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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MAY 9, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS This is the first time in three years that I have not attended the annual North Dakota Newspaper Convention and awards. It's not because the Press didn't take home any honors, I am happy to report. It is simply because Williston is a bit of a drive for a luncheon. So on Monday I sat on my computer with a bit of anticipa- tion while I hit refresh on the "'contest winners" tab on the NDNA website about half a mil- lion times. Well, without any further adieu, the results are in. For newspapers with a circulation of 1-1,000, the Walsh County Press took home: Feature Reporting, third place for the September 11 story of one man's life from New York to North Dakota ten years later Sports Section design, first place Personal Column Humorous, third place Health Care Ad, second place for the Grafton Park River Chiro- practic Clinic website ad Health Care Ad, first place for the Heartland Eyecare Share the Gift of Sight ad Promotion of the Newspaper - Readership, honorable mention for the Walsh County Press Happy New Year ad Promotion of the Newspaper- Readership, second place for for Walsh County Press college sub- scription ad titled "Start college with an old friend" Promotion of the Community, second place for the Crystal Fire Department steak supper ad titled "Crystal Fire Department Knows How To Handle a Fire" Special Advertising Section, third place for our 2011 gradua- tion section Signature Page, second place for "Park River Figure Skaters Go Wild" the ad for the annual skating show Needless to say, I am pretty proud of our little paper. We have been learning and growing in the past few years and there are a million things that can (and will) go wrong in a week, but this tells me we must be doing something right. When being judged by others in the newspaper biz I tend to second- guess my entries when they are being dropped at the post office. The satisfying relief comes when that list of winnings is a little longer than the one from the year before. We have an ever rotating staff and a small one at that, but we are your hometown paper in the heart of Walsh County and we are here for one purpose, you. Now, we are just getting started, so keep reading, keep ad- vertising, and keep sending in all of those bits that make our paper ours. Like '" the WaLs'h Coun o, Press on Face- book and check out our hlog at http.'//walsh- counO,press, wordpresx, cont Hello, Just drying up from a much- needed rain! We received about three quarters of an inch here south of Dickinson. Nearly an inch and a half north of here! And it was needed. Made a few calves wet and cold, but remembering the storm last year at this time, this was a picnic. Hope you got the needed rain on your outfit. Last evening we got to visiting about some of the things Grandpa Jack used to do and say. About the meanest thing he ever said about anyone was to call them a "light- weight". He would refer to vari- ous legislators that way. He was a conservative old cowboy. But he never turned his back on someone in need. Whether they were a hitchhiker needing a ride, an In- dian guy needing a little gas or a job, or a constituent with a prob- lem. Hell, he couldn't even turn his back on a hungry dog! One time we were rounding up on upper Squaw Creek. We were Hat holding herd west of the rock crossing below the Smith Camp. I suppose there were twenty-five riders. I had a German Shepard cow dog by the name of King who was helping. He was one of the smartest dogs I ever saw. And he loved to tag along with Grandpa Jack. Grandpa Jack always rode at a trot. When we were still saddling up and adjusting cinches and get- ting chapped up, Jack would crawl up on Joey and go trotting off on the longest circle of the day. And King would leave me and follow Grandpa all day. Anyway, back to the roundup.We had unloaded at the Smith Camp and Grandpa sent Tips riders out in different directions. We were gathering from the Spot- ted Horn down the creek to where it bends south. I imagine we had six hundred cattle threw into the herd by noon, when we started sorting pairs. It got to be early afternoon and the cook showed up. I won't say her name, but she was an old witch. She was the wife of one of the ranch owners who had cattle in the middle pasture. King and I were just ahead of Grandpa Jack in the chow line. As I filled my plate, I snuck a piece of fat offthe roast beef and handed it to King. Man, that old lady ripped me apart. She said she hadn't cooked all morning to feed the dogs on the reservation. I felt kind of sheepish and walked along. Grandpa Jack didn't say a word. He just heaped his plate up with potatoes and gravy and roast beef. It looked to me like he took more than his share. Then he just sat that plate on the ground tbr King, got on his horse and trotted back to the herd! Not taking one bite for himself. We all just shook our heads, sat our plates on the ground for the other dogs and went back to sorting cattle. That old lady never brought us dinner again ! She reminded me of a story that a friend just told me. Now this guy is an old team roper. He breakaway ropes and team ropes pretty often. And his wife is otlen home alone. The bar maid at the Dollar told him if she was mar- ried to him, she'd "'feed him poi- son". Marvin just looked at her and said if"l was married to you, I'd be glad to drink it!" Later, Dean yC00q LC..,) b(xz'ct3 Par R,v=a Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC National Nursing Home Week is May 13-19 and we look forward to these special activities during this week: May 13 3:00 Mother's Day Tea May 14 3:00 Casino Day May 15 3:00 StaffKaraokee May 16 3:00 Dollar Bingo May 17 3:00 Prom Dress Style Show and music by Gabie Damschen May 18 12:00 Grill and Dilly Dinner Other May Events: May l0 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party hosted by STAR COMMITTEE GSS May 24 3:00 Auxiliary Program and Lunch hosted by Mountain