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- = Jliili.liiJmilg -" I llJilJliiJl][[l[l][mm, - _ -" I  i _lilllOll|,L] i[[l [[JlJJJl PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES F RO,004 TH i EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I recently attended the North Dakota Newspaper Association's state convention in Grand Forks. Me, my husband, my mom, and my mother-in-law -- or, as my husband put it me and my en- tourage were there to represent the Walsh County Press I talked nay entourage into attending the awards luncheon with me for moral support. There was a lovely lunch in- 'volved and sure we won some awards, which helps me know that I must be doing something right, but what I really enjoyed was hav- ing the chance to chat with some folks who are in the same boat I am. Sitting at our table was a couple fi:om Gackle, N.D. who, along with one other coworker, put together their weekly hometown newspa- per. While in conversation I. stayed fairly composed, mentally. I was a teenager who just discovered a new friend in the cafeteria, "OMG no . way! Me too! You run a small newspaper, I run a small newspa- per, it is like we are the same." The couple in this story bought their newspaper with no prior knowledge of what to do. They simply did not want to see their hometown paper disappear, so they have been learning what they could and improving newspaper as they go. Even more amazing is how in- volved they are in their community parents, school board melnbers, emergency responders -- all while maintaining a news office and get- ting stories. If my jaw could have dropped any more, it might have just thllen right off. "But don't you get those calls," I ask, "when people demand to know why you aren't in your office saying that they don't know why they bother because you're never there?" Oh, sure, she said. but explained that they just added a drop box to their office door and hang up a sign, hoping that people understand that it is a small staffand they can- not possibly be there all of the time. I laughed and told her I knew what she meant.]I have a sign for covering stories, a sign for bad . NLLIILiL 2L][ J 1/iKHI]!JE 1111 Hello. If it doesn't work this time, I am going to slit my wrist! I'm talking about this computer. You spend hours and hours working on an article, bump the wrong button, and it disappears never to be seen again. I think. Anyway, I had an outstanding article written, was just finishing up, and...gone. Just like the guy who was looking for his cows. When asked how he did, he replied, "I rode over the hill. and there they were, gone". It's a lot like working on a prolapsed cow. Just when you think you have it comletely restored in the proper place, the cow lets out a might strain, and kerplop, she forces two bushels of uterus out onto the dirty ground; or in your lap. If you've been feeding, choring, calving, doctoring, moving snow and mud all day, you hate a prolapse. A couple of ranchers in Slope county had a bad experience a few years ago. they had already had a long day, when they came Hat across this prolapsed cow. It was a mess. The cow was on the fight and they had a struggle to get her to the barn. As they worked on the cow, she did everything she could to make their job difficult. She fought the chute. She laid down. When they would nearly had her put together, she would beller, strain, and with a might oomph, force everything out. Finally, number one son, left the chute and went out to the pickup. Just as Dad finally got the uterus pushed into place, and was upto his armpits in cow, BANG! Junior had came back in with a rifle and shot the cow. The cow dropped in the chute, jerking Dad down with her and nearly dislocating his arm! Dad didn't like it much better than the cow It's lucky there weren't two guns Tips on hand. Another thing that tests relationships is tagging calves. Now tagging has became a necessary evil. It is required for performance records, animal ID. and various buyer demands. It also helps when pairing cows out to pasture, recalling a sick calf, or just general information. And. like treating a footrot cow, it can test the idea of "till death do us part". A young couple up at Killdeer was pretty religious about getting calves tagged. When one hit the ground, bang, they applied a tag. And tagging otten requires you dodge the wrat h of a mad mama cow, who thinks4 you are the most dangerous thing since wolves and lions. Every year many ranchers end up in the emergency ward weather, a sign for lunch, a sign for illness, a sign fo going to the bank, and a sign fol going to the post office that get t zked up right next to the one tha says Office Hours Tuesday through Friday 9:30 to 4:30. but I still don't feel like I am doing enough some days. We swapped war  stories of be- ing a small fish in a big pond and it was encouraging to know that there are others out there who, like me, are simply trying their best to cre- ate something their community can be proud of each week Having the chance to sit among the Fargo Forum, the Grand Forks Herald, the Walsh County RecOrd, and the other big winners and hap- pen upon a couple who loved their paper and just wanted to step in when no one else would makes for some quality moral support. Like" the WaLh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at httl.'ffwalshcounty- pss. wordpress, corn . S0000tan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica SimOn ADC National