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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES APRIL 23, 2014 F TH E EDITOR&apos;S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA00B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS When we were kids my parents went full Catholic with our Lenten observances. In addition to Sunday services we would take part in Fri- day Stations of the Cross, the oc- casional weekday service and giv- ing up something including meat on Fridays was not a suggestion. When we hit Holy Week it was like see- ing the final miles of a marathon - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, East- er Vigil and candy on the horizon. The whole shebang was topped off with Easter bonnets, little gloves, suits, and sweets left by a fluffy bun- ny. This year, my little family man- aged our regular Sunday services, but the best I could do beyond that was Good Friday. It wasn't easy. The kids were tired and hungry and whiny and loud and a little embarrassing. Some days I think it would be easier to just stay home, but I suppose if it was all about easy, there would be no East- er to celebrate. I commend my parents for not taking the easy way out when I was a kid. It left me with a faith I didn't know I had until I was determined to do the same for my kids. I love Easter from the religious suit and tie. aspect to the family time, bunny and They were probably the fanciest beyond, kids in the congregation. I miss the We went to the Spring Carnival days when a new Easter dress was at Park River Area High School last Saturday to indulge in a little egg hunt and bunny action. The kids took pictures with the bunny. Gary cried when he won a bike because he had to stop playing the fish pond game. It was wonderful qual- ity family time. Thank you to Mayor Dan for do- nating the bike my little man took home. And thank you to Sunshine Kids Center for putting the event on. Once my little man got over the ini- tial shyness and right up until nap- time kicked in, he had a great time. He sat on his bike in the living room for the rest of the day. The next day was Easter Sunday. We got Olivia all dolled up in her Sunday best, complete with booties and an oversized flower headband in place of a bonnet. Gary wore his a requirement for our Easter shop- ping. But we were not without tra- dition; in fact we started a new one. We brought Easter to my broth- er's home. He said it was a B.Y.O.E situation.., bring your own food. He did provide the treats though. By the time we got to Easter Sunday, Gary had this egg hunt thing down. He was so good at it, he found all of the eggs and re-hid them before his cousin got there. There is something about tradi- tion that is so much sweeter when it is passed on to a new generation and there is something even better when a new tradition is thrown in the mix. Alleluia. Like '" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http.'//walshcounty- press wordpress.com Hello, I've always enjoyed stories about the river. To me, that would be the Little Missouri River. It begins down in Wyoming and winds it's way across the comers of Montana and South Dakota, before entering North Dakota and eventually dump- ing into Lake Sacajawea on the Mis- souri River. It is, most of the time, a slow moving, silt filled river. Like theY say about the Red in Texas, "too thick to drink and too thin to walk on". It's pretty much cattle country from the wide gumbo flats on much of its journey, to the buttes and sharp gullies of the badlands in southwest North Dakots. The Little Missouri badlands can be brutally harsh in the winter. And brutally hot in the summer. When it is wet, the gumbo sticks to wheels, boots, and anything else it touches. When it is dry, a cow Hat walking across a gumbo flat can raise a cloud of fine dust. I always think of the tough old boys that homesteaded this country. The guys that dug a hole in a side hill, set a couple of posts in that gumbo, and nailed up a shanty along the river. Which reminds me of a story. There was this old boy that built a cabin on the river down in the bad- lands. Neighbors were few and far between. He wasn't even sure if he had any. One day he saddled up old paint and trotted off to the west. I imag- Tips ine, trotting along, he could have made it twenty miles or so in a good half day. Lo and behold he came across another homestead shack on the north side of the river. Damn, he was glad to see some- one after a couple months of no con- versation except for visiting with his horse and a handful of cattle. They had a good visit. They talked about the hail storm that stripped the leaves from the trees. They talked about the wind, which nearly always came from the northwest, but could be oh so cold, if it blew from the east. They talked about the thun- derstorms and how the lightning could light up the sky. After a couple hours of visiting, the guy pulled