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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JANUARY 29, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY KATRINA HODNY INTERIm4 ASST. EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS As my main role with the Walsh County Press is close to ending, I want- ed to take a moment to tell you about this newspaper. The Press strives to be unique, professional, and timely. It depends on its community for content and advertising. When one is less than the other, the paper can suf- fer in quality. Ever look at The Press and ask, 'why don't they print (fill in the blank)?' Do you want to know the answer? It's probably due to the fact that no one mentioned it to The Press staff. As a full-time staffoftwo, there is only so much infonnati that can drift through the air and into their brains. They need to be verbally or electronically told about what- ever it is you think is missing. During my interim here the last two months, a subscriber asked me how long I think The Press can stay afloat. I told them for as long as there are people who believe in it. I feel that local business support is important as well as local opinions. The newspaper shou!d make a great medium for getting a point across or a way to get people involved with a cause. Unfortunately, with the low rate of people reading the paper, I can see how many organizations just bypass the newspapers and go straight to television. A majority of our pop- ulation can't stop and smell the roses anymore let alone take time to read a newspaper. It could take ages to read everything in a newspaper ..... right? Attention and retention spans seem to be measured in nanoseconds and I don't see it improving any time soon. The beginning of a new year is always met with challenges; some set Voluntarily, others not so much. Here is my challenge to you, the reader: Your mission, should you choose to accept, this year sign a friend up for The Press or write one Letter to the Editor about an article or column print- ed in the paper, share your views and express your likes or dislikes. Your opinions are what make the paper more dynamic and adapting as well as remaining unique, professional, and timely. Start your challenge fight now. The paper was done by a different per- son for the last eight issues. Did you notice a difference? Was it a good different or bad different? Did it matter? Was something missing? I'm not perfect. I'm only human, and can't read your mind. If I could, I would- n't be sitting here, I promise you that. So let us know what's up. Call and leave a message. We can't get back to you if you don't leave one. Drop us an email. We get it on our phones these days. Anything's possible with your help. Thanks! Like" the Walsh County Press on JFacebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, wordpress.com Hello, Yesterday, that would be Mon- day, was a windy son of a gun. The gusts were clocked over 60 mph in our comer of the state and down into Harding County in South Dakota. Now I like Harding County. But if you watch the weather, they usual- ly have high wind warnings posted. And they mean it! I left Buffalo after dropping the kids at school. The drive up 85 is busier than it used to be, but still .pretty dam quiet early in the morn- ing. Now what are the chances of meeting a semi and having it blow over just as you meet it at 7:30 on Highway 85 north of Buffalo? I would guess it would be about as good as winning a football pool when your numbers are 8 and 2. North of Belfield would be a lot dif- ferent. I had to swerve to miss the back of the trailer and that tractor and trail- er blew over and skidded down the highway for a long ways. The driv- er and passenger got banged up a lit- tle but the Buffalo volunteers were there shortly. Another trucker and I got the guys out of the cab and de- livered them to the clinic in Buffa- Hat Tips lo. Looked like nothing serious. But then it wasn't me that was bleeding. Anyway, that got me looking back for a column about the wind. And I found this from years back. Because of high winds they had to cancel Evil Knievels sons jump over the Grand Canyon. I was watching it with some very astute people over a pinochle game. The game of geniuses. The sport of kings. Actually, it is where lazy txx) - ple meet. I go there a lot. Back to Evil Jr.'s jump. It was a blizzard. It looked like a winter scene in the Badlands. The snow was not falling. It was travelling horizontal to the ground. Or parallel. Whatever. It was going sideways. While we were waiting for the dealer, whom we wait for a lot, an intelligent discussion began. Any discussion in our game, that does- n't include four letter words, is deemed intelligent. Norm. Not the Norm from Cheers, but I think they are related, began the discourse. He informed us that in Norway there was a coun- terpart to Evil Knievel. His name was, you guessed it, Evil Knutson. He was the daredevil champion of the country. His greatest fame was achieved when he attempted to jump over eighteen barrels &lute- risk with a garden roto-tiller. I know. I know. It wasn't funny. We didn't laugh either. But we told Norm it was delivery. I guess now we'll find out. Meanwhile, back at the ranch. We spend a lot of days horseback. I guess that's why they call it a ranch. Most days we fide on cows. Start colts. Leg up barrel horses. Or just ride to get away from the phone. I'm getting too old and fat to ride good. In fact, I always was. But in the wind, it's dam right scary. Colts are scared of their tails. I'm scared of the colts. I've told you the story of Wayne Brown before. The one eared guy. We were riding togeth- er on a high ridge in the Badlands. A hundred and fifty feet down either side. And the wind was blowing like it has this week. It started to rain a little. Wayne put on his slicker. I was scared to reach for mine. I was rid- ing a green horse that had bucked me off before. Wayne kind of im- plied that I was scared. I told him I just like being wet. He said he was riding a bronc one time in a storm like this and on a hill like this. He reached back to put on his slicker and his colt blew up and bucked over the edge of this cliff. I asked what happened. He said when he got to the bottom he was wear- ing his slicker and riding a slicker broke horse! He was a cowboy! Later, Dean ,Sa#laritan S,x:ict's ..... Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. NDSU Agriculture Communication Thank You to all the staff and Residents that made Activity Professionals Week so much fun. Above you see some of the staff and residents on crazy hair day. This week (Jan. 26-Feb. 1) Sun. Jan. 26:3:30 hyrrm sing Mon. Jan. 27: Baking Apple Pie Bingo at 6:30 pm Tues. Jan. 28: No Men's Club 3:30 Bible Study Wed. Jan. 29: 3pm Bingo Thurs. Jan. 30:3:30 WlI Games Fri. Jan. 31: Nails at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm History time Sat. Feb. 1: Crafts and Bingo at 3:30 pm Thank You to all our many volunteers: Pastor Mark Antel, Cheryl Cox, Shirley Sobolik, Dorothy Novak, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Auxiliary, Terry Hagen, Corrinne Ramsey, I am sorry if I left anyone out. I do love all the wonderful community support we get. If anyone has anything they would like to help with please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. i !!iiiii i!i  .... ..... : .... - ....... z .... ! i If you are Pregnant or think you may be pregnant and live in North Dako- ta, this organization is here to help. www.TheDecisionisMine.org provides for alternatives to abortion. There are a number of agencies across the state that are approved providers. What help is available? Pregnancy testing Counseling Pre natal and parenting education Referrals All services will be handled in a confidential manner, and a woman's identity will not be revealed. Women will be asked to give their birth date and the last four digits of their social security number so the health de- partment can gather basic non-identifying data. A variety of organizations provide these services across the state. Providers in the area include Christian Family Life Services 800-747-2304 Healthy Families: Lutheran Social Services 701-772-7577 Northland Christian Counseling Center 701-795-8550 St. Gianna's Maternity Home 701-248-3077 Women's Pregnancy Center 701-746-8866 Homeland Commit00e Has Hot Meea'ng on Cold Day "Nobody in her right mind would call a meeting in January even if it was declared a crisis," grumbled Madeleine Morgan as she shuffled into the communitty hall along with the town's 12 other elec- tors for a special session of the Homeland Security Committee. (The 14th elector, Little Jimmy, the perennial online college student, was gone to Fairbanks "or a practicum on polar bears.) Crisis meetings, requiring im- mediate action, were one up on emergency meetings which re- quired nothing. "It's colder in this coliseum than it is outside," she lamented as she chose the warmest looking steel chair near the front. "We shouldn't even be out," Orville Jordan, the retired railroad depot agent, added. "We don't need to meet...we need to hibernate." "Couldn't we start the pot-bellied stove and get a little heat?" asked Holger Danske, who had his sheep- skin coat pulled up past his collar and his cap flaps snuggled down against his ears. "It takes a whole day to warm this place with one little stove," Chief Alert Officer Garvey Erfald pointed out. "Well, I think we should light the fire and all sit around the stove to do our business," proposed Orville. "I don't think we have any wood," Garvey doubted as he craned his neck around to see what might be combustible. "Well, there's that table Holger broke when he got mad over pass- ing that rule about fracking in ex- traordinary places in the city limits," Josh Dvorchak recalled. "He's got mineral rights, you know." "The only extraordinary pllace we have is the raised wildflower !bed by the old bank," Madeleine retported. "And they all died when 5Sievert sprayed them with Roundup i instead of the special fertilizer we o)rdered from Gumey's." "We shouldn't have any frack- ing in the flowers until we'jre sure they're dead," suggested Dorsey Crank, sponsor of the anti-fracking rule. "Come on! Let's vote on starting the stove," proposed Holger. He was now bouncing his freezing feet on the cold floor and slapping his mitts against his sides. With the call for action, Chair- person Ork Dorken banged his Coke bottle on an empty chair to call the meeting to order. "Okay!" he exclaimed authori- tatively. "Let's vote on starting the stove. First, we'll hear arguments in favor." "It's 13 below outside and at least 20 below inside," Josh chattered. "That should be enough argument." His statement earned an "Amen" from three supporters. "Okay. Everybody in favor raise a hand," Ork ordered. Holger raised both hands. "No stuffing the ballot box with two hands, Holger," Ork scolded. "Garvey will count." "Six in favor," Garvey deter- mined after a studied glance around the huddled group. "Now let's hear from those op- posed." "If we start the stove, the meet- ing will just get longer and we will sit around wasting our time in- stead of doing business," speculat- ed Dorsey. "Let's vote," bellowed a trem- bling Einar Stamstead whose nose was now bluer than usual. "Six against," Garvey an- nounced. "Six-to-six, we're tied." "How can that be?" asked Hol- ger. "There are 13 of us." "Well, I'm the chairman so I did- n't vote," Ork explained. "But doesn't a chairman vote in a tie?" queried Madeleine. "We've never adopted rules so I don't know," Ork answered defen- sively, disguising the fact that he couldn't make up his mind. "Let's postpone the crisis, order a rules committee to report back in the spring, and adjourn," proposed Garvey. Without waiting for a vote, all 13 - with Holger in the lead - fled out the door and into the cold northwest wind without discussing the crisis. shouldn't have any fracking" in t t the flowers untd we re sure they re dead" Extension Exchange Make your business a habit When your customers want a product or service your carry, is your store the first place they go? People use habits and routines throughout much of their life. Habits and routines make life eas- ier and free up the brain for other decision-making tasks. We operate much of our lives on autopilot. "The autopilot mode can be of great benefit to you as a business owner," says Glenn Muske, the