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PAGE 4 " PRESS PERSPECTIVES APRIL 1 7, 2013 O F ROM TH E E.PUTOn'S DESK. BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS HGTV is a lie. Home remodel- ing projects never take only three days and the chances that a con- tractor will follow you home to mag- ically update your house is slim to none. This weekend at the Olimb house was an adventure in home updates. We spent a large part of Saturday af- ternoon wandering about the Home Show in Grand Forks at the Alerus Center. ' We. accomplished just about nothing, but Gary was happy wi/,h all of the flee suckel'S he could ban" - dle. And I may have insulted the out- door patio guy when I laughed about there only being about two months out of the year to use the fan- cy pants stone patio with outdoor kitchen that I was drooling over. We left the scene without taking a stop over at the motorcycle show and then proceeded to Menards. I picked out basic paint for the hallway. We got a few odds and ends and it was back home to put it all to good use. Sunday we worked on a project to put spray foam around the underside of the bathtub. There was a plan that involved a curtain rod and a long tube to reach the back of the tub. Frank was directing the foam and I was working the Can. Af- ter a few minutes it was evident that the plan was not working so well. I tried shaking it. The whole thing blew up. When the can says -to wear gloves, wear gloves. The process of cleaning up goopy, yellow foam tookprecedence over the rest of the potential projects we had lined up. We were up to our elbows in it, quite literally. I scrubbed, and picked, and dis- covered that nail polish remover takes off more than nail polish. It was an adventure in home project fail -- it worked but not necessar- ily in the way that anyone would have liked. They always make everything look so simple on HGTV. I am slowly picking away at the layers of foam still stuck to my hands after peeling and exfoliating down to the barest layer of skin. Eventually it will become one of those hilarious stories if remember when, but for now, my hands are a little sore and the spatters of yellow stains in the bathroom are a reminder of how that day was the opposite of tun. I will never know how the folks on those remodel shows managed to get everything done in a matter of days. There might be some magic involved, but I've yet to see a home project go as well as the TV would like to portray. I can hardly get someone to come and work on my house ifI of- fer money. IfI ever do see one of these magical remodeling contrac- tors wandering around the home im- provement store I may just club him and drag him home. Like "' the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http://walsh- countypress, wordpress.com Hello, This morning is really calving season. FOrecast for half a foot of snow. Strong NE winds, forecast says winds to change to NW. Drop- "ping temperatures. But, it is wet. And from here to Texas, the mois- ture is badly needed. So tie that neckerchief on, pull the earflaps down, slip on the Carharts and mudbofts, and head for the calving pen. And Shirley, don't forget to feed my saddle horse! I'm going to watch the markets. But, on to a different story. You know, you've seen those t- s flirts and bumper stickers that pro- claim, "You can't fix stupid!" And I guess that is true. I've done dumb things in my life. Lots of them. Some intended. Some not. But I've never intentionally started a prairie fire on a warm, windy day in a drought stricken area. Which, I'm sure you are aware; the Forest Service did near Lemmon a few days ago. I'm sure the person that ordered the "controlled" bum is sor- ry. l'm sure he (or she) will slxive to find some justification for this mon- umental lapse ofjudgrnent. I've seen and fought plenty of fires. Some started by lighting. One started by an oil flare. One started times, leave their places unattend- ed as they fight fire at a neighbors. A neighbor whom they may or may not know. The neighbor may live over the hill, across the river, or someone fifty miles from them. Prairie fires are a fast moving de- mon. They can travel faster than man or truck can travel and create their own wind. A fire that is burn- by a rancher bttrning feed sacks on morrow, and the day after that. I ing on a still day can quickly be- an ice-covered dam in the winter. hope they realize that these ranch- come a traveling monster. On a One started by a loving wife bum- ers need answers and feed now. Not,windy day, they can be nearly in- ing garbage, in a barrel between the in two months. Not in six months. propane tank and the haystacks! And Not next year; I hope they realize vincible. JL I still love her. And I'm still glad the that you can t just wait for the And that is w y lFrs and ranchers jump on truclml[ tractors propane tank had no leaks. I fought grass to grow back and the hay yards and pickups with water tanks and a fire started by an arsonist in Sioux to fill up again. One shouldn't have County. I've been involved in fires to hope. You should be able to de- on Squaw Creek and Big Bottom on pend on it. Fort Berthold. I was never a fan of the seques- I've always been a believer that tration. But, and some may disagree government can