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Pa e 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK ' BY ALLISON OLIHkB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I am not perfect. I am human talk. and my anxiety reminds me of that I've lost people People who every day. I often am over- were family, people who were whelmed, exhausted, and under a acquaintances, people who were tremendous amount of pressure. I friends. am human. I have strong emotions Whether you or they know it or and I cannot always be held ac- not, whether you think no one will countable for my reactions. I am care, those actions ripple for quite human, some time across a large group of We all are human, people. Some people struggle in silent We could all use a little for- agony with the simple act of being giveness for being human. We human. For some people, being have to start by forgiving our- human always will be a struggle, selves. It is so easy to listen to the voic- There are resources available es and drown in them. Some- whether you need to help yore'self times a kind word can help lift or someone else. A good place to someone out of their own head and start is https://suicideprevention- rise above the noise. Sometimes it lifeline.org. is a matter of letting someone The National Suicide Preven- know that it is okay to get help be- tion Lifeline provides 24/7, free cause sometimes just letting some- and confidential support for peo- one know you care enough to pie in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your cide Prevention Lifeline is avail- loved ones, and best practices for able 24-hours a day. professionals. The National Suicide Preven- The National Institute of Men- tion Lifeline is answered locally by tal Health website offers five Ac- FirstLink, a private non-proft or- tion Steps for Helping Someone in ganization located in North Dako- Emotional Pain: ta. The call specialist can let you Ask: "Are you thinking about know what options are available to killing yourself" It's not an easy help the person at risk of suicide. question but studies show that FirstLink can also call the per- asking at-risk individuals if they son at risk and assess the situation are suicidal does not increase sui- if you don't feel comfortable talk- cides or suicidal thoughts,ing with them. Keep them safe: Reducing a You can also help make a con- suicidal person's access to highly nection with a trusted individual lethal items or places is an im- like a family member, friend, spir- portant part of suicide preven- itual advisor, or mental health tion. While this is not always professional. easy, asking if the at-risk persgn Stay Connected: Staying in has a plan and removing or dis- touch after a crisis or after being abling the lethal means can make discharged from care can make a a difference, difference. Studies have shown the Be there: Listen carefully and number of suicide deaths goes learn what the individual is think- down when someone follows up ing and feeling. Findings suggest with the at-risk person. acknowledging and talking about The role of the survivor is nev- suicide may in fact reduce rather er simple. Sometimes we know the than increase suicidal thoughts, why. Sometimes we don't. Some- Help them connect: Save thetimes we have answers. Most National Suicide Prevention Life- times we don't. But we always will line's number in your phone so it's wonder "What if?." there when you need it: 1-800-273- "Like'" the Walsh County Press on Face- TALK (8255). The National Sui- boogcom. the memory begins to falter. Names are harder to remember. For me, dates have always been tough, Some people can remem- ber the snowstorm in 1975 or the drought in 1961. They can re- member birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas. I often forget what I had for supper last night. We were having coffee with some friends last week. You know how it is. The men were sit- ting in one group and the wives were off at another table planning their gardens and talking of their grandkids. Hello, As is always said, old age is not good, but it is better than the oth- er option. What made me think of this is my age. I'm getting old enough where I suppose I would be referred to as elderly. I used to think elderly was around 50, then I thought 60, then 70 Now I'm figuring it is in the early hun- dreds. I remember when Lynn turned 50. We were on the way to a rodeo and maybe had a cold beer. I toast- ed his birthday and Lynn said, "Just like a spare tire that's never been out of the think!" I didn't be- lieve him. That tire had a lot of wear and tear on it. And he had left tracks to prove it. But I thought he was elderly. Now some of you other elder- ly people can attest to the fact that as he might, he couldn't figm:e out the name of the restaurant. By now, we were really into this story. We wanted to try this fab- ulous restaurant out. I mean we have birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions coming up to cel- Being cattlemen, we often talk ebrate. of weather, cows, and cow stuff. So we kept after him. Finally, Steaks are cow stuff, he asked, "What's the name of that This one old boy began telling pretty flower?" us that he and hiswife had gone "Crocus?" out to supper andhe had been "Tulip?" served the best ribeye he had ever "No," he said. "That one that eaten. It was tender, flavorful, and you buy by the dozen and it smells the service was fantastic. Now this got us all interested, good." There is nothing better in life "Rose,"I asked? "That's it," he exclaimed! than a great ribeye and a baked po- tato. Well, maybe some