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ERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY,. MAY 3, 2017 F RO 4 TH E EDITOR'S DESK.. BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS On Friday an area student stopped by the Press office in Park River to job shadow what it is like to be me. The trouble is, it is prac- tically impossible to explain what it is that takes place from week to week, year to year, in a single day. I gave her the fast forwarded version with a bit of the interesting and a bit of the boring. We visited with Park River Farmers Market coordinators and wrote a story, then we updated the sudoku and trivia page files. We played the ' hat do you want to be when you grow up" game. There are far too many seniors who when we ask futm', goals respond with something along the lines of as far from here'as possible.' The troth is you should never let the job you want overshadow t.he kind of life you want. Plenty of authors, artists, inven- tors, business people, doctors, en- gineers and more come from rural places, so dream big and make your life the one you choose. "Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book.com. Hello, You know I always wanted to be a cowboy. Sometimes I feel like 1 madc it, and sometimes I feel like 1 never could be one. This weekend was one for the cowboys. And the cowgirls. The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame 'announced the new in- ductecs into the hall. The cere- mony will take place in June. I have fi'icnds and neighbors that will be inducted. And my Grandpa, Herb Birdsall, will be honored as one of the early ranch- ers in North. Dakota. Damn, I miss him. The hall also honored Brenda Lee Pickett and Ashley Alderson. These two young ladies became Miss Rodeo America and made North Dakota proud! A hew exhibit was unveiled honoring the 21 young cowboys and cowgirls that have been Na- , In their fifties, they found out lps tional High School Champions! they decided to try lunch at a Our daughter was one of those Hooters restaurant. Because of honored. I feltlike a cowboy, the attractive young waitresses World Champions Dean Oliv- with the short skirts and well, er and Dee Pickett were on hand. you know. Two of the greatest. I grew up Ten years later they had a re- watching Dean Oliver win 8 world union. Now in their thirties, they championships in the calf roping, decided to eat at the Hooters At'88 years old, he still looks like restaurant again. The restaurant he could step off and tie one up had the juiciest hamburgers they quick, had ever had. Brenda Lee told a story of a When in their forties, they met group of young.cowboys attend- again and after much discussion, ing the national finals for the first decided to eat at Hooters. It was time. They were in their twenties, close to their hotel and the cab fare As they discussed where to eat would be quite low. that at Hooters, fifty-five would qualify you for the senior citizen ,discount. When they met in their sixties, after looking at all the options, they decided they would go to Hooters, the lighting was real good and the menu was easy to read. Ten years later, they attended the rodeo and decided to have din- ner at Hooters. It was close and it was wheel chair accessible. Last year, now in their eighties, the cowboys met again at the Fi- nals. After much discussion, they decided to eat at Hooters. Be- cause they had never been there betbre! If you get a chance, no, make an effort, visit the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora. You will be more than pleased. Later,' Dean [ .appen,ngs Our S: I mrltan Good Samaritan " Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Photo: Submitted Above: Park River Area School provided entertainment for our luncheon. Wch , ur many.yolgnte N:: Drive RSVP, 5pm this pa eek,a d,Shirley. obolig, Rosary, 6:45 Bingo ...... , ...... :. is our vQlu!?t.eer, ofthe year! We are May 9th l pm Crochet Group, looking folward tO spring returning! 3:30 l lanting Hopcfully it is soon! May 10th-3:15 Bingo This week April 30th - May 6th May 1 ! th 3pm Birthday Party Apr. 30th 2:30 Worship, 3:30 Cards/Games May 1st May Day, 10am Em- broidery Group, 1:30 DriveRSVP, 5pro Rosary, 6:45 Bingo May 2nd 4:30 Piano Recital May 3rd 3:1.5 Bingo . May 4th 2:30 Devotions w/ hosted by QPEO Sisterhood, 6:30 Movie Night May 12th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm rummage Sale, 7:30 Mennonite Singer's May 13th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, 1 pm Horse Sense Saturday, 2:15 Bingo Thank 2ou to our many volun- teers; Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, St. Mary's Church, Bonnie Von- Brugen, Corinne Ramsey, Father Miller, The K Street band, and any- one I may have missed I am sorry. