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PRESS PERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS Wednesday, February l3. 20 l 9 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB Eon-on, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Shout out to all of the hockey moms out there. I spent this past weekend as a hockey aunt. My niece Samantha plays for the Forest Lake 12UA team. For those who may not know, that is just on the edge of the Twin Cities area. She was playing in a tournament in Moorhead, which means this is about as close as she gets. The first game was around 3 pm. on Friday. There were two more on Saturday, and a finisher early Sun- day. By the end of it, Iwas shouting, cheering, and cursing at the ref with the best of them. I mean really, you should be nice to the refs. It’s a tough, thank— less job. But I am certain that who- ever invented the'phrase “Min— nesota Nice,” never crossed a hock: ey mom. Hello, It’s cold. But it’s been colder. I’m willing to bet that you won’t find a farmer or rancher who would hesitate to tell you that this cold spell is nothing like the ones we’ve weathered in the past. But we dang sure got spoiled by the winter so far. And those forty be— low wind chills seem colder be— cause of those nice days. I’m tak- ing off for a cattle sale for a couple days and I dang sure hope Shirley doesn’t freeze her face while doing chores. Now, I know many of you watch the news. And I also know that many of you don’t watch the news. I’m good for about an hour in the morning, then I tire of it. It can be really depressing. But this past week, I did hear a story that really brightened my day. It seems there was this young rancher up in McKenzie County. C". ("pal , ‘ sti’d’ii’imm Rim; Rina Baby it’s cold outsidell We are thankful to everyone that has been cleaning sidewalks, streets and making deliveries in this cold weather! This week Feb. 10th —- 16th Feb. 10th Worship w/ Pastor Bridell, 3:30 Coffins Day Feb. 11th 10am Embroidery Group, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Feb. 12th 3pm Valentine crafts Feb. 13th 10am Pen Pal Visits, 3:15 Bingo Feb. 14th 11:30 Couples Din- ner, 3pm Birthday Party Feb. 15th Wear Red for Your Heart, 10:30 Nail Time, 1pm Mu— sic Therapy, 3pm Happy Birthday American Legion 100 Yrs Feb. 16th 9:30 Mass w/ Father Miller, Snack Food Saturday, 2:15 Bingo Next week Feb. 17th 23rd Feb. 17th 2:30 Worship w/ Pas— . a a... swears» -» Nannette Hoeger, Activities-Dir. waxes? may The first game was great. The two teams were evenly matched. Our girls are from a smaller town. There is no back up goalie. The bench isn’t very deep. The second game, one of our best players was sick. She started to feel tough after that first game and then she was out of commission with a stomach bug. With a nickname of “Speedy,” she was one of those kids that did not have someone on the bench with her skills to take her spot. The next two games were rough. If you have never been to the Moorhead Youth Hockey arena, it is great. There are two sheets of ice, soon to be three, with a heated up— per level viewing options. The hardcore parents were bun: died up in layers in the bleachers-— gloves, hats, blankets, and plenty of Hat Tips rage to keep them warm. In the final match of the tourney for our Forest Lake girls, they were matched up with Crookston. The game started off evenly matched. The play was intense (and Speedy was back in the game). Forest Lake was up. The game looked to be a lock. Then it was penalty after penalty after penalty. I went from hockey aunt to mama bear. It was unreal. While there were some valid calls, there were a few questionable dives. I would never make it as a real hock— ey mom. My blood pressure would never allow it. At One point, the other team’s goalie lost her glove in an at the net scuffle. She ended up injured and was trying to get the attention of the refs. They went to push play along and from the Crookston fan section you could hear a mom shout “GIVE US A MINUTE.” Clearly not willing to cross this lady, they stopped the game and took a minute (as requested) to see what was happening. The injured girl ended up being taken out of the game while her mom (I am assum— ,. «saggy; “WAS/1;, ',,.’,;/, , r, r, ,. by: Dean Meyer To not embarrass him, I will just call him Ole. Ole wasn’t really a young rancher. He was a middle— aged rancher, but everyone con— sidered him young because he lived with his aging father. His father had called the shots for Ole’s entire life and he had just grown to accept this as his fate. I know you’ve all heard of the Bakken. That ocean of oil that is trapped in the Bakken formation a couple miles beneath the surface of the earth. If you own the min- erals in the area of the Bakken formation, chances are you are, or will become, wealthy. After scraping out a living for Happenings at Our : tor Merchant, 3:30 Presidential Trivia Feb. 18th President’s Day, 10am Embroidery Group, 1pm Baking Cherry Bars, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Feb. 19th 3pm Cards/Games Feb. 20th 9am Peeling Potatoes, 3:15 Bingo Feb. 21st 5:30 Ladies Night Feb. 22nd Wear Red for Your Heart, 10:30 Nail Time, 1pm Mu— sic Therapy,3:30 Game Day Friday Feb. 23rd 9:30 Mass w/ Father Miller, 2:30 Dance to The K- Street Band Thank you to our volunteers: Dorothy Novak, Pastor Hinrichs, Pastor Olson, Mary Lund, Shirley Sobolik, and anyone else that I may have forgotten I’m sorry. