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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSIECTIVES AUGUST 14, 2013 l FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS / Day one without Out to Lunch: than being able to go to our usual We got out of church. Rather breakfast stop, it was home for Hello, I don't know Pufin. Putin does- H t n't know me. And I would venture a pretty good guess that we shall never meet. I don't plan on going to Russia, and I'm relatively certain that Putin will not be showing up in westem North Dakota. On the news this morning, there was discussion on Putin being a bul- ly. I suppose he is. I don't think you rise to power in Russia by being a real. nice guy.Although I have no ex- perience to back that up. But, I did actually learn some- thing from Putin over the weekend. He was credited with saying, "If you shear a pig, you get a lot of squeal- ing, but not a lot of wool". And that brought a smile to my face. I don't know how many of you have ever raised hogs: I tell you what, you grab a little pig, or a big one for that matter, and you do get a lot 9f squealing I've told you be- fore about our venture into wild pigs? It didn't tum out real well. We barely had a fence that would hold saddle horses, let alone wild Russ- ian boars. So the pigs ranged from the Lost Bridge on the Little Mis- souri, to Johnson Comers and west to CherryCreek. I understand the last one was shot a few years ago south of Watford City. And I do know that the wolf, which is now mounted in the Wat- ford school, had a little pig in his stomach when the Game and Fish- guys did an autopsy. Evidently that pig lived in a straw house. Back to the squealing pig. We had these wild pigs kind of penned up along the barn. For a few days. And a couple of the sows had litters of .piglets. The little wild pigs were colored about like a go- TEEN BEAT BY EMILY LA00VE00 INTERN, WALSH (OUNTY PRESS " School days are here again School. The one word that strikes fear and misery into the hearts of children everywhere in America. Likewise,it shines like a beacon to the parents of these children, sig- nifying months of not having to  worry about what they did all day. Actually, this isn't exactly true. There  several children in Amer- ica who are somewhat excited to go back to school. Take myself for ex- ample. I hardly see any of my peers over the summer because I lack this mystJious thing known as "a life", therefore, I am not dread- ing going back to school because school is the closest thing I have to a "life". School isn't exactly horrible ei- ther. I actually like learning some new things if they interest me, and school seems to be the one place where I can, find many of these strange and amazing facts. Also with new teachers coming, 1 find it in- teresting to see their different styles of teaching and seeing how far off topic they can get. Sadly, however, there are also students who just don't care at all, and who slide by coping off other student's papers all of the time, in- stead of just doing the work them- selves. I feel bad for these kids be- cause by doing this, they aren't learffmg a thing, and after they are done with school and have jobs and things that need to be done, they won't know how to do it because they never bothered to learn these skills when they were in school. Obviously I am one of the stu- dents who actually do the work and have other people leechoff of my answers, but I have made a resolu- tion to stop this year. I have prom- ised myself to not give out answer; so we shall see how this year goes for both myself, and the people who don't bother to pay any attention to anything at all. Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check but our blog at http://walsh- countypress, wordpress, com THE THE oF Cow RAw Mmc? .00ublle00 Walsh ounly Health District .... ,., .... Short Shots This past legislative session the ND Legislature passed a law that al- lows for the sale of cow shares. If you buy a share in a cow you are able to get Raw Milk from that cow. The direct sale of Raw Milk is not allowed in North Dakota, but the sale of cow shares allows people to have access to raw milk. If you are not aware, there have been many claims in the past years that Raw Milk is so much better for you than milk that has gone through a pasteurization process. Sometimes popular belief seems to take a life of its own, and people buy into these "claims" rather than pay attention to the science and the history of why we pasteurize milk in the United States. I recently listened to a presentation by Dr. RobertTauxe, an internal medicine doctor and epi- demiologist at the Centers for Dis- ease Control, talk on'the issues with Raw Milk. Here are some sci- ence based facts from his presenta- tion. Before we began pasteurizing milk in the 1920's there were many large outbreaks of deadly disease caused by organisms such as Campylobacter, E. coli 0157, and Salmonella. Now we have raw milk making its way back into the diets of Amerieans and we are seeing out- breaks of serious and deadly dis- eases. From 1999 through 2008 there were 86 outbreaks of disease from raw milk reported to the Cen- ters for Disease Control. There were 1676 people who fell ill, 191 hos- pitalized and 2 deaths. There are many other cases of illness that were never reported. Myths about Raw Milk Raw Milk is more nutritious-- In fact the same nutritional value is obtained from pasteurized milk as is found m raw milk minus the dis- ease causing organisms. Raw Milk can prevent and cure diseases--In fact Raw Milk can cause disease and death. Raw Milk is safe from healthy animals and sanitary farms--In fact even in ve clean farms with healthy cows the animals can be a reservoir for disease that is passed into the Raw Milk. Testing of Raw Milk assures that it is safe--In fact even Raw Milk that is tested for contaminants may test negative, but actually be able to cause disease. My Grandparents drank Raw Milk and never had a problem-what is all the fuss aboat? In fact there were significant outbreaks associ- ated with raw milk before pasteur- ization was started in the 1920s. I would encourage anyone think- ing about drinking raw milk, espe- cially if you are/planning to giv e it to your children, to do some serious research on tls issue at credible in- temet sites./E dldren are especial- ly vulnerable to these deadly or- ganisms. 