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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JUNE 1 2, 2013 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS How does that old song go? might be one once again. Rain, rain, go away. Come again Just about everyone could another day. complain and most are doing No, seriously, rain.., could their fair share, unless you hap- you do me a favor and just stop? pen to be in the business of sell- To everyone out there who has ing wet/dry vacuums and sump been praying to end the drought, pumps. If you happen to be that you can stop now. Heck, you can guy.., well done. You can retire. stop several weeks ago. To any- As a farmer's daughter and a one out there who still may be farmer's wife I have more than dealing with drought issues, just a basement to be upset about. make sure you put a date and an We're fighting more than address on those prayers, water.., we are fighting with My basement filled up again, time. Growing plants isn't magic. My walls are soggy. And my flip- Growing them by the field full is flops are about the only things sometimes a miracle . . . espe- keeping me from evolving cially in a region where winter webbed toes. can sneak up on you in October. A long, long time ago this It's one thing to help them whole region used to be a lake. along throughout the year, but it One more rainy weekend and we is a whole different thing when you can't even get the little bug- If you even mutter the words gers in the dirt. "Flood of '97" within spitting Right before the rains came distance of the GrandForks Her- down that last downpour my hus- aid readership it comes with half band was putting in a field of soy- a dozen head nods and remember beans. He already was being when stories. cheated out of about 20 acres This will be our "remember from the flooding before that, when" story. now as the radar screamed the This is one of the few farm impending doom of another problems that cannot be solved downpour his equipment was by WD40 or duct tape. Not even starting to act up. He came home a time machine could make much about midnight. He ran out of of a difference out there this time seed with two rounds to go. The around. rain was hovering on the horizon. Last Friday we got another The planter had lost a disc or two inch in about five minutes. Sun- because nothing good happens day, the umbrellas came out when you're farming in the dark. again. Monday, the cloud cover He got up early and had half of was nauseating. half a round left when planting No one really knows how it is was called on account of rain. all going to turn out come har- Now, dad says, this is the year. vest, but it's not going to be one This year will be the year that for the record books. The best we everyone will be talking about, can do is take advantage of the When we're sitting in the nursing sunny days and hope that some- home and someone out there is thing in that dirt sticks around complaining about the weather other than the puddles. we can say listen now sonny as I tell you about the spring of Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http://walsh- 2013 . . . Hello, Sometimes things are so much more difficult than they appear on TV. I don't care if you are solving crimes, cleaning the oven, curing a cold, dieting, or anything else. Take a suicide for instance. Now, on TV, if you want to com- mit suicide, it is a relatively sim- ple deal. Grab a hose, put it over your exhaust pipe, in the window, and bam! Now, I'm not encouraging sui- cide. It's the hose part that both- ers me. How can this person find a hose that easy in an apartment in a city? One time we had a water tank froze up for about three weeks. We poured hot water down it. We put heat lamps under it. We put torch- es under it. We swore at it. At least I did. I kicked it (not recom- mended). Nothing. No water. Finally, Shirley suggested we put a hose over the exhaust pipe on the pickup, run it down the surface casing, and let the pickup thaw it while we played poker. That woman is awesome! You would think on a ranch, with enough supplies to attack a small Muslim nation, you could find a hose. Especially if a suicide guy in a two room apartment can. No way! The garden hoses were under the snow somewhere. There are no hoses that fit over an ex- haust pipe. There are no hoses that fit inside an exhaust pipe. I finally borrowed one from a neighbors sump pump. But, if I had been going to commit suicide, I don't think I would have want- ed to bother him. Oh, well, it's thawed now. Read kind of a cute story the other day. Now, most of you know, I am not a deeply religious guy. Like I said before, I may pray a little if I'm sneaking in on Thursday night. Or, ifI need a club on the river (that's poker talk). Or if I'm stepping on a colt that hasn't been ridden in three months. Anyway, here's the Story. There was this guy about fifty years old. And was an atheist. He did not believe in God or a life hereafter. And he told his friends that. For years he denied the existence of a Greater Being. Then one day, he was out hunt- ing elk in the mountains of west- ern Montana. He had fired some shots, missed and ran out of amino. On his way back to camp, he stumbled into this grizzly bear. Now, I guess this was a moth- er with cubs and he got between them. This old mama bear raised up and took after this poor guy. He ran faster than he had ever ran before. He was taking ten yard steps, jumping deadfalls, and dodging trees. Every time he glanced back, that old bear was lit- tle closer. Finally, his lungs about to burst, he tripped and fell. "Oh God", he screamed. "Save me!" About this time things came to a standstill and this voice boomed from heaven. "How is it my son, that you have denied Me all these years, and now when you are in trouble, you beg for My divine interven- tion?" The guy thinks this over, real- izes it is quite hypocritical, and thinks of something else. "Well," he says, "You are fight. I am prob- ably beyond redemption. But You could make a Christian out of the bear!" The Lord thinks this over and agrees. The guy smiles and looks back at the bear. The bear lets out a low growl, folds his hands, bows his head, and says, "Thank you Lord, for this food I am about to receive!" Later, Dean HEPA'T'rr : BaBY I,ZVF.S He 'th Walsh County Health District .... '" Short Shots About 3 million Americans have hepatitis C, most are baby boomers or people born from 1945-1965. Baby boomers are 5 times more likely to have hepatitis C. If you were born during these years, talk to your doctor about getting tested. Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Once infected with the hepatitis C virus, nearly 8 of 10 people remain infected for life. People with hepatitis C often have no symptoms and can live for decades without feeling sick. For some people, the disease can cause serious health problems including liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the leading reason for liver transplants. If you are a baby boomer, talk with your doctor about getting tested for hepatitis C. I t-, Happenings at Our . s m zfitan Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC We are so happy to see the sun shining today and to be able to get outside to enjoy it. June has been a busy month so far and will continue to be as well. Thursday afternoon we enjoyed the piano music of Father Lutein, and we also had communion services with Rev. Matt Masko. Friday was our monthly rummage sale and Tuesday we had Bible Study with Jeanean McMillan. Monday the embroidery group met and we also had our first bus fide with the Walsh County Bus. Upcoming June events include: June 13 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party hosted bu Hoople Lutheran Church June 14 7:30 Mennonite Singers June 17 1:00 Bus Ride on the Walsh County Bus June 27 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program Hosted bu Bethel Baptist Church Each Tuesday at 3:30 we have Bible Study with Jeanean McMillan and each Monday there is embroidery Group at 10:00 AM. I would like to thank our Devotional leaders for the week:, Lois Ydstie, Jeanean McMIllan, Rev. David Hinrichs, and Corrine Ramsey. Accompanists were Mary Seim, Jan Novak and Monica Simon. Terry Hagen assisted with nail's time and Jeanean McMillan led Bible Study. Sunday worship services were led by Rev. Torbit and Rev. Totman. We thank everyone for sharing their time and talents with us again this week. Have you read the Start or renew your subscription: In.County $34 / Out-of.County $38 / Out.of-State $42 P.O. Box 49, Park River, ND 58270 Revenue Sharing: A Lesson in Government Speed If you are holding your breath problems. They also had political until the passage of an immigration clout and would not support our bill, this saga about federal dis- plan unless they were cut into the patch may convince you that you will turn purple before anything happens. In the early 1960s, the federal government cut income taxes and the result was a hefty surplus. This bit of"countercyclical spend- ing" catapulted its chief advo- cate, Walter Heller, chairperson of the President's Council of Eco- nomic Advisers, into stardom. Since the federal government didn't need the money, Heller and his fellow believers suggested sharing this growth in federal in- come with the state governments. Thus, the idea of federal revenue sharing was born. No one could be happier than the governors. They had a litany of needs so they quickly bought into the idea. deal. Realizing the politics of the sit- uation, we decided that we could not afford to alienate this power- ful group. So we took them in. (When push came to shove, it was the League that muscled Con- gress into passing the plan.) Then at the third meeting some weeks later, we had more compa- ny. Representatives from the Na- tional Association of Counties ap- peared, arguing that they had ur- ban counties deserving consider- ation. Furthermore, there were ur- ban townships that were strapped for cash. So we broadened the coalition some more. Everybody was in the boat. While we were developing a position for the next National The National Govemors' Con-Govemors' Conference, members ference organized a committee of Congress were concocting a on revenue and named Gov. wide range of schemes. George Romney of Michigan By 1965, they had introduced chairperson and chose 10 other 49 bills, offering 49 different plans govemors to help him. Amongfor federal revenue sharing. Wash- them was Gov. William Guy of North, Dakota. ,, ington think tanks and interest A do-it-today-bunky sort ofgroups had even more ideas. guy, George lost no time getting Many differences had to be re- his committee into action and solved but most of them evapo- called his first meeting at the rated when President Nixon of- O'Hare Airport in Chicago. fered his plan in 1969. With the Joining George were president on board, revenue shar- Vice Chairperson Govemor Phil ing was going to happen. Hoff of Vermont and nine tax There was only one problem. commissioners and/or finance ex- By this time, the Viet Nam war had ecutives representing the other escalated and gobbled up the sur- nine busy govemors. As the North plus. In 1972 when revenue Dakota tax commissioner at the sharing became effective, the time, I was designated to represent country was running a deficit of Governor Guy. $23 billion and there wasn't any At this first meeting, Chairper- revenue to share. son Romney outlined his plan. We But the idea had gained such thought he had a pretty good momentum that there was no turn- package, with the states sharing the ing back. The process had taken money on a per capita