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701- 284-7115. Communion, 6:30 MoVie Night May 5th Cinco De Mayo, Cler- gy Visits w/Communion, 10:30 Nail Time, 3pro Cinco De Mayo Party May 6th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Kentucky Derby Day, 2:15 Bingo Next week May 7th- 13th" May 7th 2:30 Worship w/Bethel Baptist,. 3 pin Cai'ds/Games May 8th 10am Embroidery " .i i!! !; i 'i i:i ' ,. HEARING LOSS FROM RECREATIONAL FIREAI S USE 5-2017 Walsh County Health District Short Shots Firearms are loud Exposure oto noise greater than 140 dBA can permanently damage hearing. Almost all firearms create noise fhat is over the 140-dBA lev- el. A small .22-caliber rifle can pro- duce noise around 140 dBA, while big-bore rifles and pistols can pro- duce sound over 175 dBA. Firing guns in a place where sounds i an re- verberate, or bounce offwalls and other structures, can make noises louder and increase the risk of hear- ing loss. People who do not wear hearing protection while shooting can suffizr a severe hearing loss with as little as one shot, if the con- dilions are tight. Audiologists see this often, especially during hunting season when hunters and bystanders may be exposed to rapid fire from big-b0rc rifles, shotguns, or pistols. Hearing loss due to firearm noise People who use firearms are more likely to develop hearing loss (when shooting rifles and shotguns) because the muzzle of the firearm is closer to and more directly in line with the left ear, called the "gun blast ear." People with high-frequency hearing loss may say that they can hear what is said but that it is not clear, and they may accuse others of mumbling. They may not get their hearing tested because they don't think they have a problem. They may also have ringing in their ears, called tinnitus. The ringing, like the hearing loss, can be permanent. Protecting your hearing from firearm noise The good news is that people can prevent hearing loss by using ap- propriate hearing protective'de- vices (HPDs), such as earmuffs or earplugs. However, studies have shown that only about half of shoot- ers wear hearing protection all the time when target practicing. Hunters are even less likely to wear hearing protection because they say they can- not hear approaching game or oth- er noises. While some HPDs do lim- it what a person can hear, there are many products that allow shooters to. hear softer sounds while still protecting them from loud sounds like firearm noise. Adapted from American Speech Language ttearing Associa?ion Audiology Information Se- ries' lhan those who do not. Fireann users tend to have high-fi'equency per- manent hearing loss, which means that they may have trouble hearing speech sounds like "s," "th," or "v" and other high-pitched sounds. The loss is often worse in the ear that is closer to the rifle or sho.tgun. So, right-handed shooters typically sur- lier more hearing loss in the left ear Russians Involved in California Secession Plan It has now become evident land. that the Russians have been med- Soon the Russians set their dling in the internal affairs of the sights on California, establishing United States beyond the 2016 Fort Ross north of San Francisco presidential election, for which they paid the natives While the mass media have "three blankets, three pairs of been focused on President Donald breeches, two axes, three hoes and Trump, they missed the really some beads." big news about the plan in Cali- This messing around on our fornia to secede from the Union western shore encouraged James and become a free standing coun7 ;MQnroe [O issue the Monroe Doc- I try. -; .......... The Y'es Cahfd la organization want any forel ,ners in our 1%m1: and the Caht~0mla'Freedom Coah~; '/s~ere That is stillour doctrine to tion had gathered half of the: ibis day. 585,000 signatures required to In 1841; John Sutter came put the issue on the ballot in March of 2019. But then a newsboy in Sacra- mento stopped to pilfer garbage and found a trove of documents discarded by the Yes California crowd. He sold them to CNN and a parcel six commentators let the bear out of the bag. Exposure of the plot caused the six financial backers to cancel their checks and head for some island in the Pacific: Attorney General JeffSessions is looking for them. The leader of the secessionist movement, Louis Marinelli, sud- denly left California and an- nounced he was seeking perma- nent residency in Russia. He is married to a