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PAGE 4 1 PRESS PERSPECTIViS FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS About a month and a half later, Bible camps, basketball camps, the softball season has come to a off-season volleyball, babysitting, close. Out of six official league and no driver's license . . . that games, Park River 16 and" under doesn't even include the time they ladies walked away with three take to just go swimming or hang solid wins and I got a handful of out with their friends. It is tough new friends, being a kid. A few months ago Park River They are scheduled and over- Park District Manager Todd Kjel- scheduled to the point of exhaus- land walked into my office and tion. On top of that I had to com- asked if I knew how to play soft- pete with the women's league for ball. After a few more office vis- players. its I finally said yes. For me summer used to mean We started practice at the end softball, county fair, 4th of July of May. and it was all downhill from The biggest challenge of the there. Highlights included this year was getting everyone at the state softball tournament in same place at the same'time. Jamestown each year and the oc- Kids are busy. They have jobs, casional trip to the State Fair in Minot. i I loved softball. I very rarely missed a practice or a game be- cause ifI missed a game, another girl would take over my position. You had to work hard to keep on the field and not on the bench. This season was not quite that way. They may have had to fight for positions, but everyone played. If you were late or missed prac= tice you ended up in the outfield. We may have had only one game where all 11 players showed up to a game, but while I can't speak for everyone I will say I had an awesome season. We played against coaches who would laugh and joke with their girls and we played against coaches who would scream at their girls and make umpires cry. I honestly watched one girl who couldn't be more the 13 get hit in the face by a ball and her coach said to her, "Now, I'm not mad at you, but do you know what you did wrong?" My first instinct was to find her an ice pak, not talk strategy. We wre not without errors and we ere not without silly points lot, but we were not witt;- out laugls and that is worth more than wins earned out of fear. We hd a building season. Next year we lose one player, but I am hoping we will be. able to gain a feW more and who knows, maybe next year the highlight of the summer for these girls might be a ,/trip to state softball like it was for rile. At the end of the day I want to be back next summer and can only hope that others feel the same. If you weren't in softball because you didn't think you would miss anything. You did. If you think that next year might beas good. It might. If you think softball is a fabu- lous way to spend a few days a week in June, let me tell you, it is. Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walsh countypress, wordpress.com Hello, Another Fourth of July cele- bration come and gone. And boy, you talk about a Goldilocks weekend. Not too hot. Not too cold. I hate it when the weather- man says that, but, then, I pretty much hate most weather men. A number of years ago, we had an exchange student spend a year with us. His name was Christian Void, from Norway. A bright, in- telligent young man who is now a doctor in Norway. I take credit for starting him down the tight road as a teenager. Christian was invited to speak at a local Lions Club. One of the supposedly adults was trying to impress his compatriots as to his own intelligence. So, he asked this high school student, "Do the people in Norway like socialized medicine?" Christian thought a minute and replied (think Norwegian accent), "The sic k people do." The next question was, "Do you have the Fourth of July in Norway?" (Again think Norwegian ac- Hat cent) "Yes we do, vut ve do not celebrate it!" Smart lad! Way smarter than I was at that age. Or, as Shirley will point out, am now. When I was that age, Hal and I were entered in the am- ateur bronc riding at the Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo. Now, forty years ago, and I guess today, it is a celebration. It was not just a three hour rodeo. It was a three day, and maybe three night, party. You saw neighbors for the only time of the year. You could share a drink with many a good friend, dance on the street, eat an early breakfast, tide a bucking horse and start all over. We were tougher then. Or as Shirley will point out, dumber. Anyway, we had a problem, This was way before synchro- nized heifers and a calving season Tips measured in days or weeks. This was start calving heifers the first of April and calve till they were done. We were down to one heifer left. Grandpa Herb was heading for Berthold for the big Fourth celebration. Hal and I were left to do a few chores and watch that last heifer. Grandpa's dust was still hanging in the still air on the morning of July third when Hal and I did the chores. We turned the saddle horses iri the pasture and put out a bag of dog food. The crippled calf got a weeks feed and all the water tanlts were given a good checking. There remained one problem. The heifer. That was the genius of the plot. I hooked on the horse trailer and Hal brought the heifer. We loaded a half dozen bales of hay, a water bucket and tub, a couple ropes, and the calf puller. That, along with our bronc sad- dles pretty much filled the pickup box. We pulled into Killdeer early that morning and found a nice parking spot for the trailer right behind the Bucking Horse Bar. In the shade! Cause that heifer was going to be there for a couple days! Heck, it worked out good. I can guarantee that the heifer got checked way more than she ever would of at home. I don't think she got a lot of sleep and she was a little too nervous to have a calf, but no harm was done. I set an arena record in the bronc riding. 