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PERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK. BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS On Saturday, my little sister be- calne a Mrs. It was a beautiful wedding. I got the pleasure of being the matron of honor as well as the mother of the flower girl and mother of one of the ring bearers. It was a lesson in time manage- ment and organization. I tried to keep. track of my stuff, the kids' individ- ual outfits, the bride, the bridal par- ty, the attendants, the time, etc. It started offbright and early with a 7 a.m. wake up call after a long night of water slides and swimming. The rehearsal was a bit shaky, but as they say in show biz, bad dress re- hearsals make for good shows. The kids were tired and crabby for the first go'round. I could only hope that a nap on Saturday would do the trick, but it no longer was in my hands as I had to squeeze in a cups of coffee prior to my 8 a.m. hair appointment and leave the babies with dad. Becca and one of the other brides- maids already were started when morn and I walked into White Horse Salon. They were getting curled and teased as I delivered the morning caffeine rations. We went from hair to hotel as the final bits of the rehearsal hall need- ed to be topped off definitely do that. The mother of the bride put the l veryone made it down the aisle final touches on the wedding cake. and hit their marks perfectly. We fin- The flowers were arranged and ished up and the crowd dispersed. centerpieces were set while my My son was only missing one thing, kids were getting a little more of the pants. The three-year-old fell asleep swimming out of their systems, during the service and did not make Frank put the baby down for her it to the potty. His dad and grandma nap. I grabbed my dress and was off ran him back to the hotel to fix his once again. It was time to go to the outfit and he made it back for the fi- church. The attendants were late, the nai photo shoot. When all was said drama had started, and done, the babies went back to There was time to spare, but of the hotel. The other bridesmaids and course schedules were not dis- I snagged the groom and took him cussed ahead of time. When we fi- for his first drink as a married man. nally got the show on the road all All the planning, drama, stress, was forgotten and went better than and jitters were a distant memory as planned. I spent most of my time di- none of the troubles mattered now. recting the cruise as best I could We made it to the reception hal! where I could, and took our places. From early ap- Need a water? I can get it. pointments and late attendants and Need to text, call, message,some- potty-training toddlers, all that mat- one? I can do that. tered was the look ofjoy on the faces Need someone to mn interference of the newly introduced Mr. and while the bride uses the restroom? Mrs. Johnson. I can do that. Like "' the Walsh County Press on Face- Need someone to get bossy?'I can Hello, Well, the rally is on! The big bike rally in Sturgis is taking place. We operate along High- ways 22 in North Dakota and Highway 79 in South Dakota. Those two highways have been rumbling with the sound of the Harley motorcycles roaring for the Black Hills to live their dream ot" being sun and wind burnt themselves, and surrounding themselves with a million other burnt people dressed in hot black leather! Well, they aren't all dressed in hot, black leather. Which reminds me of a story i've probably told you betbre. When nay grandsons were smaller than they are now, Will and Jen were returning from a rodeo and had to come through Sturgis on the way home. And the rally was on. They were stir- rounded by bikes and drivingmunions, it is a pretty big family through when they came to a stop deal. The guy had trouble with light, cattle shorty before he left. Which Much to their chagrin, as they often happens to ranchers when waited at a stoplight, a biker something important is coming pulled up alongside Evan's win- up. dow. EVan was pretty young. The He walked into church a little girl on the backwas topless! The late. As he hurriedly made his parents were aghast, but Evanjust way to the front of the church, hollered, "Look, the girls have to one of the ushers tapped him on ride on the back!" the shoulder and pointed sky- Which takes me another short ward. Since the church was rela- story, tively .full, he assumed he was to I've a friend, whom a few years sit in the balcony. As he walked ago, had to attend a nephews first back down the aisle a couple of communion. Likemost first corn- friends pointed up. He nodded knowingly and kept going. He climbed the stairs and found it was only a belltower. He climbed back down and crowded into the back aisle, where people looked at him with noticeable concern on their faces. Mothers hugged their children closer to them and fathers glared at him in disgust. A very un- friendly congregation. As the service ended, and peo- ple were filing out of the church, one of his friends said, "You shouldn't have worn that cap to church!" Embarrassed, he reached up and took his cap off. A cap he had recently purchased at the rally. Oh, and by the way, on the front of the cap was a naked lady! Ride safe! Later, Dean r, . Happenings atOur C" i I :.llll;lrtt;,lll Good Samaritan ,:,).: Ni)cict :-: ............ Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Fall is in the air! We have en- Aug. 16th 2:30 Worship, 3:30 joyed going for drives and see!ng Trivia all the' activity in tile fields It s a Aug. ! 