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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES ..... MAY 21, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "No one can make you feel inferi- or without your consent." As we live in a world where Sh- eryl Sandberg insists women should "Lean In", it can be tough for everyone is going to be the C.E.O. of a major corporation, more im- portantly, not everyone has to be. I recently read an essay by actress Zosia Manmet that stated that not every woman need build an empire, young women or even young men each simply needs to find what to find their place in this world. Not makes her happiest. "We are so ob- sessed with 'making it' these days we've lost sight of what it means to be successful on our own terms .... Success isn't about win- ning everything; it's about achiev- ing your dream, be that teaching middle school or flying jets," she wrote. As you attend the graduation par- ties of your friends and your neigh- bors, don't you dare look down on their dreams. Speaking from expe- rience, being a mom is just as hard as running an office, if not harder. Being a successful teacher is just as important as being a suc- cessful astronaut. What good is it to make it big in New York City ifyou would be happier living in North Dakota? Why limit yourself to be- lieving that you have to get that one job in Fargo when there are multi- ple jobs available in your field in Walsh County? Because someone convinced you that you had to get out of Dodge? Forget what they want and remember what you want. And as you graduates repeat your plans for the future for the mil- lionth time, remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt. Your dreams are yours alone. No one can tell you how to spend your life. Like'" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, wordpress.eom Hello, It's been a little wet to farm. And a little cold. But a lot of the farmers are pulling those anhy- drous tanks down the road, and a few are spreading fertilizer and do- ing some seeding. Will does most of the farming around here, and he has been eyeballing the drill for a few days. I'm more concerned with the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale coming up next weekend. I used to figure on being done seeding before I went to the sale. Now, I figure it doesn't make that much difference. Maybe that is why our yields are below the county average. Now, there have been a couple good years for farming. But, as they say, the cure for high prices is high prices. As the cure for low prices is low prices. Corn, which we see more and more of in North Dakota, has lost a lot of its glam- our the past year. But, farmers did get ahead a couple of years. We had pretty good moisture and pretty good prices. The drought stayed south of us. The saying Hat goes, "A farmer has two good crops. One is next year. And the other he can't remember!" I never was a good farmer. I'd scratch around the badlands. Put in a little wheat or oats. And then I was pretty much done. Usually didn't have to harvest. Maybe enough to get my seed back. And then I would start planning for next year. So we have that yearly, in- evitable meeting with the banker. When we borrow operating mon- ey. And, you know how bankers are, they figure you should pay it back. I've kind of always thought that if they want it back, they shouldn't have given it to me in the first place. That reminds me of a story. This Tips farmer needed his operating mon- ey. He had worked on a business plan and a cash flow deal for sev- eral days. When he sat down with his loan officer, it looked good on paper. He was going to plant wheat. As long as he raised a thirty five bushel crop and got four ten for the wheat it looked good. That year he had an eighteen bushel crop and two ninety wheat. He met with the banker and ex- plained he would need an exten- sion on that operating note. The banker agreed. The next year the farmer planted wheat again. And once again, when it came time to pay off his operating he was short. I hate it when that happens. The third year his banker asked what he was going to plant. Wheat. Always wheat. The third year he was again short. Three years with- out being able to retire his oper- ating notes. Sounds familiar does- n't it. The fourth year the loan officer asked the farmer if he ever thought of planting watermelons. The farmer reluctantly agree. That fall he came into the bank with a big smile on his face. He paid off his operating. The banker was tickled. Then the farmer paid off the pre- vious years note. The banker was really happy. Then the farmer paid off the year before that's note. The banker was beaming. Then the farmer paid off his first years operating note. The banker was astounded. "Boy," he said, "Those water- melons really tumed a nice profit for you!" The farmer said they sure did, "And I've got enough cash left over to buy my seed wheat for next year!" Later, Dean ) Ni00_:ict3. Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We had a great week of activities to celebrate Nursing Home Week. Thank 'You to all the staff that participated. This week May 18th-May 24th: May 18th 2:30 Wor- ship w/Pastor Kiel, 3:30 WII Mayl 9th 10am Em- broidery Group, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo May 20th 10am Men's Time, lpm Mak- ing Banana Bread, 3:30 Bible Study May 21 st 10am Jingo w/Kids, 3pro Bingo May 22nd 3pm Aux- iliary w/ Mountain Lutheran Church Adams, 6:45 Movie Night May 23rd 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Strolls (weather permitting) or Games May 24th 9:30 Mass, lpm Crafts, 2:30 Bingo Thank You to our many volunteers; Pastor Kiel, Donna Settings- gard, Linda Larson, Shirley Sobolik, Lois Ydstie, Cheryl Cox, Photo: Submitted Top: Teresa Petersen sings at the GSS Va- riety Show. Middle: Melvin Northagen plays in the GSS Wll Tournament. Bottom: Mr. Omdahl's Class takes part in a cake walk. Mary Seim, Mary Collins, Karla Nygard, Arnold Braaten, Dorothy No- yak, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fagerholt, Mountain Lutheran Church Adams, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, I am sorry if I forgot anyone. We would love to have volunteers to play piano for worship and devotions, if this is something you think you could help with please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. TA00n,00 Walsh County Health District Short Shots Use of a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get a tan is called indoor tanning. What are the dangers of indoor tanning? The dangerous consequence is a significantly increased risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. 