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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015 FROM THE ED,TOR'S DESR... i i When North Dakota SB2279 failed to pass the House of Repre- sentatives 35-56 North Dakota of- ficially became a "don't ask, don't tell" state. The bill would have amended North Dakota Law to add sexual ori- entation to the list of items it is of- ficially not okay to discriminate against within the state in regards to BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS i employment, housing, government services, and credit transactions. You know the list.., on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, nation- al origin, ,age, the presence of any mental or physical disability, status with regard to marriage or public as- sistance, or participation in lawful ac- tivity off the employer's premises during nonworking hours which is Hello, About a month ago, Shirley and ! took a Well deserved vacation. Well, Shirley took a well-deserved vacation. I just took a vacation. We flew to Ft. Myers, Florida, rented a car, and spent a few days driving around Southwest Florida where we have friends living. Now, according to our friends, the only people that buy retirement homes in Arizona are those that have never been to Florida! I don't want to start a fight here. I'm just repeating what my Floridian friend told me. He said the basic differ- ence between Florida and Arizona, was"Florida had more water and a better class of people". Which, I thought to myself, isl basifia!!Y the difference between heaven and hell Back to our vacation. As our flight began to descend into Florida, the pilot warned, "We are about to encounter some turbu- lence". He might not have been a genius, but he was dang sure fight on this deal. Over my 65 plus years, I have notin direct conflict with the es- to be able to say the words. sential business-related interests of Who he loves made no bearing the employer. One of my good friends called me not long after we had graduat- ed college. He had moved to Seat- tle. I had moved back home. He was hesitant over the phone, but finally he said the words, "'I'm gay." He paused. I didn't. He was the same person I had spent hours working on the col- lege newspaper with, watching movies with, drinking with, joking with.., nothing had changed for me, but for him, a weight was lifted. Growing up in.North Dakota, at- tending college in Jamestown, it took a move to a state halfa country away samaritan on whether I would love him any less. He is a person first and a stereotype never. The thct that some- one can tell hiln he's less than a per- son who doesn't deserve to be guar- an'teed simple things like housing and employment,, which to me fit un- der the category of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, in his home state make me sick. Those 56 votes were an act of dis- crimination confirming the need for SB2279 to be put in the books. You may not like the idea of ho- mosexuality, but I think we are far past denying it's existence. Like "" the Walsh Coun O" Press on Face- scream. Being a cowboy, I just kind Hat flown quite a few times. And I have occasionally been on a plane that "encounters some turbulence". Big .deal .............. Well, this time it really was. This was a big old plane. With a couple seats on each side and three wide down the middle. I suppose there were a couple hundred people on it. I was in the middle seat. Because that way, I can make two normal size people uncomfortable! I think the airline does it on purpose. Anyway, I have very nice ladies on either side of me. Shirley was in a different section of the plane. She is nice too (she made me say that). And this plane starts jumping up and down like a three-year old bronc in the bucking chute for the Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Tips first time. I mean it is pitching and rearing and teetering and tottering. People are moaning and groaning and an occasional scream. I'm thinking this is the real deal. Well being a cowboy and all, I don't want to upset these nice ladies next to me. Especially the one that is puking in that little sack. So, I act nonchalant and continue filling in the blanks in the crossword puz- zle. I don't know any of the an- swers, but it impresses people if you can fill in those blanks real fast. And with the plane going through this turbulence they can't see that I know nothing. All at once, there is a tremen- dous bang: I mean like BANG! And a flash of light! The ladies of shrug and mention, "When they lower the landing gear, it usually bangs like that". But I did put down my pencil and kind of snug- gle up to these lovely ladies to com- fort them. They had really nice per- fume! I suppose you guessed it by now, but we