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Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS egg hunt, a family Easter celebration and this is just the bits I tracked. Then of course we as modem day morns are supposed to decrease screen time, increase hands on ac- tivities, read for 20 minutes every night, teach manners, review the three R's, and raise a better gener- --ati0fi fr Jm the one before (even though no generation has come up I have a calendar on the wall in 2017), commissioned by Bright with a plan on how to do that yet). my house that I use to fill in all of the Horizons Family Solutions shows Sunday night after too much important dates and happenings that the concept popularly known as food and board games and more each month. There are school events, "Mental Load" is real and measur- food I didn't need, I went to bed. there are work events, church events, able with 86 percent of working Monday morning, my husband was deadlines, and pancake breakfasts moms say they handle all family and teasing me because I fell asleep galore. I started this habit around the household responsibilities and 72 "so early." time my oldest started school. The percent feel it's their job to stay on We let the kids stay up a little lat- idea was that ifmy brain was on dis- top of kids' schedules, er than usual as they came down play for all the world to see as they week we safely navigated from their jellybean induced sugar walked to the refrigerator, maybe through school bus schedules, the highs. Once they finished watching managing two working parents, School Channel Chat in Park Riv- "Captain Underpants" it was back three children, one dog, and one cat er, a vet appointment, a meeting with to the normal bedtime routine. I (with many apologies to all of the our financial advisor in Caafton, An- made sure everyone was in bed and fish and plants who didn't make it) nie's Project in Cavalier, tae kwon I think I crashed around 9:30 p.m. would be OK. do, a Park River Economic Devel- If you ask me, that was pretty rea- I've come across a few online ar- opment Corporation Meeting, an el- sonable. And all this with a one year ticles with studies on this one that fall ementary school Easter program in old who now knows how to use door into the category of: Duh. They say Hoople, CCD in Crystal, work, a knobs. If you haven't had a chance that moms are more tired and growers meeting in Mountain, more to experience that one, it come with stressed than dads. They even gave work, classes at The Spin, a school the same level of anxiety as the scene it a name they say that morns carry storm make up day, a day off from in "Jurassic Park" when the velo- more of the "mental load." school, a shopping trip to Grand ceraptors figure out how to open The fourth annual report in the Forks where I happened to have mis- doors. Modem Family Index series (Dec. placed my grocery list, church, an I once came across a saying that Hello, I'm not going to write about the horrible calving weather last week And I won't mention the forecast for this week. As I write this early Mon- day morning, this week looks like more of the same. So you can read last week's column and find out about saving calves in the bathtub. Every year I swear we are going to switch to May calving, and every year, when we have trouble keeping the bulls in, we say, "What the heck? Maybe it will be nice next spring." But this year, I really mean it. Someone posted on social media the other day "I hope summer falls on a weekend this year!" And isn't that the truth? Forecast for single digit lows the next few nights Dang. I remember years ago up at the ranch. It was a warm, dry spring. I had worked some ground up and started seeding early. I mean like early in the spring. I was seeding oats and Einar, one of our neighbors, pulled up. He stopped to visit. Back in the old days, we did that. We did- n't text or call. People wo!lld stop and visit. Anyway, Einar pulled off the mad to visit. He said he had never seen anyone seeding in March. Looking back, it guess maybe it was a tad ear- ly. But it did make two crops that year. We had moisture and I hayed it, and then combined the regrowth. I should have done vice versa, but I was young. That reminds me of that field. One of the drought years, one of sev- eral, I got a few second cutting square bales off that field. Hay was scarce. Carmen had qualified for the finals rodeo in" Pueblo, Colorado. They had warned us not to buy hay in Colorado be- came of some kind of bug in the hay. So being a deal maker, I arranged for a friend to haul Carm's horse and I would bring hay for the North Dakota