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ERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 20 I 5 F RO/V THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS The state is taking on education of United States history and the standards and making students principles and form of United accountable for their education by States government, as required requiring students to pass a civics by 8 U.S.C. 1423." test in order to graduate in the state With a resounding yes from of North Dakota. both house and senate, the legis- HB 1087 stated, "For purposes lature kicked HB 1087 straight on of this section, 'civics test' means through to the governor to sign. the one hundred questions that, as The language stated, "If a stu- of January 1,2015, officers of the dent is enrolled in the twelfth United States citizenship and im- grade during the 2016-17 school migration services use as the ba- year, that student must, as a con- sis for selecting the questions dition of receiving a high school posed to applicants for natural- diploma, correctly answer at least ization, in order that the applicants sixty percent of the questions on can demonstrate a knowledge and the civics test." understanding of the fundamentals These are basic questions we all 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- pos that is just as well. But hun- 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 0fme, 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. t-,, . Happenings at Our samaritan Good Samaritan 7 Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We but it sounds like winter may come after all! It iS hard to believe it is al- ready February! Shadow or no shadow we still have a ways till spring. All month we will be wear- ing red on Fridays for Go Red for Women Love your Heart. enjoyedthe warm weather Feb, 8th2:30 Worship w/Father This week Feb. 1 st -7th Feb. 1 st 2pro Piano Recital, 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Johnson Feb. 2nd Ground Hog Day, 10 am Embroidery Group, lpm Baking Cupcakes, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Feb. 3rd 3:30 Bible Study Feb. 4th 3:15 Bingo Feb. 5th 2:30 Devotions w/Com- munion, 3pm Making Valentines, 3:15 Piano w/Father Luiten, 6:30 Movie Night Feb. 6th Wear Red for your Heart, 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Rum- mage Sale Feb. 7th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, l pm Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Next week Feb. 8th- 14th Luiten, 3:30 Valentine Triva Feb. 9th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Making Fudge, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Feb.10th lpm Frost Cookies, 3:30 Bible Study Feb. llth 3:15 Bingo Feb. 12th lpm Peel Potatoes, 3pm Birthday Party Hosted by American Legion Auxiliary, 6:30 Movie Night Feb. 13th Wear Red for your Heart, 10:30 Nail Time, 11:45 Couples Dinner, 3:30 Making Masks Feb. 14th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Valentine Craft, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to all our volunteers; Pastor Johnson, Jeanette's piano players, Dorothy Novak, Cheryl Cox, Kada Nygard, Jeanean McMil- lan, Pastor Hinrichs, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, and anyone else I may have missed. If you would like to come in and volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. Prevent. Promote, Protoot~ HEART HEALTH Walsh County Health District Short Shots If New Year's Resolutions don't seem to work very well for you, don't be too hard on yourselfl We set unrealistic expectations for ourselves and then get frustrated when we can't accomplish them. I would like to suggest that we re- think how we change habits. Here are a few examples: 1. If you are a pack a day smoker, start by reducing 1 time per day that you smoke. Maybe it is at mid- morning at work. Elim- inate one cigarette break and fill that time with something else. Join others in the break room for a nice conversation, or eat an apple, etc. 2. If you come home from work and drink 4 beers in the evening, cut back to 3. Add a heart healthy habit to replace the beer- how about 5 minutes of medita- tion. (Meditation can be done very simply-get in a comfortable posi- tion, close your eyes, concentrate on your breathing. When your mind drifts, bring it back to con- centrating on your breathing. That's it!) 3. Instead of focusing on weight loss, focus on adding more heart healthy food to your plate. Add one vegetable per day to your meal. The goal is to have half of each "plate" filled with fruit and vegetables. Keep adding fruits and vegetables one at a time. Experi- ment with different things you have never tried. In the process you might notice that you have slowly dropped some pounds and/or feel better. 4. If you are a soda drinker, instead of drinking from the bottle or can, pour half the container in a glass with ice and put the rest away for later. Or fill a water bottle with water and keep it beside you so that you drink more water. You will crave less soda if you are not thirsty feeling. 