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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JULY 18, 2012 F TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Where do farmers come from? The answer to this question is more challenging than when a six-year- old wants to knowwhere babies come from. Farmers don't just happen, they are grown. Not many people dust their hands of the corporate life, wander into a tractor dealership, and say, "I think I'll go into debt today." You don't just stumble across seven quarters of land and start plant- ing. Odds are that someone called dibs eons ago. So when stories started popping up in the Grand Forks Herald about child farm labor, I took notice. The U.S. Department of Labor (very briefly) thought about setting a minimum age of 16 for tractor operators, though it would have exempted work done by young folks on farms owned by their parents. Next they wanted to set a minimum of 18 for those working in groin elevators, silos, and feed lots. Talk about impossible to regulate. It doesn't usually work out so well when bureaucrats sitting in their big city offices try to regulate those of us out here in the sticks. Try as they might, we have a slight numbers advantage and that showed when the at- tempted laws were shot down immediately. Yes, accidents happen and they are tragic no matter what age, but this is an industry of tradition. We start them young and keep them hooked. They learn how to drive tractors before they learn how to drive cars and they follow grain prices like a gambling addict. My lawnmower was bigger than my last car. When I mowed the yard it took a good chunk out of my day because the yard was no small" feat. Allis Chalmers, Case, John Deere - these are the toys my brothers and 1 grew up with, and they weren't exactly shelf sized. Out of my brothers, one came back and one never left. As for me, 1 crone back until they swapped me out for my husband. (I was never much for heavy lifting.) And I am sure that one day my son will be following dad around wanting to go a few rounds in the combine. I won't stop him. Who knows? I could be growing the next generation to feed the world. Like" the gdsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at htq. 6"wa/shcountv- press, wordpress, corn Hello, You remember the show "Bucket List"? The story of some old guys that decide to make of a list of things to do before they "kick the bucket". Well, I've started completing mine! Oh, I never wanted to go sky diving, or deep sea diving, or climb a huge mountain. Just because it is there. I'm not nmch on climbing any- thing unless the dining room is upstairs. But, being a cowboy, I always wanted to attend the Cal- gary Stampede. And this year, Shirley and I decided to go! We took off on a Thursday evening. Drove as far as Wolf Point and spent the night. By five the next morning we were rolling down the "High Line" of Mon- tana. Highway two is a great drive. You follow the Missouri and Milk Rivers. Great cow coun- try and great farnl lands. After driving through drought ravaged SE Montana and Wyoming a cou- ple weeks ago, this was, although I will probably never know, what Heaven must look like. As we crossed the border into Canada at Sweetgrass, you hit mile upon mile of wonderful farm land. Thousand upon thousand of acres of bright yellow blossoms of canola and an occasional bright blue field of flax. Miles of wheat fields waving in a light breeze. You drive along the edge of beau- tiful cities and well kept farm- steads. Contrary to what many on our side of the border believe, Canadians do not live in sold huts or log cabins. Cities such as Leth- bridge and Medicine Bow are beautiful. The highways are wide and smooth and it's about as pleasant a country as you can find. Calgary is a city of well over a million people. Now, I'm a little uncomtbrtable in a crowd of more than eight at happy hour. So it was with a little apprehension I got into this deal. But with my trusty guide, Shirley, we made it into our motel. The Stampede is billed as "The Tips Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth". I suppose because Bar- num and Bailey claimed the Greatest. And if it's not the great- est, it dang sure ranks up there with the best! Now you dump a couple of country folks in a city of over a million, you wonder how in the heck you can get to the Stampede Park. Don't worry. Just walk a block, buy a $2.75 ticket and jump on the LRT. That's the light rail train. I'm not real good at this kind of deal. And the Cana- dians notice this. You talk about being helpful! I don't know how many people could see us kind of struggling about how to know how this system works. I had vi- sions of entering the "Twilight Zone" and being stuck forever on a train going around Calgary. But with the assistance of many friends, we became professionals at riding the rail. The crowds at the Stampede are amazing! Over a hundred thousand people a day go through the gate! A hundred thousand. Way over. This was the one hun- dredth Stampede, so it was spe- cial. I'm afraid by attending the Stampede Rodeo, I have ruined my rodeo going tbr the rest of my life. They invite the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world. They select the greatest stock possible. And they have tens of thousand screaming fans. The weather was great, the people friendly and helpful, and the horses bucked like you have never seen. It is an amazing production and since I've been involved in rodeo my entire life, I sure tip my hat to them. I am writing this from a motel in Shelby