made it through the turbu- lence. A young man sitting by the window took a picture of the wing. Lighting had struck one of those little pointed things that control the flaps! And turned that baby char- coal black! I had him send me the picture, so I can show it to you next time you fly! And if you think that was dan- gerous, you should have seen Shirley's eyes when, as the plane emptied out, she saw me still hold- ing and confforting these lovely ladies. Even after everyone else had left the plane! Later, Dean Dubious Legislation Is an Old ND Trad00n Pictured are Mrs. Martin's5th grader's that came for an Easter Egg Hunt! They wanted me to send in the .funny picture and I thought it captured how much fun we ha& We had so much fun and could not get over all the en- ergy they have. We look forward to seeing them again on May Day. Please stop in and see how nice our floor is looking, it was a long process but we think it was worth the inconvenience. This week Apr. 5th-1 lth .... - Apr. 5th 2:30 Easter Worship w/Pa-strr Cox, 3pm Easter Coffee - Apr. 6th 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, lpm Bak- ing Caramel Corn, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo . Apr. 7th 10am crorhet Group, 3:30 Bible Study Apr. 8th 3pm Bingo Apr. 9th 3pm Birthday Party Hosted by St. Peter and Paul Bechyne, 6:30 Movie Night Apr. 10th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Planting Apr. 1 lth 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Next week Apr. 12th- 18th Apr. 12th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Kid, 3:30 Word Game Apr. 13th 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, 1 pin Bak- ing Cupcakes, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Apr. 14th 3:30 Bible Study Apr. 15th 3pm Bingo Apr. 16th 3pm Volunteer Party, 4pro Making Cheese Balls, 6:30 Movie Night .... Ap__ LZth 3_pm_ Wine and Cheese Party Apr. 18th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, l pm Name that Tune, 2:15 Bingo Thank you to all our many volunteers for all your help: Pas- tor Cox, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Arnold Braaton, Lois Yd- stie, Mary Seim, Jeanean McMil- lan, Pastor Hinrichs, St. Peter and Paul Bechyne, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, Mary Lund, and any others I may have forgotten. If you would like to come and volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. If you think some of the pro- posals being considered in the present legislative session are du- bious, temper your criticism with a look at some of the laws that ap- peared in the 1900 "Revised Code of North Dakota." Exemptions for jury duty in- cluded persons over the age of 60. That would eliminate one-third of the state's population today and exclude most of those who have time to serve, Preachers, physicians, govern- ment employees and firemen in "regularly organized" fire compa- nies were also exempt. The law sure helped recruit for those vob unteer fire brigades. Non-citizens got to vote in 1900 by simply announcing that they in- tended to become citizens. Photo 1Ds were not required. The 2015 Legislature just passed a measure requiring the teaching of civil government. In 1900, the law required teaching of not only "civil government" but also orthography, reading, spelling, writing, arithmetic,, lan- guage lessons, English grammar, geography, United States history, physiology and hygiene. Also, mentors were required to teach "thoroughly" the nature of "alcoholic drinks, stimulants and narcotics" and their effect on the human body. How did we end up as a state of binge drinking'? Logic fails again. "Any person in any city, village or township in this state that shall construct and maintain a watering trough beside the highway" was rewarded with a tax break - a de- duction of five dollars from their highway tax. Whoever drove across a bridge faster than a walk could be fined : :: :: ::: :: - .;: . not less than five nor more thanl0 dollars, according to Section 1162 of Article 14. Members of the National Guard Who needed to be mounted were required to provide for their own horses and horse equipment. Well, the minutemen at Lexington Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Colon cancer is detectable by a colonoscopy. The 10 factors that may increase your risk for colon cancer are: 1. Age. People older than 50 tend to get colon cancer more erec "ntly. Get screened if you are 5: 2. African American. African Americans are statistically more likely to get colon cancer. 