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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES • JUNE 8, 2011 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I relay tbr birthdays. Morgan Hayes of Langdon, N.D., didn't make it to her 16th birthday. ! never met Morgan, but I know her face and I know her story. One day, Morgarr complained she had pain her knee. Doctors discovered that she had a tumor growing in her thigh. In February of 2010 Morgan was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare form of muscle cancer. After numerous tests they found the cancer has spread to her right lymph node in her neck, both of her lungs, her liver, both sides of her pelvis and a tumor about the" size of a baseball right next to her heart and on top of her esophagus along with the tumor on her thigh. In the end, she was fighting two different types of cancer. I relay for childhoods lost. Morgan got to lave a few childhood adventures as her time was getting shorter. Disneyworld, a cruise, swimming with dolphins, and her high school prom were scattered in between hospital visits, scans, and surgeries. On May 25, cancer stole another beautiful child. Statistics and dollars and cents mean nothing when you read the journal enUies of a mother who has lost her little girl. I relay for parents seeking comfort. On May 29, in the CaringBridge website titled "Miracle 4 Morgan" that her mother kept for the past 16 months she wrote, "I know that even though Morgan's journey on this earth has ended ours still continues. Morgan is pain flee and an Angel now; no more pain and suffering. But her family and friends left on this earth are left to suffer and remember the devastation this disease wracked on her young body, We are thankful that her suffering is over but ours has just begun. No matter how I try to remind myself that she will feel no more needles, no mdre knives, no more sickness, no more weakness, no more pain; I cannot help but feel devastated that I can no longer hold her or kiss her or tell her I love her. I cannot feel her arms hug me tight or see her 'roll' her eyes at something dumb that I say. I cannot hear her say 'I love you mama.'" ' Even one child lost to cancer is one too many. I relay for my grandma, my grandpa, my family, for friends t have and friends I never got the chance to have. Why do you relay? For more information about Relay for Life, to donate or find a relay near you, go to www.relayforli fe. org/relay/ and enter your zip code in the top right comer. I will be relaying at the 2011 Northern Lights Relay For Life in Langdon this weekend. Like" the Wa&h CounO Pres on Faeebook and check out our bh)g at http://walshcounty- press, wordplvss, corn Hello, t guess I wouldn't call it "global wan'ning". But t sure might be tempted to think along the lines of "climate change". This is unreal! Much of Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas have received more than their average annual moisture in the past month. Rivers are overflowing their banks. Towns that are normally high and dry are sandbagging, building dikes, and watching as the roads are sliding away or washing out. Bismarck- Mandan are preparing for flooding as I write, and with a forecast calling for more water and more wind, it has to be heart wrenching for them. Sump pump salesmen will be looking at early retirement. Our place is built up alongside a wonderful tree row. It holds the snow in our corrals. For the past two winters, snow has filled all of our pens. And we spend a good part of the summer slapping mosquitoes and wading through mud to our barn. You know, thousands of years ago, the India n people knew better than to build along the rivers of the northern plains. I' guess we just Hat forgot. Next time, I am bulding on a hill where the wind blows the snow away, and water runs downhill faster. Highway 22 has been closed for over a week. Highway 85 is one slide away from being closed." People in the oil field are finding out why the Badlands got their name. Originally, travelers horseback or in wagons said it was "badlands to cross". And with thousands of cattle waiting to go to summer pasture, it is much more than inconvenient, it is expensive! And don't even get me started on the farming! We don't farm much. We scratch around on a few sandy hills and put in a little crop. Hoping to get our seed back in the tall. We don't have granaries and trucks and grain augers and stuff like that. So we will get by. And if our drill gets stuck, it isn't a real big deal. It is only fifteen feet wide. Tips But I've heard stories of guys with huge equipment stuck. One farmer spent eighteen thousand dollars renting an oil field crane to pull a new tractor and drill out of a mud hole! Eighteen thousand dollars! Well, it is sprinkling again this morning. But it might stop later today. And with winds of 55 mph, it could dry up a little. Maybe. That.reminds me of a story. We had a feller that worked for us years ago. He had been down in the breaks haying and a thundershower snuck up on him. And it dumped a bunch of rain in a short time. There wasn't much road out of the badlands. Just a two track across prairi e and gumbo. So he was forced to just bring the tractor home. About two miles from home he got stuck while crossing a dam. Now, the county road was just a few hundred yards from the dam, but being new to the country, he was a little unsure of where he was. So he walked down the creek instead. In a short time he was in the bush. Crawling through bullberry thickets and over beaver dams. He struggled along for hours. At one point, the creek he was following passed about fifty yards from the bam. But being down in the washout, struggling through the