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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JULY 3, 2013 FROM THE E PlTOR'S DESK... BY' ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS It is July. Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday that there was three feet of snow out my front door (which is not that far from the truth), and now the pool is open, the parade cars are polished, and the fireworks are ready. It seems as though we can actu- ally call it summer. The fourth of July is so close I can almost hear the fire trucks driv- ing down main street as the kids collect candy thrown along the path and smell the barbeque cook- ing in the park. I love this holiday• The Park River fourth of July celebration is one of those things in life that I think we all take for granted. We assume there is going to be a street dance• We show up on the fourth waiting for a parade. We wait until dark and watch for fireworks. But these things don't just ap- pear. There are folks behind the scenes who give up time on their holiday to make sure that the show will go on. There are people who donate money because I can assure you that none of it comes free and it gets more expensive as the years go on. I know that there are some out there who complain that there is nothing to do and that it is the same old thing ever year. If money were no object and you wouldn't be put on a committee for even making a suggestion, what would make your fourth? This celebration is what I would do for my fourth. The activities in the park, the family fun.., that is what I love about this day. The city, along with a few amazing donors and a handful of coordinators make this day hap- pen. To them, I say "thank you!" Your work is exhausting, often thankless, and even when the com- plaints are louder than the grati- tude; you make it happen every year. Well, I for one appredate it, as does my family. I can't wait for my son to sit out on main street watching the fire trucks cruise by, picking up candy he will never be able to eat all of, and try to stay awake for the fire- works show. We will be barbequing in the park, watching all of the kids tak- ing advantage of the free inflatable games, face painting, and balloon twisting. And I can't wait. To all of the naysayers, that is where the magic is happening. If you have the chance to see the look of joy on a child's face who has a fistful of candy or a kid who is playing in the park in the inflatable games who didn't have to pay a dime for any of it, or one who got to go to the pool for free swimming for the afternoon, or another who watches with awe as she listens to the sound of the fireworks "thunk" before they twinkle into smoke... That is what the fourth of July is all about. This day isn't about work or sales or presents, it is about having the freedom to feel like a kid -- whether you are three or 83. Keep up the good work, Park River? Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http.'//walsh- countypress, wordpress.com Hello, Last week we were moving some cows. I don't suppose this country has ever looked any better than it does right now. Other than the fact that I've had 150 acres of hay down for eight days now, waiting for it to dry. But, I'd rather wait for dry- ing weather than wait for a rain. And over the years, you will spend more time waiting for rain. But it was a great time to get some cows moved. We had a hun- dred cows to move to a pasture down along the lake. And being the nice guy I am, I invited a retired cowboy to assist. A cowboy I knew would appreciate the four or five mile ride through knee high grass and following a bunch of cows through country that, I imagined, must be what heaven looked like. As we rode, I kept telling Ralph, who is in avid fisherman, that "this sure is better than fishing"? And re- ally, I think he was starting to agree. Until we came to this little creek. Hat Now it wasn't a big creek. A hun- dred cows and three riders went across. But Ralph's horse balked at the creek• There was no way she was going to put her pretty little feet in that water. Ralph was working hard to get her across and all of sud- den she turned and tried to climb this bank along the creek. To make a long story short, she didn't make it and Ralph ended up going off the horse and she kind of used him as a bridge to walk across. Now, I've seen lots of wrecks and this one wasn't too serious. So a cou- ple of us kept on with cows and a couple stayed to make sure Ralph was fine. An hour later I get back to the crossing and Ralph is in bad Tips shape. We had been out of cell serv- ice so one cowboy had ridden up on the ridge and called a guy to bring his Ranger side by side down. Somehow, in trying to load Ralph they had gotten him wedged be- tween the seat and the floorboard• He's a little bit round. Quite a bit round. Every time we tried to get him out he would moan and scream in pain. Not good. Took a half hour to get him unwedged. Then we sent for a pickup. Now, you know how little boys are mean• That's kind of the way cowboys are. We are not doctors. But we mean well. So the sugges- tions started. "Bite on a stick. Should we boil some water? Maybe we should quarter him and pack him out like an elk. Can I have your horse?" I guess we knew Ralph would appreciate the humor. We seriously considered calling a helicopter. But we had an ambu- lance waiting on top. So we en- couraged Ralph to toughen up and stand on that leg. After a lot of sweat and pain, we got him slid in the back seat of the pickup and up the rough ride to the ambulance• They took him to Dickinson and then he was air lifted to Bismarck. Broken pelvic, which we had en- couraged him to stand on, broken bones around eye, which we had complimented him on, saying it made him look tough, and numer- ous bruises, which we touched and asked if they hurt. But he is a cowboy, and as we were sliding him into the ambulance, he looked up at me and said "fish- ing