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Page 12 The Press June 1, 2010 What happens when an ordinary person, you or me, experiences the usual challenges of life and relationships, only to find the extraordinary? Once Todd Michael Kjelland discovered the extraordinary in his life he kept it to himself for five years. A Park River, N.D. native and once again current resident, Kjelland's personal experience is finally revealed. His personal journal of questions and reflections on challenges he faced and God's response to them is published under the title, WORDS OF THE ANGELS: A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. Kjelland had no intention or aspirations of being a writer until 2001, two years into his personal impending divorce and financial difficulties associated with moving his music business, Kjelland had no idea who he was or who he had become. Pressures of divorce and an unexpected new marriage brought him back to Park River, N.D. where his extraordinary experience began in February 1999. Difficulties troubled the new marriage from the beginning. With a new baby, Kjelland thought moving his family to the mid-west would be better for all involved. But the challenges remained. Money was always an issue and his wife had a miscarriage that plunged her into depression. Kjelland believed the mid- i)rds of a)e e/s At Left: Author Todd Kjelland; At Right: Cover of Kjelland's first book Words of the Angels: a personal experience, Kjelland shares with God. Kjeiland reluctantly moved his family back to Washington State in April 1999. In July of that year, a friend gave him a copy of Neale Donald " Walsch's, CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD. Kjelland saw parallels between his joumaling and Walsch's book. The books share a question and answer format. This confirmed the validity of what Kjelland thought was happening. In his collaborative book, Kjelland learned from God, you must be "true to yourself" and "the only true happiness is from The most significant guidance that Kjelland feels he received through his writing led him to pursue helping people using E.F.T. or Emotional Freedom Techniques. Kjelland has started a company called EmoEnergetics to help remove negative energy blocks that hinder the body's natural healing ability and enhance sports and musical performance. Kjelland admits his own spiritual beliefs have been challenged since the writing of his book. Strong opposition in last couple of years has caused within". Kjelland to question his own He came to realize he himself writings, but now strongly believes that God has us all on a could not make his wife happy, distinct path to further our joumaling. 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The problem isn't that Minnesota anglers fish North Dakota waters and vice-versa, which alone can spread zebra mussels. The problem is Pelican Lake's outflow is the Pelican River, which flows into the Ottertail River. The Ottertail River meets the Bois de Sioux River at Breckenridge, Minn., becoming the Red River. The Red River flows north to Lake Win- nipeg and the Hudson Bay drainage. All are popular fishing destinations for in-state and out-of-state anglers. Zebra mussels could easily hitch a ride west -Devils Lake, Lake Sakakawea or the Missouri River No one knows when.or if they will enter North Dakota's waterways. However, one thing is certain - if North Dakota,s waters become infested with in- vasive, non-native aquatic nuisance species (ANS), it means lost dollars and lost natural resources, potentially influencing North Da- kota's electric power generation and water supplies. ANS is more than a problem for anglers, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts. It means large dollars and extensive manpower trying to'prevent the spread of a preventable problem. And none would cure the problem or make it go away. Zebra mussels attach themselves to hard surfaces, such as rocks, boats or irrigation, power plant, and municipal and rural water intake systems. They're one example of an aquatic nui' sance species but ANS covers an array of bad things. It could be zebra mussels. It could be a plant - Eurasian water mil- foil, which is in parts of the Sheyenne River and Dead Colt Creek Reservoir, or curly- leaf pondweed already in the Missouri Riv- er System. It could be a disease - VHS, viral hem- orrhagic septicemia. The news that zebra mussels are in Min- nesota's Pelican Lake hit home for Jame- stown angler Ken Cumber, who fishes the lake. An ardent recreational and tournament angler, Cumber is a longstanding advocate of taking necessary