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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES APRIL 9, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Last week I attended the town hall meeting to determine a strate- gic five-year plan for Walsh Coun- ty Economic Development put on by the Red River Regional Council and the Walsh County Job Devel- opment Authority. We reviewed 25 development strategies and they asked us two sim- ple questions about each one: 1. Would you like the county to engage in the possible strategies? 2. Do you believe we can suc- cessfully implement the strategies? It was a simple process. The strat- egy would pop up on the screen and they would pose the questions, which participants would answer via electronic remote. We ran through the 25 questions within an hour and then the next day the Walsh Coun- ty Strategy Committee selected those strategies, which the com- munity could then take action on. The Walsh County Strategy Committee selected 14 economic development strategies. The Strate- gies include: • Business Retention and Ex- pansion • Value-Added Agriculture • Local/Regional Tourism • Attracting Funding • Entrepreneurial Development • Downtown Development • Education Development • Health Care Expansion • Business Cultivation • Bedroom Community Devel- opment • Business Recruitment • Infrastructure Development • Leading-edge Development • Attracting Retirees In addition to the discussion of the strategies, we took a look at the community of Walsh County and discussed what we have and what we need. Some of the highlights are that we have great access to education and religious opportunities, and minimal crime; but we struggle with poverty, a lack of housing, and an aging population. It is an intricate puzzle. All of the pieces affect each other. We can bring in more jobs, but what good is that if there is no housing? What do we turn our focus to, retention or attraction? If we improve the com- munity to promote retention will it not then attract others? Hello, Grandpa had a word for days like this. He called them "rippers". This morning we woke to ten inches of snow, wind gust around 40 mph, with more snow falling. It was a rip- per. Now, March came in like a lion, and it dang sure is leaving like a lion. We had a spell in the middle that wasn't too bad and some of my friends were thinking the golf cours- es would be opening in March. I'm thinking let's just open the club- house. That's the main thing any- way. I wrote last week about calving percentages and how ranchers can lose calves. I guess someone was lis- tening because there are going to be some cold calves in the Dakotas and Minnesota the next day or two. Now, I drive by some places that are set up to handle early calves. You see guys with big stacks of straw Tips bales. You see guys with nice sheds that open for calves to go in. Then drive by our place. The cows hide behind the broke down caragana bush and the wormwood patches. Not real good. I remember years ago we were working on building a cat- tie-processing plant in the Dakotas. One of our mottos was "prior plan- ning prevents poor performance". I should have paid more attention. Back when we were on the Four, I guess it was about this time of year. We were calving. It was the politi- cal season. It was snowing and blowing. :7 : ...... = , Now one of the quickest and surest ways to warm up a chilled calf is to throw him in a bathtub filled with very warm water. Now, I don't want to boil him. Not right away anyhow, but warm him up quick. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But you have to try. Now they have hot boxes and calf huts with heaters. We had schnapps and a bathtub. Schnapps for me. Tub for the calf. Anyway, some a couple lady friends stopped to encourage our participation in the political process. I don't remember now if they were While not every aspect of the meeting involved deep topics of conversation, some needs of the community are as simple as new restaurants, a convention center, rec./fitness centers, taxi services, and perhaps a touchless carwash or twO. Sometimes it is as simple as making sure that the main street stores keep their doors open. Some- times it is as simple as finding a need and filling it. Sometimes it is some- thing as simple as coming together as a community rather than fighting eachother ever step of the way be- cause of some small-town biases. As a member of community of Walsh County it is up to us. So what comes next is up to us to get on board and not be satisfied with the status quo. The next step is to build up the community, if not for others, for ourselves. Like" the Walsh Coun O' Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, wordpress, corn seeking money or candidates, but that is beside the point. It had been a cold wet couple days and we were a little behind. But we graciously stopped for coffee. After a half hour of coffee and con- versation, one lady asked where the rest room was. "Right down the hall". Well, we had forgotten that one calf that didn't make it was still in the tub. Right in front of the toi- let. The lady let out a scream. I mean she really let out a scream. She came running back down the hall trying to pull her clothes up. "Do you know you have a dead cow in your bathtub", she screamed. "Of course we know", I replied. "Would you care to stay for dinner? We're having veal." Shirley got mad again. I could have married better. Later, Dean samaritan Socictx" Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. What is happened to spring? We had a busy week an49ainte, aiCher- ry Blossom Trees. Hoping spring comes soon so we can enjoy ournew courtyard. This week Apr. 6th- 12th: Apr. 6th 2:30 worship w/Pastor Masko, 3:30 Board Games Apr. 7th 10am Embroidery Grp, lpm Baking Bunny Cake, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Apr. 8th 10am Men's Time, lpm Baking Buns, 3:30 Bible Study Apr. 9th 3pm Volunteer App. Party Apr. 10th 3pm Birthday Party Hosted by Star Comm., 6:45 Movie Night Apr. llth 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Planting