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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13,2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS This week we have a feature with four couples renewing their wedding vows after many, many years together• For one woman it became a nice memory of one of her final days with her husband ..... + Hello, I know this is probably a repeat of a story I told a couple years ago, but I can't get it out of my mind. The big bike rally in Sturgis start- ed this past weekend. I guess they'll get around halfa million guests over the next few days. And next year, as the 75th anniversary, is expected to be ever larger! I wrote about the rally a couple decades ago. How Shirley and I hopped on my Honda Super 90 and headed down from the ranch. We didn't get too far. Shirley got her sweat pants tangled in the spokes as we headed down that long hill leading to the Lost Bridge. That's back when we were younger and two of us fit on a little 90cc bike bet- ter. Now, I only look on enviously as bikes roar past our place on the way to the Hills. I've gone through Sturgis, usually pulling a trailer with a horse in it, rather than haul- ing or riding a bike. You see a lot of after nearly 60 years• That is a lot of love. On Aug. 14 it will be my hus- band and I's fourth anniversary. In the years since that day we have changed jobs, moved to the rural Hat strange sights. A great big tattooed guy with a parrot on his shoulder. Skinny old guys that look like they must have gotten a kitchen pass from the nursing home. Big old beer bellies that should not see the light of day. You see a lot of tattoos on girls that have kind of stretched out of shape over the years. But, back to the story that I wanted to repeat. It always brings a smile to my face as I hear that roar of a Harley and see a couple head- ed down Highway 22 to the Rally. A couple of years ago, our son Will had to haul a horse to one of the good horse doctors in South Dakota. And the clinic is in Sturgis. life, got a cat, lived in a one room apartment for a year, got a dog, bought a house, became farmers, had a baby, bought a car, had an- other baby, fought, made up, lost loved ones and found more love than we have ever known with these two beautiful, messy little munchkins who amaze us each an every day. It has been a wild ride and I can't help but be amazed at all we have jammed into our lives since that day in August when I wore white and we said "I do." To those who have spent 60, 50 Tips This mare had pawed over a barbed wire fence and dang near cut a foot off. We normally shy away from Sturgis during the rally. It's not a real easy place to get through with a horse trailer in the middle of bike week. But this was an emergency. Will had his two boys strapped in their car seats and headed through Sturgis. Now, from here to Sturgis, you head down 22 and 79. You go through Newell and past Bear Butte. You take a right and head into Sturgis. By this time, during Rally Week, you are in hog heaven. Campgrounds, parking lots, lawns, streets... Everything is covered with • . . or even 10 years pushing through the daily struggles of life with each other and making each other better for it, I salute you. Get- ting to the fourth anniversary has not been easy, but I would not change a thing. Even on days like today when the computer crashes and the baby has a major blowout, a simple "Love you" makes it all OK. It's all just life and it is beautiful. Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, wordpress.com bikes and bikers. Some clad in leather• Some clad in camo. Some not clad. As Will pulled up to the stop fight to turn south to the Interstate, a bik- er and his passenger pulled right up alongside. As ILl, who was proba- bly around four at the time, looked out the window from his car seat, a couple pulled up on this big old rumbling Harley. Much to Wills shock, the lady passenger was topless! Not only top- less, but this rather well endowed lady was painted up in red, white, and blue, with stars where her... Well, she was painted up! It was kind of like that old Ray Stevens song, "Ethel, don't look, But it was too late!" You remember that? Before Will could do anything, RJ hollered, "Dad! Look! They make the girls ride on the back!" Oh, the innocence of youth! Later, I'm headed to Sturgis! Dean ,Samaritan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We had a great time visiting Africa through the eyes and pictures of Pastor Hinrichs and his grandson. Thanks so much for sharing with us. This week Aug 10th- 16th Aug. 10th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Kiel, 3:30 Word Game Aug. 1 lth 10am Men's Time, 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Drive, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo ................. Aug 12th lpm Making Cookie Salad, 3:30 Weeding the garden Aug 13th 3pm Bingo Aug 14th 3pm Birthday Party Hosted by theStar ( ',ornnttee; 6:45 Movie Night Aug 15th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Outdoor Strolls Aug 16th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm WII Games, 2:15 Bingo Next Week Aug 17th-23rd Aug 17th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Johnson, 3:30 Trivia Aug 18th 10am Embroidery Group, 10am Men's Time, 1 pm Drive, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Beanie Baby Bingo Aug 19th lpm Making Fruit Salad, 3:30 Bible Study Aug 20th 11:15am Resident Council, 3pm Bingo Aug 21st 3pm Music by Grant Nelson, 6:30 Movie Night Aug 22nd 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Outdoor Strolls Aug 23rd 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Poor Man's Golf, 2:15 Bin- go NDSU Agriculture Communication Thank You to our many volunteers; Pastor Kiel, Amold Braaten, Shirley Sobolik, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Cheryl Cox, Karla Nygard, Pastor Hin- richs, Sue Fagerholt, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, I am sorry ifI missed anyone. We are still in need for piano players. This would be for Sunday worship at 2:30pm and Devotions on weekdays at 2:30pm. Not wanting you every day just as you can to fill in. If you would like to help please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. Prevent, Promote. Protect. