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Soon af- ter, agents followed a truckload of piping from Fargo but lost the trail .— again near Jamestown. Agents scoured the area for weeks and began to suspect an un- likely farm nestled in the wooded hills between highways #20 and #281. It was in a picturesque loca- tion, and a showpiece of Stutsman David Adler, The Alturas Institute David Adler answers your Constitution questions. Send them to this newspaper. The case against Congressional term limits Advocates of congressional term limits have strong arguments, as we observed last week of the ongoing effort to impose a ceiling on the number of terms that members of the US. House of Representatives and US. Senate can serve. But the arguments against term limits are also strong, and find support in the founding of our nation and in cur- rent debates. The framers of the Constitution did not impose term limits in mem- bers of Congress, just as they re- frained from constitutionally lim— iting the terms that someone might serve as president of the United States. The discussions and debates in the Constitutional Convention and the various state ratifying con- ventions reflect familiar themes. The founders subscribed to the theory that the essence of popular government was captured in the right of voters to elect their repre- sentatives. Limitations on who might seek office, beyond the Qualifications Clause of Article I, which set forth the age, citizenship and residency requirements for representatives in the House and Senate, seemed foreign to the founders. Their reasoning was re— iterated by President Woodrow Wilson, who wrote in 1913: “By seeking to determine by fixed con— stitutional provision what the peo— ple are perfectly competent to de- termine by themselves, we cast a doubt upon the whole theory of popular government.” A constitutional ban on reelec- tion struck many of the founders as counterproductive to good gov— ernment. There was a widespread belief that service in office for a rea- sonable number of years was a pre- requisite to the acquisition of knowledge necessary to become a good representative skilled in the art of making laws and policies. It was believed, moreover, that fre— quent elections —- two-year terms in the House and six years in the RM xi . Samaritan Hello, Hello! Sony I missed you last week, but it's been crazy busy. I'll try my best not to miss a week again. In my defense, I just had a birthday so I'm blaming it on old age. HA HA , This past week we enjoyed bak— ing rhubarb bread, having orange juliuses to drink, listening to piano stylings from Naomi Hurtt during Walsh County Three Rivers Soil Conservation event featuring Dr. Abbey Wick, because she is out- standing. The conversations on soil are happening and she is pushing the agenda in a way that brings County,.but the location between the two heavily traveled highways was also ideal for bootlegging. Deputy Prohibition Adminis- trator, John Hogan, led four feder- al agents from the Dept. of Justice onto this farmyard at 3 am. on July 20th.'There, they discovered a gi- gantic moonshine Operation housed in two former hog sheds. These sheds were setback from the rest of the farm, well hidden among some trees. The twelve-foot high boilers were steaming hot when they arrived, but there was no one Senate — insured accountability to the people and that poor perforrn— ance could be corrected at the bal- lot box. At all events, they re- garded elections as term limits. The founders never contem- plated the desire of anyone to serve lengthy terms in office, far from family and professional con- cerns. They believed that short terms would produce rotation in of- fice, which would, they firrther believed, protect against corruption and the arrogance of power that of- ten are byproducts of numerous terms in governmental positions. Modem—day opponents of con- gressional term limits offer sever- al arguments against inorganic ceilings. There is a genuine concern that termlimits will, for example, decrease the capacity and expert- ise of Congress, undercutting its ability to pass wise, effective leg- islation and policies. Experience matters, it is said, as it does every- where else. The numerous and varied problems that Congress confronts requires skills often ac- quired through years of serving in Congress. Opponents of term lim- its are quick to note that freshmen members will be likely to defer to experienced lawmakers, those skilled in the art of making laws, which will have the net effect of ex- tending or consolidating the pew- er of those boasting years of ex— perience. Term limits, it is argued, will also create a disincentive for mem- bers to develop expertise in com- plex policy areas. Why spend the many hours, months and years ac— quiring knowledge in foreign affairs and national security matters, or de- veloping expertise and learning in areas such as tax policy, if term lim- its will arbitrarily cut short mem- bers’ ability to create and pass legislation that will well serve the nation? The resulting “disinter- est,” it is claimed, will lead to fur- ther legislative deference to the ex- ecutive and the agencies that ad- minister laws on a daily basis. The theme of “arbitrariness” courses through the arguments of those who oppose term limits. It is one thing to defeat and thus remove from office incompetent members, but why punish those members who are hard-working, compe- . tent, skilled and extremely valuable representatives on the behalf of the American electorate. Further, why punish the voters, and deprive them of their democratic right to se- We the Peop Cont page le Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Vicki Best, Activity Director supper, balloon/bean bag toss, mass with Father Bert, devotions with Pas- tor Hirrrichs along with our weekly favorites such as bingo, the daily chronicles, rosary, devotion, fitness fun and all the family and fiiend vis- Its. Our weather has been a little bit on the warm side, so our outside time is being watched carefully. The. Dakota Datebook On this day in North Dakota past erally. Through Cafe Talks, social media, and local events, the con- servation efforts of farmers are getting fiont billing. This is the year to be having those conversations. This is also the year to be having the other conversation. There is a Will Rogers quote that digs deep to the heart of this year and frankly, a lot of the last sever- al years “The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.” . Floods are tough, droughts are tough, acts of God (as they are list- ed in the commodities contacts) are tough. The important thing is to re- .11 -. ' arm»: in.‘ “Jere in sight, leading agents to believe the criminals were tipped off. Agents found evidence that in- dicated six to eight men were in- volved in the operation, and that they lived together in the farm- house. In one of the bedrooms they discovered a buzzer — an ad- vance—warning system linked to the moonshine shed. The operation turned out to be larger than anyone suspected. Ca- pable of producing a thousand gal- lons of liquor a day, it was quick— ly coined the ‘largest still west of main an optimist and look at the big picture. It’s not about the year. It is about the years. It’s not about the soil for 2021. It is about the soil for the next generation. There are many positive, progressive thinkers out there. While I know having the farm talk is hard in a year like this, remember that the mental health talk is just as important if not more so. There is only so much any one person can do. I can’t make all of the events. America needs farmers, but you are always more than the job. No regrets. "Like ” the Walsh County Press on Facebook Chicago.’ At the entrance were two, large, copper, fractioning columns, one 18' high, and the other 21' high. The still itself could hold 3,000 gal- lons — and it was nearly full when discovered. Ten 6,000-gallon red— wood vats were also discovered, and in a nearby cattle shed were an- other two vats, each able to hold 20,000 gallons. The vats held the mash a mixture of water, sugar, and yeast — until ready to be distilled into al- cohol. The mash capacity was . 100,000 gallons which would re— quire a lot of water — and nearby was discovered a well capable of pumping 500 gallons per minute. “An elaborate system of piping and pumping” was being used. The Dakota Datebook ' Cont Page Have WeForgotten in Two Generations? By Lloyd Omdahl We were High on hope and strong on expectations. Abarren prairie just waiting for the rails and the plow. So we came. All immigrants. The first of us were Yankees, Scots and Irish. Then the Germans and the Scan— dinavians poured in. There were Black Sea Germans, Hutterites, Vol- ga Germans, Galician Germans, Bo- hemian Germans, German Hungari- ans, German Mennonites and Vol— hynian Germans. 6,800,000 Germans While German immigrants were spread throughout the state, concen- trations could be found along the southem North Dakota counties —Kid- der, Sheridan, Emmons, Logan, McIn- tosh, LaMoure, Dickey and Richland among others. With around 6,800,000 since 1841, they constituted the largest number of Coming from Scandinavia were the Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Firms and Icelanders; among the Slavic immigrants were Ukrainians, Poles, Czechs (Bohemians, Moraviarrs and Slovaks) and Bulgarians. Seasoning the Mix Less numerous were Italians, Ar- menians, Greeks, Lebanese, Dutch, French, J eWS, Japanese, Chinese, Spaniards and Mexicans. This was the North Dakota melt- . ing pot, documented by six distin— guished scholars in 450 pages of “Plains Folk, NOrth Dakota’s Ethnic History” published in 1988 by the ND Institute for Regional Studies at NDSU. (The ethnic researchers included NDSU Sociologist Father William Sherman, UND Historians Playford Thorson and Robert P Wilkins, Bis- marck State College Historian War- ren Henke, UND Political Scientist Theodore P. Pedeliski and NDSU An- thropologist Timothy Kloberdanz.) Immigrants with Dreams Every immigrant family came with a dream for which they were will- ing to work from