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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014 FROM TH E EDITOR&apos;S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Our political system is funda- mentally flawed. It is based too much on popular opinion and not enough on qualifications. A politi- cian's only goal is to come out prettier looking than the other guy. I know he can get the job, but can he do the job? Traditionally, the mud slinging is best done in the public forum-- paid political ads run ad nausium and debates and the like. Most of the mud slinging these days is being done where you can't see it -- my email inbox. Don't worry, I am not about to unleash it upon the populous, but let me just say it is Editor's Note: A new Hat 73ps was not available this week. Dean said, "Sorry...ended up at a motel with out internet. "So, we have dust- ed off a classic Hat 77ps from 2012. Hello, Well, this may be my last col- umn. I hope not. But it could be. Be- cause I am going after the wild cow this morning. I had better start at the beginning. Our cattle run in a "community" pasture. We have our cattle, our son's cattle, brother-in-law's cattle, cousins' cattle, and probably some that we don't even claim. And like any melting pot of cultures, there are bound to be problems. The people are alright, but some of the cows have become known as rabble-rousers. Especially Hans and Sandi's two longhorn cows. They have been building a reputa- tion for years. They are born lead- ers. They lead the other cows the op- posite direction that you wish to go. And usually you can kind of han- dle it. But they have been teaching bad and not just from the folks shooting for DC, but also those among the Bismarck bound. They are posing as "news arti- cles" and "letters to the editor" but Lord knows that that is a lie. It is an attempt to sneak a freebie past the editors and cause a firestorm of political name-calling. The only one I have seen bite so far has been Valley News Live, but they do love to get people fired up. Democrat, republican, I don't care.., they are all doing it. They are no better than children. It is the old magician's trick of misdirec- tion. "So? You voted against party lines." "And you went on vacation and didn't vote at all." In my book that is time outs for everyone. Nobody wins. I don't care who threw the last insult. One minute of timeout for each year you are old and you say sorry when time is up. My email trash bin is full of them and they are all the same. One evening, a pollster called my house to add me to their list of statistics. One of the questions they asked was what issues are you con- cemed about? They caught me slightly off guard as my children were scream- ing at me to feed them. I said something as eloquent as "Uhhhhhh." And he said that other people said oil, social security, and education. "Mom, he broke my toy." This random person calling my "Yeah well, he took my colors." house is about the only one out Hat 2 <.. :ii.!C!Tiiii)i+/i!ili!!i ?i (.i;'i Tips battle tactics and strategy to Darrel's Saler cows this summer. If you don't know what Salers are, just consid- er yourself lucky. They are the breed of cattle that broke the spirit of the French. You are better offnot knowing anything about them. Anyway, yesterday we had to sort of Darrel's pairs. Beautiful day. Sun shining. No wind. Just a nice Sunday afternoon Wail fide. The kind some people pay a couple hun- dred dollars for. The cattle were split in two bunches. We kind of eased through the first bunch and picked up over half of the pairs we needed. Just like we had planned. Then we snuck into the other herd and slipped out half a dozen before the longhorns no- ticed us. Ten to go. Ten red Salers and one longhorn started across the pasture at a brisk trot. A few of our black cows trying to keep up. We could just let them drift into the comer and sort the odd ones off. Piece of cake. Wrong! When that longhorn got to the comer she hopped over the fence. Her calf crawled through the fence. I whipped and spurred and headed the rest of the herd east before we lost them. I am really good. We took them across the pasture to the good comer of the fence. Here the fence holds two sides, the creek the south side, and the riders could hold one little spot while we sort- there who has ever asked me that. Of course I was baffled as to my answer. What do I want out of life in North Dakota? I want my kids to feel safe, walk to school on a road that isn't falling apart, get the best education available while having fun with friends .... I want green grass and lush fields... I want a de- cent wage for a hard day's work... Want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with a little North Dakota nice on the side. Forget the other guy and make it evident that that is what you are trying to do politician dejour and maybe, just mayh vn. can et the job. And maybe, just maybe, I will believe that you can do the job. Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, wordpress.com ed the odd stuffback. Like that Saler was going to lis- ten to that. She quickly got the lit- tle herd together and led them on a suicide dash to the creek. She bailed over the end of the bank, did a back flip, and started swimming. The whole herd followed her. Will headed around the bend and got them headed back. After lots of whooping and hollering, most of them bailed in the creek and we busted them towards the corral. One red #$%/' made a run for free- dom with her eyes closed. After a mile run, we roped the calf and weaned him a day early. This morning, I am headed back. I have my gun and my rope. You know how many people anticipate the first day of deer season. Long- horn season opens at daylight today at Lake Ilo. And I am loaded for bear. With any luck at all, I should be able to bag the two-cow limit. If I don't, it was good knowin' ya? Later, Dean . '.4+,sa.mantan boctct00'-" Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We have been busy at the Good Samaritan Society enjoying our out- door area. We hope you come out on Aug 3rd to join us outside for a Gar- den Party it will be a fundraiser w/Hamburgers and more. Clem Nadeau will be playing, so come out and kick up your heels and have fun. This week July 27th-Aug. 2nd: July 27th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Papson, 3:30 Vacation Trivia July 28th 10am Embroidery Group, 10am Men's Time, 1 pm Drive, 1 pm Making Pinwheels, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo July 29th 3pm Bridal Shower for Carmen Ostenson July 30th lpm Baking Kransekake, 3pm Bingo July 31 st 2:30 Celebration of Marriage, 6:30 Movie Night Aug. 1 st 10:30 Nail Time, 2pm Cooking P6nnuk6kur, 3pm Icelandic Lunch Aug. 2nd 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, 1 pm Icelandic Trivia, 2:15 Bin- go Next Week Aug. 3rd-9th Aug. 3rd 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Cox, 5-7 Garden Party Music by Clem Nadeau Aug. 4th 10am Embroidery Group, 10am Men's Time, 1 pm Drive, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Beanie Baby Bingo Aug. 5th lpm Making Snicker Salad, 3:30 Bible Study Aug. 6th 3pm Bingo Aug. 7th 2:30 Devotions w/Communion, 3:15 Slide Show of Africa w/Pastor Hinrichs and his Family, 6:30 Movie Night Aug. 8th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Outdoor Strolls Aug. 9th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Crafts, 2:25 Bingo Thank You to our many Volunteers, Pastor Papson, Lois Ydstie, Cheryl Cox, Karla Nygard, Arnold Braaten, Dorothy Novak, Pastor Hinrichs, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, I am sorry if I forgot any one, we love each and every one of our volunteers. We are still in need of piano play- ers for Devotions and Worship, please call Rose Ulland for more infor- mation at 701-284-7115. Prevent. Promote. Protect. EVERy bAY NORTH Wolsh ounl V Heolth District Short Shots Here are some more vital records data that I thought peo- ple would be interested in. Lat- est data is from 2012. Every_ day in North Dakota these were an average of: Live births ....................... 27 Low-weight births  ............ 2 Births to teenagers ........... 2 Births to unmarried women .............................. 9 Deaths ............................ 16 From heart disease ........... 4 From cancer ...................... 3 From accidents ................ 1 Marriages ....................... 12 Divorces .......................... 6 Low-weight refers to babies' weighing less than 5 oounds, 5 ounces at birth. Vital Events Summary 2012 Live births .............. t0,072 Deaths ...................... 5,857 Infant deaths ................. 52 Neonatal ] deaths ............ 27 Postnatal: deaths ........... 25 FetaP deaths ....  .............. 75 Induced termination of pregnancy ............... 917 Marriages ................. 4,558 Divorces ................... 2,176 Neonatal re/ers to the 28 days after birth. :Postnatal re/ers to the 29th through the 364th days after birth. Fetal relers to 20 weeks or greater gestation. The Immigrant Said, 'Sorry, Kid, ButiThe BOatlIs+Full'00 In 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote "The New Colossus," a sonnet that now graces the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. "Here at our sea-washed, sun- set gates shall stand," she penned. "A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame "Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name "Mother of Exiles. "Give me your tired, your poor, "Your huddled masses yearn- ing to breathe free "The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. "Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me..." This has been powerful stuff for 13 decades and millions of immigrants responded by pour- ing into the cities and