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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES AUGUST 29, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, *VALSH COUNTY PRESS The pool is empty. The park is quiet. It is school time once again. One of my favorite back to school stories is that of the Beloit College Mindset List. This list is a creation of Beloit College. In 1998 they listed a number of references to keep college professors in sync with their first year students. The year of my list included a few gems that clearly date me, I can't tell you all of the words to the "Gilligan's Island" theme song, but I can sing you the tale of how the "Fresh Prince of Bel Aire'" ended up at his uncle's house. This year would be the year of the class of2016. Students who are freshmen this year have never done tapes and forget about records. Music comes on CD, MP3, or streaming. History has al- ways had its own channel. And the thought of using film in a camera is pretty novel. These kids were born into cy- berspace. Typing classes were re- placed with computer classes because these kids were into bits son goes offto college. and bytes when they were merely For him the Sioux will always tater tots. have been a tribe of Native Amer- According to the list, "for this icans, never a hockey team. North generation of entering college stu- dents, bona in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,. Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead." A few more highlights include: The Green Bay Packers have always celebrated with the Lain- beau Leap. They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-pro- claimed celebrities, famous Ibr being famous. There have always been blue M&Ms. but '  tan ones. A wrh , n hange dramati- cally in a m,,:r of years. I can only imagine what the list will in- clude in another 18 years when my Dakota will always have had oil country. Interne, will always have been wireless. Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein will always have been dead. Electronic com- munication will always have been the norm whether it is Facebook or othenvise. He probably won't have to wont about someone else pick- ing up the landline and listening in on his conversations while he talks to his friends because let's face it, most kids don't know what a land- line is these days. And if I can dream, they will have discovered a cure for cancer. Like" the W.lsh County Press on Face- book and check out out" blg at http:,,/walsh- CoLInIy[H'C.SS. wordpress, corn Hello, It's fair season in the Dakotas. I'm not talking about the state fair. I mean the State Fair is all right, but it's too commercial. I like a county fair where the focus in on the kids. Not on how many people come through the gate. Not on the big name entertainnaent that plays the grandstand. I like the little fair with local entertaimnent. I like the Hard- ing County Fair and the Slope County Fair. Harding Cotmty has a tug of war between Montana and South Dakota (SD women won, Montana men). I like a water- melon-eating contest (Evan and ILl both won second in their age divi- sion). Carmen made me draw out of adult division. Said profession- als weren't allowed. There was talk of a Calcutta for the adult division. I had already made a deal with Gary for him to buy me, and we would go fifty-fifty. Reminded me of my younger days. Back as a teenager in Ward County. Judging livestock at the 4- H county show. With the winners going on to Valley City for the state meet. Our team was pretty bad. We didn't know a lot. Still don't. We went to a movie one night and on the return to the Fairgrounds Hat walked through the livestock barns. Here sat an old guy, probably 25, by the hogs. He was sipping on a Budweiser. Perhaps several of them. He introduced himself to us and commenced to tell us he owned the hogs we would be judg- ing the next day. That got us kind of interested and he proceeded to give us the placing and reasons on each pen of hogs. Like good students we took notes. Lo and Behold! The next day here are those same hogs. We put our faith in this Budweiser angel and did as he had told us. We did- n't have a lot to lose. If you had been out 4-H leader, you would have been bursting with pride! The judge called out the placing for the county. "Fourth place, Bill Burke of Berthold, Third place- Dean Meyer of Berthold, Second Tips place--Warren Fegley of Berthold, First place-boy, these Berthold guys really know their hogs, Gor- don Lee of Berthold." We made a clean sweep in the hog judging. Our parents were proud. Our leader was proud. The entire hog industry of the world had their eyes upon us, as this well-coached team of hog geniuses went on to the state meet. One small problem Different hogs. I think we got last place. We all just picked the hogs with the curliest tail. Oh, well, what the heck. The only reason they make pigs is to help you realize how good beef is! It also brought back memories of showing steers at Minot. My steer, 1 guess you could say Dad's and my steer. We weren't too much into halter breaking cattle. You chased cattle, you led horses. So the steer got fed with all the others. Then a couple days before he had to be shown, you hooked a tractor on him and drug him around the yard! Then after the tractor could pull him in road gear, you put an eighty-pound kid (I used to be lit- tle, maybe a hundred) on the end of the lead rope and said hang on. Well, he ran off and ran through a fence. So here ! am the next day at the 4-H Roundup at the state fair grounds. I'm the kid with the wire cut steer with the purple wound dope all over him. That's my Dad sitting on a saddle horse in the mid- dle of the crowd with his rope down. Anned cocked and looking like he was in the roping box. And I suppose it is genetics. But I remember Caml and Will show- ing the Chiania steers. You know how kids get attached to their ani- mals? Well, they named their steers Ribeye and Sirloin! That's love. They were the steers that looked like they had been smoking pot. Eyes half closed, pupils dilated, and as gentle as a vet could make them. Gotta go. Time