North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service's rural and agribusiness enterprise develop- merit specialist. "Yet you need to nurture the customer to help them build a habit of thinking first of your store." "And not only do you need to develop that habit initially, but you cannot get lax," he notes. "You must continue to strengthen the re- lationship through time." Customer habits are formed as consumers find your place of busi- ness, maybe just browsing the first time they enter, or perhaps some marketing effort drew them in. You want them, on that first visit, to view your store as friendly, service-oriented. This means a smile, a friendly greeting and ask- ing how you can help. Building the habit can happen more quickly if, on that first visit, you get them to make a purchase, any purchase. Then you focus on having them buy something else each time they enter. The goal here is establishing the purchasing rou- tine so you are not concerned that the purchases may have little profit for you. You want to establish re- peat behavior. "Yet realize that a purchase does not need to happen each time," says Extension Agent Kari Helgoe of Walsh County. "You also want to establish your busi- ness as the place to go." So be prepared to search, order, offer suggestions and even men- tion another store that may have what the customers need. Also help them in using the product, even it if isn't yours, and offer other tips. All of these efforts build up the perceived value of your business and the likelihood cus- tomers will come back routinely. Building habits also can occur even when customers are not in i the store. Let them know when new products they are interested in arrive. Small businesses have a big advantage because you know your customers, their needs and their wants. Emails, cards and other com- munication also keep your name in front of customers. Let them know of the arrival of new products and services for them to try. Even wish them a happy birthday. Another way to increase their perception of your business and build it as a habit is to have a con- versation with them. If they say something positive about a past product or experience with your business, thank them. Even ask them if they would mind doing a short video or written testimonial. They may feel uncomfortable, but having you ask helps them realize you appreciate their business. If they make a suggestion, again thank them and, if you use it, tell them how and what difference it made. "Finally, be known as the owner who listens," says Helgoe. "You maybe can't change any- thing, but we all like to feel we have been heard." Habits are powerful. Habits are hard to break. Making your busi- ness a habit is a big step in your ongoing success. For more information, contact your local Extension Service of- rice at 284-6624 or http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/walsh- countyextension/contacts. Also visit NDSU's small-business sup- port website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/smallbusiness and sign up for the monthly newsletter. Or check out Facebook at www.facebook.com/ND- SUextsmallbiz or Twitter at @gmuske. Another online re- source is www.eXtension.org/en- trepreneurship. You also can get help from your local chamber of commerce, as well as the Small Business Ad- ministration and its related organ- izations, such as the Small Business Development Centers and SCORE. Extension on Ag around the state "Eat Smart. Play Hard." Poster Contest helps promote heart health North Dakota youth will have a chance to demonstrate their cre- ativity and knowledge of heart health in this spring's "Eat Smart. Play Hard." poster contest. The contest is open to North Dakota youth ages 8 to 19 as of Sept. l, 2013. Posters will be judged in two age divisions: preteen (ages 8 to 12) and teen (ages 13 to 19). The North Dakota State Uni- versity Extension Service, NDSU Extension's Center for 4-H Youth Development and the North Dako- ta Academy of Dietetics are spon- soring the contest. The posters should educate and promote the idea of living a heart- healthy lifestyle. The posters also should inform North Dakota youth and adults about the importance of healthful food choices and regular physical activity to heart health. This year's posters must be cen- tered on a theme that directly relates to eating healthful foods and play- ing hard to promote heart health. This could include the importance of taking part in 60 minutes of phys- ical activity each day or eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. To learn more about this topic, visit the following websites: http://www.ndsu.edu/eatsmart http://www.choosemyplate.gov http://www.heart.org "We hope this activity empow- ers our young North Dakota citizens with an opportunity to promote healthful eating and physical activity among their friends and families," says Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition spe- cialist. Posters will be judged on their general appearance and how well they present messages about nutri- tion and/or fitness and the impor- tance of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Winners in both age divisions will receive $50 for first place, $35 for second place and $15 for third place. All entrants will receive a cer- tificate of recognition and a small prize. "Children are remarkably cre- ative, so this is an opportunity for them to use their artistic skills with a health-promoting message," Gar- den-Robinson says. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2014. They should be dropped off at the Center for 4-H Youth Development or mailed to the Center for 4-H Youth Develop- ment, Atm: Eat Smart. Play Hard. Poster Contest Entry, 219 FLC, NDSU Dept. 7280, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050. Contest rules are available at http://tinyurl.corn/esphcontestrules. The entry form is at http://tinyurl.com/esphentryform. "Eat Smart. Play Hard." is a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service initiative that fo- cuses on making America's children healthier. It provides practical sug- gestions to help children and their caregivers eat a healthful diet and be physically active. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.