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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES FEBRUARY 19, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLI B EDITOR, ~NrALSH COUNTY PRESS With a single goal, T.J. Oshie of classic underdog story brought to the 2014 USA Olympic hockey life. It was a Hollywood produc- team became a household name er's dream storyline. across the country, but it is what he But while the media hyped said after the game during the me- Saturday's game as a rivalry game dia storm that made him a winner of the ages, many of the players in my book. weren't even alive when that first In last Saturday's match up of Cold War match up took place. USA against Russia, many were Oshie, born in 1986, took the comparing it to the 1980 "Miracle pressure of that media hype and on Ice" game when during the wrote a new story. His was the one 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake where a kid who went to high Placid, N.Y USA defeated the So- school in Warroad, Minn went on viet Union, which had won the to play Fighting Sioux hockey, gold medal in six of the seven pre- then was drafted to play for the St. vious Olympic games. USA then Louis Blues and join team USA to went on to win gold. It was the defeat Russia 3-2 in an epic shootout, town, USA to Sioux starter des- This moment comes not long tined for the pros, the negative ru- after the Superbowl when media mors went around a little more controversy swarmed around the than they would otherwise. Seattle Seahawks Richard Sher- Several years later, Oshie is a man's trash talking ways and rude little more grown up and a little outbursts -- a stereotype of Amer- more humble. Some may take the ican athletics, title of"hero" and let it go to their When it comes to sports in gen- head. Reporters asked what it was eral, America often is seen as arro- like to have a stadium of people gant. We expect to be the best. We chanting "Oshie"; he blushed. In- expect to win. We expect to get stead of stating that he is the gold. To quote a Will Ferrell movie: greatest, he admitted to being "If you ain't first, you're last." nervous in those final moments. We have athletes who cry over When Pittsburgh Tribune-Re- silver and bronze while announc- view columnist Dejan Kovacevic ers state that some countries in the happened to mention to Oshie Olympics are "just happy to be that he was an American hero, he here." immediately corrected him, say- I've seen Oshie play in his ing: "The American heroes are UND days. He was good, but his wearing camo. That's not me." reputation off of the ice was not That is one quote that is worth too impressive. I imagine he was its weight in gold. a typical college kid who partied Like'" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and had a good time, but because and check out our blog at htq~://walshcounty- of his rise to fame from Hockey- press.wordpress.com Hola', Now, I don't expect everyone to understand that. Unless you watch Dora with your grandkids. But hola is hello in Spanish. I am go- ing to try to learn Spanish. And so far, it has been a somewhat chal- lenging ordeal for a senior citizen who is not real proficient in the English language. I decided to become bilingual on a spur of the moment deal. This ad kept popping up on Black Fri- day. Big sale on a language leam- ing deal. At ten o'clock at night I jumped up and ordered it online. Only two hours till the deal end- ed. Well, like most spur of the mo- ment deals, it didn't go well. I couldn't submit the order. So I sub- mitted it again and again. Nothing. A couple days later I checked my credit card statement. I had ordered it three times. Instead of something over three hundred dollars, I had spent a thousand. A thousand of Shirley's hard earned dollars. It took a while to straighten that out. Then the package came sans the needed code and any instructions. That took several threatening e mails and turning Shirley loose on them. Then I finally got everything I needed. But my microphone wouldn't work. Needed a com- puter expert to get me hooked up. Now I am ready. So on many mornings, you will find me talking Spanish to a computer in a dark room. I think this is found under the definition of insanity." But I have been struggling along for a bit now. Then last week we hired a local firm to finish the tack room in our barn. And two Mexican gentlemen were sent to do the job. And a great job they did. Well, one aftemoon when it was below zero and the wind whistling, I thought I'd better take them down a thermos of cof- fee to lessen the bitter conditions they were working in. And this would be a great chance to show off my Spanish. "El hombres beben cafr?" I re- peated it. They looked at me like I had gone off the deep end with- out learning to swim first. I tried something different. They cocked their heads