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JUNE 26, 2013 PRESS PERSPECTIVES PAGE 5 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS This has been a stressful spring. My little family and I were on First there was snow. Then there the road by 12:30 on Thursday af- was water. Then there were the late temoon on our way to the Min- nights of worry and indigestion nesota Zoo. that come with planting. It has become a bit of a tradition So, when I wasn't in the office that we take a Minneapolis trip on Thursday afternoon or Friday or right around my husband's birth- Monday and not really thinking day. We visit his sister and her kids about what the consequences of a and she drags us all over the city to couple of missed calls would be, I show us the highlights of whatever can tell you that that is what a va- entertainment we can dig up. cation is really all about. It might We got in Thursday night and have been just a weekend, but it went to the Coon Rapids softball was the best weekend in a long diamonds to watch the my niece time, with no house projects, no Sam and the red team take on the flooding, no sandbagging, no noth- pink team in a match up that I think ing. we can just say ended in a tie. The girls all got cupcakes in the end, so level of magic -- family, close really, everyone won. friends, an afternoon of swimming The next day we all piled in the at a community center waterpark, car eady for adventure. We got to a small town strawberry festival, a the zoo armed with a stroller and a Food Truck Jam complete with backpack harness and just hoped dancing in the street. the little guy would make it It was a busy, relaxing, exhaust- through the day. It turned into a hot ing adventure where we left all of day, but we had the little man hooked at monkeys. After several our troubles behind. On Monday, rounds of "what does a monkey the dishes needed to be put away, say?" We were ready to move on. the newspaper needed to be com- There were leopards, and tigers, pleted, the garden needed to be and bears, oh my, but my favorite tended, the dehumidifier needed to part was being able to experience be dumped, the laundry was wait- it all with a tiny child who gets ing, the emails needed replying, worked up over seeing dogs and but after that little escape, it didn't cats. This took that excitement to a seem like such a daunting list. whole new level. It was time to get back to the We got to see a dinosaur exhibit business of being adults with bills and he splashed around in the and responsibilities, but for one splash park, even if there were a weekend, it was just us and the few overly exhausted animals, my monkeys, monkeying around. little animal was wide awake. He skipped his usual afternoon nap Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- and soaked it all in. book and check out our blog at http://walsh- The whole weekend was on that countypress.wordpress.com Hello, Just back from announcing the State High School Finals Rodeo! And I really want to take a minute to thank the cowboys and cowgirls, along with the Bowman communi- ty, for putting on a great show! Twenty-fifth year of the Finals in Bowman! Thank you! The youth involved in rodeo are special to me. And I guess they know it. Because on Sunday, Dale and I 'were honored by the gradu- ating seniors. Picture this...I am standing in front of a packed grand- stand before the final performance. We crown a new Queen. We hon- or volunteers. We pass out scholar- ships. We honor men and youth who have passed on to greener pas- tures. It is a touching thing. Then, this lovely young girl takes the microphone from me and addresses the crowd. The graduat- ing seniors would like to honor Dale Hande (who is in the crow's nest0 and myself, for our support, humor, and encouragement throughout their rodeo careers. She hands me a box, that I am certain contains a beautiful sculpture, or an inscribed plaque, with some in- spirational saying etched on a gold background. I know Dale is jealous because I get to open the package. Snakes! I hate snakes! That love- ly girl had a black heart, if a heart term loosely. We had three rods. A at all! It was a box containing live "Barbie Doll" pink, a "Tigger" or- snakes! Garter snakes! The most ange, and a wore out blue one. Be- dangerous kind! Mad garter snakes! tween the three rods we had one Over the microphone, I took the hook. Lord's name in vain and cursed Since Gage was doing the cast- snakes! Like Harrison Ford in In- ing, we soon decided that one hook diana Jones. "Snakes! Why'd it was too many and removed it. Itwas have to be snakes! I hate snakes!" more of a rock skipping, moss Much to the delight of a hundred and fifty cowboys and cowgirls and a couple thousand fans, I cursed snakes and threw the box in the air. Then this girl with nerves of steel picks up this snake and exhibits it to the crowd. People shouldn't scare other people. When I told my R J, my four year old grandson about it that night, he took it pretty serious. He said you should only give snakes to bad guys. But then again, maybe I deserve to be startled once in awhile. A few years ago we went fishing on the Little Missouri just out of Camp Crook. Fishing is using the gathering, peanut butter sandwich kind of day than actually fishing. Now you have to remember that Gage was less than two, and Gracy was five. Brave little ranch kids. But after a couple hours I 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. Final- ly, 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 began to crawl around behind them on my belly. Now. trust me, even on my bel!y I.; still stick up t'air bit. But I did get around them. As I peeked out of the tall grass, Gracy was carrying a five foot long piece of driftwood. Gage was car- rying 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 at- tack as he dropped it on his foot. I was rolling on the ground with