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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JUNE 13, 2.01 2 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Where have all the teenagers gone? When the Park River Park Board was discussing the closure of a potion of the pool they cited low numbers as being a part of the problem. Now, my nlemory may be a tittle rusty, but I seem to recall that 20 years ago or so, the baseball/softball programs were packed, The pools were always fhll, and summer meant lnore than just a break fiom school. Sulnmer meant kids were outside falling off of bikes, running through mud, breaking in base- ball mitts, learning how to swim, and enjoying every second of sunshine we could find. Sure there were hours spent in front of the television, but that could only last for so long before sheer bore- dom set in. As nmch as I hate to admit it, the Park Board is right. And it isn't just in Park River. Kids are much busier than they used to be. They have jobs, countless camps and other opportunities, and tech- nology. Local activities used to have captive participants, but now, with Interact, video games, Face- book, and cell phones and cars, it seems as though the place they want to be is anywhere but here. This may sound like an old timers story, but when I was a kid I road my bike three miles tograms is not necessarily better, town and three miles back just to but perhaps one of the many pro- practice softball. Now, I can't get grams could spark an interest in an entire team to show up even if enough participants to change I bribe them. things. I wasn't exactly an athlete in It is hard to say what the an- my youth (or ever) but softball swer is. It could be something as was fun. It didn't matter if we simple as unplugging or as diffi- won, but when we did, it made it cult as committing. that much sweeter. Those are the Maybe the teenagers are out in summers I remembered. The the world earning a living or hours I put in working as a con- maybe they are just texting their venience store clerk or mowing days away. Whatever it is, I am may have added up dollars but going to lean toward the hope they didn't add many memories, that whatever they are doing is We played through rain and important and life changing. cold, stopped only by the flash of I hope it makes memories. lightning and the feat of holding a Maybe it is Parks programs metal bat. that need to evolve or maybe it is It is a changing world, the parent who need to do the You can't force participation, pushing but until then I'm taking You can save the pool, but you my bat and my ball and going can't make kids swim in it. You home. can host the game, but you can't When you figure it out, let me make them play. We are all run- know. ning out of ideas on how to pro- vide opportunities for the youth Like" the Walsh Couno, Press on Face- book and check out our blog at htq~.'//walsh- in the community. More pro- counO'press.wordpress.com Hello, You might want to have a drink before you read this. It seemed to help when I told the story to friends yesterday. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my trip to Miles City. You remember. The trip where I picked up the two hitchhikers and the German Shepard dog walk- ing across Montana. Well, they lost the dog. It seems sometime after I let them offin Miles City. they got back on 94 and were heading west. Since the bucking horse sale was on, there was no traffic going west, so they didn't get too far that first day. They slept under an overpass and took off early Sunday morn- ing. Just alter daylight, like a scene from "Old Yeller", a moun- tain lion came up out of a coulee and attacked the dog. They said the dog put up a heck of a fight, but in the end, the lion was the winner. They buried the dog un- der the "Big Sky". But they did say it is easier to get rides now, when they don't have that big German Shepard dog with them. That reminds me of a story. Good stories usually start out with a good beginning line. You know, the Peanuts cartoon, the story always started with "It was a dark and stormy night". Or the Star Wars movie, "A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." A great novel, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". When all the Grandkids are here, I often have to tell bedtime stories. When it is me and the three boys in bed, we don't do a lot of nice fairy tales. Usually we are pursuing monsters and ghosts. Or we are going into battle with fire breathing dragons. My sto- ries often start with a blood cur- dling scream! Hole, they heard something deep down in that cavern. It was moan- ing like a ghost ( I can moan pretty good) and howling like a wolf (I'm a dang good howler). Occasionally it would sound like that German Shepard fighting that lion. The boys were pretty well armed for kids. Gage had an M60 (a big army rifle), Evan a 9ram pistol, and RJ had a knife. They had a coil of rope that they dropped into the hole and started down... This is where Gage stopped One night a couple years ago, me. The fight had been going on the three boys and I, were in bed; iquite awhile and Gage was nerv- and as usual, they wanted a scary story. 1 suppose Gage was five;i ous. Evan four, and RJtwo. "Grandpa, Grandpa", Gage I told them of the three boys by i said, "I stayed home this time". the same names who were hunt- He's smarter than his Grandpa ing up on the Killdeer Mountains. ls. As they went past the MedicineLater, Dean I Happenings at Our 1 k, J/ samaritan S( ,cict Good Samaritan 1 Monica Simon ADC June has been a busy month so far with the nice weather and many activities. We enjoyed our monthly rummage sale, baking, food show, hymn sing, Mennonite Singers, Monthly communion service, and more. Special events for June include: June 14 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party hosted by First Lutheran of Hoople June 18 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride, June 22 3:00 Iced Tea Tasting Party June 28 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program hosted by Bethel Baptist Church of Park River We would like to thank our Devotional leaders for the week, Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Bonnie Van Bruggen, and Corrine Ramsey. Accompanists were Jan Novak, Monica Simon mad Mary Seim. Terry Hagen assisted with Nail's time. lvom 7'XH xHm F, lla..... Walsh County Health District " ..... Short Shots Two vaccines are required in North Dakota for middle school entry (7th grade). They are the Tdap (tetanus) booster, and the MCV4 (Meningitis) vaccine. 