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PAGE 6 THE PRESS MARCH 9, 2011 BISMARCK, N.D.--TheNorth arship Endowment will provide Dakota Water Education Founda- scholarships to two deserving stu- tion's (NDWEF) deadline for ap- dents whose families have taken plications for the Dushinske & an active role in North Dakota's Jamison Water Resources Schol- water management. arship is April 1. There will be two "This endowment is a testament $1,000 scholarships awarded to to the commitment and effort both one female and one male applicant, water leaders gave to virtually The NDWEF, family members, every water Project and water or- friends and colleagues have estab- ganization in North Dakota," says lished an endowment within the Michael Dwyer, NDWEF's execu- N.D. Community Foundation in tive director. Warren Jamison's and Russell Dushinske's memory called the Scholarship applications are Dushinske & Jamison Water Re- available by calling the NDWEF sources Scholarship Endowment. office at 701-223-8332, e-mailing The endowment recognizes ndwater@btinet.net, or on the web- Dushinske's and Jamison's distin- site http://ndwater.com/water guished service, dedicated leader-' ed.htm and clicking on the schol- ship and life-long devotion to wa- arship link. Contributions to the en- ter development in North Dakota. dowment can be made to the Income from the Dushinske &NDWEF at PO Box 2254, Bis- Jamison Water Resources Schol- marck, ND 58502. UNIVERSITY OF NORrtt DAKOTA UHD announ :es fall honor re :ipients GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The academic work for the semester, of . following students were named to the University of North Dakota Deans' List for fall semester 2010. Katie Johnke of Adams; Laura Geir of Edinburg; Wade Berg, Melissa Blanchard, Austin Feltman, Joshua Jaster, Juan Martinez, Mallory McMarty, Timothy Mcdonald, Michael Sand and Kyle Wilebski all of Graffon; Ross Dunnigan, Alexander Gruchala, Alyssa Gruchala and Aaron Vaudrin all of Minto; Wade Thompson of Park River and Danielle Bjerke, Ian Foerster and Kyle Foerster all of Pisek. The Deans' List includes students whose grade point averages are in the top 15 percent the enrollment in each of the University's degree-granting colleges and school. A student must have completed no fewer than 12 semester hours of which eight or more hours must be graded work rather than "satisfactory/unsatisfactory." The following, students were named to the President's Roll of Honor. Laura Geir of Edinburg; Melissa Blanchard, Austin Feltman, Michael Sand, Mario Solis and Kyle Wilebski all of Grafton; Alexander Gruchala and Alyssa Gruchala all of Minto; Wade Thompson of Park River and Danielle Bjerk, Ian Foerster, and Kyle Foerster of Pisek. To qualify for the President's Roll of Honor a student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3:8 or higher. The student must also have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours and have completed a minimum of 12 hours at the close of the semester, eight of which must be for traditional letter grades. CONSUMER PROTECTION PAGE 1-- to cover the required fee. The than the purchase price and then letter will ask the victim to asks that the extra money be sent deposit the check or money order to a companY or someone who into his bank account and wire will take care of the shipping. the fee to the third party, usually In another scenario, scam in a foreign country, artists say that a check or money No legitimate contest order payment will come from promo r will ever ask for money someone who owes them money to be paid upfront in order to send and tells the victim to deduct out a prize. It's also wise to ask his/her share and send the rest. yourself whethe.r you even They claim they're in a foreign entered the contest in the first country and that because of place, cun'ency differences it's difficult Overpayments to make payment directly. A scammer offers Scammers sometimes claim overpayment on items that athey sent the wrong amount "by consumer advertised in the mistake" and ask victims to classifieds or an online auction, return the excess. Legitimate The scammer sends the seller a buyers will be happy to send the check or money order for more exact amount you're ov ed. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARI) Subsurface field tile has benefits for all By Sen. Joe Miller tiling applications. The naturally occurring bacteria and other mi- There have been some fantastic years recently in the agriculture in- croorganisms found in the soil benefit from added air and reduced dustry here in North Dakota and throughout the United States. We salinity. These organisms contribute to the breakdown of harmful have record prices, record yields, and new technologies that are in- chemicals and beneficial organic matter, turning the soil profile into creasing our profitability and promoting better farming and steward- a live, healthy environment. The net result is better crop quality and ship practices. As farmer, I am excited for the years ahead. We have less risk of ground water contamination by farm chemicals. hope, yet we have challenges. The impacts on spring flooding and heavy summer rains are gen- North Dakota has never been more important to world food pro- erally opposite of what 6ne my think. Tiling creates a "sponge effect" duction as it is today; however, nearly two decades of unrelenting on the land, preparing soil to absorb waters that would normally be- rainfall has taken its toll on our soil. Ph levels in the soil are in- come "runoff." The net effect is reduced flooding. Water is drained creasing due to saturated ground, cutting yields and creating envi- over days and weeks as opposed to hours. During the crop season, ronmental issues. The need for strong and quick movement on this tiled land will in fact reduce the gross amount of water that flows issue is very important, downstream. This is caused by the increased crop production due to For over two hundred years farmers in this. country and beyond the elimination of poor crop ground. Healthier crops use more water! have been using subsurface tile to control excess water in the soil The possibility of avoiding large expensive flood relief projects