is better"? Nothing too good fora cowboy! Get well Ralph? Later, Dean TEEN BEAT BY EMILY LAAVE¢. ....... INTERN, WALSH COUNTY PRESS 2013 brings a switch in a classic family tradition My family has always spent the 4th of July in Park River, and why not? We always have rela- tives come over who I haven't seen in a year or more, and good food is always a staple that comes in bucket-loads from both sides of the family• Another big item on the list of things that will happen is the parade. Seeing that we always have at least three family members in it, it is a mandatory event with no excuse to miss. But this year we decided to do something different• This year, we have decided to go to Minneapolis to spend the 4th of July there. I'm hopeful that it will go well, but then again, with my luck, there'll be that one thing that will go horribly wrong and ruin the whole trip. Some- thing like forgetting to bring a charging cord for my phone, and it dies as soon as we leave Park River• But with money in hand, I am confident that I will have a good time anyway, for there is lit- tle that can go wrong when you have big attractions like the biggest mall in America rela- tively close to the hotel, and a tram very close-by to said mall that will take you to Target sta- dium. However; that doesn't mean that I won't miss our small-town Independence Day celebration, where there will always be fam- ily and friends at least a block away. Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http://walsh- countypress, wordpress.eom Puhlie0000 Prevent. Promote, Protect, ICu00 wrndcxrr A Walsh County Health District Short Shots Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children; it happens quickly and silently. A child can drown in 2 inches of water in just seconds. Adult supervision is the key to keeping kids safe around water. Seconds Count Supervision Saves In the Bathtub • Don't use baby seats • Empty the tub after use • Never leave kids unattended • Don't answer the phone or the door At Lakes and Rivers • Put children in life jackets when in or near or on the water • Is your child in the right size life jacket? Make sure to check the label. In the Yard • Fence off play areas • Be aware of non-traditional water sources such as ponds, foul,,+tin and ditches In the Pool or Spa • Install four sided fencing around the water • Remove ladders when not in use If your child is missing check the water first? Indian Child Welfare Laws Should Be for Children While elected state and feder- al officials wring their hands, children on the Spirit Lake Reser- vation continue to live under a cloud of fear and poverty. Our Congressional delegation has been meeting with tribal and federal officials for several years but tragic incidents continue to un- fold, most recently the deaths of several children• Senator Kent Conrad called the reservation a "rudderless ship". Here are some of the charges and incidents that have evolved during the unraveling of this trag- ic story: • Tribal officials, or their rela- tives, have used intimidation to shut up victims of abuse. • Nine children allegedly lived with three registered sex offenders. • Social work employees were threatened with the loss of their jobs. Three children have been killed. Under pressure from Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, the Spirit Lake tribe finally surren- dered control of its child protection to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. But this reshuffling ,of chairs at the top will not end the crisis for Indian children. Every day, some have been placed in homes with al- coholism, sex offenders, hunger and personal danger. It is time to take ano,ther look at the federal foster care and adoption policy that keeps Indian children in homes that threaten their well- being while safe homes are auto- matically ruled out. One of my first assignments as lieutenant governor was to help a couple in Cass Counly that had adopted a Native-American child. They were told that they could not keep the child because the child's tribe demanded the child be taken from them and placed with some family on the reservation. It turned out to be federal law and the couple was heart-broken. Because a large number of adoptive and foster children were being placed in non-Indian homes off of the reservations, Indian leaders complained that this trend eventually would end Indian iden- tity. They called it "cultural geno- cide". So the 1978 Indian Child Wel- fare Act was passed to give tribes the last word on the placement of Indian children. The law was im- properly named because it was not a law for children's welfare at all. The law gave the home tribe of children control of adoption as well as child abuse cases. So even though the Cass County couple loved and cared for their Native- American child, the tribe trumped love with the law. Some Native-Americans will defend this legislation even though it places the interests of the tribe ahead of the rights of children. As a consequence of this legislation, children are now ending up in un- suitable homes. In some cases, this placement of occurs because there are not enough Native-American homes available. In other cases, children may be placed with unqualified families for the money that is in- volved. They are used as "cash cows" for favored friends or rel- atives. If there ever were circum- stances requiting the profession- alism of social workers, it would be in the placement of children. Professionals would place the in- terests of the children ahead of all other considerations. Unfortu- nately, the professionalism of so- cial workers has been badly bat- tered in the turmoil at Spirit Lake. If we pass laws sacrificing chil- dren to protect the heritage of tribes, then we should support laws prohibiting interracial mar- riages because such marriages are changing the bloodlines of Indians and soon we won't be able to tell Native-Americans from Cau- casians. In fact, this is already a