1. Tdap: Your child had similar vaccines as an infant and kindergarten student (DTaP). Tdap is a booster for those vaccines. We call it the tetanus booste , but it also contains booster doses of diphtheria and pertussis. 2. MCV4: The meningococcal vaccine is given to your child for the first time at this age. Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years in the US. Meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can also cause serious blood infections. Other ' accines/Boosters to Consider at middle school entry: Chickenpox booster: If your child has only had one chickenpox recommended at this age to give full protection. vaccine, a booster is Human Papillomavims Vaccine (HPV): Genital human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. HPV infections can cause cervical cancer. HPV infections are also associated with other cancers such as vaginal and vulvar cancers, anal and oropharyngeal (throat, tongue, tonsils) cancers in both men and women. The HPV vaccine is not required, but certainly highly recommended for this age group. More than half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some time in their lives. ltural Values Closh m Tax lssue The proposal to abolish all prop- erty taxes resulted in an interesting clash of North Dakota cultural val- ues over the past few months, caus- ing our frontier individualism to suffer a severe case of schizophre- nia. Having developed a strain of rugged individualism in the settle- ment days, North Dakota civic val- ues include small government, meaning minimal taxes, and local decision-making, meaning prefer- ence for local government over state government. The proposal to abolish the property tax brought these two val- ues into conflict. The folks sup- porting the repeal were playing out the minimal government argument while those opposing it were stress- ing the case tbr local control. There is little question that the hope of the repeal supporters was to reduce the money in the public sector and transfer it to the private sector through a major tax cut some day in the future. In the grips of our rugged indi- vidualism theology, North Dakotans just love low taxes so why did the local control argument carry the day. In the first place, there were some major administrative prob- lems with the repeal proposal that had been overlooked by its sup- porters. There is little doubt that as the debate progressed supporters of the proposal started hearing about complications they had not even dreamed about. Because the proposal was wrought with complications, the sponsors would have been wiser to offer an ordinary statute by peti- tion than propose a constitutional anaendment. A statute would have enabled the legislature to make re- visions and corrections; a defec- tive constitutional provision could not be repaired without a new amendment. Inconsistent arguments created another problem. While some saw the proposal as an actual tax cut that would "put money in the peo- ple's pockets," other supporters ar- gued that this was not a tax cut but merely a shift of taxes to the state level. But North Dakotans love for lo- cal control is as strong as its affec- tion for low taxes. This is fairly ob- vious when we look at the large number of local governments that we have created - more per capita than any other state in the Union. We not only started statehood with many township, county and city governments but we added many new local governments with special functions through the decades, attesting to our unrelent- ing love affair with local control. To outsiders, our commitment to small governments is a mystery. We have scores of township gov- ernments with 15 to 20 residents; 29 counties with under 5,000, and 135 cities with populations under 100. But no matter how small they get, we just love them. Consequently, when proposals are offered to reduce the number of local governments, the residents of even the smallest entities rise up in unison to oppose such ideas. Be- cause these proposals always pro- duce a firestorrn of opposition, the legislature is less than enthusiastic about spending time on the issue of government consolidation. The issue of property tax reduc- tion is not offthe table. First, how- ever, we need to acknowledge that the legislature has been reducing the property tax burden. While the average residential and commer- cial property tax was around two percent of market value six years ago, it has been reduced to 1.8 per cent of market value. And the legislature is not done. An interim committee is ah'eady looking at ways to reduce the bur- den even more. This tells us that just because the minimal govern- ment fblks lost the debate does not mean that North Dakota has given up its romance with low taxes. The basic logic was this: we can lower property taxes any time but if we crippled local government it would be a pennanent disability. Extension Exchange Marvelous Milk! SchooL's out for summer! Most kids are celebrating. Brainpower is reduced as they tuck textbooks away and jump into stunmer activ- ities. Parents are scrambling to fill in schedules, figure out noon meals and keep brainwaves engaged over sum- mer Got milk? Infuse your summer with milk and dairy products and boost your intake of much-needed key nutrients while impacting brain and mental performance. According to a recent study in the International Dairy Journal, re- searchers found that adults with higher intakes of milk and milk prod- ucts scored significantly higher on ..... ~.-.- u.-..;,. 