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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JUNE 18, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK,.. BY ALLISON OLIJ004B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS The worst part of being a weekly paper is the gap. As of Monday there is not much that I can do about the news. As of Tuesday, there is absolutely noth- ing I can do about the news. As of Wednesday, the paper is out. The votes are in and the hens will cluck another day. By the time the chickens had a chance to stick their necks out on the proverbial chopping block, the paper for the week was off to the Hello, The boom in the Bakken has brought several changes to our area. Traffic and congestion has in- creased tremendously. Road and building construction is rolling in high gear as we get into sununer. I remember a few years ago when one of the oil executives called developing the Bakken in North Dakota akin "to colonizing the moon". Everything from people to pipe had to be hauled in. I don't think it was quite that bad, but then I've never been to the moon. One of the things you notice is men, and an occasional lady, sitting on a comer, holding a sign up ask- ing for donations I'm a sucker for those people. Especially the ones that claim they are a disabled vet- eran. Cost me another ten yesterday. But it reminded me of a hitch- hiker decades ago when I was serv- ing in the legislature. As was Grand- pa Jack. I picked up this hitchhiker just out of Bismarck who was thumbing his way west. He was dressed in a printers and the story was dead. The rundown? Democracy has spoken. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but once the votes have spoken, it is done. If you voted, good for you; if you didn't, you have lost all rights to complain. Along the way I have had a chance to speak with people who lived in Park River years ago who had chickens, people who cur- rently live in Park River who have Hat frayed suit, which was a bit rumpled. He had been riding the bus east and got rolled in Minneapolis outside the bus stop. Lost everything he had, and was trying to get back to Billings. I gave him a ride to Dick- inson, gave him twenty bucks and wished him well. A few days later, at a family gath- ering, Grandpa Jack started telling of this gentleman he had picked up outside Dickinson. The guy was dressed in a frayed suit and was hitching a ride to Minneapolis. He had gotten rolled outside a bus stop in Billings and was trying to get back home. Jack gave him a ride to Bismarck and gave him twenty dollars. A week later, Ray was helping us gather horses for another rodeo C(:,., S00y)2arltan ) S,)cic00. .... Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We had a very busy week this. last week, the residents and s,t4Of, gav a baby shower for one of our nurses Jennifer Ku- bat and her daughter Kenzie, some ladies went to Trinity Lutheran in Edinburg for De- votions and lunch, Thank You so much for the great time and the flowers, Birthday party hosted by Hoople ALCW, the kids did a great job playing pi- ano and singing. This week June 15th-21 st June 15th 2:30 Worship w/ Pastor Totman, 3pm Father's Day Social June 16th 10am Embroi- dery Group, lpm Drive and Shopping, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo June 17th 10 am Men's Time, lpm Crafts, 3:30 Bible Study June 18th 3pm Bingo June 19th 3pm Painting Flowers, 6:30 Movie Night June 20th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Outside Strolls June 21st 9:30 Mass w/Fa- ther Luiten, lpm The Great Outdoors, 2:30 Bingo Thank You to our many volunteers: Pastor Totman, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Cheryl Cox, Karla Nygard, Arnold Braaten, Dorothy No- vak, Jeanean McMillan, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, I am sorry if I missed any one, we love all our vol- unteers. We are still in need of volunteer piano players for worship and devotions. If you Photo: Submitted are able please give Rose UI- land a call at 701-284-7115. New Residents out our main door, Top: Women that went to Trinity Lutheran (Back row) Pare Sondeland, Edith Bjerke, Phyllis Maier, Dorothy Axvig, (front) Gloria Grinter, Anna Grace Melland, Verna Delle Skorheim, Phyllis Koppang. Middle: Jennifer Ku- bat and her daughter Kenzie. Bottom: [)o you hEEb A JACKET? Walsh County Health District Short Shots ................................ 11 ITII m [[]('lrIFfI'V T'] Publle00 Prevent. Promote. Protect. Summer water fun activities are upon us. Life Jackets are essential. Ask yourself the following ques- tions: Do you have enough life jack- ets for all your family and visitors? Do children's life jackets still fit? (Remember that life jackets are sized by weight). Are your life jackets in good shape; are any buckles, snaps, or ties broken? Safe Kids has life jackets avail- able for sale at the Walsh County Health District Office. The life jack- ets are for anyone, regardless of in- come or age. Infant life jackets (0-30pounds)- -$15 Child life jackets (30-50 pounds)--$12 Child life jackets (50-90 pounds)--$12 Adult life jackets (90+ pounds)- ---$12 Adult oversize life jackets (90+ pounds)-$12 Contact us at 701-352-5139 The time to buy a life jacket is when you don't need it! chickens, and people from other places who are laughing at us. Everyone had his or her own reason behind voting the way they did -- emotional