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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JUNE 19, 2013 FROA4 THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS This past weekend I had my old college roommate, Jenna, up visiting from Litchfield, Minn. She wanted to be shown a good time and this was the weekend to do it. We had the Lawnmower Run in Crystal, the Motorcycle Run in Cavalier, St. Thomas days in... you guessed it... St. Thomas and the piece de resistance a Guin- ness Book of World Records record breaker in Minto. How do you say no to a history maker like that? There is something that must be said about a small town event. No one does it quite like we do. When we first arrived in Minto, they were still in the cooking process. There was entertainment and a car show going on while we waited for our taste of history. It was still a little early to the point where there were almost more volunteers than spectators, but the second that the chili was com- pleted in it's one-ton and then some glory the streets were packed. I stepped away for a few minutes to talk to whoever was willing to stop for a moment and say a few words about the day, but when I got back to the street, I had lost Jenna in the madness. All I knew was that the people were hungry for chili and I was standing right smack-dab in the middle of it. This is how a small town cele- bration should be. This is what we are all about. Jenna was pretty impressed, snapping a few photos and check- ing in on Facebook to prove that she was a part of the record- breaking day. We made our way home with a bucket of chili in tow and she even managed to get a t-shirt to provide physical proof of partici- pation. It may not have been a Broad- way show or a world-class amusement park, but it was a once in a lifetime event that we can say we took part in. What impressed me the most wasn't the final weigh in of well over a ton of chili, or the 250-gal- lon holding vat constructed sim- ply for the purpose of paddling beans, meat, tomato, and spices, or even the vast schedule de- signed around the day . . . the most impressive part was looking out over the sea of somewhere around 3,000 people with spoons poised and ready to eat and see- ing all of the bright yellow staff shirts in the crowd. The event organizers figure that some 170 people volunteered to help in some way or another and these folk weren't just from the town of Minto. While a good deal were, event organizers said that folks from a 30-mile radius stepped up to make the dream a reality -- from Minto to Walsh County, to even parts of Min- nesota. They said that they didn't even want to start naming any names of the sheer number of people who helped in some way or another whether it was volun- teering time, food, or money, there were so many people who leant a hand that it would be im- possible to list them and there is something completely wonderful about that. And that, my friend, is a good time. Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http://walsh- countypress, wordpress.com Hello, Well, we finally got a day dry enough to do our branding. Thanks to a bunch of Kling cowboys and a bunch of their friends, it was a great day! If you've never been to a good, old fashioned rope 'em and drag 'em branding, you've missed something. Kid start helping out when they are five or six years old and I guess our crew fit that. From around six to near eighty. And every one a good hand. Still, one of my favorite branding took place in the beautiful Blue Buttes a few years ago. I tell you what, it was a cowboy crew. From eight months to eighty years old: Cowboys and cowgirls everyone. Abby, who was about six years old, ate fifty pounds of half raw rocky mountain oysters. Cooked over the branding fire. No spices. Just a nice stick and oys- ters fresh from the calf. Shirley asked if she could have one for our dog, and was sternly told, "NO! We're not wasting them!" After forty-nine pounds she complained to her mother that she was getting a stomachache! Jade was busy elsewhere with Hat a bunch of friends. I suppose they were all from about five to twelve years old. They've never had much for toys, so they try to make do. And they invented games that many kids never learn to play. At least I hope not. I was watching this bunch of young cowboys playing in the shade of the trees. It was a beau- tiful day. All of a sudden they lay down in the grass and began rolling around. Then they would stop for a while and look each oth- er over. Then down in the grass and roll again. Curious, I had to walk over and inquire as to what they were doing. "Catching wood ticks!" They would roll around under the trees and then pick the wood ticks off each other and place them in a bucket. I know it sounds Tips kind of weird, but they had a plan. I guess it was a scientific ex- periment. They were going to find out if snakes eat wood ticks! Re- ally! Did I tell you they had caught a grass snake and after chasing each other around with that snake for an hour, they had decided they should feed the snake? There were calf wrestlers that didn't weight eighty pounds that would have worked any man to death. They didn't care how big a calf the heelers came dragging from the herd. They would dive in there and grab those feet. And un- like some of us older guys, they would jump up when it was done and run to the next one. I had to have help up, and then would ease over toward the cooler. We laughed over a story as one dad told of his son taking some i j jerky to "show and tell". When the teacher asked where they got the meat, he simply explained they just take a spotlight in the pickup and shoot a deer!" The beaver were building a dam near their house last spring. Dad was going to sneak out and shoot them. Well, the young cow- boy insisted on going along. And knowing there would be lots of questions, Dad said, "If you have any questions, ask them now, be- cause we have to be completely quiet when we get down by the creek." The young cowboy had one question. "Are beavers good to eat?" Waste not. Want not. It was a great day. But at then end, when the adults are all lean- ing back and having a beer, and completely wore out. The young cowboys and cowgirls were gal- loping up and down hills, picking flowers, looking for snakes, and chasing each other with calf nuts. Oh, to be