and stared at me. I spoke louder. Then loud- er yet. Maybe they were hard of hearing. It is a known fact that if you holler really loud people can comprehend better. I screamed "BEBEN CAFI~'". They finally understood and graciously took the coffee from me. I think they were frightened. Then they politely told me how to say what needed said in Span- ish. I wasn't even close. And the computer had listened so well and said I was doing wonderfully! Damn thing. After this experience, I am go- ing to be much more tolerant of all the visiting workers who struggle with their English. Comprendo? Adios, Dean r, h al . Happenings at Our I I samaritan Good Samaritan 1 Si cicn' Nannette noeger, Activities Oir. We had a busy week with Valemine, s Day activities. We voted for King and Queen of Hearts. Residents, Staffand fam- ily all voted. The winners were Bud and VernaDell Skorheim. They were a great choice; they have been together for 59 years. We had a Valentine's Day Dinner for all our Married couples to have a chance for some romance. Thank you to our Kitchen staffand Car- men for helping make this a big hit. A thank you to Wayne's Vari- ety Store for the great deal on flowers for each of our ladies and the balloons for our fundrais- er. We had a surprise retirement Photo Submitted Erovick retires after Above: Donna party for Donna Erovick. After 20 20 years. years at the Good Samaritan So- ciety she will be greatly missed by Residents and her co-workers. We wish her the best and hope she stops in to say hi often. This week at the Good Samaritan Society we will be: Feb. 17th Embroidery Group, Making Chicken Noodle Soup, Hymn Sing with Cheryl Cox, Bingo Feb. 18th Beading Feb. 19th Making Kolaches, Bingo Feb. 20th Name that tune, Movie night Feb. 21 st Nail time, Building Bird Houses with Richard Holand A thank you to all our volunteers and I am sorry if I missed anyone, Pastor Cox, Father Gary Lutein, Cheryl Cox, Shirley Soblik, Linda Lar- son, Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Pastor David Hinrichs, Bonnie Van- Bruggen, Terry Hagen, Corrine Ramsey. If you would like to come in and volunteer please contact Rose Ulland at 284-7115. ,t4et> Foot> Pubiic ealt Walsh County Health District Short Shots During the month of February, we celebrate National Canned Food Month. Seemingly limitless varieties of canned foods appear on today's supermarket shelves, offering a wide variety of nutritious altematives to flesh fruits and vegetables and quick and convenient meals. Some ben- efits of canned foods include: Long shelf life. Canned fruits and vegetables are preservative-free; the canning process (high temperatures and sterile containers) destroys organisms that would cause spoilage. Canned food remains safe as long as the container remains intact. Although many canned foods are coded with "use by" dates, you should rotate your supply at least every other year. Nutritious. Canned foods - and dishes made with canned ingredi- ents - are nutritionally similar to cooked fresh, according to research, and perhaps more so if fresh foods aren't handled properly. For example, ly- copene in canned tomatoes is more bioavailable, or easily absorbed, than in uncooked fresh tomatoes. Convenient, portable, quick. They're ready to eat. Canned soups, stews and vegetables only need heating since they're already cooked in the can. Cans are very tamper-resistant. Any opening is clearly evident. Rust spots on the outer surface or dents don't affect the contents of the can as long as the can doesn't bulge or leak. Food safety is important with canned foods. Be sure to use canned goods immediately after opening. Leftovers are perishable and need to be refrigerated in a clean, sealed container to retain taste and nutritional qual- ity. Remember to choose canned foods labeled low-sodium, or check the nutrition facts label to choose low-sodium options. It's '41-59 or Fight' in Bakken Country In our last column, we solved the problem of poverty by exhorting Christian churches to restore New Testament communal responsibili- ty through annual food drives. It wasn't much of a solution but this is North Dakota. This week, we need to address the growing discontent among the local governments in the Bakken. They have been experiencing wide- spread shock as thousands of stu- dents have converged on schools, awlessness has become common- place, medical needs have sky- rocketed, roads have been ham- mered into dust, and infrastructure has been taxed to the limit. While the Bakken local govern- ments have been coping with these impacts, the state government has been hogging the tax money, cutting taxes all over the state, and socldng billions in untouchable savings ac- counts. Needless to say, the anger among the local officials in Bakken country is putting hornets to shame. My solution is secession and cre- ation of a new