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-2847 1 15. Publicfiealth Prevent. Promote. Protect. Unintentional injuries, such as drowning, falling, and road traffic, are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Ac- cording to the CDC Childhood Injury Report, 12, 175 children between the ages of0—19died eachyearfiomun— intentional injury. Some of the oth— er findings from the that males had higher injury death ratesthanfemalesandinjuriesdueto transportation were the leading cause of death for children. How do we prevent these unin— tentional injuries? Here are some ways: * Motor Vehicle Accidents —— al- ways use seatbelts, 'and the appro- priate size car seat or booster seat. Teach teenagers to not text/call while driving. Adult should also follow the same rule. ‘ Suffocation —~ make sure infants go to bed alone, on their back, and in their crib. Keep the crib flee of blan~ kets, bumpers, and soft toys. sFalls—useasoftlandingsmface on playgrounds (wood chips, rubber, CHILD INJURY PREVENTION Walsh County Health District Short Shots by Carly OStenrude, RN report included 2-2019 sand,'etc). Use protective gear dur- ing sports, such as a helmet. Put rail— ings up on beds, if appropriate. Se- cure fmniture (dressers, bookshelves, desks, etc) to the wall to avoid kids climbing on them and tipping over. Poisoning — keep medications out of reach of children Also keep household cleaning products out of reach of children. . - Drowning~leamhowtoswim, and enroll your children in swimming lessons. Never leave a child unat- < tended near water. F ires/bums —- use smoke alarms , in every bedroom and every level of your home. Create a fire escape plan with your family. Keep hot pots/pans away from children. Use the back burner to avoid children reaching up to the stove. -' Prevention is key in keeping everyone safe. If you have any ques- tions about child safety (including safe sleep, car seats, booster seats, etc) please call Walsh County Health Dis- trict at 701.352.5139. nearly ninety years, Ole ’s dad was nearing the end of his time on earth. Where he would go from here, no one knew, but Ole was pretty sure that “Whether I go to Heaven or Hell, I betcha I know someone either place”! A fine at- titude to have. The week Ole’s dad went into the hospital and was diagnosed with terminal cancer, they hit a Bakken gusher on his land. One of the biggest and richest wells that North Dakota had ever seen. But he only had a couple months to live and would never see a dime of it. Ole was distressed to be on the In the present acrid climate of partisan politics, it is remarkable that several legislators would even propose partisan elections for North Dakota local governments. ‘ Sponsors of the measure have had very limited hands-0n experi- ence in local government and since their rise came the political route they have concluded this is the only way to elect qualified officials. It smacks of self-aggrandizement. The arguments offered by the sponsors in favor of partisan local elections were specious and vague. They were also vague and specious. One sponsor argued that the vot— ing public needed to know a candi4 date’s partisanship before one could determine the qualifications of the candidate. He thought that any en- tity that tax property ought to be partisan. Apparently, there are par— tisan ways to tax property. Because most state legislatures were corrupt in the latter part of the 1800s, the Progressive movement (1890-1920) was born to clean up government by eliminating politics and politicians from the scene. North Dakota had its brush with corruption in the 18905 when the Louisiana lottery bought state leg— islators to get their gambling scheme adopted. The plot was dis— covered by the governor and the plan was aborted. . While North Dakota kept its par- tisan legislature, Minnesota made its state legislature nonpartisan, which it was until 1973. However, we did adopt nonpartisanship for local govemment. In my last count, only three states elect their local of- ficials on the nonpartisan ballot. Sponsors of House Bill 1375 claim that voters would make more informed decisions on the lesser known offices. This is, cOntrary to one of the best arguments for non- partisanship, a system in which you vote for the person instead of the part» ._ It doesn’t seem fair that the pro- ponents of partisan elections should be stuck with such anemic argu— ments. So in the name of justice, I feel compelled to offer them some better ones. Some voters do need the crutch of party ID to help them make choices. Parties would recruit can- didates to fill the tickets. Parties : IsaaQirohWardinLoca! Government By Lloyd Omdahl ing) went to inspect the damage done. I never did hear what happened. The toumament came to a brutal end with a team of girls who were a lit- tle angry at the way the whole game went down. The parents loaded up as quickly as they could, looking to “get the hell out of here,” with a wanting of poor road condi— tions (once again) and more winter weather on