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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MARCH 16, 2011 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH OUNTY PRESS March 17 is what I refer to as "the day of my people." Among all of the shamrock necklaces, "Kiss me, I'm Irish" shirts, and green beer, I proudly have stood in parades and parties proclaiming my birthright. I grew up as an O'Toole and every year I liked to take full advantage of the ability to emphasize that apostrophe. St. Patrick's Day is a day filled with -- well, OK, so it is largely drinking related but -- heritage. It is a day where everyone wants to be Irish. I believe that is the best part of the day, a celebration of culture. On occasion I will have a friendly face come into my office to tell me a story of how they know my family or even how we are related. While I wish I knew more of the genealogy of the Daley, Novak, or Hardy names, the O'Toole's have done a wonderful job of keeping that history of the family name and history alive through the years. i remember as a kid asking my parents where our family came from. Dad laughed and said Canada. Of course what I was looking for went a bit farther back than that. I wanted to know what type of mutt I was. And how we got from one coast to the other. The Irish was simply the easiest to track. And it was a culture I could identify with . . . l was/still am short and who doesn't love shiny things such as gold and rainbows at that age? It was a culture rooted in joy and storytelling amid the pagans and plights. While green beer may be a part of the day, the spirit goes back to Cinco de Mayo, Syttende Mai, or good o1' fashioned Canada Day and the Fourth of July. It is a celebration of a people. Celebrate how your will, but one day a year, everyone is Irish. In the words of my people: "May those who love us, love us; and those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn't turn their hearts, may he tum their ankles so we'll know them by their limping." "Like" the Walsh CounO; Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http:#walshcounpress, wordpress.com Happy St. Patrick's Day! Tis' a fine time of the year lad- die, and I hope this day finds you well! Spring is in the air. Water starting to make its' way to the creek. Hills are starting to peek out. And the Irish are celebrating, because that is what they do. I'm not Irish, but being married to a Murphy, I quickly adopted their love for an occasional pint and a good story. Grandpa Jack loved a' good story, and an occa- sional pint. So much so, that in his later years, while a resident of the Hilltop in Killdeer, on St. Patrick's Day, Grandpa called the Buckskin Bar and ordered a keg of beer, a pitcher, and some green dye be de- livered to the nursing home, so the residents could celebrate in fash- ion! He often said, "The Good Hat Lord invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the Earth". Which reminds me of a story. Paddy had applied for a job at a brewery just outside Dublin. It was the same brewery where his brother had worked years ago. Re- member, I told you about him. He was the one that fell in the vat full of beer and was drowned. Re- member? When Scan went to his house to inform his wife that Doolin had drowned, she had asked if "he had suffered?" Scan informed her that he "didn't think so, because he had gotten out three Tips times to pee". Anyway, Paddy applied for this job. At the same time an American applied for the job. Well, the man- ager, when going through their ap- plications, determined that they had the exact same qualifications. He decided that since they were so even, he would have to give them a written test. Paddy and the American quickly agreed to take a twenty question test. Lo and behold, again, a tie! They both had nineteen correct an- swers on the test. Paddy was thor- oughly disgusted when the American was awarded the posi- tion and Paddy was dismissed. Later, that evening, in O'Brien's Pub, Paddy confronted the manager. "How could you give the American that job when we both missed only one question on the test" he inquired. "Being an Irish- man, I was sure I would get the job." "Paddy, it was just the way the question you missed was an- skvered. The American wrote down that he "did not know the answer". And you wrote down "neither do I"! And to you laddie, "May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live". Later, Dean Sa.ma, ,. Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone! We are celebrating the day with our Shamrock hunt and Used Book Sale and Dessert Lunch. Please stop bu and browse through the large selection of used books and enjoy a delicious Dessert Lunch. Thursday we celebrated our monthly birthday party which was provided by the STAR COMMITTEE they Served Birthday Cake and Dollar bingo was played. We all had a great time and we thank the STAR COMMITTEE for hosting the party. The Mennonite Singers were here Friday evening and we enjoyed their music. Friday we had potato chip tasting also. We thank everyone who participated in our SPUD BAR it was a delicious meal and a huge success. Upcoming Events: March 18 3:00 Matt Hodek March 24 3:00 Auxiliary Program and Lunch Host Victory Free Lutheran Church I would like to thank our devotional leaders for the week, Lois Ydstie, Monica Simon, and Rev. David Hinrichs. Our accompanist was Monica Simon. Sunday Worship services were led by Rev. Hanse of Zion Lutheran. Mass was led by Father Luiten. I would like to thank Sheryl Kjelland and OSLC Sunday School for coming to the center and singing and playing games with the residents last Sunday. Regular activities held were exercises, Devotions, baking, bingo, Senior Band, Bible Study, Piano Music, Current Events, Hymn Sing and movie and popcorn night. Remember we will be taking used books until Thursday afternoon before the sale. By Extension Agent-In-Training Theresa Jeske ALL ABOUT BEDBUGS Prevent. Promote, Protect. Walsh County Health District Short Shots What are bedbugs? A; Bedbugs are small insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals (host). Adult bedbugs are