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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES N,RCH 28, 2012 FRO.00 THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY KATRINA HODNY INTERIM EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I As most young people do these days, I was surfing the World Wide Web and decided to Google "truth." As I grow and leam, I find my- self not wanting to forget life's les- sons that we are supposedly taught for our own good when we are young like why we say please and thank you. Most days I wonder if people are taught anything in school or at home when manners and respect have gone out the win- dow, especially in customer serv- ice. There are those rare people who know that a smile and a greet- ing can go a long way to making someone feel good about other hu- mans on this planet. In my Google search, I came across a site ca-lied xacc.marcan- It's a site that pro- motes "practical tips for produc- tive living.' One blog entry caught my at- tention, 101 Simple Truihs We Of- ten Forget. Here are a few snip- pets: 1. The acquisition of knowl- edge doesn't mean you're grow- ing. Growing happens when what you know dianges how you live. 2. You can't have good ideas unless you're willing to generate a lot of bad ones. 3. Agood idea without ac- tion is worm nothing. 4. Change is often resisted when it is needed the most. 5. The most common and harmful addiction in the world is the draw of comfort. 6. Growth begins at the end of your comfort zone. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will put things into,perspective from an angle you can t grasp now. 7. If you re waiting for the perfect conditions, ideas o!" plans to get started, you'il never achieve anything. 8. Doing something and get- ting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing noth- me9.-- Putting something off makes it instantly harder and scarier. 10. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. 11. lfyou aren't happy being single, you won't be happy in a re- lationship. You have to create your own life first before you can share it with someone else. 12. Whenever you hate some- one or solnething, you are giving that person or thing a piece of your heart. Read The Road Less Trav- eled. 13. You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life. 14. A harsh tact of life: Bad things do happen to good people. 15. Regardless of the situa- tion, the sun rises the next day and life goes on. 16. You never know how strong .YU really are. until beinvg strong is the only choice you ha e. 17. Lifeis short. If therewas ever a moment to lbllow your pas- sion and do something that mat- ters to you. that moment is now. 18. Making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. 19. Blowing out another's candle will not make yours shine brih0ter. Regardless of the situa- tion, the sun rises the next day and life goes on. Like" the Walsh ('oun O, Press on Facebook and check out our blog at htq:#walsh Ct)UlIlylIF!SS. wordpl'eSS.COm Hello, Every day we set new weather records! Middle of March and in the upper seventies. And guess what? Last year, to get away from bad weather, we didn't tum our bulls out until July! So, other than my January calves out of the heifers we bought, I'm skunked. It sure beats last year. Our pens were full of snow. Tree rows were full of snow. Trying to find a place to feed was a challenge. Storms followed one another across the plains like a St. Paddy's Day pa- rade. This will go down in the record books as "the winter that never was". At least so far. Some of the worst storms in nay life have come towards the end of April. So, I guess we have a ways to go. And if it doesn't rain or snow, we'll be calving in the dust. I was thinking this moming of a book I read a few years ago, "Noth- ing Too Good For a Cowboy". It's the second book in a trilogy, so don't read it first. It's a true story about a couple of Wyoming cow- boys who, in the Depression era, decided to go into the wildemess of Hat northem British Columbia and start ranching. Wonderful story. But they endured a lot of hardships in- cluding blizzards and floods and injuries. And they were tough. Liv- ing in tents when it was forty be- low. Freezing their hands so bad their fingernails fell off. And this one old boy would get up every morning and try to start the fire, break the ice on the coffee pot, and holler, "Nothing too good for a cowboy"! A few years ago, I came across this wild Char cow having trouble calving. By the size of the feet sticking out, I think it was one left over from the year before. And if you so much as made a step to- wards this cow, she would shake her head and act like she would take you. I went and got Shirley. I explained how she should ..... And Tips she told me to go to hell! We decided, or rather Shirley decided, instead of roping her in the pasture, we would ease her a mile or so over to a corral. And we did. Until that old cow saw what our plan was. Then she just stuck her head up and headed for the brush. She would take your horse