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Pa00e 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, IULY I 6, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS You may have noticed a slight change to the Walsh County Press. Since 1883, the Press has been through a few different names and a few major stylistic changes. This year, starting with issue number 1, I decided it was time for a slightly shinier look. The changes are cosmetic -- font updates and what not. The front flag is now what I like to call Front Page Life, which is a photo representation of Hello, There are many necessary evils in life. Maybe more in the ranch- ing business than in many occu- pations. Rising creeks with washed out fences. Dust and snowstorms. Lighting strikes and range fires. Prolapsed cows and backwards calves. The list can go on. But bulls are the worst. These past couples of weeks, ranchers have been busy tuming bulls out with cows. They are the worst things on the planet to han- dle. Well, maybe high school boys would rate up there very close. Bulls that have been together for several months have pretty much established the pecking or- der. That is, until you chase them through a gate. Then all hell breaks loose. I don't care if it is a wire gate, a pipe gate, a swinging gate, or a dragging gate. I don't care if you are moving them from one pasture to another, or from one pen in the corral to the other. They beller like mad, paw a little dirt, and the fight is on! Inevitably, they, kind of like some wrestlers, prefer to work on the edge of the mat. And you can bet your bottom life in northeastern North Dakota. The volume number has been in- cluded to help celebrate the longevity of our award-winning paper and the dedication we have had to Walsh County over the years. And section headers will be used to introduce organized sections whether the page cele- brates community headlines, columns featuring various per- spectives in Walsh County and beyond, the youth of our region, Hat dollar that they will crash into the fence. I don't care if it is wire, pipe, or electric. When a bunch of ton bulls hit the fence, it is demolished. If you are horseback, on a 4- wheeler, or in a pickup, get out of the way. I usually send Vern Bak- er into the fray, just to speed up the destruction. Vem is my dog. Well, a dog. He's the one that specializes in being in the wrong place. But dang, he loves speeding up the ac- tion in a bullfight. Doug and Cheryl took bulls out last week. Some Hereford. Some Angus. Now, everyone knows Angus bulls love to beller and start the fight. Herefords kind of hang back, saving their energy for lat- er. Doug has both breeds of bulls. The trouble started because it looked easy. All the bulls but one were lying fight by the gate. One .sa.mantan (K21CtY - 7..) ................. Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We have enjoyed the nice weather last week and sitting outside. Stop over and see our waterfall in action we are very happy to have the water flowing. Our Auxiliary Pie Social is July 20th 2-4pm that would be a great time to come see it, and enjoy some homemade pie! This week July 13th-19th July 13th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Hinrichs, 3pm word game July 14th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Drive, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo July 15th 10am Men's Time, lpm Making Mints, 3:30 Gardening Julyl6th 11:15 Resident Council, 3pm Bingo July 17th 3pm Painting Flowers, 6:30 Movie night July 18th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Outdoor Strolls July 19th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Crafts, 2:30 Bingo Next Week July 20th-26th July 20th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Torbit, 2-4pm Auxiliary Pie Social July21 st 10am Embroidery Group, 1 pm Drive, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Beanie Baby Bingo July 22nd 10am Men's Time, lpm Garden Work July 23rd 3pm Bingo July 24th 3pm Auxiliary Hosted by Trinity Lutheran, 6:30 Bachelor Par- ty July 25th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Outdoor Strolls July 26th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten,2:15 Bingo, 3pm Watermelon Fest Thank You to all our many Volunteers ,Pastor Hinrichs, Shirley Sobo- lik, Linda Larson, Cheryl Cox, Karla Nygard, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Arnold Braaten, Lorene Novak, Pastor Him-ichs, Sue Fagerholt, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten. I am sorry if I missed any one. We are looking for volunteers to play the piano for Devotions and worship if you would like to help please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. / Have you ever been surprised by something yor teen tells you? Something you were sure they would never conside/ doing? Yep, I bet you have. Apparently some of the information w6 impart to our chil- dren never gets into their brain! There is a tool developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control. It is a Parent Teen Driving Agree- ment. It is a contract that you make with ygur teen that talks through some details that you may forget when y discuss driving with your teen. Examples are: / I will only drive when I have permission to use the car and I will not let anyone else drive the cay unless I have permission. I will pay for all traffic violations or parking tickets. I will never give rides to hitchhikers. The contract includes restrictions and what the penalties are for con- tract violation. Not only does this document help spur your discussion with your teen, but having it in writing as a contract helps them remember the rules. For the full Parent Teen Driving Agreement go to: or the accomplishments of ath- it leads." letes in our area. Well, in the slightly para- While these may seem like lit- tle tweaks to the general popula- tion, I have been sitting on them for some time now. We chose to introduce the new Press on issue 1 rather than Jan. 1 because it is a new year for us and with any new year come new resolutions. Ours is to continue improving in our service to the communities of Walsh County and the sur- rounding area and look good doing it. We will continue to be a plat- form for community news. The word on the street is that newspapers are dead. That nasty rumor came from the streets of big cities where neighbors are strangers and news follows the age-old paradigm of "If it bleeds, phrased words of Mark Twain, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." As long as we care about our neighbors and communities, newspapers will be a vital piece of the puzzle. Our news is your news, our friends are your friends, our schools are your schools and we will do what we can to showcase the news you care about. Send me your news because your news is our news and as long as the printers are up and running we will remain forever the Walsh County Press. Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, Tips black one was off by himself. Cheryl was to open the gate and wait until the bulls were all head- ed that way. Ron was going to hold herd. Doug would ease around the lone bull and bring him up. Good plan. But bulls hadn't heard it. It was muddy and Cheryl could- n't get her horse over to the gate. The lone bull started bellering because he knew they were going to go through a gate. The others walked up to the gate, which was still closed, and started the fight. Didn't need a gate. One got pushed through the fence. Doug swore at the bulls. Then he swore at Cheryl and Ron. But, eventually he ran out of swear words and helped chase the bulls through what was left of the fence. They trailed them along, and cut offthe black bulls in the home pas- ture. Then Doug loped ahead to open the gate into the pasture the Herefords were supposed to go in. Things were coming together nice- ly now. The bulls trailed up to the gate, into the pasture, and as the next fight started, Doug counted. Eleven. Eleven Hereford bulls. There was twelve when they left the bull pasture. Doug swore at Cheryl. He did- n't dare swear at Ron cause Ron was carrying a gun. Never swear at an armed man who is already kind of crazy. They rode back and found the bull standing in a bull berry thick- et swatting flies. He went up to- wards the gate. About twenty yards from the gate, he saw the other bulls heading for the cows. He almost jumped the fence. Al- most meaning he only tore out the top two wires and four posts. Doug reached for Runs' gun. We still don't know if he was con- templating killing the bull or him- self. Just think, in a couple months, you can lock the bulls back up. Later, Dean Ex-Hu004tes Take Issues To ...... Public'Squarel A group of nine ex-Hutterites are going to great lengths to de- nounce the theology and gover- nance flaws of Hutterite colonies in North Dakota and Canada. They are now touting a second book about their experiences and taking their case to the secular world. The Hutterite religion first ap- peared in Europe in 1528 and was named for a dynamic leader, Jakob Hutter, in the 1600s. Believers came to America in the 1870s and settled in South Dakota, Montana, North Dakota and Canada. In theology, Hutterites are fairly close to Baptists, except that they subscribe to communal living and strict pacifism. German is the first language in the colonies. Since neither communal living nor pacifism sit well with the sec- ular society, Hutterites have fre- quently been victims of ridicule and persecution. North Dakota has six or seven colonies, depending on the source, with a new one being built near Hillsboro between Fargo and Grand Forks. South Dakota and Montana have much larger settle- ments. Each colony has around 100 members. Farming is a significant part of their economic activities but some colonies have gone into various types of manufacturing and com- mercial services. While most of the complaints voiced by the nine breakaway book writers relate to the theology and governance of the colonies, they raise some serious legal issues that should catch the attention of civil authorities. In their first book, they alleged that the colonies were guilty of overlooking child abuse, violating labor and minimum wage laws, disobeying school attendance laws, disregarding possible sex abuse, and providing alcohol to minors. Without receiving formal com- plaints, however, law enforcement agencies are hard-pressed to storm the colonies in search of violations. And because colonies are religious organizations, attempts to enforce state laws could be construed as a form of religious persecution. In their fast publication, each of the nine narrated the dismal cir- cumstances of life in the colonies. They felt as though they were pris- oners due to the lack of preparation for employment outside of the colony, shunning by family and friends that dared leave the colony, and the unknown spiritual conse- quences of defying authority. Nevertheless, they used the Declaration of Independence to justify their right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," not understanding that the Declaration guaranteed no rights and repre- sented a secular argument against King George. All of the nine professed a new "born-again" faith that, they allege, was unacceptable to colony lead- ers. They all seemed to find new religious, economic and social lives in the freedom of the secular world. Even though their first book was punctuated with scriptural ref- erences, an air of bitterness and condemnation permeated the writ- ing. It was unforgiving and vindic- tive. Having been victims of heavy- handed authoritarianism, it is un- derstandable that painful memories and loss of families could be enough to make them bitter. At the same time, however, if their new- found faith was really based on teachings in the New Testament, then they were called to meekness and forgiveness, not bitterness. Their arguments are basically theological in natm'e but their writ- ing seems to be an appeal to secu- lar society for justification of their departure from Hutterite society. As for the vindictiveness in their writing, I quote from page 108 in their first book: "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice. And be kind to one another, ten- derhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." (Ephesians 4:31) Christians should not be dis- paraging other Christians in the secular square. Theirs is a family argument for professing Christians and not a secular debate. Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service N[ore Dirt 00ght Promote Eaang More Vexes You can leam a lot of life's les- sons by tending a garden. With regular weeding, sunlight and water, our garden boxes will produce string beans, peas, lettuce, omons, radishes and other vegeta- bles as the summer progresses. After the hands-on gardening, I led the pack of joyful children from the garden to the piano for music class. Digging in dirt was a tough act to follow, so I distributed tam- bourines and other percussion in- struments. My ears still are ringing. Despite the musical accessories, gardening was the most popular ac- tivity. I'm OK with that. Besides promoting increased physical activity for people of all ages, gardening activities can pro- mote enhanced consumption of vegetables. Vegetables are the food group most likely to be lacking in the diets of children and adults. A rainbow of fruits and vegeta- bles not only adds color to your plate, but it also adds bountiful nu- trition. In most cases, the darker and brighter the hue, the more natural an- tioxidants, vitamins and minerals are present in the fruits and vegetables. That's why having a salad with dark green spinach, romaine and/or kale adds more nutrition to your plate than a plateful of iceberg lettuce. Vegetables and fruits are rich sources of vitamins, especially vi- tamins A and C. For example, car- rots, leafy greens and sweet potatoes are good sources of vitamin (as beta carotene). Peppers and tomatoes are good sources of vitamin C. To maintain the nutrition in your vegetables, be sure to remember your "three R's": reduce the amount of water used, reduce the cooking time and reduce the amount of ex- posed surface by limiting cutting, paring and shredding. If you have a bumper crop of let- tuce and radishes, this recipe pro- vides a tasty way to add more to your menu. Radishes add some spark to your recipes. Consider this tip: After harvest- ing radishes, be sure to remove their leafy tops before placing them in your refrigerator. Store unwashed radishes in an open or perforated plastic bag in a refrigerator drawer separate from the one in which you store fruits. Rinse radishes and trim their roots just before serving. Be creative with your added sal- ad ingredients. Add some dried or canned fruit, crunchy nuts and oth- er flavorful ingredients. Add some leftover grilled chicken and/or hard- cooked eggs and you have a main dish. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Extension Service food and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Ex- ercise Sciences. Editor's Note The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Figure i..'fsog has excessive st (saiiae) but is 'w in sodium, soh sructure wih' stB be wet/ e otffjh o provice good r,ince ('eft} (fsoh' is hi_h in 5,'hlttm (sodic) vflter iil not be abCe to ara,e, (,'ge, O 'Feoro P W 01- 6 Soa So&aty a-, ND Last Tuesday, July 8, Walsh County Extension hosted a plot tour and dinner. Bryan Hanson (Research Agronomist), Lesley Lubenow(Area Agronomy Spe- cialist), and Naeem Kalwar(Area Soil Health Specialist) came down from the Langdon Research Ex- tension Center and gave various pre- sentations associated with current agricultural events in the area. Naeem updated us with real-time data he's collected, related to re- mediating soil sodicity in Western North Dakota. This was not a University study, but something he worked on with a farmer facing major salt problems and has seen great improvements in his soil structure over the past year. This data could very well relate back to some of the soil salinity issues we face here in Walsh County. Many producers in the area are well aware of saline soils and the problems it can cause on productive acres. Saline soils have high amounts of soluble salts and can be analyzed by an Electrical Conduc- tivity (EC) test. Soils high in sol- uble salts reduce a plant root's po- tential to absorb water from the soil. Sodic soils are soils with high levels of sodium (Na). This is not a salt problem, but high levels of sodium may mess with the cation exchange sites or chemistry of soil particles, which will disrupt soil structure, making it difficult for water to drain through the soil; a process known as dispersion. Soil sodicity can be analyzed by Sodi- um Adsorption Ratio (SAR) testing. Testing your soils pH will also be helpful in management strategies. Now this farmer that Nacem worked with in Westem ND in- stalled drainage tiles to improve drainage with little to no impore- ments resulting. In the fall of 2012, they tested his soil on two sites and found sodacity and salintity issues. To manage the sodicity issues, it was recommended to apply Ca2+ sup- plements to displace the Na+, in this case the form of Gypsum (CaSo4- 2H20). Gypsum was applied to site 1 in the spring of 2013, and the sites were tested again in the fall of 2013. SAR results showed that sodium content had decrested by al- most half the amout in the first 0-12 inches where most of the sodum problems were occurring, a dig- nifieant change. At site 2, where no gypsum was applied, soil testing showed higher leves of SAR from fall 2012-fall of 2013, indicating that sodum based salts continued to ac- cumulate at all depths. To conclude this study, Sodium (Na+) was able to convert to a salt (Na2SO4) after the gypsum (CaSO4) reaction and leach down into the soil profile. The improved soil structure resulted in improved internal drainage and the higher an- nual precipitation facilitated the salt leaching process. So, if you are concerned about salinity issues and want to get your soil tested (EC test) for solutions to manage it, remember to test for sod- icity as well (SAR test), as your problem may be more than just a soluble salt issue. A big thanks to Naeem Kalwar for a great presen- tation last week. Sources: Kalwar, Naeem. Remediating Soil Sodicity in Western North Dakota. Powerpoint. July 8th, 2014. Accessed July 14th, 2014. Dates to Remember: 7/23 -Project Safe Send. 9am-3pm. 519 South Street, Michigan. Get rid of unusable pesticides safely. 7/24 - Project Safe Send. 9am-3pm. 333 Commerce Street, Grafton. Get rid of unusable pesticides safely.