young again. Later, Dean TEEN BEAT BY EMILY LAAVEG INTERN, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Jumping right into my first job: Press Intern NDSU Agriculture Communication I can guarantee that almost everyone can remember his or her first job, and I am glad that I now have something to remem- ber too. When my mom told me about the ad to work as a summer intern for the Walsh County Press, I was pretty excited to have a chance to work some- where other than the Dairy Queen, the pool, or as a babysit- ter, and sill not have too much time on my hands over the sum- mer. Most of the people in my grade have a pretty solid idea of where they want to go in life, but personally, I have no idea what I want to do with mine. I have a feeling that by working here, I will get either a better, or a more solid idea of where I want to go with my life compared with working somewhere where most of my peers are working now. So far, I have had a good ex- perience here at the Press, and I've already learned quite a bit about the paper that I would never have guessed. Probably the best part, however, is that I am working somewhere that I could continue working at for the rest of my life. I don't see why I didn't consider working here ear- lier, seeing that one of my fa- vorite subjects is English, and I love reading and writing, which is a large part of my job. Like '" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http.'//walsh- countypress, wordpress.com l00blte00 Walsh County Health District P ....... P .... '" "'" Short Shots Most Walsh County Seniors received a meningitis vaccine (MCV4) before entering 7th grade. Recent research shows that these students need a booster of the meningitis vaccine prior to entry into college in order to be fully protected. Did your child get this booster? Since fall 2012 the State Board of Higher Education has added meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) as a requirement for students attending North Dakota universities and colleges. The actual law is as follows: Effective fall 2012, newly admitted students ages 21 and younger residing in campus housing must provide documentation of immunity against meningococcal disease. Documentation of immunity means: (a) evidence of at least one dose ofmeningococcal conjugate vaccine in the five years prior to enrollment or (b) evidence of two doses of meningococcal vaccine administered at age 10 or older and at least eight weeks apart. T},:_" reason for the law is clear; research shows that students are at risk 1or meningitis during college when they are residing in campus housing. Meningococcal meningitis can be deadly, frequently killing the student within days of being diagnosed. Vaccinate and protect your college bound student! If you don't know if your child has had these shots contact your health care provider or the public health nurses to find out. Quah'fications for New Help Wanted Desperately Position Overseer of the institutions of higher learning in North Dakota, actual title to be negotiated. Con- stitution calls the position of"com- missioner" but everyone hopes for a "chancellor." The constitution has not been amended to change the title because we were unsure that "chancellor" would stick. Thus far, it hasn't. Answers to a board of higher education, a group of eight mem- bers that will support the com- missioner until he/she behaves like a chancellor. The turnover in this position has been so frequent in recent years that rapid departure is now con- sidered the norm. The position is perma- nent by description but interim by practice so it would be unwise to unpack luggage during the first year. The contract for the position in this advertisement will be for three years but it will be less if the state unhappiness meter rises above three (3) per cent. Check with the U.S. Department of Agri- culture for job insurance. Job Description Unify the 11 state institutions into one integrated system that best serves the students while fighting off the state legislature, school presidents, the central Bismarck staff, alumni organizations, the Board of Higher Education and the state citizenry, all of whom are en- titled to a final say on all decisions. Confer regularly with the board, legislators, presidents, staffmem- bers, alumni and citizenry. (In North Dakota, everybody gets a "say".) Warn them three years in advance of plans to change pro- cedures or programs. Organize statewide hearings on all proposals. The more hear- ings the better. Hearings, though unattended, provide insulation against critics later. Draft a master plan for higher education. Triple space so there will be room for corrections and changes. It need not be lengthy but it must be responsive to the aforementioned groups, all of who will expect to see their ideas in- cluded in the final draft. Credentials Applicants must have an ad- vanced degree from some ac- credited institution. However, a de- gree in administration from an on- line university will be unaccept- able without a suitable practicum, preferably as a sergeant-major in a U. S. Army unit in Afghanistan. Demeanor In North Dakota, style is more important than substance. In North Dakota, process is more im- portant than substance. That is why, in North Dakota, we often fail to get to substance. So the key to success is to excel in style and process. Leadership, while high- ly touted, is not crucial. In fact, it is dangerous. The demeanor of the overseer must not be impeachable, other- wise he will be. Smile at all children; be kind to dogs. Curtsy to all legislators. Grovel before presidents of small as well as large institutions. Genuflect for all board mem- bers, regardless of age or wisdom. No binge drinking. Keep your average up even though students don't care about theirs. Go to church regularly. Pick one that claims attendance by the largest number of board members, legislators, college presidents, alumni and staff members. Better yet, attend churches throughout the state to get a feel for the culture. In the North Dako- ta culture, everyone is as good as everyone else, even better some- times. Going to church helps. Be- ing bossy doesn't, even though you are designated the boss. Filing Application Send 374 copies of application to the following; To Whom It May Concern Board of Higher Education State Capitol Bismarck, ND 58505 Extenston