if you tried to stop her. Well, I didn't have a gun to shoot her with, so I roped her. Now, Shirley is a heck of a ranch wife. She can do most any- thing better than anyone in the country. But, I tell you what, her mother must have whipped her with a lariat. Cause when you take out a catch rope, she panics and stampedes. So, I've got this wild cow roped in the middle of this prairie dog town. The wind is blowing forty miles an hour and it looks like one of those sand stomls in Iraq. Shirley is shying away fi'om the rope and won't get close enough to heel this cow. It just hap- pens there is a power line coming across this dog town, so I chase, or rather the cow chases me over to this pole. And | snub her up. Then I take Shirley's rope and heel the cow and give Shirley her rope back to hold. The calf has it's head back and has already gone to calf heaven. And I haven't got a lot to work with. But I'm laying on my side in this prairie dog town with dirt blowing in nay eyes and my arm up the south end of a mad cow, and Fm thinking, "nothing too good for a cowboy!" Anyway, the cow lived, the calf didn't. Shirley forgave me for swearing at her, and I forgave her being born with a deathly fear of ropes. And I was thinking about what Jeff told me the other day. Said as mad as he gets at some cows, it's lucky he doesn't can T a gun! Later, Dean (samaritan ,Happenings at Our Gord Samaritan Monica Simon ADC It's very hard to believe that this will be the last week of March. We look forward to April with these special events: April 2 - 7:00 Adam's Gymnastic Team April 5 3:00 Weekly Communion Service April 12 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party April 13 7:30 Mennonite Singers April 16 3:00 Food Show and Tasting April 26 3:00 Auxiliary Program and Lunch Our March Auxiliary Program and lunch will be held on March 29 at 3:00 and will be hosted by the Victory Free Lutheran Church of Park River. Volunteers for the week included Devotional leaders: Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Bonnie VanBruggen, Rev. Davic Hinrichs and Corrine Ramsey. Sunday Services were led by Rev. Totman, Mass by Father Unger, Rosary and Communion was led by Shirley Sobolik and assisted by Colleen Samson and our Nail's time helper was Terry Hagen. We thank everyone for sharing their time and talents with us again this week. Every day at the center we have many. activities including two evenings a week these activities include, exercises, current events, music, games, Storytime, Nail's time, Daily Devotions, baking, bingo, and more. Out evening activities are bingo and movie or game night. As you can see we have a good time and offer many different types of activities. Pl'eveat. Promote. Protet. RAW Walsh County Health District Short Shots What is raw milk? Raw milk is milk from cows, goats, sheep, or other animals that has not been pasteurized. What is pasteurization? Pasteurization is the process of heating milk to a high enough temperature for a long enough time to kill illness causing bacteria contained in the milk. Routine pasteurization of milk began in the US in the 1920s and became widespread by 1950 as a means to reduce contamination and human illnesses from milk. It led to a dramatic decline in the number of people getting sick from diseases that had previously been transmitted by milk. Pasteurization is one of public health's most effective food safety interventions ever! Milk that you purchase in your grocery store has all been pasteurized. Why do some people drink raw milk? Some people believe that foods with no or minimal processing are better for their health. They also believe that small, local farms are better sources of healthy food. Even though a person may have been drinking raw milk for a long time and they never got sick, that does not mean that the next time they drink raw milk they are safe. There are different levels of disease causing bacteria that could be in raw milk and only one time of drinking them could be enough to make people seriously sick. Even with very clean milking operations and sanitary conditions there is a risk for disease causing bacteria to get into milk. How does milk get contaminated? Cow feces coming into direct contact with milk, infection of the cow's udders, cow diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, environmental contamination, insects or rodents, and bacteria that live on the skin of cows may be a few of the sources of contamination. How sick can you get from drinking raw milk? It depends on the germ and the amount of contamination as to how sick a person can get. Some symptoms include days of diarrhea, stomach cramping and vomiting. Less commonly, it can mean kidney failure, paralysis, chronic disorders, and even death. As a public health representative I would be remiss ifI did not advise you to drink pasteurized milk. Pasteurized milk is safe and nutritious. Don't risk your health or your family's health! Bringing' Congress, Electoral Just about everyone is unhappy with civic affairs in America these days. Congress