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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JUNE 6, 2012. FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I Each year groups across the country gather together to fight for one end.., an end to cancer. Last weekend I participated in the Northern Lights Relay for Life. We lit up the night with bags upon bags of names, all of people who have been touched by cancer. Last year the name of the year was a young girl who lost the battle. She would have been 17 last Saturday. This year, her name was on a few bags, but the pain was not as fresh. Almost every type of cancer was represented on those bags -- skin cancer, colon cancer, breast, lung cancer, and even the ones with the more complicated names. There are more than 200 types. The hardest types of cancer to watch are the ones that affect us directly or those that affect the life of a child. As horrible as it is to say, the one that gets the least amount of respect is one that I had to watch overtake my grandpa firsthand -- lung cancer. The attitude about lung cancer is almost one of "I told you so." Cigarette smoking was linked to cancer years ago. Stop smoking. It will kill you. Anytime someone is diag- nosed with lung cancer the im- mediate reaction is: "I bet they smoked. Tsk. Tsk." When it came down to my grandpa that is exactly what hap- pened. He quit, but the damage had been done. And he became another cautionary tale of the damage that those harmful car- cinogens can do. But cancer is not something that can be controlled. It is not something that can be wished away. There are some people who are diagnosed with lung cancer who haven't smoked a day in their lives. Each name lit up the path in the night. Bags spelled out hope in the grass. There are many who have hope, but for a lot of the names on those bags, it was al- ready too late. The participants wearing pur- ple shirts are the ones who are survivors. They have or are bat- tling, but they still have hope. When one of my teammates noted that there were a large amount of purple shirts out there, my immediate reaction was that it was a good thing. Not good that they had cancer, but good that they were survivors. I hope that one day there are more purple shirts than bags until the day when we no longer need to relay, because each relay had made all the difference and a cure had been found. Relay for Life for Walsh County will be held this upcom- ing weekend in Grafton. Each name is on those bags because of someone who cared enough to put it there. Cancer affects all of us. And we should fight the good fight .together. Join a team, buy a luminary, support the cause. Relay for an end. Like" the Walsh Coun(v Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http:/;"walsh- countypress. l'ordpress. tom Hello, I've been a rodeo fan all my life. But as I've gotten a little longer in the tooth, I've become more of a fair weather cowboy, l remember going to the Y's Men Rodeo in Minot during a blizzard. 1 announced a rodeo in Newtown during a snowstorm. We pro- duced a rodeo in Mandan and took a short break during a tor- nado warning. Now, just a little wind and rain and I kind of shy away from rodeos. A great rodeo in Grassy Butte this past weekend. Several world champion cowboys and maybe the greatest bucking horses on the planet. But, unlike the mailman (nei- ther rain nor sleet, nor hail, shall stop the U.S. Mail), the rain and sleet kept me from going. So we went out for supper with some neighbors. While we were at supper there was a college soft- Hat ball game (girls) on the TV. And it reminded me of a story. Vern was an athlete up in McKenzie County. He passed away several years ago, but one story of him lives on. I think years ago, before TV sports gave us a reason to sit on the couch, more people played ball. There were several amateur teams across the plains that en- tertained people for years. Base- ball and softball teams existed in every small town. There was a traveling team of professional softball players that barnstormed the country chal- lenging local all-star teams. And Tips they were good. Although they were few. Their team existed of three players. The pitcher, catcher, and one outfielder. The pitcher was a master of his trade. His speed and ball control were uncanny. If someone did hit a pitch, it would be hit directly to the outfielder. Vern was on the local all-star team. It was late in the game. The professionals were controlling the game. Vern was determined to get a hit. The pitcher had been throw- ing extremely hard. When Veto came up to bat, the pitcher could see that he was going to give it his all. The