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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MAY 25, 2011 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS How does that old saying go.. when it rains it pours? Try any metaphor or clich6 like it and you'll have the week I just had. A marathon, a treadmill with no off button, if something could go wrong, it probably did . . . ] would throw in an "it could be worse, it could be raining," but it did rain and quite a bit, so let's not go there. But then something utterly un- fathomable happens, and every small stress and close call seems trivial. At last count, 116 people were killed in a tomado that wiped out a large portion of the city of Joplin, Mo. The twister ranked as an EF4 with winds between 190 and 198 mph, and grew as wide as three- quarters of a mile at one point along its estimated four-mile track, according to Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency. It even tore through a hospital. It was described as though a bomb went off. The glass was blown out of the exterior. X-Rays were found 70 miles away. They set up triage centers. Mother Nature doesn't care if you have work to do, or if your house is flooding, or if you live in a city with a population of 50 or 50,000. She doesn't care if you make a half-million a year. She doesn't care if you have benefits. She doesn't care if you are the meanest person in the world or if you will be remembered as a saint. Suddenly, being angry about a rude phone call or stressed about working late hours or worrying about anything, really, seems un- necessarily exhausting. Hello, Wow! What a rain! If you keep a journal, write this one down. It is probably a rain of a lifetime. I'm not sure jiast how big an area it covered, but I was as far south as Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood to the Canadian border since Friday. And I was never out of the rain in that three day period. Reports were ranging from a couple inches, to nearly eight inches in spots. There are a lot of fields that will not see a tractor and drill this spring. But there are a lot of alfalfa fields that have'a great chance of a wonderful hay crop. Problem is feeding hay is crowding cutting hay. Making the drive from the Canadian border to the Black Hills, you could se'e a lot of drainages that for years you did not know existed. Vast bottoms were covered with water. The creeks and rivers were beyond their banks. Dams and dugouts are overflowing. Wild flowers that have lain dormant for years are beginning to blossom. I don't know about you, but I would dang sure rather wait for it to dry up, than to wait for it to rain. I've done both. And I'll take the rain. Hat But then, I don't live in the Mississippi Valley. Or the Mouse. Or the Red River of the North. Everyplace I've ever lived, the rain falls and it runs down hill. One day last week, Shirley and I were going to tag some calves. Well, Shirley was going to tag some calves. We were over by the round pen looking for a rope and I turned to say something to Shirley. As I turned to speak, I saw Shirley petting a deer! Scratching it on the head and back! A little yearling buck. As usual, Shirley had a little cow cake in her pocket and the deer nibbled on that. It was about a half mile from the house and hung around there a couple days. We determined it must have been bottle raised by someone, and dumped out by our place. Shirley thought it was neat. We bragged to our friends how Grandma was a "deer whisperer". The grandkids thought it was cool. Tips The deer has now ventured over to our yard. Last night it ate Shirley's tulips. This morning it ate the petunias. When I opened the door this moming, to let the entryway air out a little from wet 'jackets and boots, the deer came in and wandered around the entryway. As I write, it is munching on the freshly planted trees on the south side of the house. I think it is testing Shirley's love of wild animals. We have an old picture of Shirley's mother, Dorothy, standing by a white-tail buck she shot back in the early forties. I have a picture in my mind of Shirley standing by this little button buck...Never mind. That reminds me of a fishing story. A true fishing story. Ten years or so ago. I don't know how many of you fish. A fishing. license in North Dakota costs like fifteen dollars. And for an extra dollar you can buy one for your CO52522gG9 od - Happenm00 atOur Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC May 17 was our Syttende Mai Celebration we had lefse, rommegrot, Lutefusk and more. The Dietary department did a wonderful job providing such good treats for us on this very important day. We hope everyone has Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend as we take time to remember those who have served our country. Upcoming Events: May 24 3:00 FIRST UNITED BANK will be serving lunch and entertaining us in honor 3f 125 years of service in Park River May 26 3:00 Auxiliary Program and lunch hosted by Mountain Lutheran Church of Adams June 2 2:30 Holy communion service with Rev. Jeff Johnson June 9 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party Hosted bu Hoople Lutheran Church June 23 3:00 Monthly Auxiliary Program and lunch hosted by Bethel Baptist Church of Park River. June 10 7:30 Mennonite Singers Devotional leaders for the week were Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Bonnie Van Bruggen, Corrine Ramsey and Jan Novak. Accompanists were Monica Simon, Laura Brodina, Amanda Daley and Jan Novak. Sunday Worship services were led bu Rev. Totman and Mass was led by Father Lutein. Shirley Sobolik led Rosary and Communion. We thank everyone who gave of their time and talents this week. Many activities have taken place this week and we have also enjoyed many walks outside enjoying this beautiful weather. WORKSITE WELLNESS Walsh County Health District " ..... "" .... ""0"" Short Shots -l[Ti]l ITTI Are you a business that wants to promote wellness for your employees? Are you unsure how to get started? North Dakota has a great new resource just for you. Through a joint effort by Dakota Medical Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND, and Healthy North Dakota a great resource booklet has been developed. It is geared for both small and large size business, and has great ideas of how to get started, and resources to use. If you are interested in this free booklet, contact Pete Seljevold at 701-277-2414 or pseljevold@hndww.org. Do you want your news noticed? Do you or your group have a story to tell? we're here to help. Contact The Press: (701) 284-6333 "They' re cutting off our mail," roared Einar Stamstad as he tore through the door of the community hall where the Homeland Security Committee was about to dole out garden space for the big 2011 rutabaga contest. "They're'closing post offices and abolishing mail routes all over North Dakota," Einar added breathlessly as he folded on a steel chair. "That's more important than rutabaga contests." "Don't panic!" advised Little Jimmy. "They're just holding hearings." "Well, they're talking about eliminating our mail carrier and the post office he comes from and abolishing the post office where his post office gets mail, and all the way up the line," corroborated Tor Torvaldsin. "It's because we didn't get enough people for the census so we declined 16 per cent," concluded Holger Danske. "Not only should we have counted Dogg but also those three cats in the old blacksmith shop." "Maybe we voted the wrong way in the last election," speculated Madeleine Morgan, "but there was no fight way." "Somebody in Old Hogs Saloon in Darby said we will have to get our stuff by e-mail" Einar added. "What's e-mail?" asked Old Sievert. "That comes on the computer," explained Little Jimmy. He knew because he was the only person in town who had one. "Does it have a slot for letters?" queried Sievert. Of course, Sievert hadn't written a letter since him and his only brother, Lamech, had an argument over shocking oats in 1953 and Lamech went to Seattle to work for Boeing. "Well, I heard the mailman say that the post office was going broke with all these people using e-mail," Holger Danske affirmed It is impossible to become com- pletely stress-free while still main- taining a level of responsibility, but there is no reason we as people should have to make life difficult for anyone else around us. There are some things we have no control over. So, would you rather be the one remembered for a smile and a thank you, or the one who snapped at everyone and never had a help- ful word? I'm not about to break into song, but Annie may have had something here. The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bot- tom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun. Like" the Walsh County PJess on Facebook attd check out our blog at http:#walshcounO,- press, wordpress.com spouse. Shirley doesn't like to fish. Or maybe she doesn't like the beer. They kind of go together you }mow. Anyway, I had purchased a fishing license. A license. For me. Because, like I said, Shirley doesn't care for fishing. We had gone with another couple. Up on the lake. It was a beautiful day. Water was clear. Winds were light. Sky was clear. Beer was cold. Shirley had a good book along. So as we fished, she sat reading a book. I cortvinced her to at least hold onto a rod while she was reading. Fine. In about five minutes here came the Man. The Man with a badge. The game warden. In a boat. That should be illegal. He came to check our licenses. No problem. At least for me and the other couple. Not the same for my spouse. When she found out I hadn't spent an extra dollar to but her a license, the fish hit the fan. Our State Representative got her name in the paper and a hundred dollar fine for fishing without a license. Which is a lot better than I .got by. , Looking for dry spot, Dean t as he whittled a head of Abraham Lincoln out of a piece of willow. "Ben Franklin sure would be mad to hear the government was killing his old department," Little Jimmy noted. "Let's just hope he doesn't fifid out," added Einar. "If they can't afford mailmen, why can't they just put the mail on the train so we can pick it up at the depot like the old days," Old Sievert suggested. "We don't have a train anymore," pointed out Orville Jordan, the last depot agent. "We don't even have the depot," added Alert Officer Garvey Erfald. "Maybe the UPS guy could bring the mail," suggested Einar. "He comes more often than I get mail anyway." "The way everything is being consolidated these days, I spose all of North Dakota will have to go to Fargo to get mail," Josh Dvorcheck added. "Next thing you know they'll consolidate all of us homeland committees now that Benny Laden has been sent to his reward," Garvey predicted. "If that happens, we might as well roll up the north forty and put the binder away." "What's a binder?" Little Jimmy asked. Old Sievert leaned over and ,, ! whispered. Someday you tell me about e-mails and I will tell you about binders." "I fiaove we offer one of those cliff'hanging bipartisan midnight compromises and tell 'em our .last offer is three mail deliveries a week to Old Hogs Saloon, take it or leave it," Josh said, pounding his fist on Dorken's table. A flurry of "seconds" echoed across the hall as the Committee members rushed out the door to plant rutabagas, the crop of the year. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Tips for summer barbecues: Healthy grilled vegetables With Memorial Day right around the corner, we are "offi- cially" ready to kick off the grilling season. Many of us will have family gatherings this weekend to celebrate. Grilling with vegetables is a nice way to mcorporate more veggies in our diet and who doesn't like the fla- vor that grilling adds to any food? It's easy to cook vegetables on the grill because you don't have to worry about overcooking them. And grilling vegetables brings out their natural flavors. Some may even say that vegeta- bles taste the best when grilled. Here are a few tips to think about: Marinating vegetables will help them caramelize and that brings out their best flavors. Just submerge the vegetables in mar- inate for about an hour before you put them on the grill. If you don't' marinate veg- etables, just brush them with a little canola or vegetable oil prior to grilling. (Avoid using olive oil due to its low smoke point) Add some herbs/herbal seasonings to enhance the flavor without adding salt. " Cut grilling vegetables into shapes that will make it easier for them to cook. Be sure to account for veg- etables that do (potatoes, sweet potatoes, ect) that do require longer cooking times. Consider using the microwave to start the cooking process and then add other veggies that require less time. :. ' ( ., .,. r Most vegetables are usu- ally done in 8-10 minutes. Thick vegetable pieces may take longer; Thin or delicate (mush- rooms, tomatoes, green peppers, etc) vegetables may require less cooking time. yegetables Ideas for Barbecu- ing Any kind of onion, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds. - Corn on the cob is an easy one, just remove the husks and rotate during grilling (about 10 minutes). Grill portabellas like a burger or them cut into thick slices. ," Grill small mushrooms strung on a skewer or kabob. r Eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices. Zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices. Asparagus spears. Just trim off the white end and grill the spears whole. Wrap whole potatoes in foil and grill for about an hour. Try slicing up potatoes in thin, long pieces for a healthier way to serve chips. If you can't BBQ on a grill, broiling is another cooking method that can be done using your stove. You can enjoy the same flavors right in your oven! Have a great Memorial Day and Weekend. More on grilling fruits next week! Until then... All m ybes t t you and your " i'amily, :l Julie Adapted from Nour&h Interactive - m'w.nourishinteractive.corn It's easy to cook vegetables on the grill because you don't have ,to worry about overcooklng them. And grilling vegetables brings out their natural flavors." Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Tractor safety school set for June The NDSU Extension Office in Park River, ND will be hosting a Tractor Safety School June 14 - 16. The school is intended to give classroom and behind the wheel instruction to youth that are plan- ning to operate machinery. Oper- ating a large piece of equipment requires maturity, judgment and responsibility. Youth will receive hands-on experience with quali- fied instruct&s, as well as, class- room instruction. Tractor Safety School is intended for youth from age 14-16. Youth who are 13 and turn 14 during the summer, and successfully complete the course, will be issued their certificate upon their 14th birthday. This cer- tificate regally permits a minor under the age of 16 to drive a trac- tor and operate identified ma- chinery for hire. Youth will be trained in tractor safety, driving skills, general knowledge of tractors and what to do in emergency situations. It is recommended that youth receive training in these areas even if they never work off the family farm. The farm can be a dangerous place with farm accidents lead- ing to injury or even death. Tractor Safety School will run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Walsh County Fair Building in Park River. The class will be of- fered on a first come first serve basis with a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 students being accepted. If the class fills, inter- ested students will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified of a cancellation. A fee of $35 is charged to help cover the costs of the training. Registration Forms are available at the Walsh County Extension Office and are due by June 7 to the Extension Office. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Extension Office at 284-6624. Until next week...Theresa Dates to Remember: June 14-16Tractor Safety School; Walsh Fair Building, Park River, ND County