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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS ° WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015 i FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS | I Last Tuesday I had the wonder- fill opportunity to be a guest speak- er for the Minto High School fresh- man class. My sister's students were doing a unit on journalism in their English class and she asked me to make a visit. It was a lot of fun. The topics of conversation ranged from key news values (oddity, timeliness, promi- nence, conflict, magnitude, hnpact, proximity, and human interest) to the joys and frustrations of advertising. I explained that when it comes to newspapers, every situation is dif- to'ent from tile staffsizes to the soft- (They even asked to create a mock ware, but the core concept is the advertising department.) same, newspapers are designed with the commtinity in mind. We touched on the ethics of newsgathering and the role of the ed- itor as gatekeeper, deciding what sto- ries to pursue and what to publish. The questions kept coming right up until after the bell. I was equal parts amazed at the interest and proud when I got the re- port back from the next day's class. The students' assignment was to break up into various "sections" and create a newspaper, which they dove into with great enthusiasm. The future of journalism is brighter than you know! In addition to speaking to the freshmen class, I also had the chance to crash the play practice for "The Curious Savage." I would like to add oa great big, "Bravo!" to the cast and crew. You all did a lot of work be- tween the rehearsal I crashed on Tuesday and the show I caught on Saturday. A little crazy and a lot of heart call go a long way. And that is always a good lesson to remember. Like" the /alsh Cou/lly Press on F'ace- book.cont. Hello, I have a friend. Well, hopefully more than one. But I have one friend who stops to visit every couple weeks. Now, I don't mind visiting, but this guy always has one of those stories that top any- thing I can say or do. In fact, if the news happens to be on, he can top any news story that he happens to hear. Well, the other day he stopped by for a cup of coffee and the news was on about the hmnan traffick- ing problem in North Dakota. A serious problem. But as soon as the news ended, he began telling me his tale of woe. It seems he has been shopping at the local WalMart store. He said the prices are reasonable and it is close to his home. When I said I really doubted Hat Then he told me of the strange happenings in the parking lot. It seems there are a couple of girls working the lot. They wait for a lone man to come out to his vehicle and they approach him. Now they are attractive young ladies and dressed for a hot sum- mer day. Not the coveralls and winter clothes we Dakotans are accustomed to. They explain that they would like a ride down to the new Mc- Tips Donalds (the one with the double line). Having heard there was work there, they would like to ap- ply. Now here is where it gets inter- esting. As he drives out of the lot, one of the girls slid over to him and started nibbling on his ear. Then she slips her hand in his shirt and starts rubbing his chest. Now, my friend tells me, while you are distracted, the other girls steals your wallet! that this would happen, he ex- claimed loudly that it had. He said it happened two weeks ago on Wednesday and Thursday. It hap- pened twice on Saturday, and again yesterday morning. He was hoping it would happen twice to- day. He explained that the good part was he had found you could buy billtblds for $2.99 at Walmart, and for $.99 at the Dollar store! I don't know. I wouldn't ever call a man a liar, but it seemed a lit- tle far fetched. A little short this week. Bor- rowed computer from a neighbor and in a hurry! Later, Dean (;’xxJ samaritan LL-J Happenings .at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Pictured is Corinne Ramsey and Rose UI- land. Corinne Rzunsey is our Volunteer of the Year for 2015 ! We had a great turn out for our Volunteer luncheon, we thank each and every one of our many volunteers that make our days so much bet- ter. And thank you to Rose Ullandan:Car- men Larson for putting on such a nice lunch- eon, and all you do every day. Apr. 19th-25th Apr. 19th 2:30 Wor- ship w/ Pastor Cox, 3:30 Bible Trivia Apr. 20th 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, lpm Bak- ing Zucchini Bread, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bin- go Apr. 21 st 10am Cro- chetGroup, 3:30 Bible Study Apr. 22nd Earth Day llam Resident Council, 3pm Bingo Apr. 23rd 3pmAux- iliary w/ St Mary's Catholic Church, 6:30 Movie Night Apr. 24th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Bead- ing Apr. 25th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpin Word Game, 2:15 Bin- go Apr. 26th- May 2nd Apr. 26th 2:30 Wor- ship w/Father Luiten, 3:30 Trivia Apr. 27th 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, lpm Bak- ing Date Bars, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Apr. 28th lpm PRBC Devotions Trip, 3:30 Bible Study Apr. 29th 3pm Bin- go Apr. 30th 3:30 Mak- ing May Day Baskets, 6:30 Movie Night May 1 st 10:30 Nail Time, 1:30 Mrs. Mar- tin's Class Bingo, 2:30 Photo: Submitted Devotions May 2nd 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, 1 pm Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to all our many volunteers: Pastor Cox, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Donna Settingsgard, Arnold Braaten, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Mary Lund, Dorothy Novak, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hin- richs, Sue Fagerholt, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Corinne Rain- sey, Father Luiten, and any I may have missed. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701- 284-7115. WC00S00E ABUSE INDT.CATOR5 Walsh County Health District Short Shots Could you recognize someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol on the job? What are some of the in- dicators? Some of these indicators 'are more common with alcohol abuse, some with drag abuse. Taken alone they may not indicate a problem, but these may help you decide if you need to talk to your supervisor or re- port a concern to your agency. • Request transfers to less de- manding, more independent or iso- lated jobs • Above average absenteeism, es- pecially • following a day off • Calls at last minute to extend time off • Use of sick time at begilming of shift • Late for work and early depar- ture from work • Frequent longer breaks, trips to bathroom, etc. • Declines meals or breaks with peers • Eager to begin work before ref- erences or out of state license is checked • .Failure to report accidents • Excessive insurance usage • Wearing long sleeves despite weather being warm (drug) • Bloodshot eyes, red or bleary (alcohol) • Runny eyes, or runny nose with clear mucous drainage (drugs) • Unkempt hair, lacks luster • Avoids eye contact • Thin, rarely athletic or physi- cally fit • Malnourished • May carry large purse or satchel which is kept in view or locked. • Tremors of hands • Irritable, restless manner • Headaches • Sweating • Stomach problems • Wide mood swings, difficulty in all types of relationships • Defensive or suspicious • Projects blame on others • Lies, inconsistent stories told • Demonstrates tolerance to al- cohol • Drinks alone, sneaks drinks, sensitive to comments referring to drinking • Financial problems Becoming A Nation of Political Spectators The American "electorate is gradually becoming a nation of political spectators, pushed side by the vast fortunes and ambi- tions of a new breed of political activists. We don't know if successful billionaires are bored with suc- cess or they have a yen to extend their control beyond economics but, in either case, they have ar- rived on the political scene big time. These ominous observations evolved from the announcement last week by Matea Gold of the Washington Post that a cadre of liberal donors was ready to raise tens of millions of dollars in build a new power base in the states and catchup with the Republican dominance of state governments. Working through a vehicle called Democracy Alliance, these wealthy liberals are focused on the nee d to strengthen the con- tingent of liberal legislators in an- ticipation of the redistricting of the congressional districts fol- lowing the 2020 census. Earlier this year, the billionaire conservative Charlie & David Koch Brothers pledged to spend around $900 million to fund in- formational and propaganda campaigns through think tanks and front organizations as a run- up to the 2016 elections, So the goal of the rich liberals and the rich conservative is the same -- buy the public mind, local funding notwithstanding. While these two groups face each other in a 'ground war, the presidential aspirants will con- tinue to grind millions through the primaries. Around 10 com- petitive Republicans vying for the GOP nomination will bleed at least a billion dollars out of their supporters. All of them seem to have a sugar daddy or two will- ing to place big bets to win. With less competition for the Democratic nomination, less money will be spent but it will certainly be more than is neces- sary. In any case, local money will not be counted. In addition to these two big spending efforts, we have the as- sociations and/or'interest groups 'igrepared to buy as much influ- ences they can without going to jail. While they cannot give money directly to candidates without disclosure, they can give it to an organization that can give it to an organization and then it becomes clean. For example, when California asked the Americans for Respon, sible Leadership to disclose the sources of an $11 million PAC donation, they said it came from an Arizona organization called Center to Protect Patients' Rights, which in turn got it from Ameri- cans for Job Security. There will be no transparency or accounta- bility in 2016. Both the Republican and Democratic Governors Associa- tion are selling access to gover- nors through sponsorships for which lobbyists (among them major drug industries) get to chat and feast with governors. The attorneys general are doing the same thing. The Re- publican and Democrat attorney generals are laundering money in the same fashion for corpora- tions, unions and associations that want to slip anonymous sup- port into the state. It may be legal but it may not be moral. The donations of little Ameri- cans are being submerged by the cascade of money pouring into the system made possible by a U. S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case that de- clared corporations were persons • with all of the rights of persons As soon as the case was de- cided, the citizenry knew the de- cision was not in their interest. Americans in both parties solidly opposed the ruling that allowed corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they wanted on political campaigns. According to a Washington Post-ABC poll, Democrats were 85 per cent against it; Republi- cans were 76% against and inde- pendents 81 per cent opposed. So now we have a system that renders the electorate to onlooker status Is has become pretty obvious that democracy is for sale. While they cannot give money directly to candidates without disclosure, they can give it to an organization that can give it to an organization and then it be- comes clean." Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Food Prep Evolves as the Nest Fanpfies "Mom, what college-credit class should I take next thll?" my 16-year- old daughter asked. My brain did a "flash forward." Before long, we will be wandering around a thmily-sized nest with only one "chick" left. Our youngest daughter is 11. Eventually, my husband and I will be empty nesters and that will change a lot of things, including our food preparation. From 1.970 to 2012, many changes in household size and rrua. keu p have occurred. The average size of households de- creased from 3.1 to 2.6 between 1970 and 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. In 1970, 40.3 percent of house- holds consisted of married couples with children, compared with 19.6 percent in 2012. The number oflnen living alone has jumped markedly in the last 45 years. In 1970, 5.6 percent of house- holds were made tip of men living alone and 14 percent of house- holds were made up ofwolnen liv- ing alone. In 2012, 12.3 percent of households were made up of men living