5. If you hate to exercise try the alternative-cleaning. Clean up one room every evening and be happy with your nice clean room and the fact that you were active for 10-15 minutes. When we succeed at something we feel positive about ourselves and are then more motivated to try one more little change. Good luck. Be Happy-your heart will appreciate it. should know. (Thought we prob- Justices are there? ably don't.) I How did you do? Did you Here are a sample of the 100' Cheat? Google? Phone d friend? questions, which are required' I am not going to lie; my civics studying for those wishing to be-. 'lessons are a little rusty. Unless it come a citizen of the United is multiple choice, there are a States. few of those that I would need to How many changes, or istudy up on. There are people amendments, to the Constitution are there? ,who would give everything they What is the Bill of Rights? have to become citizens of the Who becomes president if United States. Just because we both the president and vice pres- were born here doesn't mean our ident die? right to citizenship should be tak- Who is the current ChiefJus- en for granted. tice of the Supreme Court? . i.'. The Declaration of Independ- Under our Constitution, some: ibnce was sealed with lives lost in powers belong to the federal gov: ithe Revolutionary War. The least ernment. What is one power of the' our students could do is know who federal government? Wrote it and why. Under, our Constitution, some For a full list of the Civics (His- powers omong to me states What i . ..... . is one ow r ..... 9 ' 'tory ana tJovernment) ~uesnons p e oIme states. ~,, .... ,. . ~ . . What are some of the re mr me r amranzanon lest go to quirements to be eligible to be- come president? Like" the Wa&h County Press on Face- " HOW many Supreme Court 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 The Real Civics Test for Raising Good Citizens March left them a real mess for messing "Dad, I heard the cops picked with us." you up again for driving tipsy?" September "Those stupid cops are just out "Just three weeks into school to hassle the taxpayers for no and Punkie and I got nailed for good reason" cutting math class again." "Did they find out that you "Well, I say that if you are old were driving without a license?" enough to drive to school, you're "Naw! I just told him that I old enough to make choices. Be- forgot it back home and would sides, they have no busi- bring it down to the station to- ness bossing my kids. If they morrow but I'm leaving town give you any grief, I'll go down for work and won't be back for and tell them what for." two weeks." October April "Dad, the game warden took "Just filed my income tax. I - my shotgun just because Bennie had to pay some extra this year." and I had nine pheasants over the "Gee, Dad, you usually don't, limit." Was it that extra money you got "Hell, that's nothing. When I this winter working on snow re- was a kid, We bagged 42 ducks in moval?" two days and that was 32 over the "Of course not. Why include limit." that? They can't track cash. The November government already gets more"Listen here, teacher, you than it should and then mind your own business. If my wastes it on bureaucrats in Wash- girl wants to wear her choice of ington." clothes to school, I'll make the June policy and not the school." "Morn, I found this billfold at "You tell 'em, morn." the swimming pool. Should I December bring it to the park office? .... Why does Grandma have a "Don't be dumb. Finders' motorized chair when she can go keepers, I always say. Besides, dancing on Friday nights at the they'll just keep it for themselves club?" if you turn it in." "Well, Medicare paid for it so July why shouldn't she have it? Be- "Mom, I was talking to Bennie sides, everybody is ripping off and he said that his morn sold Medicare." stuff she bought with food stamps January and traded them to her "How come we're parking in cousin for cigarettes." the handicapped zone when we "Well, good for her. Life is got the tag for morn?" hard enough for her, three kids "Look, kid, this car has a tag and all. I say more power to her." and anybody driving this car can August park in a handicapped zone." "Gunther and i were mindingFebruary our own business around the "Well, Dad, we are taking the camp fire at Meadowland when: new civics test tomorrow." the rangermuscledus.".: "I know you're going to "Gee, Dad, aren't fires prohib:' slaughter that thing. We raised itedin Meadowland?" you to be a good citizen and Well, hell, how can we make that'll count for a lot." hotdogs without a fire? We're, "Just in case it's tough I'm sit- taxpayers like everybody else so, ting by Brains Buford so he can why shouldn't we be air, slip me a few answers if I need lowed to use the outdoors. We them." Extension Exchange This is the time of the year many people have made New Year's resolution to get fit by ex- ercising regularly. Unfortunately, people may start a fimess program but then stop because they become bored or lose their motivation. In fact, research suggests just 8 per- cent of people achieve their New Year's goals. Try some of these strategies from the Mayo Clinic to help you stay motivated. Keep it simple. Take tiny ac- tivity steps because they can add up to a big change in your behav- ior and way of thinking. For ex- ample, don't