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Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NAY 27, 2015 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS bl Flanders Fields the pop- pies bhmV between the crosses, row on / that mark our place; and in the sl(v /the larks', still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below. / We are the dead./Short days ago, A 'e lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glou, / Loved and were loved and now we fie,/In Flanders Fields. / Take up our quarrel with the foe / to you, from.failing hands, we throw / the torch, be yours to hold it high./If ye break filith with us, who die, / we shall not sleep, though poppies grm,; /In Flanders Fields" "In Flanders Field" by John McCrae and the poppy he speaks so vividly of have come to sym- bolize a day of remembrance for those lost at war. According to modern- farrner.com, "Papaver rhoeas, also known as the common poppy, corn poppy and red weed, among the dandelion was otherwise his- other names, is considered a nui- tory might have been slightly off: sance plant by European farmers A tiny but powerful symbol, the and often grows in areas where the poppy, red as blood, transcends soil has been disturbed. In the wars, countries, and generations. warm spring months beginning in We may not always remember the 1915, with World War I in full poem, we may not always re- swing, across many of the shell- member the story behind it, but we blasted, trench-strewn battlefields should always remember what it in Belgium, France, as well as in symbolizes. Turkey, poppy seeds (which can lie To all who have or currently ale donnant for more than 80 years) serving, thank you for your serv- began to germinate in the newly turned earth, and poppy flowers ice. To the families who bravely were soon dotting the war-ravaged awaited your return, thank you for landscape, including the fiont- your strength. To those who were lines where John McCrae, surgeon lost in battle, thank you for your for the First Brigade of the Cana- sacrifice. dian Field Artillery, was stationed." This poppy is for you. Thankfully the poppy is more Like" the ]~"alsh C'ounty Press on Face- prevalent in Flanders Fields than t,ook 'om. Hello, One of my favorite shows over the years was Seinfeld. I'm sure you've seen it. It is a show about nothing. I've a couple friends that re- mind me of the Seinfeld show. They often argue and fight about nothing. To protect the innocent, I won't give you their names. I'll just call them Shannon and Jim. Now Shannon and Jim will make an occasional friendly wa- ger. It may be on a ball game or the weight of a cow. It may be in a game of pinochle or the price of pie at the restaurant. They may partner on a certain class of live- stock, or they may be in competi- tion on that calf. You never know. The story I'm going to relate is on one of their wagers. They were watching the Na- tional Finals Rodeo with a group of friends. A live broadcast. At least they call it live. But to make room for the advertisements and such, there is a ten-minute delay. Jim realized that he could look dollars. But, being a gentleman, at the results of an event just be- he told Shannon he would give fore the "live" event started. So he him a break. He would take a offered Shannon a golden oppor- rookie bull rider that had bucked tunity. He would pick one rider off eight in a row. Shannon per event and Shannon could have grabbed that bait like a giant north- the other fourteen contestants! em feeding along the shore in the Shannon realized that the chances spring. He insisted that since he of Jim winning were at best one in was so far behind, they go double fifteen. Odds much better than or nothing on the last event. It buying pull tabs or planting wheat, would be $400 or nothing! Well, Jim got lucky. He wonOne of the top bull riders in the the bareback tiding. Couldn't hap- world came out and quickly put up pen again. But it did. He won the a fantastic score of 91! One of the calf roping. The barrel racing. The highest scores in NFR history. bronc riding. The team roping. The Shannon jumped and screamed steer wrestling. The man was on a and was ecstatic. He did a touch- roll like you wouldn't believe, down dance that would have made Finally, it was time to tide bulls, an Super Bowl receiver jealous. Jim was ahead a couple hundred Finally, it was the poor rookies turn. He had drawn a bull that was impossible to fide. Shannon upped the ante another $50. Reluctantly, Jim agreed. The chute gate opened and the bull exploded out of there! The crowd was on their feet screaming. Shannon was cheering for the bull. Jim was cheering for the cowboy. It was classic. The whistle blew as the cowboy came off. The crowd looked at the judges. Thumbs up! And crowd screamed