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Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY I 3, 2015 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS And just like that graduation is to change. You don't have to go here once more. home, but you can't stay here. It is one of the most bittersweet Let the cliches commence. feelings in the world. You are on Whether you want it to or not, the edge of something great. This nothing remains the same. is the tipping point for the rest of Some of you will spend the next your life and everything is about four years or more at another school making new friends, mak- you are paying your bills, the ing new memories. Some of you only person who has to answer for will take your career track through your dreams is you. a two year program and jump In the words of Eleanor Roo- right into a job. Some will walk sevelt: "No one can make you feel fight onto the workforce. Whatever interior without your consent." your goals, dreams, plans, this is- Success is all relative, happiness n't high school anymore, is the real goal. The most important thing is to Congratulations, Class of2015. never let anyone tear down your May your days ahead be filled with dreams. Whether you feel a calling to good memories, good decisions, join the military, become a pastor, and no regrets. May you never be a teacher, work in retail, work look back and always enjoy your on a farm, become a professor, be- days ahead. come a police officer, save lives, Like "' the Walsh Coun(v Press on Face- write, sing, dance as long as + ! ~ : ; Hello, Across the western Dakotas calving season is winding down. Many ranchers are done. On many ranches, the "drop" pen is getting kind of empty. Since we start a little later than many out- fits, our calving pasture is still pretty welt occupied. But the brandings are begin- ning. I had a chance to attend a couple over this past weekend. Now for those of you that have never attended a branding, I'll give you a little primer. It's one of the jobs that pretty much require a little cooperation from the neighbors. You have to have a few ropers, or a few pushers if using a table. You have to have branders, vac- cinators, implanters, castrators, and wrestlers. You have to have old people to talk about how they used to do it. And you have to have young people who can still do it. You have to have a wife who can feed twenty or thirty people and make it look like it is real easy. t One neighbor started the fire, And again, the pen was full gather at six in the morning. By of young cowboys and cowgirls eight cattle were gathered, cows wrestling some big old soggy sorted off and poured, and a grand calves. And don't think only cow- breakfast was served. A breakfast boys wrestle those calves. There that could have been featured on were three young ladies, Gracy, one of those cooking shows ICassidy, and Karti, that never love. And following the branding missed a beat and would have put that afternoon, it was like a a lot of young men to shame Thanksgiving feast! when it comes to holding down a The crew at that branding in- two hundred pound calfl cluded a handful of ranch girls But I owe my life to Gerald. that ranged from around six to You see, one roper caught a calfa thirteen. And handful of young little deep. Well, he had it roped ranch boys that dang sure weren't around the flank. The calf was afraid to bail in there wherever bucking and bellering and jump- they were needed, ing high in the air. This does hap- That branding was using a cou- pened occasionally. And if you ple tables, and they dang sure are quick enough, when you see kept them busy! this happen, you just run in to as- The other branding was rop- sist. You simply run in there, the ins and dragging the calves to the roper gives you a little slack, and you pull that rope over the tail head, and still have the feet roped. Now, notice I said if you are quick enough. I saw it happen. I eased towards the calf. As I was measuring the distance to make this sprint towards the calf and loosen the rope, I was having flashbacks of being run over by a bawling calf. And being tangled in the rope and drug through the herd. This is when Gerald, who was branding, noticed me. He kindly reached up, grabbed my jacket, and kind of tugged me back. My instant of insanity was over, and I watched with envy as a young guy did what I was thinking I could do. Gerald said I looked like a guy that had a friend holding him back from a fight, and was whis- pering to him, "Don't let me go! Don't let me go!" Did I mention someone should bring beer to the branding'? Later, Dean , i i : ' i xl Happenings at Our OLI. ,samaritan Good Samaritan l'A g Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Happy National Nursing Home Masko, 3pro Norwegian Trivia Week 5-10 to 5-15! We havea !gtla 10am Embroidery great bunch of Residents, Staff, Group and Men'sTirne, lpm Sce- Volunteers, and Families and will Drive 5pm t(osary, 6:45 Bingo have lots of fun this week celebrat- May 19th 10am Crochet Group, lpm Baking Cardamonn Almond May 10th- 16th Bars, 3:30 Bible Study May 10th 2:30 Worship w/Pas-May 20th 11:15 Resident Coun- tor Totman, 3pm Mother's Day Tea cil, 3pro Bingo May l lth 10am Embroidery May 21st 3pm Planting, 6:30 Group and Men's Time, l pm Fry- Movie Night ins Fattigmann, 3pro Make Your May 22nd 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Own Ice Cream Sundays, 4pm Beading Hymn Sing, 5pro Rosary, 6:45 Bin- May 23rd 9:30 Mass w/Father g May 12th2pmClemNadeauand Luiten, lpm Crafts, 2:15 Bingo