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OMMUNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2015 Pa e 5 FARGO, N.D. -- Grants of up to $1,000 for youth gardening proj- ects are ailable through North Dakota State University. Any proj- ect related to youth and gardening is eligible. Funds may be used to purchase gardening supplies (tools, soil, seeds, plants or containers), books and other educational supplies. "Schools, 4-H clubs, church groups and other youth organizations are encouraged to apply," says Dean Aakre, NDSU 4-H youth de- velopment specialist." A review of the applications will begin Feb. 13 and continue until the available funds ($30,000) are exhausted." More than 4,800 youth in 51 cotmties participated in Junior Mas- ter Gardener projects in 2014. These projects included starting school gardens, beautifying schools and churches, constructing raised beds for the elderly and growing food for local food pantries. "We want to help kids learn about gardening and get active in serving their community," says Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension horti- culturist. For more information and an application form, go to www.ag. ndsu.edu/jrmastergardener. Inquiries can be made to Aakre at dean.aakre@ndsu.edu, Kalb at tom.kalb@ndsu.edu or Todd Wein- mann at todd.weinmann@ndsu. edu. ?!i;i~(5 %~)! ~i0 )i;~)~.!?~. :-~ T r ~.2,,%:." :." '~,L,--./?'--- -- ~z.;--Z .Y rugs for the floors. Or if you want to put in a new floor get slip-resistant tiles, robber or vinyl flooring, or in- stall wall-to-wall carpeting. Lighting: Good lighting is also very important, so install the high- est wattage bulbs allowed for your mom's bathroom fixtures, and get a plug-in nightlight that automatical- ly turns on when the room gets dark. Bathtub/shower: To make bathing safer, purchase a robber suction-grip mat, or put down adhesive nonskid tape On the tub/shower floor. And have a carpenter install grab bars in and arrund the tub/shower for sup- port. If your mom uses a shower cur- tain, install a screw or bolt-mount- ed curtain rod, versus a tension- mounted rod, so that if she loses her balance and grabs the shower cur- tain the rod won't spring loose. If your mom has mobility issues or balance problems, get her a shower or bathtub seat so she can bathe from a seated position. In ad- dition, you may also want to get a handheld, adjustable-height show- tween $2,500 and $10,000 installed. Toilet: Most toilets are about 14 to 16 inches high which can be an issue for many people with arthritis, back, hip or knee problems. To raise the toilet height, which can make sitting down and getting back up a little easier, you can purchase a raised toilet seat that clamps to the toilet bowl, and/or purchase toilet safety rails that sit on each side of the seat for support. Or, you can install an ADA compliant to ilet that ranges between 17 and 19 inches high. Faucets: If your mom has twist handles on the sink, bathtub or shower faucets, replace them with lever handle faucets. They're easi- er to operate, especially for seniors with arthritis or limited hand strength. Also note that it only takes 130-degree water to scald someone, so turn her hot water heater down to 120 degrees. Entrance: If your mom needs a wider bathroom entrance to ac- commodate a walker or wheelchair, install some "swing clear" offset hinges on the door which will widen erhead installed that will make the doorway an additional two inch- washing while sitting down easier, es. &her, pricier option is to install Emergency assistance: As a safe- a whllk' fff?bathtub 6r a prefabricat- ty precaution, purchase a waterproof ed cUtbless' showri,. Walk-in tubs phone for the bathroom or get a have a door in front that provides a much lower threshold to step over than a standard tub. They also typ- ically have a built-in seat, handrails and a slip resistant bottom, and some have therapeutic spa features with whirlpool water jets and/or bub- ble massage air jets. Ct less showers have no thresh- old to step over, and typically come with a built-inseat, grab bars, slip re- sistant floors and an adjustable handheld showerhead. Prefabricat- ed curbless showers and walk-in- tubs; ically. cost anywhere be- 2,. '~;; medical alert device (SOS emer- gency call button) that your mom could wear in case she falls and needs to call for help. You can find all of the products suggested in this column at either medical supply stores, pharmacies, big-box stores, home improvement stores, hardware and plumbing sup- ply stores as well as online. 