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PAGE 4 PRESS PERsPEcTIVES MARCH 7, 201 2 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY KATRINA HODNY INTERIJ4 EDITOR, WALSH OUNTY PRESS This past weekend, the Walsh County Commissioners organized two public meetings in regards to the ever-controversial Measure 2. According to the North Dakota League of Cities, Measure 2 is "a proposal to amend the North Dakota Constitution to prohibit po- litical subdivisions (cities, coun- ties, school district, townships, park disnicts, water districts, irrigation districts, fire protection districts., soil conservations districts, etc.) i from levying a tax on the assessed value of property." In short, no property taxes for those who now have to pay in once a year to their respective county tax offices. This measure is being met with strong opinions on both sides of the field. Roughly 40 people were in at- tendance at the meeting held in Park River, March 3 at the Park River City Community Room; the Walsh County Commissioners and N.D. Senators Joe Miller and Cur- tis Olafson were present. In the hour long meeting, a few opinions of the group were ex- pressed. I witnessed a lady state that she is for the measure as it would benefit her as a person who is working hard to make ends meet, just like the rest of us. A few others agreed that times are tough and this measure could certainly appeal to those hit hardest by loss of their job or due to the increase in utilities and gas; both landowners in-state and out-of-state. Just the mere idea of this meas- ure has spurred N.D. businesses to adjust the way they do business. Property taxes bring in 816 mil- lion dollars every year to the state. Walsh County, alone, levies 13.2 million dollars in property taxes. The details of the measure ap- pear to be somewhat of an elusive nightnaare. One of the points I took away from the meeting was that tae measm'e would call upon the oil arrd gas tax collections to fill the oid, but not everything that is be- ing funded today would be funded tomorrow (if the measure would pass). Those not for or against the measure would be more comtbrt- able knowing where the funding would be coming from in the event property taxes are eliminated. More information on Measure 2 can be found at various websites: www.ndlc.org, www.nd.gov, to ame a couple. Measure 2 will be on the pri- mary election ballot on June 12. Like'" the g'dsh Count3' Pres on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walsh ountypress, wordpress.com Hello, One of my favorite events of the year is the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame banquet. It has been held at the 7 Seas in Mandan for several years. It is a chance to en- joy a great meal, great speaker, and great friends. Friends you've rodeoed and ranched with Ibr a life- time. And this year was no excep- tion. Some of the old time cowboys were thelel Dale Little Soldier, Pete Fredericks, Willard Schnell, Rod- ney Nelson...Wait, he's not an old time cowboy, he's my age! Holy bucking horse Barman! I'm getting a little long in the tooth. The banquet stirred up a lot of memories from the past forty years or so of competing, producing, and announcing rodeos. Jim Thomp- son, the speaker, talked of an- nouncing circuit finals rodeos, the NARC finals (that's National Am- ateur Rodeo Commission, not like a rodeo for narcotic addicted cow- boys, although there was maybe a few there), and the National Finals Rodeo. I was thinking of announc- ing a rodeo at Newtown with a Hat handful of spectators, freezing as snow drifted across the arena. They had to be dedicated. I thought an- nouncing Hettinger with the spot- light off the firetruck the only arena lighting as the rodeo stretched into the darkness. I thought of an- nouncing Blaisdell from a crow's nest that was built for Walt Biefi, who only stood about five eight. Jim talked of announcing and meeting men like Jim Shoulders, Casey Tibbs, and Larry Mahan. I thought of hundreds of high school contestants I had the opportunity to watch grow up and become farm- ers and ranchers and teachers and nurses! We talked about bucking horses like Jake, Anchors Aweigh, and Tom Collins. We talked of bulls like Top Hand, Inky Dink, and Tor- nado. The horses and bulls bucked Tips better as the night wore on. But we rode better too, so it was great. Don Schmidt mentioned the rodeo where Shirley had to put down her secretary's pencil and jump on a horse and be a pickup man (woman) when one of our reg- ular pickup men was injured in a wreck. We dang near got a section of horses broke to ride because Shirley didn't want to get close