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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MARCH 2, 2011 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISOH OLIB EPlTOR, WALSN COUNTY PRESS This one is for the birds ..... No, honestly, this is for all of you snowbirds or out of staters who may be, as they say, out of the loop. As editor it is my job to try to keep on top of the news, events, and features that affect our area with what space I have available based on the pages we can afford. The trick is that there has to be a balance of coverage. If there is something that is oversaturated in the local media, I imagine that people have heard about it and we don't need to reexamine an event ad nausium. The problem is that some of you out there who haven't been soaking in the Grand Forks Herald, WDAZ, the North Dakota updates that come on the Today Show or the Walsh County Record week after week. You get the Press. And we try to hit some of the points that others have not. But in this attempt, I suppose you may have missed a big story that has been on every talk radio show, television news program and newspaper up and down the Red River Valley. If you are a Walsh County resident, you may just have to put "Get an absentee ballot" on your "to do" list for April, if you have not already done so. This spring, Walsh County will be voting for sheriff, again. Whether you want to call it "The Election: The Sequel" or "The Election: To Be Continued," get some popcorn because it is a circus. Here's the rundown. Last Year, then sheriff, Lauren Wild, ran once again for the position of Walsh County Sheriff. His deputy, Ron Nord, ran against him for the position of Walsh County Sheriff. Wild won the election with 64 percent of the popular vote. The next'morning, Wild fired Nord. hmnediately, the story hit news outlets everywhere. By the afternoon there was a story on the Grand Forks Herald website. From there a grassroots campaign showed that some people paid attention in their social studies classes because if enough people are displeased with an elected official, a recall election can be generated. Media onslaught ensued. Wild said canlpaign lies and distrust were the reason behind his actions. People around the community said it was unfair to fire Nord who had been a deputy for 19 years. Meanwhile, Nord sues for wrongful termination and defamation. The recall attempt gained enough signatures to trigger a special election. Wild automaticallyis on the ballot. Nord then got enough signatures to get on the ballot a second time. Then Bob Thomas who decided neither candidate was fit for the responsibility got his name on the ballot. So, what started as two became three and on April 12 Walsh County shall vote once more. Now, I am not about to endorse a particular candidate, they have their own reputation to stand by and their own campaign to fight, I just want everyone to know that this isn't some show for you to stand on the sidelines. I had an excellent civics teacher who stressed the importance of democracy. It is an opportunity for the people to speak their voice, majority rule. If you don't cast a ballot, you really have no right to complain about who ends up where, but you still have to pay those taxes. Listen to the candidates this time around and make sure you are counted. For more information on absentee voting go to: www.nd.gov/sos/electvote/voting/ voting-absentee.html. "Like" the Walsh Count' Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http : /)valshcotmO,press. wordpress.com Hello, By now you know that, occa- sionally, I make a hotshot run to Texas. Most often to Houston. I would just once like to make a trip that was boring• Nothing hap- pened. Nothing to write about. I didn't get lost. I found a room fight by the highway• The roads weren't icy. The traffic through Dallas was no worse than Manning. But, alas gentle reader, that hasn't happened yet. And there is a load sitting in the yard waiting to go again. But, one thing about my trips, I have the opportunity to meet some wonderful people. Like the girl I wrote about a year or so ago. At a Super 8. I was tired. Beat. I had a heavy load on and my headlights were shining straight in the air. The traffic was horrific. I ducked off the highway and found a motel. When I asked the young lady if they had a room for a "fat, tired, old man", she had flashed a won- derful smile; and replied, "Cer- tainly! How far behind you is he?" I fell in love. And this last trip. Many of you are farmers and ranchers. And I suppose it isn't just us. But how many of you have had a break down on Saturday after- noon? I'rn betting that I am not alone in this. And the chances of Hat finding a mechanic, machine shop, and parts store... Well, the chances are pretty