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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES FEBRUARY 29, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... Duty calls; or rather, Allison called. When I turned the reins of The Press over to Allison last year, l knew it was in good hands, and I let her know that if she ever needed anything to contact me. Well, here 1 am, back at the hehn once more until Allison gets back from mater- nity leave. It's been a little over a year since BY KATRINA HODNY INTERIM EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I have sat in the manager's office chair and in front of my good friend iMac. I found I missed it. I missed the creativity, and frighteningly, the deadlines. Insanity is almost a job require- ment when it comes to deadlines and managing people that go along with those deadlines, but it's a liv- ing. Just like riding a bike, it only took a few sessions and note taking with Allison to remind myself how the buttons worked on the iMac. As much as one or two people can do and as a me small town newspaper, The Press has consis- tently stood by the principles of be- ing upbeat and accurate no matter the topic. During the next four to six is- sues, please keep in mind that the office hours of The Press office may fluctuate. You may leave a voicemail at 284-6333, fax 284- 6091, or e-mail your inquiry, ad or- der, story idea, calendar items, and press releases to one of the follow- ing addresses: wcpress@polar- comm.com or wcpadvertis- ing@gmail.com. On a side note, Happy Leap Year Day! A leap year is a year containing one additional day in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astro- nomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days ill each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was sup- posed to track. By occasionally in- serting an additional day or month into the year. the chift can be cor- rected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year. Like "' the ll'dsh (mn O' Prcs on Facebook and check out our hlog at http:,'/walsh COlllII71FCSS. II'oI J])rcss. CODI Good Morning, Boy, I could have used River on Saturday. River is our nephew. He just won a state wrestling champi- onship over the weekend. You see, I was at a bull sale. You remember that guy I said was too big to fight and too dumb to argue with? Well he was there. And he had sent Shirley a note apologizing for his behavior the night he and I had an animated discussion. So, I meet him in the alley at a bull sale. I stick my hand out and thank him for the note. He ignores my hand and says, "l apologized to your wife, not you". And walks on by. If l'd had River with me... Congrat- ulations River Voight! Oh yeah, did I mention he's one of the top ropers and steer wrestlers in the country too ! I'm nervous. The bull sale sea- son is starting. For those of you that are town lblks, you probably haven't noticed this. But your countTy cousins notice it. Every pa- p or ag magazine you pick up has bull sales advertised. I guess you could go to a bull sale every Hat day fiom now until the end of May without traveling too far. If your health could stand it. Now, you're probably wonder- ing why you have to go to bull sales every year. Shouldn't you be able to buy a bull, or a bunch of bulls, and be done for several years? Well, bulls are like men. They should be replaced more often cause they wear out (Shirley made me say that). Bulls get old fast. Or crippled. Or you look Ibr new genetics. So every year, you are replacing part of your bull battery. At least that is the ranchers excuse. Sometimes we fail to mention that bull sales are social events. The seller usually has free lunch, free drinks, and happy hour. Progressive ranchers have this before the sale. Conservative producers have this afterward. And Tips guys with really high sales have it all the time. With practice you can become an excellent bull buying customer. But like everything, it does take practice. You study the carcass data of the progeny. You study birth weight, 205 day weight, yearling ratio, milk epd's, and scrotal meas- urements. All stuff you learned at NDSU. But over the years, you've learned more. You learn which pro- ducer serves steaks and which has hotdish. You learn who pours cof- fee and who pours Crown Royal. You learn who wants you to leave when the sale is over, and who ex- pects you to be there when the last dog howls. Like I said, it takes practice. Visiting with a guy yesterday. Todd. He was at a bull sale over the weekend. And he saw a friend that had came a couple hundred miles for the sale. There were two of them. 1 guess from up around Crosby. So Todd went over to visit. And Todd knows bulls. Crosby said he and his neighbor each needed a bull. So Todd is sitting there visiting and in comes a bull that is .just awlhl good for the money. And Todd mentions that if these guys are looking tbr bulls, this looks like a pretty good deal. "Oh, no," the Crosby guy says. "We aren't going to buy one today. Last week another neighbor who needed a bull was travelling with us and he bought one. Now his wife won't let him come along. We've got at least two more months of sales before we're going to buy one and have to stay home!" Now, 1 know that I could like a guy like that. Gotta run. Shirley's out doing chores and I've got to clean up tbr the sate. Later, Dean I samaritan sil,cict00 ..... Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Moniea Simon ADC We would like to thank everyone who helped make our February a great month. Feb. 9 the Park River American Legion Auxiliary and our Auxiliary Program provided our Monthly Birthday Party and lunch was hoste by the Federated Church of Park River. They both provided wonderful programs and lunch for us. Devotional leaders for the month were Colne Ramsey, Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Rev. David Hinrichs, Lorene Larson, Kay Alkofer, Amanda Daley, Marlys Bauer and Monica Simon. Accompanists were Carla Hurtt, Jan Novak and Monica Simon. We had many special events this month, Valentine's Day we had bingo with special lunch and prizes, The Mennonite Singers performed, we had an Apron Day and had many aprons to wear and display, and we had chip and dip tasting which the residents really enjoyed sampling the new flavors of chips and dip. March Events include: March 1 2:30 Devotions with Holy Communion March 8- 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party hosted by GSC Auxiliary March 9 -7:30 Mennonite Singers March 15-2-4 STAR USED BOOK SALE and DESSERT LUNCH March 22-3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program hosted by Victory Free Lutheran Church Park River Used books for ore" book sale may be dropped offat the center at any time. Sunday Worship services have been led by Father Lutein, Rev. Ryan Fischer and Rev. Susan Hauhaas, Mass was led by Father Lutein, Shirley Sobolik led Rosary and Communion and Terry Hagen has assisted with nail's time. Again I would like to thank everyone who shared their time and talents with us again this week. History Explains Demo- cratic Delegation in D.C. One of the most common Cu- riosities about North Dakota poli- tics during the past few" years has been the mystery of a heavily Re- publican state being represented in Washington by three Democrats when Congressman Earl Pomeroy and Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad were serving. The truth is that since territorial days North Dakota voters have never been so partisan that they would not consider the candidates of both parties. Our political his- tory is strewn with factional al- liances and party crossovers, with success depending on independ- ent-thinking voters. The first territorial legislature was dominated by Democrats and, ha the first general election for Ter- ritorial delegate in 1862, Territorial voters chose Democrat Capt. J.B.S Todd. He was tbllowed by Repub- licans Walter Burleigh and S. L. Spink who were then followed by Democrat Jolm Burbank. While other territorial offices were filled as patronage appoint- ments by national administrations, the position of delegate continued to be elected, giving rise to exten- sive political maneuvering among a variety of factions. It set the pat- tern for a free-wheeling style of Dakota politics. Howard Lamar, author of Dakota Territory 1861-1889, noted that "'the word "faction' was still a more accurate description of the political groups in the Territory than the word "party'." The influx of homesteading Norwegian and German farmers under a Republican administration gave the grateful beneficiaries of the Homestead Act a Republican bent. But cutting through partisan loyalties were the hardships being suffered by farmers who were ex- periencing falling prices, rising production costs, more debt and exploitation by the railroads and milling industry. This gave rise to the Farmers Alliance. Members of the Farmers" Al- liance captured a majority in the state house of representatives and a strong delegation in the senate in the 1888 elections. The Alliance provided farmers a new avenue through which they could demon- strate their independence from po- litical parties. In e first Statewide electionsin 1889, Republicans garnered two- thirds of the general vote. But, in a factional alliance a year later, the Populists and the Democrats came back and elected most of their ticket, including a Populist gover- nor. In 1894, Republicans regained control of the state offices by de- t?ating a new combination calling itself the "Fusion" party. At this juncture in our history, the boss rule of Alexander McKen- zie had become too much. McKenzie and his faction had car- fled corruption too thr so Progres- sive Republicans joined with Democrats in 1906 to elect Demo- crat "Honest John" Burke gover- nor for three straight terms. Frustrated by ordinary politics, in 1915 the oppressed famaers then fornaed the Nonpartisan League, a protest organization that filed its candidates against the regular Re- publicans in the Republican pri- mary for the next 40 years. In response to the partisanship of the Governor William Langer years in the 1930s, the regular Re- publicans backed Democrat John Moses against League candidates, giving him the govemor's chair for three terms and then a U. S. Senate seat. Then in 1956, the NPL filed its slate of candidates in the Demo- cratic primary. In 1958, Democrat Quenltin Burdick was elected to Congress and in 1960 he won a U. S. Senmte Seat while Democrat Bill Guy won the governorship. Wi'th this sort of crossover po- litical style in our history, we can conclude that the North Dakota electorate has always been qtfite fluid and often breaks party ranks. It indicates the presence of a reser- voir of voters who can be more in- dependent than Republican. Thus, a Democratic delegation in Wash- ington. Applying this histoD, to the present Republican presidential race, it suggests that North Dakotans would be more comtbrt- able with a moderate candidate like Mitt Romney than a more con- servative Rick Santorum. After all, thee state has been weaving a lit- tle to. the right but somewhere down the middle since tmvitorial days. Extension Exchange March is National Nutrition Month Budget your calories to invest in