The Twilighter's Band, 3pro Fruit Thank You to our many volun- Pizzas teers, Pastor Totman, Arnold Braat- May 13th 2:30 Variety Show, en, Shirley Sobolik, Donna Set- 3pro Popcorn w/Seasonings tingsgard, Lois Ydstie, Mary Siem, May 14th 10am Peeling Potatoes, Mary Lund, Cheryl Cox, Karla Ny, 3pro Birthday Party Hosted by Q gard, Clem Nadeau and The Twi- PEO Sisterhood, 6:30 Movie Night lighter's, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fager- May 15th 10:30 Nail Time, lpm holt, Q PEO Sisterhood, Terry Ha- Frying Lefse gen, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, May 16th 9:30 Mass w/Father and any that I may have forgotten I Luiten, I pin Crafts, 2:15 Bingo am sorry. If you would like to vol- May 17th-23rd unteer please call Rose Ulland at May 17th Worship w/ Pastor 701-284-7115. NDSU Agriculture Communication CAN WE BE THE Walsh County Health District " Short Shots The United States trails other high income countries in most areas af- fecting health. For example we rank 21 st in high school graduation rates. Education=better health. Mote People in poverty = poor health We O and are overfed under nourished Where we live matters IO~L'I~ t~l 1t! IN~llull'tIHt, goes here. Call 28-"-6333 today for rates. 7 Time to Broaden Defini n of Success While serving as a professor breakdowns. Sirens wail and political science at the University drug dealers rule. of North Dakota, I was privileged "The heroin addicts tend to to see many students who later gather on one side of the street joined the ranks of the successful, and crack addicts on the other I have had a U. S. Senator, a side of the street, many of them U.S. Congressman, a couple of elected state officials, the Repub- medicating against the horrors of lican Speaker of the Minnesota mental illness. House of Representatives, a num- "The hungry and the sick hud- ber of district judges, attorneys, dle by the hundreds at the door of educators, entrepreneurs and the Catholic Worker soup scores of others who met soci- kitchen, and then file in for a bit ety's common definition of suc- of sustenance before returning to cess, their tents and cardboard en- All too often, however, our campments. definition of success consists of a "It's as though there's been short list measured by money, business and politics. In the some war or natural disaster and process, we overlook outstanding the wounded, shell-shocked and folks who dedicate their lives to penniless have been herded into filling the gaps left by our eco- the holding pen with nothing left nomic, social and public policies, of their self-respect." They are successes in their own Nancy Jo's narrative should way. pull us up short, forcing us to ac- Among them are workers for knowledge that there are huge the charitable organizations that gaps in the American dream raise funds to feed the poor, run being filled by courageous vol- food pantries, counsel addicts, unteers, caring churches and and salvage the unsalvageable, charitable organizations. Their success is found in helping others left stranded on the Jericho If Baltimore is anything like Road. Nancy Jo's Los Angeles. we One such success is Nancy Jo should get an idea of why people Albers who was raised on a ranch with nothing to lose break out in the Mandan area and first ap- against the system. It doesn't in- peared in my classes in 1970. clude them. Nancy Jo is now working in This observation doesn't mean the slums of Lost Angeles where there is any justification for ston- she spends her days as a Catholic ing the police, burning neighbor- Worker serving addicts, the hoods, or stealing property but it homeless and the hungry. When she referred to herself as should give us some insight in the a "Catholic Worker," I thought it rage that is ripping through slums was a generic term describing her where hopeless people live out role. But then I discovered that lives of nothing. the Catholic Worker movement If the current economic trends was launched in 1933 by a cou- continue, the gaps in government pie in New York City who felt safety nets will become larger called to implement the Gospels and more inadequate. Both polit- and Catholic social teaching, ical parties are spending all of In a recent communication, their efforts romancing the voting Nancy Jo described her work. middle class so neither is offering "There is every manner of human suffering and social much hope to the slums of Los breakdown on full display in this Angeles or Baltimore. teeming colony of the destitute In the future, society is going and desperately ill," she reported, to need a definition of"success" "I have seen people in the that goes beyond politics, eco- grips of full blown psychotic nomics and government. This observation doesn't mean there is any justification for stoning the police, burning neighborhoods, or stealing property but it should give us some insight in the rage that is rip- ping through slums where hopeless people live out lives of nothing. Extension Exchange High School graduation season is here and those of TOLl with a grad- uate in your home are busy making plans to hold open houses. It's not very often a person is likely to par- ty plan for 100 or more guests so it's okay if you're uncertain as to how much food you really need. I'd like to share some guidelines and some important food safety re- minders when t eding a crowd. The more important safety role to remember is to KEEP HOT FOODS [tOT AND COLD FOODS COLD! Leaving foods out on a buffet table tbr long peri- ods of time is a sure way to send your guests home with