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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 20 I 5 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition S )ecialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS My little sister is getting married, so in the last month I have been to two wedding shows, one wedding dress appointment, and have been avoiding setting up a dress ap- pointment of my own. She is on top of this whole plan- ning thing as I never was. I got mar- ried before the invention of Pinter-, a place online where peo- ple plan imaginary weddings, save recipes they will never make and crafts they probably will never complete, and collect pictures of Hello, Winter months sometimes tend to lead to boredom. Days are short. Nights are long. And enter- tainment is sometimes lacking. Here in SW North Dakota we search for a way to spend long evenings. This weekend is was the opening of a grocery store. Real- ly. We celebrated the opening of a grocery store. I guess it is kind of like the number of people that will attend your funeral. It depends mostly on what they are serving for lunch and the weather. Well at the grand opening of this supermarket, the weather was great and the free lunch was won- derful. There was music and free samples of wine and beer. Small samples. Really small. But I sup- pose that is just as well. But hun- . . kids stuff for kids they may one day have. She had the whole thing just about nailed down after a month of being engaged though I suspect it was being pinned all along. It is one thing to have a wedding it is quite another to have a marriage as Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and just about every other celebri- ty to do has proven. In a New York Times essay called "Modem Love" the author references a study by the psychol- ogist Arthur Aron (and others) that Hat dreds of people turned out. And the next morning, when the store opened for business, once again there were hundreds of people. Anyway, I'm standing in line at the checkout counter. Most people had carts heaped up with paper towels and soft drinks and snacks and produce and on and on and on. But the guy in front of me, ac- tually he was two people in front of me, was on crutches and had an arm in a sling with only a bag of dog food. . . ,.I .%amarffan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We have had a busy week with activity professionals week. The activity staff love what we do and enjoy our days at work. This week Jan:25th-31st Jan. 25th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Kiel, 3:30 Music Jan. 26th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Baking Muffins, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Jan. 27th 3:30 Bible Study Jan. 28th 11:15 Resident Coun- cil, 3pm Bingo Jan. 29th 3pm Games, 6:30 Movie Night Jan. 30th 9:15 Nail Time, 3:30 Valentine Craft Jan. 31st 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Next week Feb. 1 st-7th Feb. 1 st 2pm Piano Recital, 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Johnson Feb. 2nd 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Shadows, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Feb. 3rd 3:30 Bible Study Feb. 4th 3pm Bingo Feb. 5th 2:30 Devotions w/Com- munion, 3pm Making Valentines, 3:15 Father Luiten on the Piano, 6:30 Movie Night Feb. 6th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Rummage Sale, Wear Red for Your Heart Feb. 7th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Valentine Craft, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to our many volun- teers, Pastor Kiel, Dorothy Novak, Lorene Larson, Jeanean McMil- lan, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fagerholt, Barb Ellefson, Comella Wylie, Ter- ry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, and any others I may have missed I am sorry. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. ............ , ..... ,.i, r, ,, TrT " ......................................................................... Prevent. Promote, Prelect, Walsh County Health District Short Shots (The following information is taken from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute Safety Talk. Content Source was OSHA). Aggressive driving can be caused by longer commutes, traf- fic congestion, and other drivers' behaviors. It can also be caused by your own mood, reactions, and ability to deal with stress on and off the road. Aggressive driving is trig- gered by anger - yours or another driver's. Aggressive drivers are more likely to speed, make unsafe lane changes, ignore the right of way, and violate traffic signals. Ag- gressive driving behavior includes tailgating, unsafe passing, honking your horn, making rude gestures, or swearing at other drivers. Don't confuse aggressive driv- ing with road rage. Blaring your horn in traffic or making rode ges- tures are not illegal, but they can escalate and lead to road rage. Road rage is a criminal act where a driver tries to intentionally injure or kill another driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Help prevent aggressive driving (and road rage) by first adjusting your attitude. Forget the idea of "winning" on the road. Driving is not a race; it should not be a con- test to see who finishes first. Leave plenty of time for a trip so that if traffic or another delay occurs, you can keep your cool. Think of the highway as a conveyor belt- everyone will get to their destina- tion eventually, so there is no need to speed or act impolite to save a few minutes. Put yourself in the other driver's shoes. Have you ever made a mis- take on the road, been lost, or un- sure of your turn-offpoint? Instead of being angry at another driver rpaking the same mistakes, give them the benefit of the doubt. When you make mistakes, ac- knowledge them and give the driv- ers around you a friendly nod or wave. Polite behavior makes driv- ing safer. If you encounter an angry or ag- gressive driver on the road, don't engage them. Avoid eye contact and do not make (or return) rude gestures or comments. Give an angry driver a lot of room by put- ting distance between you. Slow down or exit the roadway if neces- sary, but do not pull off to the side of the road or try to "reason" with an angry driver. Get help by using your cell phone or driving to a pub- lic area