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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLI/VB EDITOR, VALSH COUNTY PRESS Target recently came under fire for labeling in the toy aisle. They list- ed building toys and building toys tbr girls with separate labels. Be- cause Heaven forbid we call pink building toys "'girls' building sets." A women tweeted the photo of the aisle name listing both building sets and girls' building sets with the caption "Don"t do this Target" Ac- cording to CNN, the picture was retweeted more than 2,000 times and prompted dozens of supportive re- sponses. In the CNN report this woman went on to say, "Using the signs 'Building Sets' and 'Girls' Building Sets' sends a message that girls are a sub-market." "'It stood out to me as a good ex- anaple of the way our culture tends to view boys and men as the default, normal option and girls and women as the specialized exception,' she said." While I get the support because all building sets are girl fiiendly and boys can also play with girl toys and no toys really need be gender spe- cific, blah, blah, blah.., the world is just a little overly sensitive. The designers of these "girls' building sets" did so purposely with the female population in mind. The company Goldie Blox proudly bears the banner "There's nothing wrong with being a princess, we just think girls can build their own castles too." across their website homepage. Each of their toys is designed to draw little ladies to the STEM (Sci- ence, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Children learn best through play and though we may be in a time of gender confusion do we really have to turn it into a national incident? I think the sign tells grandma that there are more options than Barbie for little Suzie. Soon we will have to stop label- ing the all of the sections for fear of offending anyone. These are the Smrle parents com- plaining about not having enough su- perhero t-shirts or what have you for Ntis, which makes the subsection ar- gulnent void. I'm fine with having my daughter wear the boys' shirt while playing with the girls' blocks because the only one fighting the gender equality toy war is you, Twitter lady. I guarantee you that your child does not care what the label in the aisle said. So, stick to the "equal pay for equal work" fight because that is the one that really matters. Like "" the g'blsh Countv Press on Face- Hello, 1 would guess that branding sea- son is pretty well wrapped up. Most ranchers have worked their calves and moved cows to a smruner pas- ture. The way 1 gauge ifbrandings are done is by our branding. We are usually last and that held tree again this yem: Now, I go to quite a few brand- ings. I'm not much help, but I do show up. In fact, some of the locals have given me a nickname. They call me "Blister". I thought it was kind of a cool name until someone explained the meaning to me. A blister is something that shows up after the work is done! That hurt. That really hurt. Yesterday they were glad to see me show up late at a branding. Now this branding was held in the bad- lands of North Dakota. On one of the prettiest ranches in the country. They had gathered up a handful of wrestlers with the promise of good food, good company, and plenty of refreshments when the work was done. In fact, for the food, they had ranch survived the near demise of Hat it professionally prepared at a meat shop. Now this is where "Blister" was kind of handy. I was assured they didn't need my help at branding, but to come for lunch. So, my pres- ent wife and I Weren't in any rush. They figured on being done brand- ing shortly afternoon and we could come share in the post branding ac- tivities and watch the Belmont Stakes. So we left around noon. Shortly after we left, I get a phone call from the branding. They had branded the last calf, grabbed a beer, find got in the lunch line. As they set out the food, a grim realization set in. There was no meat! No meat! They had the beans and rice and coleslaw and Tips buns andpickles. But they had no meat! A meatless branding is un- heard off. Now ranches and ranch wives are often judged on their dinners. Be it roundup, branding, shipping, or whatever. We know which ranch serves steaks. We know who has donuts when the first circle is done. We know who had prime rib. We know who grills hamburgers and which ranch furnishes homemade ice cream for dessert. With home- made chocolate topping. But to be known as the ranch that furnishes meatless sandwiches would be a travesty to say the least. But with the miracle of cell phones, satellites, and fast cars, "Blister" came to the rescue and the their future. After the lunch, it is time to gather around, grab a cool one, and settle world problems. Oh, and there are problems. There are floods and tornadoes and windstorms and drought. There are terrorists and wars and the list goes on and on. But, lo and behold, it took a cow- boy from North Dakota, sitting in the badlands, to solve the problems of the water shortage in California. He thought they should simply de- salinate the ocean water! I thought to myself, well I didn't actually keep it to myself. I assured him that I'm sure someone in California, which has hundi'edsand hundreds of miles of coastline, maybe would have no- ticed all that water out their window. And when I suggested that he get on his cell phone, call Governor Jerry Brown, and tell him of this novel idea, he got a little upset. And that, my friend, is how the fight started. Later, Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We have been enjoying the out- doors. The gardens are planted and the weather is finally warm enough to sit out and watch things grow. We cannot wait to enjoy our fresh veggies. This week June 14th- 20th June 14th 2:30pm Worship w/ Pastor Augustson, 3pm Flag Trivia, 6:45pm Community Prayer Group June 15th 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, 1:30 Sce- nic Drive RSVP, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo June 16th 10am Crochet Group, I pm Making Party Favors June 17th 2pro Trinity Luncheon