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PRESS PERSPECTIVES Pa e 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS ~/VEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Ever heard the phrase "phoning it in"? If you give it the "Urban Dictionary" once over it basically means to have completed an action, especially giving a performance, while showing a minimum of ef- fort. I did the work last week, but I can guarantee you that ifI spoke to you for a story or discussed an event with you over the phone, I was doing so from the dock of the lake at Tipsinah Mounds Camp- ground near Elbow Lake, Minn. Me and my laptop were doing layout from the beach while my munchkins were splashing in the water. If you ask Brook, I proba- bly should have lost my cell phone and made it a real vacation, but tried. I was pulling in a bass or two offthe dock with my daughter be- tween deadlines. I am almost in- capable of not working, which you can take either way. My brain is always in job mode and there is no one to replace me in the office and do the work I do unless I hire out. But I digress... The week was beautiful. The sun was shining. The bugs were minimal. The water was just right. And the company couldn't have been better. It was my family, my sister-in- law, my mother-in-law, and my nieces and nephews. The Olimbs have been doing this weeklong gettogether for years, last February and we pulled in a I still remember my first trip. In big one. It was a bass her grand- 2008, my husband (then boyfriend) pa would have been proud of. asked ifl wouldjoin in on their an- We pulled him off the hook and nual tradition. We had only been to- tossed him back in with a fishy kiss gether for a few months and I de- and a "good luck." Two seconds cided to take the opportunity, later we pulled in a bigger one. I My sister-in-law was a little could almost hear what her grand- shocked. She looked at me and pa would have said.., what he couldn't believe that I was willing said that first year when he could- to go on this trip hours from home with his whole family (some I n't believe I was snagging them off was just meeting for the first time) the dock when he couldn't catch without an escape plan -- no ex- a thing the year before after hours tra car, no way out. out on the boat. He would have It ended up being a great time. spent hours on that dock with There was fishing, jet skiing, those kids. I made sure they all got swimming, boating, kneeboarding, a line in if they wanted to. attempts at water skiing, tubing, For all of those times over the board games, and more food than year when work took priority over anyone knew what to do with. The the "hey, morn" moments, I made faces have changed over the years sure that this week I was keeping with a couple of losses and a few priorities in check and while I more babies, but the idea still is the might have been "phoneing it in" same. for work, I definitely wasn't when I sat on the dock with Olivia as it came to family. she fished with the ice fishing rod she got from the Park River "Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- Parks and Rec. Fishing Derby Hello, This is a column that is kind of like the Seinfeld show. A column about nothing. Or it could be con- sidered a column about every- thing. This has been a tough year be- cause of the drought. Hay was hard to find. I stooped to cutting kochia weeds in the old city lagoon. Now kochia is a big, bushy green weed that thrives in adverse conditions. It is the kind of week that helped livestock survive the thirties. But one of the problems is it can be high in nitrates. And that can be fatal to cattle. I was telling a friend about it and that I would need to test it. He said his neighbor had a unique way of testing his standing crops for ni- they survived he calls up the cat- tle's owner and tells him his cows are out again. I guess it works fairly well and is cheaper, at least for the crop owner, than sending the crop in for a test. I always get comments about Shirley. People think she gets picked on in my column! Really! They think she gets picked on in my column. I don't have the slight- est idea where that could come from. And one more thing. We were having coffee with a neighbor the other day and were visiting about patrolman picking people up. Because I had been re- cently received a verbal warning. No ticket mind you. Just a warn- ing. This guy had been picked up for wonderful bunch of horses being .going 10 mph over the speed lim- sold by a good friend. The auc- it. tioneer is also a good friend of As the patrolman was walking mine. up he quickly reached up and In comes this kind of plain hurriedly fastened his seat belt. looking mare. She wasn't carrying The patrolman quizzed him any chrome. Just a pretty nice kind about his seat belt usage. of