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Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 20 t4 FRO THE EDITOR'S DESK. BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, ~t~ALSH COUNTY PRESS This past week, the passing of Robin Williams shocked the world. He was a loud, personality that we knew only by his charac- ters, but they were characters that filled the entertainment world with joy. It was the fact that he decided to go that was the most shocking of all. The one great thing he did for the world in his passing was open- ing up the conversation for mental health issues. You never know who out there may be straggling be- cause they work so hard to provide joy to others. As the story unfolded it was re- vealed that our blue Genie from there are many who argued that "Aladdin", our Peter Pan from what he did was selfish, nothing "Hook", our voice behind can be gained by speaking ill of the "Goooooooood Morning Viet-dead. nam" was straggling with depres- One blogger added perspective sion and early onset Parkinson's to the conversation by stating, Disorder. "Suicide was not a choice he made, It reminds me of the saying "Be but rather a choice he happened kind, for everyone you meet is onto when his pain was greater fighting a hard battle." than his ability to cope." We thought of him as the peo- Depression is a disease. The dis- pie he played but he was more than that, he was someone's friend, fa- ease took hold. ther, husband. We lost a talent; they For those out there straggling, lost a loved one. stay strong. Please reach out. Help The sad truth is that it could is available. 1-800-273-8255. have been anyone. Each day there Like '" the Walsh County Press on Facebook are people out there who feel they and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- have nothing left to give. While I learned something again yes- terday. So don't ever think you are too old to learn. Because I'm get- ting pretty long in the tooth and still pick up something once in awhile. I learned it while cutting second cut- ting alfalfa. That makes two years in a row that we cut alfalfa twice! Wow! Climate change is good in our area! Anyway, I'm cutting this alfal- fa, and listening to public radio. On weekends, when in a tractor, I en- joy Prairie Home Companion. And this weekend it was an "encore" River. But they hauled water for the shell. Weighed like forty pounds. I house. I asked the rancher how far got out to catch him. To tell the math, it was to water. He said it's eight there are not many wild animals I miles to Newell or thirty-two to can outrun. So I was pretty excited Belle. That was the closest two too. places. I said, "No, I mean if you I had heard stories about turtles presentation. To you less read than drill a well. How deep?" He thought biting guys toes off. Or fingers. Or I, encore is a nice way of saying a a minute and said it's a lot further other appendages. So I was a little rerun. Makes it sound as if in great that way. That's the way the fiat is. wary. I studied the situation pretty demand. Here is an "encore" pres- It's a long way to water, closely. Shirley and the dogs were entation... Back to my story. We were driv- pretty nervous about this deal. I I'm a brave son of a gun. I ain't ing along the flat looking for some went to pick it up. And it snapped scared of nothing. Except Shirley. bucking horses. All of a sudden at me. If I grabbed it by the shell it And then only ifI'm in reach. But Shirley let out a scream. Idroveon. would hit me with those big claws yesterday I met my match. She does that a lot. Finally I noticed on its feet. Nobody had warned me We were driving across the flat. she was pretty excited and I asked about that. If you've never been here, the flat what she was screaming about. After studying the situation, I got is a big gumbo flat above the bad- She kept pointing back. a sorting stick out of the pickup. I lands. It's eight miles to water. So, being the good husband that stuck it down by his head and he bit Kind of reminds me of a ranch we ! am, I turned around. There, walk- it. Then I just threw it in the pick- looked at last spring. Down by ing across the flat was a huge snap- up. The stick and the turtle. The Newell, S.D. The place had water ping turtle. I mean huge. He must dogs really didn't like this deal. for the cattle. In the Belle Fouche have been a couple of feet across his Shirley was a little upset that I put it in the cab and she had to ride in the back. But then who would argue with a three hundred pound man with a turtle on a stick. It's not a sit- uation you normally see. We hauled the turtle down to a little dam. And I led him down to water. He led pretty good. He was sulled up and wasn't going to let go of that stick. And I couldn't get it out of his mouth. I figured he was mad at me. I think maybe he was head- ing for the river. And at the rate he was travelling, he would be there