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PRESS PERSPECTIVES Page 4 THEWALSH COUNTY PRESS • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017 F RO, 4 TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISONOLIJ 4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Water Watch 2016 appefirs to be over.., at least in my neck of the woods• Cart Creek runs right through Crystal. If everything goes to plan, the creek bothers no one. The last few years though, that little guy has been much more than a creek• The river can pick. up some serious width, and if the ice has it's way, it can cause some serious trouble. The last major flood came on the back of wet weather• The mission now? Clean up the resulting trash. It has turned into an annual tra- dition. My favorite part is that my kids are picking up on it. We went on a wall down to the bridge, and Gary was pointing out each piece of trash. It was on his radar. It is not something to be ig- nored. They understand that we should try to leave the place a little better than we left it. Even if we are just go- ing for a short wall. The mess usually consists of cans, bottles, fast food containers -- the usual junk that people can't be bothered to wait until they get home the river, and it washes up every- to toss into a proper trash can. where else. Numbers on www.statis- I don't look at my kids and make ticbrain.com from August of 2016 a fuss about the trash and where it list some of the following numbers, came from or who tossed it there. It's • Percent of people who have ad- not my job to complain about it, but mitted to littering in the past5 it is my job to let them know that it years: 75 percent doesn't have to be someone else's • Percent of all littered items that problem• Anyone can take action, are cigarette butts: 50 percent and it can be them. • Total amount of litter that is There are.a lot of things in this • dumped into the ocean every year: world that. we can't do anything 9 billion tons about (whether it is water or other- - Total annual amount spent on wise), but just this once, there is cleaning up litter yearly: $11.5 billion something we can do and that some- . Average amount of steps a per- thing is as easy as walking a few ex- son will hold a piece oftrash before tra feet to find a trash can. they litter: 12 paces In the words of Dr. Seuss and his • Total amount of trash is goner: famous character the Lorax: "Unless ated each year in the U.S.: 250 mil- someone like you cares a whole aw- lion The most,common litter item list- ful lot, Nothing is going to get bet- ter. It's not." ed is fast food waste at 33 percent with paper and glass following. "Like "" the Walsh County Press on Face- It ends up in the ditch, the snow, book.com. Hello, I'm here to talk about a problem I've had. No, not that one. My weight. I've always had a problem with my weight. It goes back to when I was a jockey. Really. I was a jockey. We used-to racehorses at Kenmare. It was a little three-eights mile dirt track. I race our saddle horses and Dad or Grandpa would race char- iots. I was pretty young so I was designated jockey for a neigh- bors horses and ours. But I was growing. It was a problem. My next problem was I was un- derweight. I was a lineman for the Bombers. At six-two and a hun- dred and forty-five pounds I was too light to be a lineman. Even in nine-man football. I made up for my lack of weight with a teal lack of speed. I was the slowest 145- pound guard in the conference. The offense never ran the b tll be- hind me. But the linebackers knew the ball was coming over me when we were on defense• My next problem was bronc riding• Really• I used to ride sad- dle broncs. Not very well mind you. But I entered. Girls liked sad- dle bronc riders• By now I was 155 pounds and still six-two. Not an athletic 155 pounds• Just a skinny kid with very little coordination• There were heavier bronc riders, but they could move their feet• I still hold the record in Killdeer for the lowest scored ride in history. Twenty-eight. It did win fourth though in the amateur bronc rid- ing at the Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo• Then I got married. I have to show you our wedding pictures. Six-two, or maybe a touch better, and 156! I was awesome! I immediately started to gain weight• For several months, I thought I was pregnant• I was kind of a slow kid. Really. I was thirty years old before I found out pickles came from cucumbers! Really• I gained weight for years. I read everything I could find about diet programs. Most of them involved cutting back on food and increas- ing exercise! Why, I'd sooner be a tad heavy! Then I saw where cut- ting back on soft drinks could help. I switched from Jack and Coke, to Jack and water! Lost ten pounds the first week! Really! So, the past couple years I've been weighing myself once in awhile. Then this morning I no- ticed I had gained a bunch of weight the past month. I was dev- astated. I couldn't figure out what the problem was. Then I noticed I had weighed myself with both my glasses and my hearing aids on! Really! I took them off and just estimated they weighed about 18 pounds. I never got back on the' scale. Re- ally! Later, Skinny Dean , Happenings at Our !,(x x] . .'