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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MARCH 5, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS In North Dakota it almost seems like it is a given that people will complain about the weather. This winter has redefined "harsh" cold. Though I have been told that it is not the coldest winter on record, it certainly sticks out in my mind as one of the coldest of my lifetime. They give it cute names like "Po- lar Vortex" but cute doesn't keep the heating bills down. What I would give for 30 degrees. I would even take 20. In the Weather Channel's online report of 10 Coldest Temperatures in U.S. History, they put North Dakota in a number 5 with a record- ed temperature of-60 in Parshall, on Feb. 15, 1936. They put Alaska at number 1 with Prospect Creek, Ala., reaching temperatures near -80 degrees on Jan. 23, 1971. If you want to know the averages, Alaska tops the charts. Being so close to the North Pole that fact doesn't surprise me, but North Dakota wins hands down in the low- er 48. The other night when the wind Hello, Well, Shirley and I just re- turned from our winter vacation. It wasn't a long vacation, but it was a good one. We talked about go- ing east. Maybe to New York, or Philadelphia, or maybe Boston. I've been to Boston and loved it. Ate clam chowder and talked like a Kennedy. Like my grandkids say, "It was cool!" Then we talked about going southl Maybe to Florida to the Keys. Maybe the Louisiana Gulf Coast. We tossed Mexico and Ja- maica around. That would be fun. We went to the Bahamas once years ago. And Milo and Julie taught the natives to polka. That was the best part of that trip. We talked of going to baseball spring training in Florida or Arizona. We have friends in both places. That reminds me of something Linseth told me years ago. We were hauling a load of bucking horses across the United States to a bucking horse sale in Texas. I asked Lynn if he figured he would end up in heaven or hell. He did- n't even have to think. Just replied, "Well, I bet I know somebody ei- ther place!" Back to our vacation. We de- cided we would do both. We would go east. And then we would go south for a while. As Corb Lund explains in his song, "You've Got to Have Cows Around", when you have cows, you're pretty well tied down. So, on Saturday, after chores, we loaded up and headed east. To Mandan. We would attend the annual Cowboy Hall of Fame banquet and meeting, visit with friends, enjoy the fundraiser, sleep r J-', (a x l Happenings at Our 1 LI., samaritan Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We have been busy at the Good Samaritan Society. Last week we made Knefla Soup, Made Mardi Gras Masks, Auxiliary w/The Federated Church, Nail Time, As well as our daily activities. This week we will be Mar. 2nd Pastor Johnson for Worship, and 3:30Trivia Mar. 3rd 10 am Embroidery Group, Baking a Cajun Cake, Singing w/Cheryl Cox, Bingo Mar.4th Baking King Cake, 3pm Mardi Gras Party Mar. 5th Ash Weds. Dev., 3pm Bingo,6:45 IWANAS will sing Mar. 6th 3:30 Crafts, 6:30 Movie Night Mar. 7th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:15 Make Bird Houses w/Richard, Men- nonite Singers Mar. 8th lpm Shopping, 3:30 Bingo Thank You to all our many volunteers, Pastor Kiel, Lois Ydstie, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Arnold Braaten, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fagerholt, The Auxiliary from the Federated Church, Terry Hagen, Fr. Luiten, Mary Seim. As always we would love to have more volunteers. If you have some talent to share please contact Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. CATARACT Walsh County Health District p ..... ' .... "P''' Short Shots A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Types of cataracts include: Age related Cataracts: Most cataracts are related to aging. By age 80 more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Congenital Cataracts: Babies are sometimes born with cataracts as a result of an infection, injury or poor development before they were born, or they may develop during childhood. Secondary Cataracts: These develop as a result of other medical conditions, like diabetes, certain drugs (such as corticosteroids or di- uretics), ultraviolet light, or radiation. Traumatic Cataracts: These form after injury to the eye. Cataracts usually form slowly and cause few symptoms until they noticeably block light. When symptoms are present they can include: Vision that is cloudy, blurry, foggy or filmy Progressive nearsightedness in older people Changes in the way yu see color Problems driving at night such as glare from oncoming headlights Problems with glare