pitcher threw the first pitch fast. Real fast. And Vern swung for the fences. Steerriii- ikkke Onnnnne! The next pitch, "Steerrikkke Two!" Then the pitcher, seeing that Vern, was beginning to swing real early said he was going to give him his super duper fastball. He gave that arm a triple windup and let fly! Vern swung as hard and fast as humanly possible! POP went the catcher's glove. STEER- RIIIKKKKKEEE THREEEEE! Vern started back to the bench, not knowing that the pitcher had never even thrown the ball! He had mad.  a big windup, Vern swung, aad the catcher slapped his mitt, all in the blink of an eye. Vern's teammates were roar- ing as Vern sat down on the bench. "He threw that damn thing so hard, I never even saw it," he exclaimed! Later, )can ;-- O'00l.,s0000l?2aritan k2..) 0000x:lctw ,... -  p.; Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Moniea Simon ADC May was a very eventful month which included National Nursing Home Week, Memorial Day and Mother's Day. We would like to thank the Mountain Lutheran Church of Adams for hosting our Auxiliary Lunch and Program on Thursday May 24. June Events: June 4 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride June 6 3:00 Food Show June 7 2:30 Monthly Communion Service June 8 7:30 Mennonite Singers June 14 3:00 June Birthday Party First Lutheran Church Hoople, ND June 19 4:00 Make your own Pizza June 21 1:00 Walsh County Bus ride June 28 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program Bethel Baptist Church Park River I would like to thank our volunteer's tbr the week. Devotional leaders were Jan Novak, Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, and Corfine Ramsey. Terry Hagen Assisted with Nail's time and Sunday Worship services were led by Rev. Totman. Mass was led by Father Lutein and Rosary and Communion were led by Shirley Sobolik. Regular activities include, exercises, cun'ent events, Devotions, baking, Bingo, Movie night, nail's time, crafts, hymn sings, outdoor games, Bible Study, trivia games and more. By Ron Smith, Horticulturist 2011 HIP/AIbS SUNU0000mY Walsh County Health District Short Shots In 2011, l l North Dakota residents were newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and reported to the ND Department of Health. There were 25 more cases of HIV/AIDS reported in other states who moved to North Dakota for a total of 36 new HIV/AIDS cases in ND in 2011. From 2007-2001 the age of HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in North Dakota were as follows: • Under 15 years- 1 case • 15-24 years-8 cases • 25-34 years-13 cases • 35-44 years-26 cases • 45-54 years-9 cases • 55-64 years-7 cases • 65+ years- 1 case As you can see 74% of the cases were between the ages of 25-54; however infections among older adults are increasing. Risk Factors for HIV/AIDS 2007'2011 in North Dakota • Male to male sexual contact - 48% • Heterosexual (Male to Female) - 32% • Injecting Drag Use - 5% North Dakota is among the lowest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the US, but even one case is too many. Since 1984 a total of 541 cases of H1V/AIDS have been reported in ND. Of those 248 are known to still be living in ND. Advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS have resulted in many people living full, productive lives. Get tested if you are at risk for H1V. (Unprotected sex with multiple partners, injecting drug user, diagnosed with another sexually transmitted disease, male to male sexual contact). Walsh County Health District provides free confidential HIV testing. If you do not want to be tested locally you n go to our Web Site at www. watshcountynd.com/health and find out where else you can be tested free of charge. Voters ToDecide Four State Measures June 12 Measure #1 - Legislator Eligibility. for Office Under the present Constitution, legislators are prohibited from be- ing appointed to any state office for which the salary has been in- creased. Since the legislature rou- tinely gives across-the-board raises to state employees, all legislators are automatically excluded from consideration for a state office when they provide these raises. Adoption of Measure #1 would make it possible for legislators to be appointed, provided the office under consideration did not get a raise higher than that given all state employees. Since legislators are some of the most qualified candidates for state appointments, this restriction has kept many of them from consider- ing careers in the executive branch and has denied the executive branch of their services. This is a good amendment and deserves a YES vote. Measure #2 - Repeal of the Property Tax This proposed