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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JUNE 5, 2013 FROA4 THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALl-SON 01 -. Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." That was the quote on the front of the program for a funeral I at- tended last Tuesday. The connection is one of those ones that lets you know that our plans are not our own. The woman who passed away was best friends with my mother in high school when she came to work at the Good Sam and live in Park River for a brief time. Years later (we're talking full families later) I was looking at the stash of Christmas cards on my fridge and asked mom who this random family was. Prob- ably not even a year later (though I completely forgot about the card) I met this woman's son while on a blind date with my future husband. Christine (Nygard) Boman was 55-years-old when she passed away. She was like another mother to my husband and made a reputa- tion for herself at the woman who could cook for an army. It wasn't fair that she was taken so young, but cancer never is. She taught my husband how to cook and made him love it. She raised some amazing kids who now have grown into amazing people. My son's best friend Axel will never get to know his grandma, but we will tell him. We were the lucky ones, wh) got to know her and her cooking Twice baked potatoes, a salsa recipe that my husband begged and hounded her for, meals that could feed all c'_ he people at hr house, and enough tbr them to tae home 'v,d feast for the rest of the week. J he cruelest part of her battle with cancer is that toward the end, she could no longer eat thcse foods she loved to cook. Surgery after surgery she had to have parts of her jaw removed as she battled through the pain. Each time they thought they got it, it wasn't long before they needed to go in again.., until fi- nally, they could do nothilg more than wait. They gave her months. They said maybe until Mzrch. She passed away on May 21. She told her daughter-in-law that the reason she made so much was because "Food is love." She always was taking care of people and making sure they were fed be-- cause food is love. That was just how she showed it. Her battle with cancer was long and difficult, but she didn't show it. She just asked God to give her the chance to raise her two sons and two daughters. She told another friend that it would be hard leaving her family, but she knew it would be okay. Cancer doesn't care if you have a family. It doesn't care if you are rich. It doesn't care if you are young. Cancer doesn't care if you are nice. Cancer doesn't care how pretty you are or what type of clothes you wear. Cancer doesn't care if you never smoked a day in your life. Cancer just is. The best you can hope for is to be the best kind of person you can be each and every day until there is a cure. I know it takes a lot to be the kind of woman with the kind of strength and love Chris Boman had, but I will try again tomorrow. Like "' the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http.'//walsh- countypress, wordpress, cam Hello, This moming I was trying to think of something to write about. Something to do with more rain. I guess we received around eight inches here the past week or so. The ground finally is saturated. Every drop that falls now runs off. Even on the sand dunes we farm and ranch in. You people that have been pray- ing for rain, Stop! You've done well. Say thank You and wait for the sun- shine. We farm a little. But we make it seem like a lot. We are among the first in the field, and pretty much the last one out. We start pretty good, but it is pretty easy to detract us from farming. We stop for brandings. We stop for rain in the forecast. We stop for wind. We stop for seed. We stop for fertilizer. We stop for happy hour. We stop for dinner and supper. We stop a lot. We stopped the other day to doctor a cow for footrot. And that reminded me of the Charlois cow we doctored a few years ago at Sel- fridge. It happens to the best of ranch- ers. A cow stubs her toe on some- thing and gets a little infection. Her foot swells up, toes spread out, and before long she is hopping along on three legs. And getting thin. I've had experience with this. Not getting' thin. With doctoring foot rot cows. There is nothing that heals a crippled cow up faster than poking a hole in your rope and building to a lame cow. That old cow, that a minute ago couldn't walk, is all of a sudden qualifying for the Ken- tucky Derby. And I will tell you right now, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that will test a marriage more than Hat thirty-five foot of nylon rope tied to a mad cow! Now, I grew up (and some would question that) wanting to be a cow- boy. I dreamed of riding my horse through the green grass and watch- ing little calves play in the sun. But it seems calving never turns out that way. You are usually up to your boot tops in wet snow or used hay. Cows are hungry and calves are fighting to stay alive. Not playing in the sun- ny meadows. And in a drought deal, the wind is blowing and the dirt limits