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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES FEBRUARY 1, 2012 ' FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EPlTOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Tyrone Grandstand is just a baby when it comes to Grand Forks politics . . . and by most North Dakotan's standards. At 26 years old, Grandstand is throwing his hat in as a mayoral candidate for the city of Grand Forks. He has had his foot in the door. He is a member of the city council. But folks are astonished at the au- dacity he has to challenge the city's longest running mayor. What does a 26-year-old know anyway? Well, I know enough about the population of the state and its de- mographics to know that if young people want to get involved in pol- itics it can't be a bad thing. I know that we are not as naive as the older generations would like to make us out to be. And I know that any number of "when I was your age" stories would result in more than just walking in four feet of snow uphill both ways because the truth of "when I was your age" probably is that they were very responsible young adults with established fam- ilies and hardworking jobs and many more who would throw in a "defending your freedom" com- ment. Being 26 shouldn't discount anyone, just as being 61 shouldn't make someone a shoe in. Grandstand's stance is that he wants more public opinion on city issues. As a generation that is plugged, into constant comments through Twitter and Facebook I can see how that could benefit the com- munity. And as a resident of the city of Crystal who has tried to im- plement a city wellness plan only to be hemmed and hawed at by city council members who have never attended a wellness meeting, I can see where there could be frustration for someone who wants more com- munication between the city and the people they are supposed to be representing. In no way am I saying that this guy deserves the spot, but voters should at least listen to what he has to say and let his words speak rep- resent his stance and not his age. A number of people revolution- ized the world before hitting 30, but we remember their accom- plishments, not their birthdays. Bill Gates formed Microsoft by age 20. Mark Zuckerberg, inventor of Facebook, had a net worth of $6.9 billion by age. 26. Jesus changed the world by age 33. I know it may sound a bit ex- treme to compare, but it is a simple way of saying age is relative. As for my fellow 26-year-olds out there trying to make a differ- ence in their world, I salute you. Simply by trying, you are making a difference and setting a positive example for those out there who would discotmt themselves because of their age. We are what is next for North Dakota, so why not start now? Like" the Walsh County Press on Faeebook and check out our blog at http://walsh eountypress, wordpress.eom Hello, I'll admit, I watch more TV than I should. Well, I don't actually watch a lot of TV, but I have TV on a lot. Mostly I run the clicker, be- cause I am bigger than my wife. I switch channels constantly, hoping to come across a show that will rekindle my flickering interest into a bright flame. I try to watch foot- ball, but I was figuring the other day... Each team runs about, and this is just a guess, about fifty plays a game. Fifty. Now, each play takes about six seconds. So, that makes a hundred plays at six seconds each. That would add up, and again I'm guessing, to about 600 seconds. Now, using my Berthold Bomber math, that would be about ten min- utes of football. In a three hour game. You have to click. And if you start to watch a TV drama in the evening, I think there is actually about 24 minutes of movie in an hour show. Again. Click. So, a lot of the time I am left to watch Gene Autry reruns in the middle of the night. Or the An- tiques Roadshow. Or maybe the Pawn Stars. Pawn Stars. Not porn Hat stars. But I probably spend more time watching the History Channel, or the Discovery Channel than any- thing else. I watch these programs and wonder why I didn't pay more attention to my science and history teachers forty or fifty years ago. I admit, it would be a little hard to follow even then. The names of the countries that I was forced to mem- orize are no longer in existence. The capitals have changed. Our friends and enemies have changed. I now know that although "Colum- bus sailed the ocean blue in 1492"; someone else discovered our con- tinent centuries earlier. And that doesn't even count the Native Americans, who they say walked here from Asia. And with that rather long and boring introduction, I get to the Tips subject of this weeks tale. North of Belfield, near Fryburg, there is a large earthen structure on the east side of Highway 85. I've often driven by it and wondered from whence it originated. And I have inquired from some of my happy hour friends if they knew. They did not. So, I have fantasized about it's beginning. Could it have been formed by a civilization that paralleled the Egyptian builders of the pyramids? Could it have bren some distant relatives of the Aztec or Mayan cultures that formed this huge symmetrical pile of earth? And how long ago could it have been formed? Then one night, as I was watch- ing the History Channel and a story of Ancient Aliens, it dawned on me. It was a landing site created for i flying machine of ancient aliens! t was ecstatic! The mystery was solved. Then, a couple of nights ago, I Was sharing discourse (happy hour you know) with a gentleman who lives in the area. I mentioned the earthen structure. He was well aware of it. I told him of my con- clusion that it was a landing site for ancient aliens. He thought I had gone over the deep end. He insin- uated that if "my IQ got to 50, I should sell". He said, "I had delu- sims of adequacy". He thought, "I hal been working with glue too mtch!" o, 1 asked him what he thought thc hill was. He was emphatic. We hal been there quite awhile. "It is Mere they used to mine Ukraini- aoz!" I said, "They mined what???" "Ukrainians. I mean Ukerani- an," he replied. "Uranium?" I asked. "That's what I said, Ukeranian." But, I am going to stick with the uranium mine. But maybe it was the aliens that mined it. Later, Dean 00Samaritan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Moniea Simon