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MAY 7, 2014 PRESS PERSPECTIVES PAGE 5 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLI/V00B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS The Intemet is constantly flood- ed with stupidity. There was the "cinnamon chal- lenge" where people were sup- posed to film themselves attempting to eat a full tablespoon of cinnamon without drinking any water. This is just about impossible and the per- son almost always gags or vomits. In addition, the person can inhale it and suffer serious health conse- quences. There really is no point other than saying, "Look what I just did." There is the occasional chal- lenge where there is some kind of moral obligation to repost in an at- tempt at raising awareness for some- thing. Recently, a "no make-up chal- lenge" was circulating that chal- lenged ladies to post a photo of themselves without makeup for breast cancer awareness. To which there was some back- lash from a critics who said that there was nothing brave about it. One said: "The pictures are so rightly dubbed selfies, because that's exactly what they are - ill-consid- ered, selfish self-promotion. They smack of egotism first, charitable thought second." It is one thing to be sans lip gloss but it is quite another to be tired and ill from undergoing chemotherapy. The newest crazy is the "polar plunge" which I simply shake my head at. In a real Polar Plunge event there are medics and money raised for a cause such as the Spe- cial Olympics. In this online version, the roles say participants are to film themselves jumping into freez- ing cold water and challenge others or pay money to a charity. Everyone forgets the charity bit and it just be- comes a slew of people repeatedly posting themselves showing off their ability to jump just because someone told them to. Recently, news from across the country have surfaced of people in- juring themselves because of this trend. One participant in Michigan dove into freezing cold water and now has three fractures to his neck, and is paralyzed from the waist down. Another in New Hampshire drowned. Police warned that the bit- ter cold water can put someone into shock, cardiac arrest, and hy- pothermia. Why is it never a volunteer to help a neighbor challenge or read to a child challenge or pick up Wash challenge? I will be here waiting for that day. Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http.'//walshcounty- press, wordpress, com Hello, About an inch of rain since yes- terday and during the night it switched to snow. The lady on the TV says we have about two inches of snow on the ground here in Dickinson this morning. Evidently she is not south of town. We dang sure have seven or eight and more coming down. Would be a good day to put on a rodeo. Rodeo stories seem to live on for- ever. Whether it is the story of the Tooke brothers and their great buck- ing horses, or the stories of men like Casey Tibbs and the Reynolds boys. The stories are seldom written down, but passed on from barstool to barstool, or over a cup of coffee on a snowy winter night. Sometimes the names get lost over the years and it becomes that "old boy from Belle with the crooked leg". Or "that bronc rider with one ear from over on the Powder". One story I just heard this week- end was of a bull rider named Bil- ly Morris, they thought. Or that "lit- tle bitty bull rider from South Dako- ta". Hat It was a miserable, rainy day. The back pens were filled with slop up to the top of your boots. The wind was blowing and everybody was cold and miserable. Billy's bull was in the last section. And the bull was on the fight. Jack was loading the bulls and this big old homed devil got real nasty. He'd hook at anyone that got in the pen. He'd got started jump- ing over pens and was just demol- ishing everything. The crowd had disappeared and the most of the cowboys had packed up and head- ed home or for the next rodeo. Billy sat humped up under the crow's nest with his bull rope in his lap. He had his slicker wrapped around him against the cold rain. The rain ran off the front of his hat Tips and formed a small river that ran up against his boots and soon soaked up his socks. But he sat there silent- ly for an hour as they fought this bull. Jack kept on fighting this bull. He found a hammer and some spikes and was cussing and rebuilding a makeshift panel to work with this bull. The bull had hooked him once as he slipped while climbing the fence and Jack had a noticeable limp.' He had invented several new swear words that no one had ever thought of in the history of rodeo, sailing, or starting a chainsaw. And that covers a pretty wide vocabulary. Occasionally, he would glance over at that humped up wet pup of a bull rider and swear about the blan- kety-blank bull riders that didn't have the blankety-blank sense to make a living any other blankety- blank way. They didn't have the blankety-blank brains to do anything more that put their hand in a blan- kety-blank rope and hang on. The bull had splashed mud over Jack's clothes. His boots were soaked. His leg hurt. And he was pretty sure he had pneumonia. Finally, he got the hooky devil in the chute. He looked over at Billy. "Billy! Your blankety-blank bull is in the chute! Get your ass on him!" Billy got up from underneath the crow's nest. Shook himself like a wet dog coming out of a mud hole, glanced over to the chutes and replied, "The hell with it, I don't feel like riding today." And calmly walked over to his pickup and left. I think they later found him beat to death, but then again, I might be wrong. Later, Dean sa.maritan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. A busy week ahead for us at the Good Samaritan Society. Nurses Week is May 6th- 12th. We love each and every one ofow hard working nurs- e3 arlkTou for tll'you do!: ' ! Forthe week of May 4th-10th: : " . May 4th 2:30 WoNMp w/Pastor Papson, 3:30 makin di May 5th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Frosting Cookies, 3pm Fies- ta Time, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo May 6th 10am Men's Time, 2pm New Testament Bible School Pro- gram, 3:30 Bible Study May 7th 3:40 Tri Parish Faith Formation Program May 8th 3pm Birthday Party Hosted by Star Committee May 9th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Crafts May 10th 9:30 Mass, lpm Crafts, 2:30 Bingo Thank You to all our volunteers, Pastor Papson, Shirley Soblik, Lin- da Larson, Donna Settingsgard, Lois Ydstie, Cheryl Cox, Mary Seim, Mary Collins, Karla Nygard, Arnold Braaten, New Testament School, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Tri Faith Formation, Sue Fagerholt, Terry Ha- gen, Corinfie Ramsey, Father Luiten, please forgive me ifI forgot any one. If you have time or talent you would like to share please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. Bttx00 P00_sst00 Walsh County Health District Short Shots High Blood Pressure is a disease. • When your heart beats, it pumps blood through the arteries to all parts of your body. • The force that moves the blood is called blood pressure. • If the arteries are clogged, it's harder for blood to flow. The heart has to work harder and the blood pressure goes up. • When blood pressure stays high it is called high blood pressure or hy- pertension. Who gets high Blood Pressure? Some people are at higher risk to get high blood pressure. Some of the risks can be changed and some cannot be changed. Risks include: • You are a man over the age of 45 • You are a woman over the age of 55, post menopause. • You are African American • You have a parent, sister or brother with high blood pressure. • You have health problems such as diabetes, heart disease or kidney disease. • Your cholesterol is too high • You smoke • You are overweight • You are not active • You are a woman over 35 who takes birth control pills and smokes. The more risks you have the greater your chances of getting high blood pressure. High blood pressure damages the arteries and can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease, etc. Even people on blood pressure medications need to get their blood pressure checked annually or more to make sure their medication is working properly. Many places will check your blood pressure without a cost. Call your pharmacy, or public health office, or see your doctor. Antiques Roadshow Spawns Aging Issues PuBlic s AnttquOs, iassocmte m the' D Bureau of badshow Will be in Bismarck   I :: Gemmentat kffairs; was trying May 31. Ruth is elated because she wants to have me appraised. She says it will be better than an MRI to have one of those Roadshow appraisers look me over and de- cide whether I am real or fake. She already knows I am an an- tique. We watch the Antiques Road- show. It's nostalgic to see all of those things we grew up with. In some cases, people are getting big bucks for stuff we could have saved if we had known. Some folks come up with real pricey antiques bought at garage sales or salvaged from dump- sters. The Roadshow has really helped the garage sale market. Of Course, the garbage collectors hate to see all of that junk scat- tered around the dumpsters. Ruth is on the right track. As we get older, one could start out real and become fake. I don't know of any aging person who is proud of approaching inevitable decrepitness (stet). So we fake it. The Medicare people appreci- ate it when we pretend we don't need medical help. Of course, there are always some folks who have no self-respect running tO the doctor for every hangnail. They think they are cheating the government but taxpayers are the victims. Auction sales used to be real entertainment for me. I loved the camaraderie of other cheap- skates. I would even buy some- thing once in a while. I have 57 screw drivers to prove it. That's not an exaggeration; it's an actual count. I find it difficult to resist those boxes of junk going for a dollar. But I no longer have any inter- est in durable goods. The only advertisements in the Sunday paper that interest me are the gro- cery inserts and restaurant dis- count coupons. Immediate usables. One time, Phil Harmeson, my to persuade Former Governor John Davis to buy airline tickets 30 days in advance to save money on his travel to a gather- ing of govemors we were spon- soring. "Look!" Davis exclaimed. "I don't even buy green bananas." It was an old line but really funny when said by a former gov- ernor. Folks respond to becoming an- tiques in unpredictable ways. Some decide to splurge on fancy vehicles to burn up the estate be- fore they go. Apparently, they doubt the intelligence of their spendthrift kids. Often, for good reason. At our house, we are on the frugal side. In fact, our car is so old it eats hay. I buy tires one at a time - as needed. A gas fill is now five gallons. As for my aged pickup, it has none. If it were a horse, I would shoot it. Pharmacies are now author- ized to go from 30-day to 90-day supplies of drugs. Just think of the windfall with folks leaving huge drug collections behind after Medicare has paid for them. Most medications are going to outlive people. Gun fever has seniors behav- ing as though they were fighting snakes. The National Rifle Asso- ciation has them believing they needs guns to "stand" their ground even though they don't have anything worth stealing. With reduced cognitive skills, they are more likely to shoot themselves than a burglar skulk- ing in the dark. Their homes have never been burglarized but every- body needs something to fear. It justifies irrationality. The man said that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. It seems that fear is back. I am be- ginning to fear the