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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MARCH 23, 2011 FROA4 TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH OUIdTY PRESS "'Officially spring" in North Dakota means don't hold your breath. Just buy some lined galoshes because we now have blizzard warnings on top of flood warnings. And who knows what is coming around the comer. While there can be no comparison to other natural disasters occurring around the world right now. feel free to complain because it is March and every other day a weatherman starts to ramble about 20 inches of snow on the way. We shouldn't kill the messenger. It must be a tough job being a North Dakota meteorologist having to dole out the bad news on a constant basis, but my need for some good weather is becoming to sound a bit like desperation. Now, in some areas of the world, talking about the weather may fall under the category of small talk. Here, it is news. I've seen "An Inconvenieni Truth" and although a documentary about global warming is all well and good, it takes a little more convincing when you discuss the topic with someone who experiences this many months of winter. The problem is that it isn't really global "warming." It is, or at least should be, global "climate change." Think less "Inconvenient Truth" and more "The Day After Tomorrow," because a) the Hello. First full day of spring as I write this. And winter storm warnings for tonight and tomor- row. High winds, freezing rain turning to snow. and falling tem- peratures. That is darn sure proof that calving season is here! I've been checking heifers the past week. I usually don't start until we lose the first calf, but this year I decided to operate like a real ranch. Seven nights of checking heifers and not one calf. I think they are waiting for me to get a good nights sleep. Maybe tonight. 1 have to tell you about that blizzard last week. I guess I should have written about it a week ago, but with St. Patrick's Day and all, just couldn't do it. Those of us in the Southwest part of the state missed the storm. Shirley did not. Normally, she leaves Bismarck early Friday af- ternoon and heads home. It just happens that I was invited to a pinochle game at a local estab- lishment that afternoon. What Could I do? What should I do? You are right. I played pinochle. As I was on the way to the game. Shirley called to check on the weather. I assured her the weather was fine. Windy, but that is pretty much an everyday oc- currence. No snow moving. She should try to get home to spend time with her grandchildren, go through the mail, wash clothes, clean the house, do dishes, pick up around the yard, and get a lit- tle rest. Well, not really, but it was a thought. But I did assure her the roads were good, and she would be fine. One half hour later she called. She was stuck in a white out east of New Salem. 1-94 had shut down. I assured her that I was al- right and playing pinochle at Maverick's. That really im- pressed her. An hour later, I called to check on her. A highway patrolman had knocked on her window, inquired about her condition, made sure the car had enough gas to run several hours, and assured her that she wouldn't get run into be- cause all traffic was at a stand still. She was pretty nervous. I figured she was worried about me and the heifers. I assured her that fictional action adventure type movie is not only easier to understand, but also b) more entertaining to watch. Although in 2008, Yahoo! Movies listed "The Day After Tomorrow" as one of Top 10 Scientifically Inaccurate Movies, because it explained away global warming events in a matter of hours rather than over a number of decades, the audience can get the point. Global warming climate change shifts weather patterns, which would make it colder rather than warmer because of melting ice caps, colder currents, and thrilling natural disasters. Also. scientists make studly heroes. A series of climate disaster films came out around the same time and if it was political agenda or a way to make "going green" catch on, it was a time that made it trendy to help the environment. I doubt a handful of plastic shopping bags are going to do us in, but I suppose the idea is that every little bit helps because somewhere down the road a studly scientist might say "uh- oh." Climate change, whether you believe it exists or not, is the idea that times they are a changin'. It is not like it hasn't happened before with Ice Ages and Lake Agassiz, but that doesn't mean it is going to happen tomorrow either. We as North Dakotans simply have to deal with it. Another day, another weather forecast. We could be wearing flip-flops one day and parkas the next. The only thing that is certain is that the weather is going to be completely unpredictable. As for me, I am going to leave my winter survival gear in my car.., so-called "spring" or not. I don't trust March or April for that matter. The "spring" of 1997 taught me all about that one. Calendars are liars. I'm waiting for sumrrier "Like" the Wa&h Countv Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http.'/hvalshcount~press, wo~dpless.com I was still playing pinochle and was fine. About five o'clock, after she had been stranded on the road for four hours, I called to check. I in- formed her that I had taken a drive. Still windy. No snow mov- ing. Heifers were fine. Visibility about five miles. And I was going back to the pinocltle game. Sit tight. As evening approached, and the pinochle game was winding down, I called her again. I am quite a guy. She informed me that the highway patrolman had came by and knocked on her window again. They were going to call out the National Guard if the wind died down enough to be on the road. There were about 800 to a thousand cars stuck on the In- terstate. night before. I even explained how it smelled when it came from the oven. I even told her there was some leftover in the fridge and ifI drank another Gui- ness, I would be too full to eat tonight. She could have the left- overs when she got home. I am quite