be helpful. But, with me, but if I had to find places when government action, or inac- to hiy off government employe s, I tion, causes haoaa, they have to be know where I would start. responsible. I hbpe the ranchers in ' We tend to forget that those vol- Grand River find a way to get by. unteers on rural fire departments are Many lost pastureland they were de- farmers and ranchers and school- pendent upon for spring and sum- teachers and mechanics who live mer grass. Some lost valuable hay with a radio on their hip and leave supplies. Luckily, no lives were their farms and ranches and facto- lost, but some fled moments ahead ties when that radio statics a little. of the inferno. I hope that whomev- They run out from weddings or fu- er is in charge of reparations, real- nerals or hay fields or family picnics. izes that cows have to eat. Today, to- They are our neighbors who, often spray coupes and grab wet sacks and slappers and shovels and hoes and head for the smoke in a heartbeat. Be safe out there. And on a lighter note; these two old friends were sitting at the bar sip- ping on a cool one. I imagine they were talking about the weather, the Minnesota Twins, and the lack of moisture in the subsoil. One of them looked at two sor- ry looking old guys across the bar from them. "There sits you and I !n ten or fifteen years." His friend looks and says, "It's a mirror you idiot!" Later, Dean "The federal Census people are coming back," Chief Security Of- ricer Garvey Erfald half shouted as he entered the community hall where the members of the Home- land Security Committee were choosing chairs for the regular spring meeting. The announcement sent hivers through the crowd. TO ward off dis- order, Chairperson Ork Dorken banged his coke bottle and called for order. He did it twice before anyone noticed. "Where did you get those ill tid- ings?" ask&l Madeleine Morgan, the Montana voice of justice who had just returned from spending the winter in Billings where she pick- eted for the right to vote. "It's in the news,"Garvey replied. "All the cities - Grand Forks, Dick- inson, Williston, Watford City and all those other western towns are asking for a new count because they've noticed a lot of strangers in town." "They'll probably do the whole state," guessed Li.ttle Jimmy who was in his eighth year of college on the Intemet. His present major was a degree in home maintenance of- fered by Chadron Technical Uni- Homeland Committee Protests versity in Nebraska. He had been pursuing a master's in theology when an anvil fell on his foot just as his preacher- mentor came around the comer. They both thought a change in major would be for the best. The residents were beyond sal- vation, anyway, but he could do something to save the buildings. "Well, let'em come and count us again," Ole Sievert bristled as he glanced around for an empty spot to spit his snuff. It was a filthy habit. "No," countered Garvey, "we can't let them count us again be- cause they over counted us by six people in 2010 and we need those exfra'gix to get $600 more in state aid. It would take another 40 mills in property tax to replace it, con- sidering our small market value." "What market value?" asked Old m All bills are not created equal ronmental groups. The ethically questionable pay- back seemed vindictive and petty, reminiscent to the well-know state- ment by Otto von Bismarck, the Capital City's namesake: "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.'" It is easy for those who have watched the law-making process in House or Senate committee hearings or floor sessions to decipher the elected poweribrokers and/or paid lobbyists who have much to say about dictating outcomes. It's the way the game is played and the two biggest players in this session are the GOP and oil industry/lobby, both of whom have the advantage of an un- even playing field. Another example of that surfaced in a Senate Appropriations com- mittee hearing last week on HB 1234, a long bill at 20 pages, relat- ed to income tax withholding for oil ,J~ . . and gas royalties, to od exWactaon tax definitions and exemptions, and the state-tribal oil tax agreement. It earlier passed the House on Feb. 25 by a 72-21 margin and has been in the Senate ever since. The House vote showed partisanship On July 4, 1776, Congress gave final approval to the Declaration of Independence including the state- ment that "all men are created equal?' Letus not forget women, even though throughout time not all people have been treated equal or. fair. Progress, however, has been made and most hope America will continue to hold to and improve upon the resolve of equality for all. But the word "equal" does not al- ways apply to the bills or their treamaent in the 63rd Legislative As- sembly. Some are.long and others are short. Some are clear and others are complex; some are convoluted. Some are strongly lobbied and oth- ers only carry quiet voices of sup- port or calls for rejection. Many bills, however, are similar in that they are political in policy and partisanship, which can contribute to process inequality and even ug- liness. An example' of that was en- gineered last week by Rep. Todd Porter, R-34, Mandan, when he ad ted an amendment'to a senate bill to punish specific environmental