visi- bility. These calves may not see green grass. We had a bad bull last year. Now, usually, you don't need to wor- ry too much about cows having Irou- ble calving. Unless there's a leg back or backwards or something. But we must have one bull with a birth- weight of 200 pounds or something. Seems like we have to pull one everyday. Dead or'alive. And yesterday I got to thinking about a book I had read. "Nothing Too Good Fora Cowboy". It's the second book in a trilogy, so don't read it first. It's a true story about a couple of Wyoming cowboys who, in the Depression era, decided to go into the wilderness of northern British Columbia and start ranching. Wonderful story. But they endured Tips a lot of hardships including bfizzards and floods and injuries. And they were tough. Living in tents when it was forty below. Freezing their hands so bad their fingernails fell off. And this one old boy would get up every morning and try to start the fire, break the ice on the coffee pot, and holler, "Nothing too good for a cowboy"! Yesterday, I came across this wild Char cow having trouble calv- ing. By the size of the feet sticking out, I think it was one left over from last year. And if you so much as made a step towards this cow, she would shake her head and act like she would take you. I went and got Shirley. I explained how she should.., and she told me to go to hell! We decided, or rather Shirley de- cided, instead of roping her in the pasture, we would ease her a mile or so over to a corral. And we did. Until that old cow saw what our plan was. Then she just stuck her head up,. and headed for the brush. She would take your horse if you tned to stop her. Well, I didn't hwe agun to shoot her with, so I rated her. Now, Shirley is a hock of a ranch wife. She can do most any= thing better than anyone in the country. But, I tell you what, her mother must have whipped her with a lariat. Cause when you take out a catch rope, she panics and stampedes. So, I've got this wild cow roped in the middle of this prairie dog town. The wind is blow- ing forty miles an hour and it looks like one of those sand storms in Iraq. Shirley is shying away fi'om the rope and won't get close enough to heel this cow. It just happens there is a power line coming across this dog town, so I chase, or rather the cow chases me over to this pole. And I snub her up. Then I take Shirley's rope and heel the cow and give Shirley her rope back to hold. The calf has its head back and has already gone to calf heaven. And I haven't got a lot to work with. But I'm laying on my side in this prairie dog town with dirt blowing in my eyes and my arm up the south end of a mad cow, and I'm thinking, "nothing too good for a cowboy!" Anyway, the cow lived, the calf didn't. Shirley forgave me for swearing at her, and I forgave her be- ing bom with a deathly fear of ropes. And I was thinking about what Jeff told me the other day. Said as mad as he gets at some cows, it's lucky he doesn't carry a gun! Shirley doesn't know the Bill of Rights; she won't even let me own one! i Oh, my God! Shirley just stopped and wished me Happy Anniversary on her way out the door! Damn! I forgot. I hope she comes back. It's like that guy that told his best friend that last year, for his an- niversary, he took his wife to Nor- way. This year he might go bring her back. Later, Dean Prevent. Promote, Protect. BABVS Walsh County Health District Short Shots Your newborn's head has two soft areas where the skull bones haven't grown together. This is normal, and helps the baby's head get through the birth canal. Once baby is born, the baby's head shape changes as a result of pressure on the back of the head when the baby lies on his or her back. The baby may appear to have a flat head or lopsided head shape. This is called positional molding. If you are concerned about positional molding there are things you can do: Change direction: Continue to place your baby on his or her back to sleep, but alternate the direction your baby's head faces when you place him or her in the crib----or place your baby's head near the foot of the crib one day, the head of the crib the next. You might also hold your baby with alternate arms at each feeding. Don't worry if you baby returns to the original position while sleeping. Simply adjust his or her position the next time. Hold you Baby: Holding your baby when he or she is awake will help relieve pressure on you baby's head from swings, carriers and infant seats. Try tummy time: With close supervision, place your baby on his or her tummy to play. Make sure the surface is firm. If you must leave the room, bring your baby with you. Get creative: Position your baby so that he or she will have to turn away from the flattened side of the head to look at you or to track movement or sound in the room. Move the crib occasionally to give the baby a new vantage point. Never rest your baby's head on a pillow or other type of soft bedding. Helmets and Head Shape Varying a baby's head position is typically enough to prevent or treat fiat spots. Most babies will never need a helmet; but if the lopsidedness doesn't improve by 4 months of age