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4 PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES AUGUST 10, 2011 ". FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, ~APALSH COUNTY PRESS How do you shove an entire summer into one weekend? And come out with a fabulous tan? Let me tell you. Picture this: It is the last week- end in July and summer has nowhere to go but harvest. The winter wheat has long since turned and we are just wait- ing on crickets for the spring wheat to come around. The weather has been quite lovely as far as weather in North Dakota can be, and it is that magical time of year that I like to think of as summer's last hurrah... August the Deuce. I rolled out of bed Saturday morning ready to hit the streets of Mountain, N.D., for an Icelandic celebration well over 100 years old. Now, Mountain may not be a big town, but they do know how to throw a party. My farnily and I busted the folding chairs out of storage and headed down the road. We pulled into the edge of town to the only parking space we could find and pulled up a nice piece of curb to watch the festivities. Everyone from Ice- landic dignitaries to area fire de- partments made their way down the street waving and some throwing whatever candy they had left to the droves of children with plastic bags who stood, waiting. A friendly smile and a hey how's it going from a few in the line who spent hours polish- ing their old tractors and cars until they shined for that one day in July and then it was over. We set our chairs aside to see What else we could see. Folk dancers sang and twirled as people pulled out their cam- eras to try to save that moment. Lines piled up as the parade crowd headed to the food court for a burger. The dancers moved on and the pedal pull competition moved in. Tiny children with enough energy to power through any weight added to their tractor competed for top prize while their .family members cheered them on. We stayed for a few rounds. Then we started to head back to the car. There was more to do that day. We visited with old friends, saw new babies, and went back for a brief nap. Round two: On to Walhalla! Frost Fire is hidden in the hills of the Pembina River Gorge just outside of Walhalla. It is home to the bizarrely wonderful combina- tion of skiing and musical theater. We headed down the road once more to take in a different type of culture. "Big River" the story of Huck- leberry Finn had been playing all summer long and because my dad got a kick out of seeing "The Buddy Holly Story" the year be- fore, we were not going to pass this one up. I am a fan of musical theater. If there were a support group for show tunes, I may just sign up. However, this was not one that had previously been on my reper- toire. I have been in and seen a num- ber of shows; I am even hitting up "Rent" in Grand Forks tonight. But let me tell you, I was not prepared for this. The talent compiled for this show in the hills was amazing. They brought laughs and drama while telling a lesson on racism that has stood as an important piece of literature for many years. l can tell you after one show I am hooked on Frost Fire. After that I packed my bags and headed to Elbow Lake, Minn., to join my husband and his family on family vacation, which included a week of fishing, swimming, and snuggling with my adorable nieces and nephews. With a little culture and a lot of sunshine, I feel as though my bat- teries are recharged and I can hit the fall with a little more energy than I had going in. On with harvest. Thank you, summer, for being better than I had expected. Like '" the Walsh Count, Press on Facebook and cheek out our blog at http:A~walsh count vpress, wordpress.com Good morning! Well, I did it! And it made me feel so grown up! I'm writing this from a motel in Amarillo, Texas. And i made it all on my own. I carried my own tickets, checked my own luggage, boarded my own flight, and switched planes in Denver all by myself. I'm 62 years old and I finally did it all by myself. Shirley never let me do it alone. And I guess you could say I can't blame her. It started thirty some odd years ago. I say thirty odd, because in forty years of marriage, many have been odd. It's like the guy who was asked how long he had been married. He replied, "I've been happily married for twenty years." Someone said, "Twenty?" ';Yeah," he says, "Twenty out of Hat forty ain't bad!" Anyway it started thirty years ago. Shirley and I hadn't travelled much. And we were going to Ve- gas, or a cattlemen's conventiion, or somewhere important. Being the man, I had control of the tick- ets. Well, I was upset. It was like picking up the Sunday paper. There were ads for hotels, rental cars, show tickets... I had a bundle of stuff. As we were walking, ac- tually kind of running through the airport, all these papers started bothering