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Page 6 OMMUNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS" WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018 Photo: Heather Szldarsld Above: While they look neady the same the butterlly on the left is a Vicery with a Monarch on the right. Monarch coloring is more vibrant and Viceroy have an additional horizontal black line on the lower wing. Seen nectar- ing on Autumn Joy sedum last year. We don't know what we don't know. Sometimes, we don't know what others don't know. When we become fascinated with a sub- ject and immerse ourselves in it, we can be startled by gaps in an- other person's knowledge of that subject. I was speaking to a fel- low gardener recently and the topic somehow shifted from growing vegetables to milkweed plants. When I mentioned that without milkweed, the iconic or- ange and black Monarch butter- flies we all recognize would be no more, this gardener was sur- prised! While adult Monarch but- terflies can drink nectar from many different flowers, their larva can only eat the leaves of Milk- which 1 brought home to hatch indoors where it was safe from predators. I have no idea how many of our caterpillars made it to adulthood, but I hope it was more than this one. This was a truly amazing process to behold. Monarch butterflies spend the winter in Mexico in diapause, an immature state. When the time is right the overwintering butterflies start making their way north and start mating and laying eggs. Sometime in May or June the grandchildren of these overwin- tering insects make their way to North Dakota where they will breed the third and fourth gener- ations of the year. The fourth gen- eration will make their way south weed plants. Milkweed has gotten in September and October and fly a bad rap in agricultural settings, to the same area in Mexico to There are ten species of Milk- wait for spring and the time to fly weed (Asclepias) native to North north and 'start the cycle over Dakota, including Common again. As:you can=probably tell, Milkweed; which can Spread ag- milkweed plants throughout the gressively by rhizomes and can be troublesome. Many of the other varieties can behave quite nicely with other plants even in a garden setting, Rose Milkweed, Butterflyweed and Whorled Milkweed being the examples that I grow in my own yard. Monarch females lay tiny pale yellow eggs on Milkweed plants and the caterpillars will die with- out it as a food source. Once hatched the black, white and yell This was a truly amazing process to behold, ow striped caterpillar will eat for 9-14 days, shedding its skin several times until it is about 10 times its original size. When it's ready the caterpillar finds a safe spot on the underside of a leaf to attach itself with a silk pad, it then splits its skin to reveal the pale green chrysalis stage. Here. it changes over 8-15 days to the beautiful butterfly we know and love. Hours before the chrysalis splits open the orange and black markings on the wings become visible. I was able to witness the as- tonishing lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly, first-hand, this summer. The Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) that we have planted in the Master Gar- dener Model Pollinator Garden in Grafton hosted a dozen or more Monarch caterpillars when the Flatlanders 4-H club came for a tour. About a week later, I was back at the garden and my daugh- ter and I found only 3 caterpillars, a few days later none! While weeding I found a single chrysalis Great Plains are crucial to the sur- vival of this iconic insect and sev- eral others that rely on Milkweed as a food source. Unfortunately, Monarch but- terfly numbers are in decline. There are many factors that play a part in this decline like the loss of overwintering habitat in Mex- ico, predation and disease. An- other factor is the loss of breeding habitat in the US, and this is a factor that many of us can easily do something about. We can leave patches of roadside Milkweed un- mowed. Gardeners can choose one (or more) of the ND native varieties to plant and enjoy. I'm happy to say that I see Butterfly- weed with its bright orange flow- ers, about 2 feet tall and Rose Milkweed with its fragrant pink blossoms, 3-4 feet tall, available at more and more local nurseries. Seed and plants for many vari- eties can be found online, just search 'native prairie plants' and choose plants that are suited for our area. There are so many more rivet- ing facts about these butterflies and milkweed plants, but I will leave you to find out what you don't already know! For exam- ples of some beautiful and agree- able Milkweeds for a garden set- ting visit the Model Pollinator Garden at the north end of Leis- tikow Park in Grafton, or contact me and we can tour it together. Heather can be reached at heatherszklarski@gmail.com or 701-520-4594 Help Valley-Edinburg School District has an immediate open- ing for a middle school paraprofessional. Candidates with a background working with children preferred. Start- ing wage $13/hour. Assistant volleyball and basketball coaching opportunities are also available to the right can- didate. Interested parties should send a letter of interest and resume to: Mitch Jorgensen, Superintendent Valley-Edinburg School District #118 4013 Euclid Ave. Crystal, ND 58222 LEROY, N.D. -- A celebration of the listing and includes segments of oxcart trails. John W. Dakota roots and the colorful history surround- of the Dease/Martineau Property and former mad- Dease Jr. had the post built and operated it not ing this old house." ing post in rural Leroy, ND in the National Reg- only as a trading post, but also as a meeting place "The Martineau family is delighted for the ister of Historic Places has been scheduled for that hosted many important figures in the region nomination of our family home to the National Sunday, August 12 at 2:00 