ask your doctor about a special molded helmet to help shape your baby's head. These devices work best when worn 23 hours a day, often for 2 or more months. After the age of 1 year helmets are usually not likely to effective. Have you read the ES8 today? Start or renew your subscription: In-County $34 / Out.of.County $38 / Out.of.State $42 RO. Box 49, Park River, ND 58270 Homeland Committee Looks Into the Darkness "This fifth emergency nneeting of the Homeland Security Gommittee will come to order for a ,crisis an- nouncement," Committee Chair Ork Dorken declared authorita- tively as hepounded his Coke bot- tle on the hollow core door that served as his desk. "We've had more emergencies this sp, ring than Bakken has oil wells, grumbled Einar Torvald as he rambled into the meeting and sat on the last metal folding chair. On- lee Danske snickered as she noticed he had two different kinds of socks. "This is important," Ork insist- ed. "Josh Dvorchek has all the facts." "I was in the Old Hawg Saloon and Snorkel Club in Darby Thurs- day when Sigfried Thordahl of Crummon Township said that the 'lectric companies were taking the ,power lines down in Wyoming cause there wasn't enough business to make it pay." "Oh! My Lord! We'll be next," blurted Cornelle Jordan. "With only 28people..." ,, Correction, Josh interrupted. "The census said 28; the town has 22." "Makes no difference," Comelle argued. "Our town mutst be the smallest in the whole state, census or no census. We're a marked for darkness and I just got my first clothes dryer." "Well, looking at it from their point of view, we're not the best of customers," reasoned ark. "All the town got is seven street ights and the hall." "Keep looking at it from that point of view and you'll be looking at it in the dark," warned Garvey Er- fald, the chief security officer. He changed the alert from "(orange" to "red' after the Boston thing - even considered making everybody take shoes offbefore he'd let them into the meeting. "A dark town is an invitation to terrorists," he added. "Maybe we should get more street lights," suggested Holger Danske. "That would give us more security and mn up the power use." "Where would we put them?" asked Old Sievert. "Everybody al- ready has one. We even have one where nobody lives." "North Dakota has the most bars and binge drinkers in the country so a municipal bar would be a good business that would use a lot of power," proposed Little Jimmy, the town's college student majoring in clinical psychology with one of those fake online colleges. "It seems to me that we could open a big rehab house to sober up all those bingers," countered Mrs. Danske. "Besides, nobody in this town binges. They just get good and drank. I should say bad and drunk." "Maybe we could rewire the empty houses and offer cheap hous- ing to newcomers," suggested Gar- vey. "Well, you wired Knud's chick- en house and it burned down," Old Sievert teased. "If the skunk hadn't stepped on that live wire before I was done," Garvey started to explain but his voice trailed off. "Sure, blame a skunk," asked Madeleine, "Everybody within five miles knows it was a skunk," chuckled Einar. "If people are going to start coming to town, I'm quitting as head of the .Open Arms Welcome Center," Madeleme threatened. "Right now, it's a good job because nobody ever bothers me." "Well, I declare!" exclaimed Holger as he stood up to,scratch and looked out the window. Look! The 'lectric fellas are fight now putting a new bulb in Street Light No. 6. They wouldn't be using up a new bulb if they were about to shut us down. Your guy in the Old Hawk Saloon must've been having a binge." "Oh! Happy day!" bellowed Cornelle. "I'll get to use my dryer after all." The crisis having passed, ark banged the Coke bottle to adjourn another successful meeting. Extension Exchange Spring Cleaning in the Kitchen Spring has been buzzing around us lately and is a wel- come sign with its growing grass and blossoming plants. Unfortu- nately, more dirt can find its way into our homes in the springtime. If you're thinking about spring cleaning, kitchens are a good place to start. Bacteria can be spread throughout the kitchen and get onto hands, cutting boards, utensils, counter tops and food. To fight bac always clean surfaces thoroughly with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next food. Disinfect dishcloths often. Launder dishcloths and towels frequently using the hot water cycle of the washing machine. Then be sure to dry them in a dryer. Dishcloths harbor bacteria and when wet, promote bacterial growth. Consider using paper towels to clean up kitchen sur- faces. When done, throw away the towel. Clean your sink drain and dis- posal once or twice a week by pouring a solution of 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach in 1 quart of water down the drain. Food par- ticles get trapped in the drain and disposal, creating the perfect en- vironment for bacterial growth. Besides cleaning, you might consider sanitizing kitchen sur- faces, including countertops, cut- ting boards, refrigerator drawers and other surfaces. Bacteria, in- cluding Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, may