groups; the senate bill had nothing to do with the house bill already passed that referenced the envi- New Census Sievert. He's had his house on the market for four years and got nary a bite even though he had an indoor toilet. "How did the Census miscount by 35 percent?" asked Einar Torvald as he shook his head. "If you ask me, they applied that estimate system used in congested urban areas," assumed Orville Jor- dan, the retired depot agent. "They just figured two people times 14 houses and got 28," "But we don't even have 14 houses unless they counted the two chicken coups. "If they took away those six over 6ounted people, we would have to do one of those sequester things and cut back on services - maybe plow only one lane of snow next winter," Little Jimmy ven- tured. "We could bum down a few empty houses in case they do that street count again and multiply two by fewer houses," offered Orville. "Once them Census people get into town, they'll know we don't have 28 people by who's not down- town, Einar prophesied. "We need to fake it." "Yeah! Let's get us some folks like that policeman down at Amidori - at least two of them in every front window," suggested Holger. "Just light a big firecracker on the street and we can get instant dum- mies in every window now," Josh smirked. "We need to convert our terror- ist waming system to a U. S. Cen- sus alarm - one if by road and two if by track," Garvey suggested. "Maybe we should just pray that the Census :will send the same people who did the last count," Lit- tle Jimmy proposed. "I count them as friends and who knows? They may end up giving us even more res- idents." On that cheery note, the com- mittee applauded, pulled on their jackets, and headed for the gardens. Ork just scratched his head. and, in turn, GOP support of the oil ,industry, as only four Republicans voted against the bill. The strong oil lobby stepped up once again last week in Appropri- ations Committee testimony in sup- port of tribal tax provisions of the bill. " Increasing the share, of oil and gas tax revenue returned to the Three Affiliate Tribes (is) a timely and reasonable request," said Rori Ness, president of the North Dako- ta Petroleum Council. He said that if operators do not drill the projected wells as a result of costs and fees on the reservation, the state will see a much larger deduction in revenues. It was suggested in brief discus- sion that the financial increase for the tribe was needcxt since the reser- vation has a Sovereign government that can determine who drills, and when, on reservation land (business decisions the legislature should stay out of). Ness testified of the need for fi- nancial increase on the reservation because of the demand placed upon the land by the oil.industry. "Just like in the counties across the oil patch, rapid oil andgas development has impacted Fort Berthold," Ness said. He also suggesting needs for that specific community might be greater than in the general oil patch because the reservation was lacking services and infiastructure before the boom and most recent infrastructure concerns. Reservation needs and oil- operation stability on tribal lands support the need for the bill, Ness added. Fred Fox, vice chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, testified that the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation faces the "true cost" of oil ex- ploration "financially and in terms of human impact." He said much of the tribal income goes to basic tribal government services such as " healthcare, affordable housing, potable water law en- forcement, elderly services and road maintenance and improve- ment." Fox said the Tribal Business Council continues its Stated position: " both the state and tribe (should) share equally in the oil and gas rev- enues generated on the Fort Berthold Reservation." HB 1234 is a good vehicle to cre- ate oil industry revenue "equality" for all of North Dakota's men women and children. The commit- tee agreed with a "do pass" recom- mendation - but only after an amendment that clouds trust and im- plies greater legislative equity. If the bill passes, the tribe will now be required to report annually t6 legislative management the fi- nancial investments in "essential in- fi'astructure and fees and expenses." That begs a question of just how much the legislature is staying out of the business of a sovereign nation. John lrby decided to retire early in late 2011 as e~itoi" of the Bismarck Tribune. He is now a freeEmce writer, private investigator and man- agement consultant. He can be reached atjohn- robertirby@hotmail.com. Extension Exchange Nourish Your Bones As the ice and snow continue to keep their grip on our chance at spring, I personally think it's be- cause I finally managed to make it one whole winter without an em- barrassing slip and this is Mother Nature's way of marring my record. Slipping and falling on ice and potentially breaking a bone is a real concern for many in our community. But ice or falling aren't the only culprits involved in breaking bones. Keeping our bones healthy and strong is a life- long process for all ages. As we get older, our bodies may break down bone faster than we can make new bone. This can cause problems if our bones don't have enough stored nutrients