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OMMUNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018 Page 5 ~l ~ :- - == 7. z~ .~ .:= - ." =.- - -: =~-= 7.::.'= ---.:z = -L" = v~ L vA v A ~. A v v~ v advanced directive, help him make one (see Caringlnfo.org for free state-specific forms and instruc- tions). An advanced directive in- cludes a living will that specifies his end-of-life medical treatments, and appoints a health-care proxy to make medical decisions if he be- comes incapacitated. In addition, you may also want to get a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) or- der, which will tell health care pro- fessionals not to perform CPR when your dad's heart or breathing stops. Your dad's doctor can help you with this. You should also pre-arrange his funeral and burial or cremation. Immediately After Death Once your father dies, you'll need to get a legal pronouncement of death. If no doctor is present, you'll need to contact someone to do this. So, ifyour dad dies at home un- der hospice care, call the hospice nurse, who can declare his death and help facilitate the transport of the body. If he dies at home without hos- pice care, call 911, and have in hand his DNR document. Without one, paramedics will generally start emergency procedures and, except where permitted to pronounce death, take the person to an emergency room for a doctor to make the dec- laration. If no autopsy is needed, you will need to call the funeral home, mortuary or crematorium to pick up the body. If your dad is an organ or tissue donor, contact the funeral home or the county coroner imme- diately. Within a Few Days If funeral plans were not pre- arranged, you'll need to make arrangements and prepare an obit- uary. Ifyour dad was in the military or belonged to a fratemal or religious group, you should contact those or- ganizations too, because they may have burial benefits or conduct fu- neral services. Up to 10 Days After Death To wind down your dad's finan- cial affairs, you'll need to get mul- tiple copies of his death certificate. These are typically provided by the funeral home. If you're the executor of your dad's estate, take his will to the ap- propriate county or city office to have it accepted for probate. And open a bank account for your dad's estate to pay bills, including taxes, funeral costs, etc. You also need to contact your dad's estate attorney if he has one; tax preparer to see if estate or final income taxes should be filed; fi- nancial advisor for information on financial holdings; life insurance agent to get claim forms; his bank to locate and close accounts; and So- cial Security (800-772-1213) and other agencies that provided bene- fits to stop payments and, if appli- cable, ask about survivor benefits. You should also cancel his credit cards and, if relevant, stop household services like utilities, mail, etc. For more information on the duties of an executor, a great re- source is "The Executor's Guide: Settling A Loved One's Estate or Trust" available at Nolo.com for $32. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Savvy- Senior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. "~1,4 Yl'r~ ]f~ J ij Tl1"1 /'~ 11 I 3 Tbsp. low-sodium taco sea- soning mlx 3 Tbsp. onion, minced 10 whole-wheat tortillas 2 c. shredded lettuce 1/2 c. fat-free shredded cheese Optional: favorite taco sauce, ferried beans or black beans Mix tomatoes, avocado and cilantro flakes in small to medium- sized bowl. Spray frying pah' with nonstick cooking spray and turn to medium heat. Add ground beef and taco seasoning. Use a spoon or spatula to break up ground beef. Cover pan and let cook for a few minutes, then add minced onions. Continue cooking and stirring oc- casionally until beef is browned and fully cooked (about 10 minutes). Warm tortillas in microwave about 15 seconds. Prepare each taco by placing beef in taco shell, then let- tuce and tomato mixture. Sprinkle cheese on top and serve. Makes 10 servings. Each serving has240 calories,8 grams (g) fat, 16 g protein .-26 g cm,bolxydrate, 2 g fiber and 410 milligrams sodium. dulie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D &D.I L.R.D is a North Dakota State University Extension Service food and nutrition specialist and pro- lessor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. Follow her on Twitter @jgar- denrobinson Lifeline The ea r In Personal Response andSupport Services How Lifeline WorksTo Get You Help Fast If you need help, push your personal help button, which automatically dials the Lifeline Response Center. Trained Personal Response Associates who have instant access to your pertinent information will contact you immediately to see what help you need. Even if you can't answer, Lifeline will send the help you need right away and will follow-up to ensure that help did arrive and you are being cared for. sa.mantan Rtvt, ,F YOU ARE AT RISK CALL LLj el [lq Park River Good Samaritan Campus North Star ]l tc e Monday - Saturday: 6am - 8pm Sunday: 10am - 8pm Hot Stuff Pizza Large Pan Single Topping Pizzas $12 Subs, Sandwiches, Appetizers, Salads available Noon Specials Mon - Scalloped Potatoes Tues - Tacos *Wed - Turkey *Thurs - Roast Beef - Chicken Fried Steak *All 'e. =T ed' rith im atoe= ve==ie= By Janne Myrdal Sen. District 10 BISMARCK, N.D. -- With the holidays behind us it is time to give some updates on legislative activities from the past couple of months. Since my last update there has been Interim Committee meetings for both AG and Judiciary on which I serve. It would be too lengthy of an article to share all the topics these committees are working on, so I will only touch on a few. InAG