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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES FEBRUARY 16, 2011 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EI)ITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I don't know if you know this, but it is tough being overshadowed by one of America's tallest and most influential men. Once a year, federal offices across the country are closed in his honor. Kids are made to learn about his policies and ability to look good in a hat. His face is even on a mountain. How is a kid supposed to compete with that? That's right, I share a birthday with the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. In elementary school I began my rivalry with the man who put his pen to the Emancipation Proclamation. It may have been due to the fact that teachers would have us wear paper beards and top hats while we read the Gettysburg Address and that motif really clashed with my birthday party dresses, or more likely, I was just a strange child. We shared the same hair color, a fondness for America and the theater.., we probably could have gotten along just fine had his birthday been say on the Feb. 13 or something. As my imaginary rivalry with a dead man grew, so did my fascination with the history surrounding him. His speeches were quite articulate, his policies were compassionate, and his assassination rocked the world, as he was the first American president to be subjected to such a fate. I forged a bond with my old pal Honest Abe over sheer fascination. We still had the major height issue with him at 6'4" and me never clearing 5'4" even at my current age, but I figure we could look past all that. History turned into a hobby. Timelines and back stories amazed me. Throughout the different eras and the problems that came with them, humans were able to adjust to the needs of the times and ordinary people would step up to do what they thought needed to be done, not necessarily for the fame of it all, but because someone had to speak up. Kids end up with the oddest heroes sometimes. While there's probably nothing wrong with having "Bieber fever" or wanting to be like the Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, but Johannes Gutenberg, Thomas Paine, Nellie Bly, and Woodward and Bernstein were pretty cool, too. A number of faces throughout history may never register on the average kid's radar screen, but it is because of that person in history that they are able to Facebook their friends or watch the Super Bowl on their super, jumbo, big screen TV. Many of the things we have today are sheer magic. We can fight wars 140 characters at a time via Twitter, ask Egypt. We can do anything -- freedom at its finest. For the freedoms he paved the way for that allowed the country to become the entity that it is, I salute him -- even though he stole my birthday. "'Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our new blog at hto://walshcountypress.wordpress.com Hello, There is a movie out called "I'm Just Not That Into You". I haven't seen it. Most likelY won't. Still plan on going to "True Grit", but that's about as far as my movie desires go. Or maybe I'I1 just wait until it is on TV. But, as I reflect on the Super Bowl, I guess you could say that I just wasn't that into it. Unlike hundred of millions of people across the globe, I didn't really care who won. Sorry. But, it was a pretty good game, and someone won. The ads were alright, but mostly I was waiting for the half-time show. The Black-Eyed Peas. Really, some singers called the Black-Eyed Peas. Now, I guess I must be more of a recluse than a lot of people. I wouldn't have known the Black-Eyed Peas from black- eyed Susans or split pea soup. But all' week people had been raving about the Peas being the half-time show. So, I anxiously awaited. Oh, it was quite a production. Hundred of dancers. Some kind of singers. Nothing that kept me Hat glued to the screen. I'm just not that into rap or whatever it was. I did kind of like the song about "it's going to be a good night". At some bull ridings I announce, they play that before the bull riding. I can even sing along a little, except for the high notes. But that was about it. Maybe it's just that I'm not much into music concerts. The last concert I went to was Buck Owens (I've Got a Tiger By the Tail) in the early or mid sixties at the Municipal Auditorium in Minot. Now that was music. They just don't make them like that anymore. But I don't remember the dancing like this show had. But then again, there is a lot I don't remember about the past fifty years. Or even the past fifty hours. Oh, yes, and the dancers. I could never decide if they were dancers or acrobats. And they were really well lit. But I tell you Tips what; they couldn't hold a candle to Milo and Julie doing the polka in the Bahamas. Or the waltzing on the Lawrence Welk show. In fact in the middle of Split-Pea Soup, I switched over and watched the Lawrence Welk show. Lawrence even shook a leg with Sissy, or Missy, or whatever her name is. I guess the best dance I ever saw was in the late eighties in Shawnee, Oklahoma. At the National High School Rodeo finals. The BeUamy Brothers (If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me). Boy, they don't make songs like that any more. At the Finals, one night they have live entertainment for the contestants and parents at the arena. And it had rained a tremendous amount. The arena looked like a lake. A lake of red Oklahoma mud. They had a big tractor pull the flatbed trailers for the stage into the arena. It was a red, muddy mess. And the Bellamy Brothers were the act. Now, the Bellamy Brothers are cowboys and ranchers from Florida. You know them. "I'm an Old Hippie" and classics like that. The high school contestants are required to