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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MARCH 26, 2014 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK.., BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS There is a line in my son's fa- vorite movie that resonates with me and our life in North Dakota every time. The town attorney in Radiator Springs, Sally, is arguing the case that Lightning McQueen should have to stay in their town and repair the damage he has caused because: "We are a town worth fixing." How about that? It is an animated movie about cars that can talk and yet, it gets me every single time. "We are a town worth fixing." How many times have you looked at your own hometown and felt that much pride? You can see the people in each town who have that much passion, because you know them and you know their names. They arc the ones who vohinteer lbr every board, committee, organization, etc., be- cause they care. Not everything in tiffs life is someone else's problem. And not everything in tiffs life will fix itself. One of the biggest challenges we face as a community is the problem of population loss. It's not a Park River problem, it is not a Walsh County problem, it is a regional problem. The Red River Regional Coun- cil recently posted these statistics on their Facebook page: • Population has declined be- tween 14-16% in each of our four counties (less the City of Grand Forks) since 2010. • The City of Grand Forks has grown 7% since 2000. As a part of the RRRC's recent discussion on the region's eco- nomic condition, there are a lot of statistics that I wouldn't exactly call a revelation. If you were to take any graduat- ing class from the past ten}cears and map out the ratio of those who left compared to those who stayed or re- turned and it wouldn't be pretty. Walsh County's leading em- ployment sectors are in (from most to least) government, agriculture, health and social services, retail and manufacturing. As the oil fields have taught us, money drives population. If you pay Hello, I know by the time you get this, my favorite holiday will have come and gone, but it kind of snuck up on me this year. A Happy St. Patricks' Day to ya! Ah, tis a wonderful day to be Irish, or married to an Irishwoman. Corned beef brisket and cabbage. A touch of Jameson or a pint of Gui- ness. Life is wonderful in the spring- time. And that reminds me of an Irish tale. Seems this Englishman, Ger- man, and Irishman were working in the oil fields in Saudi Arabia and got to drinking one night. As they be- came inebriated they forgot that drinking is illegal in Saudi Arabia and went out on the town. They were quickly gathered up and threw in lockup until their hearing. At the hearing the judge sen- tenced each of them to thirty lash- es. Tough sentence. Then the judge Hat explained that since they were for- eigners they could request to have something placed on their back be- fore the whipping commenced. The Englishman went first. He gave it a lot of thought and requested linseed oil. He took his punishment, screaming and whimpering, and was carried to the plane on a stretch- er. The German went next. When asked what he wanted on his back, he told them nothing. He sneered at his captors as they whipped him thir- ty times. He spat at them as they un- lashed him. He grinned and swore at the guards as they led him away Tips from the whipping post. The guards turned to the Irishman and asked what he would like on his back. He quickly replied, "the Ger- man!" Paddy had been at the pub too long again. And the missus was get- ting a little tired of it. So Shirley (I don't know where I came up with that name) decided that she would scare the living daylights out of Pad- dy that night. So she rented a dev- il's costume and hid in a cemetery along the path home. Paddy left O'Flynn's and stag- gered down the cobbled path to- wards home. As he passed the .%anlal'itan Sbcict'v Fi .:7. I,. 77 Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Busy week last week. 1 would like to thank everyone who came out and took part in our book sale. It was a big success. Thank you to Cor- nelia Wylie and Barb Ellefson for all your hard work. The week of Mar. 23rd- 29th Mar. 23rd Pastor Totman 2:30, 3:30 Bible Trivia Mar. 24th Embroidery Grp at 10:30, Baking Cookies, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo" Mar. 25thMen's Time, Baking Buns, 3:30 Bible Study Mar. 26th 3pm Bingo Mar. 27th 3pm Auxiliary w/Victory Lutheran Church, 6:45 Movie Night Mar. 28th 10:30 Nail Time, Mar. 29th 9:30 Mass, lpm Crafts, 2:30 Bingo Thank You to all our Volunteers who help out every week, Pastor Tot- man, Linda Larson, Shirley Soblik, Lois Ydstie, Arnold Braaten, Lorene Larson, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fagerholt, Victory Free Lutheran Church, Terry Hagen, Fr. Luiten and Thank You to Our Saviors Lutheran for bringing Bulletins for us to fallow along with the radio. t00lBlte I-I00Ja Prevent. Promote. Protect. Mecr00 Walsh County Health District Short Shots l'll " 1 [l'/ 1 Ii [ ............ Mental Illness is just that-an ill- ness. When we are sick with can- cer or pneumonia or a broken bone we hear from family and friends, and they are concerned for us either through visits, cards, flowers or other gifts. When we are hospital- ized with a mental illness we don't get the same message of concern. The stigma still exists despite the fact that 25% of the US adult pop- ulation has a mental illness, and at least 50% of US adults will devel- op at least one mental illness in their lifetime. (Taken form the Feb 2014 Village EAP Newsletter) Here are some signs that you or a loved one may want to speak to a mental health professional: Adults • Confused thinking • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability) • Feelings of extreme highs or lows • Excessive fears, worries, or anx- ieties • Social withdrawal • Substance Abuse Children and Pre-adolescents and Younger Children • Substance abuse • Inability to cope with daily ac- tivities • Changes in sleeping or eating • Excessive complaints of phys- ical ailments • Defiance of authority, truancy, theft, and or vandalism •lntense tear of weight gain i Prolonged negative mood, of- ten accompanied by poor appetite and thoughts of death • Frequent outbursts of anger Younger Children • Changes in school performance • Poor grades despite strong ef- forts • Excessive worry or anxiety (refusing to go to bed or school) • Hyperactivity • Persistent nightmares • Persistent disobedience or ag- gression • Frequent temper tantrums After 74 years of hoping, the descendants of the 2,486 Finlan- ders who had settled in North Dakota by 1910 finally had cause for celebration with the 2014 Win- ter Olympics. There may not have been any local chapters of the Knights of Kaleva to rally the troops on Fin- land's St. Urho's Day March 16 but the joy in the homes of North Dakota Finlanders could not be re- strained. Since most Finns are Lutherans, they are not given to boisterous celebrations in public. Conse- quently, their celebration was con- ducted in silence. Though few in number, Finlan- ders settled at multiple locations in North Dakota. Counties recording their presence include Burleigh, Dickey, Emmons, Logan, Moun- trail, Rolette and Towner. In the 100 years since settlement, they no doubt fanned out to other North Dakota counties and communities. For the Finns, February 19 was comeuppance day in the Olympics for the Russians when the Finn hockey team outlasted their histor- ical nemesis with a score of3-to-1. Because the loss eliminated Russia from the Olympics, the victory was even sweeter than the 5-to-0 loss handed the Russians in 1994. The Sochi defeat, with Premier Vladimir Putin expectant in the stands, was .an insult for the host team because it followed a defeat by arch enemy United States in a dramatic shootout in which T. J. Oshie, a former star at the Univer- sity of North Dakota, whistled four shots through the Russian goalie. Perhaps the U. S. State Depart- ment ought to settle the Crimea dispute by proposing that Oshie do a round of shootouts with a goalie of their choice. Even though the U.S. losses to the Canadians by our hockey teams cast a pall over American celebrations, I reveled with Fin- land. From my point of view, it was the greatest event of the Sochi them, they will come. But then again, as the oil fields have taught us, there is something to be said about quality of life versus quanti- ty of people. According to a February Asso- ciated Press report, a 700-square- foot, one bedroom apartment in Williston, N.D., can run you close to $2,400 per month. "The same apartment would cost $1,504 in the New York area, $1,411 in the Los Angeles area or $1,537 in the Boston area, the Williston Herald re- ported." The roads are falling apart and crime is up, but by gum, they have people... I don't envy the oil fields. I don't have the answers. What I do know is we are a re- gion worth fixing. Like'" the Walsh County Press on Faeebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, wordpress.com cemetery he heard an awful scream and the devil jumped up in front of him. "Padrick Sean Murphy, for drink- ing and sinning I've come to take you to hell with me!" Paddy squinted his eyes and replied, "Well, who might you be laddy?" Shirley replied in a deep voice, "I'm the devil". Paddy suck out his hand, stag- gered a littJe, and replied, "Pleased to meet ya laddy! I'm married to your sister" An Irish Blessing... "May those who love us love us; And for those who don't love us, May God turn their hearts. And if He can't turn their hearts, May He rum their