dawn to dusk, en- dure the biting cold winters, and bear the loneliness of the flat barren land. Yes, our immigrant families settled the land and launched a state. Gratitude for cheap land and the chance to be- flower gardens are absolutely beau- tiful thanks to our gardener, Spike. The vegetable garden is just getting ready for picking, we have enjoyed some lettuce, onions and radishes. The peas are few and far between thanks to the deer. They have en- joyed them more than we will get the chance. But it is what it is. This week we baked unusual cakes like Harvey Walbanger cake, Creme de Mint cake, and Almond cake. We started going on our bus rides again (the first and third Mon- day's of the month). We go for a tour around the county to enjoy the gin anew flowed from the many eth- nic immigrants who prospered in North Dakota. Starting from sod huts two or three generations ago, we immigrants laid the foundation for Twenty-first Century prosperity. Many of us are more than half as old as the 1889 founding of the state. Grandparents can still relate stories about their own personal experiences and hardships en- countered in the settling process. Gratitude Turned Cold Even though this generation is still close to the founding, the gratitude of our immigrant settlers has dwindled and our sympathy for newcomers has grown cold. In two generations, we have forgotten the free land and cor- dial spirit that welcomed us. In North Dakota, we have a trou- blesome undercurrent of opposition to the kind of immigrants that want the opportunity for a new beginning — the same kind of opportunity initially pro- vided to us by flee or cheap land. And the new immigrants aren’t asking forfiee land—theyarewillingtowork hard and add to the prosperity of the state. Teaching English When the children of immigrants came to public schools, many could not speak or understand English so school boards needed bilingual teach- ers able to bridge the language gap. On the streets of Pisek, Czech was the common language; in Tagus, it was Norwegian; in Wishek, it was Ger- man. Today, we make a federal case out of immigrants bringing their lan— guages and using them until they can make the transition to English. Grateful Grandparents If the hopefirl immigrants of today had shown up in our frontier days, they would have been welcomed with open arms by our grateful grandpar- ents. In fact, North Dakota had an im- migration bureau to invite and wel- come imrnigrants for the 13 years be- tween 1919-1933. Looking back, the skills and hard work of immigrants made North Dakota the “land of opportunity” we claim it is. We can still gain from more skills and more hard work Or have we become a generation of selfish ingrates after only two generations? scenery and check on the crops. We did some watercolor painting and of course our usual weekly favorites. Thanks again to everyone for helping to make our days brighter, es- pecially to Father Bert and Pastor 1 Dave for sharing their messages . with us. A huge thank you to Nao- mi Hurtt for sharing her musical tal- ents with us during supper. Every— one enjoyed it so. And of course, a thanks to our gardener — sure looks beautifiil around here. Continue to stay healthy and God bless you all. Prairie F are NDSU Extension Service By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist What is the Best Way to Clean Fresh Veggies? “We should have enough green beans for dinner,” I said. “Oh, yes, we have lots of green beans,” my older daughter said while lifting a bushy plant with nu- merous dangling green beans. “Look at all the blossoms for more beans.” My daughter always has been my harvest helper. Weeds, howev- er, are not her favorite thing to pick. That’s usually my job, unfortu— nately. This would have been an idyl- \I Extenaion Exchange \Valsh County 4-H Youth lic harvest scene if the temperature outside was less than 95 degrees. The beans were nearly “pre- cooked.” We should have harvest- ed earlier in the day. As we rinsed and trimmed the vegetables for dinner, I thought about some of the questions that l have had related to cleaning fresh vegetables in our kitchens. Is rinsing with water good enough for cleaning fresh produce at home? Should you soak leafy. Pmin'e Fare Cent. page Development/Hmrli' 8' Community .7" Wellness Agent hatre Sibling squabbles Oh, how I vividly remember some of the arguments and dis- agreements I had with my sister and brother while our parents were at work and we were left to our own devices. Though I have only one child of my own, I feel for families who experience these growing pains. Here are some helpful tips from the NDSU Parent Resource Center on resolving sibling squab- bles. When I was yOUng, I have a few fond and a few less-than-stellar memories with my siblings. Most vividly, I remember arguing with my siblings mostly over chores. Few people like to wash dishes, vac- uum, dust, fold laundry, pull weeds, etc. During the summer, we three were tasked with those regular chores and a‘ few other more spo— radic ones. When the fighting en- sued, we