be spread from contaminated hands to food or from contaminated surfaces, such as cutting boards, knives and other equipment, to food. Sanitizing takes cleaning one step farther. Sanitizing reduces or eliminates germs, such as Sal- monella, on surfaces. After cleaning the surface, such as a cutting board, spray the surface with the sanitizer or prepare in a sink and immerse the item. Leave the sanitizer on the surface for the suggested amount of time. Allow the surface to air-dry or use a clean paper towel to dry. According to a study pub- lished in the Journal of Food Pro- s tection, several common household products are effective as sanitizers and are safe to have around food. One of the best in-home sani- tizers is diluted unscented chlo- rine bleach (1 teaspoon of bleach to 1 quart of water in a spray bot- tle). Bleach solutions can lose their effectiveness over time, so discard unused portions after one week. When a diluted chlorine  bleach solution is sprayed on  cleaned surfaces and allowed to remain for at least one minute, E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella, contamination can be reduced by 99.99 percent. Surfaces must be cleaned before using the chlorine solution because detergents and dirt can inactivate chlorine bleach. Some populations are more vulnerable to foodborne illness, so reducing disease-causing germs in their environment be- comes even more important. If you live with someone who is elderly, immune- compromised or ill, or if you have children' under age 5 in your home, con- sider sanitizing your kitchen sur- faces regularly. Source." Julie Garden-Robinson, North Dakota State University Extension Service Extension on Ag around the state NDSU Prevented-plantlng Website Provides Analyzer to Help Producers Nature's clock is beyond the optimal planting time and wet conditions in areas of the state may continue. This will prevent some North Dakota producers from seeding all their acres before the dates that crop insurance coverage starts to decrease, according to a North Dakota State University agricultural economist. The final planting date for full crop insurance coverage varies by crop and geographic location. For example, canola varies from May 15 in the southwestern part of the state to June 5 in the northeastern area of the state. For wheat, durum and barley, it is May 31, except for the northern one-third of the state, where it is June 5. It is June 10 for soybeans, dry edible beans and flax. "After these dates, farmers with Insurance can evaluate prevented- planting for that particular crop," says Andrew Swenson, farm and family financial specialist with the NDSU Extension Service. "The question is whether to plant the crop and accept the risk of low- er yields and reduced crop insur- ance coverage or to collect a pre- vented-planting crop insurance indemnity payment and idle the ground." There is an Excel spreadsheet at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/farm- management/prevented-planting to help with the prevented-plant- ing decision. The website also includes other prevented-planting information on eligibility and fi- nal planting dates. The program compares pre- vented-planting with growing the same crop for which a prevented- planting payment could be re- ceived or some other crop. In the analysis, the prevented- planting indemnity is offset par- tially by the direct costs, such as cover crop seed, chemicals and fuel, to maintain the land that', will not be used for crop produc- ' tion in 2013. This is compared :j with the income that could be ob- ' tained from growing the crop af- i ter the additional direct costs of I production have been subtracted. ', Two critical assumptions to be : made are the expected yield and market price if one seeds later. The i risk of lower yields and quality is : elevated. The analysis also con-', siders crop insurance indemni - ties that may be received ifa pro- ducer plants the crop late and; yields suffer. "Forttmately, the crop insurance-" coverage level only diminishes 1 ; percent per day for the first several Ip days after the date when produc-; ers can choose prevented-planti-; ng," Swenson says. "Therefore, if; a producer can plant a few days; late, he or she still can have a fair-: ly strong safety net and have the," upside revenue potential on better; than expected yields and market: prices." ." There are other considerations: in the prevented-planting deci-: sion. Planting will use up soil; moisture and lessen the possibiM ity the ground will be too wet for; seeding next year. Another reason; to plant may be to satisfy a forward; sales contract. However, late plant-: ing may result in lower yields and; his-* lower the actual production " ' tory, which is used to calculate fu-; ture crop insurance guarantees. a. "If soil conditions do not allow, seeding by the prevented-planting! date, each producer should analyze: the prevented-planting option and; consult an insurance agent if un-: sure the acreage qualifies, what the: payment rates may be and other details," Swenson says. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.