as they an- nounced the new leader. Ninety- two and a half points! The rookie had won! And Shannon was dev- astated. Some months later, in a rare moment of mercy, Jim admitted that he had been peeking at the computer and had prior knowledge of the winner. His compassion clearly overwhelmed everyone when he gave Shannon half his money back. A true friend and sportsman. Later, Dean r, ;(xx! Happenings at Our k (h).l S t li),arltan Good Samaritan " ];:= Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We have nice weather and have been taking ad- vantage of it! Pictured are (L to R) Edith Drevecky, Teresa Pe- tersen, and her parents. Got some seeds planted and picked up some plants (we have decided to wait because in North Dakota itmay be freezing next week). This week May 24th- 30th May 24th 2:30 Wor- ship w/Pastor Hionrichs, 3pm Word Games May 25th Memorial Day, 10am Embroidery Group, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary May 26th lpm Glamour Time, 3pm Glamour Shots May 27th National Senior Health Day, lpm Walks and Exercise, 3pm Bingo May 28th 3pmAuxiliary Hosted by Mountain Lutheran Church May 29th 10:30 Nail Time, Spring Cleaning in the Afternoon May 30th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Word Games, 2:15 Bingo Next week May 31st- June 6th May 31 st 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Antal, 3pm Trivia June 1st 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, l:30pm Scinic Drive, 5pm Rosary, 6:30 Men's Night Photo: Submitted June 2nd 10am Crochet Group, 2:30 Variety Show June 3rd 3pro Bingo June 4th 2:30 Devotions w/ Communion, 3:15 Piano w/Father Luiten, 3:30 Planting Flowers, 6:30 Movie Night June 5th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pro Rummage Sale June 6th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Name that tune Thank you to our many volun- teers: Pastor Hinrichs, Shirley Sobo- lik, Cheryl Cox, Karla Nygard, Linda Larson, Roberta Charrier, Larry Biri, Mountain Lutheran Church, Terry Hagen, Father Luiten, and anyone else I may have missed. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701- 284-7115. : ; :::i: : t; i: PublteIteat Walsh County Health District '""0" ' Short Shots --TJlJ ~lr ----- I Excessive alcohol use can have Colon both long tem and short term health Learning and memory problems risks. Excessive alcohol use is de- Dementia fined as: Poor School Perfomlance For Women: 3 or more drinks Mental Health on one occasion or 7 or more drinks Depression per week Anxiety For Men: 4 or more chinks on Social Problems one occasion or 14 or more drinks Lost Productivity per week. Family Problems Long Term Health Risks of Ex- Unemployment cessive Alcohol Use Alcohol Dependence Chronic Diseases If you feet that you are depend- High Blood Pressure ent on alcohol, help is available. Heart Disease : Look in your local paper for AA Stroke meetings, contact local counselors Liver Disease at the clinics or human service cen- Digestive Problems ter, ask a member of the clergy. Cancers Northeast Human Services has an in- Breast take number that you can contact for Mouth and throat information and or referral or as- Liver sistance. Call 701-795-3000. Reducing the Size of the Dependent Population The America Dream is slowly payer money on worldly pleasures. fading as the size of our dependent Other states are promoting poli- population grows. North Dakota cies designed to force dependents has thousands and the nation has into lull time employment, better millions of dependents who are incomes and economic independ- being propped up with a wide vari- ence. Unfortunately, all of these ef- ety of private and government pro- forts are mere Band-Aids for a grams designed to alleviate or problem thatrequires a toumiquet. reduce poverty. There is a growing shortage of The tern1 "dependent" is being good jobs and qualifications to fill used here to designate people who them. can't make it on their own. Among Rachel Sheffield, a policy wonk them, I count single mothers, un- with the conservative Heritage employables, underemployed, vic- Foundation, has concluded that tims of exported jobs, loafers raised passing laws restricting the use of in a subculture ofn'er do wells, and benefits is no substitute for crafting predators that count on illegal ac- truly effective policies. tivities. Looking to the future, the de- To help these dependents make pendent population is going to in- it, we have churches and other crease if we depend on the failing charities supplementing govern- programs of the present to prodnce ment programs with food drives, different outcomes. soup kitchens and overnight shel- Wages have remained stagnant ters. Some end up homeless on the over the past 10 years and there is streets, little hope for improvement. Corn- But the best