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i+ PAGE 4 FRO THE II EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIJ 4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS My summer fits somewhere bly even squeezed a little lak between planting and harvest, time. and if those days happen to be All of summer gets shoved sunny and warm, that is just a into one month -- this is the bonus. North Dakota way. You never Check the calendar and that know how things are going to means whatever I can fit into July turn out from one day to the next. is my summer vacation. There is There could be snow, there could some county fair action happen- be flooding, and God help us if it ing in Hamilton, N.D there are happens all at the same time. plenty of fire trucks lining the This past weekend, one of my streets for a parade in Park River college friends was getting mar- (complete with flavored Tootsie ried in Spicer, Minn. Rolls) and plenty of other events My husband and I decided to that scream fun and I can aossi- make an event of it. This was our Hello, Well, I've got to introduce my- self to a couple of new papers. So the rest of you will have to bear with me for a minute. You know, it's kind of like when one of your relatives gets to telling someone about themselves. And you're listening. And the relative is stretching the truth a little Ok. A lot. So you roll your eyes and glance at your watch. Or get another carrot off the food tray and try not to be embarrassed. Shirley and I ranch. We raise commercial cattle and registered Quarter Horses. Hold it! Hold it! See, it's started already! Shirley ranches, cooks, cleans, raises kids (grandkids), serves in the legisla- ture, cuts hay in the day time, bales at night, does the bookwork, and gardens. I golf. That is not to say I am a golfer, but I do occasionally chase that little white ball around. I fish, but I am not a fisherman I do not catch anything, but I do buy beer and bait Just for example, I took one of our grandkids out this weekend. $102 dollars at Rosie's on miscellaneous. The cheapest fish we got was the $2.89 for4 oz. of pickled herring. Which Gage spit into the lake after one bite. I play pinochle, although not for money cause that wouldn't be le- gal. I do occasionally make it to happy hour, but do not stay out as late as I used to. I write a column on Monday mornings Ok, sometimes Monday afternoons. And occasionally, I forget and Shirley has to forward anold col- umn. I check the heifers early in the morning. Shirley checks them at night, cause I have trouble go- ing back to sleep. I feed the dog most days. I announce an occa- sional rodeo and give an occa- sional speech. Just so Shirley can live in the luxury that she so richly deserves. We have two grown children, P+~aK Rwr.R Moniea Simon ADC We have had an eventful week here at the center as we attended WELCA at Trinity Lutheran Church in Edinburg on Thursday afternoon and we had a wonderful time. Tuesday we had a great event as we made our own pizzas for supper the residents really enjoyed making these and having their own creation for supper. Friday afternoon we had Iced Tea Tasting. Upcoming Events: June 28 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program Lutheran Church of Edinburg July 2 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride July 4 Parade Watching July 5 2:30 Monthly Communion Service July 123:00Monthly Birthday Party July 137:30Mennonite Singers July 161:00Walsh County Bus Ride July 263:00Auxiliary Lunch and Program July 29 Annual Garden Party hosted by Trinity We would like to thank our Devotional leaders for the week: Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Monica Simon, Sue Faggerholt, and Corrine Ramsey. Accompanists were Mary Seim and Monica Simon. Sunday Worship Services were led by Rev. Susan Houokas and Mass was led by Father Lutein and Rosary bu Shirley Sobolik. Terry Hagen assisted with nail's time, Exercises, bingo, movie night with popcorn, and Iced Tea Tasting. lPubltoRMlth Walsh County Health District '" Short Shots A Car Seat Roundup will be held from 10 a.m. to 4pm on July 9 at the Walsh County Health Office in Grafton. Do you have a Car Seat that: Has been recalled and not fixed? Has been in a crash? Is expired? (Older than 6 years). History is unknown? Was obtained second hand, thrift store, or rummage sale? Is broken or missing parts? Don't use a car seat that has any of the above issues. Bring it in to the Car Seat Roundup and let us recycle it. Protect your children and other children by recycling car seats. Car seats will be destroyed. 284,6333 / PRESS PERSPECTIVES chance to make a break for it be- down. We even chatted it up with fore winter wheat harvest, which owner and namesake, Maria. then cascades into every other The next day we went to the crop right on through November. Minneapolis Farmer's Market. It We headed east to the Min- was a bit bigger than the Park neapolis suburbs where his sister River Farmer's market, but the lives. This was baby's first major idea was the same. Food so fresh car trip and he slept through most you can practically taste the dirt of it and slobbered all over his it came from. We left the baby toys the rest of the time. We hit with aunty and headed out to the the cities on Friday night with wedding where we danced until (what I now consider to be late) enough time to take in a meal. 10 p.m. My husband and I watch a lot The next day we hit Valleyfair of the Food Network. Most times, -- rollercoasters, water park, and if you catch an episode of"Din- all. The baby even got to meet ers, Drive-Ins and Dives" you Snoopy. can find a restaurant in the cities Somehow we made it back. worth checking out. This episode are a little burned and thor- included Maria's Caribbean Cui- oughly exhausted, but I will take sine. It was not the type of dishes it. Here's to the summer! commonly found 'round here. Odd yet, delicious, we were the Like "" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http.'