ADC Janfffi has certainly gone fast and we have enjoyed this wonderful winter weather. We have had a great I week especially with our Auxiliary Lunch and Program hosted bu the ladies of OSLC. The lunch was delicious and the program was wonderful. February Events: Feb. 2 - 2:30 Devotions with Holy Communion Feb. 9- 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party Park River American Legion Auxiliary Feb. 10-7:30 Mennonite Singers Feb. 14 3:00 Valentine's Day Lunch and Bingo with Prizes Feb. 23 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program Federated Church Park River By Ron Smith, Horticulturist Devotional leaders for the week were Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, Kay Alkofer, Rev. David Hinrichs, Bonnie VanBruggen Dorothy Novak, Sue Faggerholt and Corrine Ramsey. Accompanists were Jan Novak and Monica Simon. Sunday services were led bu Rev. Paul Kiel and Rev. Cox. Father Gary Lutein led Mass and Shirley Sobolik held Rosary and Communion. Terry Hagen assisted with nail's time. We thank everyone for sharing their time and talents with us this week. The STAR COMMITTEE will be having a Spring used book sale so feel free to drop off your used books, videos, DVD,s and CD's at the center. I WANT MY BABY TO BE BORN HF.00THY... Walsh County Health District Short Shots What is Folic Acid? Folic Acid is a B vitamin that our bodies use to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. Why is folic acid important? Folic acid is very important because it can help prevent major birth defects of a baby's brain and spine (anencephaly and spina bifida) by 50- 70%. How much folk acid does a woman need? 400 micrograms (mcg) every day When to start taking folio acid... For folic acid to help prevent major birth defects, a woman needs to start taking it at least one month before she becomes pregnant and while she is pregnant. Every woman needs folic acid every day, whether she's planning to get pregnant or not, for the healthy new cells the body makes daily. Think about the skin, hair and nails. These and other parts of the body make new cells each day. In general, women of childbearing age should make sure to get 400mcg of folic acid every day. How can a woman get enough folic acid? There are two easy ways to be sure to get enough folic acid every day: 1. Take a vitamin that has folic acid in it every day. Most multivitamins sold in the US have the amount of folic acid women need each day. (Check with your pharmacist if you need help with the label). The multivitamin should have 100% of the daily value (DV) of folic acid which is 400mcg. 2. Eat a bowl of breakfast cereal that has 100% of the daily value of folic acid every day. (Not every cereal has this amount-make sure you check the label on the side of the box. Look for the one that has 100% next to folic acid). Cramer confounds GOP nominating process By announcing that he will by- pass the Republican endorsing convention and go straight to the party primary in his quest for a U. S. House seat, Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer has thrown the party endorsing process into turmoil. After accepting five prior en- dorsements for public office by conventions, he has made this de- cision to break away from a con- vention endorsement for several obvious reasons. First, he remembers that he lost the U. S. House endorsement in the 2010 convention and he doesn't want that to happen again. Sizing up his chances in the 2012 convention, he has con- cluded that he may not be able to beat the other five candidates vying for the endorsement. Second, he has better statewide name recognition than any of the other Republican can- didates for the endorsement. He has served in as a Public Service Commissioner since 2003 and has run for the U. S. House twice. Third, he has amassed a big campaign chest. He has enough money to finance a stronger pri- mary campaign than any of the other candidates. His unilateral decision leaves the Republican convention and the five other announced candi- dates in a quandary. If the Republicans want to re- tain their self-respect as a party, they can't let Cramer dictate the terrain for the race. They cer- tainly must endorse a candidate. Of course, they could declare an open primary and encourage one and all to join Cramer on the primary ballot. However, that would be playing Cramer's game because Cramer holds the biggest cards in the game - name recog- nition and money. If the convention endorses a candidate, the party would be ob- ligated to give that candidate the utmost of support to defeat Cramer. To endorse a candidate and abandon him/her would be unthinkable. This means that the Republi- can Party will be forced to invest thousands of dollars in a U. S. House race that it would other- wise put into Rick Berg's U. S. Senate race. Another consideration. The five other announced candidates may reconsider their availability if they are going to be forced into a hard-fought primary campaign even though backed by a conven- tion endorsement. For sure, run- ning in the primary would require massive amounts of time and a significant personal financial commitment. While Cramer may have the benefit of name recognition and a fat treasury, his move will cost him dearly in party good will. That will trim more than a few votes from his tally. If he should win the nomination in the pri- mary, he may find it difficult to fire up party enthusiasm for the ; fall campaign. Republicans are better than Democrats at closing ranks after bitter disagreements but there will be a considerable number of Republicans who will sit on their ;hands in a Cramer campaign. They will feel that they have the luxury of sitting out the cam- paign because the Republicans will surely keep the Congres- sional seat since the Democrats .are fielding a candidate who does not have statewide recognition or significant funds. After accepting a convention endorsement five times, this is no year for Cramer to question the legitimacy of the convention nominating system even though North Dakota has had a primary system since 1908 that is open and available to anyone who can round up a handful of signatures to get on the ballot. We may have an open primary in the law but we are a conven- ti,on state. This has benefited can- dJdates who lack the personal