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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 2.0, 2.0 1 5 FROM THE E'DITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH (OUNTY PRESS I am happy to report that a Press alumnus is back in our ranks. Kevin Hello, "Spring has sprung, the grass has grung". I know that doesn't make any sense, but I had to make it rhyme. This is a special time of the year. And you can't always tell spring is here by the weather. Snow storlns on the plains of the Dakotas can last until spring is over. And then start again right after our two days of summer. I guess it's probably snowed every month around here. But I always figured they called it spring cause the cows are spring- ing up and getting ready to calf. Now, if you don't know what "springing up" is, I guess I won't explain, but look under their tail. We've always calved a lot of heifers. Now heifers take special care. Extra feed. More shelter. And a watchful eye when they start calv- ing. All things that Shirley and Will are pretty good at. I'm good at go- ing to sale and buying the heifers tbr them to watch. Most heifers are pretty good. They might need a little assistance in delivering the calf, but after that, they are alright. But occasionally you mn across one that hates her calti I guess there are probably peo- ple like that too. And you have to kind of guide that dumb old heifer through the early stages of parent- hood. Now there are a couple of ways to do that. Sometimes whistling the dog over can make her a better mother. Sometimes putting her in the chute and helping the calf nurse will awaken her motherly instincts. Sometimes beating her up with an ash post will help, or at least make you feel better. Sometimes putting molasses on the calf and over her nose will help. Sometimes giving her a shot of "Ace" and hauling her Skavhaug has rejoined the staffofthe Walsh County Press as a staffwriter. He will be covering the sports beat while keeping an eye on the school news and local angles that the Press is known for. Recently the Press made a good showing at the North Dakota News- paper Association Better Newspaper Contest. Read all about it next week. We've been building a solid reputation across the state and now, with the added possibilities of additional staffwe are looking forward to the future. The hometown values of this paper are stronger than ever. We are your hometown paper in the heart of North Dakota. Like "" the ll}ffsh County Press on Facebook.com t - Hat to the cow sale with her calf will help. Maybe not help her, or the guy that buys her, but it will shorten up your chore time. And you've got all those other hungry mouths to tend to. And then you have a heifer that loves her calf. And the one in the next pen. And the one that is born the next morning. She wants them all. I guess there are people like that too. This is a harder problem to solve. You hate to beat up a cow that likes calves. So just give her a little extra feed and in time she should figure it out. If her own calf doesn't starve to death in the mean time. Ranchers are a funny breed. They will sit up all night with a sick calf or a heifer having trouble. They will wreck a pickup worth thousands of dollars to fight through a storm to find a calf worth eighty or a hundred dollars. They will take a tlfirty thousand dollar tractor burning dollar fuel eight miles to the river to pick up a calf that is starving. And while they are driving along, they will wonder how come they never make any money. Don't tell em, cause I'd hate to see them change. I remember the spring from hell. When we had three feet of wet snow towards the end of April. And no feed. Cows scattered all over the ranch and right in the thick of calving. Big calves. Real big calves. I swear some of those calves being 00.C000000(hxat . Happenings at Our / .%all00an'ltan Good Samaritan ) Si)cictv N  Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Group, 4pro Hynm Sing, 5pm Rosary May 26th l pm Glamour Time, 3pm Glamour Shots May27th lpm Walks and Exer- cise 3pro Bingo May 28th 3pm Auxiliary Lunch- eon hosted by Mountain Lutheran Church May 29th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Outside Strolls May 30th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Word Games, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to our many volun- teers: Pastor Masko, Shirley Sobo- lik, Donna Settingsgard, Linda Ear- son, Lois Ydstie, Mary Siem, Mary Lund, Dorothy Novak, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, and anyone I may have forgotten Imn sorry. Please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-2873 if you would like to volunteer. We are still hoping tbr warmer weather to come so we can plant flowers and be outside to enjoy .them. This week May 17th-23rd May 17th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Masko, 3:30 Norwegian Trivia Mayl8th 10:30 Embroidery