on the way home. Early. Real early, Shirley is anx- ious to get to the hay field. You may not recognize me when I get back. I bought a bunch of stuff at the trade show at the Stampede, but I guess I'll explain that next week. Till then, as they say at the Stampede, YAHOO! Later, Dean THE SALT lPulg0000 Walsh County Health District ..... ,., .... ""0'' Short Shots Baby Steps! Yes, you can reduce the salt fia your diet, and not suffer trauma! Make one change a month. Here are some ideas: Become aware of how much salt (sodimn) is in foods you eat by reading labels. Try to avoid one food that you normally eat a lot that is high in sodium. Examples might be chips, canned soups luncheon meats/cheeses, and soda pop. If you add salt when you are cooking-- shop for a salt substitute, and see if you can even tell the difference. Cook with it for a month. If you add salt at the table, start to count the number of shakes that you add to your food. Reduce the number of shakes by 1- 2 each month until you don't add salt at tim table. Add one fruit or vegetable to your daily intake. Fruits and veggies tend to be low in salt and we can all benefit from more fresh fruits or vegetables. Lowering your salt intake can benefit yore" blood pressure and improve your heart health. You may be surprised that you can do tiffs with very little trauma if you just take baby steps! S00re the ove I Three who made ND a betterplace While many North Dakotans have made significant contribu- tions to the state and comnunities, the efforts of three such individuals deserve special mention upon their passing. In some ways, their unique contributions have gone un- noticed. For many, Sen. George Long- mire (R-Grand Forks) was best known as a majority floor leader in the state Senate but George played a larger role in state affairs than leadership in the Senate. He was a key player in building the two- party system that had eluded North Dakota from 1916 through 1956. In his day, the Nonpartisan League filed candidates in the Re- publican primary to oppose the candidates offered by the regular Republicans, then known as the Republican Organizing Cormnit- tee (ROC). As the "Insurgents" fought to wrest the NPL from the "Old Guard" during the 1950s so they could file NPL candidates in the Democratic primary, George was busy as chair of the Republican Unity Committee. His task was to reconcile the Old Guard NPL state officeholders with the ROC Republican office- holders and get them running to- gether on one unified ticket. This was no minor challenge as both groups had developed a strong dis- like for each other after years of bit- ter competition. But George, a paragon of diplomacy, won them over and a united Republican ticket ran in 1956. He had done his part to bring a two-party system to North Dakota. Arnold Holden of Bucyms (Adams County) was virtually un- known and he liked it that way. But his contribution continues to impact every North Dakota citizen casting a ballot in primary elec- tions. When I was on Governor William Guy's staff in the early 1960s, Arnold would occasionally stop by to complain about the lack of secrecy in primary elections. At that time, voters were required to declare publicly before the elec- tion board the name of the political party for which they wished to vote. They would then be handed that party's ballot. Without funds for legal assis- tance, Arnold prevailed on me to draft the language for a secret pri- mary system in which voters would no longer declare their party preference but get a ballot listing all parties. Then voters would vote for the candidates of the one party they preferred. Arnold single-handedly gath- ered the required 12,000 signatures to put the proposal on the ballot. In the November 1962 election, his proposal was approved 110,000 to 81,000 and voters have had a secret primary ballot ever since. Don Gackle of Garrison was a fellow member of Sigma Delta Chi, the professional journalism fraternity, at the University of North Dakota when we first be- came acquainted in 1950. After graduation, Don spent some time with the Greater North Dakota Association, tbrerunner of the state Chamber of Commerce. Then he went into the newspaper business, buying the McLean County Independent, an entity that became publisher of a chain of weeklies in central North Dakota. But Don was determined to serve his community and his pro- fession beyond his circulation area. Steve Andrist, publisher of the Divide County Journal in Crosby and the Tioga Tribune. put it best: "Don was pretty nmch the guy who put the word "community' into community newspapers," Steve noted, because Don believed that community newspapers and vi- brant communities went together, "For many years he was presi- dent of the North Dakota Newspa- per Association Education Foun- dation, and was responsible for developing the group's three pillars - continuing education for news- paper people, literacy for all, and promotion of the First Amendlnent and open government." As president of the NDPA Edu- cation Foundation, Don spent many years encouraging the de- velopment of a newspaper industry that would attract young people from across North Dakota into the publishing field. Extension Exchange Lettuce is a quick and easy addition to meals If you are looking for an alter- native to turning on the stove during these hot summer months, try having a fresh, crisp lettuce sal- ad. The robust and intense flavors of lettuce make it a popular choice during the summertime because it is in season, inexpensive and easy to prepare. Many varieties