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Pa e 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I like to joke that I am raising di- nosaurs. They are wild things that roar and occasionally bite. My son is adamant that he is a carnivore and his sister is an herbivore. On his All About Morn paper for school under "mom's favorite food," he wrote that I liked all foods because I am an omnivore. As we venture out into this wild unknown called "summer vaca- tion" I am ready to toss out the clocks and schedules to experience life. The summer is without rigid structure, but not without a plan. Hello, It's been a long time since I read or listened to any of Aesop's fa- bles. I imagine there are many of you in the same boat I am. We sit and stare at the TV, clicker in hand, and complain because there is nothing good on. Oh, Seinfeld re- runs are OK, and once in awhile I watch a Twins game. In spite of this, my reading has diminished the past few years. And that is a bad thing. What started this train of thought was watching Shirley this past week. She planted her garden. Now, I'm not much of a gardener. I was 22 years old and married be- fore I found out that pickles came from cucumbers! Really! Until the first time Shirley planted a gar- den and started making pickles from cucumbers, I thought some- where in this wide, wonderful Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson popularized the phrase "Bucket List" with a movie about all the things they wanted to do be- fore they "kicked the bucket, so to speak. The less dramatic version is the "sand bucket list" think short- term goals. I like to think of it as things to do before the inevitable re- turn of winter (in an effort to keep the little dinosaurs busy.) The generic version is pretty simple: Watch a sunset Have a bonfire and favorite dinosaur, the Spin- - Go stargazing osaurus would) Now, that seems like pretty stan- Park River Fourth of July dard fare. See what there is to see at the The real goal here is to experi- Pembina Gorge - it is dinosaur ter- ence our best rural North Dakota ritory after all life. Our list includes a few fa- We are signed up for three vorites and a few new adventures: Pembina County Kaleidoscope Hiking the trails at Icelandic programs (Ever heard of creating a State Park a lot fairy garden? We signed up for the Checking out the new bug ex- Dinosaur Garden Class.) hibit at the Winnipeg zoo - the di- Take the crew to a museum or nosaur exhibit a couple of years two - possibly one with you ago was a big hit guessed it. Stopping by a Minnesota It doesn't have to be a long list. Twins game and getting hot dogs It doesn't have to be an expensive for the little carnivores list. It doesn't have to take you Go to the drive in movie the- thousands of miles away, but there ater in Warren, Minnesota - some- is a lot to experience in this life and one is exited for the new Jurassic while your list may not be dinosaur Park film themed, just know that you are Camping even if it is just in never too far from your next ad- the backyard venture. T-ball, so much t-ball "Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- " Catch a fish (like Gary's sec- book.com. world, people just raised pickles, time I ever did that. That is hard. Don't laugh. I led a sheltered But she puts this black paper childhood life. down and just seeds through the Now Shirley grows the best little holes she cuts in it. So no till- tomatoes ever. I mean we could ing this year. I do feel sorry for her win any county fair, even Slope knees, kneeling on that hog pan- County with her tomatoes. And el she laid on the black paper. That there is just something about a has to hurt. But she fights through newly ripened, juicy tomato, fresh the pain. Shirley is tough. from the garden, on a slice of sour- But what made me think of Ae- dough toast for breakfast in the sap's fables were the rabbits. In morning. Wars have been fought the fables it is the ant and the for less. grasshopper. In our world it is As I said, I'm not much of a Shirley, myself, and the rabbits. gardener. Last year I did till the Our garden lies on the south side garden. Last year. That is the first of the house. There is a steep bank r, ,(x xl Happenings at Our ,samaritan Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. I forgot to thank the Kosobud Lodge for the MnM's and cute flower paper cups to them in, the ladies loved them. Please stop in and support or Music Therapy by, shopping at our Rummage Sale on June 2nd. dery Group, 5pro Rosary, 6:45 Bingo :June 5th lpm Crochet Group, -3pmBetty Wahl Band '. Jur~e6th 3:15 Bingo June 7th 3pm Chocolate Ice Cream Day, 6:30 Movie