a guy! She didn't seem im- pressed. I just don't understand wives. About nine o'clock I went to bed and assured her that the heifers were fine and I would call her in the morning. I assured her that the car could idle a couple days without any problem. Just get out once in awhile and kick the snow away from the exhaust pipe and leave a window slightly open. She replied... Well, I won't say how she replied. After nine hours in the car, the highway patrol got the caravan into New Salem. The highways got opened up the next afternoon and she made it home safe and sound. But I will tell you one thing. Another hour went by and I -' The next time she is stuck in a called to make sure she was fine. blizzard, if I am playing She was, but she was getting a lit- pinochle, I am going to lie. I've tle hungry. Well, what could 1 do? been sleeping with the heifers on I told her about all the things I weekends. had put in a tuna casserole the Later, Dean Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent JulieZikmund, MPH, RD, LRD eat CO or During National Nutrition Month the American Dietetic As- sociation encourages everyone to "Eat Right with Color." One of the ways to incorporate color into your healthful eating plan is to in- elude the colors of MyPyramid. Developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, MyPyramid is part of an overall food guidance system that empha- sizes the need for an individual ap- proach to improving diet and lifestyle. Each color of the MyPyramid symbol represents the recom- mended proportion of foods from each food group and focuses on the importance of making smart food choices in every food group, every day. MyPyramid is a great tool for consumers to use to help them incorporate recommenda- tions from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans into their daily eat- ing plans. Let's look at orange, green and red this week... Grains (Orange) It's important to make at least half of your daily grains whole grains. Even better, try to get at least three 1-ounce servings of whole grains every day. Easy ways to do this include: Use whole-grain or oat bread for sandwiches. Opt for oat or whole-wheat cereal for breakfast. Substitute brown rice for white rice in favorite recipes. Add whole barley to soups and stews or bulgur wheat to sal- ads and casseroles. When looking for whole-grain choices, make sure the label says "100 percent whole grain" and the ingredient label says "whole" be- fore the grain listed. Vegetables (Green) Vegetables are agreatso ce of vitamins and 'other nutrienfs, which is why it is recommended adults get at least 2 1 cups of veg- etables each day. Try crunchy vegetables in- stead of chips with your favorite" dip or low-fat salad dressing. Top a baked potato with beans and salsa or broccoli and low-fat or fat-free cheese. Make your main dish a salad of dark, leafy greens and other col- orful vegetables. Add chickpeas or edamame (fresh soybeans). Top with a low-fat dressing. Stuff an omelet with vegeta- bles. Try any combination of chopped tomatoes, onions, green pepper, spinach or mushrooms plus some low-fat or fat-free cheese. No matter what form they come in, any vegetable or 100-per- cent vegetable juice counts as a member of the vegetable group, including fresh, frozen, canned, raw or cooked. Fruits (Red) Fruit not only makes for a great snack, but it can also satisfy a sweet-tooth craving. And because of its versatility, getting the rec- ommended 2 cups every day can be easy. Start your day by adding sliced fruit to your cereal or on top of whole-grain waffles or pan- cakes. Add fruit to salads. This boosts nutrition and adds texture and taste. Add orange slices or strawberries to spinach salads or toss grapes into a mixed green salad. For dessert, add sliced ba- nanas, berries or peaches to non- fat yogurt or as a topper on angel food cake. Dried fruit makes a handy snack and can be equally as nutri- tious as fresh. However, be mind- ful of serving sizes. Juices can count toward your recommended daily amount of fruits, but check the package labels to be sure it says 100-percent fruit juice to make sure you aren't drinking additives like sugar and fla orin s. , t More on MyPyramid next week... All my best to you and your family, Julie Adapted .lkom the America,," Dietetic" Association antan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC St. Patrick's Day was a great day here at the center. We celebrated with a Shamrock Hunt and also our used book sale and dessert lunch. I would like to thank everyone who brought desserts brought or bought books and who helped in any way we appreciated it. Many activities occurred this past week, the Mennonite Singers were here Friday evening, and Matt Hodek entertained on Friday afternoon. March 24 will be our Auxiliary program and Lunch which will start at 3:00 hosted by Victory Free Lutheran Church. Regular activities held were bingo, nail's time, devotions, baking, Bible Study, hymn sing, piano music, word games, trivia, hymn sing, movie and popcorn, and men's time. Devotional leaders for the week were Rev. David Hinrichs, Susan Faggerholt. Jan Novak, Lois Ydsttie and Monica Simon. Accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Sunday Worhsip services were led bu Rev. Mark Antal and Mass was led by Father Luitein. Shirley Sobolik led Rosary and Communion. We would like to thank everyone who gave of their time and talents again this week. AND ME Walsh County Health District Short Shots Baby & Me is a voluntary Tobacco Free Program for pregnant women. Ladies, if $'ou are pregnant and use tobacco, this program can help you quit and stay quit after your pregnancy. Program Requirements Apply to Walsh County Health District at 701-352-5139 Attend at least 4 Baby and Me Tobacco Free sessions with Sharon Laxdal, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator before you deliver your baby. Quit tobacco use while you are pregnant and stay quit after your baby is born. Agree to take a monthly breath test/saliva test to prove you are tobacco free. After the baby is born, stay