Russian woman, who Hillary Clinton alleges was an undercovers agent for Vladimir Putin. Before leaving for Moscow, Marinelli reported in an email that the Yes California movement picked up speed after Trump was elected. This confession raised even more questions about Trump's association with the Rus- sians. By putting all of the pieces to- gether, we can see that a Russian plot to separate California from the United States was in the works. The Russians have had'a grudge against the United States since they were caught taking more than their share of seals on the Pribilof Islands. After that confrontation, the Russians be- came more aggressive in Alaska. -, The Russians had been on the scene since 1784 when Grigory Shelekhov established the Three Saints Bay Colony on Kodiak Is- along and bought Fort Ross from the Russians for $30,000, a sum Sutter forgot to pay. That also ir- ritated the Russians. We thought our conflicts with the Russians were resolved when Secretary of State William Seward bought the whole territory for $7.2 million in 1867. At two cents an acre, Seward thought the place was a steal but the Russians knew it was sweet revenge because, according to the economics of the day, it was overpriced by $2 mil- lion. All of the $7.2 million did not end up in the Russian treasury be- cause Baron Eduard de Stoeckl, the .Russian negotiator, had used money to bribe reluctant Con- gressmen to vote for the deal. And he kept $165,000 for himself. With this 150-year track record of Russian intrigue, we should not be surprised that the Russmns, through Marinelli, joined in the conspiracy to make California an independent nation. Without Califomia's 55 votes in the Electoral College, the De- mocrats would never again elect a President of the United States and the Russians wouldn't have to listen to those liberals clamoring over human rights. If the conspiracy had been suc- cessful, a source close to Repub- lican House Speaker Ryan said they would have abandoned the Mexican wall and used the mon- ey to add Trump to the Mount Rushmore Memorial right next to George Washington as a reward for anything he had done in the plot. TheYes California organization and the California Freedom Coalition had in gathered half of the 585,000 signatures required to put the issue on the ballot March of 2019. Your Community. Your Paper. Extension Exchange Debt can become a big issue for individuals and families. Creating a debt-reduction plan is a great way to write out your goals and allow you to see how much you spend and where you spend it. The North Dakota State Univer- sity Extension Service has resource at www.ag.ndsu.edu/money/to help you set financial goals, save for emergencies and manage your mon- ey. Here are some tools you can use if you are struggling to pay your debts: Online programs such as Pow- erPay (https://powerpay.org) - They provide a personalized, self-direct- ed debt-elimination plan. Credit counseling - Reputable credit counseling organizations can give you advice on how to manage your money. The counselors are trained in consumer credit and/or fi- nancial counseling. Debt management plans (DMP) - Under a DMP, you deposit mon- ey each month with a credit coun- seling organization. The organization then uses your money to pay your unsecured debts according to a pay- ment schedule that the counselor de- velops with you and your creditors: A DMP requires you to make i'eg- ular, timely payments. Completing your DMP can take up to four years. You may have to agree not to apply for or use any additional credit during this time. Debt settlement programs - In these program's, a company negoti- ates with your creditors to allow you to settle your debt, as a lump-sum payment, for a lower amount than what you borrowed. You will need to place money into .a savings ac- count each month until you have enough money to pay off any set- tlement that is reached. However, most of these companies instruct their clients to stop making any pay- ments to creditors, which can have a negative impact on the clients' credit rating. Negotiations can take years to become finalized, and sometimes a settlement cannot be reached. Debt consolidation - You may be able to lower the cost of your cred- it by consolidating all of your cur- rent debt into a lower-interest-rate loan (second mortgage or home equity are examples). However, doing this has some drawbacks. You may have to pay upfront fees Also; you will have access to the credit on your credit cards again and may be tempted to use them and be- come even more indebted. If you are in a lot of debt, obtaining a low-in- terest-rate