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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES FEBRUARY 22, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Well, that is it. I am out. There should be a baby by now. The Press is now in the very ca- pable hands of Katrina Hodny, Terra Linn. and Larry Biri with the occasional writing styles of Tynan Nelson. Even if the kid didn't manage to amve when scheduled (which my husband says proves that he or she will be just as timely as mom) the doc scheduled another day, which would guarantee a bund!e of joy. So. for the next month or so, 1 will not be taking phone calls, de- signing ads, running job work, writing, reporting, making appear- ances at meetings, sitting at my desk, replying to emails, laying out pages, or even thinking about the newspaper business (or at least I am going to make the attempt). While I do love my readers, (I am not even going to attempt a lie here) I love this little stinker more. Both have given me late nights and heartburn over the past year, but let's lace it. babies much are cuter than any newspaper I've ever read. When I finally decided to clock out, Terra said she was surprised that I stuck it out this long. Like" the Wah'h C?)untv Ps on l:acebook and check out our hlog at http.'//walsh court,press, / Congratulations Prank and Allison on your first baby! from the staff of lhe Wadsh Counly Press Kalrina. Terra, Larry, Tynan Hello, I've told you about Veto. Vern Baker. He's a dog. Like that old song, "He's a dog". Well. maybe it's not just like that song, but he is a dog. You know he came from Baker. Montana. That's how he got his last name. His first name. Vern, came from a previous owner. I'm not sure if his original owner died, decided he had to kill himself or the dog, or just abandoned Vem l rescued Veto Baker from an animal shelter a couple years ago. They said he was five. Really, I think that is his IQ. Five. That's not very high even in dog talk. Oh, my daughter says he has abandon- ment issues. He'd spent a year and a half in the pen. A little kennel in the shelter. Veto was sun'ounded by mad. barking dogs day and mght. Because of his age or his IQ Vern never got picked to go to a new home. He just lay there and dreamed of chasing cows. He's an Australian Shepard. They are bred Hat to herd sheep and cattle. When he got to our place he quickly began living his dream. He chased cows. He chased horses. He chased cats. He chased roping steers. He would grab them by the tail and on some; he could actually bring them to the ground. Now. don't get me wrong. I'm not eulogizing Veto. He's not dead. Not yet. But I have threatened him a few times. Have you ever tried to sell cattle with their tails pulled off?. Have you ever came home and found your house ransacked? Your drapes pulled down and shredded? Your towels strewn about the house? Your garbage dnmped all over the kitchen? The lining of the roof in your pickup chewed up? Tips See why I was concerned about his previous owner. And when I go out to feed horses in the morning, I begin by screaming, "Back Vern!" When I want to move a heifer. "Back Vern". When I am trying to load cattle in the trailer, and he is hiding under the trailer, biting their feet as they get close enough to load, it is really, "BACK VERN!" Once in awhile he will have a flash of brilliance. He will gather the calves in the lot and help me push them in the alley. He will guard the gate while I hay the bulls. He will lie peacefully under the table while I visit in a local saloon that pretends they don't see him. And the manager will slip him a piece of jerky. Which he shares with me. "Good boy Veto". And he pretty much lives in the house and guards us a night. Oh, he wouldn't attack anyone. And he wouldn't bark if seventeen burglars came in with machine guns and machetes. But he's nice, quiet com- pany who doesn't care when I go to bed. and is always ready to go check heifers or do chores. Or go for a drive in the pickup. Veto un- derstands English. He know cows, horses, and pickups. But maybe I'm going to have to change a little. Yesterday Will was playing with his son RJ. They had a herd of toy cattle, a couple plas- tic cowboys, and a set of pens. Will took two small dogs and said they were his cow dogs. RJ (three years old) went and got a bigger dog. RJ says, "This is Baboo's (that's me) dog". Then he begins screaming at the top ofhis voice. "Back Vern! Back damnit! Back Veto!" Later. Dean GESTATZONAL DIA00 ]Pub0000 Walsh County Health District , ..... Short Shots Gestational diabetes is diabetes that women can develop during pregnancy. We don't know all the causes of gestational diabetes. Some, but not all women with gestational diabetes are overweight before getting pregnant or have diabetes in the family. Gestational diabetes is more common in Native American. Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Asian, and Black women, but it is also found in White women as well. Gestational diabetes that is not controlled can cause your baby to: Grow very large (more than 9 pounds) that can lead to problems with delivery Have quickly changing blood sugars after delivery Be more likely to become overweight or obese during childhood or adolescence. Gestational diabetes goes away after pregnancy, but sometimes diabetes stays. It is important to be checked for diabetes after you baby is born. About half of all women who have gestational diabetes get type 2 diabetes later in life. After pregnancy: Make sure to ask your doctor about testing for diabetes soon after delivery and again 6 weeks after delivery. Have regular checkups and get your blood sugar checked by your doctor every 1-3 years. Talk with your doctor about your plans for more children before your next pregnancy. Watch your weight. 