mare with no particular mark- "Did you have your seat belt ings. fastened before I stopped you," he The auctioneer was pointing asked? this out to the crowd and made the "I certainly did"! remark that "dancing girls don't The patrolman smiled slightly make the best cooks"! and asked, "Isn't it hard to drive I guess at that point I shouldn't with your seat belt fastened Now, yesterday we attended a have poked Shirley with my elbow through the steering wheel"? Later, Dean trates. He would simply open the gate and let 4 or 5 of his neighbor's cows in the field for a few days. If horse sale in South Dakota. A and said, "I love your hotdish"! I", Happenings at Our ,021 , saw aritan Good Samaritan S n:ictn .... -'~, ~ "i;~ Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We are so thankful for the shot of rain last week, not as thankful as the crops and the gardens how- ever. We had one resident say it was a billion dollar rain! This week Aug. 6th - 12th Aug. 6th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Brezenski, 3pm Making Pota- to Salad, 5pm - 7pm Garden Par- ty w/The K-Street Band Aug. 7th 10am Embroidery Group, 1:30 Drive RSVP, 5pm Rosary, 6pro Men's Night Aug. 8th 9am Peeling Potatoes, 1 pm Beading Aug. 9th 3:15 Bingo Aug. 10th 3pm Birthday Party hosted by the Star Committee, 6:30 Movie Night Aug. 1 lth Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3pm Rummage Sale, 7:30 Men- nonite Singers Aug. 12th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Perseid Meteor Show- er, 2:15 Bingo Next week Aug. 13th - 19th Aug. 13th 2:30 Worship w/ Father Miller, 3:30 Games/Cards Aug. 14th Barber Cuts, 10am Embroidery Group, 1:30 Drives RSVP, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Aug. 15th 9am Peeling Pota- toes, lpm Crochet Group, 3pm Woodstock Anniversary Aug. 16th 3:15 Bingo Aug. 17th lpm Making Fruit Kabobs, 6:30 Movie Night Aug. 18th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3:30 Outdoor Strolls Aug. 19th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm World Honey Bee Day, 2:15 Bingo Thank you to our many volun- teers; The Federated Church, Shirley Sobolik, Mary Simundson, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Dorothy Novak, Pastor Hinrichs, Pastor Brezenski, Corinne Ramsey, Fa- ther Miller, Joan Olson and fam- ily for the P6nnukfkurs, Mary Lund, Robert Arnold, and anyone I may have missed I am sorry. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. OFF TO COLLEGE . . . WHICH VACCINA'IT.0NS I)O I NEED? 8-2017 Walsh County Health District Short Shots Prevent. Promote, Protect. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and it's also when most college students are getting ready to go to school. Any col- lege under the North Dakota University System requires documenta- tion of certain vaccinations. However, not all of the recommended vac- cinations are listed as "required". Listed below are the vaccinations that are recommended for any college-aged individual. 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella): given at the age of 1 year and again with "kindergarten shots" in between ages 4-6. 2 doses ofMCV4 (meningococcal): given at age 10 (a requirement for the entrance of 7th grade). A booster is administered between the ages of 16-18 years old. This booster is REQUIRED for any college under the North Dakota University System. Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis "whooping cough"): giv- en at age 7 (a requirement for the entrance of Vth grade). After the im- munization at 7 years old, a booster is recommended every 10 years. Immunizations are very important for your protection against seri- ous illness and disease. If you have any questions about requirements, vaccinations, or your immunization record call Walsh County Health District at 701-352-5139. Your community, Your paper, Your story. Contact Allison or Brook at the Walsh County Press 284-6333 or ND Licensing Boards Facing 2 Challenges According to the Office of the Governor, North Dakota has 45 boards, commissions and entities charged with licensing various professions to protect the health and welfare of the consuming public. These boards are currently facing two challenges. A well-funded group of liber- tarians are arguing that many of the licensing boards ought to be abolished so that more people could practice without qualifying for a professional license. The proposal is being passed off as a jobs program but the real motive is opposition to govern- ment regulations of any kind, in- cluding licensing of professions. They want more of a free market in the personal service industry. They get fodder for their case from states like Illinois where li- censing has run rampant and pro- fessions are called professions that are hardly professional. That is not the case in North Dakota. A