laughter. Till Grandma picked up that five foot piece ofdriftveood 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, .......... I TEEN BEAT BY E/V$1LY LAAVEG INTERN, WALSH COUNTY PRESS In seasons For me, athletics are a big part our stats are 2-2-0, so we are still of my life. For example, I don't working on it, but I'm confident measure what time of year it is that if we work a little harder, we with seasons or the weather; I could pull ahead in the league, or measure it based on what sport at least have a record that has season it is; and right now, it's softball season. I play on the Park more wins. This year, we have a River 16u city league softball pretty young team, but I'm not team during the summer, and so complaining. Last year, my far it's been just as amazing as schedule was put off because of any other year. We may not be a hiatus resulting from not hav- the greatest team in the state, or ing enough players for the 16u even the region, but we have lots team, so having a young team is of fun playing, even if it is hard better than having no team at all, to believe after seeing our facial for the sake of me staying sane expressions while we play, but when school suddenly shows up having fun is the whole point of out of seemingly nowhere. having a summer-league team. We started practices a couple Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- of weeks ago, and we've already bokandcheckuturblgathttp://walsh- had a couple of games. So far, countypress.wordpress.com PJ NTS LEAD Puh He Jth Walsh County Health District ..... ,. .... ' Short Shots llw'r IN .............. I I ...... n .......... qVfl .............................................................................................................. Alcohol use and underage drinking in North Dakota is a serious subject many parents often worry about. Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate, Ask, Discuss) is a program designed to help parents talk to their children about underage drinking. The Parents LEAD website was created to help parents start talking about these subjects and to assist you in helping your kids make the right decision when it comes to alcohol use, underage drinking, driving after alcohol or drug use, or riding in a vehicle with someone who has consumed alcohol or drugs. The website is www.parentslead.org Some of the quick links that you may find helpful include topics such as: Is my son/daughter using? Alcohol in the Media What are the laws in ND? Substance use in ND Parenting tips You can send emails and receive parenting tips, as well as follow a blog. Parents Reach out today and start making with your child. LEAD may save your child's life. changes in your interactions Congress Suffering from Chronic Citizen Contempt Serving in the U. S. Congress is one of the most important jobs in the world. The hockey coach at the University of North Dakota may make more money but he af- fects only one small part of the world. Congresspersons impact just about everything that happens in the United States. Because Congress members have such power, it is important that they perform their duties with a reasonable degree of public con- fidence. But, according to the lat- est Gallup poll, they are getting a big fat "F" from the people who hired them. The poll reportedthat 90 per cent of the citizenry had "little or no confidence" in Congress. In other words, this country is being run by a branch of government that is flunking so badly that it needs rehabilitation - summer school, at least. Big business, organized labor and banks were rated more high- ly. The 10 per cent represents a 30 per cent drop in confidence since 1973. We wouldn't tolerate an edu- cational system, a military estab- lishment, or an Internal Revenue Service that performed so poorly. Neither would Congress. If we had employees doing as poorly as Congress, we would show them the door with dis- patch. But instead of firing them, we turn around in every election and send 90 per cent of the in- cumbents back for another term No kidding! What can explain such an ob- vious contradiction - a discredit- ed 10 per cent Congress that keeps getting re-elected en masse? Many explanations have been proposed, including the advan- tages of incumbency, availability of campaign funds, ignorance of the electorate, lop-sided districts, name recognition and "bringing home the bacon" Disregard of public opinion could also be a fac tor. Before we start making accu- sations, however, we need to re- member that the Founding Fathers were not great fans of the public's opinion. To guard the country against excesses, they designed a government that thwarted the ir- rational impulses of the masses. In Federalist No. 10, James Madison explained that we need- ed a representative system to "re- fine and enlarge the public views by passing them through the medi- um of a chosen body of citizens whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of their coun- try .... " If Jimmy showed up today, he wouldn't dare brag about Congress being a body of citizens whose wisdom may discern the best for the country. With Congressional wisdom rated at 10 per cent, he would be drummed out of the Founders Hall of Fame. The gridlock that has snarled Washington decision-making for the past couple of years has con- tributed its share to this dismal rat- ing. The public doesn't want grid- lock. According to the polls, it wants compromise. But then, on the other hand, it won't accept just any compromise. For example, it will fight to the death for Medicare and Social Security while strongly supporting a balanced budget. Inconsisten- cy in the public mind doesn't help Congress muddle its way out of the impasses. In all fairness, we should point out that legislative bodies have al- ways ranked low in the polls, though 10 per cent is a record. This contempt for Congress and state legislatures has manifested