such as a police station or shopping center. If you think you have a problem with anger on the road or aggres- sive driving, get help. Anger man- agement classes or counseling can help you deal with the stress in your life and in your car that may be contributing to your behavior. Keep your cool on the road and live to work and play another day. states that intimacy between two Why haven't you done it? people can be accelerated by 36 key What is your most treasured questions. There are three sets of questions with each set meant to go a bit deep- er. While some are a bit silly, there is a bit of method to the madness. As an example: Set I Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? Would you like to be famous? In what way? What would constitute a "per- fect" day for you? Set II If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? Is there something that you've dreamed of doing for a long time? memory? What is your most terrible memory? Set III Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you've just met. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about? While the party is fun I never want to do that mess again. I love falling in love with my husband all over again. Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- Tips The well-dressed lady between us was carrying some sushi and ba- con wrapped shrimp. In an attempt to start a conversation, she asked the banged up guy if he had a dog. In retrospect, I don't suppose that was a very intelligent question since he was carrying a bag of dog food. The crippled guy looked at her and explained, "No, I'm on a dog food diet. I fill my pockets with dog food, and whenever I get the urge to eat, I simply reach in my pocket, and eat a nugget of this dog food." "Really," she exclaimed! "How is it working?" The gentleman quickly told her, "I lost several pounds the first month. Then I was out for walk one morning, and the next thing I know, I woke up in the hospital with all these broken bones and tubes running in and out of my body!" "My gosh," the woman ex- claimed! "Was it a reaction to the dog food?" "Oh no," he said. "I stepped off the curb to smell a French Poodles butt and a car hit me!" See what I mean about long winters. Later, Dean RedAlert! The Legislature Is Meeting 'Let them eat cake As expected, the first issue to be considered by the North Dakota Legislature was taxes. The Republicans want to cut in- come taxes while the Democrats want to reduce property taxes. Both parties are wrong. Cutting the income tax helps only those with incomes; cutting the property taxes helps only those with property. Nobody is championing the poor people who will keep paying sales taxes at the present rate. Have gun; will legislate. Pointing to the Canadian inci- dent in which legislators were shot, legislators introduced a bill permitting all public officials - they included - to carry guns. More children have been killed with guns than legislators so perhaps we should arm the children. (The NRA would sup- port that.) Or at least provide them with bullet proof vests. If everybody is going to have a gun, that is the least we could do for kids. In case Heidi comes home An anti-Heidi bill was intro- duced on the basis of a rumor that Senator Heitkamp was coming back to run for governor. The bill assumes that she would win, in which case she would appoint her replacement. To prevent such an appointment, the bill would re- quire an election for a new sena- tor. The last time North Dakota saw such speculative maneuver- ing was in 1959 when the Legis- lature replaced the at- large election of two Congressmem- bers with two separate districts so they could beat then-Con- gressman Quentin Burdick in the Republican east district come 1960. Burdick was cornered until Senator William Langer conve- niently died and gave him the op- portunity to run for the Senate. Burdick won and hogged the seat for 32 years. If they would have left the at-large system, it's likely Burdick would have run for re- election and Republicans would have captured the Senate seat. Why not more government? The local officials in western North Dakota came out against a proposal to create an "oil and gas development strategic planning authority." They claim they al- ready have too much govern- ment, a heretical statement in a state that loves governments so much that it has more govern- ments per capita than any other state. As for the western counties, they want to run their own crisis and not let a bunch of outsiders confiscate it. Testing students on civics Assuming that schools aren't teaching students the facts of government, legislators have a bill to require a civics test at least as difficult as the tests given for citizenship. Considering the number of Norwegians and Ger- mans that got into the country with the present citizenship test, that isn't a very high bar for today's youth. Proposing an annual session A handful of courageous legis- lators are proposing an annual session to keep up with rapidly changing circumstances in North Dakota. Under the present bien- nial sessions, the Legislature has to set a bunch of triggers to get the state to the next session. It has become governance by "ifs." If our revenue declines this much, oil taxes will be cut; if revenue increases, some will be siphoned to a mattress; if the icepacks start melting, the Capi- tol will be raised three feet, etc. etc. Actually, the voters approved annual sessions 40 years ago. No peeking by UAV Another bill would require po- lice to get a warrant before using unmanned aircraft to find and fight crime. They must have probable cause before they can look for probable cause. This goes well with the ridiculously low speeding fines in North Dakota. It seems we want law en- forcement but not too much. Cutting the income tax helps only w those with incomes; cutting the property taxes helps only those With property. Nobody is champi- oning the poor people who wl00il keep pay- ing sales taxes at the present rate" Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Save Some Bread With q'hese Tips "Does the bread have seeds in it?" my l 1-year-old daughter asked. "The bread has no seeds," I re- sponded as I flipped the slices of french toast on the griddle. I am well aware that my youngest child does not like bread with added ingredients such as