basis, eight years and the federal gov- At our second meeting several eminent ended up borrowing man- weeks later, the word of our plan- ey to fund a program based on the ning had circulated in Washington. idea of sharing surpluses. When we convened, we found Immigration reform? Who that we had guests from the Na- knows what could happen during tional League of Cities. the years required to pass a law? They presented a strong argu- Maybe Mexico will strike it big ment for being included. After and the illegal immigrants will all all, the urban areas had the biggest go back. Extension Exchange Is It Mold? way to determine if they are salt Homeowners concerned about or mold. the health effects of exposure to Calcium and magnesium car- mold may be looking for it in the bonates also are found in some damp conditions that high water areas, but they are relatively in- tables and flooding create, soluble in water. They cause "However, as people scour .light-colored, powdery deposits their homes for mold, what they that accumulate during relatively find may not necessarily be long periods. These deposits can mold," says Ken Hellevang, be removed with a dilute acid so- North Dakota State University lution, such as vinegar, but can- Extension Service flood expert, not be removed effectively with "In some cases, what they're water alone. finding are mineral deposits." Carbonates cause the white The wet, humid conditions plaque you often see on plumb- that contribute to mold growth in basements often are the result of ing fixtures, basement walls and moisture vapor coming through floors and in water tanks. If the the concrete floor or wall because substance does not dissolve with of a high water table or saturated a few drops of water, try using a soils. If water comes into contact few drops of vinegar. If the sub- with inadequately drained or stance still doesn't dissolve, then sealed basements, moisture will it may be mold. seep through the wall and floor. Soluble salts deposits on base- The result is not only a damp en- ment walls and floors are harm- vironment, but mineral deposits less to human health. However, (salts) left behind as water evap- groundwater with a high concen- orates from basement walls and tration of sulfate (more than 150 floors, parts per million) is corrosive to As water evaporates, salt crys- concrete basements. Sulfate cor- tals grow and become obvious, rodes concrete by degrading the These crystals can take many cementing agent and forming forms, depending on the relative crystals in the pores that eventu- amounts of sodium, calcium, ally expand and break down the magnesium, carbonate, chloride concrete's internal structure. and sulfate in them, or other "As the amount of sulfate in physical factors such as the rate the groundwater increases, and of evaporation. Sodium and magnesium sul- the longer the concrete basement fates are found frequently in is in contact with groundwater, some areas. These salts are dis- the greater the damage from car- solved and transported in rosion," Hellevang says. "Solu- groundwater readily. When tions to this problem include a they're deposited on basement proper tile drainage system walls and floors, they often ap- around the basement foundation pear to be a white, fluffy or and floor to quickly remove moldy substance in floor or wall water from the basement." cracks. Water easily dissolves For more information, these deposits. Putting a few or drops of water on them is one The wet, humid conditions that contribute to mold in basements often are result of moisture vapor cominl through the concrete fit;or or wall be: cause of a hilch water table or satu- rated soils." " the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River -701 '284-6624 How Much Time Do I Have? As we all know our county is planted is Proso millet. There are very wet along with this whole re- two different types they include gion. Some of the neighbors and red and white. The red has high- fellow farmers may have their er yields, and is more marketable. crop in while others may only have This can be planted up to the 4th parts or nothing in the ground at of July. It requires low nitrogen all. With all this rain many of you and is seeded at a rate of 151bs per are probably wondering when is acre. Millet is not competitive the latest I can plant? with weeds. Therefore an appli- The main crops we have heard cation ofglyphosate is needed or talk about not getting in the ground the crop will need to be tilled to include soybeans, canola, and eliminate weeds. After the crop is spring wheat. It would be safe to about 6-8 inches it becomes more say that soybeans and canola can competitive with weeds. This crop be planted into next week, any lat- can be harvested in September. er than that is really pushing the Much like canola millet is re- growing days. For spring wheat quired to be swathed. It's a wise it's a total toss up as the insurance idea to be early on this than late. date has already passed but plant- Waiting too can cause the millet to ing until the 16th of June is as lat- shatter when harvesting, mois- est it's recommended. Some have ture should be at 13%. Millet can asked about puttirtg soybeans on be used for hay or as a feed in the ground that was prepared for seed form. It's very high in protein wheat. If you choose to apply and fiber. This can be fed to cat- soybeans to wheat ground here are tie and sheep, it's not highly rec- a few things to be aware of... ommended for swine, and NOT to - No nodule formation be fed to horses. - Plants will be taller With hopes that the sun will - Iron problems will increase! stay out for a while and the fields - You will be wasting the ni- can dry up, I'm sure that crop trogen that was applied plans have changed and maybe A Recommended crop to be Millet will be an altemative option. ) i