospitals will be forced to go broke unless realistic alternatives are developed. "If we as a state, medical uni- versity and motivated health care providers can provide a solution to this crisis," he said to the Coalition, "we can save rural medicine in North Dakota." Dr. Ramage is well-quallfied to speak for orth Dakota communi- ties. He has been practicing fami- ly medtcme in Warlord Citer for 19 years and is obviously committed to at- tracting more students for rural medicine. Extension Exchange It's Your Money, What do you want it to do for you? What do you want your money to do for you in 2014? Money is just a tool we use to accomplish what is important to each of us. Creating goals at the beginning of a new year is a great way to put our money to work accomplishing our dreams. This January find a warm and comfortable chair, sit down with a hot cup of coffee and spend some time visualizing the coming year and what you would like to accomplish. This is great time for couples and fami- lies to dream and plan together. Many of our plans for the future have a money component to them so use this time to create specific goals to help gather the money needed to fund your dreams/goals. Here are a few tips for creating successful money goals: Be specific in your goal making, the more specific the more likely the goal will be accomplished. Instead of saying, "I want to pay off my • " , , ..... , , " credit card debt this year. Restate it something hke this, ThiS year I will increase my monthly credit card payment by $100 until it is paid off." Make realistic goals, don't set yourself up to fail. It's okay to sacri- fice a bit to attain a goal but don't squeeze your budget so hard that you become discouraged and give up on your goal. Create a timeline for your goals, when will you start, how often will you contribute, when would you like the goal accomplished. Here is an example: "Starting with my first paycheck in January I will save $50 out of each paycheck to create an emergency fund of $1200 by the end of 2014." WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN? This is very important! We are more likely to accomplish goals that are written down. Place them where you can review them periodically and re-motivate yourself to continue working toward your chosen goals. Be flexible, life happens and sometimes our goals need to take a back seat to more important priorities like an illness, or a car breakdown or the furnace going out. But being flexible doesn't mean not funding a goal be- cause we found the cutest new boots we just have to buy! Celebrate your successes. Working toward and accomplishing a goal is a big deal, celebrate? Pat yourself on the back, be proud of your ac- complishments? "Creating goals is the first step in making plans for our money," says (insert Co. Agent name here), "Those who create goals and follow through will be amazed at what they can accomplish with their money 'tool'!" For more information on money goals and spending plans contact your local NDSU Extension office for a copy of the publication, 'Fam- ily Money Manager' or find it at NDSU Shares 2013 Beef Cattle Research Results ..... Beef cattle diets, breeding sys- ing the breeding season as cows tems, drylot vs. pasture cow-calf mated with bulls. production, forage digestibility en- * Cows in the breeding system hancements, grazing and effects with ES and AI gave birth earlier in of pen bedding were among the top- the caving season than cows mated ics North Dakota State University with bulls. researchers studied in the past year. * Calves bom throughAI during In a project comparing lactating the first 21 days of the calving beef cows fed a diet of corn stover season were 19.4 pounds heavier at and distillers grain, an ethanol pro- weaning than the calves of cows duction byproduct, with cows fed mated with bulls. corn silage, wheat middlings, bar- In a study on whether the degree ley hulls and straw, researchers at the of processing for dry-rolled com had Carrington Research Extension an effect on steers fed finishing di- Center found that: ets, Animal Sciences Department re- • Calves of cows on the stover- searchers discovered that process- distillers grain diet gained 2.73 ing didn't affect the steers' initial or pounds per day during the 92-day study while calves of cows fed the final body weight, average daily other diet gained 2.57 pounds per gain, dry-matter intake or carcass day. quality characteristics such as 12th- • The decrease in cows' condition rib fat thickness, rib-eye area and score during the summer feeding pe- marbling score. riod was nearly identical (1.1 for cat- The study also looked at the ira- tie on the stover-distillers grain pact on those steers of including diet vs. 1 for cows on the other diet), dried corn distillers grains plus sol- * The daily ration cost for the ubles (DDGS)in their diets. The re- stover-distillers grain diet was $1.71, searchers leamed that the steers' dry- compared with $2.22 for the other matter intake and feed-to-gain ratio diet. decreased as the amount of DDGS "Cow numbers continue to de- in their diet increased, but including crease in North Dakota and na- DDGS didn't affect the carcass tionally as a result of drought, graz- quality characteristics. ing land being converted to cropland In addition, the researchers found and the high cost of conventional that processing the corn and adding feed ingredients, yet underutilized DDGS had some impact on the and undervalued feed resources steers' feeding and ruminating be- such as corn stover and distillers havior. For example, steers fed grains are available to producers in finely rolled com ate more meals per North Dakota," says animal scien- day, and spent more time eating and tist Vern Anderson, who led this less time drinking. The size of the study, meals the steers ate decreased, but "Our past research indicates beef their eating rate per meal and per cows are capable of using a wide va- minute increased as the amount of riety of feeds, including crop DDGS included in their diet in- residues (corn, wheat, pea, barley, creased. straw, regrowth or cover crops) "This information shows that when properly supplemented," he adds. "This study indicates diets for- changing the feeding management mulated with corn stover and nu- program can impact animal growth trient-dense supplements such as and efficiency," says Kendall Swan- distillers grain can be very suc- son, an Animal Sciences Depart- cessful in supporting excellent ment associate professor who led growth and performance in the this research. "More work is nec- cow and her calf." essary to fine-tune the time-of-day Researchers from the Animalfeeding work to optimize feed intake Sciences Department and Hetfinger and growth." and Central Grasslands Research For more information about Extension Centers conducting a these studies, as well as other breeding study found that: NDSU beef cattle and range re- * About the same number of search, see the "2013 North Dako- cows exposed to estrous synchro- ta Beef Report" at nization (ES) and artificial insem- ination (AI) became pregnant dur- docs/research-reports. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available as soon as possible. this week. It will return J