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UNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 Page 5 Photo: Submitted Above: Organizers of the annual Milton Ride for Life, held Good Friday each year, recent presented a check to Alim Hospice with mon- ey raised in the 2018 ride. Pictured are (L to R) Tony Gratton, Travis Peterson, Emily Balsdon representing Hospice, Jonathan Jonas- son, and Dan Balsdon. Despite the cold weather they had great support from local participants and were able to present Ainu Hospice with a check for $14,361.00. Previous to 2014 all monies were given to the local Relay for Life, following is what has been raised since then and used locally: 2014- Pembina County Memorial Hospital Chemo Infusion Dept, $10,110.00; 2015- Hospice, $8,000.00; 2016 - Altru Hospice, $11,262.00; 2017 - Allm Hospice, $15,029.00; and 2018 - Altm Hospice, $14,361.00. Next year marks 20 years since a small group of guys started riding together each Good Friday and each year as the group grew bi er they decided to do it as a fundraiser. The committee would like to thank CHS for your generous donalion towards our apparel for this event and also tothe num- ber of CHS employees that used their volunteer time to help throughout this event. Tomorrow's leaders and meeting season By Chuck Damschen joined Rep. Monson and I at our desks for the Rep. District 10 floor session. As we visited after the session BISMARCK, N.D. -- In my last report I closed for the day, Colton expressed interest shared my experience with a program called in going to the Governor's office. A short walk "Tomorrow's Leaders Today". This is a down the hall and a visit with the reception- hands-on youth program that gives participants ist, and Governor Burgum came out between first-hand experience learning leadership, cit- meetings to greet Colton and his Dad. One of izenship and government. Now known as the Governor's aids stayed and visited when "Building Tomorrow's Leaders", the pro- the Governor had to go back to his meeting. gram was developed in large part by Macine I always appreciate visits from constituents Lukach and Dawson Schefter, along with the as it gives me an opportunity to get better ac- NDSU Extension Service. NDSU Extension quainted with them, and young leaders like Service and the ND Department of Public In- Colton instill positive hope for the future of struction have expanded the program while our state. state funding makes it widely available to Interim committees have been kind of schools in ND. Anyonednterested can learn quiet for now, although when you read this I more by contacting your local County Ex- will have just returned home from an interim tension Agent. Human Services Committee meeting in Bis- One of the original participants in the pro- marck. Like many of you, I have had a num- gram, Colton Willits from Walhalla, accept- her of local meetings within the District. As ed my invitation to come out and visit the Leg- a township supervisor there was our annual islature during the Session. He and his Dad meeting and the equalization meeting, as spent most of the day at the Capitol, and Colton well as the Cavalier County Twp. Officer's As- sociation. As a legislator I serve On the Pem- bina County JDA, and earlier attended the Pembina County Twp, Officer's Association meeting, recently the open house at Frost Fire Park, Munich Fire Department where I serve as a director, and of course the District 10 Re- publicans delegate-,meeting and the State GOP Convention. Don't forget several coop annual meetings, and Cavalier County Water Resource Board meetings where I serve as a director. And the CCMH Health Fair. This is a busy meeting season, but I feel that by attending meetings, especially in our dis- trict, I stay closer to the issues and needs of my constituents and am able to better address and represent them legislatively. Even so, I still ap- preciate the phone calls, emails and face-to- face visits. Please keep those coming. Have a safe and blessed spring! Editor's Note: Damschen is a Representa- tive for District 10 in the North Dakota House of Representatives. Ask a Doctor: Dr. Mandi Johnson answers about Hepatitis C Screening Dr. Mandi Johnson have hepatitis C have absolutely Centers for Disease Control rec- catch diseases early. Hepatitis C PARK RIVER, N.D.- Hep- no idea they are infected! This ommend that anyone born be-screening is just one of many atitis C is a liver disease that is virus can be asymptomatic for tween 1945 and 1965 be screened things you can do to live a long caused by infection with the hep- years. If we know you have hep- for hepatitis C. and healthy life. So pick up the atitis C virus, a virus that lives in atitis C, we can successfully treat The good news is that screen- phone and schedule your annual your liver cells. The infection you! However, if you have the in- ing for hepatitis C is easy. All we exam or Medicare wellness visit! spreads when blood contaminat- fection and don't know it, this can do is order a blood test! If you are First Care Health Center is ed with the yirus enters the blood- lead to liver damage and even between the ages of 53 and 73, honored to have the opportunity stream of an uninfected person, death. . you shoUld get this test. But oth- Question: I've seen ads for A lot ofpeople assume they are er patients might need this test, too, to provide Park River and sur- hepatitis C while watching tele- not at risk for hepatitis C because depending on their risk factors, rounding communities with qual- vision. Do I need to be screened they have never used drugs or got- Should you hurry up and callity and professional care - all for hepatitis C? ten a tattoo. However, infectious your doctor? The best way to take day, every day, all year. To sched- Answer: This question has control practices have changed care of this is through your annu- ule your annual exam or Medicare come up several times during the over the years. In fact, hepatitis C al physical. The purpose of a wellness visit, call 701-284-7555. past week. Hepatitis C is a virus, wasn't even discovered until 1989 physical is to sit down with pa- Editor Note: Johnson is apri- It has been estimated that 50% of and donated blood was not tients while they are healthy to talk mary care physieian at First Care people in the United States that screened for this until 1992. The about ways we can prevent and Health Center in ParkRiver. GRAFTON, N.D. -- The gency response and inordinate Walsh County Commission de-wear on firefighting equipment clared a Fire Emergency Monday, may be far in excess of available April 30 and also implemented a County resources; Fire Ban,on all open burning un- NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT til further notice. Dry conditions RESOLVED that the Board of and high winds continue to create Walsh County Commissioners de- Very High to Extreme Fire