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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JUNE 22, 2011 F ROSA TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIAB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I try to be a planner. I like to know who, what, where, when, why... I like to contemplate a plan and execute it. For the past six months or so, our neighbors, have said, "We have a dog for you whenever you are ready," We figured house, then dog, then family was the natural order of things. I mean really, that should make sense right? Well, the house project we have been working on for the past six months or so fell through. I was upset -- seriously. I was a little in love with that house. It would have been perfect for us. We had the land, we had the contractors, we had the loan, we had it all ready to go and then the price of the house doubled what we were told it originally would be and the loan was topped out. It was back to the drawing board. I started looking at the realtor lists again to see what was available even though I knew it wouldn't be what I wanted because I wanted that house. I was tired. I was crabby. I had hit my limit. I wanted my dog. We picked up Fred the next week. Most people have said that is an odd name for a dog, but then again, Fred is not exactly what we would call a nomlal dog. Part Havanese part golden retrever and all lovable, Fred, so far, has been a delight. In what has been a stressful week, Fred had been a comforting friend. According to an article on wisegeek.com surveys of pet owners have shown that people with pets tend to have lower blood pressure and de- creased stress levels, regardless as to other factors in their lives. Many pet owners have lower blood pressure, and dog owners in particular tend to be in better physical condition than nondog owners. While I know having a pet is not necessarily for everyone, I do know that house or no house, I am glad we got Fred when we did. As for the order of things and how they are supposedly supposed to go, I will con- cede that maybe there is something else in store for my family and it is about time we go with the flow.., or, in our case, Fred. Like" the Walsh Coun(v Press on Facehook and check out our blog at http://walsh counO'press, wordpress.com Hello, Another couple of inches of rain last night! Another day of putting on rubber boots, watching the grass grow, and thinking about all the hay there is to cut. We have a little seeding to do, but it looks like it might be planted to sudan grass in July. I've always maintained that I would much rather wait for it to dry up than wait for it to rain. I've been through enough droughts. Don't like them. Never have. But then, I don't live on the banks of the Missouri, Mouse, Red, or Mississippi. Even the Indians from a thousand years ago knew better than to build on the banks of the river. But that is another story. So, as I was looking through some old articles this morning, trying to find something to do with flooding, I came across an old drought story that brought a smile to my face. I hope it does yours... One thing about a drought. It sure cuts down on what you have to do at home. I mean, you just seed your crop in the spring, and then you're pretty well done till next year. You don't have to cut your hay more than once, and at many did not get to do that. You don't have to combine. You worry about fires and hay supplies and livestock and grain prices. But, worry is not work. It is harder. Because we are so dry, it gave us an opportunity to go down to Crook to dry watch the ranch while the Carm and Matt went to Cheyenne. Now, our job was to feed the steers, saddle horses, watch for fires, and take care of grandkids. Beats the heck out of sitting home waiting tbr a rain cloud. But, you know how Grandmas are. Shirley says if our Gi'afidkids grow up to stutter it is my fault. My fault! Just cause I scared the kids a little. We went fishing on the Little Missouri. Fishing is using the term loosely. We had three rods. A "Barbie Doll" pink, a "Tigger" orange, and a wore out blue one. Between the three rods we had one hook. Tips Since Gage was doing the casting, we soon decided that one hook was too many and removed it. It was more of a rock skipping, moss gathering, peanut butter sandwich kind of day than actually fishing. Now you have to remember that Gage is less than two, and Gracy is five. Brave little ranch kids. But after a couple hours 1 went off into the willows. While I was there I was attacked by a bear! Shirley and the kids could hear me screaming and see the willows thrashing around. Oh, it was an epic struggle. Finally, the bear got the best of me and there was complete silence. The kids kept hollering for their Grandpa. Meantime, I had escaped from the bear and begn to crawl arbund behind them o,n my belly. Now, trust me, even o,n my belly I still stick up a fair bit. But I did get around them. As I peeked out of the tall grass, Gracy was carrying a five tbot long piece of driftwood. Gage was carrying a big rock. They were edging closer and closer to the willows where the bear had devoured their Grandpa. Suddenly I let out a roar and charged from the willows. Gracy dropped her club, and with eyes larger than her head, raced for Grandma. Gage tried to move, but was stuck between gears and could only scream. His rock proved a worthless weapon against a bear attack as he dropped it on his foot. I was rolling on the ground with laughter. Till Grandma picked up that five foot piece of driftwood and whacked that bear across the back. Note to self.. Grandma is not scared of bears. Reminds me of a story Grandpa Jack used to tell. This guy came across this old mountain man sitting outside his cabin. Inside was a heck of a ruckus going on. He asked what was happening. The mountain man said a bear was in the cabin fighting his