to slop the hogs. Later, Dean . Happenings at Our 1 S00i00p007=l00, Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC Sept. 6 Sept. 7 Sept. l0 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 14 Sept. 24 Upcoming events: 2:30 Monthly Communion Service 3:00 Resident Rummage Sale 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party 2-4 STAR USED BOOK SALE and DESSERT LUNCH 7:30 Mennonite Singers 1:00 Walsh County Bus Ride I would like to thank everyone who shared their time talents with us this week at the center. Used books may be dropped off at the center at anytime tbr our sale on Sept. 20. My BAm NOR0000? Walsh County Health District " .... '" .... ". Short Shots If you have ever wondered if your child is developing "normally", you are not alone. Most parents will have moments when they question their child's development. RIGHT TRACK is a flee program for all North Dakota children birth to three years of age. RIGHT TRACK has child developlnent consultants ready to assist you. The consultants can meet with you in the privacy of your own home and can provide: Developmental Screenings Information on child growth and development and ideas on stinmlating your child's development Information on various childhood concerns; such as sleep, nutrition, toileting, and managing behaviors. Information and referrals to local, state and national organizations. Children experience the greatest amount of growth and development in their first 3 years of life. Call toll free at 1-888-256-6742 or 701-795-3000 and ask tbr a RIGHT TRACK's consultant to visit with you and your child. Every parent wants their child to start on the RIGHT TRACK. Make the call today! Walsh County Press In-County = $3t00, Out-of-County = *38 0ut-of-State = $42 P,O, Box 49, Park River, ND 5827o Credit Cards are not accepted Nonvoters give.excuses for nonpartic00n According to USA TODAY, 90 million people (45 percent of the electorate) will not vote in the up- coming November election. Among them will be 175,000 North Dakotans, or 35 percent of our eligible electorate. While this is not an abnormal number of nonvoters, USA TO- DAY and Suffolk University con- ducted a nationwide survey to dis- cover the reasons nonvoters would be sitting out the election. As expected, the pollsters ran into a litany of alibis. Nonvoters claimed they were too busy, the candidates were unattractive, elec- tions didn't matter, nothing ever gets done, the party system needs overhauling, politics is corrupt, there isn't any difference between the parties, etc. etc. Before considering these ex- cuses, we should note that most nonvoters are in the bottom one- third of the socioeconomic ladder. They are less educated- 60 percent have no more than a high school diploma - and have less income, both of which lead to lower civic involvement and less interest in the broader issues. Not only are they out of the loop in elections but they are absent from a broad range of civic and community affairs. So nonvoting is just a continuation of their non- participatory behavior. As a result, their explanations fbr nonvoting must be taken with a grain of salt. If pollsters had asked questions about other nonpartici- patory behavior beside elections, they would find a broad pattern of disengagement from the greater community. When nonvoters claim that elec- tions don't matter or nothing ever gets done, they fail to understand the nature of American govern- ment. Not much is supposed to get done. As a matter of fact, we all need to be reminded of that. As stated in previous colunms, our political system is classified as a "status quo" system. In general, we believe in a government with powers divided among three sepa- rate branches checking and bal- ancing each other. This checking and balancing slows the whole process and kills initiatives. Commenting in Federalist No. 22, Alexander Hamilton pointed out that the same checks and bal- ances that prevent the government from doing wrong will also pre- vent government from doing good. He was right. (Who can argue with Alexander Hamilton?) In the TODAY/Suffolk poll, over half of the nonvoters sup- ported either a third party or a mul- tiparty system. The ills of our fonn of government will not be cured by complicating the electoral system. If nonvoters can't handle a simple two-party system, they are even less likely to understand the nu- ances of a multiparty system. As to the charge that there is not a dime's worth of difference be- tween the parties, our electoral sys- tem threes candidates to hog the middle of the road. That's where most of the votes are. The Tea Party is doing its best to force the Republican Party away from the center but their activities will not succeed over the long haul. The electoral system is unrelenting. Over half of the nonvoters claimed that politics is corrupt. In a democracy, politics will reflect the ethics of the people. Politicians are no more corrupt than the gen- eralpublic. Their corruption is just better publicized. Most of the criticisms by non- voters are unfounded excuses con- cocted to explain a lifestyle of non- participation. If our goal is to lure them into civic life, education is the only vehicle tbr broadening their horizons and civic interest. There may be more hope with a better-educated next generation. Most of the criticisms by non- voters are unfounded excuses concocted to explain a ltfestyle of nonparticipation." Extension Exchange Deyelopingstrong lOCal leaaers Albert Einstein looked at life through a different lens than the average man. He once said, "'We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Even then he was imploring those around him to think outside the box. The need for strong leadership in rural America has never been greater. As our communities strug- gle for survival - to provide qual- ity healthcare, excellent school systems, workforce development and economic opportunities - quality leadership from those coin- munities is the key. A rural com- munity is only as strong as the individuals within. Last winter the USDA Rural Development crisscrossed the state with the initiative North Dakota 2.0 to