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ERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH OUNTY PRESS "JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess ex- cellent communication and orga- nizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will in- clude evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camp- ing sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier du- ties also required. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility. While no health or dental in- surance, no pension, no tuition re- imbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless oppor- tunities for personal growth." Sound good? What ifI added, "Free hugs for life if you play your cards right." Being a mona is a tough, some- times thankless job. You have to and it was promptly back to the get them up and on the bus, help farm for dad and back to mom- them keep up with their lessons, ming for me. get them to their practices, tuck There is no real break from the them in at night and hope you morn life. If I said I wasn't going aren't screwing it all up. to put the dishes away or wipe the There are helicopter moms, counters because it was Mother's tiger moms, lawnmower morns, Day, I would just have to do it in free-range moms, and probably a the morning. bunch more the media will invent The dishes are always dflay. The and slap a label on. There are living roomisalways full of toys, morns who work, morns who stay the clothes are always dirty; but at home, moms who work at one day they won't be and I will home, and moms who spend their wish the little monsters would be waking hours trying not to go little once again to make the mess- crazy as the house constantly spi- es I complain about now. rals toward chaos. Chaos is temporary, but so is I had a great Mother's Day. I this age, and the next one, and the made pancakes and greeted guests next. I wouldn't wish it away for for the Crystal Park Board Break- anything. It might be nice to have fast to raise money for my kid's a full night of sleep, but the free summer t-ball program. I got home hugs are totally worth it. at around 1:30 p.m. where my kids "Like"' the Walsh County Press on Face- handed me presents and flowers; Hello, It's been several years since I have been to a horse sale. Unless, of course, you count bucking horse sales. I've been to Oklaho- ma City, Miles City, Kearney, Mesquite, Grassy Butte, Bismar- ck, and maybe some others for bucking horse and bull sales. I've been to cow and bull sales weekly for more years than I care to relate. I've been to production horse sales and for years we held one of our own. Where, coinci- dentally, the finest horses in the world were sold. But it's been quite awhile since I've attended a horse consign- lnent sale at a sales yard. When I was younger it was a must. If there was a horse sale, you just had to go. If you were a kid and wanted to make a few dollars, there was always someone willing to pay a couple bucks for you to ride their horse through the ring, while they took the mic and gave a history of the horse. One time I heard a guy lie! As I got a little older, it became a social event. You usually had a horse you wanted to part with, or you were looking for a good prospect you could ride a year or so and turn a profit on. And you could usually run into the friends you rodeoed or ranched with. You could share stories of cow tales and rodeo trails. You could compare branding dates and check the moisture level across the country. Sometimes people would stop tbr a beer after the sale. Really. Last week I attended a sale for the first time in years. It was held here at Stockmen's. I had forgot- ten how much fun they are. You had everyone from babies to old cowboys in wheel chairs. People looking for their first horse, and people selling their last horse. And everything in between. I saw old friends that had moved away, but still dabble in the horse trade. I saw neighbors selling horses that had "been there and done that". And I could vouch for them. But I saw a couple things I had never seen before. There was a family. A big family. A family that would bring a horse into the ring and show a horse. Some were their own. Some they were show- ing for other people. I'm not sure how many kids there were. I know I counted seven, but they kind of bunched up on me at the end and I could be off a couple. They would bring a horse in and start waving a blue tarp around it. They would turn somersaults off the saddle and off the horses butt. One of them would crawl be- tween the horse's hind legs, while another was standing in the saddle throwing a rope. They would pull the bridle off and put more kids on and ride the horse around with no bridle! The girls wore long riding skirts and the boys were dang sure just cowboys. It was fun. And it looked like to me, those horses were as bombproof