Seeds Apr. 12th 9:30 Mass, lpm Beading, 2:30 Bingo Thank You so much to all our volunteers: Pastor Masko, Linda Lar- son, Shirley Soblik, Donna Settingsgard, Lois Ydstie, Arnold Braaten, Lorene Larson, Mary Seim, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fager- holt, Terry Hagen, Corrinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, Please forgive me if I forgot anyone. We would love to learn from your talents and have you come volunteer. Give Rose Ulland a call at 284-7115. IhagleHeeJtJa Walsh County Health District , ..... ,., .... ""°"°" Short Shots Did you know that any North Dakota child under the age of 3 is eli- gible for a free RIGHT TRACK screening? The program can provide you with: • Free developmental screenings • Information on child growth and development • Ideas on stimulating your child's development • Information on various childhood concerns such as sleep, nutri- tion, toileting and behavior • Information and referrals to local, state and national organizations Screenings can take place in a variety of locations including your own home, child care centers, doctor clinics, preschool classrooms, early in- tervention programs and other community settings. The RIGHT TRACK office that serverh/ildren in Walsh, Pembina Grand Forks and Nelson counties can be reached by calling 701-795-3000. Call today to set up a screening for your child. / ND Needs More Responsive Legislative System As cities and counties in west- em North Dakota struggle to get ahead of Bakken oil development, evoking discussion of a special legislative session, state govern- ment has been hobbled in respond- ing. One of only four states still im- paired with biennial sessions, North Dakota has survived through the decades by improvising "if this happens, this trigger kicks in," del- egating decisions to interim leg- islative committees, and just letting crises fester. Considering North Dakota's cultural aversion to govemment, suggesting a change to annual leg- islative sessions would certainly fall on deaf ears. Therefore, some- thing less ambitious but plausible must be considered. For 38 years, we have had an al- ternative to annual sessions in the state constitution. In 1976, the people approved a constitutional amendment repeal- ing the mandate for biennial ses- sions and authorizing the Legislature to spend 80 legislative days - not in one single session - but distributed throughout the bi- ennium. Under this provision, first pro- posed by the 1970-72 constitu- tional convention, the Legislature could meet for 30 days, receive and assign bills, and then recess for committee meetings and hearings. Then it could use the remaining session days to debate and vote on bills. With this flexible system, the Legislature would be able to re- spond more readily to the kinds of crises being faced by communities in western North Dakota. After 38 years, it seems proper to ask for reasons why such a workable system has not been adopted when it could be achieved with simple changes in the rules of procedure. One reason is the usual problem of institutional inertia. We have done it this way for 125 years so we see no reason to change even though this is a different North Dakota. A more important reason is leg- islative self-interest. If the system were changed from a fixed 80-day session to a flexible schedule dictated by cir- cumstances, some present mem- bers of the Legislature would find it inconvenient to continue serving. Even though a small number would be affected by this changeover, they would whine in the political caucuses and their fel- low partisans would lament the tragedy of their loss. Partisan friendship is more important than a more effective institution. It is true that several legislators would be inconvenienced but we need to acknowledge that the pres- ent system has inconveniences that prevent a number of people from serving in the Legislature. Legisla- tive service cannot be considered an enttlement. This allegation of legislative self-irterest is not paranoia. Here are a tew examples from the past. The constitution authorizes the division of senate districts into two separae districts for electing mem- bers cf the House of Representa- tives. Even though house subdistricts would improve legis- lator-constituent relations, it has not been done. Such a division would endan- ger the seats of a handful of legis- lators would find themselves competing with other incumbents because new boundaries throw them into the same districts. Then there is the manner in which the change to 4-year terms was implemented. For the conven- ience of the legislators, districts elect all legislators every four years instead of having staggered terms for the two house members so that one house member would run in each election. The reason given for this arrangement? It was convenient for legislators to campaign as teams. Here again, personal con- venience trumped responsive gov- ernment. North Dakota isn't the state it was 125 years ago. State govem- ment can no longer be ad hoc sideshow while a major economic boom is redoing our economic, so- cial and political environment. Consequently, the legislature cannot be run for the personal con- venience of its members. The 80- day flexible legislative schedule warrants serious consideration personal objections notwithstand- ing. Extension Exchange The Great Grain M.vste .rv: Be an Information I3etecfive If you have a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance or celiac dis- ease, you must avoid or limit your consumption of certain grains. However, these conditions are quite different despite their similar digestive symptoms and foods you need to avoid. Be a detective in solving this great grain mystery: How are celiac disease, wheat allergies and gluten intolerance different? The first suspect in our case is celiac disease. It's is an autoim- mune disease that is developed partly due to genetics and is trig- gered by environmental factors. The body reacts to the protein gluten by attacking its own organs. The intestinal wall is damaged when those with celiac disease consume gluten. This damage causes the body to absorb fewer nutrients. Unpleasant digestive symptoms such as abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea and bloating may occur because of the damaged intestine. Celiac disease also may show itself in the form of an itchy rash called dermatitis her- petiformis. Those with celiac disease must eliminate gluten from their diet. Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley. Celiac patients also must avoid oats unless they are labeled as pure oats. That's because most oats have been processed on equipment that also has been used to process gluten-containing grains. If you have celiac disease, you also must be careful to avoid gluten in hidden sources, such as toothpaste, soy sauce, gravies and medications. People with celiac disease can seek help with food choices through a dietitian and general health advice concerning thi s disease from their physician. Wheat allergies are the next area we'll investigate. Food aller- gies trigger an immnne response in the body. The body recognizes a certain substance as a foreign in- vader and begins fighting it in an aggressive manner. This attack is called an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction can be deadly or cause very serious health complications. The only way to prevent an allergic reaction is strict avoidance of the food. A wheat al- lergy would fall into this category. Those who suffer from wheat allergies may experience hives; itching; swelling of skin, lips and throat; and difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include nau- sea, vomiting, diarrhea and ab- dominal pain. People with a wheat allergy can enjoy rye and barley products with no harmful symptoms. However, they must avoid wheat and wheat products, as well as foods that may have come into contact with wheat. Food labels must state if the food product contains wheat, so those with a wheat allergy should read labels carefully. The final subject in this mystery is gluten intolerance. A food intol- erance is not a food allergy. Unlike food allergies, food intolerances do not involve the immune system. Instead, the body cannot digest part of a certain food or nutrient. Lactose intolerance is an example. A person with lactose intoler- ance may experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas and bloating when consuming certain dairy products. Those with lactose intol- erance are not allergic to milk; they simply cannot digest the lactose (natural sugar found in milk). Some people are born with intol- erances, but you can develop food intolerances later in life. Our investigation has revealed that celiac disease, wheat allergies and gluten intolerance are similar in many ways but are very differ- ent conditions. ......... Talk to your doctor, the ultimate sleuth, if you are experiencing symptoms. Sources: Leah Haak, NDSU dietetic intern, Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension jbod and nutrition specialist, www.elemson.edu/ex- tension/hgic/food/nutrition/nutrition/special_ne eds/hgie4158.html, www.celiae.org Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Spring is upon us, it's Time to evaluate your W'mter Wheat Stand According to the USDA NASS release in mid-January, an estimat- ed 750,000 acres of winter wheat was planted in North Dakota last fall. Farmers should be heading out into their winter wheat field soon to assess for any winter injury. Fol- lowing this year's weather fluctua- tions, many may be wondering how well their winter wheat sur- vived. Stated in the Ducks Unlim- ited Agronomy Newsletter, this year's soil moisture content is high- er than compared to last year at this time, a factor contributing to last year's mid-winter losses. Having a good stand in the spring is key to a productive win- ter wheat crop. There are a few fac- tors that will affect the growth of your crop this spring. The temper- ature at crown depth has the most definitive impact. Wheat resistance to freeze injury sits around a max- imum of-5 ° to -10°F at this level. A nice snow cover over your crop will help to insulate during the over wintering stage but standing water and ice sheets may pose a risk. Those who need to closely evaluate their stands are growers who lacked adequate standing residue to hold snow cover overwinter, exposing bare soils. Other factors include the state of hardening, variety sown, and your planting date, effecting the size and vigor in the fall. Just because your stands are looking a little thin, or brown does not necessarily mean all is lost! Ac- cording to the latest agronomy newsletter from Ducks Unlimited, thin, ratty-looking stands have been known to produce some surprisingly good yields. There are several ways to evaluate your winter wheat crop. One way to check for winter injury is to dig up a few plants, keep them moist and bring them inside for about a week. New white root growth after this period is a good sign. A "bag test" can also be per- formed by clipping roots 1" below the crown and 1" above the crown, rinsing in cold water and placed in a Ziploc bag filled with air. Repeat rinsing every two days; plants that are not growing after six days should be considered dead. The lat- est Ducks Unlimited Agronomy newsletter warns of"false positive" bag tests, with shoots producing growth, but not roots as they are more prone to freeze injury, "pro- ducing a brief'green-up' in the field, followed by a quick die back." Some things to remember... Leaf bum does not mean the plant is dead. Stands of 20-25 plants/sq, ft. is desirable but stands as low as 5- 8 plants/sq, ft. have potential to yield well when weather and manage- ment produced adequate tillering. Consider the uniformness across your entire field. Small seedlings that barely emerged may take some time to accurately assess. Dates to Remember: April 13 - 4-H Annual Variety Show 3pro - City Auditorium, Park River April 21 - Pesticide Certification/Recertification 9a-3:30p - Walsh County Extension Office, Park River THIS IS THE LAST TRAINING FOR THE YEAR I