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PAGE 4 FROM TI EDITOR'S DI BY ALLISON C EDITOR, WALSH COUN Well, that is one year of marriage down. No, we haven't killed each other-- maimed maybe. We still live in a tiny apartment that would put most couples running for the hills after about a -week. And We threw a cat and a dog in the mix. Both of which ! am happy to report also are still alive. I can't say that it hasn't been stressful, but the good times most certainly have outweighed, the bad. We started out pretty much like crazy people. We got married, went on a week long honeymoon, quit our jobs, moved, were homeless in Grand Forks and staying with friends until we were work, and th, parents' farm jobs. Funny no~ say the crazy and caused a lJ We had a f'~ about everyth more space to some. One little di Limb TY PRESS fficially done with m moved to my and started new , but needless to ~ot to us at times ttle strain. w.sitty arguments ng ti'om needing cleaning and then ;agreement we got into was the top of the wedding cake tradition.i My room decided that she was going to ~ave it and keep it in her freezer because the tradition is that after one year the couple is to eat the cake -- the freezer burned, mildly preserved cake that served as a photo op one year ago. PRESS PERSPECTIVES Frank decided that eating that cake would be disgusting. He wanted to throw it out. I wanted to at least keep it until the day in question. We compromised. Rather than bending to the will of tradition, we made our own. During the July Fourth festivities in Park River we stopped by the fireworks store. We grabbed a memory lantern, a few pretty ones, and then we asked the guy... "What do you have that could blow something up?" He scratched his head for a minute or two and then a kid walked up to us and said, "C.ome with me." We could tell We were in the hands of a professional. We took our stash and saved it for the big day. After a lovely date and anniversary gifts (tradition states this would be the paper anniversary, so he gave me a gift under a bouquet of paper flowers and I handed him a gift wrapped in tissue paper) we got down to business. The cake was thawed and it looked much better than it smelled. The freezer had not been kind. So, we took our explosives and turned that cake into an anniversary we would remember forever. The first pop took offthe edge of the right side, the second took off the other edge and with the final boom there was absolutely no cake left. We lit off the rest of our stash and watched as the lantern disappeared into the night, and put. an end to year one. We fell into bed that night looking forward to what the future had in store because honeymooners or not, this was no easy road, and I know there is plenty of excitement and many more fireworks to come. Like '" the Walsh Count' Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http:S/walsh coun~press. ~wdpress,com Hello, Many of you realize that I am slightly hard of hearing. Well, maybe more than slightly... Okay, dangit, l'm pretty much deaf: If you find me nodding along in agreement. I most likely have not heard a word you said. When I golfed with Fred. long, long ago, in a country far. far away, it was kind of awkward. We were both pretty much deaf. Our score card was made up of erasures and scribbles. You know. like, "What did you get back there?'" The reply may be, "The fair is in two weeks." And the struggles would go on for the entire round. That's why we alw~ays made the playoffs. And I've told you the time the McDonalds drive in brought me enough ~bod to feed a tour bus after [ changed m3 order from a number 4 to a nmnber 6. then just Hat said yes to everything the girl asked me. I mean these order tak- ers must come right out of auc- tioneer school. I ended up with four number sixes, s~x number ~burs. and 24 ice teas! This past Week it happened again. Shirley and I arc driving along. A happily manied couple on the way to make hay. 1 mean really make hay. Yoti know. with a hay cutter, a rake. and baler. As we drive along, 1 have the window open. 1 always have the window open. I'm a fanner. You have vour window open, and you drive along with the wind blow- Tips ing in. your arm out the window and you are checking crops. Shirley is telling me something and l am nodding in agreement. Not hearing a word she says. Then I catch a few words! Forty years! Renew vows! I be- gan to rant. "We're not taking a day from haying to renew our vows! That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard! If you think that after fbrty years, I am going to stand up in that hot church again and renew those vows. you had better think again! We have hay to cut. Hay to bale.'" When I was done with my rant, Shirley asks. "Were you listen- ing? Not our vows. Lee andKay are going to renew their vows af- ter forty years. You were best man. They want you to attend." "No way am I taking off hay- ing to go to their wedding again." "There will be free beer and supper." "Okay, I guess another day won't matter on the hay". And so it goes. We take off' haying, along with a couple hun- dred other people, to go to an an- niversary party. Turned out it was a pretty darn good party. The mu- sic was good, the food was good, and the beer was good. We spent the night in Bismarck and headed for the hay field early Sunday morning. But on the drive home, I got to thinking about what Uncle Hugh. (a bachelor) used to say, "there never was a good romance that a marriage couldn't cure!" Later, Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monied Simon ADC Thursday evening we enjoy ed our second annual Garden Party. A delicious supper was served and Janet Gemmill entertained with her wonderful singing and guitar playing. We also had a silent auction and many beautiful baksets were donated We also thank Patty Bina for donating and arranging all the beautiful bouquets of flowers. Upcoming