profile. North Dakota farmers have been behind the curve for vari- by utilizing tile is very real. Imagine eliminating the need to place ous reasons. The greatest has been a lack of education on the issue, taxes on the people or lobby Washington for funds to build dikes or Subsurface tile utilizes a technique of placing plastic perforated diversions, and instead allow farmers to pay for the projects them- pipe about 3 to 4 feet under the surface of the earth in a pattern that selves. Farmers will get a tremendous profit increase and city is based on the topography of the land and other factors. The dis- dwellers will see the need for costly flood insurance disappear. That charge pipe is usually about eight inches in diameter with a project one hundred acres or less. The discharge goes into a ditch or a nat- cost savings will most certainly help drive up our local economies. Critics should be aware that tiling is regulated by the Natural Re- ural waterway. By removing excess water in times when rivers and streams are sources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS sets rules that not flooding, the soil profile is open to accept more water when heavy prevent wetlands from being drained and the proximity that a tile line rains and flooding occurs. It also allows for deeper root develop- can be to a wetland or river. ment so plants can properly access nutrients and water. As a result, The process of tiling has been cumbersome to permit in the past. organic matter levels eventually increase in the soil. More organic Currently, the North Dakota legislature is pursuing legislation to ad- matter means better plant growth, more water absorption, and in- dress this process. The intent is to remove erroneous processes and creased yields and profits, bottlenecks and to protect landowners. There is also legislation to as- Soil is only capable of so much saturation. Tiling removes only sist with the capitalization of tiling projects, promote the expansion what the soil cannot hold. Nutrients, such as phosphorous, become of these projects, and properly define the benefits of subsurface tile. "trfipped" in heavily saturated soils requiring larger application of Needless to say, the legislature is being very proactive this session fertilizers which, in turn, can end up in a body of water. By remov- to advance this technology that will increase our productive edge by ing excess water, phosphorous is more readily available to the plant approximately thirty percent. That means better food supplies, bet- and fewer fertilizer applications are required. If land is tiled and not ter food quality, more tax revenue, and a stronger economy. The fu- Saturated with water, nitrogen applications can be done in smaller, ture for sustainable agriculture in the Red River Valley and beyond timelier manners to avoid large single applications which often leach is wholly dependent upon the expanded use of subsurface tile. into the water. Editor's Note: Senator Joe Miller of Park River, ND - District 16 Chemical leaching and overall soil health is vastly improved by .farms near Fordville with hisfamil3: Correcting a mistake in the history of ND legislature William L. Jahraus ucation they need and deserve? American philosopher, George San- I am disappointed with the North Dakota State Legislature which tayana, once wrote, "Those who do not remember the past are con- recently defeated HB 1143. This bill would have corrected a mistake demned to repeat it." We know that there are people today who made in the last session when the Legislature dropped world history believe that the holocaust did not happen and that it's OK to paint as a required course for high school graduation. Prior to that, world swastikas onpublic buildings and synagogues. If world history isn't history had been required for many decades, withstanding the test of taught, such ignorance and extremism can return, and our democracy time. Now more than ever, world history needs to be restored to its can be jeopardized. rightful place as a required core subject, the foundation for all social According to the British philosopher, Edmund Burke, "All that is studies courses, necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." The Recent events in the Middle East underscore our students' need to good men and women who sponsored HB 1143 deserve a public understand our interdependent world. Their counterparts across the thank you: area legislators Dr. Mark Sanford, Mark Owens, Joyce globe are studying English and American history to better understand Kingsbury, David Monson, Robert Kilichowski, Jane Heckaman, and us! (Currently there are more Chinese studying English than there Joe Miller. I also want to thank Representative Mike Schatz from are Americans studying English!) Does it make any sense to elim- New England who presented the case for world history on the House inate a requirement that provides our future leaders with a basic un- floor. derstanding of their world.'? Don't they need to know more about the Using the amendment process, it is not too late for the Legislature world, not less? to correct a past mistake and restore world history as a required sub- Apparently, those who opposed HB 1143 did so, not because of ject. Please urge.your legislators to do so. It's in our students' and philosophical differences, but because of scheduling difficulties. Is our democracy's best interest! this really an adequate reason to deny ND students the complete ed- Editor's Note: Jahraus is a Grafton High School History Teacher Using the amendment process, it is not too late for the Legislature to correct a past mistake and restore world history as a required subject. Please urge your legislators to do so. It's in our students' and our democracy's best interestl" Do you want your news noticed? Do you or you r g rou p have a story to tel I ? We're here to help. Contact The Press: (701) 284-6333 800.284.7222/284.7221 www.thinkpolar.com . \ . Our ag bankers aren't just experienced with lending, they're experienced with farming. That makes all the difference when it comes to growing your operation. Contact the ag pros at First United Bank today. Hoople Michigan FDIC firstunitedonline.com Putting You First