slim. Anyway, it's Saturday after- noon. I'm south of Faith, South Dakota. Which is about as long a stretch of road with nothing but grass, wind, and cattle as you will find. I'm rolling along, thinking of, well, I'm not going to tell you. But anyway I was thinking. And then the pickup goes Ding! I look down at the dash. Something I guess I should do more of. The light says "Check Gages?" I do. My heat gage reads like a thousand! And since I was thinking, and driving in a straight line, I hadn't noticed that I had no power steering. Being of sound mind and body, I quickly deduced that I had lost a fan belt. I opened the hood. Which does me about as much good as jumping up and down and beating on the pickup with a shovel. There is a lot of stuff under that hood. It's not like looking at the engine on an A John Deere. And it isn't just a Ti fan belt. It's what they call a "ser- pentine" belt. It winds around a bunch of stuff. It is evidently the thing they start with when they build a pickup• And everything else is built around it.  Now, I'm pretty much a me- chanical failure. But, from my shop days in school, I kind of re- call that if a belt comes off, for no reason, after a quarter million miles, there is something else wrong. Somewhere in that jumble of pulleys, wires, and gadgets, there is a bearing out. Or some- thing• So there I sit. In the middle of South Dakota. I soon discovered, after I quit crying, that I had phone service. If I waned up on a hill a half mile west of the highway. I'm a good walker. Ya. It was 40 above. A balmy day compared to what we had been having• And it was Saturday after- noon. Well, a rancher came by. And he knew much more than me• He determined that the tension pul- Icy had come apart. Oh yeah. A dealer only part. Have you ever tried to reach a dealer 20' miles south of Faith on Saturday after- noon? Good luck! He did have a mechanics num- ber. l talked to his wife. He was north of town working on a tractor and would be home in a couple hours. But there was no dealer within a hundred miles. The rancher had to go feed, so he left me there• Alone. South Dakota is a wonderful state. There is not a lot of traffic on that highway• But I will tell you that nearly every outfit that came by, stopped and inquired if I needed assistance• The rancher gave me his cell number and his • home number. The mechanics wife offered to bring me a sandwich• One outfit offered to tow me. I don't know where to, but it was nice of him. Eventually, Will tracked down a mechanic in Dickinson that took a part off a pickup in the lot and brought it down. Four and a half hours on what looked like the middle of nowhere. But I found was the middle of bunch of friends. Thanks every- one! Later, Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC March 3 2:30 March 10 3:00 March I I 4:00 March 11 7:30 March 13 11-1 March 17 3:00 March 17 2-4 March 24 3:00 Lutheran Church Happy March to everyone. We know that Spring is "really on it's way now. We have had a great week here at PRGSC with many wonderful events• Monday we made Cherry Pie, Cherry Cheese Cake and Cherry Bread to celebrate President's Day. Thursday we hade a delicious lunch served for our Auxiliary Program by the ladies of the Federated Church and also an excellent musical program featuring Rev. Kiel and his wife Joyce. Matt Hodek was here on Friday afternoon and played accordion music for us which was provided for us by the family of Ernest Bina. March Events: Communion Service Rev. Johnson Monthly Birthday Party STAR COMMITTEE .Potato Chip Tasting Mennonite Singers Annual Spud Bar Shamrock Hunt STAR USED BOOK SALE AND DESSERT Auxiliary Program and Lunch Host Victory Free We would like to thank the devotional leaders for the week, Lorene Larson, Sue Faggerholt, David Hinrichs, and Lois Ydstie. Accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Nail's time helpers were Terry Hagen and Halie Schwartz. Bingo helpers were Jaymee Sangrait and Alexia and Nick Holcomb. Sunday sercvices were led by Rev. Wenzel and Mass by Father Luitin. I would like to thank everyone for sharing their time and talents with us again this week. Used books may also be dropped off at the center at any time. NEW BOOSTER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE h00,m,00-rcs SHOT Walsh County Health District Short Shots New Recommendations came out in February that a onetime booster dose of MCV4 (meningitis vaccine) is recommended for healthy ado- lescents. Most children going to Walsh County Schools got their first dose of Meningitis Vaccine 0V[CV4) before entry into 7th grade. A booster dose is now recommended around the age of 16. Walsh County Health plans to offer these booster shots in the schools this spring. Students may also get them from their doctor's office