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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES APRIL 30, 2014 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS How did you spend your Saturday? Mine was spent as a rfamily day in Grand Forks ending with six kids all under the age of five at the Shrine Circus. We brought Gary (age 2) and Olivia (age 4 months) and we met up with cousins, Dylan (age 4), Ben (age 3), and Parker (age 4), and our friend Axel (age 2). Earlier in the day, the above list, except for Dylan all took part in the Hands on Learning Fair in Grand Forks, which was advertised as ac- tive involvement in the learning process with adults guiding children in the exploration process, but if you bring a two-year-old it is more like a free-for-all where you chase the tiny child from music, to puppets, and back to music, to dancing, to blocks, and back to music, before settling on a bulldozer at the play construction zone where you have to fight him to give the bulldozer back before leaving for naptime. We were among the more than 1,500 parents and kids who took part at the event at the Purpur Arena, and after our two hours there I would do it again. I learned a lot about my little man goofy clowns and the like, but I can and the things he likes and how he honestly say that I was impressed. acts with others. My kids teach me My nephew Parker and I were more and more everyday, awed at the motorcycle stunts. There were tigers and elephants and When it was time to go, we loaded up the car with two sleepy bears (oh my!) along with acrobat- babies and ran a few errands before ics and a musical magician. Dylan said that he liked the heading back to Axel's house for tigers the best. naptime. As planting season inches ever There were a few hours to go be- closer, I was relieved to have a day fore the circus and it was a far, far with no house projects, or farming, better idea to fit in a nap than it or newspaper... It was a day that would be to attempt to go without, the kids may not remember years After some 7z 7's and some piz- from now, but I will. They keep get- za, we loaded up the babies once ting bigger and tomorrow they will more and headed to the Ralph with be a little older than they were to- plenty of time to park the car and day. I hope my biggest regret in life find a good seat. never becomes not putting work The kids were probably more ira- aside when it was time for play. pressed by the toys with their col- With all the scheduling we have ored lights than they were with some from day to day, I am glad I penciled of the acts, but I can say that I had in a day, just for them. It made for a fabulous time. one amazing Saturday. Though my memory of the cir- cuses of my childhood had gottena Like "" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- bit hazy, I was certain we were in for press.wordpress.eom i I=Z = Hello, A week or so ago Gram and I went down to Camp crook. It will always be one of my favorite drives. Sometime we go down to Buffalo and then head west to Crook. Oc- casionally we go to Marmath and take the road south across the gum- bo hills. Most often we go to Rhame and head south into South Dakota, around Table Mountain, head west and cross the river just west of the the Bullock Hall. Some would say it is lonely, desolate country. I say it's a great place to raise calves, kids, and lambs. When we crossed the Little Mis- souri, it reminded me of a story I told you before when my grandkids were a little younger. A few years ago we went fishing on the Little Missouri just out of Camp Crook. Fishing is using the term loosely. We had three rods. A "Barbie Doll" pink, a "Tigger" or- ange, and a wore out blue one. Be- tween the three rods we had one hook. Since Gage was doing the casting, we soon decided that one hook was too many and removed it. It was more of a rock skipping, moss gathering, peanut butter sandwich kind of day than actually fishing. Now you have to remember that Gage was less than two, and Gracy was five. Brave little ranch kids. But after a couple hours I went off into the willows. While I was there I was attacked by a bear! Shirley and the kids could hear me screaming and see the willows thrashing around. Oh, it was an epic struggle. Final- ly, the bear got the best of me and there was complete silence. The kids kept hollering for theft Grandpa. Meantime, I had escaped from the bear and began to crawl around behind them on my belly. Now, trust me, even on my belly I still stick up a fair bit. But I did get around them. As I peeked out of the tall grass, Gracy was carrying a five foot long piece of driftwood. Gage was car- rying a big rock. They were edging closer and closer to the willows where the bear had devoured their Grandpa. Suddenly I let out a roar and charged from the willows. Gracy dropped her club, and with eyes larger than her head, raced for Grandma. Gage tried to move, but was stuck between gears and could only scream. His rock proved a worthless weapon against a bear at- tack as he dropped it on his foot. I was rolling on the ground with laughter. Till Grandma picked up that five foot piece of driftwood and whacked that bear across the back. Note to self. Grandma is not scared of bears. Reminds me of a story Grand- pa Jack used to tell. This guy came across this old mountain man sitting outside his cabin. Inside was a heck of a ruckus going on. He asked what was happening. The mountain man said a bear was in the cabin fighting his wife. And he had never seen a fight that he cared less about the outcome! Later, Dean ,,-, xl Happenings at Our samaritan Good Samaritan (f.J Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We had a very nice Easter at the Good Samaritan Society:We pray that you did as well. Lots of family and friends came in to visit. 