6,n~,tion tests than those who drank little to no milk. Milk drinkers were five times less likely to "fail" the test, compared to non-milk drinkers. Milk drinkers in the study tended to have healthier diets overall, but there was something about milk in- take specifically that offered the brain health advantage, according to the researchers. New and emerging brain health benefits are just one more reason to start each day with lowfat or fat flee milk. Whether in a latte, in a smooth- ie, on your favorite cereal, or straight from the glass, milk at breakfast can be a key part of a healthy breakfast that help sets you up for a success- fut day. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three glasses oflowfat or fat flee milk dai- ly for adults and each 8-ounce glass contains nine essential nutrients Americans need, including calcium and vitanain D. During June, National Dairy Month, consider these tips to infuse milk and other dairy products into your diet: Drink low-fat (1 percent milk) or fiat-free (skim) milk. The calcium content is about the same regardless of the type of milk. The only dif- ference is in the amount of fat and calories. Top your cereal with low-fat or fat-free milk. Add a dollop of low- fat plain yogurt to a baked potato. Choose cheese with less fat by looking for "reduced fat" or "low fat" on the label. Save calories by swapping fat- free evaporated milk for cream and ricotta cheese as a substitute for cream cheese. Cream cheese, cream and butter do not count toward to the dairy group recommendations. Be cautious about flavored milks, puddings and frozen yogurt. They are fine as occasional treats, but they contain extra calories from the sweeteners and other flavorings. Some people cannot digest the lactose (natural sugar found in milk) mid experience gastrointestinal prob- lems as a result. If you are lactose- intolerant, try soy milk, lactose- fi'ee milk or the tablets that can be added to mill< to digest the sugar pri- or to you drinking it. Some people with laetoae intolerance can eat yo- gurt, or they can drink small mnounts of milk with meals. Here is an easy calcium-rich snack or appetizer recipe courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Association. Pair this colorful, tasty recipe with whole-grain crackers, carrot sticks or celery sticks. Baked Spinach and Artichoke Yo- gurt Dip 1 (l 4-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 1 (8-ounce) container plain low- fat yogurt 1 c. shredded low-lnoistm-e part- skim Mozzarella cheese 1/4 c. green onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 2 Tbsp. red bell pepper, chopped Combine all ingredients except red bell pepper and mix well. Pour mixture into a l-quart casserole dish or 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or un- til heated thoroughly. Sprinkle with red peppers. Makes eight servings. Each serv- ing has 80 calories, 3 grams (g) of fat, 7 g ofcarbohydrate, 1 g offiber, 220 milligrams of sodium and 20 percent of the daily value for calci- lain. Sources: .htlie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., LR.D., is a North Dakota State Uni- versi(v L;rtension Service.Jood and nutrition specialist and associate pro[bssor in the De- partment qf Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences; wwu:milkmustache.com Around the Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Dealing with the reign of the tent caterpillar Well, here we go again, the notorious forest tent caterpillar (FTC), AKA the army wonn, has started raining from our trees and slicking up our side- walks! So what are these little crawling crea_tures mid what are ore: con- trol options? Here some the fS, cts: The forest tent caterpillar lives throughout the US, and most common- ly on hardwood trees like balsam poplar, basswood, oaks, ashes, birches, alder, fruit trees, mad their favorite: quaking aspen. Once they are done munch, ing on your tree's leaves, they often move to other vegetation, including your vegetable garden, small fruits and nursery crops. They rarely eat red maples or conifers, such as pine and spruce. FTCs appear from mid May to early June when new leaves are sprouting. They will feast until late June, when they begin to spin their cocoons. Moths emerge two weeks later mad lay from 100-350 eggs in their short, 5 day, lifespan. These eggs over-win- ter in the trees to hatch the tbllowing spring. The good news: outbreaks of FTC are based on a cycle, lasting 3-6 years, and our surrounding states have only had 5 major outbreaks since 1933. Although they are awkward looking little crawlers and are a nuisance, FTCs are rarely responsible fbr the death of trees. However, repeat infestations ( 3 years or more) can slow down a Iree's growth. Trees suffering from drought related stress or disease are much less tolerant of the defoliation caused by these wonns, mad will succumb much more rapidly to an infestation. While widespread spraying around your yard will show short term results, it is an ineffective way to control future populations. Moths from un-treated areas fly into treated areas and lay their eggs for next spring's generation. What can you do if you just can't live with these pests in your trees? Re- move and destroy over-wintering egg masses from the branches of small trees, they look like brown bubble wrap. Use a broom to brush caterpillars off infested areas, or use a strong spray of water to knock nests off,struc- tures and trees. Insecticides are effective early, when FTCs are small, no more than an inch. BT is an excellent insecticidal option that doesn't kill beneficial insects. Other beneficial safe products include insecticidal soap, spinosad (Conserve), and azadirachtin (Azatin). Additional insecticides for home use include carbaryl (Sevin), Malathion, acephate (Orthene), and per- methrin. Additional early measures include using a product like Tanglefoot on the trunks of shrubs and trees, wrapping the trunk of the tree with oil coated plastic wrap (oil side out) or hand picking caterpillars offplants and putting them in soapy water to kill them. Remember, these measures will kill some of this year's worms, and will protect trees already under stress, but will do little to decrease next year's population. While this may not have been what everyone is hoping to hear, we do have options! Yeah for options! Feel free to drop by the Office or give us a call if you have any questions. Until then, happy caterpillar hunting!