prairies of a burgeoning country. In view of the strong under- current against accepting the poor, huddled masses of kids from Guatemala, Honduras and E1 Salvador, however, we need take a second look at this blanket invitation to the world and even consider sending the Statue of Liberty back to France. France was so proud of this gift to America, given to com- memorate our friendship started in the American Revolution. The Statue was supposed to be ready by the first centennial in 1876 but fund-raising was sort of slow so the Lady wasn't ready until 1886. (Ten years late and this was not a government project.) Looking at immigration his- torically, we let those bar-fighting Irish into the country without a raised eyebrow and North Dakota cheerfully welcomed the ignorant Germans and Norwegians to fill the barren prairies. So why not kids from Central America? Times have changed. For sure, Texas won't want anything to do with this sort of immigration pol- icy although Galveston could use a tourist attraction. For once the liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans are on the same page. The Democrats don't want any more arbitrary de- portations and the Republicans won't fund any screening process. Both sides end up on the side of inaction. Public opinion on the issue doesn't help. It is muddled. Ac- cording to the Gallup people, close to half of the people don't want to pay the $3.7 billion re- quested for processing the immi- grants." With 60,000 kids, all with dif- ferent reasons for being here, it will take an army of people in the Immigration Service to determine which ones can stay and which ones must be sent back. This de- termination can't be done by vol- unteers. Most of the kids are teenagers. Now we know the range of im- plications with that age group. Some could be gang members; some wanted criminals, even though most may be escaping persecution, poverty and danger. Right now, all of them are being housing, processed and re- leased pending further action. Once they are released, my guess is that they will simply disappear among the 11 million illegals al- ready in the country never to be seen again. Unfortunately, inequities are already appearing in the process. According to a Syracuse Univer- sity study, kids who can get legal counsel have a 50-50 chance of staying in the country while kids without lawyers have only a 10 percent chance. From a global view, more in- equities appear. We have 60,000 Central American kids searching for security and economic salva- tion. But there are millions of other kids in Africa and a plethora of poor countries who are suffering the same tragedies as the 60,000 before us. No matter what happens, fair- ness, justice and compassion will be elusive. Meanwhile, our po- litical system is putting the Statue of Liberty on hold. The poor, huddled masses must wait until Washington gets its act together, Emma's invitation notwithstand- ing. Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Say Goodbye to Old Cutting Boards I'd like to tell you about my "reap- pearing" cutting board. I bought a plastic cutting board when I was in college. It was a faithful, consistent cutting surface for many years. I brought it with me when I got mar- ried. However, I noticed that the years took a toll on my kitchen compan- ion, and it became discolored and developed some grooves that were hard to clean. Somewhat reluctant- ly, I put it in the garage to go out with the trash one day. When I was reaching for anoth- er cutting board a couple of days lat- er, my hand grasped the old white one. At first I thought I had dreamed placing the cutting board in the garage. I brought the cutting board back to the garage to catch a trip to the trash. A couple of days later, I opened the cupboard and there was my well-worn cutting board again. I had a strong suspicion about what was going on. With the cutting board in hand, I walked over to my husband. "why does the white cutting board keep getting put in the garage?" my husband asked before I could say anything. "I am trying to throw it away," I responded. I admit that I have a hard time discarding things, too. To appease my frugal husband, I took the cut- ting board to work and used it as an "example" in food safety work- shops. "When your cutting board looks like this, throw it away," I'd say. We had used the cutting board solely for cutting up fruits and veg- etables, so I wasn't worried about cross-contamination. However, our kids were getting to the point of helping with meal preparation, so I didn't want to risk having someone grab the old white cutting board to cut up meat for kabobs. Bacteria would be left behind in +the grooves. Cleaning your cutting boards thoroughly and replacing them when necessary is a way to maintain food safety in your home. If you do not clean your cutting boards thor- oughly, especially after cutting raw meat and poultry, you