during the day Double vision Sudden changes in glasses prescription How can you protect your vision? Wear sunglasses with UV protection and brimmed hats that limit UV exposure Avoid smoking Avoid excessive drinking Eat nutritious foods Maintain good control of your diabetes Visit with your eye doctor about certain vitamin supplements for your eye health How often should you get an eye exam? Follow your eye doctor's advice. In general if you are 60 or over get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least every two years. During this eye exam the doctor can check for many age related eye diseases including age related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Cataracts are very treatable. A cataract is usually removed only when vision loss interferes with your everyday activities, such as driv- ing, reading, or watching TV. Visit w'ith your eye doctor about cataracts and any other questions you may have about your eye health. was blowing and the attic was When the child from Bemidji cracking I didn't care what the sta- was found in the front entrance of tistics were, I just wanted it to stop. the building, the report said she was I love a good old-fashioned snow wearing a jacket, boots, hat and mit- day with cocoa and movies. I'd en- tens, but it was unclear if she died joy an afternoon of snowmen and outside or inside the building. sledding. I would even love to tie on The temperatures were between the old ice skates and do some laps -15 and -27 that night. around a homemade rink like I Growing up in ruralNorthDako- used to as a kid. But this winter has ta, we didn't lock our doors much, been too cold for any of it.but you can be sure that I do now. It has been too cold to snow and It is not a precaution against in- the second it does, it turns nasty, truders potentially breaking in; it is When recent reports of a 6-year- to make sure that the little one and old girl being found dead outside of the heat stay in. her family's apartment complex in My heater is rtmning on overtime Bemidji, Minn., came out not long to keep the babies warm with the ago, it was not only sad, it was scary, hope that we will find spring again. Recently, my son has gotten into When that day comes, I swear to not a habit of letting the dog in and out complain about the heat. Scout's and now, he has started getting up honor. in the middle of the night and roaming the halls. Put the two to- Like'" the Walsh County Press on Facebook gether and it is a terrifying game of and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- "what if." in a bed somebody else made, east a supper and breakfast someone else cooked, and we could be home for chores in the morning. It was wonderful. Then that afternoon, after chores, we headed south. Didn't make it all the way to the Gulf. But we made it to Amidon. It's towns like Amidon that make me proud of rural people. It was their annu- al play. I've been to the Harding County play in the Bullock Hall. And I had always wanted to attend the one in Amidon. It's just dang good fun to watch your friends and neighbors pro- duce one of these grand plays. It's family fun. It's farmers and ranch- ers wrapping up chores and spend- mg several nights a week for a couple li oe and working on costumes. It's ladies baking cookies and cakes and lemon bars for snacks (I can't spell ordurves). It's Grandmas and Grandpas and morns and dads and kids and babies falling silent as the lights dim and the stage comes to life. It's watching men and women transforming a tin building on the prairie to a theatre full of appreciative fans. There is a show called some- thing like "We've got Talent". We dang sure do. While at the Hall of Fame ban- quet, I was visiting with an old friend. He said he asked his wife what she wanted for their An- niversary, which was coming up. She replied, "A divorce!" He thought a minute and replied, "I didn't figure on spend- ing that much!" Later, Dean i ili!!i A New Motivation for the Obese To Skinny Up With the fat and obese people be- ing the fastest growing group in America, discussion of their con- dition has become politically in- correct. By that, I mean any politi- cian expecting victory down the road can't afford to offend this bur- geoning group. More than one-third of U. S. adults are obese. When they become the majority, the slim will be re- quired to eat carbohydrates. How- ever, we can't sweep obesity under the rug. It is a major health crisis so we need to weigh in, whether it is politically correct or not. Obesity is costing $150 billion annually in medical expenses. For individuals, obesity runs $1,500 higher than for those of healthy weight. Taxpayers end up paying a good chunk of