review of our 45 li- censing boards indicates that the state is requiring licenses for pro- fessions that need more than street knowledge. Since North Dakota cannot be accused with overreach in license requirements, this issue will not go far in the Legislature. However, a recent U. S. Supreme Court de- cision poses a more serious chal- lenge. The controversy started when the North Carolina Board of Den- tal Examiners controlled by den- tists issued a "cease and desist" or- der to non-dentists who were en- gaged in teeth whitening. The Federal Trade Commission ruled that the Board's action con- stituted an unreasonable restraint of trade and violated federal an- titrust laws. By a vote of 6-3, the Supreme Court agreed that li- censing boards controlled solely by the professions were a threat to the free market. The solution to this problem, according to the FTC, is tighter state supervision of the boards. The North Dakota Legislature is now studying methods by which the state supervision requirement could be met without revamping all of the licensing boards. North Dakota law gives pro- fessions outright control of 43 of the 45 boards. Of the 274 mem- bers serving on the 45 boards, 55 are designated as consumer rep- resentatives. The only licensing units that could be controlled by consumers under present law are the Aeronautics Commission and the Board of Abstractors. There is no doubt that the leg- islative interim committee will leave no stone unturned to pre- serve the present board structure. It seems that the choices facing the interim committee are either clos- er state review of all decisions made by boards or requiting a ma- jority of nonprofessionals on every board. Requiring all licensing boards to load up on consumers may sound great to some reformers but that solution is unworkable. Per- haps most boards could add two or three nonprofessionals but that would be about the limit for most of them. Take the nine-member State Board of Nursing Home Exam- iners, for example. To represent this important profession, the Board has the following repre- sentatives: one physician, one hospital administrator, four li- censed home administrators, a nurse, the State Health Officer and an executive from the Depart- ment of Human Services.. In the first place, boards of eight or more members are already cumbersome so this board is al- ready pushing the limit. To meet Supreme Court requirements, 10 nonprofessionals would have to be added, making it a 19-member as- sembly. Unworkable! Right now, the Legislature's in- terim committee is faced with defining what constitutes state supervision. What does that mean? How much oversight is needed? It will be necessary to strike a deli- cate balance between the Court's mandate and preserving the pres- ent system. 'Since these licensing boards don't deal directly with con- sumers, most citizens are un- aware and unconcerned about their performance even though they are important for the quality of health care, education and scores of other services in North Dakota. Extension Exchange Tomatoes are a Can you name the top four veg- etables? Do you think tomatoes are on the list? Potatoes, lettuce and onions are at the top for the most popular flesh-market vegetables, but the tomato comes in just behind these in fourth place. Tomatoes are grown for the fresh or processed market. Three-fourths of the tomatoes Americans consume are in processed form. Tomato sauce, which is used on pizza and in pasta sauces, and sal- sa are the most common uses for tomatoes. Consumption of processed tomatoes has increased steadily since the 1980s due to the rising pop- ularity of pizza, pasta and salsa. You also can use tomatoes in soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche and relishes, or roasted or stewed. You can eat tomatoes fresh or dry, can or freeze them for later con- sumption. A wide range of tomato varieties are grown throughout the world. Tomatoes may be green, red, pink, yellow, orange, burgundy, purple, streaked and striped or black, and will vary in size and flavor. Tomato varieties that have grown sucp,,essfully in Noah Dakota include Celebrity, Big Beef, Big Boy, Health Kick, Sugary, Roma VF, Juliet, Jol- ly and Early Girl. Celebrity tomatoes have shown disease resistance and high-quality productivity in a wide range of growing conditions across North America. This variety is a great op- tion for fresh slices or canning. Early Girl will produce fruit in as little as 52 days, staying true to its name. Due to the short growing sea- son in the Midwest, this is a great choice for a slicing tomato. Roma VF is the most popular canning tomato in our state. Select tomatoes that are firm, smooth and plump with good col- or. Green tomatoes will ripen but will not have the same flavor as vine-ripened tomatoes. Handle