could put yourself, your family and friends at risk for foodbome illness, which can be life-threatening for children, old- er adults and those with compro- mised immune systems. Raw meat and poultry and their juices often are contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli, salmonel- la and/or campylobacter. These bacteria can be left behind on a cut- ting board. Without proper cleaning, you could contaminate the next food that you cut, such as your sal- ad ingredients. Researchers have studied the safety and use of wood and plastic cutting boards with various recom- mendations. Sometimes, plastic was viewed as better, but chefs note that using plastic boards can dull knives more quickly. When plastic cutting boards have grooves, bacteria can remain ready to con- taminate your next food. Cutting boards made of hard- wood such as maple are less likely to dull knives. As long as the wood cutting boards are cleaned thor- oughly right away, they are safe to use, according to other research. Regardless of the type of cutting board you use, be sure to clean your cutting boards after each use. After cutting foods, such as bread or fruit, simply wash in hot, soapy wa- ter, rinse and air-dry. If you have cut meat or poultry, clean the cutting board with hot, soapy water and a brush. Next, rinse with clear hot water and place in a sanitizing solution for a couple of minutes. You can make a sani- tizing solution with 1 tablespoon un- scented chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water, or you can drench the cut- ting board with a bleach solution in a spray bottle (1 scant teaspoon of bleach per quart of water). Allow the cutting board to air-dry oruse a clean paper towel to dry. Imtead of washing cutting boards in a sink, you can clean nonporous- type cutting boards such as most plastic ones in a dishwasher. Be sure you know the cleaning recommen- dation for the cutting boards that you OWn. The next time you reach for a cut- ting board, check it over.Does .it. have grooves that. are difficult m: clean? Consider having dedicated uses for your cutting boards. You may want to use a wood cutting board to cut bread and fruit. Try a color-coding system for your cutting boards to reduce the risk of cross- contamination. You could use a red cutting board for meat and a green one for produce, for exam- ple. Just be sure that everyone in the household knows and follows the system and cleans the cutting boards after use. 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. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 In the fields: Be on the lookout for Aphids Soybean aphids migrate up from the South, and it is time to be on the look out for them soon in our coun- ty. Last week, IPM crop scouts re- ported finding soybean aphids in Stutsman, Sargent and Cass Coun- ties. Findings were low, with about 10% incidence and averaging <25 aphids per plant. Neighboring states have also reported soybean aphids below economic threshold levels. Treatment for soybean aphids is not recommended until populations are actively increasing in 80% of the field and reach an eco- nomic threshold level of 250 aphids per plant. Early spraying for aphids is not recommended to limit the risk of losing beneficial predators and parasites to insecticides. Common predatory insects that will natural- ly control low levels of aphids in- clude the lady beetle adult, larva, and pupa as well as the hover fly and lar- va and the green and brown lacewing adult and larva. It should be noted that treatment is discour- aged when soybeans reach full seed stage of development. To check for aphids, start at the bottom of the plant and move up. Look on the underside of the leaf for them, and avoid counting the white aphid casings. You can also look for shiny excretions or residues that the aphids will leave behind. In the Garden: Plant your fall season crop now As you are continuing to empty your garden this summer, remem- ber to plant those cool season crops for a fall harvest. There are many vegetables that grows and thrive in the cool weather that autumn brings. Many of the leafy greens have their flavors enhanced when grown in the right environment. A light frost on their leaves can even help add flavor! Sow those seeds now! Plants to consider include: Spinach, lettuce, radish, Red mustard and oth- er Asian greens, turnips, kohlrabi, baby chards, and even herbs such as basil and cilantro. Look for early maturing varieties that will be ready to pull mid to late September, before the typical first hard frost. Re- member that you can also extend your season by adding light row covers, too! Source." Plant Fall Harvest Now. Yard and Garden Report Vol. 2 No. 8. NDSU Extension Service. July 2I, 2014. Accessedduly 27, 2014. Knodel, Janet. Scout for Soybean Aphids. Crop and Pest Report. No 12. NDSU Extension Service. July24, 2014. Accessed July27, 2014.