contestants horses. fit pretty well with how I get through my day, "All I need is coffee, mas- cara, and a whole lot of Jesus Though the snow hasn't stopped and the sun is masking the decep- tively cold weather, I love the feel- ing of hope that accompanies the season following Easter. That is the difference between this week and the last. It might have been fully loaded with activities from top to bottom with an impending blizzard to boot, but year after year, Easter still happens. Year after year, the snow eventually stops coming. The tiny tips of tulips push through once again. The mental load doesn't really lessen. We are only a few days in and the calehdar for April already is fill- ing up once again, with city coun- cil meetings, a park board breakfast, a birthday, a house warming party, a school play, a potluck, and a tae kwon do tournament just to name a few. And I always will be the per- petaal finder of things and feeder of fish (so, so sorry). But with a little bit of coffee, a lot of faith, and a gigantic calendar I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Happy Easter! "Like" the Walsh Count), Press on Face- book.com. I proudly loaded our little three- horse trailer with idiot blocks (little square bales) and headed south by southwest. We pulled into the fairgrounds at Pueblo and the North Dakota con- tingent was waiting for their "horse" hay. Yh. ey each grabbed a bale and started to carry it to their trailers. They all stopped about the same time and began complaining about the thistles sticking out of the hay bales! Free hay! And they com- plained! That is gratitude. I guess to some people, horse hay means a better quality than I was used to. They all fed the buggy hay. So if you are ever driving across Colorado and you notice patches of Russian thistle, you know you trans- ported the seed. Later, Dean [ ( i larita",Happenings atOur Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, ActivitiesDir. We are tired of the snow and would like the April showers to re- place them now! Coffee Cake, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Apr. t0th lpm Crochet Group, 3pm The Wahl Band Apr. llth 3:15 Bingo Apr. 12th 3pm Birthday Party hosted by Thee Good Samaritan Star Committee, 6pm Men's Night Apr. 13th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3pm Friday The 13th, 7:30 Men- nonite Singers Apr. 14th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm WII Games, 2:15 Bin- NDSU Agriculture Communication go This week Apr. 1st- 7th Apr. 1st 2:30 Easter worship w/ Pastor Faust, 3pm Easter Coffee Time Apr. 2nd 10am Embroidery Group, 1 pm Baking Rohliky, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Apr. 3rd 3pm Sundae Bar Apr. 4th 3:15 Bingo Apr. 5th 2:30 Devotions w/Com- munion, 3pm Be Happy Day, 6:30 Movie Night Apr. 6th Clergy Visits w/Com- munion, 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Thank you to our many volun- Double Meaning Day teers: Pastor Merchant, Shirley Apr. 7th 9:30 Mass w/FatherSobolik, Lois Ydstie, Mary Siem, Miller, lpm Word Games, 2:15 Mary Lund, Corinne Ramsey, Bingo Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, The Ministerium for the Good Fri- Next weekApr. 8th-14th day Service, Father Miller, and Apr. 8th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor anyone I may have missed I am sor- Antal, 3:30 Home Run Record Day ry. If you would like to volunteer Apr. 9th Barber Visits, 10am please call Rose Ulland at 701- Embroidery Group, lpm Baking 284-7115. ::~ ~-, ~ ~ ~ ~i.[ : : ~,~'~,~ ORAL CANCER AWARE SS Moyra 4.2018 Walsh County Health District Short Shots by Carly Ostenrude, RN April is oral cancer awareness non-smoking individuals who are month, and it's used to bring atten- connected with HPV (Human Pa- tion to the importance of screenings pillomavirus). About 70% of for oral cancer and ways to prevent ompharyngeal cancers are associated this growing issue. It's estimated with HPV. There is a way to help re- that 132 people will be newly di- duce the number of oral HPV in- agnosed with an oral cancer. It's also fections get vaccinated! estimated that one person every The HPV vaccine safe and el- hour of every day will die from some type of oral cancer, fective. To find out if you, or your While smoking and tobacco are child, are up to date with recom- large risk factors for oral cancer, the mendations for the HPV vaccine call- fastest growing population of oral Walsh County Health District at cancer patients is young, healthy, (701) 352-5139. Your Community. Your Paper. Local News is Rews Is It Uphill Against the Wind for GOP? Looking at the significant shifts in Republican fortunes