your health. You've heard of budgeting your finances, but did you know you should be budgeting your calories as well? Keeping your calorie intake balanced is just as important as keeping your check- book balanced. March is National Nutrition Month, which is a good time to learn how to balance your calorie intake. How do you decide what your daily calorie budget is? Your calo- rie recommendation is based on multiple factors, such as age, sex, weight and amount of physical ac- tivity. The new food icon at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov will develop a personalized plan for you and provide you with your daily calorie limit. Once you know your total calo- rie budget, you can work on bal- ance. Living a healthy lifestyle is all about balancing "energy in" vs. "energy out." Focus on balancing your calories with physical activ- ity and making healthfid eating choices. This will help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. When making decisions about what to eat or drink, keep your budget in mind. For example, if your linfit is 1,800 calories per day, think about how you can di- vide those calories among various meals, snacks and beverages. Plalming ahead can help you make more healthful decisions. Become a comparison shopper and eater. Compare food and bev- erage choices and think about how they will fit within your calorie limit. For example, a snack with 200 calories may fit into your budget better than a 500- calorie snack. Also consider the nutrient con- tent of snacks, meals and bever- ages and lessen the anaount of "'empty calories" you consume. These are calories that provide few vitamins, minerals or other health benefits. Don't be deceived'by tbod la- bels, and don't tbrget to check the serving size. Most beverages and snacks will have two or 2.5 serv- ings per container, so you need to calculate the total amount of calo- ries in the container. For example, if your pop contains 2.5 servings per bottle and 170 calories per serving, you would multiply 2.5 by 170 to get the total amount of calories in the bottle. Thus, you would be consuming 425 calories if you drank the entire bottle of pop. Are you ready to maximize your budget and reach a healthy weight'? Develop a plan based on lifelong health and not short- term weight-loss goals. Set real- istic goals and choose one or two specific changes to work on at a time, Here are some tips to help you enjoy your food but eat less so you can stick to your budget and reach your healthy weight: Take your time. Eat slowly and pay attention to hunger and fullness cues. Use a smaller plate. This will help with portion control. Limit sweet treats to special occasions rather than making them an evmyday choice. Choose more vegetables. fruits, whole grains, and fat-flee or 1 percent milk. Drink water or other calorie- free beverages, 100 percent jtfice or fat-fiee milk when you feel thirsty. These contain less sugar and calories. Don't get discouraged. Even losing a few pounds or preventing fhrther weight gain can provide you with health benefits. For more calorie-budgeting tips and helpfifl nutrition advice, visit www.ndsu.edu/eatsmart or see these publications: "Budgeting Total Calories," w-eew.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yl'foods/f n720.pdf "How Will You Spend Your Calorie Salary'?" www.ag.ndsu.edtx/foodwise/news/ how-will-you-spend-your- calorie-salary. Regional 4th Graders Ready to "Experience Agri- culture-Special As- signment: Pizza For the 18th Consecutive Year." Over 600 4th grade students froln Grand Forks. Walsh and Pembina counties are about to en- joy an exciting experience called "Special Assignment: Pizza". This annual event teaches students about the importance of agricul- ture through a series ofthn, hands- on learning experiences. It teach- es about all the agricultural prod- ucts that are used to make one of their t;avorite tbods - pizza. Red River Valley agricultural products include: beef, pork, grains, cheese, milk, sugar, oils, and veg- etables. The students also learn some general nutrition intbnnation regarding healthy diets. This annual evenl is sponsored by: NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota Farm Bureau, UND Department of Nutrition and Di- etetics, County Crop Improve- ment Boards, Soil Conservation Districts, Simplot Grower Solu- tions. American Crystal Sugar Company, AgCotmtry Farm Cred- it Services, Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, North Dako- ta Mill, and other agricultural or- ganizations. This year's event will take place on March 6, 7 & 8 at the Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks. All students are transported to the facility" and spend about I 1/2 hours going through all of the learning stations. According to many school teachers and ad- ministrators who accompany the students each year, it has become a real highlight for students since it began about 18 years ago. Upon completion of the ses- sion, all students receive discount coupons courtesy of Domino's Pizza Corporation or Pizza Hut. In addition, all teachers involved receive information that they take back to the schools to use in teaching the students more about the important role &agriculture in our region. For more intbnnation on "'Spe- cial Assinment:,, Pizza" contact Grand Forks County Extension Service at 701-780-8229 or a Grand Forks County Farm Bureau representative. Editor's Note The Arotmd the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible. Call us today for details on how to place your ad! Walsh County Press 284-6333 Y0usaidit, N0rmDakm00 NOIrHINC WOI21(S LII(G NGWSPAPGR ADVEI2TISiNC.