to keep them strong. Eating nutrient- rich foods and getting weight- bearing physical activity help keep our bones in good shape no matter what our age. Get Your Calcium Calcium provides strength to bone frame work. Individuals be- tween ages 19-50 need 1,000 mil- ligrams (rag) of calcium each day, while those over the age of 50 need at least 1,200 mg each day. Drinking milk instead of sodas or other sweetened beverages is a good step toward better bone health. Good sources of calcium are milk, try 1% or, skim; nonfat yo- gurt; fortified orange juice; Swiss cheese; sardines; collard greens and spinach; broccoli and vanilla ice 'cream. Did you know that fat- free milk has slightly more cal- cium than whole or 2 percent milk? Whole milk usually has about 291 mg of calcium per serv- ing while fat-free milk provides 302 mg per serving. Don't Forget the Sunshine Vitamin Vitamin D is essential to bone health. Without it, bones may be- come brittle or thin. Although our bodies make vitamin D naturally from exposure to sunlight, people who live in an extended winter time (such as us!) do not have ad- equate exposure to sunlight to make enough vitamin D. Defi- ciency is becoming more and more common. Nutrition experts recommend 1,000 (or more) Inter- national Units (IU) of vitamin D each day through fortified foods and supplements. Good sources of vitamin D include salmon, tuna and milk. Eat Plenty of Greens Leafy greens are a good source of Calcium, vitamin K and many other nutrients that are important for bone health. Good examples include parsley, Swiss chard, kale, broccoli and spinach. Aim to eat at least three servings (2 to 3 cups) of vegetables each day. Keep Moving Staying active is impo ant for bone health. Whenever your heel hits the ground, it helps increase bone density and decreases osteo- porosis. Try these weight-beating, bone-friendly activities: walking or jogging, dancing, weightlifting. It's also important to keep alco- holic drinks to a minimum. Women should have a maximum of one drink per day while men should stick to two drinks per day or fewer. Drinking too much alco- hol may decrease bone density and put you more at risk for bone dis- ease. Smoking can also increase bone loss, along with all of the other negative impacts it has on the heart and lungs. Calcium isn't the only bone- healthy nutrient that is presentin our diets. Fifty percent of our body's total magnesium is found in our bones. Good sources of magnesium come from halibut, al- monds, spinach and beans. Boron, found in dates, raisins, prunes, al- monds, hazelnuts, peanuts and ap- ples, is a min6ral used for building strong bones and treating os- teoarthritis. Without adequate zinc your bones cannot maintain them- selves. Zinc is an important co-. factor in the stimulation of bone building osteoblasts. Good sources of zinc can be found in oysters, beef, port, baked beans and yogurt. For more irfformation about nourishing your bones visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/fea- tures/nourish-your-bones or con- tact the alsh County Extension Office. Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Be on guard, it is flood season We all know with spring that "foot high dike the base should be 12 means mud, slush, and warmer weather this also means flooding could be on the horizon for many of us. As we know this can cause huge problems there are some things we can do to prevent or lessen the dam- age to our homes and buildings. This article will highlight sandbag prepa- ration and placement. feet wide. The dike should be one foot higher than predicted crest of the water. Use a staggering pat- tern for the bags, placing them par- allel with the flow of the water. Once the dike is built it should have a pyramid shape to it. The next step is sealing the dike. This can be done by placing plastic over the water side When flood prevention is men- of the sand bags it should extend one tioned the first thing that comes to foot past the bottom layer of bags mind is sandbagging. This method, and one foot over the top of the is quite effective. The bags are bags. Use bags to hold the plastic in made of a woven polypropylene, place. If seepage does occur a sump According to NDSU publications pump can be used to transfer the wa- sand bags should be filled about half ter over the dike. When the waters full and tied near the top. When se- have lowered and it's time to dispose lecting the location for the dike to be built take advantage of the nature of sand it's recommend that the sand of the land the dike should be low not be used in a sand box, flood- and short. Do not build right next to water is considered polluted. The a building it's recommended to sand can be used for construction- leave eight feet between the dike and al purposes. the building. When starting the As the snow is melting and wa- dike be sure to remove all snow and ters are getting high remember to ice so the bags will have good watch the height andconsiderbuild- contact to the ground, ing a dike. Nati'onalweatherser- When starting to build the dike vice.gov and NDSUExtension.com the base should be three times the are a couple of helpful sites for flood height for example if you want a 4 watch. 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