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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JULY 3, 2017 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS What does it take to make a small-town celebration happen? Easy answer: A handful of vol- unteers, a few generous dona- tions, and a whole lot of town pride. What isn't easy is throwing to- gether a reunion, a jubilee, a cen- tennial, a quasquicentennial, or a Summerfest, HillClimb or Fourth of Jury for that mattez: It takes months of planning and even more heart. People just expect these things to happen. There is no magic wand that makes a pa- rade appear. It takes a lot of hard work. For us, we wanted to make sure we squeezed every last bit of into into this issue before the hol- iday delay, so that means the Wednesday Press became a Tues- day Press (for this week anyway). Every last schedule change we could find, along with the press releases and reunion news be- came this issue. Every schedule sponsor we could dig up helped make it happen and next week we will be back on Wednesday with a full spread of your every Fourth photo op we could catch. Several years ago now, Crys- tal hosted their big 125 celebra- tion. For me, that meant a lot of town clean ups, and an entire day in a dunk tank. The parade was bigger than the town and there was so much candy being thrown on the streets, kids were starting to get picky about what they would and wouldn't take home. A few years after that it was Park River's turn and that meant many long office hours scroung- ing for stories and ads, and mak- ing an attempt by Katrina, Larry and I to get everything in on deadline. Though I seem to recall the air conditioning m +aking my office hours worthwhile This year, Whitman, Forrest River, and Dahlen (forgive me if I forgot anyone) are inviting everyone to come on down and check out their towns. There is the promise of parades and street dances to boot. To these towns, as well as to Grafton for SummerFest, Park River for the Fourth and Fordville tbr the HillClimb, thank you! It is because you have volunteers who care about your town and your tradition that we even celebrate events like this that bring communities together allowing us all to visit, relax, and remember why we love living in small town North Dakota to begin with. Thanks for the countless hours in committee meetings you spend trying to decide how best to have something for everyone. Thanks for lining up parades year alter year. Thanks for hiring the bands for the street dances. Thanks for the face painting, fireworks, and inflatable games. Thanks for car- ing! We salute you! Like '" tile Wal,s'h CounO' Press on Face- book and check out our blog at hltp.'/Aval,s,h- countypress. H'ordpres's.'om Hell(), You know how things start out kind of small and then sometimes kind of steamroll? It's happening to inc. I have become a penpal. Fifty years ago, when letter writing was a more cormnon way of commu- nication, we had penpals in school. I suppose it was like face- book or twitter and other social media, but it was more personal. As communication became speedier, letter writing kind of faded away for most of us. But, because I am not a very bright person, I am now a penpal with the Internal Revenue Serv- ice. It's really not my fault. But they don't seem to care. I was the bookkeeper for our hotshot (oil- field delivery) service. We had one employee. One. Now with one employee, even a cowboy with a low IQ should be able to get things done. Right? Wrong. Each quarter you have to file a form reporting your withholding. Shouldn't be too hard. I can do this. Last summer I paid a guy Hat Tips for the last two weeks of one month on the first day of the next month. This created a problem for the IRS that threatens to bring down the U.S. government. You calculate the withholding on the date you write the check, not the days worked. So I underpaid one month and overpaid the next month. I received a notice that my re- turn was wrong and I would have to file an amended return. Know what I did? I filed an amended return. With the help of a profes- sional tax guy. That should take care of it. Nope. Got a letter say- ing I had overpaid and would soon be getting three hundred plus dollars back. I did. I thought that was kind of cool, so I wrote them a letter thanking them for their prompt action. Two months later I received a certified letter. Have you ever got- ten a certified letter that was good news? I thought so. Anyway this letter informed me in big capital letters that this was my second and final notice. They were com- ing after my first born, who's pretty old now, and all of my physical possessions if I didn't send them their three hundred plus dollars. This is the money they sent me one month previous. I got hold of the accountant, took the letter in to him, and with my hand shaking, wrote out a check and mailed it to treasury. Case closed. The accountant as- sured me that I was in the clear. I wouldn't have to serve time. The tax man wouldn't be at my door with a court order taking all my stuff. I was so happy. Friday, I received a letter from the IRS. 1 have overpaid my with- holding by three hundred plus dollars. It will be applied to the next pay period. I have written them and infornled them we do not have a next pay period. We sold the business. The problem now is that I have overpaid them and I received in- terest on the overpayment! One cent! One damn cent. And they are informing me that I have to re- port this interest on my taxes! As the Congress approaches the "fiscal cliff ' they keep refer- ring to, I am contemplating what this one cent of unanticipated in- come will do to me. Maybe it is a trick to get me into a higher tax bracket'? Maybe. One thing I do know, I'll bet you dollars to donuts that I get another letter saying I made a mistake. Later, Dean G,ood . Happenings at Out" Moniea Simon ADC Upcoming Events: July 4 Parade Watching July 5 2:30 Monthly Colrununion Service July 12 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party July 13 7:30 Mennonite Singers July 16 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride July 26 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and Program July 