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the name of a group of viruses that includes more than 100 dif- ferent types. Some of these viruses are called "high-risk" and can lead to cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, penis, or throat. HPV is the most common sex- ually transmitted infection in the United States. HPV is so com- mon that most sexually active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Why are we concemed about HPV infections? It causes cancer. An estimated 33,000 HPV associated cancers occur annually in the United States, including an estimated 12,600 HPV associated cancers in males. Is there a vaccine to prevent HPV Infections? Yes. It is recommended for all children from 11-26 years of age. It can be started as young as 9 years of age. Myths about the HPV vaccine abound! There are many myths about the HPV vaccine. They are just that-myths. There is a great deal of false information on line about the HPV vaccine. This vaccine has been shown to be very safe, and very effective. I would hate to see a parent decide to not vac- cinate their child based on false information. This. vaccine truly prevents cancer! Why would you not want to prevent cancer in your child's future? For accurate information about vaccines go to http://www.ndhealth.gov/Immu- nize/Reliablelnfo/ Some parents believe that by vaccinating their child against HPV this will encourage their child to be sexually active. Since this was such a concern for par- ents, a study was done and the re- suits found no increase in initiation of sexual activity in children vaccinated with HPV. Some parents also think that their child will never be exposed to HPV. As stated above, HPV is so common most sexually active mean and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. As a public health nurse I strongly encourage all parent who have not vaccinated thqfr children with HPV to visit ith their doctor or public health n/urse about the benefits of the vaccine. Today's decision will impact the health of your child in the future. Prevent cancer rather than treat it. GMng ConsumersA Ride They Enjoy In astonishment, the folks at cause it is not an obligation of Belshazzar's party exclaimed: secular states to defend Biblical "Lookt There's handwriting on interpretations. the wall•" In some cases constitutional They were all chagrined'to ' rights can be modified by an learn that the handwriting v/   overwhelming public interest, As bad news. Babylon woUld fall. '+ a matter of fact; the lawsuit North Dakota may not be a Babylonian party but the hand- writing is certainly on the wall. For the 73 percent who voted in 2004 for the constitutional amendment that established one- man, one-woman as a legal mar- riage, the handwriting is bad news. It says that the traditional marriage provision of the state constitution is going to be de- clared invalid. To force this decision, a law- suit has been filed by seven same-sex partners who are chal- lenging the provision. To predict the outcome, we need only look at the judicial record. In the last 12 decisions, the courts have ruled that state prohibitions of same-sex mar- riage are a violation of individual rights guaranteed by the Four- teenth Amendment. When it comes to constitu- tional rights, public opinion is not a consideration so the fact that 73 percent voted in favor of the amendment has no relevance in the lawsuit. However, it will be touted as a defense. Speaking of public opinion, a recent Washington Post-ABC poll found that a new high of 59 percent approve of gay marriage. It is very likely that a North Dakota poll would produce dif- ferent results but opposition to same-sex marriages would prob- ably be less than the 73 percent recorded 10 years ago. Public opinion has been shifting all over the country and has likely shifted in North Dakota. As the debate over same-sex marriage heats up in North Dakota, the dialogue will include many theological arguments be- cause this is an issue where secu- lar policymaking intersects with Biblical interpretation and in- struction. These arguments will be dis- missed the same as public opin- ion. The courts have not accepted arguments based on scripture be- against North Dakota asks to see a "legitimate governmental inter- est" for preserving traditional marriage. Therefore, to affect the issue it would be necessary to prove that the state has a compelling public interest in preserving tra- ditional marriage and that society would be harmed by same-sex marriage. Thus far, none of the tradi- tional marriage defenders have proven to the courts that protec- tion of traditional marriage and prohibition of same-sex marriage justify overriding the constitu- tional rights of same-sex partners. Many Christians have both secular and Biblical reasons for supporting traditional marriage. The courts probably think that the secular reasons are really Biblical reasons in disguise. That is prob- ably very true in many cases. With a majority of North Dakotans opposing same-sex marriage, there will be wide- spread anguish when the court renders it's decision. So how should Christians who see the issue as Biblical respond to the inevitable? For one thing, it would be ap- propriate for Christians to behave as Christians. Instead of display- ing wrath, it should be a time for reviewing Christian priorities. In some ways, public issues involving Christian values detract from the primary goals of the Church. Since New Testament Christianity is personal, one goal is promoting a Christian lifestyle, not by compulsion of secular le- galism but with an obedient heart. If that obedience isn't there, perhaps the Christian com- mitment isn't there, either. From the Christian point of view, the crusade for changing hearts - called the Great Com- mission in some circles - should be more important than changing secular legislation. 