19 international stud- ies have found a strong association between tanning bed use and melanoma risk. Across all age groups, males and females who have ever used tanning beds have a 15 percent higher risk of develop- ing melanoma. More alarming still, based on 7 word wide studies, people who first use a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent! The new findings about melanoma are alarming since melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It spreads to the internal organs and can be life threatening. False Claims about Indoor Tan- ning: The evidence is clear. Use of tan- ning beds to get a "base tan" to help avoid sunburn is a myth. There is no such thing as a safe tal. A tan is a response to injury: skin cells re- spond to damage from UV rays by producing more pigment. In the US, indoor tanning is es- timated to cause about 419,000 cases of skin cancer every year. In comparison, smoking is thought to cause about 226,000 cases of lung cancer every year. Parents, your children should not be indoor tanning. 32% of girls in 12th grade re- port indoor tanning. 13% of all high school students report indoor tanning PoliKcal Stand: Op/Ed member taking long drives with my family and hat;dly seeing ,another soul across the beautiful landscape of North Dakota. The roads al- ways seemed nearly empty as we departed our small town of Manta- dor and traveled throughout the state. Little did I know that it would change so quickly. Today, our land is just as majes- tic but in recent years roads have be- come much busier, as thousands of folks have been coming here for plentiful job opportunkies and a great way of life - helping to define the extraordinary story that is North Dakota today. To keep pace with this growth and to make sure that North Dakotans and our goods can trav- el safely and efficiently, our state needs the necessary resources. That's why Senator John Hoeven and I recently brought U.S. De- partment of Transportation Secre- tary Anthony Foxx and the Ad- ministrator of the Federal Avia- tion Administration Michael Huer- ta to North Dakota. They saw this growth firsthand and we talked about the work that needs to be done to improve transportation safety and infrastructure, while supporting North Dakota's booming economy every step of the way. But with such prosperous growth also comes new challenges - in- cluding safety concerns that we can't overlook. The December 2013 Casselton train derailment showed us that increased standards are needed for crude shipped by rail. We were fortunate that no one was hurt, but we can't take any chances in the future. Safety must be our top priority. Additionally, according to recent reports, 17 percent of North Dako- ta's bridges are structurally deficient - the seventh-highest percentage in the country. Forty-four percent of North Dakota's roads are in poor or mediocre condition. And there has been a 2000 percent increase in air traffic at the state's western airports - which I showed Administrator Huerta firsthand last week. Secretary Foxx and I have spo- ken many times about how funding forour.road's and highwaysris state's most important transportion need. With high infrastructure de-, mand, we need to make sure we're doing everything we can to give our businesses the resources to get the job done safely and make sure North Dakota families are protect- ed. That means doing everything possible to prevent tragedies like the derailment from happening again, and I led a push to review rail safe- ty and inspections to increase the pressure on everyone involved to make sure safety is of upmost con- cem. By bringing Secretary Foxx to Casselton, he shared information about our work together to im- prove rural transportation and safe- ty and heard from North Dakotans. This included the announcement of a first-of-its-kind agreement be- tween industry and railroads to slow down crude-carrying trains, in- crease inspections and response training, and consider alternative train routes to reduce risk to com- munities. North Dakota's farmers and shippers are also burdened by in- creased rail traffic. Even with North Dakota's growing energy industry, agriculture has always been and continues to be our number one in- dustry. It's unacceptable that many of their crops have been delayed in getting to market. I have continued to call on regulators and rail com- panies to make changes to im- prove service so all industries can successfully use our rail lines. Additionally, as Congress begins consideration of a new highway reauthorization bill, I will work to make sure rural highways across North Dakota have the resources they need to meet increased de- mands. There's no denying North Dako- ta's transportation use and infra- structure have seen incredible changes through the years. But as my children set out on North Dako- ta's open roads just as I did years ago, I want them to be able to do so with peace of mind, knowing they will be as safe as possible. If we work together, we can make sure that soon becomes a reality. I Editor's Note ] Lloy.d Omdahl's columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as pOSS1DIe. I Your community, Your paper, Your 8ource for Happy ffappenin00s, Walsh County Press 2,84'6333 Extension Exchange Spring Clean Your Way to a Safer Kitchen As the