if they prefer. The ideal age range to get the booster is 16-18 years of age. It is very likely that the MCV4 vaccine will be required for entry into ND colleges in the future. Why the Concern? • Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness. It is the lead- " ing cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years old. (Meningi- tis is an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.) • Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections that invade the entire body. • About 2500 people get meningococcal disease each year in the US. Of those 10-15% die, and of the survivors another 11-19% lose their arms or legs, become deaf, have problems with their nervous systems, become mentally disabled, or suffer seizures or strokes. Prevent all of this with a vaccine! Legislators violate oaths in logo fight At the outset, it should be stated that every member of the Legislature is aware of the constitutional authority of the Board of Higher Education in regard to the state's colleges and universities. Even though this is openly a&nitted among legislators, the Legislature has continued to invade the constitutional jurisdiction of the Board. This breach is most obvious in the bill mandating that the athletic logo at the University of North Dakota continue to be the Fighting Sioux. Last week, in defiance of the constitution, 65 members of the House of Representatives voted for this unconstitutional measure and sent it to the Senate. Before legislators can claim their seats, Section 4, Article XI of the constitution requires them to sign this oath of office: "I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of.North Dakota...so help me God." By voting for HB 1263, 65 legislators willfully and knowingly violated their oaths of office. In this vote, they did not support the constitution. Instead, they placed other temporal considerations ahead of the constitution, denigrating the fundamental law of the state. Let's be clear. The issue is not the log0. It is a constitutional issue of jurisdiction, plain and simple. There is reason to predict that a sufficient number of Senators will violate their oaths to pass this measure. A steamroller is moving through the Legislature. But passage in the Senate will not be the end of the story. There are a number of options after the Senate vote. • To protect the state from a runaway assembly, the state constitution gives the governor the -authority to veto legislation he believes inappropriate• Since the governor took the same oath to support the Constitution of North Dakota, he may not be willing to violate his oath so casually. • The Board of Higher Education could disregard the law. The pro-logo legislators would be hard-pressed to get a mandatory injunction from a court to enforce an unconstitutional law. The National Collegiate Athletic Association is still the elephant in the room and may decide that enough is enough, legardless of threats of legal action being made in the legislation. This raises the question of whether or not state money can be used for legal action to defend an unconstitutional act of the Legislature. • But there's still another option. Anticipating the day when both the Legislature 'and the governor demonstrate questionable judgment, the people of North "Dakota placed the referendum in 1he constitution, a process designed o give the people an opportunity o override the Legislature and the governor. You can bet that there are enough logo opponents to refer :he measure to the people for a ;tatewide vote. The dynamics of a statewide ,:ampaign on the issue indicate that :he logo supporters may have the advantage. They will have organization and money. Without ,qual resources, the logo opponents will have the depend on folks who understand the zonstitutional issue and feel that it is time to put the logo issue to rest. [ suspect that the people are getting fed up with this never-ending 9rawl so they may not respond favorably to a high pressure advertising campaign. North Dakota history is full of cases when the voters pulled the Legislature up short through the referral process. It could happen again. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent dulie Zikmund, MPH,'RD, LRD 'Eat Right with Color' is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2011 As trends continue to indicate Americans are interested in im- proving their diets and leading more healthful lifestyles, the American Dietetic Association reminds everyone that an easy way to focus on eating better is to "Eat Right with Color," which is this year's theme of National Nutrition Month. Each March, ADA focuses attention on return- ing to the basics of healthy eat- ing. This year's National Nutrition Month theme encour- ages consumers to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day. "The American Dietetic Asso- ciation is committed to improv- ing the nation's health, and one of the ways we do this is by provid- ing science-based nutrition infor- mation to consumers in a way that's easy to understand and apply to their everyday lives," said registered dietitian and ADA President Judith C. Rodriguez. "National Nutrition Month offers a great opportunity to focus peo- ple's attention on a universal theme that cuts through the clut- ter of information and gets back to the principles of a healthful diet." Initiated in 1973 as a week- long event, "National Nutrition Week" became a month-long ob- servance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutri- tion. Additionally, to commemo- rate the dedication of RDs as advocates for advancing the nu- tritional status of Americans and people around the world, the sec- ond Wednesday of March has been designated "Registered Di- etitian Day." This year marks the fourth annual Registered Dieti- tian Day. The recently released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Ameri- cans recommend an increased focus on a plant-based diet. This combined with including lean meats, fish and poultry, and low- fat milk and dairy products cre- ates a rainbow of colors on the plate that serve as the foundation for a healthful eating plan. "The Dietary Guidelines pro- vide a great base for directing the eating patterns of Americans. The expertise of registered dieti- tians can translate the Guidelines into easy, actionable and per- sonal information that can be used to develop a healthful eat- ing plan that is right for the indi- vidual," Rodriguez said. "ADA encourages all Americans to take time during National Nutrition Month to look at their eating pat- terns and begin to make the small improvements that, over time, add up to significant health ben- efits." • As part of this public educa- tion campaign, ADA's National Nutrition Month website in- cludes a variety of helpful tips, fun games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition around the "Eat Right with Color" theme. All my best to you and your family, Julie Adapted from the American Dietetic Association Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Increasing wheat midge populations expected in 2011 Soil sample tests in North Dakota indicate a dramatic increase in levels of overwintering wheat midge larvae (cocoons) for the 2011 season, according to Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension Service entomologist. Wheat midge larvae feed on the kernel and negatively affect yield, grade and quality. In 2010, wheat midge larval cocoons ranged from zero to 3,750 larval cocoons per square meter and averaged of 417 larval cocoons per square meter• In contrast, wheat midge cocoons sampled in 2009 ranged from zero to 750 midge larval cocoons per square meter, with an average of 129 larval cocoons per square meter. "This is an alarming increase in the wheat midge population with pockets of 'high risk' in certain counties," Knodel says. "We haven't seen such high populations of wheat midge since the mid-90s. "Wheat midge populations of greater than 500 to 1,200 larval cocoons per square meter have exPanded into eight counties from five counties last year," Knodel says. "Pockets were found in south central Bottineau, central Ward, central Cavalier, west-central Towner and north- central Walsh, in addition to the previously mentioned counties with a high risk. Areas where populations are above 500 larval cocoons per square meter also require close monitoring by wheat producers• If the wheat crop is heading during adult wheat midge emergence, wheat midge can cause severe injury to the kernels and yield loss can occur." Areas where populations ot cocoons exceed 1,200 per square meter, including the eastern halt of Divide, most of Burke, northern Renville, southeastern Mountrail, western and eastern edges of Ward, western McHenry, and .west-central McLean are at high risk for wheat midge infestation in 2011. If wheat is planted in these high risk areas, producers must be prepared to monitor their fields closely for wheat midge infestations, and include the cost of an insecticide treatment in their wheat production budget. Otherwise, undetected and uncontrolled infestations may result in significant yield losses and/or unplanned pesticide costs. Next week we'll continue our topic on wheat midge population increases with ways to consider managing and decreasing the wheat midge populations in your fields. Until next week... Theresa Dates to Remember: April 28, 6 - 9:30 p.m., Pesticide Certification Training, Walsh County Extension Office, Park River March 9, 9 AM-12:30 p.m., Pesticide Certification Training, Park River City Hall, Park River , , t |