seeds and nuts. Usually she picks out all the nonbread material and sets it by her plate, much to my chagrin. I thought she might be OK with the cinnamon and nutmeg in the french toast egg mixture, though. "Is this going to be mushy like the chocolate bread pudding?" she asked, wrinkling her nose. She had a definite idea of what the tex- ture of pudding should be: smooth and creamy. "No, the french toast won't be mushy. The chocolate bread pud- ding was supposed to be kind of mushy, by the way. Everyone else liked it," I responded a bit defen- sively. My daughter brings out my "inner sixth grader" sometimes. I was testing some bread recipes for a publication about us- ing "stale" bread, which local food pantries have requested. My home kitchen experiments re- minded me of my days as a cere- al chemistry graduate student, but I have no lab equipment in my kitchen. Stale bread usually is firmer and may crumble readily, so people might opt to toss it instead of us- ing it in novel ways. Bread is a good source of com- plex carbohydrates, B vitamins and iron. Using day-old bread can help you stretch your food dol- lars. If you choose whole-grain bread, you have the added nutri- tional benefit of fiber and phyto- chemicals (beneficial "plant chem- icals") because the germ and bran are present. Have you ever had a loaf of bread become moldy or stale on your countertop? At some point in our lives, most of us have found a colorful, fuzzy surprise when we opened a bread bag. Storing bread in the refrigera- tor will slow down the rate at which bread will grow mold. However, refrigerating bread ac- tually speeds staling..Refrigerat- ed bread becomes stale six times faster than bread at room temper- ature. Freezing bread, on the oth- er hand, delays staling. If your bread becomes moldy, you need to throw it away. How- ever, stale bread can be "revived" by toasting or otherwise heating it. The staling of bread originally was studied in the early 1850s. Staling is not merely the loss of moisture. The early food scientists sealed the bread in containers and measured the moisture con- tent. They noted no change in moisture content, so the water was still present in the stale bread. During staling, the bread be- comes firmer as the tiny starch granules in the crust change their alignment in the bread. The starch granules squeeze out the water into. other areas of the crumb.- That was the chemistry lesson of the day. Here are some practi- cal tips to save some bread: Freeze the bread. Seal it in an . air-tight bag, then label the pack- age with the date you froze it. Usu- ally, bread will remain at high quality for about three months in your freezer. Make croutons or bread crumbs. Simply cut the bread in cubes or tear into small pieces, and bake at 350 degrees until it is dry and brittle. To make crumbs, use a rolling pin to crush the bread to the desired size. You can add your favorite salt-free season- ings, such as garlic powder, if you like. Use bread as a meat extender. Some recipes call for soft bread crumbs and others call for toast- ed cubes. Add the bread crumbs to ground beef to make meat loaf or meatballs. Top casseroles with toasted bread crumbs for a little crunch or in place of crackers. Try making recipes with day- old bread such as french toast, egg bake, bread pudding,. stuffing/dressing, grilled cheese sandwiches, egg salad on .toast or garlic toast. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D, L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service food and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutri- tion and Exercise Sciences. I Editor's Note The Extension Exchange coqumnn was not available this week. return as soon as possible. It will I 1 Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Seed Varieties and Plants for 2015 This is the time of year that seed and nursery catalogues start to ap- pear in mail boxes and with it the hope of a new summer and growing season. There are a couple of things that need to be kept in mind when ordering all these neat plants. The first thing is I really would not rec- ommend going much higher than a zone 3 on your perennial plants if you want a plant you do not have to worry about when we get a really cold winter. Now having said that, I have seen zone 4 plants work in sheltered areas in south central and Eastern Walsh County. I would never suggest any thing higher than that and Western Walsh County should stick to the zone 3 plants. You just have a colder climate as you go up the hill west of Park River and those of you who live out there I do not need to explain it. I would also suggest you work with the local greenhouses and nurseries when buying your perennials. I have seen as high as zone 7's being sold in a big box store in Grand Forks a few years ago. My neighbor bought one on sale and planted it and it was nothing but dead twigs in the spring Let's talk about vegetables. We plant around an 80 day com variety in this county so you need to plan ac- cordingly when selecting annual vegetable varieties. One of the most frustrating things you can do is put in all that work and never see the fruits of your labor due to an early frost. We have plenty of good short season varieties available up here so we do not need to be pressing the en- velope with risky varieties: The other thing to look at is dis- ease resistance. Disease is a real is- sue for gardeners in Walsh County so buying yourself a variety that helps in that area goes along way in making your gardening experience more enjoyable. One thing also to look for is All American selections. They have been rated by the experts as one of the best varieties in their class. I have had great luck with these varieties over the years. I also like to try different vegetables. Every year I try something different. I enjoy a challenge and sometimes I get nothing but the experience. I at least know what will not work. Good luck and have fun and abid- ing by these simple rules will take out some of the problem areas of gardening. Dates to Remember: Feb 18 Private Applicator Certification, Initial and recertification, 9 am Park River City Auditorium Feb 25 Private Applicator Certification, initial and recertification, 9 am Park River City Auditorium Mar 16 Private Applicator recertification 6 pm Extension Office Park River ND