3. History of colon polyps. If Short Shots Cont. page 5 had to bring their own guns. Section 1549 declared that it was lawful for "horses, cattle, mules, ponies and sheep to run at large from November f until the first day of April." Texting was more dangerous in those old days. And, furthermore, "the killing or damaging of any horses, cattle or other stock by the cars or loco- motives along a railroad shall be prima facie evidence of careless- ness or negligence." By law, it was always the railroad's fault. The state encouraged economic development by providing boun- ties for the manufacture of twine and starch. Twine was needed for bundling grain; the starch bounty was intended to encourage potato production. Hotels were required to provide as a fire escape "at least one good cotton rope not less than one inch in diameter, to be securely fastened inside the window." Five or more people could form a railroad company but the law re- quired that a train had to nan on the tracks at least once a week. Each locomotive was required to have a 30-pound bell to alert crossings 80 rods ahead. So you don't like government regulations. Be thankful you weren't hauling coal in 1900. Sec- tion 3071 set the exact rates rail- roads could charge for hauling coal with the rate changing every 10 miles in 49 categories up to 485 miles to 495 miles where the statu- tory rate was $2.17 a ton. Around 1900, we still had steamboats hauling passengers so Section 7252 made it a misde- meanor for a commercial steam- boat "to receive so many passengers that the vessel sinks." (The exact number could be known only after a sinking.) In 1900, it was illegal for one county to send a pauper to another county to avoid having him a bur- den on local taxpayers. Section 754 of the 1900 Re- vised Code declared that "the Bible shall not be deemed a sec- tailan book." Even today some legislatures claim that religious is not religious. Members of the National Guard who needed to be mounted were re- quired to provide for their own horses and horse equipment. Well, the minutemen at Lexington had to bring their own guns. Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Be the G| Master This Spring "What should I grill fbr dilmer tonighf?" my husband asked the oth- er day. Buying him a grill for Father's Day was the best gift 1 ever bought myself, our three kids and even our three dogs. We all enjoy the bene- fits of delicious meals served hot from the grill. Granted, our kids and I usually help with preparing the vegetables for the grill, but nay husband is in charge of marinating and otherwise seasoning the meat and cooking all the food. All I do is hand him pans of food, a tbod ther- monaeter and a clean serving pltt- ter, and offhe goes. Our spring season beckons us to enjoy dining and cooking outdoors. We can enjoy the beauty of sprout- ing grass, budding trees and the re- turn ofchflping birdsl The aroma of delicious food emanating from backyards is very appealing, too. If you have a grill, be sure to give it a good spring cleaning. Begin by scouring the grate with a wire brush as necessary. I always approach our old gas grill with some trepidation during spring cleanup. One year, while retrieving the grill fronl our storage shed, my husband had an unex- pected greeting. Upon lifting the lid, he discovered a squirrel had set up a winter campground. The squirrel was as surprised as my husband. It leaped at him and jumped over his head. This is another reason my hus- band is in charge of our grills. Most of us have read about fires associated with grills set too close to buildings or other flammable materials, so be sure to consktcr your placement of the grill. Place your grill in a well-ventilated, level space away from shrubs, overhangs and deck railings. Keep children and pets away from grills. Be sure you have a tbod ther- mometer. A tbod thermometer is not only a safety tool, but it also helps ensure the cooked meat will be of high quality. Cooking to a safe internal tem- perature kills bacteria, such as E. colt and salmonella, Using a food ther- mometer also helps ensure that you do not overcook meat and end up with a dry, unappealing entr6e. The recommended cooking tem- peratures are revised based on tbod safety research, so be aware of the changes. According to the U.S. De- partment of AD'iculture, you should cook burgers to an internal temper- attme of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and chicken and other poultry to 165 de- grees Fahrenheit. Beef and pork steaks and chops should reach an internal temperaturc of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and also observe a three-minute "rest time" after the meat reaches the minimum internal temperature. The cooking temperature for pork cuts was re- duced in recent years based on re- search data. Add plenty of fruits and vegeta- bles to your menu. Fill half of your plate with colorful fruits and veg- etables. To grill vegetables, simply rinse the vegetables, cut as desired, toss with a small amount