me. So I threw them in Tips a trash can. When we got to our gate, Shirley turned to me and ask for the boarding pass. "Boarding pass! Really! There was a boarding pass in that bun- dle of junk?" Remember those ads where OJ ran through the airport jumping over stuff, that was me. Oh, I didn't jump over much stuff: And maybe I wasn't near as fast. But, if you are as scared of Shirley as I am, I was picking them up and laying them down pretty darn good. I knocked some kids over and pushed one old lady out of the way. It was a mad dash through airport to a garbage can. I turned it upside down and started going through papers. I karate kicked a security guard and tbught off a custodian with a push broom until I found the tick- ets. And we made it. Since that time, I swear on a stack of bibles, Shirley has never let me carry the tickets! But, today, as I'm travelling with a cowboy from Harding County, I got to be in charge. And we are made it! I feel so big. Amarillo by morning! Wait! What's that you say? This isn't Amarillo! It's Abilene! Holy Bat- man! I've got to go! Tell you about it next week! Later, Dean }- O_!J, .Sa.manmn Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC August Events: August 11, 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party Hosted by Lankin Legion Auxiliary August 12, 7:30 Mennonite Singers August 18, 5-7 Annual Garden Party (Supper, entertainment and silent auction) August 25, 3:00 Auxiliary Program and Lunch Program and Party Zion Lutheran Church Volunteers for the week were, Devotional leaders, Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Lorene Larson, Rev. David Hinrich, Corrine Ramsey, BOnnie Van Bruggen and our accompanists were Monica Simon, Jan Novak and Laura Brodina. Sunday Worship services were led by Rev. Antal and Rev. Cox. Mass was led by Father Lutein and Rosary and Conununion by Shirley Sobolik. Tmry Hagen assisted with Nail's Time. Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us this week. Residents here are enjoying the outdoors with our nice weather. Many enjoyed our bus fide on Monday and regular activities were held this week such as Devotions, storytime; exercises, baking, nail's time, current events and more. By Extension Agent-In-Training Theresa Jeske LyME DISEASE lPubltcNealtla Walsh County Health District ..... ,., .... '""" Short Shots Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted by a tick called "Ixodes scapularis" commonly known as the deer tick. (Deer ticks are so small as to be nearly invisible to the eye). Lyme disease is acquired by a deer tick bite. The tick must be attached to a person's skin, usually for several hours, before it can transmit the disease. Symptoms of Lyme disease begin within a month of exposure. It often starts as a roughly circular reddish rash around the site of the bite (Bulls eye rash). The rash expands in size over a period of days or weeks. (Not everyone develops the rash). During this stage, or just prior to the rash stage, other symptoms may be present such as fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, muscle and or joint pain. These symptoms can last for several weeks. If left untreated, within a few weeks to months after the rash appears, complications such as meningitis, paralysis of facial muscles or heart problems may occur. Swelling and pain in *he large joints may recur over several months or years. A person is diagnosed with Lyme disease based on symptoms, exposure to infected ticks and lab results from blood tests. A person is treated with antibiotics taken orally or by injection. To prevent the spread of Lyme disease use an insect repellant with 25% DEET or 0.5% permethrin. (Follow manufacturer's directions). Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, and high socks with the pant cuffs tucked into the socks. Light colored clothing makes the ticks easier to see. Walk in the center of trails; avoid long grass or brushing against vegetation. Conduct tick checks on yourself and your children after spending time outdoors. Prompt removal of ticks even after they have attached can reduce the chance of Lyme disease transmission. To remove ticks: Grasp with tweezers or forceps as close as possible to attachment (skin) site and pull upward and out with a firm and steady pressure. If no tweezers us a tissue paper or rubber gloves-do not handle with your bare hands. Try not to squeeze, crush or ptmcture the body of the tick. Clean the skin site thoroughly and wash your hands. See your health care provider for treatment. Remember, only the tiny deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease. The first meeting of the legisla- tive redistricting committee pro- vided a good indication of the rural-urban split that will enter into negotiations over the new district boundaries for electing legislators over the next 10 years. The decennial