as one could be. Another highlight was a guy ,with a leaf blower. That's right, a leaf blower. He brings this nice gray horse in and rides it around the ring. Then he takes a leaf blower, a leaf blower with plastic ribbons tied on the end, stands in the saddle, and starts this leaf blower. With this leaf blower and those ribbons waving all over, he passes this thing all around this horse. And this horse doesn't bat an eye. I'm always happy ifI can point at a cow offmy horse and it doesn't jump! Leaf blower is the high selling horse of the sale. Over $10,000! Evidently there was someone there who really, really needs some yard work done! Can you imagine the next horse sale when a hundred horse jockeys come with leaf blowers? Scary. Later, Dean t-, . Happenings at Our [ ] .. saj'narltan Good Samaritan I .',,,clctv Nannette Hoeger, Aetivities Dir. May is moving along way tooNext week May 21 st- 27th fast and summer is right around the May 21 st 2:30 Worship w/Pas- comer, please remember to stop in tor Brezenski, 3:30 Cards/Games for visits and volunteer if you can. May 22nd 10am Embroidery This week is Nursing Home Week Group, 1:30 Drive RSVP, 5pm and we want to celebrate our won- Rosary, 6:45 Bingo derful residents and staff with fun ac- May 23rd Uniform Center 9am- tivities all week. 3pm, lpm Crochet Group, 3pm This week May 14th - 20th Wine and Cheese Party May 14th Mother's Day, 2:30May 24th 3:15 Bingo Worship w/Pastor Kiel, 3pm Moth- May 25th 3pm Auxiliary Lunch- er's Day Tea eon hosted by Mountain Lutheran May 15th 10am Embroidery Church, 6:30 Movie Night Group, 1:30 Drive RSVP, 3pmMay 26th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Make your own Pizza, 5pm Rosary, Nail Time, Flower Time! 6pro Men's Night May 27th 9:30 Mass, lpm Bible May 16th 10am Peeling Potatoes Trivia, 2:15 Bingo for Lefse, 3-4pm Ftm Fair Thank you to our many volun- May 17th Syttede Mai, l pm teers; Linda Larson, Shirley Sobo- Frying Lefse, 4pm Prom Fashion lik, Marie Simundson, Lois Ydstie, Show Mary Seim, Mary Lund, Jeanean May 18th 2:30 Popcorn Day, McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Bonnie 6pm Ladies Night VonBruggen, QPEO Sisterhood, May 19th Clergy Visits, 10am Corinne Ramsey, The Mennonite Pen Pal Games, 3pm Ice Cream Day Singers, Father Miller, and anyone May 20th 9:30 Mass w/FatherI may have missed l am sorry. Ifyou Miller, lpm Preakness, 2:15 Bingo, would like to volunteer please call 3pm World Whiskey Day Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. t : : : WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS AND INl'lAT CAUSES 5-2017 Walsh County Health District Short Shots Pr*velxL p~'omote. Protect. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps. Osteoporosis means "porous bone." Viewed under a micro- scope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in healthy bone. Osteoporotic bones'have lost density or mass and contain abnormal tissue struc- ture. As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break, lfyou're 50 or older and have broken a bone, ask your doctor or healthcare provider about a bone density test. Breaking a bone is a serious complication ofosteoporosis, es- pecially with older patients. Os- teoporotic bone breaks are most likely to occur in the hip, spine or wrist, but other bones can break too. In addition to causing per- manent pain, osteoporosis causes some patients to lose height. When osteoporosis affects vertebrae, or the bones of the spine, it often leads to a stooped or hunched posture. Osteoporosis may limit mobil- ity, which often leads to feelings of isolation or depression. Addi- tionally, twenty percent of seniors who break a hip die within one year from either complications related to the broken bone itself or the surgery to repair it. Many pa- tients require long-term nursing home care. Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because one can't feel bones weakening. Breaking a bone is often the first sign of os- teoporosis or a patient may notice that he or she is getting shorter or their upper back is curving Short Shots Cont page 6 Governor Stands Up to Legislative Power Grab In a sweeping display of exec- utive authority, Governor Doug Burgum peeled offa series of ve- toes at the end of the recent leg- islative session in which he de- fended the integrity of the execu- tive branch against the chronic en- croachment by the legislative branch. Perhaps in his general studies, the governor was forewarned in Federalist No. 28 in which James Madison noted that "The legisla- tive branch is everywhere ex- tending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its im- petuous vortex." In his veto of section of SB2001 creating a new legislative revenue advisory committee, the governor pointed out that it usurped the governor's constitu- tional authority to analyze and op- timize the work of agencies and that a