RSVP, 3pm Bingo June 18th 3pm Weeding the flowers, 6:30 Movie Night June 19th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Outdoor Strolls June 20th 9:30 Mass vv/Father Luiten, lpm Word Games, 2:15 Bingo Next Week June 21 st 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Johnson, 3:30 Father's Day Luncheon:, 6:45pm Community Prayer Group June 22nd 10am Embroidery Group and Men's Time, 1:30 Sce- nic Drive RSVP, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pro Rosary, 6:45 Bingo June 23rd lpm Making Pin- wheels, 3pm Bridal Shower for Randi Sandvig June 24th 11:15 Resident Coun- cil, 3:15 Bingo June 25th 3pro Auxiliary Lunch- eon w/Bethel Baptist Church June 26th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Outdoor Strolls June 27th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Summer Trivia, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to our many volun- teers: Pastor Augustson, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Donna Set- tingsgard, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Mary Lund, Dorothy Novak, Pastor Hinrichs, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, and I am sorry if I missed anyone. If you-would like to vol- unteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. The first few years of a child's life are critical in the development of good vision. You baby has a lot to see and learn and will spend much of his or her first years learning how to see. The First 4 Months Your baby sees a blurred world of light and dark patterns. With- in the first 1bur months, however, he or she should begin to follow moving objects with the eyes and to reach for things, first by chance and later more accarately, as hand- eye coordination begins to de- velop. 4-6 Months Your baby should begin to turn from side to side and use his or her arms and legs. Eye movement and control and eye/body coordination skills should develop further. Between 6-12 months of age it is recommended that you take you baby to the eye doctor for a screening. Eye problems can oc- cur without noticeable symptoms. InfantSEE is a program that provides a one time, no cost eye and vision assessment for babies 6 to 12 months of age. Heartland Eye Care in Park River and Grafton are participating op- tometrists in this area. Visit for more in- tbrmation. 7-0-1=2-8-zk=6-,,.- ,$  In-County $34 Out-of-County $38 WALSH CO Out-of-State $42 1    P.O. Box 49 Park River ND 58270  lllL Don't Let Your Kids Grow Up To Be Policemen In 1978, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson popularized a song warning mothers not to let their kids grow up to be cowboys. With the passing of the cow- boy era, it is time to make a new search for the worst careers in our society. It appears that being a police officer outranks all others. It may be time for a rendition of "don't let your kids grow up to be police officers." The shooting in Ferguson, Missouri triggered a storm of protest against law enforcement across the country. Because ethnic minorities have been involved in the most widely publicized confrontations, many actions taken by the police these days are labelled as racist. There is little doubt that racism is a factor in some police aggressiveness but it is not the only factor. Lawless activity is what brings the police to a scene in the first place so criminal be- havior is a major contributor to explosive situations. This constant contact with the criminal culture gives police of- ricers a frame of mind that antic- ipates trouble and violence on every call. They function in an at- mosphere of constant turmoil and lawlessness. The most tragic confrontations have resulted in police officers shooting perpetrators, some of whom have turned out to be un- arnled. Unfortunately, the media keep repeating the fact that the victim was unarmed, making it sound as though malice was afoot in every such case. It is tragic when these inci- dents happen but the problem for officers was that they could not know at the time of the shooting that the victims were unarmed. What the officer does know is that his life is on the line when someone engaged in lawless be- havior makes a threatening move. The exploding gun culture has not helped. As they make these split second decisions, police of- ricers are aware that everyone can get a gun these days, with or without a license. That includes criminals, idiots, chronic drunks and psychotics. With so many weapon carriers around, the police cannot assume that a perpetrator of lawlessness is unarmed. More often than not, the only way they can anticipate living until tomorrow is to expect weapons. We don't pay police officers enough to require them to take the first bullet. In recent incidents, excessive force has been used by officers who lacked good judgment and restraint. This was the case in McKinney, Texas when a 15- year-old girl was brutally handled by an officer. It is obvious that there are folks who are not qualified for police work by temperament or personal biases. But they may not always be bad apples --just ap- ples in the wrong barrel. But then we also have preach- ers who can't preach: managers who can't manage; carpenters who can't measure. They are not bad --just square pegs in round holes. So it is in police depart- ments. Cities around the country are trying to deal with racism through sensitivity training and education. Some factors, such as personalities, may not be changed with more training and education. The best thing police depart- ments can do is hire more quali- fied minorities to enforce the law among minorities. Cities need more African-Americans and Hispanics on board. It may not change the statistics as much as we think but it would improve ac- ceptance. When all is said and done, policing today has become the least desirable career path so mothers should consider teaching their kids not to become police- men. There are at least 100 better choices in the present environ- ment. The most tragic confrontations have resulted in police officers shootin g perpetrators, some of whom have turned out to be unarmed. Unfor