in twenty years. And he had been travelling for about ten already. And then here comes this fat guy along and hauls him back to the dam where he started. So he sat there, mad, with that fiberglass stick in his mouth. And I left him. So if you ever run across a big snapper waving a five foot fiberglass rod at you, it's him. And ifhe's headed for the river, maybe just let him go. I think he had a plan. I was feeling kind of bad that I had wasted this turtles time. But then I sat back, lit up, had a drink, and figured "what the heck? What's time to a turtle?" Later, Dean ,', }d Happenings at Our , ( .kl ,, sa.maritan Good Samaritan kL,) OClC . .... Rwra Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. i '- ~/r, 'I "2 [~f , ' Summer isabout gone! We are getting Out as uctfa 'possibl6 6'e 'ore the leaves start tO fall We want to welcome Pastor i CtiS as 6 'Vol- unteer Chaplain. We are blessed to have him so devoted to our residents that he wants to do more, with visits and counseling as needed. This week Aug. 17th-23rd Aug. 17th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Johnson, 3:30 Trivia Aug. 18th 10am Embroidery Group, Men's Time, lpm Drive, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Beanie Baby Bingo Aug. 19th lpm Baking Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake, 3:30 Bible Study Aug. 20th 3pm Bingo Aug. 21st 3pm Music By Grant Nelson, 6:30 Movie Night Aug. 22nd 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Outdoor Strolls Aug. 23 rd 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, 1 pm Poor Man's Golf, 2:15 Bin- go Next Week Aug. 24th-30th Aug.24th 2:30 Worship w/Father Luiten, 3:30 Crafts Aug.25th 10am Embroidery Group, Men's Time, lpm Drive, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Aug. 26th lpm Making Fruit Salad, 3:30 Bible Study Aug. 271h 3pm Bingo Aug.28th 3pm Auxiliary Lunch w/Zion Lutheran Church Hoople, 6:30 Movie Night Aug.29th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Outdoor Strolls Aug.30th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Jeopardy Thank You to all the volunteers you truly make a difference in the lives of the residents at the Good Samaritan Society. This week we thank Pas- tor Johnson, Arnold Braaten, Shirley Sobolik, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Dorothy Novak, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, I am sorry if I forgot any one. Please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115 if you have time or a talent to share with us. i/;!i~!i:),!ii!ili!ii,iiiil;ii~!ii(?i < , i~= !(!~!i!~i!iiiiiili!!ii!~i~iii!!!i!iii,!il ~i~ /' ,,i iii!!!il)!i!ii;i~ii~iii!i'!~!!i~ :,, ,,ii~151 ili~ili~i~ii!i!~iii!iii,~i,. ! ii:i!iiT!,!i!!~!iii, li~i~i PubltcHeatt,.h Walsh County Health District , ..... ,., .... ""°"°" Short Shots Our office worksite wellness activity for the month of July was "REST". It was spurred on by in- formation from our Employee Assistance Newsletter from The Village. Seems like a no brainer, rest is good. However intention- ally setting aside regular time for rest is a practice that seems to be outdated in today's society. We seldom or never take two week family vacations. We no longer set aside Sunday as the day of rest as we did in the past. Why is rest not as important in today's society? • Rest has become con- fused with laziness. We praise people who work 60 hour weeks or never completely leave work responsibilities. • We love our money, and because of that we have to work long hours or more hours to get the amount of money we think we should have to live the lifestyle the world tells us is im- portant. • We measure success by the amount of cash we have, or the personal belongings we have. • We are tied to our elec- tronics which keep us connected to work email, and make us feel we have to "check" in. • We live in a world of im- mediacy-we want fast food, 15 minute abs, etc. Rest cannot be rushed; we must make time for it by clearing our schedule. • We are addicted to stim- ulation-email, Facebook, twitter, phones, televisions, and internet. The more we are distracted by this the less opportunity we have to just be at peace and rest. Rest is physical, emotional, and spiritual. The world contin- ues without you for a short time and you will be better able to cope with the world after rest. Ballot measures spice up November election With a number of challenging and contentious measures on the November ballot, North Dakota voters may be lured to the polls in a "ho hum" nonpresidential year election. Repeating the nature of the seven measures on the ballot is important because thousands of voters will show up at the polls without a clue about the signifi- cant issues they are expected to resolve with wisdom and in- sight. In the November 2012 elec- tion, 325,862 electors appeared to vote, but an average of 21,049 voters per measure did not vote on the five issues on the ballot. This falloff