ankles; : So we'll know them by their limping. Later, Dean :iiii!7!iTiii:!i!iiTiiiii!!:)iT!iii!iTiiiiTii! Olympics. I have been for Finland since 1939. Though only nine years old, I remember listening intently to the battle reports from the Finland- Russian border where the "Winter War" was being waged against Finland by an overpowering Russ- ian military. It didn't seem like a fair fight to me. It all started in 1809 when Swe- den gave ne territory that became Finland toRussia. The Finns were unhappy being "Russified". At the oppomme time, they declared their independence in 1917 while the Russians were busily occupied by the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1939, the Russians figured Hitler was up to no-good and de- manded eastern Finland as a bar- tier to hold offthe Germans. When Finland stood its ground, Russia attacked. The Russians were shocked when Finland put up a brilliant defense and imposed heavy casualties on the invaders. However, the Finns had only one-third the troops and no air cover so a loss was inevitable. Both sides fought to exhaustion. In the peace settlement, the Russians confiscated the coveted territory. (Premier Putin's foreign policy these days is marked by the im- pulse to grab territory. Apparently, it is a genetic disease for which there may never be a cure.) With this bitter experience on the eve of World War II, the Finns were hard-pressed to cozy up to the Russians against the Germans. So they declared neutrality, although they found it difficult not to favor Germany. It boiled down to that old adage "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" so any enemy of Russia was a friend to Finland. Well, now that we have re- viewed Finnish-Russian history, perhaps the disappointed American hockey fans can find a glimmer of brightness in the Winter Olympics of 2014. After all of these years, a little bit of justice has been done. • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits • Strong feelings of anger • Delusions or hallucinations • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities • Suicidal thoughts • Denial of obvious problems Get Help • Call your family medical provider • Call your clergy member • Seek Counseling either private or at the N E Human Service Cen- ter (701-795-3000) Perhaps the LI. S. State Department ought to settle the Crimea dispute by proposing that Oshie do a round of shootouts- with a goalie of their choice." Extension Exchange Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right The winter can drag us down with doldrums and routines. Even our dietary habits can become stagnant. Let March, National Nu- trition Month, be a springboard to- ward healthier eating. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a few tips on how to enjoy the taste of eating right. Explore new foods and flavors. Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. When shopping, select a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that's new to your family. Try different versions of familiar foods such as blue potatoes, red leaf let- tuce or basmati rice. For great recipes check out www.ndsu.edu/boomers.com, When selecting or trying new foods get the most nutrition out of your calories. Choose the most nu- tritionally rich foods - those that are packed with vitamins, miner- als, fiber and other nutrients but are lower in calories - from each food group each day. Use added salt, sugars and fats sparingly. Unfortunately, people often think "nutritious" and "flavorful" food are two very different things. According to the National Acad- emy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we can give our plate a "taste lift with- out forfeiting nutrition." Flavor is the major reason that people choose the foods that they do. We have 10,000 taste buds, so let's use them this spring as we ex- plore new flavors and cooking techniques. Joy Dubost, a regis- tered dietitian and sp0kesperson for the academy, offered these tips to enhance flavor while maintain- ing nutrition. Add flavor by cooking familiar foods in a new way. Cooking at home can be healthy, rewarding and cost-effective. Making cook- ing fun and easy by learning some ,cooking and kitchen basics. Inten- sify the.dvOrs ;o:f rmea;: :poultry and fish with high-heat cooking techniques such as pan-searing, grilling or broiling. Try grilling or roasting veggies in a very hot (450 F) oven or grill for a sweet, smoky flavor. Brush or spray them lightly with oil so they don't dry out. Sprinkle with herbs. Caramelize sliced onions to bring out their naturally sweet fla- vor by cooking them slowly over low heat in a small amount of oil. Use them to make a rich, dark sauce for meat or poultry. Simmer juices to make reduc- tion sauces. Concentrate the fla- vors of meat, poultry and fish stocks. Reduce the juices by heat- ing them, but