loan may be extremely difficult. You will want to be very careful when considering a repayment pro- gram and Company or organization to help you with your debt repay- ment plan. Using some of these methods can have a negative effect on your credit. Many Companies promise to clean up a client's credit report for a fee, but anything these companies can do, you can do yourself for free. The only way to clean accurate negative information from your credit report is timel Any questions about this column or something else may be directed to the NDSU Extension office in Walsh County at 284-6624, or'email me at: jamie.medbery@ndsu.edu. | would be glad to help! Source." Carrie Johnson, NDSU Exten- sion Service personal and fimuly /inance spe- cialist, 701-231-8593, carrie.l/Ohnson. 1 @ ndsu.edu Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Pollinator Workshop Did you know that one out of every three bites of food we eat re- quires a pollinator? The Pollinator workshop is geared towards home gardeners and will cover the im- portant role that pollinators have in the United States. The focus will be good fra ik discussion on what to do with these mined shelterbelts. The discussion was on why people do' not want shelterbelts. Here are some of the top reasons; big equip- ment makes it a hassle; they catch snow and late to seed; sticks in the field; we have changed the way "we farm and don't need them anymore; on native bees, which are seeing a decline and are very important to the are getting hammered by her- flower and vegetable gardens. If you hicides and they are just a general have ever tried to grow ctldumbers, squash, pumpkins and apples in a bee challenged area you know how important they are. Gardening prac- tices and plant choices help support all pollinators like bees and Monarch inconvenience. One person said at the meeting said and I quote, "They don't like topsoil." I am not sure who said it but it was said. The non- Farm people are getting very frus- trated of their perception of the butterflies. Heather Szklarski, Mas- degradation of the land resource. It ter Gardener, will inform partici- is an issue we in agriculture need to pants about the many steps they can deal with real soon or I fear people take in their own yards and gardens not involved in agriculture will to support the health of our polli- deal with it for us. This is one of the nator populations and how they 600 pound gorillas in the room for can register as a Certified Pollina- agriculture. tor Garden. I would like to spend some time One of the hard lessons I Learned " answering these concerns. Yes, big a few years ago was the effect of equipment does make it more of a some, of the some garden dust for challenge to deal with trees, but you flea beetles and cabbage loopers can open up the headlands so you have on bees. We unfortunately can go to the next side without too made the mistake of putting our cu- much effort or loss of wind protec- cumbers next to our cabbages. My tion. Yes, we have old and dying garden partner got a little heavy shelterbelts that need to be replaced or renovated, there are government handed with the dust to kill the loop- programs for that. I am not asking ers and I am convinced this person for an explosion of shelterbelts. 1 also killed the bees." We had 3 simply want the ones we have re- plants and we got maybe a dozen placed instead of put in a pile and cucumbers all year. It took me 3 bumed. If we renovate and get years to reestablish my pollinators healthy new belts the stick situation back in my garden. So my sugges- will largely take care of itself. The tion is to plant your ucumbers on herbicide issue is quite simple, the opposite side of the garden watch the wind and if your neigh- from your cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower and if you must use dust to use it as little as possible or you could kill your pollinators like I did. Every action we take in nature has consequences. We need to be aware of what they may be. . o Are Trees so 30's? We just had our Wine in the Woods workshop in Minto with "about .65 people in attendance. It was a great meeting with some good in- formation on wine culture and a bor continues to smoke your trees after a friendly chat there are drift laws. We have changed our farming' practices it is true but that early March wind storm had nothing 0n the 30s. We are losing our most pro- ductive Soils in those stonng and whether you believe it or not we have land in Walsh County that is no Around the County Cont. page5 5-4 Dates to Remember: [ Pollinator Workshop, Extension Office Park River 6 pm I