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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MAY 4, 2011 FROJ THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Last week when everyone was hypnotized by the royals and their wedding having ways, my brother was actually being hypnotized and it. Was. Hilarious. The Valley-Edinburg after prom party featured a hypnotist. but the night before that. Paula and John Langerud arranged a show for the rest of us kids who are too old for after prom parties but never too old for a good laugh. It was a moment of big city entertainment in a small town setting. It was no royal wedding. There were no bells and whistles. But it was a packed house with people of all ages exercising their funny bones. Hypnotist Mare Bachrach started the show off by telling everyone that the mind can do some strange things. For instance, if you close your eyes and convince yourself that you have a pail of very heavy rocks in one hand and a bunch of balloons in the other, your mind might j ust make you raise your hand to volunteer to be the entertainment in a hypnotist's act. He started with a stage full of people. Eventually, some snapped out of it and the crowd was whittled down to what lie called the all-stars. Smelling people, talking out of a shoe, surfing, and forgetting your name were just a few of the bits that these three performed. In the end, a number of people said, "I wouldn't have believed it if it hadn't been for Kelly. My brother, my quiet, work minded brother sat up on stage and pulled off a couple one-liners that the hypnotist said were some of the funniest bits he has ever . heard in his 31 years of doing this show. He was told that a persistent telemarketer was calling and he had to tell them something that could get them to hang up on the other end. While most folks would go the "they're not home" route offthe top of their heads, he told the telemarketer that he had called a crime scene and asked him to come in for questioning on a homicide. Original stuff. In the city, enfertainment like that may be a dime a dozen, but for one night at the Spud in Crystal, every laugh was genuinely priceless. While everyone on television was fussing over what Kate wore, hiring lip readers to get every last detail of who said what. and overanalyzing the guest list of the wedding of two kids in love over the pond. life went on in North Dakota. They may be royalty, but it isn't about the fuss and the glamour of the party, it should be about two people wanting to spend the rest of their lives together. If you hadn't tuned in. it still probably would have happened. We all didn't stop what we were doing to stare at the television. But I imagine, if the hypnotist told them to. the three on stage may just have done that. Like" the Walsh CounO' Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http : //walshcoun~'plvss. wordpress, corn Hello, Wow! What a ripper! Sixty mph winds. Maybe more. Up to eighteen inches of snow. And, being the good planner that I am, we held off calving till the mid- dle of April to stay away from storms. Since we've started. we've had two nice days. And I can't remember when they were. But. I missed most of the storm. I was on my way home from Houston. Shirley and Will kept giving me storm reports. The neighbors were helping hold cows together and move the baby calves behind the few branches we call trees. Some broke down caragana trees. That do not stop a mild breeze, let alone hurricane force winds. Felt like Harding County around here for a couple days! BUt. all in all. between Will, Shirley, and the neighbors, we fared pretty darn good. They ad- vised me not to try and make it home. It was tough, but I found a nice steak house and lounge to spend the evening at. And they were in my thoughts. Dad tells about a simi- lar storm years ago. I think it was in the late twenties. Grandpa Herb had told Dad about the storm. It was still back in the day of horses. Farmers had been in the field for a few weeks. Plant- ing corn, seeding small grains, working ground...And it was all done with horsepower. Work- horse power. No one had any hay leftover after the winter. So the horses were turned loose to graze, when not being used. A May storm hit and the temperature started dropping. As the tempera- ture dropped, the winds came up, and the snow came sideways. It was a full blown winter blizzard, The horses had shed off their winter coats and were slick haired from being worked. Hun- dreds drifted with the wind and were caught in pasture corners aS the temperature kept dropping. When the storm subsided, many farmers found their horses had frozen to death standing up! It was, and still is, a tough old country. ., For all of you who had to fight the storm this weekend, I tip my hat to you and remember, we're one day closer to green grass. Storm aside, we darn sure woke up to some good news this morning. After ten years-of searching, Bin Laden was found, and justice was served. All this time we have been hearing that he was living in a cave in the mountains of Afghanistan. Gone to ground like a fox pursued by the hounds. Yeah, right. He was living in a million dollar villa in a large city. Watching a reenactment of the raid this morning, you had to marvel at the courage of twenty- five young men who hopped on a couple of choppers, and left on a mission that you know they have thought and trained tbr much of their young lives. "From what I've heard