of salad oil, such as olive oil or canola oil, or try making Ibil-wmpped veggie pack- ets. How about grilled bananas or peaches tbr dessert? Visit http:/w, click on "tbod safety"" and check out our "(}rill Something Different'" and "Be the Grill Master" publica- tions by typing the titles in the search box. After the food has reached a safe internal temperature, be sure to place it on a clema platte], bring it to the table and watch vour thmily smile, lfisomeone grills a delicious meal for yon, praise him or her heartily. These vegetable packets were a big hit when my dietetic interns test- ed the recipe. The vinegar and spices in the oil provide some zest to your menu. As shown, you can pre.pare these packets on ?our grill or In your oven. Foil Vegetable Packets 1.2 c. canola oil 1.4 c. cider vincgar, 1/2 tsp. minced garlic 1 tsp. seasoned salt 1/2 tsp, pepper ,1/2 pound green beans, trimmed 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch strips. 1 ello\\; bell pep- per. seeded, cut in{() t 2-inch strips 1 zucchini, trimmed, cut into I/4 - inch rounds 2 medimn red potatoes cut into 1/4-inch rounds Oven directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut six (12- by 18-inch) pieces of heady-duty tbil. In a lme howl, whisk oil, vinegar. gm'lic, seasoned salt and pepper. Cut up vegetables and add to dressing; toss to coat. Divide vegetables evenly among lbil pieces, l)rizzle with any remaining dressing from the bowl. Fold long sides of tbil to- ward each other, crimping edges to seal Fold and crimp remaining edges, ff)rming a sealed packet. Split packets between two baking sheets, making sure to place them seam side up. Place on the center rack of the oven. Cook for 40 to 60 lninutes. To check tbr doneness, re- move one packet from oven, open carefully and taste a vegetable; it should be crisp-tender. Remove packets fi'om the oven. Carefully pull back tbil at the top of each pack- et to allow steam to escape. Let sit tbr five minutes. Serve. Grill directions: Preheat grill to nledium heat. Cut six (12- by 18- inch) pieces of heavy-duty foil. In a large bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, Du- lic, seasoned salt and pepper. Add vegetables and toss to coat Divide vegetables evenly among foil pieces. Drizzle with any remaining dress- ing from the bowl. Fold tong sides oftbil toward each other, crimping edges to seal Fold and crimp re- maining edges to tbrm a sealed packet. Place packets, seam side up, on grill. Close grill and cook Ibr 20 minutes. To check tbr doneness, rc- move one packet ti'om grill, open careiiflly and tastc a vegetable: It should be crisp-tender. Cme:tiA b pull back foil at the top of each packet to allow steam to escape, sit toi five minutes. Serve. Makes six servilgs. .hdiu (;as/vn-RolAnsun. Ph.D., R.D. L.R D. is u \\;'o;'U /)alota .,Tate ( ;m.e;,::v t:.x len,sioH .ds'vic'e fi:od attd tltttt ition 37>:chd;'(t and ]?#'(/:.s f)l ill LIc ' I)CJ,OFtlZZC/II q/ lle, UtD, .Vutri- ficm and/i) .> i;u'es. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 7011-284-6624 Check As spring planting is soon ap- proaching take a moment of time here to check on all your license. It may be time to update them or re- new them. Also if you have hired help make sure they are all good to go on their pesticide training (they expire every 3 years on April l st) we do have one last training on April 13th in Park River, so if you need to renew or are new better call in and get signed up. If you have equipment that needs to be licensed or renewed too, this also isn't a bad time to do that either. Better to stay a head of the game, betbre you get busy with planting and spraying. Also here during the spring it is- n't too bad to kind of do a spring cleanup. Go through your shop and sheds to see vchat you have. Safely dispose of chemicals that are expired or that you will no longer be needing. Take inventory in what supplies you need tbr this upcom- ing planting and growing season, your licence! Also take time to clean out your tractors and planters to get them in top shape tor planting. ]his also helps you see if anything needs to be repaired or updated. It isn't a bad idea cither to check you PPE to make sure they have what you need in thcm and to order more if needed, also do this with your safe- ty kits. It is also time to make sure your paper work is done and ready to go, Make sure your contracts are fully filled otlt and eveDthing is laid out and you know the terms of the con- tract. You should also have some- what era general plan in what you're planting and when they need to be plantcd so your crop in- surance will be able to cover you. So, take a bit of time here to get evcuthing ready to go and in hope it will help you have a smooth plant- ing season. Best of Luck!