census once again documented substantial pop- ulation losses in rural districts, meaning that they must be ex- panded to encompass the equal population required by the one- person, one-vote rule. To ward off this expansion, the rural legislators on the redistricting committee pro- posed increasing the size of the legislature. Under the state consti- tution, the body could be increased from its present 47 districts up to as many as 53. Each additiona! legislative dis- trict would cost $1.2 million in salaries and expenses during the next 10-year period. Since urban districts will not be greatly im- pacted by the new census data, their legislators seem to be balking at the idea of increasing the cost of legislative operations. (In the 1980s, we had 53 sena- tors elected from 51 districts. And that was before we had money run- ning out of the mattresses.) Rural legislators argue that money should not be the consider- ation. Sen. Randy Christmann of Hazen, who represents Oliver, Mercer and a good chunk of Mor- ton, noted that representativeness was more important than money. Fellow rural committee members Senator Joe Miller (R) of Park River, Rep. Jerry Kelsh (D) of Fullerton and Senator Curtis Olaf- son (R) of Edinburg, agreed. Chrisunann makes a good point but it raises another question: how many legislators are needed to constitute a representative assem- bly? New Hampshire and North Dakota have the largest legisla- tures in the country when calcu- lated on a per capita basis. North Dakota already has a larger senate than California, Florida, New Jer- sey, Texas, Ohio and a couple dozen other larger states. Ifstcte legislators across the na- tion carl represent many more citi- zens than can North Dakota legislators, it seems that "represen- tativeness" cannot be directly cor- related to the number of constituents. So what does "repre- sentativeness" mean? In North Dakota, legislators do not directly represent their districts on issues. When they run for of- rice, their campaign literature proves that they aren't getting elected on the issues but rather on being a "cut of the district." Issues are minor as they list their com- munit) activities, church member- ship, service clubs, economic development committees and civic achievements. It's like saying "you can trust me." Legislative campaigns do not consist of public debates before crowds of voters. Basically, cam- paigns consist of door-to-door can- vassing, plus quick handshakes at church suppers, auction sales, bingo parties, dances and other community gatherings. Issues are rarely discussed in the process. So there is little or no answer- ing to the public tbr the hundreds of decisions made in the legisla- ture, meaning that accountability is a missing ingredient in the concept of representativeness. With the minority party unable to muster the means to challenge incumbents in many districts, legislators are un- fettered in their voting. Legislators who feel that repre- sentativeness can be best achieved by more districts with fewer con- stituents ought to give serious con- sideration to using their constitutional authority to divide senate districts into two house dis- tricts so that at least the house members can be more "represen- tative" in the process. Even though dividing the sen- ate districts is a viable alternative to increasing the size of the legis- lature, creating separate smaller house districts will not be done be- cause the redistricting committee is afraid that some incumbents would end up in the same districts, resulting in intraparty warfare. So when push comes to shove, considerations such as money and incumbent protection trump the ar- gument of representativeness. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD GPS: Some things to think about Earlier this summer, I had a very interesting conversation with a family friend who de- scribed the following situation: My friend's son had been in a car accident and the car was equipped with a "built-in" GPS system. As a result of the acci- dent, the car was totaled, kept by the insurance company and later sold at a salvage auction. He purchased a new car and thought it was done. A few months later, my friend was contacted by the auto mechanic who had since bought the car. 