28. That's right! Twenty-eight! The lowest score ever scored in the bronc riding at the Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo! I guess the record still stands today. Wish I had pictures! Gotta run! See you at the rodeo! Later, Dean Samaritan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC July has been wonderful so far with the 4th of July holiday and the wonderful weather. We ha;ce had time to. sit outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery here at the center. As we look ahead to the rest of the month we have these activities scheduled: July Events: July 14 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party Lunch and Program Grace Free Lutheran Church of Edinburg July 20 7:00 Polish Dancers Performance July 24 2-4 Auxiliary Pie and Ice Cream Social July 28 3:00 Auxiliary lunch and Program Trinity Lutheran Church Edinburg August 18 will be our Annual Fundraiser I would like to thank Pastor Jeff Johnson for providing our Monthly Communion Service and our devotional leaders for the week were Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, Sue Faggerholt, and Monica Simon. Accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Sunday Worship services and Saturday Mass were led by Father Luiten. We thank the Mennonite Singers for performing for us on Friday evening. Please come and join us for our Auxiliary Pie and Ice Cream Social on July 24 and remember to drop off and used book for our Fall Used book sale. Wou00 you your a00zb THE OVEN? Walsh County Health District Short Shots Would you put your child in the Oven? Wow, that sounds terrible, doesn't it? • On the average summer day, the temperature in a car can rise 34 degrees in 30 minutes-even with the windows cracked. • So far this year in the United State 49 children have died after being left unattended in a vehicle. No one intends to harm a child this way--take some basic precautions, • Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and when the child is put 'in the car seat take the stuffed animal in the front with the driver. • Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car. • Make "look before you leave" a routine whenever you get out of the car. • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up. • Always lock your car and keep the keys out of older children's reach. Ifa child is missing, check the car first, including the tnmk. • Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area. Above all--never leave your child unattended in the car, even with windows down. You may just be running to get something you forgot-- and get distracted. Remember, temperatures in a vehicle rise very quickly to a level that can kill your child. There's skulduggery in For most citizens, redividing the state into districts for the purpose of electing legislators is a boring subject that seems to have little relevance to daily life. However, it is one of those important civic activities that defines the quality of democracy in North Dakota. If no one else is interested, the members of the Legislature certainly are because their seats are directly affected by the manner in which the state is divided into districts, While the population of the state has remained virtually the same as it was in 2000, there has been considerable change within the state. The cities have grown and the rural areas have lost population, meaning that rural districts will once again lose zepresentation. The rural areas have a particular stake in redistricting this year. Redistricting is political dynamite. Legislators are so sensitive to redistricting that we have already heard complaints about political maneuvering to control the process. Legislative Democrats who were promised the tight to name their representatives on the 16-member reapportionment committee have accused House Majority Leader A1 Carlson of lying to them when he changed his mind and limited their choices. This sort of behavior is accepted across the country as. Republican and Democratic legislators use their political muscle to divide the spoils. Even when a majority party has over two-thirds of the seats, as the Republicans have in North Dakota, it will try to draw the district boundaries to come up with a couple more seats. It's similar to a hockey game when the home town is leading by 10-to- 1 and the fans are still screaming for one more goal. To throttle these legislative abuses of power, states have tried all sorts of methods to neutralize partisan abuse of power. Few states have found a method to make reapportionment less partisan and more fair. Consequently, a large majority of states continue to use the worst method of all- redistricting by the legislature itself. The 1972 constitutional convention dealt with this subject by proposing, that a panel of district judges do the redistricting. By the nature of their work, judges treasure neutrality and fairness more than does a legislative committee shot through with self- interest. That proposal died with the constitution. The 16-member committee now working on reapportionment was formed under House Bill 1267 which provided for appointment of the membership by the chair of the Legislative Management Committee. The committee is to come up with a plan by October 31. For all practical purposes, citizens will have very little input in the redistricting process. Under HB 1267, plans developed by the committee are exempt from the open records provisions in 44-04- 17.1 of the North Dakota Century Code until distributed. Citizens will have little time to study plans and make counterproposals They will be limited to complaining. Rural areas especially should be concemed. Even when developed in full public view, reapportionment plans are rife witl political scheming and chicanery. In drawing new boundaries, the usual priorities are as follows: (1) save your own seat; (2) save the seats of your favorite fellow party members; (3) save the seats of the rest of your party; (4) reduce the number of seats held by the opposite