or otherwise. Chickens are trendy. It was an easy win for these feathered friends. Obama reminded the country that North Dakota is still here. Our publishing company had a man on the ground when the Pres- ident made a historic trip to North Dakota that. But by the time it hit's the pages of the Press, it had been beaten to death by the mainstream media until it is no longer a flashy front-page item. My goal from week to week is to try to feature the items that haven't been beaten to death and ones that I feel matter to the area. It can be a challenge when I have a stack of stories, events, and Tips weekend. As we were getting ready to load the truck, he started telling me of a guy he had gave assistance to. The guy was over by Sidney, Montana. He had gotten rolled at a bus stop in Williston and was trying to get to Billings. Ray was surprised that I knew just how he was dressed. I know you shouldn't pick strangers up, but dang, it's hard to drive by some of them. I remember the one Jack and I picked up on the way to Billings. Bought him meals and drinks all night and then put him up at Mary's house in Billings. She wasn't real pleased with us. But when we hauled him out to 94 in the morn- ing, the guy was pretty dang pleased with the accommodations. And there was the one I picked information in front of me to whit- tle it down to a handful of pages. I know there are people out there who want a report from every meeting in the county, but it is not always the meeting that makes the pages, it is what comes from the meetings that matters. I have the appetite for daily news, but not the stamina. It's a field with a revolving door of by- lines. They tell me the newspapers are dying. I don't know who they are, but even the occasional Tuesday story on a Wednesday a week later sells a paper. I may not love the way the stories fall, but I do love filling in the gaps. Like '" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, " : , -IU'% up just out of Fargo. He was head- ed for Arizona. It was late afternoon and I drove as far as Sioux Falls and stopped to get a room. He grabbed his duffel bag and headed for the highway. Said he was going to sleep under the overpass and to watch for him in the morning. I felt kind of sheepish and said, "Aw hell, come on." Well, they only had one room available. So I said as long as it had two beds, that would be fine. Nope. One bed. I said we'd take a roll away. Nope. None available. I looked at my friend and said, "I'm not liking this real well!" He quick- ly explained he would sleep in a chair. He did. And I lay awake all night thinking if I shut my eyes he would take my billfold and the pickup! He didn't, and I hauled him all the wayto Oklahoma City, where he gave me heck because I let him out two miles from the exit he wanted offat! Later, Dean Online For-Profit Education Programs Are Questionable As 'a"facultY member ' l WhO spent over 25 years teaching in a university, I have been somewhat skeptical about the rosy promises being made by the online for- profit universities and colleges. I am not alone. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has rallied 32 states to participate in a sweeping in- vestigation of online for-profit programs. (North Dakota is not one of the states involved.) Last January, 13 states issued subpoenas, accusing for-profit programs of misrepresenting stu- dent financing, recruitment prac- tices and graduate employment records. Last week, the deadline passed for submitting comments on reg- ulations for online for-profit pro- grams proposed by the federal government. Naturally, the free- wheeling for-profits warned that dire consequences will follow. To justify the new regulations, the U. S. Department of Educa- tion pointed out that 72 percent of the for-profit programs produced graduates that earned less, on av- erage, than high school dropouts. This has caused great concern about repayment of student loans. Student loans are big in the for-profit world. Only 13 percent of college students are enrolled in for-profit programs, yet they re- ceive over 30 percent of all stu- dent loans and account for nearly half of all loan defaults. Under the new regulations, the Department of Education will re- quire for-profit programs to re- port publicly the cost of attendance, the student default rates and the number of students completing their fields of study.. In addition, the new rules will also require these schools to cal- culate the likelihood of annual in- comes sufficient to pay off the student loans. In other words, will jobs enable graduates to pay off their loans? The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities have been fighting regulation for years. It engaged economists who concluded that the new regula- tions would harm 7.5 million lower income students over the, next 10 years: ....... This figure assumes that the for-profit institutions would not supply the kind of information being requested. Or perhaps their concern is the requirement that their graduates find jobs that will make it possible to repay loans. If that is the case, their argu- ments are incriminating. They constitute a confession that many of the for-profit programs are turning out graduates who will not be very employable so such calculations will discourage en- rollment. Now, to a lesser extent, North Dakota universities are doing the same thing by offering majors in fields