wife. And he had never seen a fight that he cared less about the outcome! Later, Dean ,-, .',.. qamaritan Paa: RwE Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC What a wonderful week we have had. Thursday was a lovely day and we roasted marshmallows on the porch and made smores.. Monday we made homemade donuts and they were delicious. The Mennonite Singers performed here on Friday evening and we enjoyed many other activities. Devotions were led by Re'v. Davie Hinrich, Lorene Larson, Kay Alkofer, Lois Ydstie, and Corrine Ramsey and our accompanists were Jan Novak and Monica Simon. Sunday services were led by Rev. Mark Antal, Mass with Father Lutein and Rosary with Shirley Sobolik. Thursday June 23 our Auxiliary Program and lunch will be hosted by the Bethel Baptist Church of Park. Royal Neighbors of Graflon decorated our Resident's Doors with beautiful patriotic decorations and we thank them for providing us with such a wonderful treat. PublItcmlt Prevent. Promote. Protect. Walsh County Health District Short Shots What you choose to eat affects your chances of developing high blood pressure (hypertension). DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is an eating plan that reduces your blood pressur e and may help prevent the development of high blood pressure. DASH is a combination of an eating plan and a reduced salt (sodium) intake. The lower your salt intake is, the lower your blood pressure. DASH recommends no more than 2300 milligrams of sodium per day, and greater benefits can come from no more than 1500 milligrams of sodium per day. The average American woman consumes 3300 milligrams of sodium per day, and men consume 4200 milligrams of sodium per day. General Components of the DASH Plan--2000 Calories & 2300 mg Sodium Food Gro_u_ Daily Servings Serving Size Grain----- [6-8 - Vegetables i 4-5 I ! Fruits f 4-5 Fat Free or Low Fat Milk & Milk ! 2-3 Products ! Lean meats, poultry and fish 6 or less i Nuts, seeds, and legumes Fats and oils Sweets/added sugar 4-5perwk !2-3 1 5 or less per week 1 slice of bread, 1 oz dry cereal c cooked rice, pasta or cereal 1 cup raw leafy cup raw or cooked veggies cup vegetable juice 1 medium fruit cup diced fruit cup fresh, frozen, or canned cupuice 1 cup milk or yogurt 1 oz cheese 1 oz cooked meats, poultry, fish 1 e99 113 cup nuts 2 Tbsp peanut butter 2 Tbsp seeds 1/2cup peas or dry benas 1 tsp soft margarine 1 tsp vegetable oil 1 Tbsp mayonnaise 2 Tbsp salad dressing 1 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp jelly or jam cup sorbet, gelatin 1 cup lemonade Is the Board of Higher Education dysfunctional? Article VIII of the state constitution grants sweeping powers to the Board of Higher Education for the management of th.e state's colleges and universities. A number of receat events suggest, however, that the Board may not be measuring up to its constitutional mandate. First, the Board failed to defend itself against encroachment by the Legislature in the Fighting Sioux logo issue. By failing to assert itself, the Board left a precedent that will be pointed out in future legislative invasions of the Board's authority. Instead of fighting, the Board just "rolled over". Second, the Board proclaimed that student tuition increases would be restricted to a maximum of 2.5 per cent. This was followed quickly by a request from one institution for an 8.8 per cent increase which was granted onlya few days after the Board set the policy and the Legislature adjourned. Third, the Board has failed to monitor the reckless use of on-line courses by institutions to pad their enrollment figures. All institutions are rushing into this new game. Unfortunately, the academic quality of some of these courses is subject to question. Fourth, the Board has permitted the proliferation of majors, post- graduate degrees and programs that are not adequately staffed by faculty to deliver the quality students have a right to expect. This is not to mention the whole series of episodes involving Joe Chapman when he served as president of NDSU and left higher education with a black eye that will take years tO overcome. During this period, the Board demonstrated an inability to monitor and curb abuses. To what can we attribute these failures of the Board to manage the colleges and universities? As far as appointments are concerned, we have a good screening process for obtaining quality Board members. They are nominated by a select screening committee, appointed by the governor from a list of three, and then confirmed by the state senate. Of course, the process is not neutral. Unfortunately, it does not thwart the covert crusades in university cities to get "their" persons (residents or graduates) appointed to represent their institutions' interests. Consequently, the Board does get some members who think it is their responsibility'to fight for certain institutions. Then there is the constant lobbying by chambers of commerce, alumni organizations and various other community and college interests. Many of these contacts are made one-on-one with Board members and Board members get caught up in personal campaigns to promote special benefits for one institution at the expense of the system as a whole. Legislators from the university cities also get into the game because their constituents expect parochial support. Then there is the problem of the federal earmarks conjured up by programmatic people at the institutions and presented to the Congressional delegation to pursue. When an earmark for $3 million is made available for a program that subverts the overall academic mission, it becomes difficult for the Board or recipient institutions to resist the call of cheap money from Washington. It is obvious that Board members are torn by a large number of competing interests that must be negotiated to move forward. To cope with demands. the Board has doled out favors to all institutions because in the North Dakota culture we think everyone ought to get something, regardless of merit. So, rather than focusing resources on needs, we misallocate resources to keep everyone happy. If the Board is to strengthen its control of higher education, the key in the future will be a stronger staff that can provide the Board with solid objective arguments that will overcome the 15olitical influences that seem to be winning the day. That's a topic for next week. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent 00ulie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Water safety for kids: Swimming safety at the beach The summer lake season is here! Beaches are seeing more and more traffic as the water temperature increases with the air temperature. Water is a great way for kids and parents to be active and have a lot of fun. I also have a healthy respect for water. Keeping in mind the tips from the past 2 weeks, which all also apply to beach safety, I want to share with you some important water safety rules that all kids and adults should follow: Beaches If there are waves on the water, teach kids to face the wave so they know when it is coming. Allow swimming only on beaches that have a lifeguard or become a lifeguard yourself. Teach kids to swim within your sight, not too far out. Protect Your SKIN!!: Sunlight contains two kinds of UV rays -- UVA increases the risk of skin cancer, skin aging, and other skin diseases. UVB causes sunburn and can lead to skin cancer. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive be- tween 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15. Drink plenty of water regularly and often even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid drinks with alco- hol or caffeine in them. They can make you feel good briefly but make the heat's effects on your body worse. This is especially true with beer, which dehydrates the body. Watch for signs of heat stroke: Heat stroke is life-threat- ening. The person's temperature control system, which,produces. sweating to cool the body, stops working. o The body temperature can rise so high that brain dam- age and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly. Signals of heat stroke in- clude - o Hot, red, and usually dry skin, but in some cases such as during athletic activity while wearing a helmet, the skin may be moist Changes in conscious- O ness O O" ing. O Rapid, weak pulse, and Rapid, shallow breath- Call 9-1 - 1 or your local EMS number. o Move the person to a cooler place. o Quickly cool the body by wrapping wet sheets around the body and fan it. If you have ice packs or cold packs, place them on each of the victim's wrists and ankles, in the armpits and on the neck to cool the large blood vessels. o Watch for signals of breathing problems and make sure the airway is clear. o Keep the person lying down. Wear eye protection o Sunglasses are like sun- screen for your eyes and protect against damage that can occur from UV rays. o Be sure to wear sun- glasses with labels that indicate that they absorb at least 90 per- cent of UV sunlight. Wear foot protection. Many times, people's feet can get burned from the sand or cut from glass in thb sand. Water is a fun and great way to recreate! All my best to you and your fimily; "' Julie Adapted fi'om Nourish Interactive - wvw nourishinteractive, corn Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Goehring announces sites, dates for 2011 Project Safe Send BISMARCK - Project Safe Send, North Dakota's annual col- lectiOn of unusable pesticides, will be conducted at 12 locations in July. "Project Safe Send helps farm- ers, ranchers, homeowners and businesses get rid of unusable pesticides safely, legally and free of charge," said Agriculture Com- missioner Doug Goehring. "It is a safe, simple and non-regulatory program that has been used by thousands of people to dispose of more than 2 million pounds of chemicals." The program accepts old, un- usable or banned pesticides, in- cluding herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides. The collected pesticides are shipped out of state for incineration. Proj- ect. Safe Send is funded through product registration fees paid by pesticide manufacturers. Goehring said people should check their storage areas for any unusable pesticides and safely set them aside for Project Safe Send. "If the containers are deterio- rating or leaking, pack them in larger containers with absorbent materials," Goehring said. "Free, heavy-duty plastic bags are avail- able from the North Dakota De- partment of Agriculture." People with more than 1,000 pounds of pesticides should pre- register. No other pre-registration is required. A maximum of 20,000 pounds of pesticides per participant will be accepted. Pes- ticide rinse water will also be ac- cepted. The first 100 pounds of rinse water will be taken free of charge; a fee of$1 per pound will be applied for each additional pound. To pre-register, obtain plastic bags or for more information, contact Jessica Johnson at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at (800) 242-7535 or jnjohnson@nd.gov. The collections will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time at the North Dakota Department of Transportation facilities in the fol- lowing cities: (listed are those in Northeast North Dakota) Friday, July 15 Towner - 401 Airport Road - North on Main Street (ND14) to railroad viaduct, then one-quarter mile north to first gravel road - east side. Monday. July 18 Devils Lake- 1905 Schwan Ave. NW- 2V2 miles west of Devils Lake In- dustrial Park, south side of US Highway 2. Tuesday, July 19 Cavalier - 9398 138th Ave. NE - 3 miles west of Cavalier, south side of ND Highway 5. Wednesday, July 20 Grand Forks - 1951 N Washington St. - From 1-29 take Gateway exit, go east to Highway 81 (Washington St), go north 1 mile. , t