precautions to stop the spread of ANS. He fishes tournaments that require boat cleaning and inspections, in- cluding the 2009 Master's Walleye Circuit tournament in Devils Lake. :.,, Cumber encourages other toumam ts to offer cleaning sites for tournament an- glers and the public, like sites in Devils Lake. The routine of inspect, clean, and dry has been a regular part of Cumber's fishing trips for many years. He adamantly encour- ages other anglers to follow regulations and to clean and inspect boats and equipment. "I've had great fishing all of my life and I want it to continue for future generations," he says. North Dakota's 2010-2012 fishing regu- lations tighten the noose around the neck of ANS even more. Beginning this year, anglers should drain all livewells and baitwells of water before leaving a lake or river. In addition, no fish, other than live bait- fish, can be transported from a lake or river in water. Transport baitfish in a five-gallon or smaller bucket. The new regulations can proactively help prevent ANS, explains N.D. Game and Fish Department ANS coordinator Lynn Remove vegetation: Boat motor props are a prime location for aquatic vegetation to accumulate. Aquatic Nuisance Species, such as curly-leaf pondweed, is found in North Dakota's Lake Sakakawea, Lake Audubon, the Missouri River and McDowell Dam. Schlueter, rather than having to react by ............................................. initiating measures after a species is discov- ered in the state, North Dakota is ahead of many states in taking an aggressive approach in ANS pre- vention, Sehlueter says, It's easier to keep something h ful out of the state's water- ways than to tryto get rid of it once it's here, he adds. Other ANS-related regulations: Carefree days of boat launching without regard *All aquatic vegetation needs to be re- moved from all t)?es of boats, to aquatic nuisance species (ANS)are gone watercraft, trailers; and equipment - thir Additional aquatic nuisance species information, identificationl and prevention tips are available from the N.D. Game and Fish DepaRment Web site, (http://gf.nd.gov) and the 2010,2012 North Dakota Fishing Guide available at vendors throughout the state. or aquatic vegetation can be brought in. *Don't dump bait or introduce any fish into North Dakota waterways. *Except for legal, live baitfish, nongame fish such as carp can't be transported away from the water body they were in. Dispose aquatic weeds back into the water as a courtesy to other boaters, not at docks, ramps and parking lots. "It maybe takes five minutes to check your boat," Cumber said. Dealing with ANS could be forever. water-skis, ropes, oars, lifejackets, boating tubes and boards, anchors and anchor ropes, bumper, trailer hitch, wiring, sai ty chain, rollers, bunks, axles, frame cross-members, lower unit, propeller, bait buckets, clothing, waders, diving equipment or anything else coming in contact with water, including commercial equipment. *Remove visible vegetation, mud, and dirt. Some hitchhikers, while inconspicuous to the eye, lurk in mud, dirt, sand, and on plants. Other hitchhikers are invisible - micro- scopic, in fact - so washing and disinfecting all equipment is important. *Use a pressure washer with water 104 degrees or hotter. *Rinse livewells with a solution of 20-1 ratio of warm water, 110 degrees or hotter, to bleach. Run the recirculation pumps and use a brush to scrub under the lid and in cor- ners. Drain the solution into an appropriate location, not the lake. Toilet bowl brushes work well. *Allow everything to air dry. *Dogs who were in a waterway" should be bathed with warm water and brushed. *Dip hard-to-wash equipment in vinegar for 20 minutes or soak 24 hours in 1 percent table salt, using two-thirds of a cup of salt for five gallons of water. *Talk to other anglers and boaters about the need to be ANS-savvy and encourage others to take preventative measures. like fishing gear, lures, paddles, North Dakota, like many states, has *Bait buckets must be designed to prevent ANS intro- ic vegetation, duction: *All water must be drained from water:' i The easiest way to comply with North crafks, bilges, motors, and livewells, regulations is to ICDD - inspect, it back into the water from which it clean, dry, and don't dump. be[bre leaving the access site. Hitchhikers - aquatic nuisance species *When coming into North Dakota, ai[!ii such as zebra mussels or Eurasian water rail- ~; .... water must be drained from any watercr foil - potentially lurk m many places. Take a before entering the state. No live aquatic bait few minutes to inspect and clean rods, reels,