brush, he missed it. Below the barn he came to a fence which he followed back up to the road he had traveled on earlier. After walking another mile he passed his tractor stuck on the dam. He went on by, hit the county road, and quickly followed it home. I was just coming into the yard horseback when he came limping down the road. Muddy, scratched up, and played out. He looked like hell. He had walked for several hours and began trying to explain where he wag stuck. And he said, "There is another guy stuck right up by the road with a tractor just like ours!" I think he later became govemor. Later, Dean . kTJ boo,cry ' Happenings at Our Good-Samaritan Moniea Simon ADC June Events: June 9 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party Hosted by Hoople Lutheran Church June 10 7:30 Mennonite Singers June 23 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program hosted by Bethel Baptist Church of Park River How CAN WOMEN Htltb Walsh County Health District , ..... ,.  .... ,°.,,o,,o,. Short Shots Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can lead to lifelong infection in some people which can cause serious liver damage (cirrhosis or liver cancer) and death. Perinatal Hepatitis B is a hepatitis B infection that is transmitted from an infected mother to an infant during birth. An infant born to a woman with hepatitis B has a 70-90 percent chance of getting hepatitis B. Of those children infected about 95% become chronic hepatitis B carriers, and are at great risk for cirrhosis and liver cancer. Every woman in North Dakota should be tested for Hepatitis B during pregnancy. Since many people who have hepatitis B do not feel sick, it is important to be tested during pregnancy to determine if the mother is infected. Specific protocols are followed at the birth of the baby that greatly reduces the risk of the baby becoming infected. These include starting the Hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of birth along with a dose of hepatitis B immunoglobulin. Two more doses of hepatitis B are given to the infant 1 month and 6 months later. Women-ask your doctor to screen for Hepatitis B during your pregnancy!! A simple blood test could save your baby's life! Medicare looms as major issue in ND In April, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis) introduced a Republican budget proposal that included a new voucher system to replace Medicare and make sharp spending c'uts in Medicaid. House Republicans voted for the proposal en masse while every Democrat voted against it. This was followed by a Congressional election in upstate New York where a Democrat swamped the Republican candidate in a traditionally Republican district on the issues raised by the Ryan proposal. Meanwhile, the pollsters have been tracking public opinion on debt reduction as well as the sanctity of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. They're finding massive support for debt reduction and equally massive support for keeping Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as they are. Any rational person will conclude that voters have a couple of incompatible positions, creating a serious dilemma for policymakers. By choosing the popularity of debt reduction, Congressman Ryan kicked the hornets' nest. Believe it or not, it is the same hornets' nest the Democrats kicked with their health care reform package, a package that cost them control of the House of Representatives. Now the same fate may face Republicans. Republicans hope to regroup by explaining their approach to the electorate. Democrats tried to reason with the electorate in 2010 and found out that reason doesn't work when emotions are running rampant. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security have become political untouchables by Republicans and Democrats alike because any change threatens a large portion of the population. Messing with these programs is mess!ng with the personal security of insecure populations and they will cross party lines to protect them. That is what happened in New York and you can bet that the members of Congress who were defeated in 2010 will be coming back in droves to fight for their seats. Tragically, the Republican loss in New York has derailed any hope for a bipartisan solutiofi to the debt problem. Smelling victory in the wind, Democrats will not be motivated to concede ground to reach any sort of debt compromise. If they can win the Hguse back, they won't have to deal with Republicans demands. Debt reduction will be a stand-off for another couple of years. Congressman Rick Berg (R- ND) voted in favor of the Paul proposal, making himself vulnerable in the 2012 election because Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are all cutting issues in North Dakota. Around 110,000 North Dakotans are Medicare beneficiaries and over half of the patients in nursing homes are financed by Medicaid. Both programs have armies of family voters and sympathizers. While the issues involved could defeat Congressman Berg, he may be saved by a hard rule of politics: you can't beat somebody with nobody. With Senator Kent Conrad and former Congressman Earl Pomeroy counting themselves out of 2012, the Democrats have practically nobody with statewide visibility to run for either the Senate or the House against Berg. They hold no statewide offices and very few in the Legislature. Congressman Berg may have courted disaster yeith his vote but he may be saved by the inability of the Democrats to come up with a formidable candidate to take advantage of the issue. Politicians have been known to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory and Democrats may do just that in 2012. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD '00ate.r safety for kids: wlmrnlng pool safety The Summer season i.s upon us! I know we spend many weekends enjoying 'ourselves near the water. I love the water; grew up in the water; and many summers my parents swore that I grew fins and gills. Water is a great way for kids and parents to be active and have a lot of fun. I also have a healthy respect for wateri' With kids jumping in the pools, lakes and beaches, I wanted to share with you some important water safety rules that all kids and adults should follow: Swimming pool safety: • There should always be an adult present when kids are in the pool, even backyard pools. This is true no matter what size or depth the pool is! Children have been known to drown in very little water (6 inches). • Review swimming pool rules with the kids, they are usu- ally posted nearby. • Teach your kids to walk not run in pool areas, watery floors makes it too easy to slip. One bump to the head on the ce- ment of the pool can be serious. • Don't rely on blow up water toys as safety devices for kids who can't swim. they can easily lose air or slip off. • Review with your child where the depth markers are and how far is appropriate for their age, height and swimming level. • Avoid eating or chewing candy/food while swimming. Kids can easily choke. • Remind children not to push or jump on each other while in the pool. • Have everyone leam to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the Water is to learn to swim--this in- cludes adults and children. • Never leave a child un- observed around water. Your eyes must be on the child at all times. Adult supervision is rec- ommended. • Install a phone by the pool or keep a cordless phone nearby so that you can call 9-,l-I in an emergency. • Learn CPR and insist that babysitters, grandparents, and others who care for your child know CPR. • Post CPR instructions and 9-1-1 or your local emer- gency number in the pool area. • If you have a pool in your yard, enclose the pool com- pletely with a self-locking, self- closing fence with vertical bars. Openings in the fence should be no more than four inches wide. The house should not be in- eluded as a part of the barrier. • Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use. Toys can attract young children into the pool. • Pool covers should al- ways be completely removed prior to pool use. • If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the en- tire pool, bottom, and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area. Water can be so fun...we just have to ensure that it is safe too. All my best to you and your family, Julie Adapted l/)Vl Nourish Interactive - wv,'.nourish interactive, com Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Take an extra minute and be safe Over the past week I've been spending quite a bit of time plan- ning the tractor safety school so we have a good program, for the youth that are attending. So while I was home in Wisconsinover the holiday I was thinking about dif- ferent things to talk about for the school and how to relate it to those in the course. In the mean- time while I was in Wisconsin, our Australian Shepherd was hit by a truck on the road. We had worked with her quite a bit to break this habit but once and a while there she would be running down the driveway again. As I was driving back to North Dakota I recalled that someone once told me that you learn something from every person you meet or every significant event that occurs in your life. After a couple hours of driving I ended up connecting the dots between our dog getting hit on the road and tractor/farm safety. You see our dog didn't chase cars all the time only when the urge to do it was too great and never before had something hap- pened. Sometimes, especially when we are in a hurry we let things slide that we shouldn't. "Oh I'll just jump off and grab that" or "It's just around the block and I won't come across anyone I don't need to fix the caution lights or buckle my seatbelt". With the late spring I feel like more safety hazards are bound to occur as we start to cut comers to get things done. In 2002 alone, 730 deaths and 150,000 disabling injuries oc- curred on U.S. farms. In particu- lar, farm surveys indicate that the injury rate is highest among chil- dren age 15 and under and adults more than 65 year of age. It is important to step back and look at the big picture. Turn off the power takeoff when you are working in the area. Utilize the safety features that are in your tractor. The safety features lose their effectiveness if you do not use all the features required such as wearing a seat belt on a tractor with roll protection. The seatbelt keeps you as the operator within the safe zone so you are fully pro- tected if a roll over should occur. What would happen to your fam- ily, etc if something were to hap- pen to you? Take all these things into perspective when you're heading out to the field. To those of you who aren't driving a tractor but are dealing with the increased tractor traffic on the road, it is important to be courteous to those driving these huge pieces of equipment. Don't travel too closely behind any agri- culture equipment. Be aware of traffic coming in the opposite di- rection. It is also important to watch what the equipment opera- tor is doing inside the cab of the tractor. They may signal to you if they are making a left hand turn or may pull over to the side to al- low you to pass with ease. With a little patience and courtesy we can make the roads 'in Walsh county safe for both automobiles and tractors. Good luck this grow- ing season! Dates to Remember: June 14-16 Tractor Safety School, Park River, ND. for Information contact Theresa at 284-6624