in Pennsyl- vania and Alabama, North Dakota Democrats feel that it could be downhill with the wind to their backs in 2018, something like the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964 when an impressive number of De- mocrats were swept into office. There were few public opinion polls in 1964 so partisans in both par- ties were caught by surprise when this phenomenal Democratic tsuna- mi hit conservative North Dakota. In that election, the state not only re-elected incumbents Senator Quentin Burdick, Governor William Guy and Public Service Commis- sioner Bruce Hagen by significant margins but added Lieutenant Gov- ernor Charles Tighe, Treasurer Walt Christensen and Insurance Com- missioner Kelly Nygaard. The legislative races demon- strated the depth of the change when Democrats won control of the House of Representatives by turn- hag over 20 Republican house seats. In facts, many of the districts filled their legislative tickets with the promise that there was little chance they would ever get elected and go to Bismarck. Even though Democrats had a senator and the governor, the party was a mess at the beginning of the year. Lacking nominees for several state offices, the party convention passed a resolution authorizing the executive co .mmittee to recruit can- didates and went home. In the middle of July, the party headquarters was so poor, according to one observer, that it didn't even have enough money for postage to ask the precinct committeemen to send emergency help. It was an election year without promise until the votes came in. De- mocrats are now wondering: will there be any comparison of 2018 to 19647 Democrats have become em- boldened this year, considering all of the turnovers that have been oc- curring in offices at all levels. In ad- dition, they have a few advantages heading into the fall campaign. First, the level of enthusiasm and optimism is higher among De- mocrats than Republicans, meaning that Democrats will have a better turnout than usual. Second, without explaining the reasons, the party opposite that of the incumbent president gains political victories in the off-presidential years. Third, the Democratic convention nominated a formidable slate of state candidate to run with Incum- bent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Heitkamp is leading Kevin Cramer in the early polling. Fourth, the chaos in Washington is already shaping the mood for change. A number of political sci- entists contend that elections are of- ten determined months before the voting by the mood that has been es- tablished over time. The election could already be oven Fifth, the president is offending North Dakota moral values. All of this being said, 2018 will not necessarily be roses for De- mocrats. Republicans have some major offsetting advantages. First, North Dakota has become more conservative since 1964 so Re- publicans have a large reservoir of inherent strength. Second, Republican candidates will have more money for their cam- paign. Even though Heitkamp has a bigger campaign chest at present, Cramer has been promised unlim- ited support from Washington. Third, Republican state candi- dates have the benefit of incum- bency. North Dakota does not throw incumbents out of office without good cause. Fourth, in 1964 the entire House of Representatives had 2-year terms. With the 4-year terms, only half as many house candidates are run- ning so Democrats have fewer op- portunities to turn seats over. Fifth, Republicans can coalesce and bury their internal grievances during the campaign season. On the other hand, Democratic dissidents can't quite shake their differences. So will North Dakota see any- thing like a political tsunami in 2018? Mike Jacobs, a very insight- fill observer of North Dakota affairs, says that the North Dakota political climate is unsettled. So keep a surf board handy just in case. Extension Exchange The winter can drag us down with doldrums and routines. Even our dietary habits can become stag- nant. Let the last week of March, National Nutrition Month, be a springboard toward 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 dif- ferent versions of familiar foods such as blue potatoes, red leaf lettuce or basmati rice. 