6 .So how should Christians who see the ,ssue as Biblical respond to the in- evitable? For one thing, it would be ap- propriate for Christians to behave as Christians. Instead of displaying wrath, it should be a time for reviewing Christian pri- • • 99 ontnes. / Extension Exchange Tips for Good Digestive Health as You Age A person can develop digestive problems at any age but it is more likely to occur as you get older. Approximately 40 percent of all older adults have one or more di- gestive system disorders every year, mainly caused by changes that happen in the digestive tract with age. Common digestive prob- lems that occur as a person ages include things such as constipa- tion, diverticular disease, ulcers and stomach bleeding, swallowing problems, colon polyps, and heart- burn. Is there anything that can be done to avoid these common di- gestive problems? Prevention is the best medicine for health problems and the same is true for keeping your digestion system working smoothly. Here are some tips for protecting your digestive health and overall well- being. • Check your meds - Many medications used to manage chronic conditions, like arthritis and high blood pressure can have digestive-tract side effects• • Stay active - Regular physi- cal activity can help avoid con- stipation, in addition to its overall health benefit. This is important because many older adults become less active due to advanced age or medical issues. • Eat more fiber- The digestive tract slows down, just like other bodily functions, due to age, so it is essential to increase your con- sumption of fruits, vegetables, an d hoJe grains  If+you ,e mak- ing an effort to increase your dai- ly fiber intake do it gradually and make sure to drink plenty of wa- ter. • Drink plenty of fluids - Drink- ing water and other fluids, such as orange juice with pulp, can keep you hydrated and help ease con- stipation. Older adults who take diuretics are at increased risk for dehydration. • Manage your weight - Many age-related health problems can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, which can also re- duce the number of medications you need to take. Medications can cause digestive side effects. It is also important to limit the fat in your diet, choose healthy por- tions and select whole foods in- stead of processed foods to help you manage your weight. • Get regular health screenings - Talk to your doctor about any concerning symptoms you are having and ask about regular screenings. The risk of developing colon polyps increases after age 50, which makes getting regular screenings very important. For more information on this topic, go to WebMD at http://www.webmd.com/diges- tive-disorders/features/digestive- health-aging?print=-tru¢ ....  ,,, round the state Extension on Ag ND 4-H Camp Breaks Grtmrd for Multipurpose Center A major upgrade at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Wash- burn is a step closer to reafity. North Dakota State University Extension Service and 4-H lead- ers, camp renovation donors, North Dakota 4-H Foundation members, NDSU President Dean Bresciani, state legislators and other dignitaries broke ground Friday for the construction of a multipurpose 4-H center. This facility is the centerpiece of a $2.3 million project to reno- vate the 47-year-old camp. The project includes substantial re- modeling of the three cabins, im- provements to the dining hall and expanding outdoor camp oppor- tunities. "We are so excited to see the plans for the North Dakota 4-H Camp come to life," NDSU Cen- ter for 4-H Youth Development Chair Brad Cogdill said. "This project will transform the facility by making it a better learning en- vironment, improving our capac- ity to accommodate the partici- pants, providing access to people of all abilities and ensuring a safe camping facility." The state Legislature provided $950,000 of the funding for the renovation and construction proj- ect in the NDSU Extension Ser- vice's 2013-15 budget. Individu- als, organizations and corpora- tions donated the rest through the North Dakota 4-H Foundation's Shape a New Destiny campaign. "The generosity and over- whelming support that we have re- ceived for the construction and renovations at the North Dakota 4- H Camp have been amazing," North Dakota 4-H Foundation Chairwoman Leann Schafer said. "Without the leadership and statewide support of 4-H, this project would not be possible. We are excited for the future op- portunities our youth will have available to them through a facil- ity open year-round. "We are currently working on Phase II of the camp project," she added. "Funds are needed for the contents and furnishings for the camp buildings. Contact the North Dakota 4-H Foundation on how you can help be a part of this ex- citing project." The new 4-H center is being named in honor of Myron D. Johnsrud, a Watford City area na- tive who served as NDSU Exten- sion Service director from 1974 to 1986. The Johnsrud family was one of the project's major con- tributors. "You've got to prepare these young kids," Jolmsrud said. "North Dakota is not what it was five years ago, and this camp should- n't be what it was five years ago." The 84-acre camp is along the banks of the Missouri River near Fort Mandan, where explorers Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1804. The camp began as the Western North Dakota 4-H Camp, one of two regional 4-H camps. Now it is the sole statewide 4-H camp facility. Research shows that a 4-H camp experience has a positive im- pact on the social, personal and ed- ucational growth of the partici- pants. It also increase awareness of environmental issues and in- terest in the outdoors, develops leadership skills and influences ca- reer decisions. Renovation work and con- struction on the new camp facili- ty is scheduled to start later in Au- gust and be completed by April 30, 2015. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.