29 Annual Garden Party YOUR PETS UP TO DATE W00vH Vats? Walsh County Health District Short Shots I would like to tell you about a recent case of rabies in North Dakota that brings home how very important it is to vaccinate your pets, and to keep their vaccinations up to date. In April a physician contacted the ND Department of Health about a possible rabies exposure involving a domestic cat and a skunk. The patient indicated that he had looked outside and noticed his normally indoor pet cat fighting with a skunk. He ran outside and the skunk ran away. Since the skunk had sprayed, the man took his cat inside to try to bathe it and in the process was bitten by his cat. The patient sought care worried about the potential of the skunk saliva in the mouth of his cat, since moments before they were in what was described as mouth to mouth combat. The cat had been previously vaccinated for rabies, but was no up to date on its rabies immunization. The ND Deparmaent of Health and the ND Board of Animal Health recommended that the patient start post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) due to the potential for the skunk saliva transferring to the cat's mouth during the fight. The incubation period for rabies (time from exposure until time disease starts) in cats can be from two weeks to 6 months. The cat could not have gotten rabies from this encounter with the skunk, but the owner decided to euthanize the cat since it was not up to date on its vaccines and he was concerned. The cat, shockingly, tested positive for rabies. The exposure to rabies was not even from the situation that occurred from the cat and the skunk fighting! The cat actually had active rabies from a prior unknown exposure, and was not sick enough yet for the patient to know anything was wrong! This history highlights how important it is to vaccinate your pets for rabies, to keep them up to date on vaccines, and to follow up on every animal bite, even ones from pets. Ulll source for Happy Happenings, Walsh County press 284'6333 More grief comingfor higher education board In their unending war with the Board of Higher Education, some legislators are planning another at- tack in the upcoming legislative session. While a variety of excuses are being offered, the truth is that the legislature wants to grab more au- thority in state governance and can't tolerate a constitutionally-in- dependent entity over which they have no direct control. Most legislators accept the con- stitutional arrangement for the board but there are a few in every session who are bent on grabbing more power. After 75 years, we have become familiar with legisla- tive encroachment on this inde- pendent board created by the peo- ple in the 1930s to insulate it from politics. However, the politicians never give up. As a pretext for grabbing power, some legislators are pointing to the board's handling of the Sioux logo. This is an ironic argument since the whole logo fiasco was fathered by the legislature in the first place. It was none of their business. Another accusation relates to the reckless granting of degrees at Dickinson State. This was a failure on the part of the staff rather than the board itself. A change in the structure of the board would not have avoided any of these problems. "Is there a better way to do it? I don't know the answer to that," Board Chairperson Grant Shaft stated recently. After considering all options, the 8-member board system in North Dakota looks like the best possible vehicle for responsible nonpolitical management of the 11 public institutions of higher learn- ing. Even so, legislators are throw- ing out ideas but none of their pro- posals are as good as what we al- ready have. House Majority Leader AI Carl- son, sponsor of the logo fiasco, is proposing a director of higher ed- ucation appointed by the governor who would be advised by an l 1- member council appointed by the governor with the consent of the legislative leadership. This proposal has a number of defects. First, it confuses account- ability. Gubernatorial appointees should be accountable to the gov- ernor. This would not be the case if a council were giving policy direc- tion to the governor's appointee. Second, the governor would not be permitted to appoint the council without the "advice and consent" of the "legislative leadership." This rneans that the majority and mi- nority floor leaders would have considerable influence in the kind of advice the council would be giv- ing higher education. An equally defective proposal is the idea presented by the Citizens for Responsible Government, an alleged "think tank" in Bismarck. They are talking about initiating a constitutional amendment calling for the statewide election of a com- missioner of higher education to run the institutions. This is an interesting suggestion for a state that already elects twice as many officials as the average state. Voters are already overtaxed in the election process. If it weren't for partisan identi- fication and name familiarity, most voters wouldn't know how to vote on offices below governor. Citi- zens for Responsible Government who think otherwise should take a list of the state offices filled by election down the street and ask citizens to name the present office- holders. They can't. Academic institutions require more professional insight md over- sight than the average politician can offer. In addition, running for office is about as political as it gets. Instead of protecting higher education from politics, electing the commissioner would make academic tenure, courses of study, faculty qualifica- tions and college officials fair game. The institutions would be scandalized by nitpicking in every session. Chairperson Shaft's question is appropriate. The answer is that there is likely not a better way to govern higher education than our present board system. Ext, Exchange Farmers Markets- Healthy Food with a Side of Community Involvement Summer farmers markets are a geat place to find fresh, affordable and locally grown produce and provide an opportunity for com- munity members to connect and so- cialize while supporting the local economy. With area farnlers mar- kets in full swing it's now easier than ever