Night June 8th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3pm Outdoor Strolls, 7:30 Men- nonite Singers June 9th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Belmont Stakes, 2:15 Bingo Thank you to our many volun- teers: Pastor Totman, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Lois Yd- stie, Mary Seim, Mary Lund, Pas- tor Hinrichs, Jeanean McMillan, Mountain Lutheran Church, Corinne Ramsey, Father Miller, and anyone else I may have missed I'm sorry. If you would like to vol- unteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. This week May 27th - June 2nd May 27th 2:30 Worship w/ Pastor Merchant, 3:30 Word Game May 28th Memorial Day, 5pro Rosary, No Bingo May 29th lpm Gardening May 30th 11:15 Resident Coun- cil, 3:15 Bingo May 31 st 3pro Painting June 1st Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3pro Rummage Sale Set Up June 2nd 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, Rummage Sale in the Large Red Shop 9am to 2pro Next week June 3rd - 9th June 3rd 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Faust, 3pro Egg Day June 4th The Uniform Center here 9am to 3pro, 10am Embroi- TOBACCO AND HEART DISEASE 5 20 s Public I-lcalfll Prevent, Promote, Protect. Walsh County Health District Short Shots by Carly Ostenrude, RN May 31 st is World No Tobacco Day, which is a day to provide aware- ness to the risks associated with tobacco consumption. The day is also used to advocate for policies that help reduce overall tobacco use. This year's focus is on tobacco and heart disease and showing the links be- tween tobacco use and cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including strokes. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) take the lives of more people than any other cause of death worldwide. Tobacco use and secondhand smoke contribute to 12% of heart disease related deaths. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD. The first leading cause is high blood pressure. There are actions that can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. These actions are known as the ABCS to health. Aspirin - a baby aspirin a day can help reduce the risk of disease and stroke. But first, talk with your doctor before starting aspirin. Blood pressure - control your blood pressure Cholesterol - manage your cholesterol S - quit smoking, or don't start If you are interested in quitting tobacco or would like more infor- mation on our tobacco cessation program, please give Walsh County Health District at (701) 352-5139. on two sides of the garden where we cut the hill away to level a spot for our dwelling. Dumb idea. But it is done. Anyway, I was sitting on this bank, watching Shirley putting tomato plants in these old coffee cans. Pretty soon I noticed a cot- tontail rabbit sneak warily out of the tree row and quietly begin watching Shirley working in her garden. Then another! Soon there were four rabbits sitting watching Shirley planting our summer feast! I asked Shirley, on my and the rabbits behalf, "How long until we will have something to eat from the garden?" She threw a little shovel that she uses planting at me. The rabbits, which are usually silent, laughed. Later, Dean Enticing Doctors' Spouses to Small Towns "Well, the mayor has appointed . mayor, "proposed Harry. "It would- ,U,S as the Commission to Attract a n't cost as much as a stainless steel New Doctor," Harry "Butch" kitchen." Wayssen announced to the group gathered in the city library to de- liberate. The fifth member, Marilyn Dosset, was late, waiting for her oat- meal-coconut cookies to finish bak- ing. "My new friend, Dr. Erick, who has 50 years of experience as a small city doctor, tells me that that we have failed to recruit doctors because we have neglected the wives and if the wives don't want to live in a small town there is no hope of get- ting the doctor," Latimer Osgoode, the ACE hardware man explained "That sure makes a lot of sense to me," agreed Mac Bergenn, own- er of Mart Barbers. "What should we offer wives of doctors to help them want to come to Sandburgg?" asked Latimer. "It seems that we have promised the prospective doctors everything from an open tab at McKillacuddies to free use of the golf course with- out success," mourned Harry Dun- phee, the proprietor of the Main Street Pharmacy for the past 45 years. "We need to up the ante, as they say at Commercial Club meetings," offered Mac. "We haven't been thinking big enough." "What do you suppose would re- ally put a glow in a wife's eye?" asked Harry, now serving on his sixth commission to recruit a doc- tor. "A stainless steel kitchen with the most modem robots," Harry con- tinued. "A