//walsh- last ones in and oloood the place countypreoo.wo,dpress, com Carmen and Will. They are mar- fled. No, not to each other! What do you think we are? They are married to Matt and Jen. We have four grandchildren. We have been married for forty some years. Re- ally! Boy, when that priest said forever, I didn't know forever was this long! No, not really. I have to make these little apologies cause Shirley proofs this and hits my fingers with a ruler. Kind of like a tough judge. Or one of those Sis- ters at the Catholic school used to do. Judge! That reminds me of a little news blip I heard the other day. It seems this entrepreneur was going to build a bar in this Texas town. And one of the churches near where the bar was tO be built was adamantly opposed to this new bar. They protested loudly at the zoning hearing. They protested at the commissioners meeting. But alas, common sense prevailed and the bar was permit- ted. So, the parishioners turned to the power of prayer. They preached sermons. They held prayer vigils. The called upon the Almighty to help them in their struggle. Lo, and behold, shortly after the bar was completed, a thunderstorm came by, and Bang! Zap! Lighting struck the bar and burned it down. The bar owner was distraught and upset. So he sued the church. The parties filed their briefs with a local judge, who currently has the case under advisement. But, what I liked was the judges' com- ment. "It would be a tough case to role upon. On hand he has a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer. And on the other hand, an entire congregation that denies it!" Gotta go, Shirley should be low on fuel. Later, Dean Ork Dorken, chair of the Com- munity Homeland Security Com- mittee, stared through the cracked window as he waited for the town's electors to gather in the remodeled Bohemian Lodge Hall for an emer- gency meeting. As Holger Danske shuffled through the double front doors, noisily slamming the stubborn one with the loose latch, Garvey pounded his old Coke bottle on a nearby chair and called the meeting to order. Ten residents were present and a few stragglers were still com- ing up the steps. "The governor says that the state stands on the brink of building its own destiny and I think we Should join him by creating a new destiny for our town," Ork declared boldly. "What destiny?" barked Old Sievert from a dying armchair in the comer. "We already had our destiny 50 years ago." "Yah, the governor can talk be- cause he's got 2000 oil wells but all we got is an abandoned railroad," complained Orville Jordan, the de- pot agent who stayed even though the railroad left. "Build a destiny on that," he added as an afterthought "Alert Officer Garvey Erfald was over in the LightsOut Saloon in Darby doing research the other day and found a story in a Ness newspaper about North Dakota having money to do something for abandoned, vacant and substandard housing," Ork explained. "Well, that's us 100 per cent," Old Sievert noted. "Our town is abandoned, vacant and substan- dard." Disregarding the side comment, Ork continued. "They're interested mostly in shovel-ready projects." "Well, I can think of at least six places that have been bulldozer- ready for 20 years," Orville ob- served. "And four of them are still lived in." "That's half the town," blurted Holger. "They said that folks would be eligible who are below 50 percent the area median income," Garvey added. "That would be everybody in town," Holger concluded. "If we want to create a new fu- ture, we ought to consider selling the whole town as farmland for $3000 an acre and reorganize the town in that new 16-plex in Darby," proposed Josh Dvorchak. Josh was a genuine futurist. "The town covers about 20 acres, meaning we would raise $600, 000," Josh continued. "I heard they sold a town in Wyoming last month for $900,000 so there's a real market for old towns." 'TII bet that town was no better than ours," Hotger said, lending credence to the idea. "If we're going to do something for the future, we ought to get one of those recreation grants from the Garrison Conservancy people," Little Jimmy suggested. "I see where Watford City and Williston have built some great playgrounds and parks." "Personally, I like the play- ground idea better than messing with everybody's houses," Madeleine suggested. "We could have swings and teeter-totters " "Wait a minute!" Holger inter- jetted, raising his hand as if to stop a runaway mouth. "We don't have any swingers in our town. They've all swung. The last swinger ran off with the lady mailman in 1951." "Mailperson," Jimmy corrected. "They were all mailmen in 1951," replied Holger firmly. He hadn't surrendered just yet. "And who needs teeter-totters?" asked Josh. "Almost everybody in town is teetering or tottering. What we need mostly is places to sit - benches, a lot of benches. That would be creating a great fu- ture." "A bench park!" Ork exclaimed disgustedly. "This meeting has lasted too long." Ork rapped his Coke bottle on his table to adjourn the meeting. "Tell the governor we like the idea but he can count us out," Orville whispered to Ork as he headed for the door. JUNE 27, 2012 Extension Exchange Make Better Beverage Choices With the increase in obesity in the U.S making smart beverage choices is vital. What you drink is as important as what you eat. Too often we grab beverages out of habit without thinking about their potential impact on our over- all health. Many