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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MAY 16, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Here is what I know of my Norwegian heritage: Uff da, lefse, and lutefisk. It sounds like it could be the punch line to a fabulous joke. but that is about as Norwegian as I know. Dakota Gillespie's story is a bit more involved than that. He got to use a reality show to his advantage and learn a little more about his heritage. While the events of the show" took place about a year ago, the show did not air until the fall and so Dakota and his family had to keep it all hush hush until then. So. why run the story now? What makes it all relevant. you ask? Well, there is a method to my madness. I ended up having sev- eral conversations with Dakota's mother. Roxanne, over several months and whether it was through timing issues at the Press or timing issues with broken cell phone connections, the story just wasn't happening. Finally, Roxanne mentioned a reporter who she said got the job done and got it done right (com- pared to a few other stories run around the state that just didn't get all of the details). This Thursday being Syttende Mai. or Norwegian Constitution Day, I decided what better week to showcase the adventures of one North Dakota to Norway ad- venture. I contacted Sheyna Strolnmen from the North Dakota Stockmen's Association who wrote the piece for their magazine. The bits all fell together and an adventure of snow sledding, yarn spinning, and a reality a world away hit the pages of the Press. If you watch the show, there are a lot of things that this cast of characters are faced with that we here in North Dakota find to be quite common, uff da, lefse, and lutefisk, just to name a few.., and I found myself relating to the search for the connection that these people were working to- ward. In one episode Dakota talked about learning from his grandma and grandpa who he would watch making lefse. I never got the chance to learn that one, but it is a part of my family. I know the holidays wouldn't be right with- out it (though I would be fine with skipping the lutefisk). Maybe someday I will run off to the 0ords out east and have an adventure. But tbr now, I will have to simply enjoy reading about one from the comfort of my own reality. Like "' the Walsh Coun O, Press on F'ace- book and check out our b/og at http'//wals/- counO,press, wordpress, corn Hello, Do you remember that scene in "Rainman', when Dustin Hoff- man is telling Tom Cruise, "I am an excellent driver"? That would be me. I am an excellent driver. I suppose there are those that would question that. I had a head- on collision with a gram truck when I was in early teens. At the elevator. Going five mph. No in- juries. Just out of high school. I rolled a car. ! tipped a pickup over in a washout full of water. No in- juries. I've hit deer, cattle, horses. and some inanimate objects. I tore the fenders off a couple pickups last year. But all in all, I am a very good driver. I don't speed. I don't pass on the yellow line. In fact. I very seldom pass at all. Reminds me of when I bought an old classic Cadillac at a farm auction about ten years ago. I told the owner I wouldn't drive by many girls driving that Caddy. He said. "Don't drive by any gas stations either!" Anyway, Shirley always scolds me because I stop when I see an Hat orange light. She assures me I could have made it. And in Dick- inson, it has taken decades to get the lights set right. I have a friend who said. "They finally got the lights synchronized. You can hit them all green if you go nine or ninety!" You can drive across Amarillo, Texas and hit green lights all the way. The Minnesota Twins have a better chance of winning that you do of hitting two green lights in a row in Dickin- son. Well, last week I fueled up the ranch pickup to head north and check cows. Ranch pickups are old and sometimes have faults. Like no tabs. turning signals, or brakes. The windows are cracked and the muffler is torn off. The bumper is held on by barbed wire and there is a rifle and a six-pack Tips on the seat. And maybe a square bottle under the seat. Well, I fueled up and a patrol- man pulled up behind me as I sat at the light to get on Highway 22. It was like I was in high school. I panicked and thought of jumping out and running. But I didn't. I just sat there and a cold sweat broke out. I was wondering if my blinker worked. I was wondering ifI had license tabs on the pickup. I pulled out and started north. He was right along side me. The sweatwas running in my eyes and I was trying to noncha- lantly buckle my seat belt. Some- one sent me a text. It made me jump. My phone beeped again and I nearly went into cardiac ar- rest. We were approaching a light. It was green. My phone started to ring! The light turned orange. The patrolman stopped at the light. The phone was ringing, my seat belt was tangled, and I stomped on it and went through the orange light. Well, orange for a ways. Then bright red betbre I could get through the intersec- tion. The pickup had mirrors and I saw the red light come on. Mes- sage to self: Don't run lights in front of police station. The pa- trolman approached cautiously. He was a smart looking, recent grad of the law enforcement acad- emy. Evidently he didn't know who I was. I told him, "I hate to argue with you, but the light was orange when I entered the inter- section." He informed me that I had accelerated through the red light, and ifI had time to acceler- ate, I had time to brake. A couple of whacks with the billy club and I believed him. I pleaded guilty and slid my bottle back under the seat with the foot that should have hit the brakes. Later, Dean Coco00 l>ablteH0000t00 Walsh County Health District , ..... ,., .... Short Shots Your beautiful new baby is born with no protection against whooping cough (pemmsis). You can cocoon your baby in protection against pertussis by making sure that everyone who is going to have contact with your baby has been vaccinated with pertussis containing vaccine. (Tdap) is the vaccine. 