Nursing Home Week was celebrated last week with many special events. Sunday afternoon we hosted a Mother's Day Tea, a delicious lunch was served and enjoyed by all. Monday afternoon we played Casino Games and had prizes, Tuesday was Western Day and taco salad was served, Wednesday was Dilly Bar Day and we enjoyed our Dilly Bars from the Dairy Queen, Thursday morning waffles were made and served bu our staff and our Monthly Birthday party hosted by Fordville Lutheran Church, Friday the Mennonite Singers performed and Saturday Students of Tara Lindell held their Piano Recital. What a wonderful week! I would like to thank everyone who pagticipated in these special events. We would like to thank our volunteers for sharing their time and talents with us. Devotional leaders were Dorothy Novak, Bonnie Van Bruggen, Rev. Jeff Johnson, Corrine Ramsey, Lois Ydstie. Lorene Larson, Monica Simon, and Sue Faggerholt. Sunday Worship services were led by Rev. Ryan Fischer and Mass was led by Father Unger. Shirley Sobolik led Rosary and Communion Services. We look forward to our Auxiliary Program and lunch May 26 which will be provided by Mountain Lutheran Church of Adams at 3:00. Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Women donated beautiful quilts to us and we thank them very much for that wonderful donation. The residents will really enjoy them. By Extension Agent-In-Training Theresa Jeske il NEED HELP PAYING FOR A PAP TEST OR MAMMOGRAM? Walsh County Health District " ..... ' .... ""*"' Short Shots Need help paying for. a Pap test or Mammogram? Follow the guidelines below to determine if you would be eligible for help. Do you live in North Dakota? Yes (contlnue) No (not eligible) Are .you age 40-64? Yes (continue) " No (not eligible) Are you enrolled or eligible for Medicare Part B or Medicaid? No (continue) Yes (not eligible) Do you meet the income guidelines below? Yes (eligible) __ No (not eligible) Household Number Yearly Income Monthly Income 1 $21,780 $1815 2 $29,420 $2452 3 $37,060 $3088 4 $44,700 $3725 5 $52,340 $4362 6 $59,980 $4993 7 $67,620 $5635 8 $75,260 $5635 9 $82,900 $6908 10 $90,540 $7545 If you are eligible call 1-800-449-6636 to enroll in Women's Way. with broken bones, abasions, and numerous contusions. This couple was also tech savvy. Like most people they carried cell phones. You start to feel naked without one. As they were bouncing across the pasture on the four-wheeler, they came across this new mama with her baby. Now this is the best time to tag baby. Before he gets big enough to run away. Just as Mrs. Rancher grabbed the calf. Mr. Ranchers phone rang. He answered his phone and hunkered down out of the wind along the four-wheeler to take this important call. He had his back to the two mama's and all of a sudden the cow got Mrs. Rancher down. She began screaming for her husband. Without looking up he hollered, "Dammit woman, I'm on the phone"! That will test a relationship. Wait, I hearl Shirley screaming from the heifer pen. I gotta go. Later, Dean Money to Replace Property taxed with some new gross receipts levy. Outside of the oil and gas taxes, the only state taxes that could produce large sums are the sales and use taxes and the income taxes. For each additional one per cent sales tax, the state collects around $140 million, meaning that the state sales tax would have to be increased from five to eight per cent to raise $375 million. Income taxes would have to be more than doubled. Since such increases wouldbe politically intolerable, the more The North Dakota treasury may be brimming with windfall revenue but financing the total repeal of all property taxes will be virtually impossible. Oil production may have a favorable prognosis but agricultural prosperity will still depend on the whims of the federal government. Measure No. 2 on the 2012 primary election ballot proposes a sudden and total abolition of the property tax, a move that would take $750 million away from local governments. To replace the $750 million, the measure requires that the property taxes lost by school acceptable oil and gas taxes districts be replaced by higher -would have to bear the burden. taxes on oil and gas, oil Unfortunately, North Dakota extraction, tobacco, the state already has the highest oil taxes lottery and financial institutions, in the United States outside of Since tobacco, the state lottery Alaska. Whether or not this can and financial institutions are be done without impairing the industry would depend on the unpredictable oil market. How the Legislature would be able to deal with existing special assessments and the outstanding bonds Of school districts would be problematic. Both of these encumbrances on property were imposed for the benefit of those residing within the special assessment or school districts and not the state as a whole. Without local property taxes available to pay these obligations, the state would be required to assume financial responsibility for their amortization. Special assessment run around $80 million; the total for the bonded indebtedness of school districts and other local governments would be much more than that. While abolishing the property tax in one swoop may seem simple, raising new revenue and returning it to local governments requires more deliberation than was done by the initiators of Measure No. 2. minor sources of state revenue, the bulk of this new money would have to come from oil and gas and oil extraction taxes. Around $375 million of the $750 milliOn would have to be raised from these sources since school districts get almost half of the property tax revenue at present. Measure No. 2 provides that the $375 million lost by counties, cities, townships and other local governments, would be made up from a variety of the other state levied taxes, in addition to more taxes on oil and gas, oil extraction, tobacco, the lottery and financial institutions. When the personal property tax was repealed 40 years ago, the Legislature tried to recoup the loss by imposing new taxes on those benefitting from the abolition. However, Measure No. 2 dictates which specific taxes are to be used for replacement, making any new varieties of taxes of dubious validity. For example, the state-assessed utilities, accounting for $35 million annually, could not be MAY 118, 2011 Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Tips for summer barbecues. Healthier Meats for Grilling ! finally cleaned my grill last week and gave it a whirl after a long winter. Seems like as the weather gets nicer, I smell more and more culinary delights throughout the neighborhood. Cooking outdoors brings fam- ilies outside for fresh air, some activity and great bonding. And grilling foods can also be a healthier way to cook because you don't need much oil to brown and cook foods When I think back of having family bar- becues. I have many fond mem- ories. That is why barbecues are such wonderful opportunity to a fun experience with healthy eat- lng. Often when we think of grilling, we think of steaks, ham- burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and chicken. The typical barbecue meal usually consists of meats, chips, potato or macaroni salad, and buns. Perhaps, you might in- clude a fruit salad or watermelon for dessert. With some simple changes, you can make your bar- becue into a healthy meal. Change is easy. You can change the typical barbecue fan- fare with some delicious and healthy grilled fruits and vegeta- bles that are part of the appetiz- ers, main dishes and dessert. Seasonal produce is great on the grill and adds lots of bright col- ors for a festive table. Here are some tips, ideas and recipes to get you started to a healthier bar- becue. Healthier Meats for Grilling Most barbecues include some type of meat. Meat cuts often are too large and don't reflect healthy portion sizes. We know that meats can be high in fat and calories too. Here are some guidelines to help you choose a healthier cut. "& Control portion sizes by cutting all meats into 3-5 ounce pieces. You can always get sec- onds if you want more. r Cut fat in half by grilling chicken breast or thigh without the skin. Marinate your chicken without the skin for at least two hours prior to grilling. " When cooking meat check with a food thermometer the thickest part to make sure it is cooked all the way through " Look for lean red meats, like top sirloin, flank steak, and round steak. Marinating helps tenderize cuts of meat Select pork tenderloin, top loin chops, or sirloin chop for a leaner pork option. r Look for hamburger, ground turkey and other ground meats that say "extra lean" on the package. Trim the visible fat off of meats before marinating and bar- becuing Avoid processed meats like hot dogs or brats. Kabobs are a great way to mix meat and vegetables and control/reduce portion size. Serve them with brown rice to add more whole grains to your diet. Get out there and clean up your grills for the summer. I will write more on grilling next week! Until then... All my best to you and' your family, Julie Adapted from Nourish Interactive wwu:nourishinteractive, com Change is easy. You can change the typical barbectre fanfare with some delicious and healthy grilled fruits and vegetables that are part of the appetizers, main dishes and dessert." Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Consider earlier maturlnz hard red spring wheat varieties No one needs to be told that this year's growing season is off on the wrong foot. Farmers and their families are beginning to feel the time crunch that is so dif- ferent from last year. If you have fields that are wet and may have a limited growing season it may be of value for you to consider one of the earlier ma- turing wheat varieties in your crop plans this year. Wheat varieties such as Select, Glenn and Brick, have the fewest days to head and test among the highest in protein percentages. When you evaluate these three varieties for overall yield they rank among the average to high yielding varieties while main- taining their stalk strength with moderate lodging potential. Se- lect, Glenn and. Brick are also ei- ther resistant or moderately re- sistant to stem rust, leaf rust, leaf spot and head scab if these are a concern to you. Variety trial data for the Park River and statewide locations can be found online at trials/. When evaluating the data you need to consider also looking at the Langdon location. In Park River no fungicide was applied which increased the foliar necro- sis rates when you compare them to Langdon or other locations which utilized a fungicide. Con- sider looking at the data from more than one year if it's avail- able so you can get an accurate evaluation of the wheat varieties. If you have any questions feel free to contact the Extension Of- fice at 284-6624. Until next week... Theresa Dates to Remember: May 24 Farmers Market planning Meeting; 7:00 PM at Walsh County Extension Office