could be attrib- uted to a variety of factors, but lack of preparedness would cer- tainly be one of them. So, for starters, here is a quick summary of the measures to be decided in November. • Measure 1 is an amendment to the state constitution proposed by the Legislature declaring that, "The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recog- nized and protected." This sweeping proposal is in- tended to prohibit abortion from the fertilized egg to birth. The public debate will center on the sanctity of life, the unknown consequences of the measure and the possibility of prosecu- tion of women and/or medical personnel for some degree of homicide • Measure 2 is another consti- tutional amendment proposed by the Legislature prohibiting the imposition of a tax on mort- gages. In the eight states imposing a mortgage tax, the rate is around 1 percent of the mortgage. North Dakota does not have a mort- gage tax, so this is designed to protect the people from a tax- happy Legislature, should one be elected in the future. • Measure 3 is also a constitu- tional amendment proposed by the Legislature to abolish the present nine-member Board of Higher Education and replace it with a three-member commis- sion. It would also delete the names of specific institutions but leave the names of the college cities. • Measure 4 is another consti- tutional amendment proposed by the Legislature prohibiting elec- tors from placing on the ballot any measure that would appro- priate money or require the Leg- islature to appropriate money. • With the state treasury accu- mulating huge surpluses, legis- lators are fearful that various groups will propose spending measures that upset the Legisla- ture's fiscal priorities. Then there are three measures that have been proposed by citi- zen petition. • An "equal" parenting meas- ure has been proposed to force "equal parenting rights and re- sponsibilities, equal parenting time, equal primary residential responsibility and equal deci- sion-making" on parents in- volved in divorce. This measure was defeated by a vote of 57 to 43 percent in 2006. It would enable disgrun- tled divorcees to bypass the nor- mal judicial process for determining parenting ground rules. • A "Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks" constitutional amendment proposes to dedicate 5 percent of the state's oil ex- traction tax (perhaps $90 million annually) to a variety of conser- vation programs. This measure will be fought over the long-term commitment, the amount of money involved, the failure of the Legislature to address needs, the availability of the funds and the need for long- term programming. • Repeal of the law limiting pharmaceutical sales to drug- stores owned at least 50 percent by druggists. Since passage of this law, the Big Box stores have come into the state with a desire to get into the pharmacy business. The chain stores that existed at the time of passa were p rmitted to continue. As citizens review the issues, they will find at least one or two that will draw them to the polls. I predict a higher than usual turnout just because of the meas- ures. Extension Exchange 1S Don't invite botulism to your din- toxin generally doesn't taste or ner table, look unusual, although the cans Botulism is a deadly form of food may provide a clue that the food is poisoning. The toxin (poison) that contaminated. Throw away any causes botulism is most common- cans that are swollen or bulging and ly found in improperly processed food from glass jars with bulging home-canned vegetables, such as lids. Don't taste food from swollen peas, peppers, corn, lima beans, containers or food that is foamy or green beans and mushrooms. It smells bad. also could be present in other low- You also should get rid of re- acid foods that are canned improp- called canned products without erly at home, including soups, opening the cans. For information meats, fish and poultry. However, botulism toxin can be on the brand names and UPC codes found in commercially canned of recalled foods, visit the U.S. Food foods that haven't been heat- and Drug Administration website at processed correctly. However, bot- ulism toxin also can be found in To keep humans and animals commercially canned foods that away from the tainted food, the FDA haven't been heat-processed cor- advises double bagging it in plastic rectly. When this occurs, manufac- bags and disposing of it with non- turers issue food recalls, recyclable trash. Spores of the bacteria Clostrid- For research-based information ium botulinum aren't killed if on home canning, visit the North canned food is processed incorrectly. Dakota State University Extension Justateaspoonofpurebotulismpoi- Service website at son could kill millions ofpeople, ac- cording to the national Centers for But even properly processed Disease Control and Prevention. canned foods won't last forever. For Even just a taste of contaminated