Group and Men's Thne, !pm Scenic Drive, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo May 19th 10am Crochet Group, lpm Baking Cardamonn Ahnond Bars, 3:30 Bible Study May20th l 1 : 15 Resident Coun- cil, 3pm Bingo May21st 3pro Planting, 6:30 Movie Night May 22nd 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Beading May23rd 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, l pm Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Next Week May 24th- 30th May 24th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Hinrichs, 3:30 Word Games May 25th 10am Embroidery I$ 00I00ING At.O3HOt. a mo00v00? Walsh County Health District Short Shots A recent study finds that children who sip alcohol are more likely to be- come teens who get drunk. So, why is that-what did the study find'? Youth who sipped alcohol by the fall of sixth grade (average age of first sip was 7.61 years) had significantly greater odds by 9th grade of: Consuming a full drink Getting drank and engaging in heavy drinking Reporting any substance use Other predicative variables didn't take away the risk of sipping and lat- er alcohol use: Even accounting for temperamental, behavioral and environmental factors that contribute to likelihood of behavioral problems, sipping was still strongly associated with later alcohol and other substance use Sipping was also predictive of more extreme alcohol outcomes even controlling for current parental alcohol use and history of alcoholism in biological parents Permission to drink alcohol at home and explicit provision of alcohol are associated with greater levels of adolescent alcohol use, heavy use, dnmk- enness and drinking intentions. This study underscores the importance of advising parents to provide clear, consistent messages about the unacceptability of alcohol consumption for youth. Offering even a sip of alcohol may undermine such messages, particularly among younger children who tend to have more concrete tlfink- rag. Parents are encouraged to secure and monitor alcoholinJlaeir home and monitor their own beverage to reduce unintentional sipping by their chil- dren. [ Tips bom were last years. You could ride out at night with a flashlight and find a cow trying to calf, and the calfs feet were as big as the cows. I hate that. But, boy, we had heavy calves that fall. Not as many. But heavy. And with those wet springs comes the gumbo. Now; not gumbo like you eat if you live down south. And to me south is anything past Dickinson. This is gumbo that looks like concrete, grows as much grass as Astroturf, and sticks better than super glue when wet. It sticks to overshoes. It sticks to tires. It sticks to pickups and tractors and machinery and horses feet. And we've been blessed with lots of it. We have gmnbo flats. We have gumbo hills. We have gumbo in places where most people don't have places. I've ridden in. Driven in it. Rolled in it. Slipped in it. And I have no idea what it is good for. But, then I'm not done yet. But you know what. When those cows are calving and that snow is starting to settle down a little, some night you'll wake up. You'll wake up and wonder what that noise is. And you'll lie awake and then it will dawn on you. Water is dripping offthe roof. And you'll feel a little of the ache go out of your bones. And the next morning the you'll see some grass peeking out from under their snowy blanket up on the ridge. And a little black wilt start to peek through on the haze fields. And when you go to bed at nighk you'll hear water running down the creek, on it's journey to the gulf. And you will realize that you have made another winter. Spring is here. And in a couple of weeks those calves you were struggling to keep alive will be bucking and playing and racing across the green pas- tares. And their mothers will be bellering and throwing a fit and try- ing to tell them to slow down. Those saddle horses that win- tered out west will start to fatten up and shed offand you'll have to fig- ure out a way to get your wife or son to top them off so you can go riding. One day, you'll be poking along, looking for that black cow with a spot under her eye, and you'll hear a strange noise. And as you look skyward you'll see the first geese cheering each other north. And you can sit down on a side hill and let your horse nibble that short little geen grass and just lie back and feel the warmth of the sun's rays as they warm you like a furnace never could. And on the way home, you'll ride across the same side hill you've ridden every day, and all at once it is covered with crocuses. And you've got to stop mad pick a few for the wife and kids. And you hate to break them off. And you have to carry them in your hand cause your pocket' would crush them. And you crawl on that good looking colt and trot on towards home and you think to yourself. Life is good. This spring I think you'll be big enough to go along. Later, Dean Welcome l 0 the