7th t0am Embroider;y good reminder that we need to get Group and Men's Time, lpm out and el\ioy these nice days be- Drive, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo fore they are gone. Aug. 18th 3:30 Bible Study This week Aug. 9th - 15th Aug. 19th lpm Making Fruit Aug. 9th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- Salad, 3:15 Bingo tor Antal, 3:30 Bible Study, 6:45 Aug. 20th 3:30 Painting, 6:30 Community Prayer Group Movie Night Aug. 10th 10am Embroidery Aug. 21st 10:30 Nail Time, Group and Men's Time, lpm 3:30Outdoor Strolls Drive, 5pro Rosaw, 6:45 Bingo Aug. 22nd 9:30 Mass w/Father Aug. 11 th 10am Crochet Group, Luiten, 1 pm Pictionary, 2:15 Bin- 3:30 Bible Study go Aug. 12th lpm Making Cook- Thank You to our many volun- ie Salad, 3:15 Bingo teers: Pastor Antal, Arnold Braat- Aug. 13th 3pro Birthday Party en, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Hosted by Star Committee with Donna Settingsgard, MaryLund, entertainment by Sunshine Day- Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Sue Fag- care, 6:30 Movie Night gerholt, Jeanean McMillan, Sun-. Aug. 14th t0:30 Nail Time, shine Daycare for the Birthday 3:30 Outdoor Strolls7:30 Men- Pan'y entertainment, Corinne Ram- nonite Singers seT, Mennonite Singers, Father Aug. 15th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, and anyone else I may Luiten, lpm Word Games, 2:15 have missed I am sorry. If you Bingo would like to volunteer please Next week Aug. 16th - 22nd call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. WEST Na.E Vmus Publtell[ealtla Walsh County Health District , ..... ,., .... '° Short Shots West Nile Virus is spread by mosquito bites. Most people who get infected do'-not have any symptoms and are unaware they have been exposed. Those who do have symptoms commonly experience a fever, headache and body aches. A small number of people who get infect- ed with West Nile Virus develop severe disease that can lead to swelling of the brain and even death. People age 50 and older and some immunocompromised people have a greater chance of becoming sick and are lnore likely to develop se- rious symptolns of West Nile Virus. Protect Yourself and Your Family ' Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picardin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or permethrin. Always follow the directions on the label. (Children younger than 2 months should not use DEET). Control Mosquito Breeding Control the spread of West Nile Virus by eliminating breeding sites for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can breed in very small amounts of stand- ing water in just a few days. • Keep the grass and shrubbery cut short • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens • Empty water from buckets, birdbaths, wading pools, troughs, and potted plant drip trays every four to five days. • Remove items from your yard that are sources of standing water (old tires, etc.) To Win Legislative Seats, Ladies, You Must Run Wl n lJundffs ialk about elect- .the county cominission 'in one ing more women to the state leg- county may not carry much islature, I am reminded of the weight in the rest of tile district. story about the lady who was so When it comes to credentials, far in debt that she thought win- much more is required of women ning the lottery was her only than that expected of men. hope. So she prayed and prayed. After a couple of weeks of Women must serve on more corn- praying, the prize eluded her so mittees, show more leadership, she prayed even harder. Then in and get elected more often. the middle of the night, she heard Another barrier for women is a deep voice declare: "In order to family obligations that fall most win, you must buy a ticket." heavily on women. With children It is not possible to elect more in the home, they are not as free women unless more women are as men to go marching off to the willing to run. But this is more state capitol for four months a bi- complicated than it appears, ennium. In addition, more men In the first place, women are than women have job situations less willing than men to promote that can be manipulated to ac- themselves so women often get nmscled out of the political op- cornlnodate the legislative life. portunities. Senator Judy Lee of West In addition, politics is con- Fargo and Senator Joan Hecka- frontational while women are ne- man of New Rockford, both with gotiators and compromisers at long experience in the legislature, heart. The legislature needs those do not soft pedal the demands of qualities but they do not lend the legislative commitment. They themselves to the rough and tough both point out that the four-month of politics so women are not at- session is only part of the job. tracted to politics. There are interim committee There is hope. The field of women willing to compete has assignments, public meetings, rib- bon cuttings and frustrated con- been growing, believe it or not, because of the federal mandate stituents year-around, all of which for more sports opportunities for cut into family time. girls. As a result, the participation In response to this problem, of women in competitive sports Representative Nicole Poolman has grown from seven percent to of Bismarck says that women 41 percent. Studies show that be- can't wait until the family situa- cause they have experienced tion is convenient. competition, they find confronta- "Many don't realize that in tion in politics less threatening, politics, opportunities don't wait Voters expect legislative candi- to present themselves until it is dates - men as well as women - to demonstrate experiences that convenient. Sometimes, we have to find ways to run when it isn't qualify them for legislative serv- ice. They want to see leadership convenient." on the local level, including serv- Then there's the money prob- ice on local governing boards and lem. Unless the party or support- community committees. These ers make advance cormnitments, are the stepping stones to the the candidate must consider the capitol, personal resources that will be re- Demonstrating these creden- quired for the campaign. Depend- tials has been blurred by the ap- ing on the partisan track record in plication of the 1-person, 1-vote the districk the money people principle to legislative districts that now divides cities and cob- may be reluctant to invest in a bles pieces of counties together, woman candidate running in a There is no longer a common competitive race for the first time. community base so candidates (Next week: Incumbent nmst prove themselves in pieces women legislators offer personal of counties and cities. Serving on insights about legislative service.) Surveys indicate that women are super,or to men when it comes to compromise and negotiation. Extension Exchange Home canning is an excellent way to preserve garden produce and share it with family and fi'iends, but it can be risky or even deadly if not done correctly and safely. It's summer, and home garden- ers are harvesting the delicious produce they've been growing this year. Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden good- ies. But beware: if it's done the wrong way, the vegetables you worked so hard for could become contaminated by a genn that caus- es botulism, a serious illness that can affect your nerves, paralyze you, and even cause death, lt's im- portant as home food preserva- tionists to learn about the symp- toms and the sate way to can so you can protect yourself', your family, and others when you share your home-canned goodies. There are two tips to remember to keep your canned vegetables safe and keep them from sgoiling. 1. Use proper canning tech- niques. Make sure your food preserva- tion information is always cun'ent with up-to-date, scientifically test- ed guidelines. Don't use outdated publications or cookbooks, even if they were handed down to you from trusted family cooks. Never change a recipe that has been sci- entifically tested. The recipe is safe to follow only with the exact in- gredients listed, changing anlounts and adding different ingredients can alter how the food is processed opening up the possibility for bacteria to become present. You can find in-depth, step-by- step directions from the following sources: • The National Center for Home Food Preselwation • USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning • The state and county exten- sion service of your state univer- sity including NDSU Exten- sion/Walsh County 2. Use the right equipment for the kind of foods that you are can- ning. Always use a pressure canner when canning low-acid vegetables (like green beans, potatoes and corn), meat, fish and poultry. Pres- sure canning is the only recom- mended method for canning low- acid vegetables, meat, poultry, and seafood. Do not use boiling water canners because they will not protect against botulism poi- soning. Be sure the gauge of the pres- sure canner is accurate. The Walsh County Extension Office will test your pressure canner gauge for free. You may bring in your gauge or the lid and gauge during regu- lar office hours. Always make sure you are using up-to-date process times and pressures for the kind of food, the size of jar, and the method of packing ibod in the jar. Botulism is a rare, but serious illness caused by a germ called Clostridium botulinum. The germ is tbund in soil and can survive, grow, and produce toxin in a sealed jar of food. This toxin can affect your nerves, paralyze you, and even cause death. Even taking a small taste of food containing this toxin can be deadly. Botulism is a medical emer- gency. If you have symptoms of foodborne botulism, seek medical care immediately. Symptoms may include the fol- lowing: • Double vision • Blurred vision • Drooping eyelids • Slurred speech • Difficulty swallowing • Dry mouth • Muscle weakness Protect yourself from botulism: When in doubt, throw it out! Home-canned foods could be contaminated but look, smell and taste normal. If there is any doubt about whether sat canning guide- lines have been followed, do not eat the food. Home-canned food might be contaminated if'." o The container is leaking, bulging, or swollen o The container looks dam- aged, cracked, or abnornaal o The container spurts liquid or foam when opened o The food is discolored, moldy, or smells bad If you suspect home-canned food might be contaminated with the genns that cause botulism, throw the tbod away. If any of the food spills, wipe up the spill using a dilute bleach solution (1/4 cup bleach fbr each 2 cups of water). Never taste home-canned food to detennine if it is safe. Do not taste or eat foods from containers that are leaking, have bulges or are swollen, or look damaged, cracked, or abnormal. When you open ajar of home- canned food, thoroughly inspect the food. Do not taste or eat foods that are discolored, moldy, or smell bad. Do not eat food from a can that spurted liquid or foamed when it was opened. Do not open or puncture any unopened cans, commercial or home-canned, if you suspect con- tamination Sourt "e: C~,ntersl/br DisecLs'e Cbntrol and pro_ vention, http:/;4,,w~t:cdc.go~:~i, atures/homecan- nbtg,,' : ; : [ ,t~ : 7 Coullty Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Bacterial blight (common bac- terial blight) is a warn1 weather dis- ease and usually occur during the late vegetative to early flowering stages of plant growth. Also pres- ents itself in high hunfidity. This blight moves through your fields usually by wind. If you have a lighter soil type, you may see this spread across you field in spots, es- pecially on the hillsides. It can also be transferred by you going in and walking around too, also equip- ment movement can transfer the blight to other fields and areas within the.field. Water flow also may cause wounding and move the pathogens through the field(s). Symptoms will start with small water-soaked spots on the bottom of the leaves. These then enlarge and become dried and brown. The will have a nalTOW, bright lemon- yellow border of tissue that will de- velop around dried necrotic lesions. Many of these lesions can be found on both interveinal and leaf margins. When severe infections occur it results in the leaves re- maining attached to the plants and giving a burned appearance to fo- liage. When looking pods; the symptoms consists of generally cir- cular, sunken, and dark brown le- sions that are usually covered with yellow masses of bacteria under conditions of high humidity. If you're looking at seeds they may exhibit a butter-yellow or brown discoloration and could be small and shriveled with poor germina- tion and vigor after emergence. The bacteria becomes intro- duced to a field by infected seed. To help prevent this a good three to four year rotation, incorporation of old bean debris, the reduction of volunteer beans and the use ofcer- tiffed seed treated with strepto- mycin helps manage the bacteria diseases.