state. This is not a new idea. Eleven counties in Colorado voted on the question of secession last year with mixed results but 44,000 citizens did vote to go. A number of counties in northern California also voted to abandon Los Angeles and become a new state called Jefferson. Secession is an American idea through and through, starting with the Declaration of Independence. Secession was successful in 1863 when 50 Virginia counties balked at going with the slaveholders and be- came West Virginia. The eight counties in the heart of the Bakken have a population of 83,000 - well within the require- ments of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the bible for creating new states. The Ordinance required a population of only 60,000. Once this benchmark was reached, a constitution was to be drafted providing for a bill of rights, promotion of education and re- nouncement of slavery. The Bakken folks would buy that. Selection of a site fi3r the Bakken capitol would be contentious. Most native Dakotans know how Bis- marck and Alexander McKenzie stole the capitol on a train that rolled through Yankton in the mid- dle of the night. In the first state constitutional convention, Grand Forks did its ut- most to get the capitol but the Bis- marck wheeler-dealers bought sup- port by giving every sizeable com- munity a college or some other in- stitution. That did not put the issue to rest. When the state capitol burned in 1930, Jamestown made its move, al- leging that city was more cen, trally located than Bismarfk, l } The issue appear on the ballot in 1932 and Jamestown lost by a vote of 13% to 87%. Many folks voted against the move because they worried that those coming to testify on legisla- tion would get two institutions in Jamestown mixed up and may not recognize the mistake. We can anticipate that the loca- tion of the capitol in Bakken will be equally as contentious, with Willis- ton, Watford City and Dickinson all putting in strong bids. Politics be- ing what it is, the capitol wo d probably end up in Grassy Butte. History teaches us that market- ing is critical. Slogans have been in- valuable, e.g. Remember the Alamo, 54-40 or Fight, and Remember the Maine. The slogan for the Bakken people will be "41-59 or Fight" - that's the division of oil revenue pro- posed by the oil-producing counties. While secession from the state may seem outlandish, we shouldn't forget that there are independent countries with fewer people than Bakken, e.g. Cayman, Liechtenstein and Monaco. Nationhood could mean a seat at the United Nations. In order to have room for com- promise, maybe the Bakken folks ought to propose nationhood and then settle for statehood. They may not even get that, but if they could get 41-59 without fighting it would be the best of bargains. While the Bakken local govern- ments have been coping with these impacts, the state government has been hogging the tax money, cut- ting taxes all over the state, and socking billions in untouchable savings accounts." Extension Exchange This winter's frigid tempera- tures and high heating costs are putting a big dent in North Dakotans' budgets, so this may be a time when the whole family needs to sacrifice a bit and tighten up spending. An increase in the price of goods and services can be trau- matic. When you have to pay more for things such as gasoline, food and health care, other difficulties may arise, especially if you are re- tired and/or living on a fixed in- come. Realizing that your income does not go as far as it used to, even in covering just the basics, can be alarming. When prices rise, such as propane or gas, don't panic, but don't become complacent, either. Don't Remember, you can control your financial situation if you plan carefully. Don't stop credit pay- ments or ignore the fact that you are facing difficulties. You need to adjust your spending and develop a spending plan or budget to pay bills. Surviving a financial crisis will take work and planning, but it can be done. Jot down how you spend your income. Separate your family liv- ing expenses into fixed and vari- able expenditures. Examples of fixed expenses include mortgage payments or rent, installment credit payments, deposits into emergency savings, medical and/or life insurance payments and utility payments. Variable or flexi- ble expenses include spending on gasoline, recreation, leisure, food, clothing and personal care. The family can examine flexible ex- penses especially for cuts that can volve all family members, regard- less of their ages. Examine Your Expenditures Your expenditures hold the key to how well you do when dol- lars are scarce. If your family does not follow a spending plan, this is the time to start. Family input is essential, as is being both realistic and flexible. Be creative about how to cut expenditures. Remem- ber, you want to survive