were ofien disciplined by helping our uncle fix the fences around the pastures or shovel out his barn. My dad knew how to make us realize what we were tasked with in the first place was better than its al— ternative. Looking back, I know I felt loved, wanted, valued, and be— ing taught responsibility at a young age, I learned valuable life skills that help me to this day. Other argu— ments in my teen years were cen- tered on who got to drive the car when, who got what for lunch, who picked what for supper, why my brother got certain items we girls didn’t, and back in the dial—up intemet days: computer time. If some of these memories I have shared sound familiar but you don’t have fencing or barn cleaning to task your children, here are some helpful suggestions from my fiiends at the Parent Resource Center: Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River 284-6624 By Extension Agent Brad Brummond Thompson - Carve out time to spend indi- vidually with each child. Think quality time, maybe doing a chore or task together. This models skills you want the child(ren) to learn while spending time to talk and lis- ten to one another. - Children may be competitive by nature, so avoid indulging in comparing siblings openly. Rein- force that each person has their unique, individual strengths but that does not make one more de- sirable than another. - If a fight breaks out, let the chil- dren fight provided it is safe and non-physical. Communication must take place for a problem to resolve, and sometimes venting those big emotions can help resolve the sit- uation. If that doesn’t work right away, call a meeting when emotions are calm. Be a neutral party to hear all sides of the situation, then prob- lemsolve to find an agreeable so- lution. Sometimes fights erupt be- cause of other issues not related to the actual argument. As summer comes to a close, hopefully the sibling squabbles are manageable. All too soon, the kids will be back in school, the house will be quiet, and there will be less time to complete chores and tasks that maintain a productive, healthy home environment. If you can, try to plan a fun family day together, but grant each family member part of planning. Set the parameters, such as location, expense, and type of activity, but give the children ownership to make some fun mem- ories of the summer of 2021. For more information on Parenting and see the newly re—branded website, go to: https://www.ndsu.edu/agri- culture/extension/extension-top- ics/home-and-family/parenting I have an ant problem Every year ants invade my house around this time of year. They are not the big ants but the little ones and it can be really annoying to go into the bathroom and the first creature you see in the morning are little ants crawl- ing on your bathroom floor. These little ants come from the genus Lasius and some of the species are turfgrass ant and cornfield ant. I should not be surprised, I have them as I tend to leave the ants in my yard alone as long as they stay outside. These are the little ants that build their hills in the cracks of your driveway and sidewalks. They eat other insects and usually run a small herd of aphids for their sugar. It is really kind of fim to watch them tend their little herds so I let the little farmers be as I was once a farmer and ' livestock grower myself. I have had a lot of luck using the liquid baits that you put on cardboard. These baits are stomach poisons and when they bring them back to their hills the bathroom forage trips stop. These ants are particularly bad this year as they like short dead or dormant grass. You can also treat the ant hills or the outside of your house to keep them out. I personally use the baits as l have had good luck with them. Weeds in a drought and weed species shift I am still getting a lot of questions about controlling weeds in a drought. I must tell you that weeds in a drought are not impossible to control but it is very hard and you most likely will get much less than acceptable results. So, if you can wait I recommend waiting for a rain and let them recover so they are taking the herbicide up into their system and are not shut down. I was asked this morning what affect the drought, if it goes for several years, will have on weeds. It was my experience in the late 805 in Kidder County that there was a weed species shift from the water loving weeds like barnyard grass, smartweed, Canada thistle and perennial sowthistle to the drought loving weeds like Russian thistle, kochia, and field bindweed. I can’t say that I have ever seen Russian thistle in Walsh County, but we had a long run of weather that did not favor this weed. This also explains that while we have field bindweed in the county it is mainly a lawn weed. Once you start seeing Russian thistle know that the weed species shift has started. The upside to the drought in my yard it is really hurting the ground ivy, creeping Charlie, and western yarrow. They tend to be shallow root- ing weeds with rhizomes. They can not access water so they are really dy- ing off.