- r Samar, tan Good Samaritan (;' ") S )cic • . . .. Nannette Hoeger, Activities oir. We are enjoying the sunshine Group, lpm Baking Resurrection and warm temps! So happy that Rolls, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo April, has arrived! Thank you to all Apr. 11 th 1 pm Crochet Group, that donated books: for our book 3om Easter Craft,!. sale and those that came out and -Apr 12th 10"15 Pen Pal East- shopped.. [' . er Egg Hunt, 3"15 Bingo This week April 2nd- 8th " - • Apr 13th 3pm Birthday Party Apr. 2nd 2:30 .Worship w/ .......... ,. • • nostea Dy t ecnnye, o: o Movie Fordvllle Lutheran, 3:30 Bible _ . . Trivia N ght . . Apr 14th Clergy Visits, 10 30 Apr. 3rd 10am Embroidery . ". . : Group, lpm Baking Chocolate Nail T me, 2pm Good Friday Dro Cookies, 5 m Rosary, 6•45 Service, 7•30 Mennonite ingers P P • • Bingo Apr. 15th 9:30 Mass w/Father Apr. 4th Miller, lpm Easter Facts, 2:15 Apr. 5th 3:15 Bingo, National Bingo Walking Day Thank you to our many volun, Apr. 6th 2pm Westwood Park teers; Pastor Merchant, Shirley Choir Easter Program, 6:30 Movie Sobolik, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Night Mary Lund, Jeanean McMillan, Apr 7th Clergy Visits w/Corn .... • " . . Pastor Hmrlchs, Cornelia Wyhe, munlon, 10"30 Nail Time, 3pm ...... .... .. , " .-. t arD l~llelSon, lne tJOOU , atlonai t eer t)ay ....... Ant Rth O'qD 1Mn~ w/Father stafft0r your help setting up tor the Mill" or" ( mHozrl-e-Run'i a ..... book Sale and bringing deserts, , P Y . . Next week April 9th 15th Corinne Ramsey, Father Miller, Apr. 9th 2:30 Palm Sunday and anyone I may have missed I Worship w/ Pastor Antal, 3.:30 am sorry. If you would like to vol- Cards/Games unteer please call Rose Ulland at Apr. 10th 10am Embroidery 701-284-7115• There is no single best test for any person. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of each test and how often to be tested. In general peo- ple 50-75 should be screened, but people who are at high risk need to be tested at a younger age. Discuss your specific screening needs with your doctor• Below are some of the more common screening tests• DNA in the stool• For this test, you collect an entire bowel movement and send it to a lab to be checked for cancer cells. It is done once every one or three years (or as recom- mended by your doctor) Flexible Sigmoidoscopy • For this test, the doctor puts a short, thin, flexible, lighted tube into your rectum. The doctor checks for polyps or cancer inside the rec- tum and lower third of the colon. • How often: Every 5 years, or every 10 years with a FIT every year (of as recommended by your doctor) Colonoscopy This is similar to flexible sig- moidoscopy, except the doctor uses a longer, thin, flexible, lighted tube to check for polyps or cancer inside the rectum and the entire colon. Dur- ing the test, the doctor can find and remove most polyps and some can- cers. Colonoscopy also is used as a follow-up test if anything unusual is found dt g one of the other screen- ing tests. How often: Every 10 years (or as recommended by your doctor) Stool Tests • The guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) uses the chem- ical guaiac to detect blood in the stool. It is done once a year. For this test, you receive a test kit from your health care provider. At home, you use a stick or brush to obtain a small amount of stool. You return the test kit to the doctor or a lab, where the stool samples are checked for the presence of blood• • The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) uses antibodies to detect blood in the stool. It is also done once a year in the same way as a gFOBT. • The FIT-DNA test (also referred to as the stool DNA test) combines the FIT with a test that detects altered Can NPL Return To Fill the Political Vacuum? With 'a NNihi hing of De-,' time consuming, something that mocrats struggling in an over:': those proposing a new NPL need whelmingly Repiablican Legisla- to bear in mind. ture, discontent is cropping up Before 1956, the North Dako- over the apparent decline of the ta Democratic Party was nothing electoral capacity of Democratic but a patronage organization that Party. waited for the election of a national This discontent has led to sub- Democratic administration that dued discussions by several party 1 1 1 • " cou d do e out politica jobs forDe- activists about resurrecting the mocrats in Nrrth Dakota Nonpartfsan League as a return s o n rtv " " din • There wa_ n_ player on the North Dakota poht- gu • When the Lea,, _e and Democ- ical scene• rats teamed up in 1956, the general One.pro.posa! has bee, n- to impression was that the League reestablish the principle oI non- trlhntocl et tr~ th'~ ~'~'~ .. ,, .... _ con ........ the mo ....... .,.l- parnsan in a new League, wlm • ..., . • . ,, .. .. ,., . . • .. • nage. lnat is wny me comomauon canalaates tree to run in me prl- ,, ....... ....... was called the NPL-Democratlc maries Ol eimer major party. ...... , , . Party for years after the merger wnen Iounueu, oelng nonpar- . _ . • tisan was important to the League . For a variety ot reasons, _the cre- ation of a new Nonpamsan League because it was an issues organi- faces numerous hurdles zation, created to fight exploitation of farmers by the railroads, chain First, if today's Democratic banks and the Minneapolis milling Party can't muster the vigor to industry. The founders didn't want build or maintain a party, where partisanship to obfuscate their would a new political organization goals, get the commitment and support At the time, neither the Re- needed to sustain another statewide publicans nor the Democrats were organization. voicing the rural concerns. The Second, the first NPL had cut- ifarmers felt they were being ting issues that were impacting a stonewalled. In fact, it was ru- large segment of the population. mored that a Cass County legisla- Are there clear issues that would tor told a delegation of farmers to set the NPL apart from the Re- "go home and slop the hogs." publican or the Democratic Parties In true nonpartisan fashion, the today? What is North Dakota not first state candidates were left to doing that needs to be done? Who file in the party primary of their is hurting? choice• This being a Republican Third, it is likely that life-long state, they all filed in the Repub- lican primary, that is except P. M. Casey, the candidate for state treasurer, who filed as a Democ- rat. He sailed through the Demo- cratic primary but lost by 200 votes in the general election. All future League candidates got the message. None ever filed in another Democratic primary until 1956 when the NPL state con- vention ordered all of its candidates 'to file in the Democratic primary. With the Nonpartisan League tugging one way and the United Republicans pulling the other, the League split, with the "Insur- gents" going to the Democrats and the "Old Guard" going to the United Republican Party. Thus, the 2-party system was bum. The whole movement took nine years• It was slow, frustrating and Democrats would oppose a new organization that would compete in their primaries and drain off their resources. The 1956 NPL-Democratic slate was decimated in the gener- al election. Following that crush- ing defeat, some Leaguers thought about going back to an independ- ent NPL but they were cut short by the handful of legislators who survived. It is likely that today's legislative hopefuls would not want to see their hopes dashed by dividing the electorate and the re- sources. While creation of a new NPL would be a long reach, there is a political vacuum in North Dako- ta politics that could atffact a new kind of politician with a new strat- egy. When the League and Democrats teamed up in 1956,the general im- • p ression was that the League con- tributed the most to the marriage. Avoid Loneliness and Isolation In North Dakota, we live in a part of the country where winter's cold- er temperatures and icy streets can keep us from getting out and en- gaging with family, friends and community members on a regular basis• Staying cooped up indoors with- out social connections can lead to isolation and loneliness• However, long winters aren't the only causes of isolation and loneliness. Others include living alone, not being able to drive, dis- "ability or poor health, the death of a spouse or partner, mobility or sen- sory impairments, a low income, be- ing a caregiver, cognitive or psy- chological vulnerabilities, location (rural, unsafe or inacdessible neigh- borhood/community), a small social network and inadequate support.. Older people who live alone, have health concerns or experi- ence a loss are especially vulnera- ble. An estimated one in six older adtdts face such risks. Older women in particular are at high risk; they ac- count for more than 60 percent of isolated older adults• Scientists are finding that our connections With other people - friends, family, neighbors, co-work- ers, clubs and religious groups - can have powerful effects on our health and well-being. Pel .istent loneliness and social isolation have been linked to poorer .health and in- creased risk for depression, de- mentia and early death, just to name a few issues. may make a difference: • Get physical during the day and stay active• Take a walk, clean out a closet or join a class at a local gym. • Reach out to others• An unex- pected phone call or email can be a meaningful gesture. Invite a friend to join you for coffee or lunch• • Keep your mind busy and ac- tive with simple pleasures, such as reading, doing crossword puzzles,. or engaging in a hobby or new in- terest. • Consider volunteering your time and talents because helping oth- ers can bring meaning into