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Pa00e 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, MALSH OUNTY PRESS I am afraid of cancer. I think everyone should be. It's not a fear of dying. It is a fear of your body betraying you on a cel- lular level. It's a fear placed in the understanding that I am not Super- man -- no one is. The number luminaries around the Relay for Life pathway of my people -- loved ones, friends, ac- Hello, This moming I was in a hurry to do an article. Because it's Friday and they need it in about ten min- utes. So, I cheated. I looked through some old articles and found an ar-. ticle that meant a lot to me. And with the forecast for wind and rain, it fit this weekend too. I'm not sure, but I think the Kelli in the article is a married mother now. And I'm sure this will bring a smile to her and hers. Stay safe out there people. I hope you had a great Memorial Day! Boy, if you liked it windy, you should have been about as happy as a horse in an oat bin. ffyou were at the lake, I'm sure you were sitting in a camper full of kids, wondering how in the beck you ever talked yourself into spend- ing a hundred grand on a pickup, boat, and nice camper with extend- ing sides. If that was you, you did not have as nice a weekend as pre- viously planned. If you had planned on just spray- ing those last couple fields, attend- ing the Memorial Service at the Le- gion, and doing odd jobs, you probably got it all done but the spraying. quaintances -- affected by cancer has grown each year. The number of people who have been affected by those instances has grown. Each lu- minary is a person. Each person has a story, whether they are a 87-year- old grandpawith a lifetime of ex- periences or a 9-year-old girl with a lifetime of possibilities yet to ex- perience. Hat I announced a High School Rodeo at Dickinson. Now, I've been to hundreds of high school rodeos. I've been to long ones, short ones, cold ones, hot ones. I've been to high school rodeos in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and Oklahoma. I've rodeoed from can see to can't see and sometimes in to the night. I re- member riding bulls in the head- lights of the few pickups that were left at Newtown one year. A young man marked eighty something on a bull. A not a soul saw it. But it sure sounded like he was bucking. I re- member when you couldn't see across the arena at New Salem be- cause of the snow. But yesterday in Dickinson was one for the record books. Fifty plus mph winds. Now, if you're a young lady, roping against a fifty mph There are people who say that it It was a battle, as all bouts with must be something in the area....ts cancer are. But living with a disease doesn't happen everywhere.., it s is not the same as dying from it. the chemicals.., it's the plastics... Being brave doesn't mean not be- it's the artificial foods.., it's the yel- low dye.., its the (whatever). I believe that the difference is knowledge. It is impossible to com- pare from 50 years ago. No one dies in his or her bed of natural causes these days. Medical understanding has gone beyond what it was. If grandma hadn't gone in to the hospital for the first time in 40 years she would have died at home of natural causes because we wouldn't have known that the cause was colon cancer. She also would have died much sooner than she dick Tips gale, riding a horse going twenty- five, it is a little tough to control that loop. But we had girls that got it done. And if you think it's easy, just jump in your outfit, take her out on the interstate, and try to rope the speed limit signs while driving sev- enty-five. And hope the cops aren't out. Oh yeah, and hope you don't catch one! We roped calves and steers and rode bucking horses. We rode broncs and bares and bulls. We tied goats and ran barrels. And not one kid complained. A few parents were a little disgusted when we had to hold the poles down with sandbags, but then, parents always complain more than kids. And you know what we did. We put on a nine hour rodeo with 250 great kids in less than seven hours. Without one injury. I was proud of ing afraid. Being brave means "to face and endure danger or pain, to show courage." I may be.afraid, but fear is not without its merits. Fear is what generates change. So I am going to keep fighting for change though some of my friends no longer can. Get regular screenings. Support others. Relay. No one is Super- man. Until the day that there is a cure we are all in this together. Like "" the Walsh County Press on Face- book.com. every one. But you know what the high- light of the day was. Kelli. Kelli is a young lady that doesn't weigh eighty-five pounds dripping wet. A year or two ago she was tying goats and running barrels and going to the dance after the rodeo. She was roping calves and hollering at her sisters. And yesterday she came up in the crow's nest and gave me a Cuban cigar. Now neither one of us smoke, and she didn't have a baby. But she gave it as a friend. A friend home on leave from spending three months in Iraq. An eighty-five pound goat tyer who, in a couple of weeks, is packing up and going back to Iraq. Where she is dodging bullets and bombs and packing guns and building schools and wa- ter systems. While we're worrying about dry weather and the wind on the lake. I think sometimes I worry about the wrong things. And that is what Memorial Day is supposed to be about. To remind us of what others gave and are givng. Remember them in your prayers. Later, Dean ,Samaritan S00nzictn .... Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We have been really busy. I would like to say thank you to Pas- tor Hinrichs, for leading Devotions, Clergy Visits, and now starting a Prayer Group for all the Area Churches. The residents said this was a concem and so he took action. We will pick a Church that either the residents belong to or that does volunteer work for us and pray for that Church for a week and then pick another. He will also start a Com- munity Prayer Group on June 7th that will meet in our Chapel at 6:45pm. This is open to anyone that would like to join us. This week May 3 l st- June 6th May 31st 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Antal, 3pm Trivia June 1 st 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, 1:30 Scenic Drive, 5pm Rosary, 6:30 Bachelor Party June 2nd 10am Crochet Group, 2:30 Variety Show June 3rd 3pm Bingo June 4th 2:30 Devotions w/ Communion, 3:15 Piano w/Father Luiten, 3:30 Planting, 6:30 Movie Night June 5th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Rummage Sale June 6th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Name that Tune, 2:15 Bingo Next week June 7th- 13th June 7th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Torbit, 3 Trivia, 6:45 Community Prayer Group June 8th 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, 1:30 Scenic Drive, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo June 9th lp Making Mints June 10th 3pm Bingo June 1 l th 3pm Birthday Party hosted by Hoople ALCA, 6:30 Movie Night June 12th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Outdoor Strolls, 7:30 Mennonite Singers June 13th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Story Time, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to our many volun- teers, PastorAntal, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Amold Braaten, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Mary Lund, Donna Settingsgard, Larry Amundrud, Pastor Hinrichs, Fa- ther Luiten, Corinne Ramsey, Ruth Larson, and any I forgot I am sor- ry. If you would like to volunteer please contact Rose Ulland at 701- 284-7115. By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BIzE SAFETY ]Puib Walsh County Health District IPre,ent. P .... re. Protect. Short Shots There are so many great reasons to ride your bike. It offers fun and exercise, and it's good for the envi- ronment. Here are a few tips so that you will be as safe as possible while you're doing it. Wear a Helmet: There is a sim- ple saying, "Use your head, and wear a helmet." It is the single most effective safety device avail- able to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes. Children and adults should wear a bicycle helmet every time they ride a bicycle. Find the Right Helmet Fit: Make sure your child has the right size hel- met and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting. A hel- met should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet sWaps must always be buckled, but not too tightly. Your child's helmet should meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's standards. When it's time to p.urchase a new helmet, let your children pick out their own; they will be more likely to wear them for every ride. Helmet Fit Test: Eyes check: Position the hel- met on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the hel- met, the rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows. Ears check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a V under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable. Mouth check: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug you head? If not, tight- en those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin. Model and Teach Good Behav- ior: You would be surprised how much kids learn from watching you, so it's extra important for par- ents to model proper behavior. Wear a helmet, even if you didn't when you were a kid. Be Bright, Use Lights: When rid- ing at dusk, dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights-and make sure your bike has reflectors as well. More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Helmets can reduce the risk of se- vere brain injuries by 88% - yet only 45% of children 14 and under usu- ally wear a bike helmet. For more information regarding bike safety and fitting helmets go to: www.ndhealth.gov/injury. Parenting Trumps Ethnicity in School Suspensions Statistics on disciplinary action collected by schools in the Fargo metropolitan area revealed that Hispanic, African-American and Native-American children were suspended five or six times more than are white children. While the data comes from only one area of the state, it is safe to as- sume that the findings would hold up all across