stainless steel fridge, a stainless streel stove, a stainless steel dishwasher, all equipped with the latest in electronics. That would be a wife's dream." "Before we get carried away," Latimer cautioned, "we better be careful because some women are in- suited when men think of them as kitchen help." "Maybe the doctor's wife is a professional do-good and wants a community life," Butch thought out loud "Well, let's make her deputy "If she's an animal lover, we could ask her to be Director of An- imal Affairs to head up a drive for a petting zoo, an animal farm, a dog park " At this point, Harry interrupted Butch's litany by adding "and horse races " Just then, Marilyn breezed into the room, gloating over her plate of warm delicious oatmeal-coconut cookies. Everyone in town agree that they were the best, especially the four heavy consumers gracing the round table in the library. "Have you got the problem solved?" she asked as she took her chair at the table. Latimer was un- able to talk as his mouth managed a second and third cookie. So Har- ry spoke up. "Well, I think we're well on the way to success. We decided to do more to make our town attractive to the wives of doctors so we talked about a stainless steel kitchen, a so- cial position in government and a di- rector of animal affairs." "Have you thought of anything to offer man spouses?" she asked. "Man spouses????" exclaimed Butch. "Yes, man spouses," she reiter- ated. "Well, there can't be very many man spouses," Mac said defensive- ly. "According to the University of North Dakota Med School, half of the students in medicine are women," Marilyn pointed out. "I imagine that some of these lady doc- tors will be married and will have husbands who won't want to go to a town without an 18-hole golf course. So what are you going to of- fer them?" "Do you suppose a man spouse would be interested in a stainless steel kitchen?" Mac asked. "Never can tell," Marilyn re- sponded, taking the last cookie on the plate. 'According to the University of North Dakota Med School, half of the stu- dents in medicine are women" Mark lyn pointed out. '1 imagine that some of these lady doctors will be married and will have husbands who won't want to go to a town without an 18-hole golf course So what are you going to offer them?' Extension Exchange a With spring in Walsh County fi- nally here and summer just around the comer, we often feel energized (or obligated) to do some long neg- lected projects. After a long winter, tackling a"spring cleaning" of your kitchen might be a good place to start. We can see dirt, dust and food de- bris, and we can clean it with hot, soapy water. However, sometimes "clean," shiny surfaces are not nec- essarily sanitary. Sanitizing takes cleaning a step further and reduces the number of bacteria on surfaces. Although many commercial cleaners are available, you can make an effective homemade san- itizer to use on kitchen surfaces. Simply mix 3/4 teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach in a quart of water, place it in a spray bottle and apply to clean surfaces to reduce bacteria. If you want a larger batch of sani- tizer, mix 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach in a gallon of water. If you make your own chlorine- based sanitizer, remake it daily. It loses its effectiveness with time. If you are dipping a cleaning cloth into the sanitizer, be aware that the so- lution can lose its effectiveness if food particles get in the mixture. You can use this sanitizer to wipe most counter surfaces, but you might want to test it in an in- conspicuous spot. Also, you can dis- infect your drain and garbage dis- posal with.this sanitizer. Have you ever discovered sour- smelling kitchen washcloths and/or towels in your kitchen? That usually indicates the growth of germs, but pathogens (disease-causing organ- isms) may have no scent. Along with his associates, Chuck Gerba, a microbiology researcher from Arizona, tested hand towels to determine their bacterial contents. -They collected 82 kitchen hand :towels from five cities in the U.S. 