fear of others, especially when they have guns. I wonder if the Antiques Road- show will have rest areas. Extension Exchange Coconut oil's health benefits questionable The media is filled with infor- mation about coconut oil. Some sources advertise that it decreas- es cholesterol, enhances weight loss and promotes digestive health. Now let's decipher the facts. Coconut oil is high in saturat- ed fat. It contains 117 calories, 13.6 grams (g) of total fat (11.8 g saturated fat, 0.8 g monounsatu- rated fat, 0.2 g polyunsaturated fat) and no protein or carbohydrate per tablespoon. Coconut oil often is added to water, and it appears in many recipes for items such as muffins and breads. It can be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. The Healthy People of 2020 ob- jectives encourage Americans to: • Consume a variety of nutrient- dense foods, especially whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat or fat-free milk or milk products, and lean meats and other protein sources • Limit the intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, sodium (salt) and alcohol • Limit calorie intake to meet the body's calorie needs • Avoid unhealthy weight gain and lose weight if their weight is too high Because coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it does not fit into the guidelines. As for the claim that it de- creases cholesterol, recent studies indicate coconut oil also is high in lauric acid, which raises LDL ("bad") cholesterol as well as HDL ("good") cholesterol. While many articles advertise that it raises HDL cholesterol, they don't mention the fact that it also in- creases LDL cholesterol levels. People already have plenty of fat in their diet without adding this extra saturated fat. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans say that most people reasonably can ac- commodate no more than 5 to 15 percent of calories from solid fats and added sugars. The bottom line is that the re- search isn't sufficient to suggest coconut oil consumption. Sources." • Nicole Vasichek, dietetic" intern • Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSUExtension food and nutrition specialist • U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans available at lines/2O l O.asp Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Working with the landscape Native Landscapes  be an at- tractive, environmentally friend- ly alternative to turf lawns. Plants that are native to North Dakota can thrive for years under the ex- treme environmental conditions of this area, while reducing water and maintenance requirements. It can enhance wildlife habitat, such as creating butterfly gardens, and help manage invasive weeds. Xeriscape, derived from the Greek work xeros, meaning "dry", is water efficient landscaping; the practice of utilizing plants better adapted to local climatic and soil conditions. South in Fargo, you can find "Fargo Xeriscape Gar- dens"- demonstrational gardens displaying the principals and land- scapes that incorporate native plants. The gardens illustrate de- signs for moderate water use, low water use, and very low water use plants. Planning a new landscape like this will take some time and plan- ning. If you live in a neighbor- hood, have small children or house pets, you may want to avoid plant- ing a lot of tall grasses in fear of having an overload of ticks in your front yard come spring. Talk with neighbors before installing a prairie landscape to discuss the benefits and avoid confusion. If this type of landscape is new to your neighborhood, a prairie grass and wildflower landscape may be perceived as an unkempt lawn. Grouping plants together in 3, 5, or 7 can create a unifying look rather than scattering single plants here and there, which may look spotty and confusing. Vary size, space and diversity to create an in- teresting look and match plant size to available space. Planting a sim- ple selection of a few grasses and wildflowers will be easier to main- tain than many species right away, and the simple design will be more pleasing to the eye. When planting a new land- scape or garden, it is important to create a plan ahead of time. Con- sider family interests and needs, and analyze the site- soil charac- teristics, slope, runoff, climate, etc. Establish a budget and timetable- ask yourself if this landscape is all going in at one time, or will it progress in phases over several years? How much will be spent during the project? Use these landscapes to solve existing prob- lems identified in the site analysis. Mulches can protect soil surfaces from erosion and conserve water. Runoff from driveways and roofs can be utilized for a rain garden. Perhaps existing rock can be in- corporated in the landscape design. Look into the different native plant species that may suit your needs. Maybe all of this just sounds like too much work, and you'd like to stick with a grassy yard. If you'd still like to minimize main- tenance of mowing, watering, fer- tilizing, and pesticide inputs, con- sider planting blue grama or buf- falograss. These short, native perennial grasses are drought-tol- erant, warm-season species that grow very little before June or af- ter August and require only 3-4 mowings per year. Irrigation may be required for establishment, but once established, stands do not re- quire irrigation. The NRCS has created a great guide called "Living Landscapes in North Dakota: a guide to native plantscaping" that will walk you through the steps of creating a beautiful yard and the practices it takes to get there. We have a few copies available at the Extension office for anyone interested. Sources: NRCS. Living Landscapes in North Dakota: A guide to Native Plantscaping. 2007 Dates to Remember: 5/16 6-9p and 5/17 8a-8p - Youth Tractor Safety School. 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