things. "Rose, what was the name of that When he was questioned about restaurant we ate at last week?" which restaurant they had dined in, he hit a wall. A blank spot. Try Later, Dean I . Happenings at Our s, :icn . : : :Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. May is here and we have start- ed to get out and enjoy some of the warmth we have had and we are looking forward to warmer tem- peratures, green grass, and flow- ers. Next week May 6th - 12th May 6th 2:30 Worship w/Re- becca Kjelland, 3pm Cards/Games May 7th 10am Embroidery Group, 1:30 Drives RSVP, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo MaySth lpm Crochet Group May 9th 3:15 Bingo May 10th 3pm Birthday Party hosted by QPEO Sisterhood, 6pm Men's Night May llth Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3pm Craft, 7:30 Mennonite Singers May 12th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Whist Games, 2:15 Bingo Thank you to our many volun- teers: Pastor Apple, Shirley Sobo- lik, The Balyeat Family, Lois Yd- stie, Mary Seim, Mary Lund, St: Mary's Church, Father Miller, and anyone I may have missed. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. This weekApr. 29th - May 5th Apr. 29th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Peterson, 3:30 Pink Moon Apr. 30th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Making May Day Cupcakes, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bin- go May 1 st 3pm May Day Baskets, 3:30 Piano Recital May 2nd 3:15 Bingo May 3rd 2:30 Devotions w/ Communion/ Pastor Brezenski, 3pm Beading, 6:30 Movie Night May 4th Clergy Visits w/Com- munion, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3pm WII, 3pm Peeling Potatoes May 5th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Cinco De Mayo Facts, 2:15 Bingo Mow MORE IN MAY 5-2018 Walsh County Health District Short Shots by Carly Ostenrude, RN With the weather tuming to spring (finally!), kids are anxiously wait- ing to get outside to play. Playing and being physically active is vi- tal for children's health. Shape America celebrates National Physi- cal Education and Sport Week to show the effectiveness and impact that physical education and sports can have on a child's health. Here are some ways your child can stay active over the summer: Go to the local swimming pool Join t-ball, softball, or baseball Play soccer " Ride bike around the neighborhood Jump rope, play tag, or go to the park There are plenty of physical activities that kids can turn to during the summer months. Also, in honor of National Physical Education and Sport Week, thank you to our local physical education teachers and our coaches for all they do! Bitcoin Bites Homeland Security Commi e "I got to warn you people that the community is just about bank- rupt," Auditor Orville Jordan warned the Homeland Security Committee as they jockeyed for the warmest metal chair in the house. For the daredevils, the ones with cracked seats were best. "We just got another check from the state for highways," Hol- ger Danske protested. "We got a real plague of pot- holes this year and that $39 went in a hurry," responded Chairperson Ork Dorken. "And most of the potholes are still here," Holger persisted. "It seems that we can't be a town if we can't even fix pot- holes," noted Madeleine Morgan. 'We didn't have potholes in Mon- tana." "That don't seem fair, us hog- ging all the potholes," Josh Dvor- chak sneered. "I'd be glad to move that we give Montana a fair share." Holger chuckled. Something he hadn't done since last October when a black bear chased Daug into Mathilda Hertick's kitchen when she was serving up a roast and the bear saw the roast and for- got about Dawg. "We need to make some mon- ey or this town will go into bank- ruptcy before fall," reiterated Orville sternly to the inattentive citizenry. The idea of doing something thrilled Little Jimmy, the only person in town who went to col- lege. In fact, he was working on a major in world finance, his eighth course in three years "Did you know that the state constitution permits local gov- ernments to engage in any business except liquor," he reported. "That's because there will al- ways be liquor even when the ship is going down," Hattie Danske ventured. She was the last sur- viving member of the Prohibition Party in Carson County. "We don't have no money to start a business", protested Einar Stamstead. 'Didn't you hear the auditor report that we already burned up the 39 dollars from the state. "I know a business that we could start without money," Little Jimmy ventured. "People are get- ting rich overnight without in- vesting a dime." "Well, what is it?" Chief Se- curity Officer Garvey Erfald or- dered impatiently. "Bitcoin!" Little jimmy ex- claimed. "Bitcoin." Dorsey echoed. "I've heard of two-bit coins but not just one-bit. Why would they cut a quarter in half when small change can't even buy penny can- dy anymore?" "Especially in Canada. They don't have pennies in Canada." Madeleine claimed. "Wait one minute," Little Jim- my said with an air of disgust "Bitcoin is a new kind of money." "Oh! Those danged rebels are at it again,"Holger guessed. "Who's backing this money - the federal govment or Alabama? "No government is backing this money," Little Jimmy con- tinued. "It's worth what you think it's worth." "You're telling me that if I had bitcoin I could claim it's worth a million dollars?" asked Dorsey. "It Would be worth a million if someone would pay a million for it," Little Jimmy disclosed. 