'and Canada. The presence of coliform bacte- ria (fecal contamination) is used to indicate the sanitary quality of food and water. The researchers found co- liform bacteria in three-fourths of the towels and E. coli in more than one- fourth. Yes, that's gross. If you use cloth towels and dishrags, launder them in the hot cycle of a washing ma- chine and add some bleach as an ex- tra measure. In another study, Gerba's re- search team studied kitchen sponges. Sponges were the worst offenders in the kitchen because they provided a moist environment to promote bac- terial growth. Think about wiping up blood from meat with these porous, moist materials. The team suggested using paper towels to avoid the issue with cross- contamination. Clean the surface, wipe with a paper towel and toss the paper towel. If you can't give up sponges, be sure to take some steps to ensure you are not spreading germs around your kitchen. However, the research results do not all agree on how to clean sponges. The Good Housekeeping Institute worked with a testing lab to deter- minethe best way to clean sponges. According to their analysis, the most effective way to clean a sponge was to soak it in a solution of 3/4 cup of chlorine bleach in 1 gallon ofwa- ter for five minutes every week. They also recommended changing sponges every couple of weeks. Other methods have been used to clean kitchen sponges, and Good Housekeeping also found these to be effective. For example, microwav- ing a moist sponge for a couple of minutes can reduce bacteria. On the other hand, kitchen fires have been reported when people have forgotten the sponge in the mi- crowave oven and "cooked it" too long. Still other researchers have re- ported that microwaving a sponge may kill just the less harmful bac- teria, leaving residual food and moisture available for some infec- tion-causing germs. In other words, some of the worst germs survived microwaving. As another option, Good House- keeping reported that running sponges through the hot cycle ofthd dishwasher was the third most ef- fective way of cleaning sponges. I prefer wash rags changed dai- ly and washed in the hot cycle of our washing machine. Any questions about this column or something else may be directed to the NDSU Extension office in Walsh County at 284-6624, or email me at: jamie.medbery@ndsu.edu. I would be glad to help! Source." Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D R.D L.R.D.; NDSU professor and food and nutrition specialist around the state N.D. Net Farm 5 percent each from government payments and insurance indemni- Income Drops30 ties, and 4.3 percent from other Percent sources such as custom work per- The average net income of formed and patronage dividends. farms in the North Dakota Farm More than 20 crops were grown, Business Management Program but 75 percent of crop revenues dropped 30 percent to $88,026 in came from three crops: soybeans, 2017, compared with $126,752 in corn and spring wheat. Soybeans 2016, according to Andrew Swen- accounted for one-third of all crop sales. son, North Dakota State Univer- sity Extension farm and family re- Capital purchases of farm ma- chinery, equipment and trucks col- source management specialist, lapsed from $158,990 per farm in In 2017, one-half of the farms 2013 to $53,146 in 2016. They re- had net farm income less than bounded in 2017 to $78,389, prob- $50,996, compared with a median ably because of some pent-up de- net farm income of $83,683 in sand and the financial 2016. wherewithal following the 2016 In 2017, the average farm size uptick in net farm income. was 1,937 crop acres and 490 pas- Farms continue to add debt to ture acres, the age of the operator their balance sheets every year. In was 45.8 years and the number of 2017, the average farm borrowed years farming was 21.5 years. Crop $546,907 and made principal pay- farms had higher crop acres, 2,321, ments of $513,173 during the year. and beef farms tended to be smaller Difference in farm size and in- averaging 362 crop acres and 1,245 come was noteable. Swenson cate- pasture acres, gorized the'farms by level of gross The decline in 2017 net farm in- cash income: small being less than come was expected because the $500,000, mediumbeing $500,000 higher 2016 income was due to ex- to $1 million and large being tremely high record yields of cam greater than $1 million. Forty-five and soybeans and also strong gov- percent of farms were in the small emment payments received, which category, one-third were medium- were based on the 2015 crop. size and 22 percent were in the Previously, average net farm in- large farm category. come dropped to $133,466 in 2013, The small farms had average net $76,404 in 2014 and $28,600 in farm income of $28,760 on 744 2015 as North Dakota marketing crop acres and 601 pasture acres. year average cash prices from 2012 Medium-size farms averaged to 2015 plummeted from $14 to $80,428 net farm income, with $8.49 for soybeans, $6.46 to $3.28 1,939 crop acres and 403 pasture for cam and $8.19 to $4.59 for acres. Large farms averaged spring wheat. In 2017, gross cash revenue was $7~7,370 per farm, of which 75.4 Extension onAg percent were from crop sales, 10.2 Col'It. page 15 percent fi-om livestock sales, about f