North Dakota. One observer was generous enough to allege that the statistics didn't smack of racism but of stu- pidity on the part of teachers "who don't understand the cultural back- grounds of unruly students. But simply understanding isn't enough when a student is disrup- tive in a class. The teacher is re- quired to deal with the situation immediately. Understanding is for later. North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler came closest to the truth when she noted that the differences in sus- pensions may be explained by cul- tural perspectives. First, we need to admit to the proportion of unruliness among minority students. If minority stu- dents are being suspended five and six times more often than white students, we maybe should assume that these students are five and six times more unruly, regardless of ethnicity. In most cases, the problem of unruly kids goes back to parenting, or the lack thereof. If there is no discipline exercised at home, there will be no discipline practiced in school. Unruliness and lack of respect may be the unexpected conse- quences of destroying the tradi- tional family structure and opting for new less stable variations in group living. The lack of discipline can have many causes, some of which we are no longer free to discuss be- cause of the demand for political correctness, such as the importance of fathers in a home. Superintendent Baesler is cor- rect when she mentions cultural differences in defining acceptable discipline. Historically, the domi- nant white society has not been helpful. African-Americans have had a long, painful road to bring mean- ing to family after decades of slav- ery when white slaveholders showed little respect for preserving African-American families. Today African- Americans are still struggling to bring real mean- ing in family. Women are still the mainstays in most African-Ameri- can homes and are primarily re- sponsible for imbuing children with behavioral discipline. The white society has been equally dismissive of Native- Americans who have been forced to change a whole way of life, with its unique social structure, to meet the expectations.of white schools. Children from white families have had the benefit of early ex- posure to the rules of society. However, white children growing up without enforced parental pa- rameters are as unruly as minority kids so ethnicity need not be con- sidered a dominant factor. The education system must somehow deal with unruliness al- though it seems unfair to expect teachers to correct years of bad practices at home. (So what else is new?) Because unruliness blossomed in the home, families with undisci- plined kids are hardly in position to solve the problem. In many cases, parents will defend their unruly children, claiming is was justifica- tion for unruliness. Defiant parents produce defiant children. Unruliness will not be solved with an afternoon workshop or a 30-minute meeting with parents in which only one parent shows up. It will take concentrated effort to undo years of cultural experience. Shire Mohamed, an Americ- Corps recruit in Moorhead, works with 30 middle and high school students each year, using a variety of techniques to keep kids positive. But this sort of effective involve- ment is labor intensive, meaning it is expensive. States claim they don't have the money to hire more Mohameds. So we will continue to suspend stu- dents until we learn that cheaper is seldom better. Now in the case of Tom Brady, suspension is advisable. Unruliness will not be solved with an afternoon workshop or a 30-minute meeting with parents in which only one parent shows up. Extension Exchange Renters Insurance Shrnmer months can be a time of transition for many people, high school graduates moving out of the house, college students chang- ing localities, families moving into new communities. For those in a transitional state apartment life or rental homes are great options as they search for the right fit for their own or their family's needs. How- ever, most renters ignore an irfipor- tant piece that they falsely believe they'll never need- renter's insur- ance. When I was in college the house I lived in was broken into in broad daylight and my roommate and I had several things that were important to us walk out the backdoor in" someone else's hands. It was a frightening situation and frustrating too because neither of us were at a point in our lives where we could easily replace cherished items. For- tunately for me, my roommate had the foresight to buy renters insurance so not all was completely lost. I learned many valuable lessons as a result of that home robbery. Landlords are not financially re- sponsible when there is a fire, theft, or other catastrophe in their rental units. They may have insurance to protect (cover losses on) the build- ing, but that policy will not replace the renters' personal possessions, and it will not pay for the renters' living expenses if they have to live else- where while the building is being re- paired. Renters who want to protect themselves against financial hard- ships related to losses of personal