Events: August 25 3:00 Auxiliary Program and lunch hosted by Zion Lutheran Church Sept. I 2:30 Sept. 8 3:00 Sept. 9 7:30 Sept. 15 2-4 Sept.20 2:00 By Extension Agent-In-Training Theresa Jeske Communirm se~wlces with Rev. Jeff Johnson Monthly Birthday Party Mcnnonime Singers FALL USED BOOK SALE and DESSERT LUNCH Fall Gathering at PRBC Sept. 22 3:00 Auxiliau Lunch and Program Used books may be dropped offat the center at anytime for our Used Book Sale on Sept. 15 from 2-4 We have enjoyed our regular activities this week as we have had devotions, baking, rides, exercises, current events, rides, resident's council. Bible Study, nail's time. etc. I would like to thank our devotional leaders for the week. Bonnie VanBmggen. Lois Ydstic. Con'ine Ramsex. and Rev. David Hinrichs mad our accompanists were Carla Hurtt_ Monied Simon and Jml Novak. Rev. Totman led Sunday services, and Father kutein ted Mass. Shirly Sobolik led Rosary. TenT Hagen was our Nail's time helper. We also thank eve~None who volunteered at our Garden Party and the Senior band. ! What if you could gwe your teenager 3 shots and prevent cancer? Would you do it? Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. The relationship of cervical cancer and sexual behavior was suspected for more than 100 years and was finally established in studies in 1960. In the 1990s a clear association between HPV infection and cervical cancer was published. The first vaccine to prevent infection with four types of HPV was licensed in 2006. There are over 100 types ofltPM but only a ~bW of them cause cance~: In addition to celwical cancer. HPV is believed to be responsible for O 90 N of mini'cancers. 40% of vulvar cancers. 40% of penile cancers, and 12% of oral and pharyngeal cancers. Both males and females are recommended to get the HPV vaccine before they are sexually active. The vaccine can be given as young as 9 years of age through 26 years of age. So. the big question in parent's minds may be about HPV being a sexually transmitted disease, lfall people had monogamous relationships (1 sexual partner for their entire life) we could ignore this vaccine for the most part. However. statistics for ND teen and adult sexual behavior don't bear that out. Even if you desire Por your teen. and teach your teen about abstinence you cannot assure that they will remain abstinent, or if they do that their future panner remained absthtent. What 3 ou do have control over is getting them vaccinated and protecting them if they do make choices that put them at risk lbr HP\( Contact your doctor's office or our public health office tbr more information on the HPV vaccine. This vaccine is very safe. and has shown to be very" effective. Homeland Committee faces stock crisis "I got m sell nay stock," an- nounced a panic-stricken Holger Danske as he rushed into the Homeland Security Committee as- sembled in the comlnunity hall where it was considering various options for getting rid of the pesky raccoon in the attic. "I can't stand this up and down stock market." Holger wailed~ waving some official looking doc- uments. "One day I'm rich; the next day I'm poor. It's too much. I can't stand it any longer." "Hold on," Chairperson Ork Dorken ordered as he pounded his coke bottle on the table to restore order. "Stock? I didn't know you were playing the stock market," Chief Alert Officer Garvey Erfald ex- claimed in mnazement. "I'm not." Holger replied. "I in- herited this stock from my grand- father." "Well. what kind of stock is it - Wells Fargo? Ford? Northern Pa- cific? "" asked Madeleine Morgan. "No, he didn't go for that risky stuff." Holger replied. "It's Whip- pet automobile stock." "Whippet! That's not a car .... that's a dog," exclaimed Madeleine. "No. it was an automobile," Lit- tle Jimmy reported. As an online college student, Little Jimmy knew a little about everything. He just happened to be doing a paper on early car manufacturers. "And a great automobile it was." Holger added. "How many shares do you have'?" asked Orville Jordan. the retired Soo Line depot agent. "Two." replied Holger. "and I want to sell them before the market collapses like it did when Grandpa Bertrand owned them in t929." "Two shares!" exclaimed Einar Stomstead. "Your grandpa nmst have been the last of the big in- vestors.'" "There is no Whippet Company anymore." Little Jimmy explained. "They made cars between 1926 and 1929 and then merged with Overland." "Well who stands behind my stock?" Holger asked. "Hard to tell,'" Little Jimmy replied. "I don't think you will find it on the stock exchange." "Maybe I could exchange it for some other stock, like Northern Pacific," suggested Holger. "I hear they're making billions ripping up western North Dakota with all the mineral rights they got from the government," "No, there isn't any Northern Pacific, either," Little Jimmy in- formed the group. "It is now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and belongs mostly to Warren Buffet." "Do you suppose Warren Buf- fet would be interested in diversi- fying with two shares of Whippet stock?" Holger asked hopefully. "Not as interested as Antiques Roadshow," Einar interjected with a big guffaw. "'Don't laugh. That may be the way out for Holger," Old Sievert ventured. Antiques Roadshow was his favorite program. He's been waiting for them to come back to North Dakota because he has a garage full of stuff begging for appraisal. "Well, I heard that Missus Dvorchak was going to take Josh to the next show for an appraisal," Einar speculated. "She thinks that a human being with no working parts ought to be worth some- thing." "Hey, folks, I came in for help with my stock," Holger pleaded. "Let not get sidetracked." "Well, your Whippet stock may be worth more as antiques," Ork surmised. "On the other hand. it may re- ally be a dog," Madeleine sug- gested with a smile. "As for the raccoon," Ork started, picking up on the original