75% of babies who get pertussis get it from a family member who has it. Most adults do not know they have pertussis, thinking that they only have a cold or cough. Here is a list of some of the people around your baby that should be told to make sure they have a recent Tdap vaccine to protect them from spreading pertussis to your baby: Teenage siblings Parents Grandparents Anyone living in the home Babysitter Frequent visitors/overnight guests Others with frequent contact with your baby Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause seizures, brain damage, and even death in inthnts. Before visiting a newborn, adults should get the Tdap vaccine. Cocoon your newborn with protection. Assure that all people around your baby have had their Tdap vaccine. From its vantage point on the edge of the oil patch, the Bismarck Tribune recently called for more vigorous action by state and county governments to cope with the housing crisis throughout western North Dakota. "The state or counties should find a flat piece of ground," the Tribune wrote, "and bring in power, portable toilets and water, create lots, lay gravel for trails be- tween spaces and, in general, es- tablish temporary parks and tent villages." Common sense tells us that the oil industry in western North Dakota is too big and too complex to treat as business as usual. The consequences of this development is staggering, creating circum- stances that require legislative pol- icy, authorization and funding on a more immediate basis. In the ab- sence of action, thousands of oil workers, residents and community services are struggling to cope with the fallout. Add to this oil crisis the coming fiscal shakedown that will occur in North Dakota after the Novem- ber elections when the federal gov- ernment starts making big cuts in the money it passes to states. Being that North Dakota gets over $1.50 from the federal gov- ernment for every $1 it pays in taxes, we can expect to experience significant reductions in federal money. And these cuts will not be timed for a biennial legislative ses- sion but will appear throughout 2013 and 2014 with no legisla- ture in session to respond. Ad hoc committees will not do the job. The combination of oil devel- opment and federal program cuts will require more diligent attention than can be given by a single 80- day biennial legislative session. Fiscal decisions must consist of more than stuffing money in mat- tresses and hiding the leftovers in coffee cans. The time has come for the legislature to change its way of doing fiscal business and assunle control of spending priorities in North Dakota. A solution already exists in the state constitution. Even though the 1972 proposed constitution was de- feated, it produced an idea that was later added to the constitution and is in force today. The constitutional convention wanted to keep the part-time legis- lature but make it more effective in dealing with recurring problems. To accomplish this, it extended the days a legislature could meet during a biennium from 60 to 80 days. And then it provided that the 80 days need not be used consecu- tively and that committees could work throughout the biennium. The idea was for the legislature to meet for 30 or 40 days in an opening session during which time it would create its standing com- mittees, assign bills, and then re- cess for a couple of months while committees worked. The assembly would then be called into session for short plenary meetings throughout the biennium to deal with bills and other issues. But the legislature hasn't used this flexible scheduling system. In- stead, it simply added the 20 new days to its present format and con- tinued meeting biennially, leaving problems such as we find in west- ern North Dakota to fester until the next regular Session. If Measure 2 repealing the prop- erty tax should pass, we will have a another funding crisis when forced to figure out which of the services provided by 2,200 town- ships, counties, school districts and cities will be continued. More fre- quent legislative sessions will be needed to deal with requests from local governments. The outdated biennial legisla- tive system is not serving the state very well today nor will it in the fu- ture. It is time for the legislature to take another look at the 80-day flexible schedule and be poised to react promptly when serious prob- lems arise. Take care of sunburn early As the weather warms and we swap our heavy clothing for lighter fare beware of the damage that the sun's ultraviolet rays can do to your skin without proper protection. Spring sunburns often catch us by surprise as we're busy working outside on our lawns, gardens or watching outdoor sporting actMfies. Chikhen are quite prone this time of year to quickly shed their long sleeve outer layers and are often un- aware of the damage a few unpro- tected moments in the sun can cause. Sunburns are harmful for our health, especially tbr children, and need to be taken care of quickly. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, just one blistering sun- burn doubles children's risk for melanoma. The good news is that sunburns are preventable by using sunscreen, seeking shade and wear- ing protective clothing such as sunglasses, hats and T-shirts. However, when sunburn strikes, here are some ways you can ease the burn: Step 1: Act fast. As soon as you see any signs of skin reddening or start feeling a burning sensation, you must take action. Get out of the sun and start treatment. Symptoms can take up to six hours to develop, so a little hint of pink now could turn into a severe burn later. Step 2: Moisturize. Begin by tak- ing a cool shower. Next, apply a moisturizing cream or lotion with vitamins C and E to soothe your ir- ritated skin. This will help prevent peeling and flaking, and may even limit skin damage. Never pick, peel or scrub your sunburnt skin. Step 3: Hydrate. Bums draw flu- id to the skin's surface. This pulls the fluid away from the rest of your body and can leave you feeling de- hydrated. Drink extra water and watch for dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, healggJa},g!iN and sleepiness. Th-ee 'es de- hydration ana re spedm|i/aan- gerous in children. Seek a doctor if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms after a sunburn. Step 4: Medicate. Take a dose of ibuprofen (Advil) at the first sign of a sunburn and continue for the next 48 hours. This reduces swelling and redness and may prevent long- term skin damage. Acetaminophin (Tylenol) will not have the same anti-inflammatory effects but will treat the pain. Step 5: Assess the damage. Ifa blistering sunburn covers 20 percent or more of the body, for example, a child's whole back, seek medical attention. Learn from your sunburn. Re- alize your mistakes and do a better job of using sun-safe habits in the future. Use sunscreen, wear pro- tective clothing and limit your time in the sun during peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Protect your skin now and you will see the benefits for years to come. Protect your eyes from the sun Practicing sun-safe habits isn't just for the safety of your skin; your eyes also need to be protected. With all the types of sunglasses available, how do you choose the pair that's best for you? Follow these tips to help you look your best and protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. Choose the fight shape for your face Oval face: square or cat's-eye frames Round thee: rectangular frames Square face: rounder oval or cat's-eye frames Triangular/heart-shaped: frames with a straight, flat top such as avi- ator frames After you have found your per- fect style, make sure they fit cor- rectly. The stems of the sunglasses should fit comfortably around your ears, which should prevent them from sliding down your nose. Get your sunglasses adjusted for max- mum comfort and protection. Next, consider size. Larger or wraparound styles provide the most coverage and peripheral shade. Smaller frames are available for more petite-sized faces. Busy with outdoor activities? Different lenses can suit your spe- cific needs: Driving and water sports: Look for polarized lenses that reduce glare from reflective surfaces. This increases your total visibility. Skiing: Brown lenses provide greater color contrast, which can help you distinguish between the peaks and valleys on the slopes. : 'GOlfing and bicyclin,g: Yellow enses prdide contrast and depth perception. For the truest color correct- ness, look for gray lenses. Most importantly, your sun- glasses should block 99 to 100 percent of the sun's rays. To guar- antee this, look for glasses that say "UV absorption up to 400nm" or "'Meets ANSI UV Requirements" on the label. Without this protection, your eyes are at risk for diseases such as age-related macular de- generation, cataracts, and cancers of the eye and eyelid. Vision is one of our most pre- cious senses, so keep your eyes safe and healthy by wearing sunglasses. You will thank yourself later. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Soybean, warm season crop planting dates I have been getting a lot of calls about when to start planting soybeans. Remember that soybeans can be killed by spring frosts. So the first ques- tion to ask yourself is how much risk are you willing to take? Soil tem- perature needs to be 50 degrees F and have warm favorable air temperatures at planting. The rule of thumb is soybeans should not be planted prior to five days before the average last killing frost. In eastern and central Walsh county that occurs on May 18th and as you go west it gets later. So, if you use this formula the start date would be May 13th. If you do this you should have a less than 50% chance of killing your soy- beans. Planting dates in mid to late May seem to give the best yields around here from what I have been able to observe. Delaying seeding until after the average last frost day allows time to kill early weeds prior to planting. Remember planting soybeans in cool wet soil may lower germination to your crop. I would get very cautious when looking at planting your dry bean crop. They are very susceptible to frosts and I am told there is not a lot of seed to replant your crop if it freezes. Unless there is a weather event that looks like it will lock you out of your fields I would think long and hard about pressing your planting dates. Even if crop insurance will buy you your seed will you be able to get the varieties you want and how much later will that make your crop? I realize we have good planting conditions in many fields that we have not seen for years but remember sometimes taking a deep breath and finding something else to do for a fw days could prove profitable. Mowing your lawn Now is the time of year to have my annual how high should you set the cut of your lawn mower talk. Mow no lower than 2.5 inches. Mow- ing lower than that will stress the lawn, decrease your root mass and weaken the grass. Weak grass is prone to any number of diseases and is also not competitive with weeds. Ground I W or Creeping Charlie loves a short mowed lawn as it is a low growing weed that does not compete well for sunlight is tall gross. If you want to keep the mower tracks out of your lawn and make for a nicer looking lawn mow it in different di- rections. I mow my first cutting east-west, second cutting north-south and the third cutting diagonally and if you really want get variation on the fourth mowing reverse the diagonal angle. Remember if you have newly seeded areas in your lawn you will want to mow it a few times before applying herbicides as they can be very sensitive to these products. Remember to read and follow label direc- tions before applying pesticides.