E Take Precautions Against Insect Stings Practically all of us have a story about an unpleasant en- counter with a spider, bee, wasp or snake. In 2011, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that 75 ,poison control centers in the United States received over 66,000 calls for bites or venom poisoning. Insect bites are nothing to triv- ialize. For some people, getting stung or bitten by certain insects can send them into anaphylactic shock, which is a violent reaction that can be fatal. At the first signs of stress, such as dizziness, feel- ing faint, drop in blood pressure, cramps, nausea, chills and fever, the person is administered epi- nephrine. It is available in pre- loaded injections by prescription. For some hypersensitive indi- viduals, immunotherapy is used. It gradually exposes the person to insect venom during a 20-week period, which then is followed by booster shots that last as long as five years. Two insects to watch out for are wasps and yellow jackets. These two are related by the fact that both get more aggressive in the fall. In addition, they have the capability of inflicting multiple stings, while a bee will sting once and die shortly after. Learn to recognize insect nests and avoid them. Look for yellow jacket nests in tight places and observe any swarming around openings in the soil, wood piles, or old sheds. If you should find a yellow jacket nest, it usually is a good idea to have a professional exterminator deal with the prob- lem. While wasp sprays knock down the insects quickly, getting into the nest with the spray is very difficult and could be dan- gerous ...... Generally, honeybees and bumblebees are curious about what you are, not in stinging someone. They usually will not attack unless provoked. Try not to panic if one lands on you. If you cannot stand having the bee on your skin, gently blow it off or brush it away. Such courtesy doesn't exist with yellow jackets and wasps. These usually sting first and ask questions later. Remember, if you drink soda pop out of a can, the sweet fra- grance and moisture of these drinks will attract yellow jackets at this time of year. They may crawl right into the can. Open beer cans or bottles are fair game as well. Imagine how painful a sting on the tongue, cheek or throat would be. To lessen your chances of an insect sting take certain precau- tionary measures including: Wear shoes and socks when outdoors. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when in rural or wooded areas. Avoid wearing perfumes or brightly colored clothing. They tend to attract insects. If you have severe allergies, you should never be alone when hiking, boating, swimming, golf- ing, or otherwise involved out- doors because you might need prompt medical treatment if stung. Use insect screens on win- dows and doors at home. Use in- sect repellents. Spray bedrooms with aerosols containing insecti- cide before going to bed. Spray garbage cans regularly with insecticide and keep the cans covered. Avoid or remove insect-at- tracting plants and vines growing in and around the house. To cut down on the localized pain of a bite, apply a baking soda paste or rub ice cubes over the affected area. With multiple stings that one would get from stirring up a yellow jacket nest, take a cool baking soda bath and use an anti-itch lotion such as hy- drocortisone. Source: Ron Smith, North Dakota State University Extension Service Horticulturist Extension on Ag around the state Manage stress to make better farming decisions What farmers and ranchers want to be careful about is letting their personal stresses pile up so that their management practices and decision-making become neg- atively affected. Some of the most pressing con- ceres faced by farmers and ranch- ers, such as weather-related issues, can elevate personal stress and dis- rupt sound decision-making. "Producers and their families should think family first and keep current challenges in perspec- tive," says Sean Brotherson, North Dakota State University Extension Service family science specialist. "Weather-related stress and other sources of concern in agriculture can put persistent strain on farm- ers and ranchers operating in to- day's agricultural economy. How- ever, what farmers and ranchers want to be careful about is letting their personal stresses pile up so that their management practices and decision-making become neg- atively affected. When you're un- der stress, you may communi- cate less with others, become more disjointed in your thinking and make decisions based on anx- iety or anger." To assist individuals and fam- ilies in farming or ranching to think through and make healthy personal and business decisions in times of stress, Brotherson sug- gests such strategies as clarifying values and goals, identifying avail- able resources, evaluating costs and benefits, and understanding different decision-making styles. "It's helpful to have a process to work through as you are mak- ing decisions that affect your bot- tom line or your family security," Brotherson says. "This makes it possible to reduce stress and in- crease the quality of decision- making. This is important be- cause your decisions affect all the operations on the farm or ranch. These decisions also de- termine the quality of your per- sonal life and family relation- ships." Brotherson has these sugges- tions: Identify key values important to the well-being of you and your family. The same holds true for the farm or ranch operation. Discuss these values and then develop goals that are specific and clear that will guide your family and business decision-making. Identify personal and interper- sonal resources, such as creativi- ty or communication, that cost lit- tle but can aid in your decision- making. Also, identify tangible, concrete resources such capital or equipment that are important in making decisions. Seek ways to access or create these resources. Evaluate the costs and benefits involved in making a particular de- cision to each member of the family or business operation. Then evaluate the costs and benefits to the couple or the family as a whole. Examine your decision-making style and then think about what de- cision-making process will work best for the family and the farm or ranch operation in a particular circumstance. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.