and many other public institutions are held in low regard. We have turned into a na- tion of malcontents. Instead of changing the personnel, our usual solution is to attack the institutions. So everyone is out to fix the sys- tem. The National Popular Vote group is promoting a scheme to bypass the Electoral College. Americans Elect, headed by for- mer Governors Christie Whitman (R-N J) and David Boren (D-OK), hope to overthrow the two-party system by nominating a third party slate of bipartisan candidates. Gail L. Johnson of Ewing, New Jersey has an idea for us to think about as well. She just published Two Years to Democracy: The 2Y2D Plan, a strategy to make both Congress and the Electoral College more representative. The book is available at (Raised in Wahpeton, Gail is the daughter of Mildred Johnson who served on the Board of Higher Ed- ucation from 1952 to 1966.) To start out with, Gail points out that the Founding Fathers favored a Congress that interacted effec- tively with smaller electorates. The Constitution provided for one member of the House of Repre- sentatives for every 30,000 citi- zens, with increases in size left up to Congress following each decen- nial census. The system worked fine until Congress came to the 1920 census when it discovered that urban states would gain a significant number of seats and the rural states would lose. Since none of the rural incumbents wanted to lose their seats, they passed a law in 1929 fixing the mmaber of House mem- bers at 435. Freezing the size of the House meant that as the nation's population grew so did the number of constituents per Congressper- son. We now have Congressional districts with over 710,000 con- stituents, a far cry from the more representative 30.000 with which we started. These huge Congres- sional districts have created a num- ber of serious deficiencies. Gail argues that "'the only pos- sible way a representative can communicate with 710,000 peo- to spend huge sums of money on mass commtmications - television, direct mail, pollsters, consultants and so tbrth." "The only possible way to raise these huge sums every two years," she alleges, "is to take large chunks from the special interest groups." "They would not be spending the money unless they were going to make a good return on their in- vestment," she states. "These guys are not patriots supporting a polit- ical philosophy." To bring Congresspersons back into contact with smaller con- stituencies and to reduce the influ- ence of interest groups, Gail proposes increasing the size of Congress so that each member would represent around 100,000 constituents. That would give us a Congress of nearly 3,000 mem- bers. A huge body by any standard. (North Dakota would have seven Congresspersons.) Admitting that this would in- crease the cost substantially, even after savings in staffand other ex- penses, she feels the principle is an improved democracy and you can't put a price tag on democracy. But there is more to her case than just restoring a closer rela- tionship between Congress and the people. Because states get one presidential electoral vote for each member of Congress, the increase would enlarge the Electoral Col- lege by around 2500 electors and, since Congress is apportioned on the basis of population, bring the election of the president closer to the l-person, l-vote principle. Normally, we can only handle incremental change in our govern- mental system so Gail's idea is in- deed a challenging step. She makes us think outside of the box. It is another option for those who want to fix the system. X loll With the warm spring weather here it's time to start cleaning up and clearing out our homes and garages. Let's start in the kitchen with the pantry and refrigerator. Look through your food staples and examine the dates and keep the following information in mind when purchasing new items. What Does That Date Mean? We've all seen them and tried to decode them - the date stamped on so many processed foods. Does it mean the grocer should sell the item by that date? If so, how long can I keep it? Does the food suddenly go bad if kept past that date? A "Sell-By" date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. It guides the rotation of shelf stock and allows time for the product to be stored and used at home. The date is quality driven, not a food safety concern. You should purchase these products by the "Sell By" date. Foods with "Sell-By" dates include milk, eggs, yogurt and vacuum packed meats. How long is a food good past the "Sell-By" date? It depends on the type of food. The items that cause the most concern among shoppers include dairy products, eggs, meat and poultry. For milk, for example, make sure you pur- chase the milk before this date. Take it straight home and refrig- erate immediately at 40 degrees or lower. Don't leave it in the trunk of your car while you squeeze in a few more errands on the way home, and don't let it linger on the counter or table during a meal. Under optimum conditions, milk should remain fresh up to 5 to 7 days beyond