solo, and 15.2 percent of households consisted of women living alone. Sometimes, when children move away, the hacentive to cook leaves along with the family members. Cooking may not seem like it is worth the effort, so some people might skip meals or graze through- out the day instead of having a bal- anced, enjoyable diet. Regardless of the number of people in your home, consider tak- ing steps to having healthful fbod options available for you and any others in your home. Maintaining a healthful diet is worth your time and can be easier than you think. Have some fun with it. Maybe your children refused to have liver and brussels sprouts, so you deleted those from your menus. Now is your chance to enjoy the fbod that you like. What if all of your recipes are thmily-sized? Try these tips to help reduce your recipes to smaller amounts: Choose recipes that are easy to di- vide mathematically, or make the full recipe and freeze the rest. Ifa recipe calls for a can of beans or soup and you woukt like to divide the recipe in half, use what you need and refrigerate or freeze the re- maining food. Label the container with the contents and date. Add seasonings gradually. Some- times you may need to add more (or less) of the spice to reach tlle desired flavor. Use a smaller pan for your re- duced-sized recipes. Check tbr doneness of halved recipes five to 10 minutes sooner than the original recipe. Keep notes about what works and what doesn't. You might find that shopping the salad bar at the grocery store is a good way to avoid wasted pro- duce. Perhaps you need a small anlount of onion or pepper in a recipe, so buying some pl:ecut onions and peppers might help you avoid waste. What if you don't like leftovers? YOU could trade extra portions of meals with a ti-iend and fieeze tbr later. Or consider leftovers as "planned-overs" and try them in completely different recipes. Try adding leftover fruit to muf- fin, quick-bread or pancake batter or blending leftover fruit with yogurt to make a dessert. If you bought a precooked chicken at the deli, use the rest ill soup, sandwiches and sal- ads. For people 60 and older, con- gregate meals or meals on wheels are good options to maintainoa bal- anced diet. Check out your local re- sources to learn more. For more tips, see "Cooking tbr One or Two" (available at ds/fi1521.pdI). If you are in the growing thlnily stage, check out the resources on the "Eat Smart. Play Hard." website at ,hdie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a/%)rth Dakota State University Ex- tenxion Ser'ic:e [od and nutrition .v;ecialit and pl@'sor in the D:Tmrtment o/1Heallh, Nutri- lion and Exelz'ise Sciences. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Spring Garden Time As the temp starts to rise outside we get in an excited state to start our summer gardens. So, I will give you an estimated time line here when you start putting in your veggies. Your whole garden should be pretty much planted by the time Memorial Day comes around, the 50% frost day is the 15th of May, and so I would hold offplanting until then for most of these plants. So, Memorial Day is usually the safest time of the month to plant everything. First we have your beans, you can plant them around the end of May, like around the 20th, to about the beginning of June. For your beets you can plant them around the middle of May to about the beginning of July. Broccoli can be planted around the beginning of May to the beginning of June. Brussels sprouts can be started here at the end of April through the middle of May, but I would wait closer to the middle of May to plant just because the soil still may be a bit cokl..,Cabbage (summer) cn alsq be started here in the middle of April and planted until the beginning of June. For carrots you can start them around the beginning of May until the end of June. Next we have cauliflower they call be planted around the middle of April to the middle of May, once again I would wait until we got closer to May for warmer soil. Celery, Corn, and Cucumbers can be planted around the beginning of June to middle of June. For Eggplants if you had them indoors you could of planted thena in the middle of March until the end of April, harvest then would be the beginning of June un- til the end of July. If you have them outside plant those around the be- ginning of June to the middle of June, then harvest should be about the beginning of August to end of September. Leeks can be planted through- out May. Kale can be planted here in the middle of April through end of May. Lettuce can be planted here from the middle of April all the way to about the end of August. Melons you can start to plant in the begin- ning of June to about the middle of that month. Next we have Okra, now with these they kind of are touchy and like it best with warm summers, so be aware of that. You can plant them throughout June. Onions you can pop into the ground around the middle ofApril 0ntil the end of May. Parsnip can be planted here in the beginning of May to the middle of June. Peas can be planted middle of April until the end of June. Peppers can be put in the ground around the middle of May to end of June. Potatoes can be placed in the soil here throughout May. Radishes can be planted begin- ning of May until end of September. Spinach seeds can be seeded in the middle of April through the middle of September. Summer Squash is plant- ed through the month of June. Swiss Chard can be planted from about the beginning of May through the middle ofAugust, qbmato's maybe plant- ed in the middle of May (if planted in the middle of May you may need to cover them if frost is expected) to the end of June. Turnips can be put in the ground the middle of April to about the middle of June. Lastly, we have watermelon, the have a short planting period which is from the be- ginning of June to the middle of June. Just another reminder that the frost possibly won't be totally ( about .50%) out of the ground until about the 15th of May, which is why plant- lng can start around tile 20th of May to Memorial Day. You can plant some of your more cold tolerant vegetables, just look at the back of the veg- gies seed bag to see if they are able to be planted in cooler soil temps. Best of Luck, and Happy Spring!