6-12 months after you baby is born your weight should be back down to what you weighed before you got pregnant. If you still weigh too much, work to lose 5-7% (10-14 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) of your body weight. Eating healthy and losing weight and exercising regularly can help you delay or prevent diabetes in the future. THROUGH WiTH CHEW WEEK FEBRUARY 19-25, 2012 Free Oral Cancer Screenings at: Daby Dentistry, Grafton @ 352-0730 Dr. Ekman, Lifetime Dental, Park River @ 284-7777 Kern Family Dentistry, Grafton @352-2013 Dr. Larson & Dr. Beneda, Park River Dental Clinic @ 284-6131 Call to schcdule 00'our free screening! Breatt00eND ' An initiated measure approved by North Dakota voters provides funding to Welsh County Health District to diminish the toll of tobacco in our state by addressing tte number one preventable cause of death and disease: tobacco use, ND Once Flirted With Presidential Primaries With all of the excitement of Re- publican primary contests clog- ging the media, North Dakota par- tisans must feel lost in the shuffle. Don't feel badly. We had presiden- tial primaries once. They were a flop. In response to the boss politics that dominated major cities in the late 1800s. a reform movement swept the country, seizing control of the political processes. It was really an era ofa significant"power to the people" change in our political his- tory. The initiative mad referendum were passed so people could bypass comapt le#slatures. Presidential pri- maries were launched to give the people a direct voice in the selection of presidential candidates. Since North Dakota had been in the grips of the corrupt Alexander McKenzie machine since territori- al days, progressive Republicans and Democrats joined forces to elect legislators and a governor committed to these reforms. They adopted the initiative and referen- dum in 1907 and the presidential pri- mary in 1911. (In 1919, the Nonpartisan League added the provision to recall pub- lic officials and the first users were the opponents of the NPL who re- called NPL officeholders Governor Lynn Frazier, Attorney General William Lembke and Agriculture Commissioner Jolm Hagen.) We held three presidential pri- mary elections - 1912. 1916 and 1920. In order to get the pretrences known before the national con- ventions, the primaries were held as special elections in March. According to North Dakota Votes. a compilation of the UND Bureau of Governmental Affairs, in the 1912 Republican primary, Robert LaFollette of Wisconsin outpolled Theodore Roosevelt 57 to 40 per cent with incumbent Presi- dent Howard Taft attracting only three per cent. Governor John Burke ran unopposed as a favorite son in the Democratic primary. In the 1916 Republican primary, Henry Estabrooke was defeated by Robert LaFollette by 70 to 30 per cent. Incumbent Prident Woodmw Wilson had no opposition in the Democratic primary but the So- cialists celebrated a contest be- tween Arthur LeSueur and Allen Benson, with LeSueur winning handily. In the 1920 primary, Republicans had a 3-way contest involving Hi- ram Johnson, Leonard Wood and Frank Lowden. Johnson ran away with 96 per cent of the vote. In the Democratic primary. William Jen- nings Bryan drubbed William McAdoo 87 to 13 per cent. The So- cialists had abandoned the field. After three attempts to draw the national spotlight to the North Dakota presidential primaries, we gave up and repealed the legislation for several reasons. After the big turnout of 65.000 in 1912, voter participation dwin- dled to 32,000 by 1920. After all, who were Henry Seabrook and William McAdoo that we should hitch up the horses to go three miles through the March snow banks to demonstrate our support? The low turnout made the per ballot cost of conducting a special election too expensive for frugal North Dakotans. Apparently, the presidential primaries were a luxu- ry we couldn't afford. Worst of all, the presidential candidates didn't show up in an out- of-the-way state with only a hand- ful of convention delegates at stake. No candidates meant no press and publicity was supposed to be one of the big benefits. Even though the open primary made North Dakota the "land of op- portunity" for all aspiring politicians for 100 years, the endorsing con- vention has remained the main route to nominations. The Repub- lican primary was utilized for state offices for 40 years when the reg- ular Republicans did battle in the primaries with the Nonpartisan League but almost all of these can- didates were endorsed by conven- tions. So. in the final analysis, North Dakota's relationship with presi- dential primaries was a brief flirta- tion that never evolved into a gen- uine love afthir. Besides. the boss- es left long ago so the cure for cor- ruption remains even thou the dis- ease is gone. E Exchange Entrepreneurship Week The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Walsh County and I greatly appreciate those in- dividuals who are committed to bringing the area unique products and needed services. Feb. 20-24 is Entrepreneur- ship Week in the U.S. In North Dakota, local papers are reporting a growing ntunber of startup busi- nesses. Startup