to a bucking horse, and none of the cowboys wanted to be picked off by the other pick up man! We talked of hauling a load of Brahma bulls and a handful of Mexican steers down the road at night and the lights going offin the truck. I hit the brakes and got it stopped, right side up, but those lit- tle Mexican steers all ended up down under the bulls. And I had to crawl in the back that truck and tail up those steers, while Shirley held a flashlight and screamed at me. We talked of coming home from a rodeo in the middle of the night and I was played out from rodeo- ing, and maybe a little other stuff. So I had the semi lined out on 23 just south ofMinot. I set the throt- tle and did a switch on the go with Shirley. I told Shirley to just hold it steady and wake me up before Newtown. She didn't. And she did- n't shift real goo& So we were go- ing through Newtown at about sixty miles per hour in the middle of the night. Traffic was lighter years ago. Shirley got pulled over by a Newtown police officer. She climbed down out of that truck. Did I mention she was about 10 months pregnant? The cop shined his light on her. Then he shined his light on the Brahma bulls in the bottom of that truck, shook his head, and got in his car and left! The Cowboy Hall of Fame is up and running! See you there in the summer! Later, Dean I Happenings at Our alnaritan Good Samaritan , ";--7 ....... -I, R],,,: Monica Simon ADC 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 our book sale may be dropped offat the center at any time. PubltcHcal00 Walsh County Health District , ..... , Short Shots In the 2007 the North Dakota legislature enacted Chapter 23-29 of the North Dakota Century Code to regulate tanning facilities. Tanning beds have the potential to harm the user. Thus, regulations have been put into place to try to reduce the incidence of injury/illness. Contrary to what some people believe, tanning in a tanning bed is not a safe alternative to tanning in the sun. Both increase your risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Part of the regulations in North Dakota Century Code 23-29 refer to anyone tanning under the age of 18 years of age. If you are a parent of a child that tans--here is part of the law as relates to a person less than 18 years of age using a tanning bed in North Dakota: A customer under eighteen years of age may not be permitted to use the tanning facility until the customer provides the facility with written consent, in a form prescribed by the department, of a parent or legal guardian to use the tanning facility. The consent must indicate that the parent or legal guardian has read the warnings required by this chapter and that the customer agrees to wear FDA approved protective eyewear. The parent or legal guardian shall provide a notarized statement of consent or sign the consent form in the presence of the owner of the tanning facility or an employee responsible for the operation of the ultraviolet radiation device of the facility. The written consent form expires twelve months fi'om the date signed. A customer under the age of burteen years may not be allowed to utilize a tanning device at a talming facility without a written order from a physician licensed in ND and without being accompanied by a parent of legal guardian for every use of the tanning facility. Part of the intent of regulating tanning facilities is to assure that the equipment used is maintained properly. Part of the intent is to limit exposure and reduce the risk of skin damage from misuse of the tanning facilities by the user. Part of the intent is to educate the public that tanning in tanning facilities is not risk free, even when done properly. Tanned skin is not healthy skin. Skin cancer does not coordinate well with your bathing suit or prom dress. Start a trend of tan free. S fmre tile ove 00ive a gi00to00fay subscriy00ion Walsh County Press In-County = $34, Out-of-County = $38 Out-of-State = $62 P.O. Box 49, Park River, ND 58;7o Credit Card are nol cepted "We need to amend our con- stitution against any more of these winter meetings," huffed Holger Danske as he stomped across the floor of the former Bohemian Hall for a special meeting of the Corn- remember anything, remember the Alamo,'" Josh inserted with a ma- licious snicker. "I suppose he wants to conquer the rest of Mexico," Lars offered. "You know, if we gave Mexico munity Homeland Security Corn- : back all the land we stole from mittee called in haste by them we wouldn't have an immi- Chairperson Ork Dorken. gration problem." Most of the town s 14 electors Nobody has mentioned Noot were already huddled under the Ginrich," Holger said. 