the cinch up on old paint and said he'd better be getting back. It was going to be a long trot in the moonlight already. As he stepped up on Paint, the other guy invited, "Come on back on Saturday. I'm having a party." "Really! What's happening?" "Well," the homesteader replied, "There '11 be a steak supper. There'll be a little drinking, a little fighting, a little dancing, and maybe a little loving!" "Count me in," the rider replied. "What should I bring?" "Oh," the homesteader, "Don't make too much difference. Just going to be you and me!" Later, Dean samaritan N(00ictv Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Thank You to the Westwood Park Theater for sharing Easter with us, We really enjoyed your play. We had our Pen Pals Come this week from Mr. Omdahl's class for an Easter Egg Hunt as well, However I was busy passing out candy and doing the Bunny Hop so no pictures. Good Friday we had The Western Miniserium come in for a service and we truly love that they think of us during the Easter season and all year long. So as you see we had a very busy week last week and we hope you all had a won- derful Easter with family and friends. This week Apr. 20th - 26th: Apr. 20th Happy Easter Easter Service 2:30pm w/Pastor Hin- richs, Coffee 3pm Apr. 21 st 10am Em- broidery Group, lpm Making Deviled Eggs 5pro Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Apr. 22nd 10am Photo:Submitted Men's Time, Making Buns, 3:30 Bible Study Above: Westwood Park Theater. Apr. 23rd 3:15 Bingo Apr. 24th 3pm Auxiliary w/St. Mary's Catholic Church Park River, 6:45 Movie Night Apr. 25th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Making May Day Baskets Apr. 26th 9:30 Mass, lpm Crafts, 2:30 Bingo Thank You to our many volunteers: Pastor Hinrichs, Linda Larson, Don- na Settingsgard, Shirley Soblik, Lois Ydstie, Arnold Bmaten, Lorene Lar- son, Jeanean McMillan, Sue Fagerholt, St Mary's Catholic Church Aux- iliary, Terry Hagen, Corrinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, Mary Thompson, Comella Wylie, Barb Ellefson. I am sorry ifI missed anyone. If you have a talent or time you would like to share please call Rose Ulland at 701- 284-7115. Z0000'rzA00VE Walsh County Health District P ..... t. P .... re, Protect, Short Shots The ND Department of Health, Division of Cancer Prevention and Con- trol, wants to make you aware of a no-cost colorectal cancer screening ini- tiative made available by state funds during the 2013 legislative session. What is the colorectal cancer screening initiative? 250 screening colonoscopies will be provided at no cost to eli- gible North Dakotans Any North Dakota resident who meets the following criteria may en- roll and receive no cost screening as long as funds are available: North Dakota resident Age 50-65 Reported household income at or below 200% of poverty, with no proof of income required Uninsured or underinsured (high deductible/co-pay or insurance pol- icy that does not cover screening colonoscopy) Has not screened for colorectal cancer or is due or past due for screen- ing No prior personal history of colon cancer or genetic colorectal polyp disorders. The cost ofa pre-op office visit and most pre-op lab work, along with the bowel prep is covered. The following ND facilities can provide these no cost screening colono- scopies: Homeland Committee Considers Sanctioning 'Pootin ' "TillS" 1S" lt!" ThiS" is it!" corn- them," Holger Danske concluded. plained D'orsey Crank as he en What's a sanction?" asked Old tered the remodeled Bohemian Sievert. ' Lodge Hall for another quick meeting of the town's 14 electors. "One more of these emergency meetings and I'm going to demand that we get paid - at least, get health insurance," he grumbled as he chose the last remaining metal folding chair behind Old Sievert. "What's the deal this time, Ork?" he demanded gruffly. "Some crank told the mayor we ought to join the United Nations in sanctioning Pootin for bullying Ukraine," Ork explained. "Who is the Ukraine?" Holger Danske asked. "Have they been sending terrorists after us?" Being the chief alert officer in charge of terrorists, this question got Garvey Erfald out of his chair. "The Russians claim they are entitled to grab any geography that has a lot of Russians," Garvey downloaded. "And the Ukraine has a lot of Russians." "If Pootin isn't sending terror- ists after us, why should we get in- volved?" asked Josh Dvorchek. "Our town has enough trouble keeping the streets open, let alone pick a fight with the Russians." "We don't even have a secretary of state to speak for us," noted Hol- ger Danske. "We need to appoint a secretary of state first." "Well, everybody is afraid that this idea could be carried to its log- ical conclusion," Garvey reasoned aloud. "If Pootin gets away with this, he could claim Mclntosh County because there are Germans from Russia there and he could claim they were Russians claiming to