tobacco free and receive a monthly voucher for FREE DIAPERS up to one year after the birth of your baby, What a beautiffd gift to give your baby! Call today Higher Ed Board forced to fight Passage of the legislation to require the University of North Dakota to keep the "Fighting Sioux" logo has put the Board of Higher Education in a historic quandary. It must now capitulate to the political branches of government, i.e. the legislative and executive, or fight for its constitutional role in state government. Even though the debate in Legislature wandered into the merits and demerits of the logo itself, the issue before the Legislature always has been clear and simple unconstitutional invasion into the jurisdiction of the Board. Despite the hours of rhetoric, the logo matter is peripheral to this more fundamental issue. Article VIII of the constitution is clear on the authority of the Board: "The said state board of higher education shall have full authority over the institutions under its control .... the state board shall have the power to delegate to its employees details of administration .... the board shall have full authority to organize and reorganize the work of each institution .... and do each and everything necessary and proper for. the efficient and economic administration of said state educational institutions." The language leaves little doubt that the "Fighting Sioux" bill is unconstitutional. Certainly members of the Legislature are sufficiently literate to read and understand these direct constitutional mandates. Even so, they proceeded to pass the bill and the governor made himself a party to the illegitimate process by signing it. Passage of the logo bill has consequences that could extend far into the future. If the political branches can commandeer the Board's power unchallenged on this issue, the Board will be relegated to the role of an ordinary statutory board in future legislative sessions. By acquiescing on the issue, the Board will be establishing a precedent for future power grabs. In this session, the focus may have been on a logo, but in future sessions it will be the content of university courses, the staffing patterns, the degree programs, the duties prescribed for employees, and on and on. And we will be back to abuses that forced the separation of the Board-from the political branches in the first place. Since the political branches have ridden roughshod over the Board in HB 1263, then the board must respond with equal vigor. To protect its integrity, it must fight back and continue its transition to a new logo as though the logo bill never passed. If the Legislature and/or the governor want to press the issue, let them go to court and ask for a mandatory injunction against the Board for refusing to comply with an unconstitutional law. The administrators, supporters and friends of every institution of higher education ought to be concerned. Every session of the Legislature entertains a flurry of measures meddling in higher education. At least a dozen have appe/tred in this session alone. To curb such bills in future sessions, it is critical that the Board's constitutional authority be confirmed. Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 wmeasure All around the state of North Dakota farmers are attempting to dissect and understand the Spill Prevention Control and Counter- measure Plan requirements which must be implemented by Novem- ber 10 of this year. NDSU Exten- sion Service Ag Engineer Ken Hellevang offers some advice to help understand what is required of farmers through this program. First of all. Hellevang notes that a large number of farms should al- ready have a plan in place, since any farm that was in operation on or before Aug. 16, 2002, is ex- pected to have such a plan. Those farms have until Nov. 10 of this year to update their existing plan. For farms and ranches that started operations after Aug. 16, 2002, they have until Nov. 10, 2011 to write and implement their SPCC plan. "This really isn't anything new, it came from the Clean Water Act of 1972." Hellevang states. "Out of that act, in 1974 came the SPCC. The goal really is to keep petro- leum products from getting into and contaminating the waters of the United States." When deter- mining if this law applies to an agricultural operation. Hellevang said it's very important to go to the legislative code in making that de- cision. "It says that ifI have a rea- sonable expectation of discharge into navigable waters in quantities that may be harmful," then a plan needs to be in place, he said. "And that leaves it open a little bit for in- terpretation." You need to decide what is the potential of having a discharge that will reach the water and can affect the quality of the water?" In giving guidelines to help make that decision, Hellevang listed the items on a check sheet an EPA inspector will use when they come out to investigate. Those points include: What is the affected waterway? How far away is it? And, what is the expected path for the oil discharge to reach that wa- terway? The other factors deciding whether an SPCC plan is required are pretty straightforward. First, a unit is considered a farm if the fa- cility on a tract of land devoted to production of crops or raising ani- mals produced and sold $1,000 or more of agricultural products dur- ing a year. A farm also Includes having oil or oil products trans- ferred, used or consumed, and has more than 1,320 U.S. gallons stored in above ground containers or more than 42,000 U.S. gallons stored in completely buried con- tainers. The amount of storage on the farm will determine what tier level your farm falls under, and regulations vary significantly be- tween the three tier levels. Addi- tional information and a break- down of the differences between Tiers 1, 2, and 3 can" be found On: line at ww.ag.ndsu.edu/wa- terquality. This article was adapted form a similar one written by Dale Hildebrandt of Lee Agri-Media Dates to Remember: April 13, 9 a.m., Pesticide Certification Training; Walsh County Extension Office, Park River