'I'm not large south windows in the un- much for him myself because he s heated cavemous hall, hoping that the bright sun would skim the chill off the air. Someone in the group gave Holger a "yah, that's for sure" as he sat down. "What's this all about?" Holger asked impertinently. "If we are going to have a say in them political caucuses, we need to do it now because the con- ventions will be nominating presi- dential candidates soon," explained Ork. "Well, I thought it was UP to the Democrats and Republicans to have caucuses," interjected Orville Jordan, the retired railroad depot agent who stayed after the railroad left. "We don't have enough people for two caucuses so I thought we could meet as one group and dis- cuss the candidates," Ork ex- plained. "Who's running?" asked Josh Dvorchak. "Well, as of this morning it looks like four candidates are still in the game," Chief Alert Officer Garvey Erfald explained. "It's Sanitorum, Romney, Paul and Ginrich." "From what I know, Sanitorum is Catholic and the Catholics haven't had a president for 60 years so it's their turn," reported Madeleine Morgan. She would favor a Unitarian candidate herself if there was one. "Well, the Mormons have never ever had a president so it seems that Romney should get a chance," Old Sievert argued. "I heard some good things about the old wizened guy -this Paul fellah from Texas," Lars Tor- vald added. "I think he's running on the Whig platform." "And his slogan is: 'If you can had more than his share of wives. If he can't handle domestic rela- tions I don't think can't handle for- eign relations." "I don't think religion has any effect on politics," Madeleine ob- served. "Well, they're certainly making a big deal about who's the best Christian," Old Sievert remarked. "And then they get into the dirtiest mid-slinging campaign you ever saw. There's obviously no connec- tion between Christianity and can- didates no matter what they say." "One man's mud is another man's issue," Garvey philoso- phized. "Mud is in the eye of the be- holder, I guess," Josh suggested. "Are you saying that 'Christian politician' is an oxymoron?" Little Jimmy asked. "I wouldn't be surprised if one of these candidates claimed to have the endorsement of the Apos- tle Paul before the next primary election, Lars speculated. "By the end of the campaign, at least one will claim the blessing of the Lord Himself," Madeleine added cynically. "Instead of political caucuses, maybe we should just draw straws until one person is left and let 'em be president," posited Little Jimmy, the town's online student now majoring in theology for the [hird time. "That would be the end of dirty Campaigns and name-calling,"' agreed Garvey as he rose from his :old steel chair, pulled up his col- ar, and started a stampede toward he door. "Call CNN," he shouted to Ork he pulled on lris sheepskin mit- .ens. "Maybe Wolf Blitzer will furnish the straws." Exten Extension Service sponsors healthy lifestyle poster contest North Dakota youth will have a chance to show off. their cre- ativity and knowledge of good health and nutrition in this spring's "Eat Smart. Play Hard." poster contest. The contest is open to North Dakota youth ages 8 to 19 as of Sept. 1, 2011. Posters will be judged in two age divisions: pre- teen (ages 8 to 12) and teen (ages 13 to 19). The NDSU Extension Service, NDSU Extension's Center for 4- H Youth Development and the North Dakota Dietetic Association are sponsoring the contest. The posters should educate and promote the idea of living a healthy lifestyle. They also should inform North Dakota youth and adults about the importance of healthful food choices and regu- lar physical activity. This year's posters must be centered on a theme that directly relates to eating healthful foods and getting regular physical ac- tivity, with a special emphasis on healthy skin. Participants can learn more about the role of nu- trition and sun protection in main- taining healthy skin from "Nour- ish Your Skin," an NDSU Exten- sion publication available at www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/f n 1572.pdf. "Many children do not con- stone the recommended amount of colorful fruits and vegetables, and they do not reach physical ac- tivity goals," said Julie Garden- Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist. "We hope this activity gives children the op- portunity to be advocates for healthful eating, physical activity and sun safety for their peers, fam- ilies and communitieS." ! Posters will be judged on how well they present information, general appearance and effec- tiveness in educating others