'What if no one thought it was worth a million<" Dorsey badg- ered the witness. "That's a little weakness in the system," Jimmy replied. "If peo- ple didn't believe in your bitcoin, you could go broke. But I got to tell you that people are getting rich because they believe in bitcoin." "What would happen if people quit believing in bitcoin and our town was heavily invested in bit-' coin?" asked Orville rhetorically." We'll be fixing potholes without state help when we lose the town's treasury gambling," queried Orville. "Don't that beat all!" exclaimed Einar. "Money that isn't money and folks make money on it. I spose you pay only as much in- come tax as you think you owe." "Our Committee on War and World economics will take this up," Ork snnounced to set off a dash for the door. Extension Exchange FromApril30th-May6th, chil- vices for work or school. But if dren, families, and communities screens of any kind interfere with around the world will rediscover the family time (including m als), you joys of life beyond the screen. I en- may want to rethink how and when courage you to celebrate screen- you're using them. free week and tmplug from digital en- For more information, visit tertainment and spend your free www.screenfree.org. time playing, reading, daydreaming, Please use the list below for creating, exploring, and connecting screen-flee activities to replace your with family- and friends, screen time April 30th- May 6th and Regardless of whether children are to reduce your screen time in the fu- consuming "good" or "bad" pro- ture. gramming, it's clear that digital en- Paint a picture, a mural or a room tertainment dominates the lives of far Write to our state legislatures too many kids, displacing all Sorts of Read a book to someone else other activities that are integral to Go bird watching childhood. On average, preschool Do yard work children spend over four and a half Watch the sunrise & the sunset hours a day consuming screen me- Bring a treat to your neighbors dia, while older children spend over Visit the library seven hours a day, including multi- Attend a local sports game tasking. Excessive screen time is * Go for a bike ride linked to poor school performance, Go to the park childhood obesity, and attention Build a fort in your living room problems. And it is primarily through Have a family game night screens that children are exposed to Organize a scavenger hunt hanv fifl marketing. Make friendship bracelets Screen-Free Week is a fun way to Start a diary or journal reduce our dependence on digital en- Clean your closets tertainment, including televisfon, Visit your relatives video games, smartphones, tablets, Organize a community clean up and computers. It's a chance for Write & perform a play children--and adults--to power Any questions about this column down and reconnect with the world or something else may be directed to around them. the NDSU Extension office in Walsh Screen-Free Week is about taking County at 284-6624, or email me at: a break from digital entertainment, jamie.medbery@ndsu.edu. I would You can participate, and still use de- be glad to help! , :~:~'~;~ ] Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Softs Committee Report Our soils committee just met this morning. A couple items you need to know. At this point it looks like they will move forward with this. recognize there are issues with the middle townships along highway 32. If you do not feel your land has been treated fairly I encourage you to ap- peal. These forms can be found on the Walsh County Tax Assessor web- site. Just saying that you are not happy with the assessment will not go too far. You have to tell us why you think it is in error. Land use errors, salinity, rocks and productivity with federal crops record to prove your yields are a few ways you can appeal it. We are also exploring a compromise method that we may or may not use for a year or so until we can figure out some of the problem soil types in the above mentioned area. We are trying our best to be as fair as possible. This is a very complicated issue. When someone's land taxes goes down someone's must go up. We are working hard on this but we can't do this alone. We need you to file your appeals with your proof so we can identify problem areas. Spring Gardening and Yard Work During this past nice weekend I actually heard lawn mowers. Now I could not identify where the sounds came from. I hope they were just get- ting them running for the new season. We are still very much in the dor- mant stage for our trees and grass. I know this is the ugliest time of the year for our yards but there is little we can do but wait. I went over my yard this weekend and picked up sticks and branches that had blown down over the winter. I also pruned my apple tree and got rid of the pruning. These are things you can do now in the yard. I still have a little snow in my yard so I was limited. The other thing you can do is maybe look up and check the condition of your shingles on the house. Mine unfortunately need to be replaced soon I discovered this weekend. Gardeners are starting to get nervous and I have even seen small ar- eas planted. We seem to be at least two weeks behind on the spring so keep this in mind before you go out and put too much in the ground. If you want to take a chance on something it would be radishes. They are very cold tolerant and if you lose them the price is very small. I think I might wait a little before the peas, tumips and onions go in. The ground is still pret- ty cold as I write this. Now would be a good time to purchase some of the seeds and sets you will need this spring to get the best selection. Schedule your appliance delivery or repair a.m. p.m. on