the "sell-by" date. A "Best if Used By (or Before)" date is a recommendation for best flavor or quality. It is not a pur- chase or safety date. You'll find "Best if Used By', dates on peanut butter, canned milk, powdered milk and some canned foods. A "Use-By" date is the last date reconunended for use of the prod- uct while at peak quality. Other names also used include "Better if used by" and "Better before". A "Use By" date is often placed on non-per- ishable or shelf stable foods like cereal. While product may decline in flavor and quality, food should be safe after that date. This date is determined by the manufacturer based on analysis of the product throughout its shelf life. For most foods, an expiration date means the last date on which the product should be eaten or used. Eggs are the exception. If you buy federally graded eggs be- fore the expiration date, you should be able to use them safe- ly/'or the next 3 to 5 weeks. "Closed or coded dates" are packing numbers for use by the manufacturer. Examp!es include canned juices, vegetables and fruits, dried beans and rice. In general, high-acid canned tbods such as tomatoes, fruit juice and pineapple can be stored on the shelf tbr 12 to 18 months. Low- acid foods such as calmed meats, poultry, fish and most canned vegetables will keep for 2 to 5 years, as long as the can is in good condition and has been stored in a cool, clean, dry place. Never use Ibod from leaking, bulging, rusting or badly dented cans. To answer the "Is this stuff still good'?" question with confi- dence, practice these four rules at your house: 1) Purchase fresh-dated prod- ucts before the "sell-by" date. 2) Refrigerate perishable prod- ucts promptly and use or freeze meat and poultry products be- fore the "use-by" date. 3) Remember that product dat- ing is a guide for quality, rather than safety. 4) These rules do not apply to infant formula and baby food which should not be used after the "use-by" date. If foods are mishandled how- ever, fo0dborne bactena can grow and cause foodbome illness befbre or after the date on the package. For example, if hot dogs are tak- en to a picnic and left out sever- al hours, they might not be safe if used thereafter, even if the date hasn't expired. All those dates are a useful tool for ensuring the food you and your family is eating is tasty and sale. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Early Garden Chores We are all getting a little restless to get into our gardens. There are a fbw things to keep in mind. As much as you want to get your garden tilled and have bragging rights for the first planted vegetables let's keep a few things in mind. Make sure the gar- den is properly dry and working well before tilling. You should not be throwing up any wet clumps. These wet clumps turn into hard rocks and make it almost impossible to have a good seedbed for planting, farm- ers it works the same way in your fields. It you are going to apply com- mercial dry fertilizers you should consult your soil test and get your- selfa spreader and spread it prior to cultivation. The tiller will work it in nicely. No weed and feed! Some of our vegetables can be sensitive to that. Remember before applying any soil applied herbicides that you read the labels several times and know how to apply it and where to apply it. I can't tell you how many wrecked gardens that I have seen from the off labeled application of soil applied herbicides. Gardeners beware! Sharpen your hoes, rakes and shovels. Work on your tiller and make sure it is in good working or- der. Dig out the map you made of your garden last year and figure out where everything is going to go. Ro- tate your garden and get ahead oftbe diseases and insects. Planting your tomatoes in the same spot for 10 years is a plan; it is not a very good plan. Actually do some research on the varieties of the vegetables that you would like to plant. Just buying seeds off the rack at the hardware store with no thought can lead to un- happy experiences. Watch your maturity dates and know our grow- ing season. The earlier the variety the less time you have to wait and fight the pests. The longer varieties tend to produce more, but only il: they get ripe betbre the frost. I like to grow a combination of both in my garden. Try new things and challenge yourself. I always have a vegetable of the year and I have grown just about everything that can remotely be considered reasonable in this cli- mate. I have learned how to grow and prepare new things and found many wonderful tastes and combi- nations for food. Live a little and plant more than tomatoes and peas. Teach a child to garden and she/he will eat tbr a lifetime! Remember to keep nay nulnber handy and if you have questions mad need some help call lne at 284-6624 or Most likely I have run into the same problem. Let's get out and grow our own food. Dates to Remember: 4-11 - Final Private Pesticide Applicator recertification and certification meeting; Extension Office Park River 9 a.m. to 12:30 pm for recertification and 9 to 4 for initial