be Germans. And I heard there are some Russians in McLean County." Einar Stamstead suddenly saw the light. He rose to his feet. "If this idea works in the Ukraine, Norway could take half of North Dakota and Germany could take the other hale This is se- rious business," he declared. "We need to stop them Russians in their tracks by sanctioning "That's what your wife does when you celebrate too long and too loud at the Sadburg bar. She sanctions you - no food, no wash- ing, no nothing." Josh explained. "A lot of no nothing," agreed Orville Jordan. "I spose we could demand that the town bar - if we had one - not sell any Russian vodka," Einar Torvald suggested. "But that would sanction us more than them." "The president is making sanc- tions personal by tying up the bank money of Pootin's rich friends," Garvey explained. "We could do that. There's this Russian guy renting the old Soker- bey's farm for his cattle - Irloff Pavlenkovich. Maybe we could impound his cattle or something," proposed Orville Jordan, "He's not a Russian; he's an American; moved here from Mon- tana," Madeleine pointed out. "How do we know who to sanc- tion if we don't know who's a Russian?" queried Stamstead "Well, he has a Russian Tracker and we know that dog is Russian because he claims territory that doesn't belong to him and I've got the tore pants to prove it," Jordan explained. "So how do we sanction this Russian dog - kick him if he comes to town?" asked Josh. "It just don't seem right to kick the dog because he's Russian," Madeleine countered. "I think we need to appoint sec- retary of State to sort these things out for the next meeting," pro- posed Dorsey. That was the signal for a quick retreat from a troublesome prob- lem and everyone headed for the door. This time Ork didn't care. He had a cousin in Ashley who claimed to be a German from Rus- sia but her pet was a Russian Tracker. He just wasn't sure about her. o Altru Health System-Grand Forks ............... i .... 701-780-6533 h h 'He's not a Russian; he's an .,dalerlcan; o First Care Health Center-Park River ............... 701-284-4611 o McKenzie County Healthcare System Inc.-Watford City .... 701- moved here {Tom Montana,' Madeleine 842-7131 pointed out. 'How do we know who to o Sanford Health-Fargo ................................ 701-234-6292 o Trinity Health-Minot .................................. 701-857-3535 sanction if we don't know who's a o Heart of America Medical Center-Rugby ...... 701-776-5261 ext. Russian?' queried Stamstead." 2386 (Karl)_ Extension Exchange We love our volunteers Timing is everything, and my timing can be offfi'om time to time. April 6-12, 2014 was National Vol- unteer Week, a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. 4-H is a youth development pro- gram that relies on volunteers to be successful and I would be remiss if I didn't celebrate the heart of the Walsh County 4-H program. At the heart of a strong 4-H pro- gram are the caring adults - our 4- H volunteers and leaders. Walsh County 4-H is fommate to have the best of the best (okay, I'm biased, but I've seen their dedicated in- volvement first-hand and it's im- pressive)! Volunteers are the key to fulfill- ing the 4-H program mission of hdlping youth reach their full po- tential through parlnerships with car- ing adults. Currently, Walsh Coun- ty 4-H serves over 130 youth who are impacted daily by our 30+ 4-H volunteers and leaders. Our volunteers help the youth with individual projects, assist them with livestock tasks, and lead work- outs for judging teams such as crops, meats, horse, and consumer shopping. They are teaching our youth to enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, archery and shoot- ing sports. They are providing re- sources and supplies from their own pockets to introduce youth to new activities and they are teaching character traits that will make them honorable adults. Our volunteers are committed to providing the essential elements which are critical to a youth's 4-H experience. The elements are be- longing, mastery, independence and generosity. Belonging, in the simplest of terms, is creating a fellowship be- tween the youth and the adult vol- unteers and a sense of connection between group members. Our vol- unteers make a conscious effort to makelthe 2)ruth the) interact with feel physically and emotionally safe while they participate in group activities and lessons. It's about in- clusion and respect. Kids can fail or succeed and not feel threatened that they're leaming processes will be found lacking. Mastery for 4-H youth involves increasing self-confidence. Our vol- unteers excel at making the youth of Walsh County believe they are capable to accomplish the activities they participate in. Youth may en- counter failure along the way, but I've seen our volunteers encourage and problem solve with a 4-H'er to help make the experience the best it can be. TheY explore activities and projects together. They prompt and cheer. They inspire the youth to take chances and help them explore new interests. I've seen the support of volunteers help determine career paths. Independence is the pursuit of in- dividual interests. 