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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES JULY 24, 2013 ) FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNT~' PRESS Royal baby watch 2013 or "the ing out the door to the printers, the great Kate wait as it has been called official countdown has begun and has been the talk of the world this baby should be here before the ink past week and as the paper is head- is dry. I know that as a ro2 al it is to be wish them a healthy, safe delivery expected that there would be droves and hope that boy or girl, the future of people sitting outside of your door royal is kind. with cameras at the ready and bets As one of my new favorite on everything from gender t.o time quotes eloquently put it: "It is not our of birth waiting, but uffda, job to toughen our Children up to Giving birth is neither fun nor face a cruel and heatless world. It's easy. I really can't imagine anything our job to raise children who will more stressful that the situation make the worlda little less cruel and that the Dutchess is in at this very moment. It is like being a panda, heartless." Welcome, Little One. though she is a bit more aware of the Like"' the Walsh County Press on Face- ZOO she is in. book and check out our blog at http://walsh- From one mother tO another, I Hello, I always wonder what the "World's Most Interesting Man" re- ally does. You know the guy I mean. He's on those TV ads for some kind of beer. And often for oth- er stuff. He says stuff like, "I don't usually drink beer, but when I do..." You remember him now. ! dalag sure am nof the world's most interesting man, but like I told Shirley, "I don't often pick up hitchhikers, but when I do." Actually, I do often pick up hitchhikers. And people always are a little critical of that. They worry about my safety. I figure a big fat guy is pretty safe. So, I've hauled those guys with their thumb out pret- ty much all over the country. From Belfield to Watford. Fargo to Okla- homa City. Dickinson to Bismarck. Years ago, I hauled a gu , from Dickinson to Bismarck. He was down on his luck. He had been rolled at the bus stop and was try- ing to get back home. He was dressed in a well worn suit and car- rying no luggage. In themugginghe and trailer. At the on ramp at had lost his luggage as well as his Belfield, here is aguy waiting for a billfold and the small amount of cash fide. You could see he was a work- he had. Well, you guessed it, I ing guy. Pair of kind of dirty cov- gave him a twenty, eralls on. Head wrapped with a scarf A few days later, at a dinner at our like bikers wear. Unshaven and a house, Grandpa Jack started telling ponytail. And holding onto a dog. about this guy he had given a fide. A pit bull. Really! A pit bull with From Bismarck to Dickinson. The one of those spiked collars on. guy had been rolled at the bus stop. Now, how could I drive by a guy Jack gave him twenty. Then Ray like that! said he picked a guy up by Sidney. So, I honked my horn, pulled Dressed in a well-worn suit. He had over on the shoulder and waited as been rolled. Gave him a ride to he came running. He opened the Dickinson and twenty dollars. I door and looked do*,vn at the dog. I guess there are ways to make a liv- said the dog is fine. (Note to Jon: ing I hadn't even thought of. There re illy was a dog!) So he and A couple of weeks ago, I was the dog jumped in. Vern Baker coming down 85 with the pickup tides in there with me all thetime. , Although I was pretty sure what it was, I had to ask what kind of dog it was. "Pit bull". Now, I don't often try to influ- ence those guys on the road, but when I do, I try to give, them good advice. Like, "It would be easier to hitch tides if you werGn't leading a pit bull with a studded collar on". Well; turned out he had a job in Bismarck and was trying to get there and had gotten in an argument with the trucker he was riding with. When I asked where he had gotten out at, he wasn't sure. But he did say it was at the beginning of a big lone- some desert. And he figured he had been pretty lucky to catch a fide. Turned out he had gOtten off at Belle Fourche. And I had to agree. He was lucky to catch a fide. Although I usually get off at the west exit at Dickinson, I took him around town to the east exit. Figured , he needed all the help he could get. Hope he and the dog made it. Later, Dean BY EMILY LAAVEG INTERN, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Camp at PRBC: More just a summer escape With " Every year one of the biggest camps have ever been to have had highlights of my summer is going sucl an impacting effect on my life to Park River Bible Camp for one than any one of my many experi- of their summer retreats, and like ences at PRBC over the years. It every other year, I was not disap- was for this reason that I was super "pointed. Camp is not just a place excited to go back again this sum- where I get to do lots of fun stuff mer [or the Senior High retreat, that I would not normally do with where they had just added paint- people that I don't normally See; I ball as another extra activity (need- love going to PRBC because it less to say, I will be playing also helps me renew my faith paintball again nextyear). every year in ways I couldn't have However, camp is not just about done'on my own. games; it's One of the biggest in- I have been going to PRBC for fluences in my faith. Every year, as long as I can remember, and I there has been some new experi- don't think that I've ever had a bad ence where I find myself more experience there. The majority of close to God than I was the week my peers do go to some sort of before. Sometimes its from an ac- camp in the summer. About half of tivity, or someone's story, but I al- them go to sports camps, a fourth ways come back from PRBC with of them go to bible camps (usually a better relationship with both at PRBC), and the last fourth of God, and my need for Sleep. them go to both. I have. always boon r~n~ t~f" thp r~.