laid plans for re- panics are stripping pensions and ducing dependency have not been health care from their benefit pack- very successful. The food stamp ages, meaning that underpaid era- program is indicative of our failure, ployees will have only Medicaid In 2000, six percent of the popula= for health care and Social Security tion depended on food stamps; de- for retirement. pendence increased to 13 per cent by 2014. National policymakers think Another measure of success is that the job market will pick up and the Medicaid program created to fi- unemployment will retum to four nance health services for people percent. Looking at the mismatch too poor to pay. Medicaid is bust- between available workers and job ing state budgets even though most requirements, we must conclude of the money comes from federal that we are stuck at six percent un- sources. The pressure on Medicaid employment -- and this may even will escalate as health care costs get worse in the future. skyrocket. There will be no increase in As public costs increase, tax- worthwhile walk-on jobs for high payer compassion for the depend- school graduates. Those jobs all ent population is declining, lead to dependency. In fact, the According to Gallup, satisfaction good jobs will decline as more of with anti-poverty programs is at a them go overseas and the repetitive new low, with support dropping jobs taken over by robots. from 26 per cent in 2001to16 per- While Kansas is concerned cent in 2015. about the integrity of its welfare This has policy implications. A program, it is also one of 10 states backlash is brewing and state gov- funded to explore pilot programs emments are responding politically aimed at reducing dependence on to this decline in public support, welfare and attacking long tema In.April, Governor Sam Brown- unemployment. back of Kansas attracted national Let's hope these 10 states can attention when he signed legisla- come up with some effective ideas tion to limit the range of purchases for preventing future dependency that may' be made with welfare as well as reducing present reliance benefits. No more spending of tax- on government and charities. Looking to the future, the depend- ent population is going to increase if we depend on the failing pro- grams of the present to produce dif- ferent outcomes are Extension Service Safe Food Preservation Advice Comes Early This Year We have reached the time of year brations, as may have happened in when church potlucks are plentiful the fatal incident. and garages are cleared out to be- The botulism toxin is colorless, come open-air dining rooms for odorless and tasteless. You might not graduation parties. No one wants a experience symptoms until two special event with bountiful food and days after you eat the food. A tiny numerous guests to become a recipe amount can make you ill. The for disaster, symptoms of botulism include Unfortunately, food prepared or weakness, dizziness, double vision, stored unsafely can cause illness or difficulty swallowing and later, dif- even death. You may have read ficulty breathing. Without prompt about a recent potluck held at a treatment, botulism may be fatal. church in Ohio where nmnerous Fortunately, botulism cases are people were stricken and one person fairly rare. About 30 botulism cas- died of botulism, es are reported yearly in the U.S. and According to recent reports, the most of those cases are associated food linked to the fatal outbreak was with food canned improperly at potato salad, home. When potato salad and foodbome How does the toxin get in the jar illness are mentioned in the same of food? The spores are all around sentence, most people think may- us. They are found in soils, bottom onnaise was the culprit, of lakes and in the intestinal tracts Commercial mayonnaise is a of animals and fish. The spores usu- safe food that is acidic enough to de- ally are harmless. However, when ter the growth of many types ofbac- vegetables are cooked and placed in teria. Usually unwashed hands or an- a sealed canning jar, the spores can other ingredient is the issue. "come to life" and, at that point, can In the Ohio incident, home-produce the neurotoxin (poison that canned potatoes have been impli- affects the nervous system). cated as the cause of the botulism Low-acid foods are linked with outbreak. The potatoes most likely botulism because the toxin does not were not pressured canned follow- form in acidic foods. This is why ing current research-tested guidance, you can process green bean pickles All low-acid vegetables must be in a water-bath canner safely, but pressure canned to be safe.you can't process plain green beans This food processing technique in a water-bath canner. The pickles increases the temperature to a lev- are acidic. el (240 F) that kills