committee one of the studies is look- ing at the structure of the Soil Conservation State Committee. Soil conservation was es- tablished in 1930's due to the days of the dust- bowl. The hearings on this issue in late De- cember was educational, and moving forward I hope for continued input from D 10. We are tasked with making sure taxpayers monies are used for the most effective services as soil con- servation is an important and valid service. How can we make sure the structm'e is the most current, effective and sustainable is the study before us. We have asked for more detailed information of practices and will likely put forth some positive changes next legislative session. We are still seeking answers on how to best approach and improve the protein and vom- itoxin testing for our producers. I was hon- ored to represent North Dakota at a recent Na- tional Legislative AG conference and this was one issue discussed along with NAFTA, hemp production, rural infrastructure, hous- ing and the importance of rural healthcare to keep our communities attractive and vibrant now and for future generations. The sus- tainability and services of our rural hospitals are urgently important. In Judiciary, we are working on making sure our laws regarding firearms are worded is such a manner as to be clear and precise for all to read, and in compliance with federal laws. Last update I mentioned Constitutional Carry, a bill I co-sponsored, and that we were awaiting an opinion by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem clarifying that the consti- tutional carry law enacted by House Bill 1169 does indeed allow for the carrying of loaded firearms in vehicles by law-abiding residents without needing to first obtain a firearm car- ry license. This opinion came in mid-De- cember, and Stenehjem says drivers may store a loaded gun in their vehicle, but if stopped by law enforcement, they must show proper state identification. He says showing a valid state driver's license is the "equivalent of a valid concealed weapons license" in North Dakota. This sustains the intent of the Leg- islature. However, please be aware this is IN the state of ND only, and as responsible gun owner please notify any law enforcement of such carry during a traffic stop as stated above. We have clear 2nd amendment rights, but cour- tesy and caution is always the way to go. Another issue before us is the cost associ- ated with public notices and how we can make sure all government entities are transparent while minimizing cost to taxpayers. Difficult issue as we find ourselves in the crevice of times, changing to electronic information yet highly value our rural newspapers. I am a pa- per in hand person, yet use the web. The Leg- islature is tasked with wisely and frugally spending .taxpayer's monies, so these discus- slons are mportant. We are also looking at updating adoption laws for the utmost welfare of children being adopted. Near and dear to my heart as it is for many of you. As the new year approached we all received taxation notices in the mail, and questions about property taxes were the topic discussed across the district. Here are some clarification and facts on property taxes that I hope will be help- ful. The State of North Dakota increased its con- tribution to local property tax relief vastly dur- ing the last Legislative Session. The total amount of property tax relief for the 2017-19 biennium now stands at $1.362.376.212 of tax payments, an amount that would have been the responsibility of the property owners prior to the State's property tax relief efforts. So, to break down the numbers a bit more; - for the 2017-19 biennium, the Legislative Assembly provided an estimated $680 million per year of property tax relief through the K- 12 edu- cation funding formula, state funding for county social services, and the home- stead/disabled veterans' property tax credits. Roughly this means that State paid property tax relief is at about 39%. This is permanent property tax relief, and does replace the 12% buydown program. Again, permanency was the key component and intent here. Having said that, property taxes are not levied by the State/Legislature, - it is levied by local city, school, park and counties. I continue to work for continued tax re- ductions where possible, decrease spending and illuminate harmful regulations to our AG pro- ducers and the Energy Sector. We must fos- ter a regulatory, tax and legal atmosphere to grow our economy. As I write this oil is up to $61 and steadily climbing. That is good news for the entire state including our AG dis- trict. AG commodity prices certainly could use a boost as well as the margins are tight across the board for producers. Our area lost one of its icons late last year. Doc Dahl was loved and known by us all. It was indeed a horrid tragic accident. He will be sorely missed. I am grateful for the work of Mayor Stenvold of Park River as we have worked together to secure a pending town hall meeting in Park River with the Director of the NDDOT to discuss safety procedures for ru- ral intersection. Regardless of where you live in the district watch for announcement of time and date and please attend. (As of writing this January 31 st is pending.) As we face this new year, we are truly blessed to live where we do. I know I keep repeating that, and thbugh I do not have any New Year resolutions I am determined to wake up every morning grateful. And to express such gratitude has become more and more fin- portant for me. To God, to family and to fel- low North Dakotans and Americans. Again, please feel free to contact me at jmyrdal@nd.gov or 701 331 0946. Editor's