'If you have ever seen a child in kidney failure from E. Coli 0157 you will appreciate why we pasteurize milk and be thankful that the pasteurized milk you buy in the store is safe and free of deadly diseases. pancakes. I set off the smoke de' transition. tector. Don't ask how, the pancakes Thank you, Julie and Hold were not burned at all. But my son and Alex and Jana and Grandma refused to eat them. He knew they and everyone else who held down weren't the same. Day two without Out to Lunch: Ate footlongs at DQ. They were out of footlong buns. I really wish I had a chicken strip melt. I cannot live on chili cheese dogs alone. Clearly, this is going to be tough pher. Little stripes down their backs. Shirley and Will were feeding the hogs whefi one of the little wild ones got stuck in the hog wire right by Shirley. That little pig let Out a squeal and here came Mama! With her mouth wide open and she was mad! I've told you that Shirley isn't real quick on her feet when trying to dodge a bull or a mad cow. Well, she's worse when a wild hog is going to eat her. She didn't run. She didn't scream. She didn't do a damn thing. She froze. Froze I tell you. She couldn't move a muscle. Now, mind you, this is happen- ing pretty fast. Wild pigs are fast. Wild mama pigs protecting their the fort for your service. You ,will be missed. Food is love. Thanks for shar- ing yours with all of us. Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http://walsh- countypress, young are really fast. It just happened that our number one son, Will, who was probably ten years old, was filling the water tank with a hose. Being much brighter than his Dad, he reacted quickly. He turned that hose on that old mama hog. and @rayed her down like a firefighter breaking up a riot! It stopped that old sow in her tracks for an instant arid that little pig got loose and joined his mother and everything went back to normal. But Putin made me think of those hogs again this weekend and you know what, I actually kind of miss those hogs. They gave me a chance to visit the neighbors fairly often. I remember one neighbor asking ifI had insurance on those hogs b e- cause they were livingin his wheat field. I assured him not to worry, wheat wouldn't hurt them. Later, Dean ' OilPatchCities Need 2015 Census During the last legislative session, the governor and the legislature made great strides in responding to the multi-facetted crises engulfing the township, city, school and coun- ty governments in the booming Bakken oil field. The dimensions of the boom were outlined in the recent study by North Dakota State University re- searchers Dean Bangsund and Nan- cy Hodur as they projected county populations well into the future for the oil impacted regions. It appears from their estimates that McKenzie, Williams, Divide and Mountrail counties will double in population by 2020. Much of this growth will take place' in key cities in each county. Informal estimates indicate an in- crease in permanent residents since the 2010 U. S. Census of 65 per cent in Tioga; 125 per cent in Watford City, and 180 per cent in Killdeer and Williston. These figures do not include the thousands of temporary workers flooding the area. When we see this much growth in thre e short years since the official census, we can expect unbelievable growth by 2020 when the next U. S. Census is due. That is the problem. With these dramatic changes occurring in the small as well as the large cities throughout oil country, the 2010 U. S. Census figures be- come more and more useless for al- locating resources. The burgeoning cities in western North Dakota will by losing more and more money as the decade passes because distributions of cer- tain state revenues are made on the basis of formulas that dictate the use of the decennial census. Three major distributions go to cities across the state. First, the state aid distribution program, representing a combina- tion of personal property tax re- placement and general revenue sharing, is distributed on the basis of census data. Second, a share of the state cig- alette tax is passed on to cities on the basis of population. Third, the highway distribution fund, fed by motor vehicle regis- tration fees and gas taxes, is allo- cated to counties on the basis of ve- hicle regislrations. At the county lev- el, cities receive shares on the basis of population. Since millions of doUars are in- volved in these distributions, cities with mushrooming populations will lose more and more with each pass- ing year until the next census takes place. The stakes are high. Rather than wait for the federal census to arrive in 2020, it seems that the state ought to consider do- ing a mid-census count in the oil patch in 2015 to readjust the dis- bursements to a current population count. In their population prognosis, Bangsund and Hodur anticipate that as time passes that the tempo- rary residents will become perma- nent and, thereby, qualify to be