2: This week Apr. 27th- May 3rd Apr.27th 2:30 Worship, 3:30 Holocaust History Apr. 28th 10am Embroidery Grp, lpm Baking Brownies, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Apr.29th 10am Men's Time, 2pm PRBC Worship and Lunch Apr. 30th 3pm Bingo May 1 st 2:30 Devotions w/Communion, 3:15 Piano w/Fr. Luiten, 3:45 Beading w/ESP Kids, 6:45 Movie night May 2nd 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Rummage Sale May 3rd 9:30 Mass, lpm Name That Tune, 2:30 Bingo Thank You to our many volunteers, it truly makes our days much brighter. Thanks to: Pastor Torbit, Shirley Soblik, Linda Larson, Donna Settings- gard, Arnold Braaten, Dorothy Novak, Pastor Hinrichs, Father Luiten, ESP Kids and Staff, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, I am sorry ifI missed anyone. If you have time or a talent you would like to share please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. THE Fmrs ABotrr Kzt MEbZCA ON S 'ry ]Pab Walsh County Health District ..... .... " Short Shots The Facts about Kids and Medication Safety Eve~ palent I~vs ~'s *'~*.am to s*~e med~ne ~q~ ~ ~v~ ~~, chlOxm, b,a~ e~ lrea~ mo~ ilium 500,000 pa(ents cine 0~ becm~ the/wee glwn tl~ vao~ do~ o~ m~,~ W1~e a~e ~tdm~ ~ med~re? 27% 2(~/~ 20% i 5% ~: ~ :~ ~ 38% 8% 91) - 12% ~4~ng's I~t !/our rr~a~r,~, up ~a ~ t~'etqt tim~ yml to.e t/'nn~ a~ Put e~ 1-800-222-t222 TO FIND OUT MORE ~ l~OlClNE SAFE~f VtSl T .,~A F ~1~1DS.OCt6 SAFE K:.DS Conservation Measure Deserves Honest Discussion If conservation groups follow tion organizations. through on plans to file initiative To be blunt, the conservation petitions by August 21, North groups were stonewalled. They Dakota voters will decide whether were appropriately offended. Be- or not an estimated $100 million of cause of this reception, they now the oil extraction tax (five percent) propose a constitutional provision should be diverted annually to a that would exclude legislative in- special fund for a variety of con- volvement. servation programs. It is obvious that the oil boom Even before the petitions have caught the petitioners offguard. At been filed, the proposed measure the time they launched their peti- has been a subject of considerable ti0n drive, the extraction tax was controversy. Around 25 state or- producing around $75 million a ganizations have mobilized to op- year for their proposal. Later fig- pose the measure in case it appears: ures now indicate that the proposal on the ballot, will divert at least $100 million an- As usual in most arguments l nually, a figure that has become over ballot measures, the proposal more difficult to defend. has been the subject of unfounded Now the argument that this speculation. The issue deserves money will impact land prices is more honest discussion, unfounded. Even if the entire $100 In the first place, the critics are million were spent on land pur- not without self-interest. The pub- chases, it would constitute only a lic education organizations are op- fraction of the land market in the posed because they want a larger state. share of the oil revenue; the busi- This argument raises the issue ness organizations have an ideo-: about the forces that have pro- logical bent against public duced the skyrocketing land prices spending; the farm organizations over the past six years. The market are worried about land prices; the saw a bunch of land speculators, oil interests hope to get a tax cut, some from out-of-state, who were and the local governments want driving the prices. (My relatives state support, sold 320 acres for $1.8 million. It The conservation groups see the went to a speculator from Illinois decline in wildlife habitat with the who bought it sight unseen.) drastic cut in conservation reserve I would think more money acreage. With high commodity would be spent on leasing potholes prices, farmers have been convert- and hunting habitat than outright ing more and more land to plant- land purchases. It is not realistic to ing. They also cite a number of believe that any committee would other needs, propose the purchase 25 farms an- However, the state legislature nually to the State Industrial Corn- did not give the conservationists mission, consisting of the the time of day, resulting in this pe- governor, attorney general and tition drive to bypass the legislative commissioner of agriculture. They process, were subjected to scathing criti- On the basis of a poll showing cism just for considering protec- massive support, the conservation tion of"extraordinary" places. groups felt that the legislature While some of the criticism should have been more responsive should be dismissed as campaign to their request for a sizeable in- rhetoric, there are some legitimate vestment in new conservation pro- issues involved in this measure. gramming. The more important ones are the Instead of responding to this ap- amount of money being diverted, peal in a reasonable way, the legis- locking the program in the state lature passed a token "heritage" constitution, requiring the expen- appropriation of $15 million annu- diture of the money, and the initial ally for conservation projects, with 25-year life of the program. limited involvement of the repre- There is plenty of fodder with- sentatives of the major conserva- out the horror stories. Your Community. Your News. Evry pa~ counts in th~ Walsh County Press Park River 701-284-6333 Extension Exchange eyes on Pause and think: greens when the leaves are about 2 Name a food that's good for your inches long. Consider harvesting the eyes. Were you thinking of carrots? outer leaves so your plants will con- While carrots certainly are a color- tinue to produce. Be sure to rinse the ful, healthful option linked to re- leaves thoroughly under cool water, ducing our risk of night