controversial issue on reserva- tions. The federal law needs to be changed so that the emphasis of care canbe shifted back to the chil- dren. Placement ought to be per- mitted in the best home for the children, regardless of whether that home is Native-American, African-American, Caucasian Asian or Susu. Extension Exchange Butter vs. Margarine The relative healthfulness of butter versus margarine has been an ongoing controversy. It has started many debates by nutrition scientists in laboratories and con- sumers in grocery stores. After news of trans-fatty acids' effects on heart health, many American switched from margarine back to butter believing that hydro- genated margarine which has trans fat is harmful to heart health. Butter has a long history dat- ing to ancient times. Rationed during World War II, butter was such a desired commodity that many people kept a cow to pro- vide butter. Margarine's colorful history started out colorless. Margarine was develop.ed in 1870 in response to Napoleon's challenge for a butter substitute. A Frenchman discov- ered margaric acid and used it to create his butter-like concoction. The drops of fat reminded the re- searcher of pearls, which in Greek are called "margarites." In the early 1900s, margarine was white and coloring bans were in place in 32 states. A po- tential law that would have made margarine pink was voted down. Taxes were placed on yellow margarine, so "bootleg" colored margarine became popular. Dur- ing the 1930s, the U.S. military was banned from using mar- garine for anything other than cooking. By the 1950s, the re- strictions on margarine ended. Since then, many types and brands of margarine have be- come available. In 2009, each American ate, on average, about 4.9 pounds of butter and 3.7 pounds of margarine, according to the U.S Department of Agri- culture. Each person also con- sumed about 15.9 pounds of shortening and 51.9 pounds of salad oil. Compare the types of fat you typically purchase. Margarine types vary in their nutritional content, so compare Nutrition Facts labels for saturated fat and trans fat in particular. Saturated fat is found naturally in some vegetable and animal fats. Trans fat is formed when veg- etable oils are hydrogenated to make solid or shelf- stable short- enings, margarine and oils. Harder margarines have more trans fats than soft margarines and oils. About 40% of hard mar- garines are made up oftrans fatty acids which is also saturated. Trans fat is found in most fast- food french fries, in some snack foods and in some bakery goods such as cookies, pastries and cakes. Consuming a diet high in trans fat may result in a double whammy. It may raise your LDL (bad) blood cholesterol and re- duce your HDL (good) blood cholesterol• About 60% of the stick mar- garine is unsaturated and still preferred over butter. Using soft margarines is even better as they contain high polyunsaturated and are made from un-hydrogenated oils. Soft margarines (i.e., tub or spray bottle) have less trans fats and they are less likely to raise serum cholesterol levels than hard margarine or butter. Flavor preferences are important. Select the one that you like but eat a tiny amount. Try recipes that call for oil in- stead of solid shortening. Consider these tips when choosing the spread for your toast: • Minimize your trans fat in- take. Be a label reader. Don't stop with the Nutrition Facts label• Check the ingredient label, too. If the ingredient list includes "partially hydrogenated oil," there's a good chance the food contains some trans fat. Be aware of this loophole for food manu- facturers: Foods that contain less than 0.5 gram of trans fat per serving can list the amount of trans fat as zero. • Don't give up on your fa- vorite foods. If you prefer butter, monitor your portion size. Keep in mind that 1 tablespoon of but- ter provides more than one-third of the "daily value" for saturated fat. • If you prefer margarine or are on a special diet, use the softer spreads that have less sat- urated fat and trans fat. Consider trying some of the spreadable butter and oil mixtures. Herb Butter This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service. Ingredients • A cup softened butter • 2 Tbsp. finely shopped pars- ley, basil, or herb of choice • 1/1 tsp. minced garlic • 2-3 tsp. lemon juice • Salt and pepper to taste Directions Blend all ingredients and form into a roll. Wrap tightly and freeze up to 6 months. Slice and use as desired. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Watch for early crop diseases As it continues to stay wet in our fields we should expect to see a few problems occur. Depending on the amount of water the field has received and what crop is there the damage can vary. Some fields will remain fine and free of problems as some we could see fungus problems starting and some have been totally washed out. In wheat fields expect to see tan spot. With this small yellowish di- amond shaped spots with a dark brown center will appear on the leaf. This pathogen overwinters on crop residue• It's released in the early spring when conditions have been wet! The spores are dis- persed by wind. In Sugar beets Aphanomyces root rot may occur. This is more likely to happen in fields that have had problems in the past. Fa- vorable conditions are soils that are around 65 degrees and are wet. Soil temps are currently around 65 degrees• In soybean fields, especially the ones that are planted on dry bean, sugar beet or soybeans last year rhizoctonia can be likely to occur. Use a tolerant variety to diseases and a fungicide application at planting• This will help reduce the chance of disease. Many of these diseases are un- preventable. The best thing is to watch for them and catch them early in development and start to control them as soon as possible• HaveyoureadtheR'000000today? Start or renew your subscription: In.County $34 / Out-of-County $38 / Out.of.State $42 RO. Box 49, Park River, ND 58270 !