it- self through demeaning jokes. We all know a few. At this juncture, it appears that Congress is suffering from a more serious case than usual of citizen contempt. What will be the consequences? If history is any indication, this low rating will not translate into po- litical action and most of the actors producing this low rating will be back for another act. And the na- tion will struggle through. We made it through the Civil War, did- n't we? Extension Exchange The Amazing Cucumber The cucumber is a warm-sea- son vegetable that many of us have in our gardens. Varieties differ in fruit type and use; both the sliced or fresh salad type and the pickle type are available. Only a few plants are needed to provide an adequate supply, but oh, the wonderful things those cukes can do! The nutritional value of a cumber is impressive. Cucum- bers contain most of the vitamins you need every day. Just one cu- cumber contains ,itamin B 1, vi- tamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, folic acid, vita- min C, calcium, iron, magne- sium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Delicious, yes! .But did you also know there are many differ- ent and amazing uses for the common cucumber? Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucum- bers are a good source of B vita- mins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa- like fragrance. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the alu- minum to give off a scent unde- tectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rub- bing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few mirmtesg the phytochemicals in ihe a ta ber eolla gen in your.skin to lighten, firm- lng up , tbe om ,dayer and reducing the visibility of cel- lulite. Works great on wrinkles too! Using a pen and made a mis- take? Take the outside of the cu- cumber and slowly use it to erase the ink writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls! Looking to fight off that after- noon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off star- vation. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe; chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water. Out of WD40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the prob- lematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone! Stressed out and don't have time for a massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cu- cumber and place it in a boiling pot of water. The chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber react with the boiling water and will be released in the steam, cre- ating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucum- ber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth re- sponsible for causing bad breath. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stain- less steel? Take a slice of cucum- ber and rub it on the surface you want to clean. Not only will it re- move years 'of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm your fin- gers or fingernails while you clean. to vaccmate This spring's rainy weathermonths, livestock need to be vac- can lead to anthrax development, cinated for anthrax annually. Now is the time for livestock "The vaccine is inexpensive producers to get their animals and very effective," Stoltenow vaccinated against anthrax,says. "Conditions this year are con- He recommends producers ducive to the development of an- check with their veterinarian to thrax," warns Charlie Stoltenow, make sure their livestock's vacci- North Dakota State University nation schedule is adequate and the Extension Service veterinarian, vaccination is up to date. Those conditions include the If anthrax is detected in a herd, heavy rainfall most of North Dakota is experiencing this spring, producers should move the herd Anthrax spores can survive in the immediately to a new pasture soil for decades, and rain and away from where dead animals flooding can raise the spores to the were found to prevent other ani- ground's surface. When animals mals from getting infected, graze or consume forage or water Stoltenow says. contaminated with the spores, During severe outbreak condi- they are exposed to the disease, tions, animals that haven't been "That is why cattle should be vaccinated and are exposed to vaccinated before they are turned anthrax may have to be treated out onto pasture," Stoltenow says. with antibiotics and then vacci- "Vaccination is especially impor- nated. Producers thinking about tant for livestock in areas with a treating with antibiotics should history of anthrax." contact their veterinarian because While the disease mainly has antibiotics decrease the effective- been reported in northeastern, ness of the vaccine, Stoltenow southeastern and south-central says. North Dakota, it has been found in Producers also should monitor almost every part of the state, ac- their herds for unexpected deaths cording to state animal health of- and report those losses to their vet- ficials. Cases of the disease occur erinarian. in the region almost every year. Because anthrax also is a risk to Livestock in areas where an- thrax has been found should be humans, people should not move vaccinated about four weeks be- a carcass. The carcasses of animals fore the disease usually appears. In that died from anthrax should be North Dakota, that generally is disposed of, preferably through July or August, although cases burning, as close to where they have occurred as early as March. died as possible. Any contami- Herds within six miles ofa pri- nated soil should be piled on top or case of anthrax also should be of the carcasses for burning, vaccinated, especially in years Stoltenow says. with wet spring weather and/or For more information about flooding. Because immunity ap- anthrax, visit http://www.ag.ndsu. pears to wane after about six edu/pubs/ansci/beef/v561.pdf. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.