the bill. In North Dakota, 30 per cent have too much body mass, a 250 per cent increase since 1990. Unless we curb this escalating crisis, my projections suggest that by 2050 there won't be enough money available in the medical budget for flu shots. Thus far, every effort to curb obe- sity has failed. Prevention: When the govern- ment foresaw the growing crisis, it came out with more healthy school lunches - less carbohydrates, more vegetables. Parents and students re- belled. In response, the political budget hawks sided with costly obesity and lobbied for modification of the healthier school menus. If the kids don't like healthy gov- ernment-subsidized lunches, perhaps they should bring their own peanut butter sandwiches to school. That's what many of us did in the old days. Taxpayers shouldn't have to subsi- dize both ends. Embarrassment: This hasn't worked because there aren't mirrors at grocery check-outs and fast food troughs to deter poor eating habits. Besides, everybody is doing it; obesity is popular and acceptable, so why be embarrassed? Fear: Medical research has demonstrated that obese folks are more likely to contract diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some forms of cancer, any one of which will cause them to die prematurely and permanently. But don't fret. Fat is today; death is tomorrow. Patriotism: Some think it's a pa- triotic duty to fight for one's coun- try. However, many volunteers are rejected as too obese, declared 4-F, with the "F" meaning fat. They are too fat to fight and too fat to run. No help in an invasion. Religion: The Bible says that a person's body is the temple of the Holy Spirit so we should honor it. But what good is grace if you can't be obese? So where do we go from here? Thus far, nothing has slowed the re- lentless expansion of obesity. As a last ditch effort, my proposal is to try taxes, We have used the tax system to foster economic development, to fight urban blight, to help the needy, to encourage charitable giving, ad infinitum. Just about anything can be accomplished with the right tax policy. Instead of basing taxes on in- come, we should base it on the Body Mass Index. The tax should be graduated with higher rates falling on those with the highest BMI. A tax graduated in this manner would pay for the higher public costs in- curred by the highest BMIs. That would justify it as a benefits-re- ceived tax. Of course, there will be cheating. Some will lose weight temporarily around April 15. Others will buy cheap scales. And there will be in- tentional reporting errors. But those are routine in all forms of tax- ation. This must be accomplished be- fore the obese become the new majority. If they atWact just a few ad- ditional supporters who are on their way to obesity, the cause will he lost. More than one-thlrd of ILl[. S. adults are obese. When they become the majority, the sllm will be required to eat carbohydrates." Extension Exchange Feed Your Heart: Eat More Fish More men and women die To ensure a delicious, safe end every year from heart disease than product when cooking fish, the any other cause. Fortunately, you U.S. Department of Agriculture can reduce your risk of heart-re- recommends cooking it to the ap- lated diseases through lifestyle propriate temperature of 145 F. choices. Other tips for seasoning and cook- Fish is a heart-healthy way to ing fish include baking or grilling it incorporate protein into your diet. instead of frying for a lower-fat The American Heart Association meal. Using spices and herbs in- recommends eating two 3.5-ounce stead of salt adds flavor without servings offish each week. Fish is adding sodium. a good source of omega-3 fatty Fish is an excellent part of any acids and is low in saturated fat. diet and is heart-healthy. Try a new Omega-3 fatty acids are benefi- fish recipe or get creative with cial to those with heart disease or recipes that you already have to in- those at risk of the disease, corporate more fish into the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids also may play Try this quick and easy recipe a role in reducing inflammation in for fish tacos: the body and reducing the risk of Use any white fish, tilapia, cod, chronic diseases, haddock, catfish, bass when mak- Fatty fish is high in the omega- ing fish tacos. 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid 1. Place fish in baking dish (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid that has been lightly sprayed with (DHA). Salmon, albacore tuna, vegetable oil. mackerel, sardines and herring are 2. Season fish with salt, pep- examples of fatty fish high in these per and lemon. omega-3 fatty acids. 