Lutheran Church of Adams We would like to thank our volunteers for the week the Devotional leaders were Bonnie Von Bruggen, Rev. Susan Haukaas, Corrine Ramsey, Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak and our accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Terry Hagen Assisted with Nail's time and Shirley Sobolik led Rosary. Sunday Services were led by Rev. Haukaas and Mass by Father Lutien. By Ron Smith, Horticulturist Prevent. Promote. Protect. Walsh County Health District Short Shots Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord. Most cases of meningitis are caused by a viral infection, but bacterial infections can also lead to meningitis. Depending on the cause of the infection, meningitis can resolve on its own in a couple of weeks, or it can be a life threatening emergency. Bacterial meningitis is very rare, but deadly. In a recem outbreak in an Oklahoma school 5 children contracted bacterial meningitis. Of those 5 children 2 died, one lost all four limbs and needed facial reconstructive surgery, and two recovered. Obviously, bacterial meningitis is not something you want to catch. So how do you protect yourself?. There are 4 vaccines recommended that can protect you from different types of bacterial meningitis. They are recommended at different ages, and for people with different health concerns. Some are given to infants (Hib and PCV), while others are given to older children and adults (PPSV and MCV4). If you have questions about any type of meningitis vaccine listed contact your doctor or public health staffmember. These vaccines are routinely recommended and most people do a good job getting their children and themselves vaccinated. If you have not had these vaccines, or your children have not had these vaccines contact your health care provider for more information. Protect yourself and your family-get vaccinated on time, every time! i Your source for Happy Happenings. Walsh County Press 284'6333 ' R00'gion is safe in Conservative North Dakota The high emphasis placed on religion during the Republican presidential debates prompted the Pew Research Center to poll the public reaction to this feature of the contest. Thirty-eight percent of the peo- ple thought that there was too much religious talk by politicians, an all-time high since Pew started asking the question 10 years ago. Among Republicans and those leaning Republican, 33 percent of Romney supporters felt there was too much religious talk but only 16 percent of the Santorum sup- porters felt that way. Fifty-five per- cent of the Santorum supporters felt there was too little religious talk while only 24 percent of the Ronmey supporters felt that way. Of course, Romney had more reason to downplay religion than did Santomm. After all, Romney is breaking new political ground as a Mormon, a faith not in high favor among some evangelical Chris- tians. John Kennedy faced the same situation in 1960. A Catholic had never been elected president and Protestants were sure that the pope would end up running the country. We don't know what the pope ex- pected. President Obama's faith has been even more suspect than that of Romney. Not only is he a De- mocrat but he has never worn reli- gion on his sleeve. But all of this religious talk is meaningless when it comes to gov- erning in a secular society. If his- tory is any indication of what to ex- pect, the religious beliefs of Romney or Obama will have little impact on government policy. Romney will govern more by his Republican ideology than by his Mormon faith and Obama has governed more by his Democratic ideology. The polls quantify what every- one already knows about the link- age between conservative and reli- giosity. Conservatives tend to be more religious than moderates or liber- als. The depth of North Dakota's conservatism was measured in the 2012 Republican presidential cau- cuses where the most conservative candidates gamered the lion's share of the vote. Santomm got 40 per- cent and Ron Paul captured 28 per- cent while Romney won only 24 percent. By correlating conservatism with religiosity, we can claim that North Dakota is a very religious state. Anyone who knows the state will concede that point without the benefit of an opinion poll. This brings us to a measure on the November ballot designed to protect folks with a "sincerely held religious belief' from any govern- ment action that would burden the practice of their faith. The measure has been devel- oped by national advocates be- cause of a 1990 U. S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a "'rea- sonableness" standard in deciding the level of burden that is permis- sible. The measure's proponents think that the standard does not provide enough protection for reli- gious practices. The initiated measure would change the standard to "compelling governmental interest" and "least restrictive means.'" Because North Dakota is as re- ligious as it is conservative, the measure will pass by a substantial margin. That in itself will raise a question about the need for pro- tection of religion in North Dakota. In this highly religious environ- ment, would the Legislature or lo- cal governing body impose bur- dens on the practice of religion? Not likely. It has been over 20 years since the Supreme Court decision and North Dakota has yet to see a situ- ation where the "reasonableness" standard has been inadequate. Out- of-state examples will have to be imported to make the case. Suffering from paranoia, today's Christians are more contentious than long-suffering. They have more to fear from their own secu- larization than govermnent op- pression. In the final analysis, religion will be safe in North Dakota re- gardless of the outcome. So folks can vote for or against the measure because it is harmless. The Bible does not address the issue so nobody will go to hell. Extension Exchange Suggestions for Organization and Clutter Control My desk, my entryway and what constitutes office space in my home really need a good spring cleaning. The piles of papers are starting to