a foodbome illness. Bacteria that cause foodbome illnesses grow best in lukewarm tbods. Hot foods should be held at 140 degrees F or warmer. This can be done with chafing dishes, crock pts and warming trays. Keep tbods cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice. If this is difficult for you to do then use small sepcing bowls and re- place them often. FOOD SHOULD NEVER SIT AT ROOM TEM- PERATURE FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS! Always replace empty dishes rather than adding fresh food to a dish that ah'eady has food in it. When the party is over discard any foods that sat for two hours or more on the buffet table. Any left- overs that have always remained re- frigerated may be kept for up to tbur days in the refrigerator. "How much food to prepare" is always a question for those planning a graduation party. One important point to remember is that not every- one who comes to your home is go- ing to eat. In our smaller commu- nities many people are invited to several open houses and if your home is the 6th one they've been to chances are they will not be lmngry! Here are some amounts to con- sider when preparing large quanti- ties: VEGETABLE TRAYS: allow 4- 8 pieces/person *Broccoli- 2 3./4 lb. = 45 florets; * Carrots- 1 lb. = 65 3"x V2"' sticks; *Cauliflower- 4 3/4 lb. = 75 florets; *Celery - 1 3A lb. = 100 4" x %" sticks FRESH FRUIT: 25 cups needed to serve 50 people a % cup serving *Watermelon - 18 V2 lb. = 16 cups cut in balls or chunks: *Pineap- ple 4 lbs. = 5 cups, cut into chunks; *Honeydew/Cantaloupe- 3 lbs. = 4 cups, cut into balls or chunks; *Strawberries- 1 lb. = 4 cups; *Grapes - 1 lb. = 2 cups COLD MEAT: *Shaved cooked ham, turkey or roast beef- 1 lb. fills 14-16 cocktail buns; *Sliced cooked ham, turkey or roast beef- 1 lb. fills l 0 buns. AMOUNTS FOR 50 of the following foods: *Punch - 6 oz. serving = 9 quarts; *Btms- 1% each = 6 doz.; *Sliced cheese 3 lb.; *Potato Salad - V2 cup serving = 2 gallons (12 lb. potatoes, 1 dozen eggs); *Pasta Salad - % cup serving = 2 gallons (2 lbs. pasta); *Baked Beans - I,'/2 cup serving = 2 gallons; *Potato Chips- 3 lbs.; *Mixed Nuts 1 '/2 lb.; * Mints - 1 lb. I hope this helps you in planning and preparation of your upcoming graduation party. Please call me at 284-6624 if you have any questions. around the state Areas of North Dakota with a not salt-tolerant. wliite crust on the soil are expand- Planting cover crops after harvest ing this spring due to an accumu- can help dry, down a soil. A mixture lation of salts in the soil. of barley, canola and sugar beets is "Soil salinity is caused by excess a good cover crop choice. Full-sea- soil moisture that dissolves subsoil son cover crops should be planted salts al d brings those salts to the soil in areas where cash crops do not surface," explains Chris Augustin, emerge after plaathag. Also, plant the area Extension soil health special- cover crop as early as possible to ist at North Dakota State Universi- naaxilnize water use. ty's North Central Research Ex- In extreme cases where salt-tol- tension Center near Minot. "The erant cover crops such as barley or water evaporates and the salts are canola do not grow (EC is 8 left. They accumulate and cause the mmhos/cm or higher), plant a peren- white spots that limit plant growth." nial, salt-tolerant grass such as tall While too much soil water cans- wheatgrass, western wheatgrass, es salinity, the lack ofsnowmelt this beardless wildrye or NewHy hybrid year led to more evaporation than wheatgrass. infiltration, causing the white spots "The perennial grass alone won't to expand this spring. In years with fix the issue, but it can prevent the more spring snowmelt, the salt white spot from spreading," Au- spots may not be as noticeable be- gustin says. "Control of these areas cause saline soils do not turn white requires constant management dur- unless they are dry. ing a period of years with soil fest- Soil salinity can be managed ing.'" only through water management, Once the EC drops below 2 according to Augustin. Cropping mmhos/cm, most crops can be and drainage systems can reduce planted. But soil EC still should be soil salinity. But regardless of the monitored, and if the EC starts to management practice someone im- rise, producers should plant salt-tol- plements, reducing soil salinity erant cover crops following salt-tol- will take tbaee or more years. Recla- erant cash crops. mation timing depends on the "Subsurface drainage(draintile) amount of salinity, climate and se- is another way to manage soil lected managelnent practice, salinity," Augustin says. "Drain The first step to salinity man- tile allows salts to leach out of the agement is testing the soil tbr elec- soil and be flushed out of a field. trical conductance (EC). Salt rais- However, this is costly and still re- es the EC. Crops have different tol- quires a number of years to reclaim erances to salt. Augustin recom- a saline area. This management mends that when the EC is above 2 practice also requires spring millimhos per centimeter sno nelt and rain events to dissolve (lnmhos/cm), producers should and leach salts." consider planting a more salt-tol- Visit the NDSU publication erant crop such as barley, sunftow- "Managing Saline Soils in North ers or canola. Producers should Dakota" at http://tinyurl.coln/man- not plant soybeans and corn in agingsalinesoils for more informa- those areas because those crops are tion about salt spots. Editor's Note The Around the County colunmn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.