~e u,h~ r~r~ tr~Like '" the Walsh County Press on Face- ,,,~,,~ .......... ~ .....,,,~.v ~ ~,_, book and check out our blog at http://walkh- D1Ole camps, aria none atthe omer Walsh County Health District P ..... ' ...... Short Shots West Nile Virus (WNV) is trans-' mitted by the culex tarsalis mos- quitol The peak time for this mos- quito is the end of July and early Au- gust. In a wet season like we are having there are anticipated to be more culex tarsalis mosquitoes thus resulting in greater risk for human WNV infections. WNV infections in humans can be: Without symptoms or very, mild such as fever and headaches Severe symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches; stiffneck, altered mental states, and death. In North Dakota in 2012 there were 89 confirmed cases of WNV in humans reported to the State Health Department, with one death reported: Of the 89 reported cases, 39 (44%) met case definition of West Nile encephalitis/meningitis, with the remaining 50 (56%) cases classified as West Nile Fever. Thir- ty eight of the 89 cases were hos- pitalized. There were 16 asympto- matic blood donors with WNV re- ported in ND in 2012. Cases of WNV occurred in all age groups, with more cases iden- tiffed in older people than younser. Walsh County did have a human ingredients registered with the EPA such as DEET, picardin, 1R3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD) or premethrin and apply according to the instructions. Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts and ,pants Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to bite Eliminate standing water in containers around your homes where mosquitoes can lay eggs (such as buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools; and birdbaths) Keep the grass around your home trimmed. Are insect repellents safe to use on children? The product label will state if there are any age restrictions for the use of the repellent. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers advice for the use of DEET containing re- pellent in children. Because DEET is so widely used, a great deal of test- ing has been done. Repellent with DEET can be used for both adults and children, according to directions. However, children under the age of 2 months should not use DEET at any concentration. Oil of calyptus products specify on the la- bel that they should NOT be used on children under 3 years of age. Nev- er allow children to apply repellent to themselves and be careful not to apply repellent on the child's hands to prevent the indirect ingestion of the repellent. case of WNV last year. The best protection against West Nile Virus is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. People are en- couraged to take the following pro- tective meastires: Use insect repellents containing People Want to Vote on National Issues. Founding Father James Madison crimes, etc. etc. would turn over in his grave if he It is fairly obvious that these is- knew what the American people sues would challenge the knowledge were thinking about his premise that and wisdom of the citizenry. Is the legislation should pass through a public well enough informed to Congress whose wisdom would decide each and every important is- determine the public good. sue that would be placed on a na- The Gallup polling organiza- tional ballot? tion recently found that 68 per cent ' Let's look at the North Dakota of the people favor a nationwide experience. popular vote on issues if a sufficient A review of the decisions made number of citizens signed l eti= on ballot issues since 1914 suggests tions. Republicans, independents that North Dakota voters have been and Democrats all gave the proposal quite responsible through the years. strong support. When necessary, they have resisted While a public referendum may the easy course - opposed irre- seem like a radical proposal in sponsible tax cuts, defended alS- some parts of the country, almost propriations, and exercised caution half of the states, North Dakota on governmental restructuring. among them, already provide for The initiative and referendum amending constitutions, referring have worked fairly well in North legislation and initiating new laws Dakota because we have a high lev- by a direct vote of the people. / el of citizen involvement and interest Since North Dakota citizens in public affairs, a higher level than were granted these powers in 1914, found in the nation as a whole. voters have acted on around 475 Nationally, we no longer have re- measures, half of them put on ,the liable sources of information. Social ballot Ihrough the petition process, media sinks to the lowest common The other half was submitted by the denominator so we have untrained, Legislature as constitutional amend- self-appointed journalists spreading ments, untruths, rumors and hearsay as the States adopted these"direct gospel truth. democracy" procedures to bypass Newspapers, the most reliable unresponsive legislatures. Many of source for objective news, have the assemblies had become con- given way to teleyision. Local tel, trolled by special interest groups, evision is reliable but national tel- We seem to have a similar prob- evision is a travesty. lem with Congress today. The peo- First, we must dismiss the Re- pie are ready for solutions but their publican (FOX) and Democratic opinions have little influence in (MSNBC) networks as subtracting getting the two parties together to from the total knowledge of hu- solve the issues of the day. Interest groups have unusual influence, made possible by huge campaign contributions. If a nationai initiative process were available, citizens could break the Washington gridlock by offer- ing their own solutions. They could do what some people would argue are good things - cut the budget, solve the immigration problem, limit campaign spending, etc. etc. But they could also do what some people would consider bad things - abolish the farm program, raise carbon emission standards, le- galize marijuana, cut Medicare, abolish Medicaid, define new manity every time they are on the air. CNN is not politically motivated but lacks the objectivity and brevity of good joumalisrn. It Confuses drama with facts. The big-three news networks have lost ground in recent years and. have compromised their news to keep up with the competition. Because the civic competence of the North Dakota electorate is high- er than that of the nation as a whole, we can handle the respon- sibilities involved in direct voting. So even though we are frustrat- ed with gridlock