the way. To all of you hockey moms (or really any sports moms) who make it through these brutal weekends and keep your cool, good for you. I have much to learn. Though we only won one and lost three, it still was a lot of fun. As for my kids, I think they were not quite as into the hockey as they were the swimming pool, con- cession stand candy, and restaurants. After the intense winter that has kicked our butts the last couple of weeks, it was a nice escape. And it was a nice reminder that in the right conditions, winter actually can be fun. “Like” the Walsh County Press on Face— bookcum. verge of losing his dad and part— ner. He would be living alone on the homestead. Something he had never done and it frightened him. He would have to find a partner. So he signed up on an online dating service. I guess lots of people do this. And they have wonderful success. At least ac— cording to their ads. But that’s another story. He met this lovely lady who was enthralled with Ole and his story. He told her of his dad in the “home” and of the tremendous wealth that would be coming their way in the next few months. He took “lovely” into meet his Dad. Three days later, Ole had breakfast with his “lovely” step- mother. See, some good news. Later, Dean u ., ..;;,:riri2../,.:r. tin-.3121 1' would help finance local races, thereby encouraging competition for all seats. (Right now, many county and city offices are filled without competition.) (There may be competition in the first election when everyone would learn the party strength, after which cities and counties would be- come one-party electorates.) While there are several arguing points in favor of partisan elections, they are not persuasive when meas— ured against the benefits of the non- partisan system. Most importantly, nonpartisan elections avoid the recrimination that now permeates American pol~ itics. If we elected candidates on the party ballot, this recrimination would be channeled through local governments right into local com- munities, resulting in political hos- tility in every city and courthouse. Polarization would spread. Nonpartisan elections give voters the opportunity to “vote for the man/woman” without regard to pol. itics. Nonpartisan election opens the field for any and all persons in coun— ties or cities interested in public service. Partisan elections in local gov— ernments would result in more lost time since political rivalries and courthouse in—fighting would divert time that should be spent serving the public. Lost time must be financed with local tax money. Partisan local govemment elec- tions would attract a different kind of candidate, one who was more in- terested in using local offices as a stepping stone in his/her political careers. We would get politicians instead of public servants. Partisanship would drive many good public servants out of govem- ment. While many civic observers think that North Dakota is as polit- ical as most other states, that is not true. We joined the Progressive non— partisan movement in the early 1900s. Our local officials are non- partisan; our judges are nonparti- san, Culturally we are so nonpartisan that we can predict that this pro? posal will be slain by a large margin in the Legislature. Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service ' By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist Stay on the Pulse of Healthful Eating Can you find your pulse? Try placing your index and third finger on the side of your neck to the side of your windpipe. You also can check your pulse on your wrist. Once you find your pulse, count the number of beats you feel in 15 seconds and multiply by four to de- termine your heart rate. Lots of factors can influence your heart rate, including your age, emotional state, smoking status, fitness level, body position and medications. On average, a pulse rate between 60 and 100 beats per minute is considered “normal,” but check with your health-care provider for advice. February is American Heart Month. It’s a good month to pay spe— cial attention to your heart health and assess your lifestyle. Your trusty “ticker” circulates oxygen and life-supporting nutrients throughout your body day after day. Your heart beats, on average, 100,000 times per day for a very long time if you take care of it. “Pulse” also refers to a category of legumes with seeds that grow in pods. Feb. 10 is World Pulses Day, and these budget-fiiendly foods are good for our heart. We grow puls- es in abundance in North Dakota and surrounding states. These ancient crops have been used in worldwide cuisine for thou- sands of years. According to the in- ternational definition, dry beans, dry broad beans, dry peas, chickpeas, cow peas, pigeon peas, lentils, Barn- bara beans, vetches, lupins and “pulses not elsewhere specified” are the 11 types of pulses. . I will admit I have not cooked all these types of pulses, but now I’m intrigued to find them. Pulse foods are rich sources of protein, fiber, vitamins such as fo- late, and minerals such as iron and potassium. They are low in fat and sodium, and are naturally gluten- and cholesterol-free. Researchers have reported that regular consumption of pulses may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Sometimes