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 On Sale th( Feb. 15 Celia 8 Wine 4 Home or North Star Coop Park River location only Must be 21 or older to Pa~ ks (i;~ Recrea|ion Registration to start 12:30 Kids 12 & under are free! GRAFTON, N.D. -- Dawn Keeley, Executive Director of the Red River Regional Council (RRRC), recently announced the addition of three staff members to the RRRC's team. Stacie Sevigny has joined the RRRC as a Developer. Sevigny is managing Community Develop- ment Block Grant program, in- frastructure improvement proj- ects, housing rehabilitation projects, hazard mitigation and disaster projects, and grant writ- ing. Sevigny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minor in Mass Communications from North Dakota State University. She previously served as the ad- ministrative officer in the Walsh County Highway Department and as a reporter for the Walsh County Record. Cheryl Osowski is serving as Special Projects Coordinator. In 2014, Osowski facilitated eco- nomic development strategic planning for the four counties served by the RRRC and will pro- vide communications support, grant writing and program man- agement services in 2015. Os- owski earned a Bachelor of Sci- ence degree from the University of Minnesota-Crookston. She has 17 years of experience working at the University of North Dakota, most of which was spent at the College of Engineering and Mines, serving as the outreach coordinator. She served as the public information officer at the Photo: Submitted Above: (L to R) Stacie Sevigny, Cheryl Osowski, and Brent Wilde of the Red River Regional Council. Red River Trade Corridor at UM- which assists landowners in draft- for resource benefits. Wilde's next Crookston and the Developmen- ing grazing and forestry plans, position was Environmental tal Center in Grafton. She also stabilizing riverbanks, and advo- Compliance Supervisor for a spent three years working as a cate responsible management of telecommunications company in field representative for the late riparian areas to support im- CA. Just prior to joining the U.S. Senator Quentin Burdick. In proved water quality. Recently, RRRC, Wilde worked as the as- addition to her part-time work for Wilde has been certified by the sistant county forester for Clear- the RRRC, Osowski currently Environmental Protection Agency water County, MN. serves as the coordirmtor of corn- in watershed management. Wilde The RRRC is one of eight re- munity education at the North began his career in natural re- gional planning councils in North Valley Career and Technology sources as a firefighter for the Dakota establishedin 1973 to en- Center in Grafton and as a free- state of Minnesota. While contin- hance the ability of local govem- lance writer for the Walsh County uing to work on his Natural Re- ments to jointly plan, address is- Record. sources Bachelor of Science de- sues, and seize opportunities that Brent Wilde has joined the gree at the University of transcend individual boundaries. team as the Enviromnental Pro- Minnesota - Crookston, WildeThe RRRC serves Region IV gram Manager. Brent will begin worked several seasons in Mon- which includes Grand Forks, Nel- his work managing the Red River tana for the Forest Service on a son, Pembina, and Walsh Coun- Riparian Program, a program of Wild Land Fire Module, special- ties. More information can be the RRRC for the past 16 years izing in wildemess fires and fires found at www.redriverrc.com. By Joe Miller ~ surge in non-oil areas. This bill is good for of dairy and hog farms. As you may know, Sen. District 10 ,o; the entirestate. BISMARCK, N.D. -- So far winter has I am again serving as the Agriculture North Dakota strictly prohibits non-family owned corporations from engaging in farm- been a pleasant change from the last couple committee chairman were we are discussing ing and owning farmland. Consequently, the years. I am enjoying the beautiful weather a few important pieces of legislation. Rep. North Dakota dairy industry is quickly col- of the Bismarck area which seems to be Brandenburg has proposed the creation of a lapsing. We have seen a decline of dairy about 10 degrees warmer on average to litigation fund for the use in the fight against home. Most likely as you read this the the Environmental Protection Agency and head from 41,000 to 16,000 in the last weather will have drastically changed to other facets of the rules relating to the "wa- decade. We are at serious risk of losing cold and snowy. 