3. Bake in oven at 350 de- Other fish and seafood do con- grees for 15-20 minutes until fish tain small amounts of these fatty flakes easily with a fork. Alterna- acids, but fatty fish are the best tively, broil or grill fish, allowing sources. The American Heart As- 10 minutes per inch of thickness. sociation recommends consuming Put together Fish Tacos fatty fish most often when eating 1. Serve grilled or baked fish seafood, in warm tortillas. Other sources of omega-3 fatty 2. Top with finely shredded acids are plant foods that contain cabbage. alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). This 3. Add Lime Sauce and eat! omega-3 fatty acid is found in wal- Use whole wheat or whole corn nuts, soybeans, tofu, canola and tortillas for more nutrition or try a flaxseed. Studies have suggested tomato salsa instead of the lime that alpha-linoleic acid benefits sauce. those at risk for coronary heart dis- Lime Sauce ease, but more research needs to be cup low fat mayonnaise done in this area to confirm the re- cup low fat sour cream lationship. 1 tomato, seeds removed and Environmental contaminants chopped such as mercury are a concern 2 tablespoons lime juice when consuming fish and seafood. 1 clove garlic, minced Marine mammals and older, larger 4 tablespoons chopped fresh and predatory fish may contain cilantro higher amounts of mercury than Salt and pepper other types of fish. Limit these 1/Steaspoon hot sauce types of fish to reduce the con- Combineall ingredients and re- sumption of mercury, frigerate. Eating a variety of fish that are Check out the "Nourishing mostly low in mercury has bene- Boomers and Beyond" website at fits that increase heart health as for more well as overall well-being. The information about staying healthy. risks of consuming small amounts It includes a free monthly newslet- of mercury are outweighed by the ter and online educational re- health benefits. You can reduce the sources. mercury content in fish by remov- Source." dulie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., ing the skin and external fat before n.O.. L.R.D.. professor andfood and nutrition cooking, specialist ~ !}b!i!~!: ~ !~i Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Evenine_Pesticide Certilication I do this every year for those pri- vate applicators who hold a 9 to 5 job and can't make my day meet- ings. We will be recertifying from 6 to 9:30 pro. This meeting is only for people recertifying. To get a seat send in $30.00 per person written out to NDSU Pesticide Program to me at 101 County Rd 12 B, Park River, ND 58270. Seating is limit- ed to 40 people so get your money in and reserve a spot. Walk-ins may not be admitted due to lack of seating. Three Sisters Garden Here is something neat to try this summer. A three sister's garden will give you an advance appreci- ation of the culture and agriculture of our native nations. Our native na- tions were growing the three sisters long before contact with European nations. In fact many colonists mar- veled at how much food was being produced by our native peoples through this method and some could argue it was more efficient than the agriculture being prac- ticed by white colonists of the time. The three sisters are corn, beans and squash. Why are they called the three sisters? It is really quite sim- pie. Sisters help each other through life and this is what these plants do for each other. You plant the corn in the middle with the squash and a vining bean around it. As the corn grows up the beans and the squash climb towards the sun with the corn. The corn provides access to sunlight. The squash and beans provide ground cover and compe- tition for weeds and are legumes. It is one of agriculture's great success stories. Many of our native nations have gone back to the three sisters to fight diabetes and obesity. The diet has worked for 100s of years. Here is how to do it. I would plant the corn first to give it a head start. Then get some white shield beans and squash and plant them a little off the corn to allow the vines to climb up. The corn acts as a bean pole. The white shield beans were actually developed in ND before contact with Europeans. Let us dis- cover our history and culture and combat health problems at the same time. We actually had a three sister's planter outside the elementary school in Grafton last summer for junior master gardeners and they did well together. Let us not forget the lessons the three sisters teach. We need to help each other find the sun! March 6 March 7 March 24 Dates to Remember: Private Pesticide Certification, Park River City Auditorium 9 am State Crop Judging contest Valley City Pesticide Recertification Meeting, Extension Office Park River 6 pm