in Washington, it may be preferable to the wild cards involved in national referenda. Have you read the Start or renew your subscription: In.County $34 / Out.of.County $38 / Out.of.State $42 RO. Box 49, Park River, ND 58270 I NDSU Extension Service Quench your thirst with watermelon When I think of hot summer it. Keep melon away from raw months, the refreshing flavor of ripe, meat or juices. Cantaloupe and wa- JwuiCy watermelon comes to mind. hile growing up, watermelon usually was served outdoors for a good reason. My friends and I usu- ally ended up with trails of bright red juice on the front of our clothes. Sometimes my mother would make "old-fashioned watermelon rind pickles" from the white inner riod of the melon. You can find a re- search-tested version of watermel- on pickle at the National Center for Home Food Preservation available at http ://bit:ly/LX9zFG. Watermelon has a long history, dating back at least 5,000 years to Africa. Watermelons were sO prized that they were placed in the tombs termelon contaminated during preparation have been linked to foodbome illness-outbreaks. After you cut a watermelon, treat it as a perishable food. Wrap the leftover melon with plastic wrap or place it in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator and use within three days. If you want to be creative, wa- termelons canbe carved to serve as their own serving containers. De- pending on your patieflce and carv- ing skills, your watermelon can become a basket, frog or shark filled with watermelon balls. You can find instructions on the National Watermelon Promotion Board web- of mummies to provide fluid and site at http://www.watermelon.0rg. food that early Egyptians believed Watermelon is true to its name. would sustain their rulers and rela- tives in the afterlife. Today, more than 100 varieties of watermelon are available through- out the world. The flesh varies from the red or pink color to orange or yellow. Most have black or dark brown seeds, but seedless varieties have some white seeds. Although some people swear by "sniffing" and "thumping" to de- termine ripeness, horticulture ex- perts say those methods are not re- liable. As consumers, we depend on the ones who picked the watermelon to do it right. Watermelons should be picked at peak ripenegs, when their underbelly is yellow or cream- colored. At the store, Choose wa- termelons th tt are heavy in relation to their size, with a hard find and no visible bruises or other damage. Watermelon is a portable dessert. Whole watermelons can be stored at room temperature. You can rinse and scrub the outside of the water- melon with a produce brush and then cut into slices, or wedges. You can scoop the fles.h into balls with the aidofa melon bailer tool, Be cautious to avoid cross-con- tamination. After rinsing and wash- ing the melon, be sure to use a clean kr ife and cutting board to prepare It is more than 90 percent water by weight, so it is quite low in calories. For less than 100 calories, you earl have a hearty snack of 1 2/3 cups of watermelon chunks. Besides having a palate-pleasing sweet taste and possessing hydrat- ing properties, watermelon packs a' nutrition punch. Watermelon is high in natural antioxidants that may protect our bodies. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which promote healthy skin and a strong immune system. Watermelon is one of the best sources of lycopene, which is a nat- ural pigment usually associated with tomatoes. Lycopene provides the red hue to watermelons. Eating foods that are good sources of'ly- copene may help prevent diseases including cancer and heart disease. Nutrition scientists also have been studying the citrulline in wa- termelon. This natural compound is converted by ourbody to arginine, which is an amino acid (protein building block). Arginine may play a role in promoting heart health. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., "L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service food and nutrition specialist and proJessor in the Department of Health. Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. Editor's Note The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will're- turn as soon as possible. Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 s: . pest Did you know that Soybean plant. This means that spraying Aphids can produce 15 genera- before this point is not beneficial, tions in one growing season!. A1- and there is a potential of killing of though 15 generations is not high- the good insects in the field. The ly probable around here they can still good insects or the Beneficial's in- produce a lot! This is not yet a prob- clude Lady Beetle, Lacewings, and lem for us but the chances are in-, Hover flies just to name a few. creasing with the nice weather we When sampling fields for aphids be- have been having, fore entering look at the entire Aphid production is highestfields and if an apnid problem ex- when temperatures are at or around ists there will be parts of the field 82 degrees F. with ideal conditions that look glossy or have shine to populations can double every week in a field. Some of these little crit- ters can produce wings andfly to ad- jacent fields, creating a bigger prob- lem. For example one of those that fly to.a nei#:,hboring filed could be carrying a disease. These bugs are small about 1 / 16 of an inch, are pear shaped and have a green-yellow col- or to them. When sampling for aphids make a W or Z pattern in the field. It's rec- ommended that 38 plants be tested for every 50 acres. The economic threshold level for aphids is 250 per them. This is where samples should be taken first along with other spots. These glossy areas are where the aphids have released sap on the leaves of soybeans. To control this pest there are in- secticide seed treatments, and chem- icals available at the local elevator. Soil fertility can play a role; soils that are deficient in potassium can de- velop more aphids. Dates of plant- ing, row spacing, weed control and crop rotation have not been proven to have great control. Call us for a tour! 1, 2 &3 Bedroom Units inI Grafton, ND 701-271-3207 TDD: 1-800-366-6888 We are an Equal Opportun.ity Provider and Employer LSS Property Management Group , , ....... , [ J t