your days and make you feel part of something larger than yourself• • Do something positive, such as planning your spring garden and be- ginning to grow some plants indoors.. • Solve transportation issues if driving is a problem• Check into volunteer or formal transportation options in your commumty. • Learn how technology can keep you connected to family and friends via Facebook, texts, and emails, as well ashelp you find out about interesting local events.. • Sign up for a class or activity. NDSU Extension offers many ed- ucational opportunities to enhance your health and well-being• Plus, you get the benefit of connecting with others. As we muddle through these last weeks of winter and look forward to spring, looking for ways to bring joy into our day is important. Tak- ing small steps to connect with oth- Older adults ahd others at risk for " ers and keep a positive outlook can loneliness and social isolation need make a big difference in wardingoff different Woes of support and in- loneliness and isolation. terventions-to prevent ihe problem Any questions about this colunm of isolation. The North Dakota • or something else may be directed State University Extension Servic- to the NDSU Extension office in es has resources on its Aging Well .Walsh County at 284-6624, or website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/ag- email me at: ing to help you avoid isolation. You jamie.medbery@ndsu.edu. I would also can contact your local county be :glad to help! Extension ' office for more inf6r- .... , " ' ' ' • ~ource." dane 5trommen, NDSU l~xtension i, mation , , _ • . . ge vntologrst ecialist, 701-231-5948,jane.sovm[ Here are some suggestions!hat men@nd~u.edu ~Programs: ] I Progressive Farm Safety - April 5th, Graflon / I Pow l Tools for Caregivers - April 7 - May 19 Fridays 1:00pm, | I Park River / 14-H Variety Show -April 9th 3:00pm, Park River / -~ - I Around the County ~ Walsh County Extension Office ' 'ParkRiver - 284-6624 Last Pesticide Your hopes and dreams of the new Certification Class season start here. When looking at Let's just review some garden- seed catalogues, again remember we raise 80 day corn up here and ing points before spring arrives, some years that is a challenge so go, When purchasing perennials I ing out past 85 day maturity in my would stick to a zone 3 or 2. Now mind is not worth the risk unless we can get some zone 4.to grow in you can transplant them. We have Walsh County a tough winter can plenty' of good varieties that work take them out. There is nothing in this country so we don't need to more frustrating than putting all that be "pressing our maturity dates. work into a fruit tree and seeing it Again I would suggest if you are not die from a bad winter several years sure buy your s eeds and trans-" after you planted it. I would suggest plants from a local greenhouse or that you buy them form a local nursery, They know what works in greenhouse or nursery. They know this country and what does not. what grows up here and they do not keep in stock those warm climate Wine in the Woods, varieties. When I say local nursery• I do not mean the big box stores. I We are in the process of putting have seen zone 7s sold in one of together an evening workshop on them in Grand Forks. Global warm- wine culture and wine making; ing may be coming but ffwe ever and information on restoring and get to a zone 7 Florida and the east renovating trees and shelter belts coast will be under water! with Walsh County Three Rivers Night crawler mounds in the Soil Conservation District. We spring can be power i-aked to lev- have Steve Sagaser, Extension hor- el them off. Insecticides are oflim- ticulturist out of Grand Forks, who is a grape grower and wine maker. ited value unless you can apply We are also working on maybe get- them while they are moving on the ting a little wine tasting from local top of the ground. The mouse dam- wineries in ND but we have not got age on the lawn you see will come any of this nailed down. Joe ba'ck in most cases but if you want Zeleznik, Extension Forester will be to spread and rake in a little grass talking about renovation of shel- seed go for it. Fertilizer and prop- terbelts and when it may be time to er lawn care will usually bring give up on a tree and replace it. We back these lawns. Fertilizing lawn have this scheduled for the Minto should wait till the end of May to County Center and it is set forApril the fust part ofJune. Your bluegrass 19th at 6:30 pm. I would like an lawns are warm season so the ear- RSVP if you are interested so we ly fertilizer will benefit the quack have some idea how many people and the brome grass and get them we can expect. My number is 284- a leg up bn your bluegrass. Just 6624. I am really looking forward what you don't want them to do. to this and I think it will be a fun night! Come on out and learn about Vegetable varieties wine and the woods that make our Buying seed is always exciting, life so much more enjoyable.