constitutional amendment would abolish the property tax for all county, city, school, township and other local governments and require the leg- islature to make up the $800 mil- lion annual loss with state taxes under a formula to be devised later. Every political subdivision probably would be required to sub- mit its annual budget to some leg- islative entity for funding at the state level. Or the other option would be a blanket formula that would be a "one-size-fits-all" in which some local governments would get more and some get less than what they now get in property taxes. In either case, local control would be sacrificed. This measure has no redeeming qualities and should be defeated with a big NO vote. Measure #3 - Religious Right to Act or Not to Act Under this measure, an individ- ual may decide whether to act or not to act on the basis of"sincerely- held religious belief' unless the government demonstrates a sub- stantial compelling interest to re- quire otherwise. It should be as- sumed that the meaning of a "sin- cerely-held religious belief' wotdd be a matter of frequent dispute and could include any form of real or unreal professed faith. The measure also covers with- holding benefits, assessing penal- ties, exclusion from programs, and access to facilities, whatever all of that would mean in implementa- tion. At this'.juncture, this measure is a pig-in-the-poke. We have heard a variety of speculations about the possible applications but we have heard nothing about the specific intent of this measure. What will it be used for? The sponsors must have clear intentions but they have not ex- plained how this would be applied in North Dakota. They have not proved their case for adopting this national one-size-fits-all-states measure. It deserves a NO vote un- til the need can be demonstrated. The Constitution already guar- antees us religious freedom. Measure #4 - Fighting Sioux Logo There has been considerable confusion about this measure be- cause it refers to the law that was passed in the 2011 special session repealing the law requiring the Sioux Logo at the University of North Dakota. The measure would be easiest to understand if we kept our focus on the law. The real question on the ballot is this: shall the law repeal- ing the Sioux logo be kept - yes or no. AYES vote says that we want to keep this law that eliminates the logo; a NO vote means we don't want to keep this law but want to go back to the law that required use of the logo. A NO vote would have devas- tating consequences for the new Division I athletic program at LIND. The NCAA will proceed with its mandates, regardless of what happens to this measure. Therefore, a YES vote is needed to save the University's athletic program, E Exchange Liven Up Your Grill with Fruits and Vegetables! With the warm weather beckon- ing us outside, grilling takes center stage for much of summer's meal- time planning. Want to add some ad- venture and nutrition to your grilled meals? Grill vegetables and fruits. According to the North Dakota Department of Public Health, the majority of North Dakota adults do not eat the recommended five serv- ings of fruits and vegetables a day. Here are some glvat facts and tips from the University of Colorado to motivate you to try grilled veggies and fruits: - Fruits and veggies are nutrient dense, low in calories and high in fiber, antioxidants and phytochem- icals and also may reduce our risk of a heart attack or stroke. An added bonus is that potentially dangerous carcinogens don't form when grilling fruits and veggies, which can hap- pen can when grilling meat. - The average bite of food trav- els 1300 miles, according to the Food Awareness Project. Fruits and veg- etables do lose some nutritional value when they are transported and stored betbre reaching the grocery store. The bonus of an early spring is that famaers' mm'kets, which of- fer an option to buy local and sup- port the economy, will have a vari- ety of produce when they open this stunmer. Local farmers' markets in our area this year can be found in Grafton (Tuesdays, beginning June 19) and Park River (Thursdays, be- ginning July 5). - Is organic produce is a health- ier, more nutritious choice than conventionally grown produce? Re- search is inconclusive. Choose what you're comfortable with and what you can afford --just eat more veg- gies and fruits more often. - Grilling vegetables isn't an ex- act science: veggies don't all cook : for the same length of time. Watch them closely so they don't overcook or burn. Experiment with settings on your grill, but veggies and fruits gen- erally cook at a lower temp than you would use to grill meat. Size