agenda, "I think we ought to just go up in the attic and shoot him." With that note of finality, the 14 committee members headed for the door to pick up the seasonal fight against the ravenous cabbage moth. AUGUST 24, 2011 Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD I Making tomatoes and salsa safe for canning You may have heard that adding lemon juice, citric acid or another acid to tomatoes before canning is important, but maybe you are not sure why. It's all about pH. What is pH? It is the measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Lemon juice is acidic, which means it has a low pH. Soap is very alkaline, or basic, which meansit has a high pH. Why is pH important? Microorganisms such as Clostridium botulinum, the type of bacteria that causes botulism, can survive or grow in some foods at certain pH levels. The Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agricul- ture recommend that naturally acidic foods (such as fruit, jams/jellies) and acidified foods (such as pickles and salsa) have safe pH levels before canning. A pH of 4.6 or lower is required for safe canning without the use of pressure processing. Foods such as pickles or salsa need to have an acid added if they are to reach a pH level of 4.6 or lower to prevent microor- ganism survival and/or growth. Many different varieties of toma- toes are available today. The NDSU Extension Service tested several tomato varieties for pH. There were very few that passed the pH test to make the tomatoes or salsa safe without adding acid to them. preservati( All my family, Julie Source." 1,~ toes and Salsa tension Selwic~ ~You may have heard lemon juice, citric aci acid to tomatoes befor important, but maybe sure why. It's all about What Should I Use: A Water Bath Canner or Pressure Canner? For safety, "low acid" foods such as vegetables, meat and many mixtures of foods require pressure cann!ng using current time/pressure recommendations. Acidic foods such as most fruits and jellies/jams and properly acidified foods such as tomatoes (see below) and pickles can be processed in a water bath canner. Canning Tomatoes: To ensure safe acidity in whole, crushed or juiced tomatoes, add 2 table- spoons of bottled lemon juice or V2 teaspoon of citric acid (can be ordered online or found in spe- cialty stores) per quart of toma- toes. For pints, use 1 tablespoon of bottled lemon juice or tea- spoon of citric acid. Acid can be added directly to the jars before filling with product. Add sugar to offset acid taste, if desired. One to 2 teaspoons of sugar may be enough to enhance the flavor. Always use a USDA Ap- proved Recipe for salsa or other tomato products. For more in- formation about food preserva- tion. visit ndsuag/foOd or stop into the Ex- tension Of ice for your free food n packet. best to you and your ~3' Add Lemon Juice to Toma- Be[ore Canning? NDSU Ex- "Publication FN- 1396J that adding or another e canning is you are not )H. Around the COunty Walsh County Extension Office Park t~iver - 284-6624 Pesticide application: Glyphosate as a desicant and investigating the possibility of drift | spring. Gly~hosate will sterilize the tubers ofa l)otato crop which could be detrimental to a seed potato Harvest is gearing up and many farmers are interested in spraying Glyphosate ("Roundup") as a des- leant on their small grains crops. There are some important things to remember about application of glyphosate and what the applica- tion could do to crops which are not meant to receive the application. Glyphosate should be applied when there is 30% or less moisture in the seed, or at the hard dough stage after greeti color is gone from the nodes for wheat and durum. In cereals the seed will be firm and with reasonable pressure your thumbnail will leave a dent in the seed. In small grains there is a pre- harvest interval of 14 days. Glyphosate is labeled as a harvest aid only in spring wheat, durum, and feed barley. Application or drift onto crops not labeled could cause costly problems to arise. Any drift of glyphosate could injure and kill sensitive plants; it is important to be aware of the weather conditions when doing an application as to not drift onto a neighboring wheat field, or especially fields grown for seed such as potato, wheat, or bar- ley. Glyphosate should not be ap- plied to any crop that is to be used for seed production. Pre-harvest glyphosate applications can cause germination and possibly vigor problems in the spring. The seed may germinate but the seedling may be stunted and deformed. The seed may have good germination in the fall but poor germination in the field. Another thing to consider with pred~rvest applications to barley is that malters generally re- ject seed thgt has been treated with pre-harvest glyphosate signifi- cantly decrgasing its possible value. If drift ig suspected onto one of your fields there are a few things for you to 4o. It is important to de- termine that drift did indeed occur and what pesticide caused the dam- age. Samples may be sent into NDSU or other plant science labo- ratories to determine this. The next thing to do is to send a certified letter indicating the Report of Loss to the person you feel is responsi- ble for the drift. You have 28 days from the date the damage occurred or before 20% of the crop is har- vested, whichever is send the letter. It is important to note that just because you receive or send a letter it does not mean that a complaint has been filed. In order to file a claim you must permit en- try into the field for the applicator and up to.4 representatives. The last option is to file a formal com- plaint with the Department of Agri- culture which will then investigate the complaint. It is ilnportant to document the damage including photos and to start a log book of all. discussions made regarding the drift which will be essential if a claim is filed. Best of luck with this year's harvest.