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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES AUGUST 17, 2011 I I I I I FROM THE INTERN'S PESK... BY .AYLEE HUNTER IALSN COUNTY PRESS i i i i i I i i Last week was Caylee my internship at the Walsh Hunter 's final week at the Walsh County Press. As a part of the internship program we are able to take part of through the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation, herfinal job was to write a short essay about her experience at the Press. Here are Cavlee " words: As a young woman just entering the world of journalism, County Press was a great first step. As a Communications student at UND, I have been able to narrow my interests to writing and journalism. It took me a while to reach this point of deciding on a career path. I have found writing to be where I can find passion and also am able to give information to the reader that they may find useful. Through my internship at the Press, I have learned many valuable things that I will take with me throughout my career. I was able to write stories and report, which turned out, I really enjoyed. At first, I was wary of reporting because of the stigma that may come with the intrusiveness of a reporter. I found out it was the complete opposite. I leamed that reporting and interviewing is a bridge to getting to know people and making them relatable. ! interviewed many people in the surrounding area and met some very genuine, good people. Through meeting all those people, I realized that this is something I like doing. I learned how very important trust and integrity are in the world of reporting. I really enjoy talking to someone about a particular topic and then transforming it into a story that is both intriguing and informative. My experiences here will be invaluable as I go through my career and my life. Along with all of those great experiences, I also learned about the basics of writing for a newspaper. These tools will give me a step ahead in the future. I know the basics of writing in AP style and how the story structure goes. I have been able to find my voice through writing. I have created the foundation for a great career in the world of writing through this internship opportunity. Li" '" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http:L/walsh countypres, wordpress.com Hello, I like kids. They help keep grown ups straight. I'm lucky enough to spend a lot of time with my grandkids. And really, I think they feel sorry for their grandpa. RJ takes care of me and worries about my "big belly". Some of you know Molly. Most of you don't. She is a princess from Montana with roots in Harding.County, South Dakota. I guess Molly is three or four. Last week, Molly mentioned to her mother that "when I grow up I want to be a doctor!" That enthused her mother and caused her to give the normal mother to daughter talk. You know the one. The "you can be anything you want to be if you study hard, work hard, and set your goals high" talking to. Your mother probably gave that talk to you just before you had to mow the lawn, take out the garbage, feed the hogs, or whatever Maybe you got the talk just before you had to practice the piano or the trumpet. But, I'm pretty sure we all got the talk, and most of us have given the talk. Anyway, Molly listened as in- tently as a little princess could to the "talk,. When Mom got done, Hat Molly thought a minute and said, "If I can be anything 1 want to be, I think instead of a doctor, I'll be a butterfly!" On another front, all of these stories about bear attacks re- minded me of the bear attack at Camp Crook four or five years ago. Some of you heard about it. I know Grandma remembers it. She was a little upset... But, you know how Grandmas are. Shirley says if our Grandkids grow up to stutter it is my fault. My fault! Just cause I scared the kids a little. We went fishing on the Little Missouri. Fishing is using the term loosely. We had three rods. A "Barbie Doll" pink, a "Tigger" orange, and a wore out blue one. Between the three rods we had one hook. Since Gage was doing the cast- ing, we soon decided that one hook was too many and removed Tips it. It was more of a rock skipping, moss gathering, peanut butter sandwich kind of day than actu- ally fishing. Now you have to remember that Gage was less than two, and Gracy was five. Brave little ranch kids. But after a couple hours I went off into the willows. While I was there I was attacked by a bear! Shirley and the kids could hear me screaming and see the willows thrashing around. Oh, it was an epic struggle. Finally, the bear got the best of me and there was complete silence. The kids kept hollering for their Grandpa. Meantime, I had escaped from the bear and began to crawl around behind them on my belly. Now, trust me, even on my belly I still stick up a fair bit. But I did get around them. As I peeked out of the tall grass, Gracy was carrying a five foot long piece of driftwood. Gage was carrying a big rock. They were edging closer and closer to the willows where the bear had devoured their Grandpa. Suddenly I let out a roar and charged from the willows. Gracy dropped her club, and with eyes larger than her head, raced for Grandma. Gage tried to move, but was stuck between gears and could only scream. His rock proved a worthless weapon against a bear attack as he dropped it on his foot. I was rolling on the ground with laughter. Till Grandma picked up that five foot piece of driftwood and whacked that bear across the back. Note to self. Grandma is not scared of bears. Reminds me of a story Grandpa Jack used to tell. This guy came across this old moun- tain man sitting outside his cabin. Inside was a heck of a ruckus go- ing on. He asked what was hap- pening. The mountain man said a bear was in the cabin fighting his wife. And he had never seen a fight that he cared less about the outcome! Later, Dean I , . .P'4 ,. sa.manran Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC Our Garden Party will be