help stimulate a dia- logue on the future of North Dakota. The project made a stop in Grafton and gathered feedback from discussions and collected ideas and thoughts from regional residents. The North Dakota 2.0 report was compiled and made available in May 2012. One of the resulting eight recommendations included recognizing that leader- ship development must be a prior- ity to ensure long-term organizational vitality. Leadership can mean different things to different people, but fun- damentally it is about making things happen that would not hap- pen otherwise. Ordinary people in real-life situations willing to step forward, with the ability to learn and adapt, a commitment to excel- lence and quality, and able to ac- knowledge the strength of the local workforce, are so critically needed. Ensuring quality services, good schools, healthy economies and a strong workforce in our communities in the future takes quality leadership. Leadership development is im- portant to the continuity and vi- brancy of any organization, business or community and having a constant supply of individuals willing and able to take on the re- sponsibility of community and public services is crucial. Service clubs, community non-profits, churches, cooperative boards, and regional economic development organizations all need quality lead- ership as much as government and business. Engaging community members to be active participants in their comnmnities can be tricky. Many people today claim to be "time starved." Finding the balance be- tween work, family and volun- teerism for many is an obstacle. However, the data showed that people are interested in getting in- volved. However. many are sim- ply not asked to participate. Individuals may also be con- cemed with the perception of pub- lic service making them hesitmat to step forth. Taking on the responsi- bility of making unpopular deci- sions can lead to negative public feedback which may affect their business or standing in the com- munity. We all must learn to ap- preciate those that are willing to serve. The inherent complexities in public-decision making must be better understood by all of society. Today in many of our organiza- tions and public service sectors there are underrepresented fac- tions, including younger genera- tions and women. Providing leadership development opportu- nities can help educate individuals about the processes involved in leadership, increase self-confi- dence and embolden more to seek out leadership roles. The Growing Leaders in Pem- bina and Walsh County, a locally- tailored leadership program for area residents ages t 7 and up, is designed to help develop personal leadership skills and re-discover our region and the treasures our communities are cultivating and growing. Participants will meet once a month from September 2012 to May 2013 (there is no ses- sion in December). Each session will be held at a different site including Park Rive1, Walhalla, Edinburg, Cavalier, Fordville, Crystal and Neche and involve educational programming in the monaing and a tour of the community and local businesses and services in the afternoon. Par- ticipants will develop confidence in public speaking, learn about parliamentary procedure, explore conflict management and how to deal with criticism and much more. The group will also work on a county-wide project that will bet- ter the region. In March 2013, participants of the Growing Leaders program will travel to Bismarck for two days to tour the State Capitol, meet many North Dakota State agency staff members, meet with local legisla- tors, and attend hearings. Because knowing and understanding what happens at the state level is critical in many of our decisions at the local level, the Growing Leaders program will provide this travel oppommity to participants. If you have been looking for the opportunity to grow your commu- nity, register for Growing Leaders by contacting the Walsh County Extension Office, 284-6624, or email me at kari.l.helgoe@ndsu.edu for more information. A tuition fee of $200 is required. The class size is lim- ited so please register early. The deadline for registration is Sep- tember 7th. Ho rtis c op e Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication . I have grown daylilies for K, years. This year. something strange happened. On some plants, one or two of the stalks turned brown, had small buds and then died. However, the other stalks on the same plant flowered perfectly. Do you think they'll come back next year? It's been so dry that I had to water several times. I wa- tered over the top of the plants in- stead of at the bottom. Would that be a problem? I am in a quandary trying to figure out is wrong. (Hit- terdal, Minn.) . Daylilies have been hit this year by a virus and fungal disease, in some cases, both prob- lems are on the same plant. The leaf streak fungus appears to be the most common problem, with the virus a close second. These dis- eases are weather-related prob- lems. The virus spreads because the insects that transmit the virus have not been controlled ade- quately across our region because of the uncommonly mild winter we had this past year. In most cases, the plants will recover. When the symptoms show up, I suggest removing the infected fo- liage and spraying with a fungi- cide to protect the plantings that have not shown any symptoms. Early virus protection is not avail- able, so monitor the insect activity on your plants and take the appro- priate action at that time. Q o I have a tree that produces berries. I don't think it's a honeysuckle tree, but I could be wrong. Do you have a website that you would recommend that l can use to compare the pictures with the berry and leaf structure of my tree? (email reference) A: There is a good website that has plenty of photos for making comparisons to what you have. To access the photos, go to http://tinyurl.com/chokecher- ryPhotos. To contact Run Smith tbr answers to your questions, write to Run Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith@ndsu. edu. Editor's Note I The Around the Cotmty colmnnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.