party, and (5) settle old scores. The Legislature should not be in charge ofredislricting in any state. If it discovered such a conflict of interest in the executive branch, it would be holding hearings and impeaching officials. This conflict of interest drives legislators often to represent themselves more than the people. To use an old adage, it's akin to putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. JULY 13, 2011 Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent • Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Ksee00 i00gr.f-ll00gd summer picnics It seems as if after the 4th of July, summer is all downhill on the slippery slope. There are still many great days ahead to enjoy a summer picnic. Although mosquitos and flies can be an- noying pests at picnics, the "bugs" you can't see, like bacte- ria, may pose a bigger problem. Bacteria LOVE the warm, humid day of summer and multiply faster than any other time of the year. Here are some tips to beat the "bugs" that may spoil your summer picnic: Keep it Clean! • Find out if there is safe drinking water at your picnic site. If not, bring water or moist towelettes for cleaning hand and other surfaces. Pack a clean tablecloth to use. • Always wash your hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds prior to handling food. Unwashed hands are the major cause of foodborne illness. Use moist towelettes if water is not available. • Be sure race meat and poultry are wrapped securely to prevent juices from cross con- taminating other foods in the cooler. , Pack enough clean uten- sils for both eating and serving food. Don't use the same utensil or platter for ray and cooked meat/poultry. Use disposable plates and utensils. • Keep foods covered to prevent insects from enjoying your food! Keep Cold Foods Cold! • Keep perishable foods cold by transporting them in an insulated cooler with lots of ice or frozen gel packs. • Pack the cooler last thing, just before leavin home. Foods chilling in your refrigera- tor should be placed directly into your cooler full of ice/gel packs. • Avoid frequently open- ing coolers containing perishable food. Keep a separate beverage cooler. • Keep the cooler in an air conditioned vehicle during trans- port and in the shade at the picnic site. Keep Hot Foods Hotl • When cooking meat or poultry, use a meat thermometer. To be safe, meat products should be cooked until they reach the following temperatures: ham- burgers, 160 degrees; beef roast, 145-170 degrees; chicken breast and whole poultry, 165 degrees and pork, 160-170 degrees. • When cooking meat or poultry, use a meat thermometer. To be safe, meat products should be cooked until they reach the following temperatures: ham- burgers, 160 degrees; beef roast, 145-170 degrees; chicken breast and whole poultry, 165 degrees and pork, 160-170 degrees. • If you are reheating food at a picnic, make sure it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information on sum- mer food safety, visit the NDSU Extension Service Website at www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/food'.ht m All my besl; to you, Julie Adapted from NDSU Extension Service publication Keep Food Safe During Summer Picnics: Publication FN-661 Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Aphids active this spring Some notes from Ian MacRae, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota Small Grain Aphids There have been reports of wheat fields in the area with aphid populations reaching or exceed- ing treatment thresholds. Re- member the treatment threshold for aphids in small grains is 8 out of 10 stems with one or more aphids (this will average out to at least 12-15 aphids per stem). If fields are already at or above treatment thresholds, aphids have been there for a while already. In small grains, yield loss from aphids happens around 300 cu- mulative @hid days (an aphid on a plant for one day is one cumu- lative aphid day, 2 on a plant for 2 days is 4 cumulative aphid days, etc). So a field at or above thresh- old has already accumulated some aphid days, waiting an ex- tended period of time to tank mix an insecticide application with your fungicide treatments might lead to a yield loss from aphid feeding - depends on how long aphids have been in the field and how many cumulative aphids days have already accumulated. To scout for aphids in small grains, pull 100 plants from across the field, if 80% or more have one or more aphids, you're above treatment threshold. Soybean Aphids There are a number of fields ffround with soybean aphid popu- lations, some developed early possibly due to overwintering and some recently infested. All of the fields I have seen are well below treatment threshold but it's obvi- ously time to start scouting for our favorite soybean insect again! Soybeans tolerate higher popula- tions of aphids than do small grains and don't see a yield loss until approx. 4500 to 6000 cumu- lative aphids days.' Currently the heaviest populations I've seen are around 50-80 aphids per plant, but, as with any summer, this will likely change (maybe up, maybe down - ya just gotta watch 'em!) We strongly recommend wait- ing treatment until you reach the treatment threshold of an average of 250 aphids per plant with 80% or more of the plants in the field having aphids. Spraying early will remove natural enemies that can curb soybean aphid popula- tions and prevent later immigrants from colonizing fields. In our ex- perience, those fields treated early, below the treatment thresh- old have a much higher probabil- ity of requiring second applica- tions to control aphid populations building later in the season. Scouting for soybean aphids is easy, prior to flowering look at the top trifoliate, after flowering, look anywhere on the plant. Get to know roughly what 250 aphids looks like before you estimate (re- calibrating your estimates every once in a while to keep accurate). And it's good practice for golf, keep your head down!