Thursday evening August 18 come and join us for entertainment, a delicious meal and lots of fun from 5-7. There will also be a Sillent Auction. Thursday aftemoon we had awonderful Birthday Party hosted bu the Lankin Legion Auxiliary they provided a delicious lunch of angelfood cake with fresh strawberries and ice cream, Two dollar bingo was also played thank you ladies we had a wonderful time. Devotional leaders for the week were Monica Simon, David Hinrichs, Bonnie VanBruggen, Rev. Jeff Johnson, Corrine Ramsey and Lois Ydstie. Accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Thank you for sharing with us this week. Rev. Cox led Sunday Worship services and Father Lutein led Mass and Shirley Sobolik led Rosary. The Mennonite Singers performed on Friday evening. We look forward to other August activities: August 25 our Auxiliary Program and lunch will be provided by the ladies of Zion Lutheran Church. Our Fall book sale will be in September and books may be dropped of at anytime. SraNS Walsh County Health District Short Shots The body's water is lost during high heat, high humidity, and exercise. If too much water is lost the body can become dehydrated. If you do not replace water when you are dehydrated, it can lead to heat exhaustion which is life threatening. Signs of Dehydration Thirsty or dry mouth Dizziness Nausea Cramps. Headache Weak or tired Irritable The best treatment is prevention. Schedule frequent water breaks for children or adults out in the hot weather. Water works better to rehydrate than any other liquid. When you or your children are outside on a hot summer day it is important to monitor for signs of dehydration. If you have an irritable child that complains of a headache, get them inside in cool air, and give them water. Studies question North Dakota's business climate Two recent studies by the Council on State Taxation have raised serious doubts about North Dakota's business, climate and warrant the concern of the state legislature and economic develop- ment leaders. The Council (COST) is a non- profit trade association consisting of over 600 multistate corporations engaged in interstate business with the goal of promoting "equitable and nondiscriminatory state and local taxation." No doubt, the studies will be widely circulated anmng major corporations throughout the United States, thereby creating an image problem for North Dakota among executives in the national business community who decide where new expansions will be lo- cated. One study, completed by Ernst & Young, calculated business taxes as a proportion of gross state product. With the exception of Alaska, the calculations ranked North Dakota as the state with the greatest burden - 8.5 percent. South Dakota came in with 4.2; Montana scored six, and Min- nesota around 4.3. The criteria used for making the calculations included state corpo- rate taxes, income and unemploy- ment taxes, municipal property levies, taxes and fees tied to un- employment, public utilities, cor- porate licensing and insurance. This rating rims counter to our perception of North Dakota's rev- enue system which many believe to be pro-business. However, the findings cannot be dismissed out- of-hand because Ernst & Young is a creditable research organization. In a second study done by a COST task tbrce, the North Dakota property tax system was given a "C". This may be a pass- ing grade in school but does noth- ing for the state's national image when we are trying to attract in- dustry. We need an "A". The task force looked at standardized pro- cedures, lair tax appeal proce- dures, assessment equity and a category of"other issues". North Dakota was given a "B- "for standardized procedures, a "D" for tax appeal procedures and a "B" for assessment equity. The issues involved with standardized procedures and tax appeals are too detailed to cover in a short column but the issues relating to assess- ment equity are more relevant and easy to grasp. The task force complained about the difference between the assessment levels of residential and commercial properties, noting that lower levies on residences must be offset by higher taxes ort commercial property. North Dakota places the taxable value of residential property at nine percent of the assessed value, and 10 per- cent on commercial property. The starting base for both residential andcommercial is market value. Farmland also is l0 percent but it doesn't start with market value. It starts with a productivity for- mula that puts farmland well below market value and results in wide ranges in assessments from county to county. When it comes to farmland as- sessments, the real question COST should have asked is "10 per cent of what?" They would have discovered this wide discrepancy between farmland and commercial proper- ties and given North Dakota an "F". It is not likely that the state can do much about this discrep- ancy because low farm taxes con- stitute a part of our goal of keeping farmers on the land. It will be interesting to see what happens to farmland assessments with the skyrocketing land prices. The average value of farmland rose 15 percent in the last year alone. It is doubtful that the pro- ductivity assessment formula will justify these high prices so we should expect assessments to fall below the present statewide aver- age of 35 percent of market value. Contrary to public opinion, taxes are not a decisive factor in at- tracting new businesses. High tax states do pretty well at attracting economic development. Even so North Dakota doesn't need a neg- ative tax image in addition to other disadvantages. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD The farmer's market: Local bounty! Cities and towns, parking lots and country lanes; it seems as if farmers' markets are springing up on every corner in America. There are even local farmer's markets here in Walsh County. That is not just good news for farmers: it's good news for you too! Farmers' markets provide easier access to fresh, nutritious foods that are often locally grown, particularly fruits and vegetables. In addition, farmers' markets that offer locally grown foods provide a venue for local farmers to sell their products. Depending on how the food is grown and transported, it may also be a way to reduce the car- bon footprint. What you will find at your local farmers' market will vary by a state's geography and cli- mate, but virtually every state has seen an increase in popularity of farmers' markets and the wide variety of produce available at these markets. We have seen lots of fruits and vegetables of many varieties. Farmers' markets are a great place to buy bulk produce for home food preservation. When produce is fresh and plentiful, buy a little extra to freeze or can. If strawberries or blueberries are in season, you may want to buy extra and freeze some as well as eating some fresh. If your family likes green beans, you may want to buy and can some beans for later. When peas are in season, buy extra to freeze for the winter months.. Home preserved foods will allow your family to enjoy fruits and vegetables during the off-season. Most fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins, miner- als and other nutrients. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help maintain a healthy weight and may help reduce the risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits and veg- etables from your local farmers' markets: good for you, good for farmers, good for communities, and good for the environment. , Food preservation can pay off by promoting a healthier diet. Depending on the equipment you already have, you could save some money by preserving food at home. Canning. and freezing are examples of food preserva- tion. Canning requires the largest investment in equipment and supplies, such as a canner, jars and lids. If you have freezer space, freezing is easy to do and requires little special equipment other than a stove, large kettle and metal basket. To freeze foods properly, remember these tips: * Choose containers made for freezer storage, such as freezer bags or plastic freezer containers. Good freezer containers keep moisture in and air out. * Blanch, or heat treat, as di- rected. Blanching is scalding vegetables in steam or boiling water for a short time. If you do not blanch, vegetables may dis- color, toughen or develop off- colors or off-flavors during frozen storage. * Label containers with con- tents and date. * For best quality, use frozen vegetables within 12 months. For more information about food preservation, visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/ndsuag/food or stop into the Extension Office for your free food'preservation packet. All my best to you and your family, Julie Adapted from: Rebecca Davis, Univer- si(v of Matyhmd Extensio, and Julie Garden- Robinson. NDSU Extension Service Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 . Protecthoney bees from lnsectlcldevpolsonlng when spraying flowering crops Honey bees and native pollina- tors are a vital part of our agricul- tural food production. The value of bee pollination is estimated at 14.6 billion dollars in the U.S.! With the reduction in number of both do- mestic and wild bee colonies due to Colony Collapse Disorder and other diseases, the value of honey bees, native bees and pollinatio n has increased. This increases the importance of protecting bees from pesticide poisoning. Bees are attracted to blooming field crops (canola or sunflower) and even weeds (dandelion, wild mustard, white clover, goldenrod, etc.) in the field fbr nectar and/or pollen. Bees are attracted to plants that produce sweet exudates from extrafloral nectafies or from aphids feeding on plants. Pools of water in fields may also draw bees into fields, especially during dry peri- ods. Because bees forage up to 2.5 miles or more from their hive, all beekeepers within 2 to 3 miles of the area to be treated should be no- tiffed at least the evening before the insecticide is to be applied. The names of beekeepers in your area can be obtained by going to the Noah Dakota Department of Agri- culture website, http://www.agde- partment.com/PDFFiles/2011 Bee- keepersList.pdf Producers / Agronomists can re- duce pesticide hazards to bees by following these general guidelines: Know and communicate with beekeepers about bee hive lo- cations. Use chemicals with low toxicity and low residual to bees. For example, avoid using dusts or wettable powder formulations of insecticides, which are more toxic to bees. Evening or night applica- tions are the least harmful to bees. Early morning is the next best time when fewer bees are foraging. Timing of insecticides and residues in respect to bee poisoning hazard can be affected by weather conditions. If temperatures are un- usually low following treatment, residues on the crop may remain toxic to bees up to twice as long as during reasonably warm weather. Conversely, if abnormally high temperatures occur during late evening or early morning, bees may actively forage on the treated crop during these times. Do not spray when winds can cause pesticide drift onto bee hives, and use ground application instead of air where possible. Use economic thresholds for making chemical control deci- sions for insect pests and other In- tegrated Pest Management strate- gies for controlling insect pests when possible. Economic thresh- olds ensure that pesticides are used bnly when crop losses prevented by pesticide use are greater than the cost of the pesticide and the ap- plication. Use all pesticides in a manner consistent with label directions. La- bels may include specific restric- tions that protect bdes in the Envi- ronmental Hazards section. Two words that describe bee-pesticide restrictions are: "actively visiting" (or foraging in field) and "visiting" (or flying through field). Bees are actively foraging when there is daylight and temperatures are above 60 F. htJbmzation pnJvided by Jan Knodel, NDSU ExlenMon Entomolog&t , f i ,