comfort- ably. Here are some suggestions: Before making purchases above a certain dollar amount, dis- cuss the potential purchase with other family members. Control impulse buying. Make a shopping list and weigh the importance of each item. Practice effective consumer skills. Comparison shop. Examine the specials. Use coupons. Go to price-competitive stores. Buy in bulk. Look for cash discounts. Shop at thrift or discount stores. Engage in home-production. Exchange goods and services where possible. Postpone the purchase of non- critical items such as furniture, fiat-screen television or remodel- ing plans if possible. There are several management strategies you can employ to help stretch your dollars. Learn to be a smart shopper. Resolve to priori- tize and focus on needs not wants. Conserve resources by using them wisely. Make your home energy efficient; consolidate shopping trips to the store when possible. And try to become more resource- ful. Consider planting your own garden; cooking items from scratch or offering your services be made when times are tough, for hire. l It's important to communicate More tips on how families can with your family. Together, ana- track their expenditures and reduce lyze what is important and decide their spending can be found in the on a plan of action. Many people Extension publication "When try to hide financial problems from Prices Rise: Living on Your In- themselves or family members, come". "Family MoneyManager" Hiding financial difficulties from is another publication that can be the rest of the family for long is helpful when adjusting the family ,~nearly imPossible and it's not budget. Extension publications ean ~tn6tionally healthy to try. be ' found at Because financial decisions af- http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/money/fa feet the whole family, talk with mily-economic-extension- others about the present situation, publications/or contact the Walsh Let them know about the need to County Extension Office at 284- change spending priorities. In- 6624. 1 IV Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Preventing another Tragedy I read with deep regret the death of a farmer, who was by all accounts an exemplary citizen. I think we have the potential to have one of those accidents in Walsh County. We have put a tremendous amount of wet corn in the grain bins that have frozen like a cube of ice. When this occurs it makes it almost impossi- ble to remove while it is frozen and can create dangerous bridges that can collapse and kill. Remember that even if you are outside the bin when that corn breaks lose you can still be caught as the grain rapidly exits the bin. Let us not see this tragedy occur in Walsh County. Here is a great article that says it very well. Please read it and consider the risks of frozen com. A lot of wetter-than-normal corn went into storage this year, and wet corn is more prone to crusting or cre- ating a wall of grain near the grain bin wall. This increases the poten- tial for bin unloading problems and getting trapped by the grain, warns Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Service engi- neer. People can become trapped in three ways: flowing grain, the col- lapse of a vertical wall of grain and the collapse of bridged grain. Bridging is potential problem with wet stored grain. A lot of wet- ter-than-normal corn went into stor- age this year and is prone to bridg- ing, Hellevang warns. Bridging oc- curs when the kernels stick togeth- er and form a crust. A cavity will form under the crust when grain is removed from the bin. However, the crust isn't strong enough to support a person's weight. Bridging also transfers more of the load to the bin wall, which may lead to bin failure as the bin is unloaded. Hellevang offers these tips to help keep farmers and elevator person- nel safe: Never enter a bin while un- loading grain or to break up a grain bridge. A wall of grain can collapse without warning and cover a person. Flowing grain will pull a person into the grain mass, burying the indi- vidual in a few seconds. To determine if the grain is bridged, look for a funnel shape on the surface of the grain mass after some grain has been remove~ If the grain surface appears undisturbed, the grain has bridged and a cavity has formed under the surface. To break bridged grain loose, stay outside the bin and use a pole or other object to break the bridge. Tie the pole or other object to a mpe attached to the bin so you can re- trieve the pole or other object if you drop it. To dislodge grain that has formed a wall or other large mass, try to break it up from the top of the bin with a long pole on a rope or through the bin door with a long pole. Do not remove more of the Around the County" Dates to Remember: 2-26 Pesticide Certification, Park River City Auditorium, 9 a.m. with 8:30 registration