resources to run statewide pri- mary campaigns on their own. In other words, money is not a pre- requisite for getting into politics in North Dakota. For that reason alone, conven- tions are worth preserving. Extension Exchange Super Bowl, Slow Cookers and Food Safety: An Unbeatable Team If you're a die-hard football fanatic, simply a Super Bowl fan, or an avid aficionado of food, friends and fun times it's time to start par- ty planning for the big game! Remember to make sure that you keep food safety at the top of your mind. For me, the television commercials aren't as big of a draw as the food table and I find myself grazing throughout the big game. That's why I love preparing and serving foods in slow cookers for buffet- style parties. A slow cooker is great because it can save you time and money, but make sure to use it correctly to keep you and your party guests safe. The following are some slow cooker safety tips to keep in mind when using a slow cooker: Wash your hands before, during and after food preparation. The same goes for your cooking equipment. Always begin with a clean slow cooker, utensils and work surface. For easy cleanup and care of your slow cooker, spray the inside of the cooker with nonstick cooking spray or use slow cook liners before using it. All ingredients that you place into a slow cooker should be thawed first. Keep thawed food and other perishable food refrigerated until you're ready to start cooking. This will ensure complete cooking. Keep perishable foods refrigerated until preparation time. If you cut up meat and vegetables in advance, store them separately in the refrigerator. The slow cooker may take several hours to reach a safe, bacteria-killing temperature. Constant refrigeration assures that bac- teria, which multiply rapidly at room temperature, won't get a "head start" during the first few hours of cooking. Fill the slow cooker no less than half full and no more than two- thirds full. Cooking too little or too much food in the slow cooker can affect cooking time and quality. If possible, set your slow cooker on high for the first hour, and then turn the heat setting to low to finish cooking. Keep the lid in place. Removing the lid slows cooking time. While food is cooking and once it's done, food will stay safe as long as the cooker is operating. If you are not home during the entire slow-cooking process and the power goes out, throw away food even if it looks done. If the food was completely cooked before the power went out, the food will re- main safe for up to two hours. Measure the temperature of your foods before eating them. Fol- low the recommended safe internal temperatures below: 145 F - Fish, beef, steaks, roasts 160 F - Pork, ground beef, egg dishes 165 F- Turkey, chicken, casseroles (Resource." Foodsq(teygov & NDSU Ertension Service -- u'wa:ndsu.edw'eatsmart) Ho rtis c op e Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication tQee.I had an oversized aloe plant that I repotted. It took of us to tilt the pot and wig- gle it out. I left the mother plant and two smaller plants in the orig- inal pot. What I had left was 15 plants. However, they are dying. The mother plant is leaking a brownish-red substance on my floor that is staining my tiles. The leaves on all the plants are limp and turning dark. I did not put a lot of water in the pots. I am so upset because the plants are dying. I hope you can tell me how to revive the plants. I believe I waited too long to repot it, but it was so big and beautiful, I was scared I might mess it up. Ironically, I did anyway. I am sending you a picture of the plant. (email reference) From your description, I don't know what you did wrong. Based on what I know, about the only thing I can recom- mend is to not overwater the plant in an attempt to get it to perk up. Follow normal watering protocol for this succulent the remainder of the winter. Allow the soil to almost dry out before watering again. As spring starts to advance, get the watering cycles and amounts in- creased to see if new growth emerges from the roots. In nature, aloe plants have a wet-dry cycle, which has the top dying and re- growth coming back when the rains return. This may be what your plant needs. flyQm We have several plants in the house that have tiny flies g around. We see a lot of them in the window sill that are dead or going to die. I believe they came from a plant we bought. We are wondering how to get rid of the flies. I heard one should spray plants before bringing them in the house. Is that true and what type of flies do we have? (email reference) A These could be one of a 1% half-dozen insects. The problem often is fruit flies, even when there is no fruit around. Fruit flies will emerge from the organi- cally rich soil in newly purchased plants. You can spray the plants with a knock-down spray when they are seen. Usually, the flies will die as the winter wanes. One of the best ways of limiting their propagation is to not overwater your houseplants. Drier soil condi- tions will tend to limit their num- bers. With the arrival of summer weather, I would suggest moving the plants outdoors. Before a frost in the fall, bring the plants inside and repot them using pasteurized potting soil. We live in a house that has an old river birch a few feet from the foundation. Should we be concerned that the roots will hurt our foundation? We live in south- central Kansas if that matters. (email reference) . I've never known a river birch root system that threat- ened a solid foundation. For that matter, no tree roots ever have pen- etrated or collapsed a solid, non- leaking foundation that I am aware of. In every instance where roots have been implicated in damage to the foundation, it was the foun- dation that was at fault because of cracks or breaks that gave the roots an opportunity to follow moving water. If it makes you feel any bet- ter, I have a 26-year-old cut leaf weeping birch about 6 feet from my poured-concrete foundation that has not given me any trouble. Enjoy the majesty of the tree as it continues to grow and don't give the foundation a second thought unless some cracking is noted. To contact Ron Smith for answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith @ndsu.edu. Editor's Note I The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.