blindness, and try a salad spinner to remove ex- leafy greens more often are linked cess water. You also can use a to vision protection, clean paper towel to blot dry the let- Among the most debilitating tuce. See eye diseases are glaucoma, age-re- culture to learn more about gar- lated macular degeneration, dening. cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Take Care of Your Eyes You can nourish your eyes with Try these tips from the Nation- smart food choices, al Eye Institute ( Macular degeneration is one of See an eye-care professional the leading causes of blindness, and routinely. If you are age 50 or old- scientists have found that diet can er, have a dilated eye exam annually play a role in preventing this eye dis- or as recommended by an eye- ease. care professional. The "macula" is a region close If you smoke, take steps to quit. to the optic nerve at the back of our Get regular physical activity. eyes that allows us to see clearly and Take the opportunity to walk outside distinguish colors. It is composed of as the weather turns warmer or find lutein and zeaxanthin, which are a partner and commit to being pigments also found in colorful physically active together. fruits and vegetables. Maintain normal blood pres- Foods that are excellent sources sure. Do you know your numbers? of lutein include kale, green leafy Wear sunglasses and a brimmed vegetables, spinach, corn peas, egg hat when you are outside in bright yolks and yellow and orange veg- sunshine. etables. Good sources ofzeaxanthin Wear safety eyewear when are kale, corn, collard and spinach you are working around your house greens and orange bell peppers, or playing sports. Consider your eyes when you If someone you know has plan your garden plot, peruse a "low vision", see the materials at farmers market or make your gro- cery list. sources to learn about cooking with Plant an Eye Health-promoting low vision. Garden If you are noticing problems If you decide to plant a salad gar- with your eyes take the short eye den, sow the seeds for a variety of health quiz from WebMD leafy greens in the spring, and con- ( sider planting a second crop later in assessment/default.htm). If you're the summer. Be sure to water the not seeing an eye doctor regularly plants well because the crispness of these questions will point your at- the lettuce will vary depending on tention to anything that might be the amount of watering. Control the amiss with your eyesight, including weeds through shallow cultivation blurriness, floaters or specks, sen- and keep the soil.loose around the sitivity to light, dryness, twitching plants: .... l eyelid; etc, Suggestions for what io You can begin hal:vegting your do .... next" are' at"the 'end of 'the qmZ.' ' Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Tractor Safety School will be of- ing when a seed absorbs or imbibes fered for ages 13-15 on May 16th water to begin the germination 6-9pm and May 17th 8a-8p. It is a process. Naturally, the kernels will good idea for all youth who work on swell and expand as they imbibe a farm to be trained in equipment water. If cell tissues are too cold, safety. Any youth without a driver's they will be less elastic as they swell license and under the age of 16 are and could rupture, disrupting the not allowed to be driving on the germination process, and destroy- farm. Youth who pass this program ing shoot cells. Kernels may not will be licensed to operate tractors over 30horsepower as well as oth- germinate at all, or chilling can eragricultural equipment. Ifyouat- cause a seedling to "corkscrew" tend this safety school at age 13, you along with other issues in beginning will receive your certificate upon stages. Once emerged, seedlings can turning 14. Oliver County Exten- be somewhat resistant to light freez- sion agent Rick Schmidt will be in- ing temperatures as all important structing the course. The cost is $40 growing points of young seedlings and will be located at the Walsh remain below the soil surface until County Extension Office in Park the V4 to V6 stages of development, River. This course is a great op- so those exposed above the ground portunity to get certified, and will during early growth are not the im- help insure safety in young farm portant growth points in seedlings. workers. Please register before May The bottom line...if you plan to 9th by calling the Walsh County Ex- plant early, early scouting for your tension Office @284-6624. field is vital to know if seed ger- minated successfully, or ifreplant- Imbibitional Chilling ing is necessary. in Corn e o.rce Next I will briefly mention im- EarlySeason Cold Stress." Corn Production http://www.agronext.iastate, edu/corn/produc- bibitional chilling in com. Spring tion/ma~agement/early/coldstress.html fever sets in and we want to start get- ting our seeds in the ground! Corn lmbibitonal Chilling and Variable Emer- kernels should have a consistent soil gence http." //www. extension, iastate, edu/Crop- temperature of 50-55F before go- News/2012/O511elmore.htm ing in the ground. If you plant too Diagnosing Chilling and Flooding Injury to early, or we have a late snow, ira- Corn Prior to Emergence https://www.pio- bibitional chilling in corn may be an neencom/home/site/ca/template.CONTENT/gui issue. Remember that corn is ad. O933603B-1C65-4039-91CE- warm season crop, with tropical ori- 433B4A 7AAB2B/ gins. Before emergence, seeds are Imbibtional chilling injury of corn. fragile to cold temperatures and wa- lisher/VHeSpfvOAgju/content/imbibitional- ter. This is especially an issue dur- chilling-injury-of-corn-unl-cropwatch-may-7-2 ing the first 24-36 hours after seed- o14 Dates to Remember: Tractor Safety School - May 16th 6-9pm & May 17th- 8am- 8pm Ages 13-15 Cost: $40. Call us before May 9th to reg- ister.