beverages contain added sugars and offer little or no nutri- ents, while others may provide nu- trients but too much fat and too many calories. Here are some tips to help you make better bev- erage choices. Drink water instead of sugary drinks when you're thirsty. Reg- ular soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar, which provides more calories than needed. To maintain a healthy weight, sip water or other drinks with few or no calories. How much water is enough? Let your thirst be your guide. Water is an important nutrient for the body, but everyone's needs are different. Most of us get enough water from the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. How much water you need is very individualized and depends on many factors. Drink plenty of water if you are very active, live or work in hot conditions, or are an older adult. Most professionals recommend 8 to 9 cups of fluids per day for women and 13 cups for men. A thrifty option - water is usu- ally easy on the wallet. You can save money by drinking water from the tap at home or when eat- ing out. For a quick, easy and in- expensive thirst-quencher, carry a water bottle and refill it through- about 400 calories per day as beverages-drinking water can help you manage your calories. Make your fridge a healthy drink zone. Don't "stock the fridge" with sugar-sweetened bev- erages. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge. Make water more exciting. Add slices of lemon, lime, cu- cumber or watermelon, or drink sparkling water. Add a splash of 100 percent juice to plain aparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink. Don't forget your dairy. When you choose milk or milk alterna- tives, select low-fat or fat-free milk or fortified soymilk. Each type of milk offers the same key nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, but the number of calories are very different. Enjoy your beverage. When water just won't do - enjoy the beverage of your choice, but just cut back. When you do opt for a sugar-sweetened beverage, go for the small size. Remember to check the serving size and the number of servings in the can, bottle or con- tainer to stay within calorie needs. Be a role model for your friends and family by choosing healthful, low-calorie beverages. Remember to use the Nutrition Facts label when choosing bev- erages at the grocery store. The la- bel contains information about total sugars, fats, and calories to help you make better choices. You can also compare what you drink. Visit Food-A-Pedia, an on- line feature available at Choose- MyPlate.gove/SuperTracker, to '~ :~ ~ /I~ r helpyou co! pare calories, added bevera : : meals. Adults and children take in Sources: the COl Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 'How do I kill it?' many shapes as well, some are Gardening season is in full very flat while others stick offthe bloom and it is shaping up to be a leaf in a form that looks like good looking summer. At the of- Christmas lights. Sadly, at this rice we are starting to see the stage there is nothing that can be usual frustration that comes with done, and oddly enough, your June and July: Bugs. I wish I tree, other than misshapen form of could have a dollar for every time the leaves, will survive and come I have been excited to have made through just fine. What is even an identification to only get the fol- more disheartening is that there re- lowing response; "Great, so how + do I kill it." Here are a few things ally is no proven way to prevent them. So I guess we should try to to remember before you wage a war on the bugs in your garden, program ourselves to look at them First, identify your new guest, as a form of nature's decora- It is important to know and un- tions! Well, probably not. derstand; is this a good bug. Bad The most important thing to re- bug, or perhaps just an ugly bug. member when weighing out op- Bees, while a little nerve racking, tions when it comes to garden in- are great for your garden and ex- sects is too do your homework, ff tra consideration should be ex- you aren't sure call a friend or give tended as to not disturb them. us a call. And when choosing a Forest Tent Caterpillars, on the oth- treatment or prevention plan it is er hand will eat the foliage off of crucial that you follow the lagels your trees, but will not actually kill your tree. And filling out the last and instructions that are given. category are insects like potato In other news here at the office, bugs and aphids, the 4-H program is in its full The perfect example ofa com- summer glory! The land judging men "ugly" bug, would be insect team, which will compete on July galls. These small, mite like crea- 3rd, has been extremely busy tures make their home on the practicing measuring slopes, clas- leaves of trees in early spring. At sifying soils, and studying treat- this stage it is almost impossible ment recommendations for a va- to see them. However, it is when riety of situations. Youth have these micro sized bugs pack up also been attending sessions host- shop and move out that we see ed by the Extension Staff on feed- what they have left behind. There ing livestock on a budget, show- have been many leaves brought into the office this spring covered manship, and livestock evalua- in small red bumps that coat the tion. Walsh County 4-Hers are def- underside of the leaf. These small initely keeping themselves busy bumps, which can range in color this summer! from green to vibrant red, are a Until next week happy gar- form of casing that has been left dening and best of luck with your behind. These casings come in bugs. 7-9 Walsh Dates to Remember: County Plot Tour, Extension Office Park River, meal 6 pm tour 6:30 p.m.