teeter on my desk. My kids have multiple pairs of lost-mate shoes strewn hither and yon near the front door. And that project I start- ed way back in the early days of winter is scattered across an entire room in multiple stages of com- pleteness. I know I need to take quick ac- tion, but looking at it all as a whole can be very overwhehning! What's a gal to do? The following are a few pointers to help you get organized and clutter-free in no time: • Keep it simple. Take on only what you can handle and do no more. • Focus on one more FOOln or one area - maybe the room where you spend the most time or the area that contains the most clutter. Start small -go through one drawer, one shelf, or one counter per session. Working on one room at a time to provides yourself with an easy stopping point for interruptions. • Use the "four-box system" for dealing with clutter. Take four box- es; label them Trash, Give Away/Sell; Storage and Put Away. Next begin assigning each piece of clutter to one of the categories. Trash- This should include any item that you do not need or want, but that is not worthy of being do- nated or sellable. Dmnaged and bro- ken items should be included in the trash if they are not worth someone buying it and repairing it. Give Away/Sell- Be generous. Think about the uses someone else might get out of the items vs. the use it gets in your home buried in cab- inets or closets. Storage- Pro items ir here tt you carmot part With but,do not need on a regular basis. Make an inven- tory of the items as you box them. Put Away- This should be your smallest category. These are items that need to be out on a regular ba- sis. Monitor yourself by deternfin- ing if you have a place for each item. Place items inside drawers, closets, covered boxes or plastic containers so dust can't collect on them. • Consider making a daily or bi- weekly uncluttering appointment. Set a specific date and time. Just 15 minutes a day can help, an hour a day is even better. Set a timer. . Get tough - dump the contents on the floor and consider each ob- ject. Throw what you really don't need. • Decide to decide. Make a de- cision and tbllow-through. • Sort and classify. Things that are used together belong together. Store them in one place. • Use storage devices to fit your system. Bad containers make things harder to manage. Label everything. Something left unlabeled causes frustration and is likely to disappear. • Clean out and organize year round. When you keep things you don't use, they get in the way and create more work. Keep on top of things. Get rid of the old as soon as you get new. • Get rid of two old gamaents every time you buy a new one. This rule also works for kitchen gadgets, shoes, books, videos or CDs and toys. • Pare down mementos - you will always have the memories. Consider donating your items to charity organizations. Think of oth- ers who might enjoy having what you no longer need or want. • Set a limit on saving bags, food containers, or boxes. • Go through your mail daily - toss what you'll never read, file bills tbr payment, recycle newspapers, magazines and catalogs. • Ask for help. Delegate tasks or hiresom60ne to do the thing you can't do yourself. Focus on one more room or one area - maybe the room where you spend the most time or the area that con- tains the most clutter." Hortiscope Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication ontO I would like to have my soil . tested for recommendations ow to improve it. How do I find you? How much soil should I bring'? Also, my pear trees are- blooming but there doesn't seem to be any bugs around to help with pollination.What should I do? (email reference) A o You can send a soil sample • to me at the address at the end of this column. Take a Ziploc sandwich bag and fill it with soil that is representative of where you will be planting. The soil will be tested for nitrogen, phosphorous, potash (potassium), pH, organic matter and soluble salt content. The cost will be around $25. You will get recommendations for any ad- justments that might need to be made to grow the crop(s) you de- scribe in a note you include with your soil sample. There are plenty of bugs out and about. I must have killed 10,000 of them last night coming back from a trip. tQo My husband and I are inter- . ested in planting some apple rees on a famastead. What species do you recommend? We are curi- ous about golden delicious, which is a jonalicious-type graft, or a hon- eycfisp. What pollinators would be needed? We're not crazy about granny smith or crabapples. (Man- ning, N.D.) . 1 have a publication I put to- . gether after some extensive research. Go to sci/hortcrop/h 1547.pdf for the in- formation you want. You can download the entire publication if you would like. If you have any more questions, get back to me. I hope it helps! Q ol have a question about • some willow twigs that I have. On Valentine's Day, I got a bouquet of flowers with two wil- low twigs in it. The twigs started to sprout roots and leaves. Ever since then, I've had them in a vase of water that I change twice a week. The vase is on a window sill, so there is plenty of sunshine. It seems like they've been doing really well and constantly have been sprouting new leaves and roots. I was won- dering if these twigs could grow into trees ifI planted them in a pot of soil. I've been meaning to do this but I have been afraid that I would do it wrong and they would die. Please let me know what I should do with them. Thank you so much for your time! (email refer- ence) A oYes to both of your ques- .tions. I'd suggest potting them and gradually hardening them offby giving them some out- door exposure on nice days. Start with a couple of hours in a pro- tected location away from direct sun and wind. Gradually increase the time outdoors and exposure to the elements. Plant the twigs some- time around the Memorial Day weekend. To contact Ron Smith for answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith Editor's Note [ The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.