to access seasonal fruits and vegetables and take advan- tage of the variety of delicious, nu- tritious produce. Buying produce at farmers mar- kets is not only good for you, it's good for your community too. People buy food locally for many reasons. At one level, farm- ers markets provide an abundance of diverse fresh foods boosting the health and well-being of growers and residents. Local producers pro- vide the freshest, most delicious lo- cally grown and produced food, es- pecially fruits and vegetables. Farm- es markets can also be a great place to buy locally-sourced organic meats, eggs, dairy and baked goods. On another level, people like to know where and how their food is produced. When you buy at a farm- ers market or pick your own pro- duce you know the farmer. This is someone local who earns our trust by one-on-one discussions at the point of purchase. You may know where the person lives and you might even be able to visit the farm to see exactly where and how the food is produced. People feel they have more control over their own tbod destiny when they are aware of the process of getting the food from the farm to their table. Farmers markets also offer dif- ferent economic advantages when food is purchased locally - from the vitality of the fanns where you buy to the local communities the inde- pendent markets serve. When you purchase local fresh vegetables and fruits, the dollars you spend cir- culate three to four time in this com- munity. When you purchase animal products, the figure is two to three times. These all boost the local economy much more than pur- chasing from a large, "big-box" na- tional retailer that directs some of the sales price to local labor in the store but most of the funds to dis- rant farmers and processors. Be good to you and your com- munity this summer, shop the farm- ers markets. Grafton's Farmers Market runs Tuesdays from 5-7 pm at Leistikow Park, Jtme-September. Park River's Farmers Market runs Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm at Little City Park, July-September. For more information on other area markets visit www.ndfarm- ersmarkets.com. Food Safety Precautions Even though fruits, vegetables and juice are nutritious parts of the diet, there are some food safety pre- cautions. For example, contami- nated melons, sprouts and rasp- berries have been linked with food- borne illness outbreaks. Here are some food safety tips: Wash your hands tbr at least 20 seconds with soap and water before handling produce and any other food. Wash all fruits and vegetables with cool nmning tap water right be- fore eating. Don't use dish soap or detergent because these products are not approved or labeled by the FDA for use on foods. Scrub melons with a brush and running water, because bacteria can be transferred from the outside of the melon to the inside by a knife. Don't cross-contaminate: Use clean utensils and cutting boards when peeling or cutting up produce. Wash cutting boards with soap and water, rinse and sanitize between uses. A solution of 1 teaspoon bleach per quart of water is con- sidered safe and effective. Cut away bruised parts before eating. Remove the outer leaves from lettuce and cabbage. Avoid serving sprouts to at-risk populations like the very young, old, or those whose immune system is- n't able to function at nomaal levels. For example, people undergoing cancer treatment often cannot eat fresh produce. Keep fresh cut produce cold by placing serving containers on ice. Perishable food should spend no more than two hours in the "danger zone" (40 to 140oF). Store produce in containers that are free from excess liquid. Refrigerate cut produce and use within a few days. Around the County Does Your Corn Look a Little 'Floppy'? It seems that more than ever that when listen to a current crop report or trying to research a dis- ease or possible deficiency in your corn you will need to have a dic- tionary or translator on hand to re- ally take anything away from it. However, once in a while comes along a condition that is so simply named that many look at you like you are lying to them. This spring has been quite dry resuhing in new and unheard ofproblenls for many corn growers in the area. While taking a walk through your field have you noticed stalks that seem to flop or tilt at a 45 degree angle? Well, here comes the diagnosis of the century. You most likely have Floppy Corn Syndrome. (Yes, I'm serious.) We are seeing quite a few mild cases in our area. When the corn was planted it got off to a good start and the first set of roots took. However, between the V1-V6 stages, when the nodal roots (the ones you tend to see above ground) began to develop, the ground was so dry that the new roots were un- able to find sufficient moisture and simply stopped developing. As the stalk continued to grow the plant was unable to remain bal- anced and sturdy without the miss- mg roots. When walking through your field you are most likely to see these "floppy" stalks on the higher ground of your field as these areas will have had the least amount of moisture. When ex- anaining the "floppy" stalks you will notice that the stubby and darkened stubs look like they could have been injured by an her- bicide or been infected by some sort of a disease. However, with our lack of current moisture you can point to Floppy Corn Syn- drome as the villain. The leaves on these plants also tend to appear purple due to the lack of root de- velopment and the accumulation of anthrocyanin in the leaves. A shallow seeding, think less than an inch, can increase your chances of having Floppy Corn Syndrome, but with the spring we have had, this problem is all but in- evitable. However, there is some good news. The nodal roots (those found at the crown) do have the ability to almost start up where they left off and try again to take root. What we need now is a few good soaks of rain. So 1 conclude that everyone should cross their fingers, jump backwards three times, hold your breath, dance around under the moon, or possi- bly call in a thvor to the man up- stairs. So until next week, here's hop- ing for rain. Dates to Remember: 7-9 Walsh County Plot Tour, Extension Office Park River, meal 6 p.m. tour 6:30 p.m.