2015 has started off on the ters of the United States" provision. The processors which would in turn cause addi- right foot for me. I marriedAshleigh Bentz Stockman's Association is backing an in- tional dairies to go out of business. We be- on January 3rd in Pisek and we are enjoying crease in the North Dakota BeefCheckoffof lieve an in-depth conversation needs to take being together in Bismarck. I am not sure one dollar, it is has not being increased in a place. why I waited so long to marry this great gal number of years and subsequently the num- Please if you have any questions or com- but I am glad I did. ber of beef has decreased in the state. Rep. ments reach me at joetmiller@nd.gov or Politics out here is a slightly different Damschen and I have proposed some legis- 701.331.1491. Please include your name story. There is a strange tone of pessimism lation relating to honey bees; while we are and home town and feel free to send a text in the air. Many are wary of the oil and corn- hopeful we can create good legislation that modity outlook, but there seems no desire to can help the industry and those that live near message as it is difficult to take calls but I slow down spending at this time. Form- hives, it will take some time to craft it cor- will do my best to call back. nately, we have excellent reserve funds that rectly. Balance is the key. Senator Joe Miller ' we can utilize for the proposed "Surge" Senator Wanzek and I have introduced a Editor's Note: Miller is a Senator in the funding for oil country and also a significant bill relating to the ownership requirements North Dakota Senate for District 10. Fourthweek By Tom Campbell Sen. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. -- The fourth week of the legislature started off learning that 852 bills have been introduced this ses- sion, 10 more than last bien- nium. House Bill 1087 for mandatory civics testing passed 43 yes, 4 no. This bill would re- quire all high school students starting in 2016 to take and pass a 100 question civics test in order to graduate. Both houses passed this fast tracked bill and the Govemor signed it Friday, so it is official law. Brian Reilly, Keith Nilson and Kit Midgarden, representing Rural Water Systems Assn, were down discussing the concerns and money needed to help Walsh Waters Users. I always enjoy visiting with them about water needs and how the system works. Senate Bill 2316 that I intro- duced last week is to help Lari- more train/bus accident victims. It sets up a one time $2 million fund to help accident victims that would miss the $500,000 li- ability cap. Attomey General Wayne Stenehjem contacted me and said this may be unconstitu- tional stating our state can only give money to the poor. I will be working this week to see what other options we may help the Larimore train/bus accident out. I was invited to a breakfast by the ND School Administrators' while they were in town for their Midwest Conference. It was Photo: Submitted Above: Five District 119 superintendents Jack Maus, Grafton; Linda Lu- tovslq, Minto; Roger Abbe, Larimore and Midway; John Oistad, Hoople; and Keith Arneson, Northwoed visited with Sen. Tom Campbell. great to get five of district 19 2231 cuts the bottom bracket to school Superintendents in a zero and raises the amount from photo and discuss many of the $36,000 to $50,000. This bill concerns of education especi illy helps the people with lower in- "common core." comes. In the wake of lower oil This week the Senate Judici- prices should we do anything ary Committee took up the topic with lowering or eliminating in- of human trafficking. This is a come taxes at all? With no in- horrible crime that often places come taxes paid we would lose minors into a form of slavery, about $350-$450 million/year There have been several bills in- depending on many variables. troduced to combat this issue Should the state help subsi- such as increased penalties, dize large gas companies to funds to help the victims and bring natural gas pipelines to more help to law enforcement to rural communities? Is it the help fight this crime, states place to give one business : Income tax reduction bills an advantage vs. another? In this this week. What is your opinion case the gas utilities vs. propane on the income tax question? SB dealers? SB 2276 gives tax in- centives to the gas companies. Whether or not educators or staff at schools should be al- lowed to carry firearms drew heated debate before lawmakers Tuesday. Resurrecting a debate that unfolded in the 2013 ses- sion, the House Education Com- mittee took up House Bill 1195. The bill would allow individuals with a Class 1 concealed weapons permit to carry guns in school if approved by the school board. A similar bill passed the House in 2013 but failed in the Senate. What do you think? Let local school boards make the de- cision? Tuition Freeze; Two bills are being considered by legislators in the house that would freeze tuition, hoping to keep higher education costs under control. Two Bills for new construc- tion; one to build a new Gover- nor's Residence and one to build a new building for the Bank of ND. The Governors residence needs lots of repair and is over 40 years old. The Bank of ND new proposed building would simply relocate existing workers from rented space and help make a one stop financial center. It was great to have my entire family visit me this weekend in Bismarck. Please call or email with any questions or comments, Thanks Senator Tom Camp- bell Editor's Note: Campbell is a Senator in the North Dakota Senate for District l 9.