Note: Myrdal is a Senator in the North Dakota Senate for District 10. a truce m By Linda Thorson EDINBURG, N.D. -- Why is former Lieutenant Governor Lloyd Omdahl advocating a truce in the abortion debate? Omdahl gives two reasons for his desire for an armistice: 1) Be- cause both sides of the abortion de- bate show no sign of compromise, and 2) because the debate causes "social turmoil." Think about it. Who would gain the most with a truce? A truce would silence the outrage over the sales of aborted baby parts finan- cially supporting Democrats' elec- tion campaigns. A truce would ig- nore U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's (D- North Dakota) 2012 opinion that late-term abortions should be il- legal except when necessary to save the life of the mother, which was changed in 2015 to oppose the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A truce would freely allow Sen. Heitkamp to vote to continue sending taxpayer dol- lars to Planned Parenthood, the na- tion's largest abortion enterprise. (It is worth noting that Harvard Po- litical Review reported in 2012 that Heitkamp's "second largest cam- paign contributor" was Planned Parenthood. ) What if an armistice was wel- comed during the slavery debate due to the lack of political agree- ment? Or what if an armistice was welcomed during the Holocaust, because the Germans found it easier to ignore the issue than to help the Jewish people? Be aware. Lloyd's convoluted solution of an armistice is dan- gerous. Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King ,Jr has said, "Abortion hurts women and kills a baby." Mr. Omdahl clearly ignores this truth. As Christians, our role in the world isn't to muffle the cries of those who are dying; it is to reveal the truth about the sanctity of life and to rescue those who are in need of love and support. The call for an armistice in the battle for life is the utmost un-Christlike position to hold. Editor's Note: Linda Thorson, from Edinburg, N.D. is the Con- cerned Women for America, North Dakota State Director. Concerned Women for America Mission State- ment " to protect and promote Biblical values among all citi- zens -first through prayer, then ed- ucation, and finally by influencing our society - thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our na- tion." By Chris Boerboom FARGO, N.D. -- I write this letter to thank the North Dakotans who expressed support for the NDSU Extension Service to the State Board of Agricultural Research and Ed- ucation (SBARE). In the past year, NDSU Extension Service's state budget was cut by $4.1 million, which led to many lost positions. The Legislature also in- structed SBARE to review Extension's mission, efficiency and effectiveness and to recommend changes. Through this process, the core question has been, "How does Extension best serve our cit- izens?" For example, most people have smart- phones, so can't they find answers with a sim- ple search? Some other states have switched from county to district Extension offices; why do we need Extension agents in every county? Can low population counties share staff with a neighboring county? Rightly, SBARE asked these questions in their Extension review. I thank SBARE for dig- ging deeply to fully understand Extension's mission, which is to "provide science-based ed- ucation that improves the economic, health and community conditions for North Dakotans." Simply said, Extension's purpose is "extend- ing knowledge, changing lives." How does Extension best help people make informed decisions? It takes education built on trust and relationships. Anyone can go to Google for information, but not everything on the interact is accurate. Having a trusted re- lationship with an agent who provides unbiased and science-based education is the key to mak- ing wise decisions. We call this transforma- tional education because it truly changes lives. According to the dozen plus stakeholders who testified at SBARE listening sessions, more than 100 letter writers and hundreds of citizens at county forums, a county-based system with Extension agents is the best ap- proach to fulfill our mission. Extension agents delivering agricultural, 4-H, family and com- munity programs are highly valued. One let- ter stated, "There simply is no other entity or organization that could take the place of the cur- rent NDSU Extension presence in our coun- ty." We in Extension agree. County-based agents are critical to our Extension mission be- cause they know the local issues, the people and how to provide the best education. That edu- cation may be high-tech, a handshake over the fence or most likely both. Although the details of the agreement be- tween Extension and counties to fund Exten- sion agents need to be finalized, one point is clear. SBARE voted that all counties, regard- less of size, should be treated the same. I thank SBARE, county commissioners and con- cemed citizens for working together to find the best solution for North Dakota. The NDSU Extension Service has been do- ing great work quietly. Extension staff and their educational programs are recognized locally, but we promise to elevate the visibility of our programs and the agents and specialists who provide them. We invite you to connect with your local Extension agents to learn how the NDSU Extension Service is "Extending Knowledge. Changing Lives." Editor's Note: Boerboom is the NDSU Ex- tension Service Director. 26TH ANNUAL 2018 RED i RIVER VALLEY & Marine Products - JAN. 26-28 l','l','lll ill [I] : [tI'-: 11 i[ll','lll[I-Ii] I i I 0 Run an ad fhis size in ALL NORTH DAKOTA NEWgPAPER9 {'or onlg $700! (Re ion al o available.) Confaet fhi trot