pm at the site. from 1868 until the 1890s. The property came into Registry of Historical Places," said Deb Soli, de- The celebration will include brief presentations the hands of the French and MNs Martineau faro- cendant of the Martineau family. "During their from Dease and Martineau family members and ily around 1900, and they transitioned the sur- lifetime, our parents and grandparents, Alphonse the Pembina County Historic Preservation Corn- rounding land for farming. The Martineau fam- mission. The property will be available for ily preserved the property for most of the 20th cen- and Irene Martineau, worked toward having their viewing and a reception will follow. The public tury. home placed on the Registry. The family has al- is invited to attend. "On behalf of the Dease, and Tetrault fami- ways known it was a special place, a step back The National Register of Historic Places is the lies who have all descended from John Warren in time. We feel they would be pleased with the federal government's list of properties it considers Dease, we are thankful for the opportunity to par- nomination and we are honored to accept this worthy of preservation and recognition. North ticipate in making this historical Metis site a rec- nomination in their memory." Dakota nominations are coordinated by the ognized historical place in U.S. and Canadian his- The Pembina County Historic Preservation State Historical Society of North Dakota. tory," said Michael Tetrault, decendent of John Commission, with a grant from the National Park The Dease-Martineau House, Trading Post, Warren Dease. "We consider this old log house Service and donations from the families, corn- and Oxcart Trail Historic District has log build- an important link to our past, who we are, and pleted the nomination process and produced the ings built using Red River construction techniques where we come from. We are proud of our North interpretive sign on site. Above: District 10 Repubicans roJsed over $5000 at their hlnual Scram- ble/Steak Fry on Friday, August 3rd in Park River, ND. rhemcee were donated to US Senate Candidate Kevin Cramer and US House Candi- date Kelly Arm- strong who were er is sponsored by many local individ- uais and business- es all throughout Disld 10. Checks of $2500 each were awarded to candc Cramer and Armstrong by District 10 Chair- man Paul Hender- son and Repre- sentative Dave aonson. (L to R) Monson, Arm- slmng, Henderson, and Cramer By Gayle Hove King She is certainly the most famous, ADAMS, N.D. -- There is a but she was not the last. factual error in this week's paper. Napoleon I and III referred to I doubt that I am the only one who themselves as emperors, not kings; enjoys pitting one's wits against the however, the last king of France Trivia Test, so I want to send this was Louis Philippe, who abdicat- information to you that I think ed in 1848, the year of revolutions should be corrected for others in Europe, and the monarchy was who do this test every week. Per- abolished at that time. I think he haps this is a pedantic point, but it and his wife lived in England in is true, and the answer was incor- their retirement. His wife's name rect, as I knew immediately, was Maria Amalia, so she is the I may be a retired English last Queen of France. teacher, but I am also a Social I do enjoy the weekly Trivia Studies minor, who specialized in Test. Medieval, English, and French Editor's Note: King is referring history, to the Trivia Test from Aug. 1. King This week #7 asked who the is from ruralAdams, N.D. Trivia last queen of France was, and the Test is provided by a national answer was Marie Antoinette. media service. Join us at the Park River 'mers at the Little Park* 5:00- 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Au.gust.9. in River ]J,t ' heer Team J "in case of nciement weather Market and Meal II will be held at Park River American Legion in his career he worked for Rep. Dick Armey, a Cando, N.D native who represented the 26th District of Texas from 1985 to 2003. Davidson said President Trump is committed to addressing unfair trade agreements. "He believes there is a need to create leverage to get trade partners to come to the table to re-examine agreements and en- sure we have fair and reciprocal trade agreements," he said. He noted non-tariff barriers are also an issue, which especially im- pact agriculture trade. Davidson be- lieves the European Union is on the right path after having held several negotiation sessions with the Unit- ed States. Negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are also making progress, he said, addressing edible bean trade and potato trade barriers with Mexico. Ministerial exemptions, grading issues and loading prohibi- tions for truck in the United States are among the Canadian issues. "NAFTA needs modernization, and these negotiations don't happen every day," said Davidson. "This is our chance to get the best deal we can and put our best proposal for- ward." Cramer said he speaks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer regularly about the trade issues between Canada, Mexico and China and their impact on North Dakota agriculture. "He is also optimistic about the potential for bilateral trade agreements between countries in Asian and Africa," he said. Cramer said officials in the Trump Administration understand the time concerns about these ne- gotiations as they relate to produc- ers. "They know these are very real issues for and farmers and bankers, and are anxious to resolve them." Heather Ranck, the North Dako- ta Trade Office director and inter- national made specialist, spoke about the export promotion assistance available to North Dakota produc- ers. Cramer recently introduced, H.R. 6150, the Promoting Rural Ex- ports Act of 2018, which establish- es rural export centers offering sup- port services for rural business. 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