flour- ish in home gardens. If you have not shopped for let- tuce in awhile, don't be alarmed when you get to the supernaarket and find more than just a head of iceberg lettuce available. Lettuce comes in many different vari- eties that can appeal to a wide range of individuals. You proba- bly will find a large selection of arugula, bibb, butter/Boston, ice- berg, mesclun, romaine and spinach. Most can be found dur- ing the summer, but many vari- eties also are available year-round. According to current nutrition recommendations, most people should try to eat 2 to 3 cups of vegetables each day. One cup of leafy greens counts for cup of vegetables, whereas 1 cup of cooked spinach will count as 1 cup of vegetables. To select the freshest lettuce at your local grocery store or farm- ers market, look for crisp, bright green leaves that do not show signs of being wilted or discol- ored. Leafy greens should be used within a couple of days of pur- chase, whereas head lettuce such as iceberg, if stored properly in the refrigerator, can be eaten tbr up to a week. Eating a salad before your main dish, or even better, as the main course, can help you reach your goal oflneeting the daily rec- ommended intake of vegetables. To make salad the main course, just add a little protein such as beans, chicken or beef. In addition to having lettuce salads, try including lettuce in sandwiches or wraps, on burgers, or by using lettuce as a serving vessel for fish or seafood salad. If you are looking for a change, you could try pairing different types of lettuce for more texture and the added benefit of having a wider variety of nutrients. For more diversity, try spicy arugula with romaine or spinach. Looking for more of a crunch in your salad? Try a combination of iceberg with romaine. Some leafy greens also can withstand different cooking preparations, so they can be put into soups, steamed or grilled. Lettuce can be flavorful and easy on the pocketbook while packing a punch ofvitanfins and minerals. The more vibrant green the lettuce leaf is, the more nutri- ents it will provide. Having a variety of leafy greens in the diet can provide important nutrients that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, in- cluding heart attack and stroke. Vegetables, such as leafy greens, also could help prevent cancer and fight obesity. Spinach, in particular, is high in potassium, which can help main- tain a healthy blood pressure. Be- cause lettuce is naturally low in calories, it also can help reduce your total calorie intake through- out the day. When incorporating lettuce into meals, remember these basic food safety techniques to prevent illness: * Make sure to wash your hands before any food preparation. * Rinse lettuce with cool, run- ning water prior to eating. A sal- ad spinner is a low-cost tool that can help dry lettuce leaves. Or just dry the leaves with some paper towels. * Use separate knives and cut- ting boards when preparing raw meat and ready-to-eat foods to prevent cross-contamination. With these tips and suggestions, incorporating lettuce into weekly meals can be a snap. Sources:Nicole Seaberg. dietetic intern, Julie Garden-Robinson. "VDSU Extension .food am/nutrition specialist, www.choose- mAplate.gow' Around the County Time for a road trip! Well, here we are in the middle of summer, which means hot tem- peratures, pesky bugs, and lots of lawn mowing. But what this time of year also holds is the North Dakota State Fair! A wonderful event filled with entertaimnent, amazing food, and most impor- tantly: Walsh County 4-Hers. As is the same with preparing for a large family road trip, the office has been busy packing, storing, planning, paperwork signing, and practices to prepare Walsh Coun- ty 4-Hers for this once a year event! The State Fair held July 20th-28th in Minor is a time for youth from across North Dakota to strut their stuff as the best of the best. Members have been busy bringing in projects that will be transported to the State Fair. I have had the opportunity to see some really amazing works of art, woodworking, and even a few entomology projects that I think would sweep my college professors off of their feet. These projects, along with livestock from the area will soon be making the trek to Minot. It, like myself you have never been to the North Dakota State Fair, it is about time that we get out there to see what all the fuss is about! When planning your trip don't forget to take in a concert, this year's line-up has stars Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Luke Bryan, and the Zac Brown Band. Other events include the largest parade in North Dakota; the State Fair Pa- rade, the North Country Mercan- tile Redneck Relay Race, and the North Dakota State Ann Wrestling Championships! There truly is something for everyone and each day is packed with activities for all ages. If you would like to see the full listing and schedule of events, check out www.ndstatefair.com. Also headed to the State Fair will be our Consumer Choices judging teams that will represent our county at the State Contest. The senior team has taken 2nd place the last two years at the state contest and will try again this year for a title win and a trip to Denver, CO for the national con- test. Good luck, we will all be cheering tbr you! So, I feel that a vacation is in or- der for all us! Let's pack up our coolers and throw the kids in the car, fill the tank and head offto the North Dakota State Fair and sup- port the Walsh County 4-Hers! Your source for Happy Happenings, Walsh County press 284,6333