with low employment pos- sibilities. However, the repay- ment record of our graduates is much better, nothing like the 50 percent in the for-profit pro- grams. To a classroom instructor, it looks like students in the clutches of the for-profit programs are trading content for convenience, serious study for short-cuts. They are led to believe that there is a quick and easy way to get smart. So how does all of this relate to North Dakota? First, we have students being seduced by for-profits and headed for a questionable future. They deserve a word of caution. It seems to me that the Board of Higher Education or the Attorney General ought to be warning prospective students. Second, North Dakota taxpay- ers are entitled to accountability in the federal financing of a stu- dent loan program that is being abused. Third, as a nation we cannot afford to have limited education resources diverted when our young people are expected to compete in a world economy. We are now engaged in a dis- cussion over the Common Core reformation proposed for K-12 by governors and state superin- tendents ofpublic instruction. It seems that we should be equally concerned about academic qual- ity at the college level. I have been somewhat ske tical about . . P the rosy promtses bem made by the ontme lror pront untversu:tes ano cot- leges. I am not alone." Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Consider Proso millet for late planting Proso millet, also known as proso may be a crop to consider in situations where you may have had other crop failure or unfavorable conditions that prevented planting from happening. Proso is grown primarily for feed grain or birdseed purposes. This warm season grass has a fairly short growing season be- tween 70-100days after planting and is well adapted to the warm sunamer temperatures we experience here in Walsh County. As a warm season crop, it is sensitive to frost- setting the seeding date from June 1 to June 25. Before proso reaches a height 6- 8inches, it is a poor competitor with weeds, where after this height it be- comes more competitive. To help balance this, higher seeding rates are suggested at 20-30pounds of pure live seed an acre, although adequate stands have been obtained with seeding rates as low as 10pounds an acre. There are about 80,000 seeds per pound. For early weed control, weeds should be controlled by tillage or glyphosate immediately prior to planting, and glyphosate my be applied any time up until emer- gence. A combination of Roundup (glyphosate) and low disturbance no-till drill will reduce weed com- petition during establishment. Her- bicide options for incrop control is limited to 2,4-D, Aim, dicamba, MCPA and Peak, check labels be- cause not all 2,4-D brands carry proso on their recommendations. As far as disease and insects, watch for head smut and use regu- lar crop rotation; and Sevin can be used as an insecticide against grasshoppers and army worms but proso is fairly free of disease and in- vesting too late increases loss due to shattering and lodging. Cylinder speed when combining should be about 20percent slower than that of wheat harvest. Gall Midge Galls are abnormal plant growths that can form on tree leaves as a re- action to an insect, mite, fungi ne- matodes, bacteria or viruses. Insects that cause this reaction to happen ex- crete a toxic chemical into the tree, which in turn forms a gall. These galls serve as a home to the little lar- vae, eggs or mites. Although they are not pleasing to look at, they rarely do any significant damage to a tree. According to MN Extension, its possible that these galls could be stealing nutrients that would other- wise go to normal plant growth, which could do damage to a young tree that has numerous gall damage. In most cases, galls are not in high enough numbers to do real damage. As little harm comes from these funny looking spots, chemi- cal management is not generally suggested. Spraying must coincide with insect activity, and once a gall has formed, the insect is pro- sect pests otherwise, tected inside and spraying will do lit- tle to eradicate them. ,. Yor harves swmNn" g isthe,sug- ..... : l j:  ' ..... " : " g! al,slld)gin af-),, ., .Le( P.,rglnd, Duane 8. Pros.q Millet -- in North Dakota NDSU Extension Service ter seeds mupper one-halfofpan .... ,, . .... " " : ......... l] ; ..... ; ', 'guOlieatlorlA.805. lCle have-matured: Leaves an(l http/ stems are usually still green. Har- s e c t s/fi n d / i n s e c t - a n d - m i t e - vesting too soon reduces yields, col- galls/#management http:/'eulture/gal or quality and test weight, and har- l-insects-in-trees-common-6-16-11 Editor's Note The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible. :{: PEACE OF MIND You will always worry about the weather, but with FMH on your side, you can have peace of mind about the strength, stability, and service of your crop .. insurance company. I Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa FIRST UNITED INSURANCE AGENCY Park River. Grafton Adams - Hoople - Please call any of our convenient locations I Soil Conservation Tree Sale Thursday, June 19, 2014 9 am to 6 pm it the Conservation Tree Shed in Pork River Location is the old Garden Center, One block west from Alexander House CONSERVATION TREES AND FRUIT TREES For more information contact WC Three Rivers Soil Conservation 417 Park St W Park River ,ND 284-7466 ext 3 ; ,' 1