4-H leadership opportunities and volunteer guid- ance and encouragement help our youth mature in their own self-dis- cipline and responsibility. They learn to better understand them- selves and become independent thinkers. They help form the future leaders of our communities. Generosity is the final essential element and our leaders give our youth the opportunity to discover the meaning and purpose of generosi- ty during their 4-H experience. By participating in community service and citizenship activities youth connect to their communities and learn to give back to others. These experiences help provide the foun- dation for helping youth under- stand the "big picture" of life and find purpose and meaning. Our leaders teach our youth about being part of a global community, raising their awareness about their actions and the impact on others. They mod- el compassion for others. Our volunteers are our greatest asset in accomplishing and imple- menting these four essential ele- ments in our 4-H programming, and in the development of our youth members. We are truly grateful for their time, dedication, passion, and overall belief in the 4-H mission. Thank you. If you would like to share your talents and time and are interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer please call me at the Extension Office (284- 6624) any time of year! Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Plan out your garden If you haven't been already, it's time to start thinking about your gar- dens! Having full sun, and decent soil will make a difference. Get your soil tested as a first time gar- dener to see what amendments may need to be made. It's not a bad idea for experienced gardeners to have their soils tested if it's been sev- eral years or some crop have not produced as successfully as you would have hoped. Devise a plan of where you'd like everything in your garden to go. If you feel crunched for space, that's ok. The bigger YOur garden, the more to weed! You can plant a lot ofproduce in a little area. Ifyou are new to gardening, start small. Sometimes mapping it out can feel overwhelming. Do some research on companion planting. Look up ideas of what plants tend to grow well around each other, and which ones to avoid growing as neighbors. Remember that you don't have to plant every seed that comes in your packets, either. Another im- portant step is the variety of seed se- lected. Over the years, Extension Horticulturalist Tom Kalb and 500 gardeners from North Dakota as well as other Midwestem states have devised a list of recommend- ed varieties that grow well in North Dakota. 2014's recommendations can be found at <http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/horti- culture/vegetablevarietyrecom- mendations2014.pdf> or stop into the office and we can get you a copy. Its important to know your cool crops and warm crops. Many of your leafy greens can handle cool- er temperatures and even some small amounts of frost. These can be planted inside first or sown di- rectly into the ground. I have even heard that a light frost may add some flavor to spinach and chard. Other cool crops include but are not limited to kohlrabi, lettuce, onion, celery, cauliflower, carrot cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, beets, peas, rutabaga, and radishes. Just be sure that if you decide to start these plants indoors, you harden them off before putting them directly outside and transplant carefully. Hardening off can be done by placing them out- side for a few hours at a time, slow- ly lengthening their time outside, to moving to leaving them in your garage ovemight, to being able to leave them outside most of the day. Basically, you are gradually ac- climating them to outside condi- tions. Some plants may harden off faster than others. The whole process may take a few days to a couple weeks. Warm crops include those plants such as your bean, sweet com, pepper, eggplant, melon, squash, cu- cumber, pumpkin. You want to put these in the ground when the soil is warmed up and moist and all chances of frost are gone. Those that require longer growing season may want to be started indoors, like melons, even though some seed packets do not recommended you do this so you must be very careful in transplanting. Always remember to harden off these plants as well if you start them indoors. Succession planting in your gar- den will guarantee you to have the same vegetables stretched out over a longer period of time, rather than everything getting harvested at once. There's an overwhelming amount of information on growing your own produce, but the best way to leam is to get out there and try it yourself.