property and/or living expenses when they are the victim of theft or damage to the rented structure need to have a renters insurance policy. One common exception to this is college students living in dorms, if they are still considered to be part of their parents' household. College students who are living offcampus most likely need their own renter's policy. Because policies vary, check with your insurer to be sure. Renters insurance is sometimes referred to as tenants insurance and it includes three basic types of pro- tection: personal possessions, lia- bility, and additional living ex- penses. Personal possessions are things like computers, TVs, furni- ture, pots and pans, towels and bedding, and bicycles, but not cars or motorcycles. Typically, the pol- icy will cover damage to personal possessions due to fire, smoke, lightning, vandalism, theft, explo- sion, windstorm, and water damage. Notice the coverage does not typi- cally protect against losses due to floods and earthquakes. However, supplemental insurance may be available for those risks. Basically, there are two types of renter's insurance policies. One type, "actual cash value," pays to re- place the renter's possessions minus an amount for depreciation. The other type, "replacement cost," pays the actual cost of replacing the lost possession without a deduction for depreciation, up to the limit of the policy. A replacement cost policy usually costs about ten percent more than a policy that has actual cash value coverage. To determine what level of cov- erage is needed, take a detailed home inventory of all personal pos- sessions and their estimated value. Web-based software to help with that task is available at www.knowyourstuff.org. Having an accurate, up-to-date inventory will also simplify and speed the process of filing a claim. Renter's insurance is a relative- ly low-cost budget item. Premiums average $10-$30 per month, which may actually be less than some of the other monthly charges and fees that many of us commit to. For more information about lia- bility coverage and additional living expenses, as well as shopping tips, money-saving strategies, and filing a claim, contact the North Dakota State Insurance Department at 701- 328-2440, or visit their website at www.nd.gov/ndins. Source: Cindy Klapperich, Sargent County Extension Agent Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Can Rhubarb Become Toxic? Do you remember the "tele- phone" game? You might have played it when you were a kid. In the game, one person whis- pers a message into the ear of the person next to him or her, then that person repeats the message to the person next to him or her and so on. By the end of the communi- cation chain, the person announces what he or she heard. Often, the last person in the line received a message that had little to do with the first message. I experienced something like the telephone game last week, except this time, social media in the form of Facebook served as the "tele- phone." As with the telephone game, by the time the message reached people and was repeated, it was a bit distorted. All eyes were on rhubarb after the cold temperature blast. I had no idea people liked rhubarb this much. I received phone calls, emails and questions via Facebook. Peo- ple Were talking about the ava- lanche of rhubarb information on their Facebook'news feeds. Some people thought I had launched the "great toxic rhubarb campaign of 2015." "I didn't do it," I said when someone asked. Some parts of North Dakota and other states had experienced un- timely freezing temperatures. Ac- cording to a widely circulated Facebook post launched in an- other state, rhubarb could become toxic (poisonous) after a frost. Could that be true? According to the post, a hard freeze drives the naturally present toxin, oxalic acid, from the leaves into the rhubarb stalks. I hadn't nabbed any rhubarb from either of my neighbors, but after all this concern about rhubarb, I felt compelled to check out their rhubarb crops..Upon investiga- tion, the leaves were not curled or discolored, and the stalks looked reddish green and ripe for making into cobblers, pies and other treats. I grabbed a few stalks and we enjoyed the dessert recipe includ- ed with this column. While at work, one of my stu- dents poked her head in my office and mentioned that someone in her apartment building was pulling up all her "poisonous rhubarb." I was a little alarmed because I have a soft spot for rhubarb. This poor, defenseless, innocent rhubarb was reminding me of my child- hood. As a kid, I enjoyed bringing a cup of sugar to our garden and pulling a rhubarb stalk and dipping it in sugar. I wasn't a food safety specialist back then, so I may have rinsed the rhubarb under a garden hose if my mother was looking. When do you have to worry about rhubarb? Rhubarb in your garden that has frozen to the point where the stalks become dam- aged or mushy should be discard- ed. Check the leaves, too. If the stalks are firm and upright and the Rhubarb Cont. page 5 Editor's Note The Around the County columrm was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.