we don’t try foods be- cause we are not sure how to prepare them. We can buy pulses in canned or dry form. They are virtually sodium-free if we start with dry puls- es, so they are not adding excess sodium to our diet. Here’s how to use chickpeas/gar- banzo beans starting from the dry form: N.D. 4-H Civic Engagement Event Expands North Dakota State University Extension’s Leadership Awareness Weekend (LAW) for youth has transformed from a two—day pro- gram to a three-day mega event. “LAW combines the best of the Civic U program’s parliamentary procedure activities and contests with the engaging government events of Citizenship in Action, where youth take part in leadership activities, learn about our govem- ment and spend a day at the North Dakota Capitol,” says Sue Quarnme, a 4—H youth development specialist in NDSU Extension’s Center for 4- H Youth Development. ' This year’s LAW will be held Feb. 16-18 at the Burleigh County 4—H Building and state Capitol in Bismarck, ND. “Besides a new name and an ad— ditional day, this year’s event in— cludes parliamentary procedure ac- tivities and a contest, engaging speakers and a service project,” Quamme says. “North Dakota youth are viewed as less civically engaged with their communities and state,” she notes. “This is troubling news because communities see positive changes when youth and adults are engaged as leaders and volunteers.” , Amelia Doll, an Extension agent , in Burleigh County, agrees. ‘ “Increasing the understanding of the governmental process creates a more engaged populous who will continue to be engaged throughout their years,” she says. “North Dakota 4-H can help Extension on Ag around the state NDSU Agriculture Communication Remove any small stones, then place in a strainer and rinse with water. ' Soak prior to cooking. The following methods may be used to soak chickpeas: - In the traditional slow soak, cover 1 pound of dry chickpeas with 10 cups of water and refrigerate six to eight hours or overnight. - When using the hot-soak method, bring 10 cups of water to a boil in a sauce pot, add 1 pound of dry chickpeas and return to a boil. Allow to stand at room temperature for two to three hours. To use the quick-soak method, bring 10 cups of water to a boil, then add 1 pound of dry chick- peas. Boil two to three minutes. Al- low to stand at room temperature for one hour. To cook soaked chickpeas, drain and rinse them, then add 2 cups of unsalted water for every cup of chickpeas. Simmer for 90 minutes to two hours, then use in your fa- vorite recipes. The yield for 1 cup of dry chick- peas plus 2 cups of water is about 2 cups of cooked chickpeas. In February, heart health is the fo— cus on our “Nourish and Exercise Your Body” website. Try Googling the website title along with NDSU Extension. We also have an abundance of pulse recipes. Visit https://wwwag.ndsu.edu/food/pulse— crops to check out our pulse recipes. Here’s one of my favorite recipes for an easy and inexpensive snack. You can begin with dry chickpeas or use drained, rinsed canned chick— peas. Savory Garlic Hummus l (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas or 2 c. cooked chickpeas 4 Tbsp. tahini (sesame paste) 1/4 c. lemon juice 3 cloves crushed garlic 1 tsp. salt (or less to taste) Puree peas in blender or food prOces'sor. Add remaining ingredi- ents and blend until smooth.The fi- L nal product should be thick and smooth. Serve with a variety of col- orful vegetables or whole-grain crackers. Makes 12 servings. Each serving has 70 calories, 3 grams (g) fat, 3 g. protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber and 200 milligrams sodium. Julie Garden—Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.VD..’ is a North Dakota State University Extension Serv— ice fired and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. Follow her on Twitter @jgarden— robinson change this by giving youth hands- on experiences that educate and ex- cite them about govemment, lead- ership and service work,” she adds. “Leadership Awareness Weekend works to build these skills.” For Nora Larson, 3 4—H’er from Adams County and North Dakota 4— H Ambassador, attending Citizen- ship in Action (CIA) two years ago was a worthwhile experience. “CIA gave me the opportunity to tour the North Dakota state Capitol and meet with my legislators,” she says. “I even got to sit on the Sen- ate floor while bills were being discussed. It Was really interesting to witness the legislative process in action.” Larson’s exposure to the work- ings of the state Legislature led her . to testify before a North Dakota leg— islative committee. “After the event, I was motivat— ~ ed to become more active in my club, community and state,” she. says. Lauren Hinckley, a 4—H Am- bassador from Morton County, also learned lessons and found inspira- tion from attending Citizenship in Action. “I’ve actually gone on to vote, and I’ve been more passionate ‘ about learning and creating my own educated opinion on important issues our society faces,” she says. Larson and Hinckley made fiiends with other like-minded youth throughOut the state and continued to take on greater leadership roles as 4-H Ambassadors.‘Hinckley also Around the State Cont page 5 I .r. i x, y.