start off trying to work out an hour every day. Choose a more realistic goal, such as exercising 20 minutes two to three times a week. Give it time. Research indicates that people need to maintain a new activity, such as daily stretching, for three weeks for it become habit. However, turning a new rou- tine into a permanent lifestyle can take six months. Make it fun. Find an activity you like the most. Exercise does not have to take place in a gym. In the winter, try walking indoors, dancing or cross-country skiing. Make physical activity part of your daily routine. Try to move naturally without having to think about it. For example, take the stairs at work or park further away from the entrance. Track your progress. Track your improvement, whether online or in a paper fitness journal, to keep you going. You also can log brief daily entries into your daily planner or one of the many fitness-- tracking smartphone apps. Find people, whether they're family members, friends, co-work- ers or neighbors, who will en- courage you to stay on track. Ask them to hold you accountable. Reward yourself. Treat yourself for reaching your goals with what- ever you enjoy, such as a massage or tickets to a concert. Try to avoid decadent food rewards though. Remember, by starting with small goals, you can collect; victories and treat yourself each time you reach a milestone Be flexible; life happens. Get back on track as soon as possible. Don't feel guilty. Focus only on yourself. Don't compare yourself to others. Some- one always will be faster, fitter or more flexible than you. Break it up. If getting started seems overwhelming, you may want to do more mini-sessions dur- ing the day instead of one 10ng workout. Make it convenient. If time is an obstacle, use exercise videos in- stead of driving to a gym. If you are too tired to work out at the end of the day, try an earlymoming ex: ercise routine. Remember, physical activity is important for good health. While finding ways to make phys- ical activity a regular part of our life may not always be easy, it is worth the time and effort. If you find your motivation waning, re- visit these tips to regain your en- thusiasm. You can also visit for more tips. The Supertracker at www.choose- has been updated to be "mobile" so check it out if you enjoy technology. Here are five more tips to make 2015 more healthful: 1. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables (at eve .recall)_ 2: Co0k more meals at home. : 3. Drink more water. 4. Try new activities. 5. Make healthy changes to- gether as a family or with friends. Source. NDSU Extension Service Nourish- ing Boomers and Beyond newsletter, Issue 13, January 2015 the state Set for. 10-11 The workshop is a collaborative effort by the University of Minneso- ta, North Dakota State University Extension Service and South Dakota State University Extension Service. The two-day workshops starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on day two, The workshop will focus on the planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner and with a great dea! of dis- cussion time. "With falling crop prices, producers cannot afford to lose crops due to excess water," says Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer and one of the main organizers of the event. "Tile drainage is one way to reduce crop risk, but designing an appropriate system for each field is es- sential." The workshop is intended for those interested in a more complete un- derstanding of the planning and design principles and practices for drainage and water table management systems. That includes farmers, landowners, consultants, drainage contractors, government agency staff and water re: source managers. Topics include the legal aspects of drainage, basics of drainable soils, agronomic perspectives, doing your own tiling, land evaluation tools, wet- lands and conservation drainage concepts and techniques. The design topics begin with basic design considerations and progress through individual small-team projects with several hands-on, problem- solving examples covering basic design and layout principles, water flow calculations, drain spacing, sizing and grades. Design principles for lift sta- tions and conservation drainage practices also are considered. "To optimize crop production, we need to maximize the water man- agement in the field, which includes water table management and possi- bly subirrigation," says Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension Service agrono- mist and a presenter at the workshop. The early registration fee is $225. The workshop is limited to 65 par- ticipants. Due to seating limitations, onsite registration will not be avail- able on the day of the event. Two similar workshops are scheduled in the region: Feb. 17-18 - SDSU Extension Regional Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. Feb. 24-25 - Holiday Inn and Suites, St. Cloud, Minn. To register for any of the workshops, go to For more information, contact Scherer at (701) 231-7239 or thomas.scher- Kandel is available at (701) 231-8135 or Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available as soon as possible. this week. It will return