Con- clares a Fire Emergency for all of ditions. Please hold all your burn- Walsh County; and ing until conditions improve and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Burning Ban is lifted, that the Board of Walsh County The Fire Emergency Declara-Commissioners proclaims that a tion and Burn Ban Proclamation is Bum Ban is,in effect for all of as follows: WHEREAS, Walsh County Walsh County on all open burning continues experiencing abnor- including but not limited to range- mally dry conditions coupled with land, cropland, ditches, tree piles, significant fuel supplies, resulting campfires and garbage and will re- in extreme fire potential; and mains in effect, until further notice. Pursuant to NDCC 37-17.1- WHEREAS, all available re- sources remain committed to the 10, any person who willfully vio- protection of life and property; and lates the burning ban established WHEREAS, the existing .con-by this resolution is guilty of a ditions make fires a continuing Class B misdemeanor which is threat to the health, safety, and punishable by a fine of up to wellbeing of the citizens of Walsh $1,500 and 30 days in jail. County; and Dated this 30th day of April, WHEREAS, the cost of emer- 2018 at Grafton, North Dakota. GRAND FORKS, N.D. Paul Sigurdson, Edinburg, N.D was re- elected vice president of the board of directors of Square Butte Elec- tric Cooperative at the coopera- tive's annual meeting held April 6, 2018. Sigurdson represents Nodak Electric Cooperative,: d Forks, on the ' utte board ! Square Butte is a generation and transmission cooperative that sells wholesale power to Minnkota P.ower Cooperative, Inc Grand Forks, and MinnesotaPower, Du- luth, Minn. Square Butte and Minnkota share common man- agement and are owned by the Photo: Submitted same 11 electric cooperatives in eastern North Dakota and nortla- western Minnesota. I0 IO "~ back around t0the breastbone. It can also appear above an eye or on the side of the face or neck. In addition to the rash, about 20 to 25 percent of those who get shingles go on to develop severe nerve pain (postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN) that can last for months or even years. And in rare cases; shin- gles can also cause strokes, en- cephalitis, spinal cord damage and vision loss. New Shingles Vaccine The Food and Drug Administra- tion recently approved a new vac- cine for shingles called Shingrix (see, which provides much better protection than the older vaccine, Zostavax. Manufactured by Glaxo- SmithKline, Shingrix is 97 percent effective in preventing shingles in people 50 to 69 years old, and 91 percent effective in those 70 and old- er. By comparison, Zostavax is 70 percent effective in your 50s; 64 per- cent effective in your 60s; 41 percent effective in your 70s; and 18 percent effective in your 80s. Shingrix is also better that Zostavax in preventing nerve pain that continues after a shingles rash has cleared - about 90 percent ef- fective versus 65 percent effective. Because of this enhanced pro- tection, the Center for Disease Con- trol and Prevention recommends that everyone age 50 and older, receive the Shingrix vaccine, which is giv- en in two doses, two to six months apart. Even if you've already had shin- gles, you still need these vacc'mations because reoccurring cases are pos- sible. The CDC also recommends that anyone previously vaccinated with Zostavax be revaccinated with S gr . You should also know that Shin- grix can cause some adverse side ef- fects for some people, including muscle pain, fatigue, headache, fever and upset stomach. Shingrix - which costs around $280 for both doses- is (or will soon be) covered by insurance including Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, but be aware that the shingles vaccines are not always well cov- ered. So before getting vaccinated, call your plan to find out if it's cov- ered, and if so, which pharmacies and doctors in your area you should use to insure the best coverage. Or, if you don't have health in- surance or you're experiencing medical or financial hardship, you might qualify for GlaxoSmithKline's Patient Assistance Program, which provides free vaccinations to those who are eligible. For details, go to Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of'q'he Savvy Sen- ior" book. To the Editor: To the Editor, Recently the interim Government Ad- ministration Committee under Chair- man Scott Louser has been receiving tes- timony concerning the Emergency Med- ical Services grant program and concerns people have in how the grants are being administered. The case has been made that the grant program needs fixing, and while likely a formula will be put in place by the legislature for next biennium, that won't fix this biennium. The purpose of the grants has been to fund essential emergency medical serv- ices across the state so no one is an un- reasonable distance and time from emer- gency services. Testimony has been that the grant program changed radically this year and services that needed nothing in additional grants got most of the money, while struggling services received very little support. There were two rounds, the first was simply a payment per run of the ambu- lance so the more runs, the more money. The second round was competitive, tes- timony was that services which were part of a large health network with professional grant writers did Very well, and services where a couple volunteers sat down and filled out the application didn't do well at all. Concerns have been expressed that two years of the same will leave some serv- ices seriously in debt and survival is ques- tionable. Now the relatively good news is that this is not written into law nor rules. It is a policy of the State Health Department how these grants are distributed. As such, it can be changed very rapidly. But the executives in charge must decide to do that. Conditions vary greatly across the state and individual services so I would encourage you to check with your serv- ice and see how they have been affected, and then to contact the people in charge, Governor Doug Burgum, 328-2200 and State Health Officer, Mylynn Tufte, 328- 2372 with any concems with the program. They may have a staff person assigned to this so don't just ask for them and then hang up when you don't get through, ask to speak to the person in charge of the EMS grant program. Be aware that your local service may be in need of additional support, and it is likely that local support will be critical in the not distant future if your local EMS service is going to continue receiving state grants. The Committee will likely meet twice more this interim, next tentatively near the end of Jnne, and it would be helpful to re- ceive your testimony and ideas either to the committee or individual members as well as your local legislators for what to do going forward. -Sincerely; Representative Marvin E. Nelson, District 9