bacteria and their Low-acid foods include vegeta- spores (inactive forms of bacteria), bles, meats and most mixtures of Usually my cohanns about home foods. Tomatoes are a special case. canning appear during the summer All tomatoes canned at home must months to coincide with harvesting have added lemon juice or citric acid gardens. However, sometimes to be considered safe. See home-canned goods from last sum- mer are served as "special treats" Food Safety during potlucks and family cele- Cont page 5 ' : : = :::+ t : ; Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 1 With recent frost that occurred over the last few days during the be- ginning of the week may have caused some damage to your fruit trees, gardens, and crops. I will go through a few of these and give some insight in what you may see coming in a few days after the frost and what the frost effected most on these types of trees, gardens, and crops. I will also touch on the rhubarb topic of it being poisons now after the frost. There are two types of frost a hard and light. The light frost is usu- ally in the temperature range of 28- 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and a hard fi'ost is below 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Your beans, cucumbers, eggplants, muskmelon, New Zealand spinach, okra, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, wa- termelon, amaranth, and winter squash (plants) are all likely can- didates that may have got damaged by a light frost. Artichokes, beets, carrots, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, endive, lettuce, parsnips, peas, Swiss chard, escarole, m'ugu- la, bok choy, Mache and radicchio can all withstand light frost. The veggies that can withstand hard frost are: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cab- bage, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mus- tard, onions, parsley, peas, radish- es, spinach, turnips, leeks and sor- rel. You can protect your plants on the frosty nights by covering with blankets or some kind of cover. A light froze also makes your leafy greens and root veggies a bit sweet- er. Even ifyou cover and try to pro- tect your veggies any temperature below 25 degrees Fahrenheit will be dangerous for you veggie plants. When it comes to your fruit trees temperatures that drop below freezing can cause significant dam- age to fruit blossoms. If your buds are in an early stage of development they are a bit harder than in later stages, and the air temperature must be far below freezing to cause damage. Early development, when butts are just turning green, the tem- perature must drop to 20 degrees Fahrenheit before even 10% of the buds are damaged on most fruit trees. To destroy 90% of these ear- ly buds, the temperature must drop to below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Once blooms have opened, all fruit trees will lose 90%of their fruit if the temperature drops to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, also damage begins to occur to full blooms at 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Your small grains and corn growing points are currently below ground and therefore protected from short-term cold air tempera- tures. Also wheat and barley remain below ground until the jointing stage (5.5 leaves on the main stem), and coin growing point does not emerge until V6 stage (6 collared leaves). Wheat can sustain soil temperatures that reach to 28 de- grees Fahrenheit and short periods of temperatures as low as 22 de- grees. Emerged wheat plants that are hardened can tolerate air tempera- tures as low as 14 degrees, while the ones unhardened can tolerate tem- peratures to 25 degrees. Emerged corn plants can tolerate air tem- peratures in a range of 29-30 de- grees. With small grains and corn, if the leaves are killed by the cold temperatures regrowth can resume from the growing point. If corn and soybean seed placed in soils with temperatures less than 45 degrees during the following 24 to 36 hours of planting may end tip having imbibitional chilling. You may con- tinue to plant corn and soybeans when the soil temperatures are near 50 degrees, which is the min- imum temperatures for seed ger- mination, and rising. Here is the scoop on the rhubarb. You can still eat and use your rhubarb if the stalks are still firm and upright. Do not use them if they are wilting or mushy, also if you notice they have black spots throughout the stalks. Leaf injury might be no- ticeable with some brown or black discoloration on the edges. The reason behind this is the oxalic acid crystals in the leaves migrate to the stalks with severe cold injury, which increases the possibility of stalks be- coming harmful to ingest. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to call the Extension office. l ~ ,] t