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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES RcH 9, 2011 wouldn't have even considered we learned how to express our FROM TH E otherwise. I ended up taking a ideas and be experts in our field. chance on a private college and Never be ashamed of it because E ]P|TOR'S [ ]PESK, found out what it is like to build a you never know where it will take newspaper from the ground up. you. The Jamestown College It didn't mean we would all be Collegian took a dive years before scientists, but we would be BY ALLI$ON OLIA B I got to J-Town -- debt, successful inourownway. EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PR|S$ questionable ethics, terrible I was a junior in high school editorial work, and a minimal staff, when I lost a friend, but it makes Sitting in my email inbox is a a state basketball tournament, a My freshman year we reorganized me smile when I see that his colorful collection of potential science fair, a state curlint and rallied the troops. Afer four memory is still being honored articles, photos, columns, and tournament, and an engagement all years of winning awards andtoday through an award we started. calendar events among the happen at the same time. proving our worth it was He continues on by helping others occasional bit ofspam that tells me Each one is important to Jamestown College's tradition, but reach goals they never knew I am a long lost relative to a king in someone and each one should be our success that helped to existed. transforma communications Siam who wishes to grant me a done justice and not just cut to fit For every student waiting in my million dollars, no questions asked and shoved in a comer, department for students for years inbox next to a list of honors and if I only. send him my life savings. One that I wish I could have put to come. Now fully equipped with accomplishments from a job well While I know that the works of in this issue is one of my favorite a media center, all forms of media done, you are not forgotten, I just are events: Science Fair. Call me a are available for the studying, want to be able to do you all not going to grace the pages of the geek, call me what you will, but We went beyond books to justice. Press anytime soon, there are the Northeast Regional Science running a business we could be We few, we happy few, we band many other wonderful pieces that I Fair got me whereI am today, proud of. And I was a part of it of brothers are connected because wish I could run. Sometimes those For some reason, an event held from writer to section editor, to of our science fair adventures. bits of article gold have to wait. at the University of North Dakota assistant editor, and editor in chief Welcome to the club. "Like" the WaLs'h C(mnO' P;~,ss on Facebook It isn't that I don't think they are has a top prize of a scholarship to all because of a science fair. and check out our blog at important, it is just that sometimes Jamestown College, a college I We learned more than science, http://walsheountypiress.wonlp ess.eom Hello, It was late September. Maybe early October. We'd had some late showers and it kind of fooled that grass into thinking it was spring. There was a little green stuffunder the sun ripened grasses left over from a summer of grazing. But the days were getting shorter. And you could see there was moisture in those dark clouds sneaking up over the hills west of the yard. Forecast said a chance of snow showers. Now, if you've lived around here long enough, you know what a snow shower could be. It might be a few icy flakes that sting your cheek as you look away from the wind. Or it might be a couple of feet of white stuffthat is going to be there until April. Shirley sent me out to kick the cows offthe flat. Me and Paul and Lonesome. As we started those cows into the breaks and watched them string out down the trail, I felt a couple of flakes hit my cheek and rode UP on the ridge to look west, You could see the heavy snow headed down the creek and you kind of turned your collar up and realized that winter was here. Paul was riding Sham and I was on Zip. We put them in a long trot for home and started wondering where we had put our overshoes last spring. As we rode into the yard we ,started glancing around, trying to remember where every- thing was lying so we could dig it from under the snow in the morn- ing. Like usual, we weren't ready for winter. Happens every year. Just got done hauling hay in and now we have to start hauling it out. Guess the Indians were tight when they say life is a circle. Oh, some winters are good. You might have decent weather, a Jan- uary thaw, an early spring. Cows come through in better shape than they started. Gets dark early enough you can make it into town for a pinochle game or a ball game. Or you might have a winter where that first snow gets covered by a new one the next week. And that one gets covered by a new blanket a few days later. And the winds blow from the north for two days. And then switches to the southeast for a few days. And then the northeast. And then it snows again and everything is plugged up. Roads, ditches, trails. Every- thing is socked in tight. And it might be twenty above in the day time and zero at night. Or you might go forty or fifty days without ever seeing zero. And it's th'u'ty below at night. And the snow cracks under your feet as you walk to the barn in the moming. You're buying ether by the case and wear- ing two pairs of socks and had your long handles on for weeks. And some old fool will tell you it was a lot worse than this in the old days. And it probably was. Who am I to say? Or someone will say "this is just the way 64-5 started out". I hate it when that happens. But all in all I kind of like win- ter. When you are walking to the house at night and you can look up and see the millions of stars twin- kling back at you. And the air is so still that even an occasional snowflake is embarrassed at dis- turbing it. And I always kind of liked tid- ing in the winter. Oh, your toes