businesses form the core of an economic engine that will help continue local com- munities', and thereby North Dakota's. economic growth. People start businesses quite of- ten because of a push or a pull. Something either nudges them into action or something tugs them into business ownership. They may get a push from not having a job or are pulled when they see an unmet need that they have the ability to fill. As local consumers we can _support their efforts and help our local economies by shopping lo- cally as much as possible. For the entrepreneur or future business owner there are several things to keep in mind to help you contin- ue to achieve success. Entrepreneurs Important to Local Economies People starting businesses are the one constant in any economy. Whether you have high unem- ployment or. as in North Dakota. you have a rapidly growing econ- omy, individuals search out new business opportunities. "Yet going into business is a big step from staying in business," says Glenn Muske, the North Dakota State University Extension Service's rural and agribusifiess enterprise development specialist. "Many startup businesses will close their doors within five years. The reasons are many. However, the business-owner has several things he or she can do to improve, the chances of surviving during those critical first few years." Successful business ownership should start with a passion. Your passion may spring from several sources. The important issue is that you want this business, this prod- uct, a better community or to use your creativity "'so bad you can taste it." as the old saying goes. Knowing why you are going into business is crucial. While this may seem obvious, you need to verbalize easily what your business is. what you want from your business and how these two items come togethen Remember that for business success, you must fill a need. Does your product or service bring value to the client? Filling a want is good. but filling a need increases your chances of business success. Along with filling the need, clients must be willing to pay for the product or sel-vice. This may seem obvious, but these two re- qmrelnents do not always come together. Providing a product or service that is unique also helps. "And finally, you must plan." says Muske. "Remember, though. that the value here is in the plan- ning process itself and not that you have a nicely crafted written doc- ument that may just sit on the shelf and gather dust. Your plan may be needed to generate thnds, but more importantly, it becomes a working document that keeps your business on track." Starting a business can be a dream. Just remember that lots of resources are available to help you. For more information on marketing, visit NDSU's small- business support website at wwwag'ndsu'edu/snmllbusiness Sign up for the monthly newslet- ter. You also can contact me at the Walsh County Extension Service office at 284-6624. email me at or visit www. eXte n s i on. org/en trepre- neurship. Federal and state' re- sources such, as the Smalt,Busifless Administration and Small Busi- ness Development Centers also are prepared to help. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Last week in my news column it was stated that we seeded 75 pounds of radishes in our cover crop mix. There was supposed to be a dec- imal in front of it. We seeded .75 or 3A of a pound of radishes. Do you have any idea how many radishes there are in a pound'? Private Applicators Certifica- tion We will be having our first pri- vate applicators certification meet- ing on Tuesday, February 28th at the Park River City Auditorium. Reg- istration is at 8:30 a.m. and the class starts at 9 a.m. and will run tmtil 12:30 p.m. for those who need to be recertified. The initial must sit through the whole day. We will restart the initial afternoon session at 1 p.m. down stairs as there is a Township Officers meeting in the upstairs starting at 1 p.m.. I have been told. If you have not reserved your spot and are planning on at- tending this meeting we are filling up our space. To reserve a spot send a check tbr $25.00 made out to NDSU Pesticide Program and let us know you will be attending. Please make sure to get this tak- en care of as it is a real in conven- ience to do this during spraying. Get those employees all certified so they are ready to go into the spraying season. Farmers Market The farmers market in Park Riv- er will continue for 2012 so ifvou are planning your seed purchases and garden, keep this in mind. We had such a successful run we would like to see it continue. Stay tuned for an organizational meeting and some of the changes we have made to make the event even more suc- cessful. It will again be held in the downtown city park in Park River. We hope everyone will have a chance to plan for it this year and that the weather allows us to start early. We also discussed having a fall market for the late crops. You can let me know if you are interested in growing for the market so we can begin to get an idea who" or who might not want to participate. You cancan email me at bradley.brum- Prosper HRSW We are getting down to the bot- tom end of the Walsh County Cop hnprovement supply of Prosper so if you are interested in purchasing Prosper give me a call right away at 70t-284-6624. The price is $16.55 registered bulk seed. Dates to Remember: 2-28 Private Applicator Pesticide training 9 a.m. to 12:30 (re- certify) and until 4 p.m. for testers. Park River City Auditorium the ove