don't boil. Then use them as a flavorful glaze or gravy. And don't forget to add pep to your menu with different bold and nutritious foods, herbs and spices. Make your menus pop with pep- pers. Use red, green and yellow peppers of all varieties, including sweet, hot and dried. Or you can add a dash of hot pepper sauce. For fuller flavors, incorporate more whole grains, such as brown rice or quinoa, or experiment with amaranth and wild rice, items you can find in area grocery stores if you're on the lookout for some- thing new. Add small amounts of ingredi- ents with bold flavors such as pomegranate seeds, chipotle pep- per or cilantro. Add a tangy taste with citrus juice or grated citrus peel such as lemon, lime or orange. Acidic in- gredients help life and balance the flavor. Enhance sauces, soups and sal- ads with a splash of flavored bal- samic or rice vinegar. Give a flavor burst with good- quality condiments such as horse- radish, flavored mustard, chutney or salsa. " Sb"urc&" Julie Garden:Robinson, Ph.D., "R.D.I L.R. 15!: Food and Nutn'aon Specialist: ",,t1 2L:t, llr. I){11 '  £ .'l,itlJ'   Extension on Ag around the state NDSU Researcher F'00hts Rust Disease A driving force behind Maricelis Acevedo's research is to make a dif- ference. The assistant professor in the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Pathology cer- tainly is doing that. Acevedo spe- cializes in leading research dealing with rust disease in wheat, a fungal infection that can have devastating results on plants. In some parts of the world, the crop-killing fungus is called the "polio of agriculture." 'Tm very passionate about work- ing with rust pathogens, ultimately with a goal of increasing food se- curity in the U.S. and around the globe," Acevedo says. "I find them very interesting because they are highly diverse, and new virulent races are constantly emerging. That keeps us on our toes and always try- ing to stay ahead of the pathogen. I love the challenge of working on that type of research project." Her research emphasizes genet- ics to build resistance to leaf and stem rust in wheat. The work is es- pecially important for North Dako- ta because the State Wheat Com- mission reports about 19,200 farms grow wheat. The state typically ranks second only to Kansas in to- tal wheat production each year. "Working in North Dakota is the perfect place because of wheat's im- portance as a commodity, a way of living and its history in the state," says Acevedo, who joined NDSU's faculty in 2010. "It's exciting to be working in an area where agricul- ture really is appreciated and our re- search is valued." Acevedo is becoming an au- thority in her field of study. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Early Career Award. In May 2013, she was an invited speaker at the Internal Symposium on Genetics and Breeding Durum Wheat in Rome, and she also pre- sented at the "lst Workshop of Surveillance of Race Ug99 in South America and Breeding for Resist- ance" in Passo Fundo, Brazil. She recently was one of 16 scientists in- vited to the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation in Seattle to brainstorm about future needs in wheat re- search. A native of Puerto Rico, Aceve- do earned her bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in agronomy at the University of Puer- to Rico-Mayaguez. She earned her doctorate in biological sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining NDSU, Acevedo received postdoctoral training at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service Small Grains and Potato Research Unit in Aberdeen, Idaho. "I like the idea of working with a purpose, to make a difference in people's lives," Acevedo says. "I want to apply the research in the field and facilitate getting it to mar- ket as prudently as possible. I'd like to provide better information and more understanding of how rust pathogens interact with the plant, so researchers can develop better ways to manage the disease, like new technologies and new chemicals." Another aspect of her work is serving as a mentor and role mod- el for students. She works in a field where the majority of re- searchers historically have been men, but that is starting to shift. Half of the graduate six students she works with are women from dif- ferent cultural and ethnic back- grounds. Acevedo received a 2013 Leap Research Award from NDSU's FORWARD program, which works for the advancement of women. "I think I bring to the table oth- er points of view and push re- search boundaries," Acevedo says. "My lab provides evidence how di- versity can provide changes in how we approach science. We try to keep an open mind and a 'think-out- side-of-the-box' approach on re- search." Editor's Note The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will re- turn as soon as possible.