tunately, the media keep repeating the fact that the v,ct00m was unarmed ..." Extension E Tq:00s for New Vendors at a FanneFs Markets- This Could Has the garden bug bitten you this spring and you fred your garden have taken on a life of its own? Have you ever been guilty of leaving a bag of zucchini at the back door of a neighbors and practiced your own forn of the doorbell dash? Perhaps this is a sign that you should consider sending your excess bounty at one of the local fanners' markets this summer. Grafton and Park River will again be hosting weekly Farmer's Markets that highlight local pro- ducers and artisan bakers and they are always looking for more vendors to participate. The Grafton Farmer's Market is held on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Village in Grafton. Park River's market is held on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Little I Park west of Park River's downtown shopping area. Each market features local ven- dors, some with vast experience sell- ing at farmer's markets and novice sellers who have extra produce from their own gardens they would like to sell locally. Both markets will be trying new promotions mad 1hod demonstrations to help stimulate the interest of lo- cal shoppers. Visit their Facebook pages for updates and selling in- formation - https://www.face- a n d https://ww.facebook.conYParkRiv erFarmersMarket. According the USDA you won't be alone in embracing fanners" markets. As of mid-2010 more than 6,100 farmers' markets operated throughout the U.S., a 16-percent in- crease from 2009. With continued interest in local foods, shoppers find farmers' markets the best op- portunity to "know your farmer" and bring healthy, fresh food to their family's plate. But as with any famvbased ven- ture, selling at a farmers' market should be a well-thought-out, strate- gic part of your farm-managetnent plan. Here are some tips from author, farmer and bed-and-breakfast en- trepreneur Lisa Kivirist to get start- ed: Do Market Research Ideally, you'll identify a potential farmers' market the year before you want to start selling and visit it several times during the season. Get a feel for the market and attendance flow. Is there enough shopper vol- ume to justify more vendors? "Every market has its own cul- ture and vibe," explains Leigh Ad- cock, executive director of the Women, Food and Agriculture Net- work, an organization connecting women in sustainable agriculture. "Some markets cater to busy shop- pers who want to quickly buy their week's vegetables while others cre- ate a more social setting with mu- sic and kids activities. Talk to oth- er growers and folks buying at the market to get a sense of what the market is like." 2. Leam Famaers'-Market Rules Understand the regulations oftlie 9articular farmers' market you're considering selling at. Ask the mar- ket manager questions, and make sure you can commit to the expec- tations. For example, you may in- quire about roles regarding what you can sell. Some markets are "pro- ducer only," which typically means you can only sell things you grew yourself, whereas others may allow you to resell other items or include things like crafts. 3. Start Small Don't go overboard--test the farmers'-market waters before in- vesting in expensive tents and gear. See if you can find a market where you can sell as a "daily vendor" to get started. These are markets that will let you commit to one market at a time depending on available space. This way, you can get a feel for selling at the fanners' market without over-conmfitting. As you do these trial sales, take into account your driving time and costs and sales volume to determine if this partic- ular market is a good long-tema fit. 4. Identify Your Niche How is what you're selling dif- ferent than other vendors at the farm- ers' market'? Sometimes it helps to specialize in selling varietals of one distinct item, such as garlic. An- other route is to creatively package your items. Sure, a lot of farmers may be selling red, ripe tomatoes, but what if you sold green tomatoes, along with your recipe for fried green tomatoes? 5. Design Your Stand "Plan your stand ahead of time, and even do a 'dry ran' rehearsal and set things up at home before your first market," advises Blue Strom of Shady Blue Acres. Slrom sells at the Dane County Famaers" Market in Madison, Wis., the largest produc- er-only market in the country. "Colorful tablecloths and clear signage go a long way in showcas- ing your product and increasing sales," she says 6. Get Organized Develop a system tbr organizing, transporting and Setting up your product at the farmers' market. "Keep detailed checklists of all the little things you'll need that eas- ilyare forgotten, such as small bills and coins to make change, weights for your tent in case it gets windy, and even extra clothes to prepare for weather changes," says Larry John- son, manager of the Dane County Fanners' Market. 7. Be Personally Prepared Take along water and snacks, and prioritize a good night's sleep the evening before, especially if you're sellln r at a ' g n early-morning market. "Nothing like a gaunpy farmer first thing in the morning to decrease sales," Strom says with a laugh. "It's important that everyone selling at the market put their best cheery face for- ward, as this helps the market de- velop a reputation as a fi-iendly, fun place to shop." 8. Build Relationships Share information about your feun with your customers. Connect them with where and how your items were raised. Bring in photos and your favorite recipes. Connect with other fanners at the market, too, particularly at the end of the day when there's the "second market" going on: A lot of informal bartering happens between farmers at this tnne. The North Dakota Farmers Mar- ket and Growers Association also has $200 grants available for new vendors. More infonnation on this program to help get you started can be found at http://ndfannersmar- New Ven- dor_Application.pdf Source: http.v')'wwmltobb.'f&'ms.eom.,Jdrm- marketing-and-management/8-tips-for- beginnerfamwlw-market-vendors.caVzr i f ;