matters; smaller pieces will cook more quick- ly than larger ones. - When grilling vegetables avoid cross contamination with raw meat. Use separate tongs and plates and temper the grill surface to medium to medimn-high heat before adding raw produce. - Drizzle low-water content veg- gies like baby or whole carrots, mushrooms, asparagus and sunamer squash with oil so they won't stick before laying them directly on the grill. If you're cooking smaller chunks, use a grilling tray or thread a colorful combo on skewers. - Try veggies you normally don't like. If eggplant, pepper or zucchi- ni aren't favorites, for example, grilling them may change their taste enough that you enjoy them. Driz- zle these fresh grilled veggies with balsamic vinegar. It tastes great with the smoky flavor from the grill. - Marinades can offer a nice fla- vor change to veggies, but remem- ber that marinades with added sug- ar will cause the veggies to blacken. - Combine corn on the cob cut into 2-inch chunks, sweet potato slices and onion wedges brushed with oil on a perforated grilling pan and grill until the veggies are tender. Or use the grill to steam white or sweet potatoes in thick slices sprin- kled with olive oit, your favorite herbs and a dash of salt in foil packets. Flip the packets half way through cooking. The grill temper- ature and thickness of the potatoes will determine how long to cook them, but a good rule of thumb is to check them after 30 minutes. - Lightly score the cap of porta- bella mushrooms in the shape of an "x" to permit some of the moistme to escape. Drizzle the underside with a little olive oil and herbs and then grill them cap side dox on foil for about l 0 minutes. Sprinkle them with cheese to add protein and fla- vor and eat as a sandwich or part of a meal. -Use leftover grilled veggies, which keep well for up to 3 days when wrapped and refrigerated, in sandwiches, over cooked rice or couscous, or mixed into a salad or pasta salad. - Desserts are easy on the grill. The grill caramelizes sugar in fruit and releases juices. Finn fruits like apples, pineapple and pears require less monitoring than sotter fruits such as nectarines, peaches and bananas, which cook quickly. Cut stone and seeded fruits in half and then remove the pit or core and brush them with oil so they won't stick to the grill. Grill them until they are heated through and a golden color. After grilling fruits, sprinkle them with cin- namon or add a touch of whipped cream or low fat ice cream or yogurt. You can also use grilled fruit to make fruit salsas or serve fruit as a side dish to meats. Somre. Peggy Anderson irDSU Krten- s/on Agent Burke/Divide Ho rtiscope Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication duQce • 1 have a white peony plant • that looks healthy and pro- s loads of blooms. The blooms open to very large flow- ers. Unfortunately, all the flowers have a brown edging on each petal. Except for the brown edges, the flowers look healthy. This has been going on for about four years. Should I get rid of this plant? I have a Sarah Bernhardt peony planted next to the white peony that is doing fine. (email reference) • This is sometimes an indi- • cation of the plant being planted too deeply. To get plant- ing and cultural tips on peony care, go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ plantsci/landscap/h281 .pdf. viQve o 1 have two prairie roses in • the backyard that have sur- d mowing, building and dirt piles. I want to replant them,, to a flower bed where they deser,e to be after all these years. How do I transplant the roses? I won't even categorize myself as a novice at gardening because I'm more ofa dabbler. Your assistance will be appreciated. (Bismarck, N.D.) A o Hearing what these Plants • have gone through, I'd say your chances are fight up there for success. You sound adven- turesome, so give it a shot. Cut the bushes back to a manageable size. Dig the holes where you want to move the plants. Dig out the plants in the cool of an evening when rain is in the fore- cast. Take as much of the root ball as you can handle. Place the rose bushes at the same depth into the new holes and water well. Monitor and water as needed dur- ing the next two to three weeks. By then, the roots should be es- tablished and can pretty much fend for themselves for water and nutrients unless an extended drought and high temperatures show up. Give them a shot of Miracle-Gro at transplanting, 30 days later and around the Labor Day weekend. To contact Ron Smith for answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith @ndsu.edu. Editor's Note ] The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.