example, cans and metal lids on food can make a person sick. glass jars can rust. The acid in Symptoms include blurred or foods such as tomatoes and fruit double vision, slurred speech, dif- . . ficulty swallowing, muscle weak- tsm, cans to corrode. ness, nausea, vomiting, stomachache Light may cause food in glass jars and diarrhea. The symptoms usually to change color and lose nutrients. start to appear 18 to 36 hours after Temperatures above 100 F can eating food containing the toxin, cause food to spoil. Botulism is treatable if the vic- Here is some advice for storing tim receives prompt medical care. canned foods: Without treatment, the illness cans- • Store canned food in a cool, es paralysis that starts with the clean, dry place where temperatures head and moves to the arms and legs are below 85 degrees. Temperatures and can cause death, the CDC says. in the 60- to 70-degree range are ide- Using up-to-date equipment and al. research-testedmethods is .criticalto . • Store commercially canned • preyent fis, ro. The prop,er, .... low-acid foods (such as green beans ment for safely canning,low-acid and peas) in a cupboard for up to foods Such as vegetables and meat five years. For best quality, use includes a pressure canner and within a year of purchase. standard canning jars with new • Use commercially canned high- two-piece lids. acid foods (such as tomato-based Foods such tomatoes need to be products) within 12 to 18 months. acidified properly with lemon juice Foods stored longer will be safe to or vinegar using a tested formula and eat if they show no signs of spoilage processed according to current rec- ommendations. Salsa, which is a and the Calls don't appear to be dam- mixture of acidic and low-acid in- aged, but the food's color, flavor and gredients, also needs to be acidified, nutritive value may have deterio- If you have a favorite salsa recipe rated. that hasn't been research-tested, • For best quality, use home- the safest way to preserve it is to canned food within a year. freeze it rather than can it. Source: Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Ex- Food containing the botulism tension food and nutrition specialist Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Clubroot of Canola; Why We Should Care It has happened all too often in my 22 year tenure in Walsh Coun- ty that I have the dubious honor of introducing a new serious and eco- nomically devastating disease. Clu- broot of canola has the potential to be a very devastating disease for Westem Walsh County canola grow- ers. It has the potential to stay in an infected field 20 years and it moves with soil, much like the soybean cyst nematode. Clubroot is caused by the pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae. It is a parasite so it can't live with- out a living host. The signs of clubroot in a field are big brown areas in the field that have died back. There are at least two other diseases of canola that look like this from the road or swather. If you see this get out of your truck or swather and grab the base of the stem and gently pull. If it is clubroot you will be able to eas- ily pull it out of the ground. Exam- ine the roots. You should see very grotesque clublike roots. If you find it do not take it out of the field. I repeat do not take it out of the field. The last thing we want is this being passed around the local coffee shop or ag supply store. Contact me or your local extension agent so we can confirm it. All reports with has much confidentiality as possible. Most likely we will alert producers in the area of the field so they can increase their biosecurity measurers. If you enter a known clubroot field wear the disposable plastic boots like the hog producers do and properly destroy them when you are done. Sanitation is the key. If you are mov- ing equipment from an infested field you need to clean your equip- ment prior to taking it down the road to the next field or you risk con- taminating the next field. Stay out of these fields when they are wet as it is almost impossible to clean mud caked equipment and tires without several hours of cleaning Clubroot is present in Cavalier County and most experts think it has been there for a while. I think we most likely have it in Walsh and just have not found it yet so we need to identify it early so we can take meas- ures to stop the spread. Clubroot can cause very severe yield losses in heavily infested fields. It is not all bad news. The or- ganism likes soils with pH levels of less than 6.5. Soils with pH of over 7.2 tend to inhibit the disease de- velopment. The bad news is that we know it has had some pretty big im- pacts in fields in Cavalier County. The other good news is there are va- rieties that have resistance to it and our seed companies are developing more. The bad news is they tend to have a yield drag associated with them. For more information go to broot/about_clubroot.aspx.