about healthy lifestyles. The prizes are in the form of gift cards for a cho- sen retailer. Winners will receive a $50 card for first place, a $35 card for second place and a $15 card for third place. All entrants will receive a participation prize. Some past poster contest win- ning entries can be viewed on the "Eat Smart. Play Hard. Together" website at www.ndsu.edu/eats- mart. Entries must be postmarked by March 15. They should be la- beled Attn: Eat Smart. Play Hard. Poster Contest Entry, 219 and ei- ther dropped off at the Center for 4-H Youth Development, FLC, 1310 Centennial Blvd, or mailed to Center for 4-H Youth Devel- opment, Dept 7280, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050. Contest rules are available at www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/4h/Grou pProjects/PosterContestRules.pdf. The entry form is at wvw.ndsu.edu/fileadmirv4h/Grou pProjects/poster_contest sub- mission cover sheet 2])11- 12.pdfi Walsh County Homemakers Sponsor Academic Scholarship The Walsh County Homemak- er's Executive Council announces an academic scholarship oppor- tunity for graduating area High School Seniors. This $250 schol- arship will be awarded to a Walsh County resident enrolled fall se- mester at an accredited college or university. Preferred majors in- clude those from Fmnily and Con- sumer Sciences including: Ap- parel and Textiles, Child Devel- opment mad Family Science, Food and Nutrition, Dietetics, Com- munity Nutrition, Facility Man- agement, Food Science, Family and Consumer Science Educa- tion and Interior Design. How- ever, other majors are not ex- cluded from applying. Application must include com- pleted application form, submit a picture (for publicity purposes if selected), high school transcript, copy of the ACT/SAT score, and a short essay. The application and supplemental materials should be postmarked by April 1,2012. If you have questions or would like to request a copy of the ap- plication, please contact Kari Hel- goe, NDSU Extension Agent in Walsh County at 284-6624. Mail applications to Walsh County Ex- tension, 101 County Road 12B, Park River, ND. Hortiscope Snippets 1 NDSU Agriculture Communication . I have a plot that is full of clover and weeds. I want to keep the clover, but get rid of the weeds. They are broadleafweeds, but I'm not sure what they are. They look to be some kind of fox- tail or something along those lines. I have read that 2,4-D will kill the clover. Should I just spray the weeds or spray the whole plot? When should I spray'? (Virginia) . Thanks for making contact. Since you reside in Virginia, you need to get in touch with my counterpart with the Virginia Co- operative Extension Service. Go to http://www:ext.vt.edu/offices/to find the person nearest you. If that person is unable to assist you, he or she can get you in touch with someone at Virginia Tech or Vir- ginia State University that is a spe- cialist in weed control situations. QerMY neighbor has a tea rose : bush that hn dying to have. e is a lot of new growth that my neighbor prunes out every spring. Last spring, we took some new growth from the mother bush and put them in water that had fer- tilizer in it. However, they all died. How do I go about getting the new growth to produce roots'? When should it be done'? (Calgary, Canada) A tea rose bush growing in .Calgary? Are you sure? Your neighbor must give it super protection to have it survive the winter months. Roses are among the easiest woody plants to root through hardwood cuttings. Take rosewood cuttings 6 to 8 inches long. Cut the basal end at a slant and stick it in pasteurized potting soil that is 2 to 3 inches deep. Keep the soil moist. Do this in the early spring. To make life a little easier, you can take a clear baggy and loosely fit it around the cutting and over the edge of the pot. Keep the cutting in a bright location, but not direct sunlight. In six to eight weeks, the cuttings should have a mass of roots at the base. Some people will dust the cut end with a rooting hormone to speed up root- ing. However, usually that step is not needed, unless a particular cul- tivar of rose is difficult to root for some reason. Go to http://wvv.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plant sci/landscap/h1257.pdf tbr some home propagation techniques that you might find useful. You can download the entire publication or the parts that interest you. To contact Ron Smith for answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith @ndsu.edu. | Dates to Remember: 3-14, 3-19, 4-11 - Private Pesticide Recertification and Certification Training, Park River City Auditorium 9 a.m.