tomatoes carefully to re- duce bruising. Store them at a cool room temperature away from direct sunlight until ripe, then move them to the refrigerator. Nutritionally, tomatoes are an ex- cellent source of vitamins C and K. They also are a very good source of vitamin A and dietary fiber, and con- tain less than 20 calories per half cup. Tomatoes also are known for hav- ing a high amount of lycopene, a pigment that gives many fruits and vegetables their red color and may offer health benefits. Here's an easy recipe to make with your own garden-fresh produce or items you purchased at a farmers market or grocery store. Fresh Tomato Salsa 3 large tomatoes, seeded, chopped 1 large onion (white or red) 1 small green bell pepper, chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 jalapefio peppers, seeded, fine- ly chopped (optional) 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) 2 to 3 Tbsp. lime juice (fresh or bottled) 1/2 tsp. salt Rinse, then chop tomatoes and transfer to a bowl. Wearing plastic or rubber gloves, seed and finely chop peppers. Finely chop onion and cilantro. Stir pepper, onion, cilantro and garlic into tomatoes; add lime juice and season with salt and pep- per to taste. Refrigerate. Makes 14 servings. Each serving has 15 calories, 0 grams (g) fat, 0 g protein, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber and 85 milligrams sodium. Any questions about this column or something else may be directed to the NDSU Extension office in Walsh County at 284-6624, or email me at: I would be glad to help! Source: Julie Garden-Robinson, food and nu- trition specialist, and Allison Benson, program as- sistant. The creation of the materials is part of a project funded by the North Dakota Department of Agricultare through grant 14~CBGP-ND-O038 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Aphids, aphids everywhere I don't know what is up with this year but there is almost no growing plants that you cannot find aphids on. We have many dif- ferent varieties of aphids out here and each one seems to have its fa- vorite plant. They tend to be spe- cialists so in many cases they don't feed on plants that our not their target species. The first thing I will tell you when confronting aphids is not to pull the trigger too soon on aphids. We have tremen- dous population of lady bug lar- vae out there whittling down the population. In many cases if you just give them a chance they will happily solve the problem for you. When you go after the aphids with an insecticide you kill your little aphid munchers and they take a long time to come back so before you spray make sure you have populations that warrant control measures. Waterhemp in Walsh County This past week we have dis- covered two new fields that wa- terhemp are present in. They were both in the Grafton and Oakwood area. Now is the time you need to get out of your pickup and find out what that weed is in your field that two applications of glyphosate did not kill and know the reason why. They are going to start to be fairly obvious if you just take the time to look. If you have a pig- weed in your field that you have thrown two applications of glyphosate at you really need to make sure you get an identification of it. Both cases I saw last week had this history. One field just had a few scattered plants and one had enough that it was going to be a job to get them out of there. I am also getting phone calls and pic- tures on this. If you would like me to look at some in pictures they can be sent to bradley.brum- . I would like some good pictures of them stand- ing in the field and a nice close up picture of one pulled up so I can see the leaves and stems in detail along with the seed head. So what do you do if you have it identified as waterhemp? These weeds are starting to produce seed right now so unless you are unless you are doubly sure that they have not pro- duced viable seed do not leave them in the field. You need to bag them or remove them from the field and burn them in a very hot fire so the seeds are destroyed. We need to destroy the seeds in some manner. I have this rotten feeling that there is lot more waterhemp out there then we have identified. You need to be very vigilant in scouting your fields right now to prevent an infestation next year. Do it now your chance to do this is very narrow. We also have to start you using our pre-plant her- bicides and I am having a hard time convincing producers to do this. We have to use all of the tools in our tool box just not our one fa- vorite big hammer. We must the use the many tiny hammer ap- proach where we use multiple strategies to throw curves at our weeds. Consider all waterhemp glyphosate resistant as it is com- ing up from the south and it is all resistant down there. Scout now or pay later. i t "1