counted as permanent residents that could count toward reformulation of the state funding. By 2015, a fair number of tem- poraries will have become perma- nent. However, we will still see a large number of commuting work- ers who will not regard North Dakota as their permanent resP dences. This means that criterion would have to be developed to distin- guish between permanent and tem- porary residents in order to arrive at a fair count. ' The'governor and the legislature demonstrated some boldness in re- sponding to pressing problems in the oil patch. An interim census in 2015 would be another bold move to guarantee fairness in sharing in the ongoing state aid programs. Extension Exchange e Freezing EasyWay to Preserve Food Freezing is one of the easiest, most convenient and least time- consuming ways of preserving fresh fruit and vegetables for later use. The coldstops the gro}vth of microorganisms and slows down changes that spoil food and affect food quality. First, select fresh, firm fruit or vegetables that are free of dam- age. Freeze them within a few hours of harvest if possible. Some vegetables freeze better than others. For example, thawed cabbage, celery, cucumbers, en- dive, lettuce, parsley and radishes are limp and water- logged, and quickly develop an oxidized color, aroma and flavor. Plastic freezer containers, glass canning or freezing jars and plastic bags designed for freezer storage are best for freezing food. Don't use paper containers, such as milk cartons, or plastic con- tainers that held yogurt, dips and ;our cream. Freezer wrap and heavy-weight aluminum foil are good for odd-shaped foods. Wash fruits and vegetables be- fore freezing them. Don't allow fruit to soak in Water because soaking will cause the fruit to lose nutrients and flavor.' Stem, pit or slice fruit as nec- essary for the recipe you are using. Prepare only enough fruits and vegetables for a few contain- ers at a time. Blanch (scald in boiling water) vegetables to stop the ac- tion of enzymes that can cause loss of flavor, color and texture. The amount Of blanching time will vary with the types of pro- duce. Cool the vegetables quickly by plunging them in cold water and drain them after com- Pleting the coofing. You,have several ways to pack fruit for freezing: syrup pack, sugar pack, dry pack or unsweet- ened pack. To make Syrup, dis- solve sugar in water and pour it around and over fruit packed into a container. For a sugar pack, simply sprinkle sugar over the fruit and gently mix the fruit and suga r until juice is drawn out and the sugar is dissolved. To dry pack, pack the fruit into containers, seal and freeze. This method works best with berries and smaller fruits that have good flavor without sugar. Some fruits, such as peaches, apricots, pears and apples, darken quickly when exposed to air and can darken when thawed. Adding ascorbic acid will pre- vent that discoloration. When packing food into con- tainers, leave space between the food and lid to allow the food to expand as it freezes. Make sure to label the containers with the name of the food, the date it was packed and the type of pack used. The quality of most fruits and vegetables will remain high if they're used within 12 months. For more information about freezing fruits and vegetables, visit the North Dakota State Uni- versity Extension Service web- site at /food. Source." Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284,6624 Keep an eye out for Fire Blight Are your trees or shrubs looking dead or dying? Are some of the leaves totally brown and starting to hook? If you answered "Yes" to either of these questions you probably have Fire Blight. The name comes from the fire or burnt appearance of the injured leaves. This disease is common in apple trees, roses, shrubs and other types related to apple trees. The disease will over winter in the plant and is release when the sap oozes out in the spring. Then is transferred by wind, water or prun- ing. This is a bacterial disease. It is spread by wind, water'and priming. This could kill the trees if not act- ed upon. Symptoms offire blight include, reddish or burnt color leaves. Some of the small branches will start to hook or create a shepherds hook. The damage will start on the ends of the branch and move towards the trunk or center of the plant. The leaves will be deadbut still on the branches and will start to hang lower. This disease can be controlled by clipping the infected branches, when clipping you will need to use bleach water (10% bleach:90% water), gloves and a clipper. Each time you clip, the clipper MUST be dipped in the solution of bleach and water. Clip the branches that are in- fected about 10 inches farther back then where the disease is noticeable. When clipping put the branches into a plastic bag, seal and throw the bag in the garbage this will prevent the disease from spreading further. It's recommended to clip when its dry and no rain is forecasted. Clipping can also he done in the fall when the plants are done growing so new growth is not infected. After clipping the clippers should be washed to prevent corroding, as the bleach is corrosive. There are some chemicals that can be sprayed on the trees; this is only to prevent the disease. Spray- ing chemicals after the disease is present will not stop the disease from spreading. " If your trees or shrubs show signs of hooking or burnt leaves, Fire Blight rdight be the disease, and remember to clip and dip. Dates to Remember: August 24 & 25 Threshing Show in Park River Have you read the ESS today? Start or renew your subscription: In.County $34 / Out-of-County $38 / Out.of.State $42 RO. Box 49, Park River, ND 58270