new committee would en- croach on that responsibility and also result in duplication of effort. In his Veto of sections of HB1023 expanding legislative authority in the Public Employees Retirement System, the governor pointed out that this authority was in the PERS Board of Trustees and the Legislature al- ready had plenty of input. In his veto of portions of HB 1020 requiring the State Wa- ter Commission to get the ap- proval of the Legislative Man- agement Committee for fund transfers, the governor said that this would interfere in the work of the Commission, an agency of the executive branch. In his veto of portions of HB2013 requiring the Board of University and School Lands to get approval of a legislative in- terim budget committee, the gov- ernor said that this would inter- fere in the proper management of this executive agency. In his veto of SB2119 micro- managing leases in state-owned buildings, the governor stated flatly that "the responsibility for execution and administration of state business lies exclusively within the executive branch of state government..." The Governor even went to bat for the Board of Higher Education - something the Board has been failing to do - when he vetoed the sections of SB2003 that intruded upon the constitutional authority of the Board. And for good measure he ve- toed a portion of SB2016 in which the Legislature appropriated $25,000 for a study of state office space. "It is unnecessary to expend $25,000 to narrowly study the cost effective uses of a single state property," he wrote bluntly. As Madison suggested, it is in the very nature of the legislative branch to expand its jurisdiction so we shouldn't be surprised to see it happening in the North Dakota state capitol. Actually, the relationship be- tween state legislatures and ex- ecutive branches has been in tran- sition for the past 100 years. For the first hundred years, legislatures dominated policymaking in state governments. North Dakota was no exception. But as America's economic, so- cial and political networks evolved it became evident that bodies of 100 or so legislators could not con- tinue to run both branches of government. So legislatures moved to annual and longer ses- sions. Nevertheless, the need for ex- ecutive management grew. This was demonstrated in North Dakota by the struggle with budg- eting. Prior to the 1960s, the Leg- islature would divide itself into committees to travel to the state in- stitutions to piece together a state budget. By the 1960s, this became untenable and the executive budg- et was initiated. To some, this may appear to be a minor step but it placed the pow- er of the purse in the governor's hands. In a "hurry-up" biennial session, the Legislature has time only to add or subtract from the executive budget, meaning the governor sets the priorities and the agenda. Because of Burgum's strong private executive background, he will likely to continue to assert ex- ecutive leadership in a manner that will protect the constitutional role of the executive branch. For the Legislature, it will be a fascinat- ing ride. Extension Exchange a As the weather warms up after a long winter, many are anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the sun and nicer days. Be mindful of pro- tecting your skin and your family's skin from sun damage and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most com- mon type of cancer in the United States. What do basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma all have in common? They are all types of skin can- cer. According to the website, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., with more than 2 million cas- es of skin cancer diagnosed each year. That's more than all types of cancer combined. Skin cancer continues to be diagnosed at younger and younger ages, which means you nmst teach your children sun-safe habits as they grow up. Babies under 6 months should not be exposed to direct sunlight, and they should wear hats and other clothing when they are outdoors. Do not use sunscreen on babies under 6 months of age unless you have no other form of sun protection. As children become older and more independent, discuss the dangers of excessive sun exposure and the methods of protecting their skin. Cover your children as reasonably as possible with hats, shirts, sunglasses and sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection fac- tor) of 30 or higher. Not all clothing is created equal for sun protection. Look for hats with at least a 2- to 3-inch brim all the way around. This will protect your ears, eyes, forehead, nose and scalp. A regular baseball cap only gives shade for the top and front of the head and leaves the ears and neck completely exposed. Darker sunglasses do not nec- essarily mean better sunglasses. An invisible chemical that has no ef- fect on the color of the lens is ap- plied to the sunglasses. Before pur- chasing your favorite pair, look for a label that says "UV absorption up to 400nm" or "Meets ANSI UV Requirements." This ensures that 99 percent of all UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) rays are blocked. Do you work or play outdoors? If so, then you must take extra care to protect your skin. Remember to wear hats, shirts and other pro- tective clothing. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two to three hours. Because most skin cancers can be cured if caught early, make sure to perform monthly self-exams. Follow these easy steps from the American Institute for Cancer Re- search to check your skin and keep yourself healthy: Step 1: Perform the examina- tion after a shower or bath; this en- sures that your skin is clean and clear. Step 2: Checking your body from your head to your toes is im- portant. The best way to do this is to use a full-length and a hand mir- ror. Be sure to check all moles, blemishes or birthmarks so that you get comfortable with your own skin pattern. Step 3: Check your face, ears, neck, chest, belly, underarms and Extension Exchange Cont page 6 Around ihe t Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Sapsuckers on Trees I have been getting a lot of re- ports on sapsuckers on trees. The signs of these birds is the there will be these neat almost like bullet holes all the way around a tree or in on particular spot on the tree. Many people will say they have not seen a bird. The Sapsucker likes to do their work in private and once they start on a tree they are very hard to discourage. Their favorite trees seem to be pines and birches from what I can tell by the calls but they will go to any tree that has heavy sap flow this time of year. They will even go to wood siding on houses! They pierce the trunk with their sharp beak and suck up the sap. This is how they get their names. Chas- ing and scaring I have found to be totally ineffective. The best prac- tice I have found is to go to your hardware store and buy some car- penter cloth. Carpenter cloth has a steel weave and the birds can't penetrate it. Wrap the cloth around the area they are feeding on and hopefully they will become dis- couraged and find another tree. I have been told a product called tanglefoot used on cankerworms also works. The birds do not like to get this sticky substance on their feet. Good luck and be more per- sistent than the birds. Rhizosphaera Needle Cast of Spruce This is a disease in spruce that is more common than one would think. This and winter injury are probably the two most common causes of decline and death in spruce trees. One of the main reasons this disease is so prevalent is that we plant our spruce trees too close together and we close down the air flow that dries out the moisture on the needles that the disease needs to live. Pruning lower branches and contr.Mling vegetation growing into the low- er crown will reduce this disease. So what does it look like and how do you control it? The first thing to look for on older spruce is die back of the needles in the tree. Branch dieback usually oc- curs from the ground up. The in- ner most needles will be lost first as they are the ones that hold the most free moisture and have a good environment for the start of the disease. To know if you have it for sure one must examine the needles themselves. You will find what looks like blackheads on the stomates or pores of the needles. It looks just like blackheads you will find in your pores. You will need a very good magnifying glass or a microscope to see them. If you are unsure take some pic- tures and cut a branch that shows dieback that has some green nee- dles into me and I will put it un- der the microscope and see if.this is indeed the problem. So what do you do? Two consecutive years of spraying fungicides such as chlorothalonil or a Bordeaux mix in the spring when the new needles begin to elongate and again one month later will provide control of this disease. This should be oc- curring soon. Early Seeding of Vegetables I saw a lot of gardens going in this weekend. The last average frost date in the spring is May 17th so this is when you have a 50-50 chance of a killing frost in central and eastern Walsh County. You can add three to four days as you go up the hill to the west. I have personally seen frost every month of the year in Walsh County. The cold hardy vegetables like beets, peas, radishes and turnips can tolerate cold weather pretty well. Beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers have pretty much a zero tolerance to frost so remember this when seeding and transplanting. I try not to seed my beans until af- ter May 17th so my beans will be up well after that May 17th date to give me better odds. I have seen June 7th frosts in in this county so sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men fail.