might freeze and fall off. And your fingers get so cold that you have to hold back tears as they warmed up under warm water from the faucet. But there is something about riding along the ridges and spot- ting a buck deer bedded down under a cedar tree. Or having a pheasant or sharptail burst through fresh snow from right underneath your horse. Or maybe seeing the tracks where coyotes pulled down a young or crippled deer in the deep snow. And picturing the bat- tle in your mind. I remember one time I was rid- ing down Deep Creek. It was one of those winter aflemoons where the world is standing still. Not cold enough to be miserable, but cold enough to keep the fiffaff out. Snowflakes as big as saucers were gently drifty down from a dark sky. Not a breath of breeze was dis- turbing those lazy flakes. Riding along in fresh fall snow, I sensed some movement out of the comer of my eye. There was a herd of elk winding down a side- hill towards me. I stopped "Free- man" and he sensed it was'a special moment. We sat there, frozen in time, as thirty dlk came winding down through the scrub oak and passed a few yards in front of us. Only one saw us. And that old cow elk just turned her head and looked at my kind of quizzi- cally, as if to ask why I was in her house. Then they disappeared up the next canyon like ghosts into a castle. When they were gone, I sat there another moment, hating to move, and realized that life was good. Oh, sometimes winter was bad. When you broke down on the river and had to walk eight miles home. Uphill. Carrying fifty extra pounds of lasagna around my middle. Or pacing the house while a blizzard roared for a couple days and you were worried about the cows. Or worrying while a son or daughter was on their way to a rodeo over icy roads and drifting snow. But, I guess I've been pretty lucky. The cows usually came out of it ]gretty good and the kids always did. May as well put on some extra clothes and we'll go feed cows. Hang on cause I'm going to take a hard run at that big drift up ahead. Later, Dean U samantan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC By Extension Agent-In-Training Theresa Jeske We are looking forward to our second week of March as the days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer. The Senior Band performed on Tuesday afternoon and Rev. Jeff Johnson led Devotions with Holy Communion on Thursday. Our movie for the week was Grumpier Old Men which was enjoyed bu many of our residents. We also had our monthly rummage sale on Friday aftemoon. Our Devotional leaders for the week were Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Monica Simon, and Rev. Jeff Johnson. Monica Simon was our accompanist. Sunday Worship Servoces were led by Rev. David Hinrichs and Father Lutein led Mass on Saturday. March Events include: MonthlyBirthday Party March 10 3:00 Hosted by the GSC STAR COMMITTEE Mennonite Singers March 11 7:30 USED SOOK SALE and DESSERT LUNCH MARCH.17 2-4 Matt Hodek March 18 3:00 I would like to thank everyone who gave of their time and talents this week, we appreciate everything our Volunteer do for us. W a.sH HEATH WeBSrre laudbl l[ealflt Prevent. Promote. Protect. L .................. Walsh County Health District Short Shots Walsh County Health has a new Web Page. It can be found at We hope this site proves helpful for you. If you would like to see anything added to the site let us know. We can be reached at 701-352- 5139 or / Legislature threshing through the bills Well, the Legislature is halfway through its biennial 80-day session and still has most of the major bills to consider. Last session, the Legislature legalized cohabitation, thinking that this would enable it to cut appropriations for the fuel assistance program. Everyone still got cold. So we can't always expect legislation to achieve its goals. This session, the first big bill was abstinence education in the high schools. Of course, by high school the kids know more about sex than the average parent. The bill was killed by reason of logical Conclusion -this session, if we take on sex, next session it will be adultery, then it will be golf, and so on. There's another big voting bill moving through. In the past few years, we have been going in two directions - one to stifle voting, the other to encourage voting. This session, we are going to make voters bring documentation to prove that they are whom they say they are. Soon it will be easier to get into Canada than into a voting booth. Then there was the bill requiting a year of mandatory counseling before granting a divorce. The bill should have reduced the sentence for murder and provided suicide protection for the duration of the counseling. Though well-intentioned, it was like the cohabitation bill - messy to enforce. After several weeks entertaining a bill to raid the tobacco education fund, the Legislature used insightful reasoning to kill the bill. If it took the tobacco education money , more people would get cancer and that would create a greater need for more doctors which, in turn, would call for more t 'noney for the Medical School. It was a big loser all around. The ethics bill for public officials was killed. Most legislators thought they were ethical enough, oaths of office notwithstanding. The Fighting Sioux logo bill continued its march through the Legislature. The debate is a continuation of the same old 400- year controversy in which a bunch of white people fight over something that really belongs to Indians. Then there i$ the proposal to let older folks take courses on the college campuses free. The bill started at age 55 but was amended to age 65 because the Legislature was afraid too many folks over 55 would show up. Now that the age is 65, the bill is practically useless because folks can't remember much of what they learn after 65. Now that the federal census has counted us, the Legislature will redistrict the state in a special session this fall so all legislators will once again represent equal numbers of people. Drawing those district boun&lries is usually difficult and malicious so one legislator proposed that they leave the boundaries alone and move 34,000 people instead. One of the best bills would have declared Dancing Dakota, a great song by Chuck Suchy, the official North Dakota waltz. The bill got waylaid because the Legislature wanted a vote on it. I hope this goes on a statewide ballot. I also want to vote on whether or not the Ladybug should be the state's official insect. I don't think the Legislature considered all of the other options, e.g. ants work almost as hard as legislators, bees make significant contributions to the economy. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD e to meals While the trees may be bare in and pineapple March, there are still plenty of Vegetables: carrots, yellow colorful and nutritious foods to pepper, yellow corn and sweet fill your plate. During the 2011 potatoes National Nutrition Month, the Purple and blue options may American Dietetic Association encourages everyone to add have antioxidant and anti-aging color and nutrients to your meals benefits and may help with mem- through this year's theme: "Eat ory, urinary tract health and re- 'Right with Color." duced cancer risks. Adding a splash of colorfulFruits: blackberries, blueber- seasonal foods to your plate ries, plums, raisins makes for more than just a fes- Vegetables: eggplant, purple tive meal. A rainbow of foods cabbage, purple-fleshed potato creates a palette of nutrients, Red indicates produce that each with a different bundle of potential benefits for a healthful may help maintain a healthy eating plan. heart, vision, immunity and may Healthy eating includes more reduce cancer risks. than counting calories alone. In Fruits: cherries, cranberries, fact, most children don't get pomegranate, red/pink grape enough of all the essential nutri- fruit, red grapes and watermelon ents critical to normal growth Vegetables: beets, red onions, and development. Eating a vari- red peppers, red potatoes, ety of foods that supply different rhubarb and tomatoes nutrients is key, so you maximize the nutritional value of your White, tan and brown foods meal. Be sure to include health- sometimes contain nutrients that ful choices in a variety of colors, may promote heart health and re- Here are some ways to duce cancer risks. brighten up y6ur plate in every Fruits: banana, brown pear, season with this quick color dates and white peaches guide. Vegetables: cauliflower, Green produce indicates an-mushrooms, onions, parsnips, tioxidant potential and may help turnips, white-fleshed potato and promote healthy vision and re- duce cancer risks, white corn Fruits: avocado, apples, Choose a variety of colors grapes, honeydew, kiwi and lime when shopping for seasonal Vegetables: artichoke, aspara- fruits and vegetables. For addi- gus, broccoli, green beans, green tional options in the color palette, peppers and leafy greens such as choose frozen or dried fruits and spinach vegetables available throughout Orange and deep yellow fruits the year, and vegetables contain nutrients that promote healthy vision and All my best to you and your immunity, and reduce the risk of ' family, .... some cancers. Julie r l ' " "' : ' ' ...... Fruits: apricot, cantaloupe, Adapted fi'om the American Dietetic grapefruit, mango, papaya, peach Association Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 " wheat " populations expected in 2011 Wheat midge larvae feed on wheat midge populations and the kemel and negatively affect yield loss. Scouting should be yield, grade and quality. Soil conducted at night when sample tests taken in 2009 and temperatures are greater than 59 2010 have indicated a dramatic degrees and winds are calm (less increase in levels of than 6 miles per hour) during the overwintering wheat midge heading to early flowering crop larvae for the 2011 season. Wheat stages. The economic threshold is that is planted in high risk areas, when the adult midge density as north-central Walsh is, reaches one midge per four to producers must be prepared to five wheat heads for hard red monitor their fields closely for spring wheat or one midge per wheat midge infestations, seven to eight heads for durum. The price of wheat is high, The critical spray timing is from which should make pest late heading to early flowering. management decisions easier for Most insecticides labeled for producers. Another strategy is to wheat midge contro! can be tank- plant a nonwheat host, such as mixed with a fungicide if scab is oats, barley, canola, soybeans or a potential problem. Wheat sunflowers, to mitigate midge midge also can be monitored populations. Weather conditions prior to using pheromone and yellow and during adult wheat midge sticky traps. emergence will play an important "The parasitic wasp, role in determining the level of Macroglenes penetrans, also economic damage. Conditions helps reduce wheat midge that favor midge development populations by killing the wheat and outbreaks include high soil midge larvae," Knodel says. "The moisture in late June and warm, average wasp parasitism rate calm and humid conditions increased slightly from 13 during the egg-laying stage in percent in 2009 to 17 percent in early to mid-July. 2010." "With a moderate to high risk "Parasitism plays an important forecast for wheat midge role in keeping wheat midge in infestation statewide, early check naturally most years, so we planting and field scouting will need to continue to conserve be critical for controlling wheat parasitic wasp populations when midge infestations during the possible by spraying insecticides 2011 growing season," Knodel only when necessary," Knodel says. says. "Avoid any late insecticide Early planting and selecting an applications to minimize negative early maturing variety of hardred impacts on the parasitic wasps, spring wheat is one of the best which are active at that time." preventative strategies to mitigate Until next week... Theresa Dates to Remember: ] March 9, 9 AM-12:30 p.m., Pesticide Certification I I Training, Park River City Hall, Park River A_J