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, minerals, fiber and other nutrients but are low- er 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. Accord- ing to the National Academy of Nu- trition and Dietetics, we can give our plate a "taste lift without 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 explore new flavors and cooking techniques. Joy Dubost, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the academy, of- fered these tips to enhance flavor while maintaining nutrition. . Add flavor by cooking familiar foods in a new way. Cooking at home can be healthy, rewarding and cost-effective. Making cooking fun and easy by learning some cooking and kitchen basics. Intensify the fla- vors of meat, poultry and fish with lightly with oil so they don't dry out. Sprinkle with herbs. Caramelize sliced onions to bring out their naturally sweet flavor by cooking them slowly over low heat in a small amount ofoil. Use them to make a rich, dark sauce for meat or poultry. Simmer juices to make reduction sauces. Concentrate the flavors of meat, poultry and fish stocks. Re- duce the juices by heating them, but don't boil. Then use them as a fla- vorful 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 peppers. 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 something new. Add small amounts of ingredients with bold flavors such as pome- granate seeds, chipotle pepper or cilantro. Add a tangy taste with citrus juice or grated citrus peel such as lemon, lime or orange. Acidic ingredients help life and balance the flavor. Enhance sduces, 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. Any questions about this column or something else may be directed to the NDSU Extension office in high-heat cooking techniques such Walsh County at 284-6624, or email as pan:searing, grilling or broiling me at: jamie.medbery@ndsu,edu, I Try grilling or masting veggies in wouldbi gladto help! - . a very hot (450 F) oven for a sweet, Source: Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D R.D smoky flavor. Brash or spray them L.R.D Food and Nutrition Specialist Citizen Scientists teers of all ages and backgrounds already may be measuring pre- Needed to Observe cipitation in their own backyards Rain, Snow in N.D. as part of the CoCoRaHS Net- A nationwide citizen science work. It has grown to more than network is looking for volunteers 15,000 volunteer observers cov- for rain and snow reporting in ering every state. North Dakota. Many professions and organi- These observers will measure zations, including meteorologists, rainfall, snowfall and snow depth hydrologists, emergency man- as part of the Community Col- agers, city utilities, insurance ad- laborative Rain, Hail and Snow justers, agribusinesses, engineers, (CoCoRaHS) Network. Some science teachers and the National servers also measure the water Weather Service, routinely view and use data from CoCoRaHS equivalent of the snow after it Network volunteers. Data are melts. "This is your chance to be- used for many applications, such come part of the state's climato- as water resource planning, se- vere storm warnings, teaching logical history," says Adnan earth science, predicting crop Akyuz, state climatologist and "'yields and assessing hail damage. professor of climatological prac- "We need precipitation data tices at North Dakota State Uni- this spring more than ever to bet- versity, ter assess the likelihood of the North Dakotans have been col- 2017 drought extending into 2018 lecting precipitation (rainfall and and the chance for spring flood- snowfall) data since the early ing in the Red River," Akyuz 1900s in most places. When farmers, engineers, and weather says. To volunteer for the CoCo- and river forecasters ask for pre- RailS network, go to cipitation data for a given loca- http://www.cocorahs.org/applica- tion, that information mostly tion.aspx. comes from volunteer observers. "Providing that data is fun and easy, and only takes five minutes NDSU Extension a day," Akyuz says. Director Announces North Dakota has more than 300 such volunteer precipitationRetirement observers. Chris Boerboom, North "However, ff is not nearly Dakota State University Exten- enough," Akyuz says. "We need sion Service director since 2012, as many volunteer observers as has announced his retirement ef- possible around the state to help fective July 2. forecast flood potential, as well as Boerboom joined NDSU Ex- drought assessments, tension in January 2010 as assis- "Don't worry if you do not tant director for agriculture and know how to do all that," he adds. natural resources (ANR) and dis- "We have a lot of training mate, trict director for five southeastern rials for you to become an oh- North Dakota counties. He served server. All you need is an interest as interim Extension director for in weather to participate in the program and a cylindrical rain Extension onAg gauge." Cont. page 7 In your neighborhood, volun- as Editor's Note Around the County column was not available this possible. week. It will return as soon