'The auto me- chanic asked, "Do you know who owned this car?" My friend replied, "Yes, I do but how is it that you are calling me?" Well...the information in the GPS was still intact and my friend was one of the "saved ad- dresses" in the GPS and you know how easy phone numbers are easy to find and the auto me- chanic had a GPS location of his exact address. He was using it to find out information about the car, but what if he did not have such noble wishes? After our discussion it made me think a bit about leaving our hand held GPS out in the open anal to protect the identity of those atdresses in my device, l After some searching on the internet, I read about how thieves are stealing GPS and then use your device to track back to your home and burglarize it. Knowing that their victim is at the mall shopping, they are likely not to be home for a while. Tech-savvy thieves are doing more than just stealing the GPS for their own use. They are pushing the right buttons to use the GPS devices to head back to your home. Most GPS's have a navigational fea- ture called home setting, which is a fully automated process of di- recting you home. Here are some tips to keep you safe: Do not put your exact home address in the device. When you are within a few miles of your home, don't you know the way? Take your GPS unit with you or lock it in the trunk or glove compartment. Lock your device down with an anchoring devise. They are made by a few companies and use a plate and cable to se-. curely connect them to your ve- hicle. Check your owner's manual to see if you have a lock- ing or password protect on your GPS. If so, use it! The best defense it to take it with you, if you are able. In the case of an acci- dent or selling of your vehicle, be sure to talk with your dealer to clear your GPS intbrmation to protect yourself and your loVed Ones. One more thing to think about...as more and more de- vices (GPS, cell and mobile phones, iPod's and the like) be- come location aware, they will provide a rich set of geographic information for others to use if they would get their hands on your device. Many have GPS applications that use similar in- formation. Use common sense and take precautions with all of your electronic devices. Pass- word protects them all and keep them close. They store LOTS of valuable information. All my best to you and your family, Julie Many have GPS applications that use similar information. Use common sense and take precautions with all of your electronic devices .... They store LOTS of valuable information. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Estimating potential Estimatin~ Wheat Yield Poiential Estimating your Spring Wheat yield will allow you to estimate your total production with the po- tential to sell some of this year's crop before harvesting. Overall yield takes into account heads per square foot, seeds per head and seed weight; the closer to maturity that the values are taken the more accurate the estimate yield will be to the actual yield. Heads per square foot is dictated by seeding rate, tillering and tiller survival. Potential heads per square foot can be estimated in the field by counting tillers in one square foot. It is important to remember that these tillers have the potential to produce grain heads and certain en- vironmental conditions can cause the plant to abort some of these tillers. Seeds per head is simply the number of seeds per spikelet and the number of spikelet's per head. Factors such as variety, emergence time, tiller population density, fer- tility, foliar disease, insect infesta- tions, weed control, and moisture availability will affect the final number of seeds per head. To esti- mate the seeds per head, simply count the seeds in random head samples from across the field and utilize the average of the counts. Seed size varies greatly with the variety, plant disease, weather, and available moisture. When growing a variety known to have a small seed size it is important to increase the number of seeds per pound. In dry weather, seed size will also be decreased and when under opti- mum conditions seed size will be increased so it is important to as- sume a larger seed. The values are taken to estimate the grain yield in bushels per acre with the equation as follows: Esti- mated grain yield = (heads per sq. foot x grains per head x 726) seeds per pound. If you are unsure about the value for seeds per pound one could calculate the range that is possible using a seeds per pound of 18,000 seeds which would be a small seed, 16,000 seeds which would be the most common or av- erage seed size and 13,000 seeds which would be relatively large seeds. This option would give you an idea of what the high and low yield of your field could be. Crop and Pest Report Fusarium head blight (scab) has been observed in more fields throughout the state this past week. Scouted fields had an average field severity (incidence x head severity) of 5%, but some fields had much higher levels. Symptoms are showing up in the most tolerant va- rieties we have, but damage will be less than with susceptible varieties. No spring wheat or durum variety is immune to this disease! Grow- ers will now need to turn their at- tention to harvest strategies for fields with scab, including drying the crop down as quickly as possi- ble, harvesting the most damaged areas of the field separately, and turning up the wind speed to get rid of the lightest kernels. i' =e & -ii