about 1A inch in length and are oval in shape. They can be off white in color to light tan, deep brown or burnt orange. The host's dark blood may be apparent in the body of the bug. Bedbugs cannot fly. Where are bedbugs found? A: Bedbugs can be found worldwide and have been reported more frequently in recent years. They most often are found in rooms where people sleep and generally hide near beds or other furniture used for sleeping. How do bedbugs spread? A: Bedbugs hide in small crevices, may in- vade luggage, furniture, clothing, pillows, boxes and other objects and are spread when these are moved between apartments, homes and hotels. Used furniture (bed frames and mattresses, etc) are at the greatest risk of storing bedbugs and their eggs. Bedbugs can pass between adjoining apartments through holes in the walls. Bats or birds also may introduce bedbugs into a home. What symptoms do bedbugs cause? A: Bedbugs usually bite when the hosts are asleep. The bites are painless. While feeding, the bugs inject their saliva into the skin. The sore caused by a bite looks similar to a mos- quito bite. After a prolonged period of time, the bites may cause the host to have a mild to intense allergic reaction. Scratching the sores may lead to a secondary infection. How long is a person able to spread bed bugs? A: Bedbugs can sur- vive months without feeding, so they may be present in apparently vacant and clean apartments. Bedbugs are able to spread as long as the host is living with them. How is a person diagnosed? A: Many types of insects resemble bed- bugs. Samples 0f bugs should be collected and evaluated by someone who has experience/knowledge of what bedbugs look like. Bedbugs should be suspected if residents complain of bites that occurred while they were sleeping. What is the treatment for bedbug sores? A: Sores may be treated with antihistamines and corticosteroids to reduce allergic reactions and inflammation. Bedbugs are not known to transmit any infectious diseases. Should children or adults be excluded from day care, school or work if they have bedbug lesions? A: No. What can be done to prevent the spread of bedbugs? A: Managing bedbugs requires cleaning, room modifications and most likely profes- sional insecticidal treatments. Infested surfaces should be scrubbed with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs, vacuuming should be done to remove bed- bugs from cracks and crevices. All possible hiding places should be in- spected. Holes or cracks in walls should be sealed. If you are a tenant, the property manager should be contacted. $4 gas will keep us in North Dakota With gas spiraling toward four dollars a gallon, chances are good we won't be driving out to the Grand Canyon this summer, if there is one. That's why the North Dakota Legendary 2011 Travel Guide has consumed all of our travel planning. (You can pick up a free copy at your friendly rest area.) This looks like a good summer to take some short $35 trips to participate in upcoming home state fests and festivals so we've been looking over the opportunities. (All towns mentioned are in North Dakota whether you have heard of them or not.) Of course, we have already missed three weekends of dogsledding at Binford. Maybe more will be scheduled in May. That or several weekends of mud sledding. With all of the professing Norwegians in North Dakota, you would think that the North Dakota Legendary 2011 Travel Guide would show a slew of Syttende Mai celebrations on May 17, the :anniversary date of the constitution of Norway adopted in 1814. But the Travel Guide shows nothing for May 17. Norwegian sad. All of the Norwegians with get up and go must have got up and went, possibly to Minot to wait for Hostfest. Or perhaps they're restraining themselves until Uffda Day in Rutland on October 2. May 28-29 is the X-rated Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora. This is an opportunity for the profane to say or sing everything crude as long as it rhymes. If they bang the guitar loud enough, it doesn't even have to rhyme. A "Day in the Garden" will be held at the Peace Garden June 4. It promises a "hands on" experience but you can't pick the flowers. There isn't much else to put your hands on. If you go, don't forget your passport, birth certificate, baptism records, communion certificate, driver's license, discharge papers and a recent photograph in case you accidentally step across the border into Canada. Any five of the seven will get you back into the U.S. Otherwise; you may have to outrun the Mounties. Be sure to comb your hair so you don't look like a terrorist. In case you haven't noticed, they all have unruly hair. It must be a faith-based thing. On the other hand, if you had a bunch of bombs strapped to your belly button, your hair would be unruly, too. The annual Main Street dance in Conway will be delayed a week. A fresh load of gravel has been ordered for the event. If you are going, be sure to wear high top shoes. Grand Forks will have a big rhubarb fest June 11. It will be good, but it will be nothing like the 80-day one now being held in Bismarck. The Lakota Turkey Barbecue will be held June 17-19, with an all-faith church service slated for Sunday. All faith means it will represent the lowest common denomination for people who already have faith. These generic things usually open with "To whom it may concern." What w.e need is a non-faith church service. Didn't Jesus say he came to talk to sinners and not the righteous? That's all the space we have today but watch this space for more on Uffda Day in Rutland. This looks llke a good summer to take some short $35 trips to partici- pate in upcoming home state rests and festivals so we've been looking over the opportunities." Extension Exchange Walsh County Nuxriti0n, Food Safety and Health Agent, Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Helping your kids eat right with color When it comes to food and nu- trition, even the most knowledge- able parents can use help making sure their children are eating healthy meals. Each March, the American Dietetic Association celebrates National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme, "Eat Right with Color," encour- ages parents to take time to make sure their children are getting all of the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. The good news is that shopping, cooking and eating healthfully have just gotten easier with assistance from www.kid- seatright.org, a new website from ADA and its Foundation. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently re- ported that children, teens and adults have diets deficient in di- etary fiber, vitamin D, calcium and potassium, and the Kids Eat Right campaign calls for increased at- tention to the alarming nutrient de- ficiencies in children's diets. Weight is not the only measure of good nutrition and health. Any child -- whether they are of nor- mal weight, overweight or obese -- can be undernourished. Qual- ity nutrition requires a total diet approach that goes beyond calorie counting alone, to focus on in- cluding those nutrients critical for a child's healthy growth and de- velopment. This year's National Nutrition Month theme is a great reminder for parents to focus on that total diet approach by includ- ing a variety of foods and colors in every meal, every day. Help your kids "Eat Right with Color" by: Giving kids whole-grain cere- als for breakfast, kid-friendly "white" whole-wheat bread for sandwiches, crunchy whole-grain crackers for snacks and whole- grain pastas for dinner ..... Eating more fruits and vegeta- bles at every'meal. At breakfast, enjoy fresh or frozen berries on ce- real, slices of melon or a glass of 100 percent orange juice; at lunch, serve baby carrots or sliced apples; for dinner, put brightly colored vegetables at the center of every plate. Most young people in Amer- ica are not getting enough calcium or potassium. Fortunately, it's easy to consume the three daily dairy servings children and teens need. Try an 8-ounce glass of low-fat milk with breakfast, lunch and din- ner; yogurt parfaits for breakfast or an after-school snack; or string cheese for an on-the-go energy snack. Getting enough protein at every meal and snack helps kids feel satisfied after eating. Start their day with egg or bean burri- tos. For snacks, provide peanut butter or sliced dell meat. Designed around a SHOP, COOK and EAT theme, the Kids Eat Right website provides parents with practical tips, articles, videos and recipes from registered dieti- tians to help families shop smart, cook healthy and eat right. Interactive kid's games for Na- tional Nutrition Month will be available, including: Sudoku: Tackle these popular puzzles using food rather than numbers. Word Search: Find the words that represent the bold and vibrant colors associated with eating fight! Rate Your Plate Quiz: Find out how you rate when it comes to making daily meal choices. Whether speaking with a regis- tered dietitian about essential nu- trients and healthier cooking, or visiting www.kidseatright.org for tips and recipes, Kids Eat Right provides families with knowledge as well as ideas and tools to trans- form theireating behaviors. All my best to you and your family,. .... Julie ..... ..... . Adapted .fi'om the American Dietetic, Assocution Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Selecting your bull power for the upcoming year With production sales occurring all around the state now is the time to be thinking about your bull power for the upcoming breeding season. Many may think that choosing the right bull for you is simple, however, when breeders provide so much information about each bull, how are you supposed to sort through it all? The first step is to identify what you want from your bull, what is included in his 'job description'? The expectations set for your bull will determine which combination of traits you will be loo.king for in your bull prospects. Some producers need a bull that will produce growthy calves that have maximum weight gain by the time of weaning while others select bulls that will minimize calving problems or want to achieve the highest quality of carcass possible. Choosing the right bull involves both a physical evaluation of the bull and a review of the available genetic information. Bulls need to be evaluated for their structural correctness, frame size and muscle pattern to see whether the bull selected has the overall eye appeal that the producers would like in the next calf crop. Expected Progeny Differences (EPD), help to compare two bulls to each other in specific areas of production. It is important to know what the EPD's for each breed stand for and what the average or standard of the breeds are to accurately evaluate a bull as EPDs are not standardized with zero as the average. This is important when comparing two bulls. If we were evaluating for weaning weight and Bull A is listed at + 40 while bull B is listed at +60; the EPD's would lead you to believe that bull B's calves would be 20 pounds heavier at weanifig that bull A. Commonly sale catalogs will list EPD's such as calving ease, birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk, scrotal circumference or any variety of indices which are available for the specific breed. This is where your job description will come in handy. Choose a combination of traits which you can specifically identify to fit the needs of your cow herd. Indices commonly combine a couple EPD values to achieve a specific goal. For example we'll utilize $W, this selection index represents the economic return on calves sold at weaning and takes into account birth weight, weaning weight, maternal milk and mature cow size, which contribute to the value of a weaned calf. Other common selection indexes include feedlot value ($F), beef value ($B) and grid value ($G). It is important to know what these indices mean if you plan to utilize them in your strategy. Other things to consider when purchasing a bull may include any ultrasound carcass data available, the presence or absence of genetic defects as well as if a polled, or genetically non-homed bull, is preferred in term of management issues. Dates to Remember: March 21, 9 a.m., NDSU Pesticide Training, Park River City Hall