so far, we didn't lose any soldiers! Congratulations men! .You'll do to ride the river with. I've got to get outside and if all the calves that Shirley and Will had in the house are nursing the right mothers. See you next week. Later. Dean , Sfl-rll arl [;1.11 Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC We are glad to be in the month of May. Residents have really enjoyed being outside for a change. St. Mary's Altar Society served our Monthly Auxiliary lunch and it was delicious. Many events are planned for May including special National Nursing Home Week activities May 5 2:30 May 8 3:00 May 9 3-5 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 13 7:30 May 14 4:00 May 12 3:00 Lutheran May 26 3:00 Mountain Lutheran May Events: Communion services with Rev. Jeff Johnson Mother's Day Tea Casino Day Taco Tuesday and Western Day Dilly Bars. and wear a Dilly of an outfit Waffle Breakfast Brats and burgers Mennonite Singers Piano Recital Tara Lindell's Students Monthly Birthday Party hosted by Fordville Auxiliary Program and Lunch hosted by As you could see May will be a busy month. We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Good Friday Service, Rev. Mark Antal. Rev. Jefff Johnson, Claude Sheldon, Ginny Walker. and Rev. Paul Keil. Sunday services and Mass were led by Father Lutien. Devotional leaders fpr this week were, Lorene Larson, Lois Ydstie, Sue Faggerholt. Jan Novak. and Corrine Ramsey. I would like to thank everyone who shared their time and talents with us this week. lt blle Ntmltll Prevent. Promote. Protect, Walsh County Health District Short Shots As summer arrives I feel compelled to remind everyone that if you have any contact with a bat (even if you think yoh were not bitten) to seek medical evaluation for rabies exposure. Human rabies is fatal. A recent case in the state of Michigan reminds us of this. A 55 year old man woke up with a bat on his arm. He did not seek medical evaluation because he did not think he was bitten, or exposed. 9 months later he died from rabies. If you or your children have any exposure to bats, contact you health care provider or public health office. Senate defends integrity of ND voters The good name of North Dakota voters was upheld when the State Senate killed House Bill 447 that would have required voters to provide additional identification before being allowed to vote. The bill impeached our voting public on the basis of an unfounded assumption that our elections are infected with fraudulent voting. Back in the 1970s. a foundation in New York asked for tangible evidence that fraud-flee elections were possible without voter registration. North Dakota was the only state without voter registration. While their interest related to registration, the data gathered proved that we were running clean elections without making voters jump through preliminary hoops. I sent surveys to 104 election inspectors in the eight major cities and the states attorneys in 53 counties. Seventy-nine of the election inspectors and 42 of the states attomeys returned the questionnaires. On average, the election inspectors had worked in 20 elections; the states attorneys averaged eight years in office. In other words, the people in charge of overseeing elections and prosecuting voter fraud answered the questionnaires based on years of observation. Under present law, if the eligibility of a voter is questioned, he or she can be asked to sign an affidavit attesting to his or her qualifications. A false affidavit is serious - felony perjury. When asked if a prospective voter ever "refused to sign the affidavit, an overwhelming maj ority of election inspectors said that the affidavit was always signed without hesitation. Fraudulent voters would hesitate. Then we asked how often they felt unqualified voters cast ballots in their precincts. Fifty inspectors said "never" and 28 said "seldom". None of them chose the options of "regularly", "often" or "always". Those choosing ':seldom" related the problem, not to fraud but to farmers who had moved to town but still owned land in the rural areas, muddling their residency status. Asked to estimate the number of times their offices were contacted about fraudulent voting, 32 states attorneys gaid "never" and nine claimed from one to five during their years of service. However, these contacts did not come from the election inspectors since none of them reported contacting the states attorney for such a purpose. Only one of the states attorneys could recall a prosecution for voter fraud. This occurred in a rural township election when a heated campaign developed over a certain road for a school bus route. A farmer had moved to town but retained his voting residence in the township. The states attorney doubted the validity of such a practice so when the ex-farmer voted the states attorney prosecuted. The ex-farmer was acquitted. while this survey is relatively old, we have accumulated no new evidence that North Dakota voters have become-corrupt and the voting system needs redesigning to screen out election fraud. The facts say that there is no fraud. It shouldn't be difficult to understand why we can have fraud-free elections. First of all, the risk of being caught is very high in a small state where just about everyone knows everyone or is related to someone who knows everyone. Second. there is no reasonable motive for illegal voting. Nobody is buying elections those days. Besides, people willing to risk their reputations for a $10 or $20 pay-offwould be difficult to find. Third, the statistics show that the people of North Dakota are honest. They wouldn't vote twice if they were given extra ballots. House Bill 1447 was another one of those solutions for which there was no problem. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety , and Health Agent Julle Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD ortlon size Many of us tend to underesti- mate the amount of food we eat and tend to overestimate the rec- ommended portion sizes for many foods. For example, try pouring out your usual portion of a certain food and measure it. Then, compare it to the label por- tion size. Chances are you're eat- mg two or more times the amount on the label. And even though the difference can seem small, it all adds up in the end. Research shows that people un- intentionally consume more calories when faced with larger This can mean a sig- nificant excess in calorie intake, especially when eating high- calorie foods. Just an additional 100 calories per day can add up to a 10 pound weight gain over the course of a year. So, with these few simple tips you can learn to avoid portion distortion by keeping an eye on the portion size. By relating the portion size of a serving to everyday items, it is an easy way to visualize what a true portion size looks like. Woman's fist or baseball =a serving of vegetables or fruit Deck of cards or palm of your hand = 3 oz. of meat Size of a quarter= 1 tsp. oil Light bulb= 1 cup raw vegetables Tennis ball= 1 medium fresh fruit Small can of tuna= 1 bagel or roll Golf ball or large egg = one quarter cup of dried fruit or nuts Computer mouse = small baked potat ... Compact disc = pan- cake or small waffle Thumb tip = 1 tsp. of peanut butter Six dice = a serving of cheese Check book - 3 oz. serving offish When eating out, it's hard to miss that portion sizes have got- ten larger over the past few years. Take control of the amount of food that ends up on your plate by splitting the meal with a friend or ask the server for a "to- go" box and wrap up half your meal as soon as it's brought to the table. When eating in, to reduce the temptation Of second helpings, serve the food on individual plates instead of putting the serv- ing dishes on the table. Be aware Of large packages-- measure out the amount that you plan to eat into a bowl or sepa- rate into individual servings rather than eating directly from the bag. Out of sight, out of mind-- people tend to consume more when they have easy access to food. Make your home "portion friendly" by replacing the candy dish with a fruit bowl; store tempting foods like cookies, chips, or ice cream out of direct eyesight and move healthier choices to the front; and when buying in bulk, store the excess in a place that isn't very conven- ient to get to, such as a high cab- inet or in back of pantry. All my best to you and your family, Julie Written: . by Katie Johnke, Student DieIitian When eating out, it's hard to miss that portion sizes have gotten larger over the past few years. Take control of the amount of food that ends up on your plate . . ." roun Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Previous Nitrogen recommen- dations were established from re- search conducted in the t950's and 1960's and were yield poten- tial formulas which utilized inex- pensive Nitrogen. Nitrogen (N) fertilizer costs are higher, along with changing wheat varieties, and the adoption of conservation tillage have altered the way we determine the recommendations for wheat fertilizer. Wheat re- sponse to N fertilizer is closely linked to wheat protein concen- tration and currently a protein of 14 percent is necessary to avoid a discount at the point of sale. The NDSU fertilizer recom- mendations begin with the deter- mination of which climatology zone you are in. Much of Walsh County is located in the "Eastern Region" with the far northwest corner of Walsh in the "Langdon Region". These regions are sepa- rated by land productivity and the amount of fertilizer which is needed to reach a preferred pro- tein percentage. You then need to estimate what the overall productivity is of the land: Have you had low produc- tivity of less than 40 bushels per acre, medium productivity of 41- 60 bushels/acre or high produc- tivity of greater than 60 bushels per acre on the given ground you are planting the wheat on. Using the productivity rating you use the cost per pound on N and the wheat price to determine the ap- plication rate of gross optimal N. Once you have determined which value of N is needed, then you can subtract the N credits from the previous crop and the N that is existing in the soil as per a soil test. Previous crops of soybeans, edible beans, peas and lentils, chickpeas and harvested sweet clover offer a N credit of 40 pounds per acre. Other crop N credits are also listed for alfalfa and sugar beets. If the recom- mended application rate is 250 pounds of N/acre with a previous crop credit of 40 pounds and 30 pounds of N from the soil test your final application rate would be 250 minus 70 equal to 180 pounds of N which should be ap- plied per acre. This NDSU bulletin, titled Fer- tilizing hard Red Spring Wheat and Durum, is available online at: ntsci/soilfert/sf712.pdf or is also available at the NDSU Extension Office in Park River. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Extension Of- fice at 284-6624. Until next week... Theresa