wear white shirts, blue jeans, and their back numbers at these special events. The Bellamy Brothers began their first set of songs. A couple of exuberant youth crawled over the fence and started dancing in that arena mud. A couple more brave souls scaled the fence. The other 1200 high school kids saw that nobody was going to get tasered or tear gassed, and the stampede was on. 1200 kids clambering down the grandstand steps, piling over the fence, and dancing in foot deep red mud to the songs of the Bellamy's! With parents and chaperones laughing, clapping, and enjoying the sight. It was wonderful. A lasting memory. So, you fans of String Beans and Lentils, sorry, I'm just not that into it. Later, Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC Thursday afternoon the Park River American Legion Auxiliary hosted our Monthly Birthday Party. We had a wonderful time as bingo was provided and a delicious lunch was served. Friday afternoon Matt Hodek performed and we thank the family ofEmest Bina for providing that for us. The Mennonite Singers we here on Friday evening. Other activities included the Senior band, Bingo, devotions, Bible Study, hymn sing, exercises, current events, baking, men's time, nail's time and more. Devotional leaders for the week were Lois Ydstie, Amanda Daley, Rev. David Henrichs, Monica Simon, and Jan Novak. Accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Father Lutein led Mass and Sunday Services. February Events: Feb. 24 Auxiliary Program and Lunch hosted by Federated Church Park River MARCH 16 STAR Committee USED BOOK SALE 2-4 used books can be dropped at the center at anytime. WHAT IS BLOOD Publte Walsh County Health District , ..... t.,,,,.,,,,,c,. Short Shots Blood Pressure measurement consists of two numbers. The SYSTOLIC measurement is the first or top number; the DIASTOLIC is the second or bottom number in a blood pressure reading. When you have high blood pressure (hypertension) the force of blood against your arterial walls is too strong. High blood pressure can damage your arteries, heart, and kidneys, and lead to a stroke. LEVEL Systolic Diastolic HIGH 140+ 90+ Pre-hypertension 120 to139 80 to 90 Normal Adult 119 or below 79 or below We used to tell people that a blood pressure of 140/90 was high, now we tell them that if they are above 119/79 they are developing hypertension and should take action to change any lifestyle risks that may be causing high blood pressure. Those changeable risk factors are Elevated Cholesterol Smoking Overweight Inactivity Woman over 35 who takes birth control pills and smokes One more piece of advice--if you already have hypertension and take blood pressure medication(s) you should continue to have your BP tested because as you age and develop other health conditions your BP may be creeping up higher than it should be. We aren't serious about the national debt The effort to deal with the mushrooming national debt is dead in the water. Even the Tea Party will not do much to move the agenda because, when the chips are down, too many of the Tea Party folks are in on the tea. After the issuance of the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform report calling on us to sacrifice today to avoid catastrophe tomorrow, everyone benefiting from under- taxation or government over-spending vanished like pocket gophers. When it comes to raising taxes, the Tea Party people will join everyone else in fighting to the death for low taxes. Case in point: there was massive support for extension of the Bush tax cuts even though the taxes were needed to deal with the debt. Suddenly, the debt wasn't important. When it comes to restructuring Medicare, too many folks are in the program to make benefit- cutting possible. We have over 100,000 North Dakotans on Medicare and you can bet that every one of the recipients will oppose any sort of trimming even though the average Medicare beneficiary is getting three times more in benefits than he/she has put into the program. Will those 100,000 step forward to support higher premiums or fewer benefits to keep the country from going over the fiscal edge? Not likely. Abolish earmarks? Who is kidding who? Even though Congress has announced a policy of no earmarks, a new process will be restructured so that North Dakota - and the rest of the country - can keep "bringing home the bacon" while preaching fiscal responsibility. Then there are the declarations of disasters sought early and often by various govemmental entities to get the federal government to pay for National Guard expenses, indemnification of losses, and buying out damaged property. Will govemmental entities forego this drain on the federal treasury? Half of the 6500 folks in North Dakota nursing homes are being financed by Medicaid at a cost of $3,600 a year. And some of those folks made themselves eligible for this welfare program by disposing of all of their land, stocks and other valuables. Will any of the relatives take their needy parents back home or share in nursing home costs? The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has asked everyone to absorb a little hurt. It is obvious that the request has fallen on deaf years. We seem to oppose the national debt in the abstract but favor spending in the specific. The first step in responding to the fiscal crisis is to get all of these anti-tax and pro-government groups to quit sowing resistance among their members. They need to create an atmosphere of give- and-take, not promote a fight to the finish. The next step is to put tax increases and program cuts in the same piece of legislation so everyone can sacrifice together. Unless the champions of all ideologies are willing to meet and trade, the debt will continue to grow. Thus far, we haven't seen anything like that happening. It's like Christianity. It's more tim talking about it than doing it. The first step in responding to the fiscal crisis is to get all of these antl-tax and pro-government groups to quit sowing resistance among their members." Extension Exchange I Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Happy Heart's Day... Is Your Heart Healthy? As Valentine's Day is upon us and February is Healthy Heart Month, it is important to think about the health of your heart. It is amazing that this organ supports all of our life's activities, but what do you do to take care of your heart? Here are some things to know... Lower Your Cholesterol! Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance found in the blood and in all the body's cells. A high cholesterol level is bad because cholesterol can build up with other substances in the inner walls of arteries. This buildup, called plaque, can narrow the arteries and reduce blood flow. Plaques that rupture can cause blood clots that can totally block blood flow in the artery. Clots also can break off and travel to another part of the body. If a clot blocks an artery that feeds the heart, it causes a heart attack. If it blocks an artery that feeds the brain, it causes a stroke. High blood cholesterol has no symptoms, and many people have it without knowing it. Find out what your cholesterol levels are, so 2(ou can lower them if you need to. If you need to lower your LDL (or "bad" cholesterol), work with your doctor to create a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol, and an exercise plan. If you're overweight, work with your doctor to create a diet and exercise plan to help you lose the extra pounds. Diet and increased physical activity are important, but they may not get you to your goal. If these efforts don't succeed, your doctor may also prescribe medication. Even if you need to take cholesterol- lowering drugs, a healthy diet and increased physical activity are still important. Reduce High Blood Pressure! High blood pressure (or hypertension) makes the heart work harder than normal. This makes both the heart and arteries more prone to injury. High blood pressure raises the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, eye damage, heart failure and atherosclerosis (fatty buildups in the arteries). As a woman, you have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure if you are 20 pounds or more over a healthy weight (for your height and build), have a family history of high blood pressure, or have reached the age of menopause. More than 73% of women ages 65 to 74 have high blood pressure. Stop Smoking! Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. If you smoke cigarettes (or cigars), you have a higher risk of illness and death from heart attack, stroke and other diseases: These include lung, mouth and throat cancers; chronic lung diseases and infections; heart failure; and peripheral vascular disease (in the legs and arms). Constant exposure to other people's tobacco smoke increases your risk, even if you don't smoke. The good news is that when you stop smoking, your risk of heart disease and stroke can be cut in half just one year later and continues to decline until ifs as low as a nonsmoker's risk. All my best to you and your family, Julie Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Livestock and floods do not mix With this year's flood predictions out for the spring now is the time to prepare for the floods to come. This week's article is from NDSU Extension Service veterinarian Charlie Stoltenow. Don't wait for flooding to move livestock and hay. Livestock producers need a plan for moving their animals and hay to higher ground before floodwaters start rising. "Make arrangements now in case cattle and other livestock need to be moved, or have a plan to utilize other facilities in case of flooding," says Charlie Stoltenow, North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian. "Livestock and floodwaters do not mix," he adds. "Trying to rescue cattle and other large livestock in deep-water situations is a dangerous and losing proposition, and it can be deadly both to the animal and you. Water temperatures are near freezing, and there's floating ice and debris." Heavy snowfall this winter makes flooding likely in some parts of North Dakota. "As with last year, areas may flood that have not seen flooding before," Stoltenow cautions. This could be a problem for livestock producers because calving often occurs in low-lying, sheltered areas. Also, hay production was above average in 2010, and some of this hay is being stored in areas with a high risk of flooding, such as low spots in fields and along creeks and rivers, and on the wrong side of roads that could wash out. More than 100,000 cattle, including calves, were estimated to have died in North Dakota in the springs of 2009 and 2010. Many were trapped by floodwaters. Flooding also prevented producers from reaching feed supplies for their livestock. "It is easier to move or blow snow on top of frozen ground to get to your hay now than it is to try to fight 3 feet of mud with 3 feet of water on top of that," Stoltenow says. "Early February may be too soon to move a lot of snow to accomplish this, but producers should have their contingency plans in place by'mid-March, if not sooner." Having fee d supplies on hand is important because producers can't count on feed or fuel assistance being available during a flood. If feed supplies run short, NDSU's FeedList website - http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/feedlist/- may be able to help. It's a place producers can go to fmd feedstuffs for sale. It's also a place for feedstuff sellers to market their supplies. Dates to Remember: Feb. 16, 10 a.m. Dakota Cow/Calf Clinics videoconference; Chase Building, Grafton