Ship of State, Captain Hagerott Welcome aboard, Captain Mark Hagerott, as our latest chancellor of North Dakota higher education. Your extensive naval experience will serve you well, but the best thing going for you is the lack of exposure to ac- ademia. This is not a position for meditators, speculators or theo- rists. It is a hand-to-hand ground war. If you know the history of our chancellors, you will know that coming to North Dakota for that position is an act of courage - Purple Heart courage. Job One will be to define the meaning of "system" in the so- called university system. One of the reasons we have been going through chancellors like wheat bundles through a threshing rig is because we don't have consensus on the meaning of "system." To college presidents, a sys- tem means that the chancellor and the Board of Higher Educa- tion will not meddle in college af- fairs unless they get into trouble with the Legislature. To faculty, a system means less teaching, higher salaries and more fringe benefits. To the Legislature, a system means bowing, scraping and pan- dering to whichever committee is demanding attention. To students, a system means less course content, fewer exams and more binge drinking. To parents, a system means that college will guarantee a job immediately -- or sooner- upon graduation. Unless these various con- stituencies get on the same page, conflict and discontent will con- tinue to reign on the higher edu- cation scene. Now you used the expression "management style" in your in- terview. Don't ever use such lan- guage again. You are in a state government that can function only because it has 130 committees and com- missions, twice as many elected officials as other states, the largest legislature outside of New Hampshire and more local gov- ernments per capita than any other state -- one for every 235 residents, to be exact. Everybody who wants an of- rice in North Dakota can have one. Some people have two. This structure ought to tell you that we can't tolerate manage- ment so there's no use aggravat- ing the natives. I know that the expression "chain of command" means something to a military guy but it is a red flag in North Dakota. Our non-management style was determined by the "doctrine of first settlement" which con- sists basically of every person fbr him or herself. Individualism and equality pre-empt management and efficiency. This is demon- strated every time the governor goes to the Capitol coffee shop and is greeted with "Hi! Jack." We used to have several city managers in North Dakota but after the good government move- ment subsided we quietly dis- posed of them. Minot has the only survivor. You have cause to pause when Gallup ranked North Dakota as one of the "above average" con- servative states but also has a state-owned bank and mill. The Russian wheat-buying teams could never understand it. They bought wheat and left muttering. We would sell these two polit-. ical anomalies except they have been very profitable. Their sur- vival for 100 years tells us that socialism works if you give it a chance. Newspapers reported that the Board is providing you with $15,000 for moving expenses. My advice is that you save half of it just in case. Historically, 'just in case" is not as speculative as you may think. Did they tell you that you were entitled to hazardous duty pay? It isn't too late to call in sick or claim a disabling case of auto- phobia (being alone) or agora- phobia (open spaces). If bad comes to worse, God can hear you from here no matter what they told you at the Naval Academy. Extension Exchange Be Safe in the Stm As the weather wamls up after a long winter, many are anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the StUn and nicer days. Be mindful of protecting your skin and your family's skin from sun damage and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only a few serious sunburns can in- crease your risk of skin cancer lat- er in life. You don't have to be at the pool or the beach to get too much sun. Skin needs protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever you are outdoors. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin can- cer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma. Over a million cases of skin can- cer are diagnosed in the US every year. Sun exposure is the most pre- ventable risk factor for skin cancer. Many people say they feel better about themselves when their skin is tan from the sun but is there truly a healthy suntan? The simple is NO. There is no such thing as a healthy suntan. Any change in your natural skin color is a signof skin damage. Every time your skin color changes after surt exposure, your risk of de- veloping a sun-related ailment in- creases. This includes Melanoma. Melaoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It is most often caused by intense, occasilonal UV exposure leading to sunburn. If melanoma is recognized and treat- ed early it is almost always curable, but if it is not, it can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. There are people that are pre- disposed to adverse effects from overexposure to the sun. Skin type affects the degree to which some people bum and the time it takes them to bum. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies skin type on a scale from 1-6. Peo- ple with a lower number skin type 1-2, have fair skin and tend to burn rapidly and more severely. People with a higher number 5-6, though Sun Safe poge 5 Around the County Walsh County Extension Orifice Park River - 701-284-6624 Tractor Safety Course Two day Tractor Safety course to be held in Park River on June I 0 & 1 t :from 9 amto'5pmin theAlum ni Room which is on the south side of the High School. For ages 14-15, 13 year olds can attend but will not receive their card until they turn 14. The cost is $35 and they must bring a lunch, snacks will be pro- vided. PleaSe registrr by calling the Extension: Office 701.284:6624; the deadtineisJrfie 1 st and askl 'df)'h! nie Mae Kelly. The class will be giv- en by Katelyn Hain, Nelson Coun- ty Ag Agent and Michael Knudson, Grand Forks Ag Agent. Around the County; Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Land and Taxes Land has been taxed by gov- ernments for almost has long has man has enjoyed private ownership. In the early years it was a "ery ar- bitrary tax usually levied by those that held all of the power. Democ- racy has changed that to some ex- tent but someone or some group of people still have to make these choices. Your local soils committee and county commissioners still struggles with a system that seems bound and determined to foil all at- tempts to come to some sensible so- lution. In the last meeting of the soils committee I do believe some progress has been made, There seems to be a pattern of problems. They are: pasture valuations and problematic soils. According to my notes, it was moved to readjust the pasture valuation along the lines of Grand Forks County and reevalua- tion of our top ten problematic soils. These soils tend to exist in the transition areas of those middle townships. While our goal is to take another look at more than ten of the worst offenders we have to be realistic about what can be accom- plished in a short period of time to take care of some of the worst problems that hopefully can be cor- rected. The rest of the reevaluation will be done as efficiently as possi- ble. It is the goal of the soils com- mittee to apply some defensible reasoning for why things are being done and bring some equity between some of the soils types in Walsh County. I do believe that this method will get us much closer to our goal of equity than maybe what has been produced in the past. Here is where I make my pitch to get our children involved in 4-H and F, FA land judging. Much of what all the above issues surround is evalu- ating productivity of land. In land judging we basically rate land from I to X on a land type and produc- tivity. We teach our youth the dif- ference between the class II soils found in the heart of the Red River Valley to class VI pasture land common to some of the problem ar- eas I just discussed. We also teach how sak, slope and drainage affect otherwise very productive soils, again problem areas in our soils committee. Once we arrive at the land type we can recommend con- servation and cropping practices suitable to the capability of the land. One fact few people know is there is no class I land in ND due to our climate and short growing sea- son. I have tried to bring my land judging knowledge and the fact I have dragged my land judgers all over the county to judge the differ- ent types of lands in preparation for state and national land judging con- tests to the committee. There are very few people who have that kind of experience in WalshCoun- ty. I be]lieve we have found some problem areas that can be addressed. I will warn you that even if we come up with what some may think is a "fair" solution. Some people's tax- es will go up and some will go down and some remain unchanged. It is the nature of the beast. , I am ihoping that allthis contro- versy will shine the light on the need for education when it comes to evaluating the potential productiv- ity of land. I can think of no greater gift to a young man or young woman that is going to make their home in a fanning community than to be able to put land in: productiv. ity classes, understand what limits the productivity of land, how to man- age land to maximize the econom- ic potential of the land and hand the land to their children in the same if not better condition than they found it. I am fi3rming a land judging team as I write this. It is open to youth ages 9 to 18. We have both a junior and senior land judging tea0a,)My contact is bradley.brummond@ ndsu.edu or 284-6624. I love tO teach land evaluation.