green grass finally be- gins to pop up outdoors, we often feel energized to do some projects. After a long winter (and in this case, cold spring) tackling a "spring cleaning" of your refrig- erator and kitchen cupboards might be a good place to start. Check out the foods in your re- frigerator. Could some of the foods become your dinner? If any of the foods are moldy or well past their "use by" date, toss them! A "Best if Used By (or Before)" date is a recommendation for best flavor or quality. It is not a pur- chase or safety date. You'll find "Best if Used By" dates on peanut butter, canned milk, powdered milk and some canned foods. A "Use-By" date is the last date recommended for use of the prod- uct while at peak quality. Other names also used include "Better if used by" and "Better before". A"Use By" date is often placed on non-perishable or shelf stable foods like cereal. While product may decline in flavor and quality, food should be safe after that date. This date is determined by the manufacturer based on analy- sis of the product throughout its shelf life. For most foods, an expiration date means the last date on which the product should be eaten or used. Eggs are the exception. If you buy federally graded eggs be- fore the expiration date, you should be able to use them safe- ly for the next 3 to 5 weeks. Check out the "Pinchin' Pen- Do you write the date of purchase on the foods you buy? All of these are good tips on keeping the foods you purchase from being used at their best quality and not getting lost in the back of the cup- board. Check out the new "What's in Your Home Food Pantry?" hand- out (available at nl706.pdf) for some ideas for foods to keep on hand. Try these kitchen cleaning tips. Harmful bacteria such as salmo- nella, staphylococcus, E. coli and listeria can lurk in our kitchens. Try these tips from the national Fight BAC campaign: Clean surfaces. Wash countertops and cutting boards with hot, soapy water, then sani- tize them. You can use a com- mercial disinfecting kitchen clean- er or make your own "sanitizer" with 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach per quart of water. Put the bleach mixture in a spray bottle or wipe it on with a clean rag. Finally, blot dry with a clean paper towel or al- low to air-dry. Disinfect dishcloths. Bac- teria love to grow on dishcloths because they often are moist and provide some "food." Replace daily. Use the hot-water cycle of the washing machine and dry them in the dryer. Clean your refrigerator. Wash the refrigerator surfaces with hot, soapy water and rinse with a damp cloth. Do not use a chlorine- based sanitizer in your refrigera- nies in the Kitchen" series at - amnds- all [=1 " fi/fl  tor because it can damage seals, 22,q_.,,n ' ' gslets'ari'd' linings   ' ' 'holSv,ng' l"earn how 'to Vtiak-e  .., " " " soup, casseroles, omelets and oth- Disinfect your veggie-clean- et T Oods With tile leftovers in irig bshes Wash them with hot, your kitchen. Sort the foods in your cup- boards. Are your cupboards arranged in "first-in, first-out" or- der? Are similar items (tomatoes, canned fruit) grouped together? soapy water, then rinse and place in the top rack of the dishwasher. Run the brushes through on a sanitizing cycle with the rest of your dishes, or soak in a bleach mixture that was listed above. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Slow start to plant '14 Cool, damp weather has put a slow start on planting this spring. Small grains are a cool season crop that require relatively cool tem- peratures to achieve high yield po- tential. Planting late has the po- tential to effect yields in small grains as they are likely to devel- op during warmer temperatures, than when planted early. NDSU planting date recommendations for the Walsh county region is be- tween the 1 st week of May and 1 st week of June, so there is still some time before predicted yield losses tend to accumulate more rapidly. Beyond the optimum planting date, NDSU also rec- ommends that it may be beneficial to increase the seeding rate by 1% per day of delay up to a maximum of about 1.6million seeds. The in- crease in seeding rate may help compensate for the warmer tem- peratures. For small grains, yield losses can range between 1-2% per day of delay. Although these recommenda- tions are predicted strongly based on research, the development of your crop is really dependent on the weather conditions later in the season. If temperatures remain fa- vorable during early develop- ment, and lower average temper- atures at night during grain filling, yields may potentially remain comfortably high, as is what hap- pened last year with late planting. Looking at varieties that worked well in this region in the past three years can help decide what seed to plant this year and in futures. In late plantings, consid- er looking at early maturities in comparison with yield potentials to guide decisions. Treating small grain seeds will be a good idea with this season's weather. While seeds are able to germinate at temperatures as low as the 40's, the growing process will take longer. The longer a seed sits in cold, wet soils, the more sus- ceptible it will be to soil-borne fun- gi and seed transmitted diseases. Treating your seed will protect it in the soil for longer, giving your crop a better chance later on. While you can't control all variables during the planting sea- son, give your field the best start possible and take care of the ones you can. Planter speed and soil conditions will influence an even plant stand establishment. Take your time planting to ensure uni- form seeding depth, and try to avoid mudding things in. Sources: May 15th Crop and Pest Report: crop-and-pest-report-may-15-2014/view Dates to Remember: 6/4 & 6/5 - Rescheduled event: Tractor Safety School. 9am- 5pm. Alumni Room- Park River HS Call to register: 284- 6624 6/14 - Safe and Effective use of Lawn and Garden Pesti- cides program. 10am. Free event. Walsh County Extension Office.