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Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 FROA4 THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS So, I think we can all agree, the last couple of weeks have had a whole lot of horrible. I followed the coverage of Savanna LaFontaine- Greywind like it was a horror movie unfolding. Of course I hoped that everything would turn out and we would find out that she was just locked in a shed in an abandoned farmyard somewhere. Of course it was bad, but I didn't want to go worst case. I was praying it didn't go worst case. As each additional report came across, with each person on Face- book chiming in their two cents, it went to that dark place that no one wanted to go. I get that we look at North Dako- ta through rose-colored glasses sometimes- small towns, pic- turesque sunsets, green acres, farm living -- but bad things happen. This instance in Fargo was the worst that I have ever heard of or even imagined. I will spare re- peating the details here. The truth is something that was echoed at the meeting held in Park River last Monday regarding policing in the city and that is you don't know what you don't know. Social media was especially hard on the Fargo law enforce- ment. The trolls ripped them up and down about not doing their jobs properly or not working fast enough or not following tips (which were bogus anyway). We had answers within a week. It wasn't like an episode of "Law and Order". It was real people do- ing unspeakable things where no one had a script to follow. I would like to applaud law en- This isn't the wild west. forcement for being completely There is something we can do, transparent in their investigation, we can pray for this baby and this working with the media and trying girl's family. There has been an ac- to keep everyone informed as count set up for the family at US well as they could. Bank. Beyond that, we can show Yes, the people have a right to the world that the state is better know general information. Do than this. It doesn't take much to you have the right to know every make someone's day better -- to tiny detail in an ongoing investi- spread a random act of kindness. gation? No. Don't know where to start? I Do you have the right to go hear there are a few people irr above and beyond what the police Texas who could use some love. I ask of you? No. hear Red Cross can use a little sup- Life is not like television. Ev- port. idence can be destroyed or tam- The one thing both of these in- pered with. Suspects can panic, stances has taught me is that we do Thank goodness that these awful not give our first responders people did not suspect the police enough credit. were on to them because who Fire and rescue, EMT, law en- knows what they might have done forcement of every kind are there with that sweet baby. for us, it is about time we be there It is so easy to criticize both me- for them. I am sure they would dia and law enforcement from love your support or even a friend- the comfort of your computer ly "hello" now and again. And un- desk, but sometimes you don't less you have a little kindness to know what you don't know.spread, keep your keyboard com- Justice has not been served. Many of these details have been mentary to yourself. and should be saved for trial. We can't just round up a lynch mob. Hello, The Dakotas are a good place to live. Oh, we may have a drought. We may have to fight ice and snow for a few months of the year. The wind may blow from the northwest for days at a time. We do get an oc- casional flood along the Red, the Mouse, Heart, or Beaver Creek. But when we have a flood, most of the time we pile up some sand bags, or maybe have to evacuate a relatively small number of peo- ple, let the water recede, then move back in and clean up. Minot, Grand Forks, and Fargo have been hit hardest, but the end is always in sight. The flooding in Texas is beyond anything I can imagine. And it hap- pens at a time when Montana and several western states are on fire. Just doesn't seem right. If those western states could just get a inch or two of the several feet that have fallen along the gulf, man that Ti would be nice. complain about the morning traf- I've been to Houston a few fic in Dickinson after you'vebeen times. Back when we were hotshot to Houston! ring. Houston on a dry day isn't But what always got me was the real comfortable. At least not to heat. I mean even early in the this northern cowboy. I imagine morning. You would get out to un- that with the suburbs, it must strap your trailer and that stifling stretch dang near a hundred miles heat would hit you. Hot and hu- across. Eight lanes of traffic going mid! Even if you had just show- either direction on a number of ered a bit ago, in a few minutes highways. Scared the heck out of you are soaked from perspira- me the first couple of trips in. tion. And it isn't like sweat from We always scheduled our stop pitching bales. I can't imagine in Houston so we could beat rush what those people will be going hour in the morning. Stay an hour through even as the floodwaters re- or two north of Houston and get in cede and the sun starts beating early. I tell you what, you don't down on them. Happenings at Our > ,,, sa.man tan Good Samaritan L7..) oclct .... Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. It is looking and feeling like Sept. llth 10 Embroidery fall; Kids back to school, cool Group, 1:30 Drive RSVP, 3pm nights, and the fields full ofcom- Thank You Luncheon for our bines. Housekeepers and Laundry, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo This week Sept. 3rd- 9th Sept. 12th 9am Peeling Pota- Sept. 3rd 2:30 Worship w/Tim toes, lpm Crochet Group, 3pm Faust, 3pm School Time Trivia Chocolate Milk Shake Day Sept. 4th Labor Day, 10am Sept. 13thl0amPenPalVisits, Embroidery Group, 5pm Rosary 3:15 Bingo Sept. 5th 9am Peeling Potatoes, Sept. 14th 3pm Birthday Party 2:30 Popcorn Day hosted by Lankin American Le- Sept. 6th Waffle Breakfast, 3:15 Bingo gion, 6:30 Ladies Night Sept. 15th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Sept. 7th 2:30 Devotions w/ Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, Communion,3pm Football Trivia, 2:30 The Wahl Band 6:30 Men's Night Sept. 8th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Sept. 16th 9:30 Mass w/Father Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, Miller, lpm Oktoberfest Starts, 3pm Outdoor Strolls, 7:30 Men- 2:15 Bingo nonite Singer's Sept. 9th 9:30 Mass w/Father Thank you to our many volun- Miller, lpm Word Games, 2:15 teers; Shirley Sobolik, Linda Lar- Bingo son, Pastor Merchant, Dorothy Novak, Pastor Hinrichs, Mary Next week Sept. 10th- 16thLund, Father Miller, and anyone Sept. 10th Grandparents Day, else I may have missed. If you 2:30 Worship w/ Pastor Antal, would like to volunteer please 3pm Grandparents Day Luncheon call Rose Ulland at 701-284-71 I5. "Like '" the Walsh County Press on Face- book com. I watch and read a lot of rural news. You know. Markets, weath- er, and other agricultural things. The areas in Texas that are being flooded are home to over a quar- ter of the cattle in Texas. Some- thing like 1.3 million mama cows. I've seen several news stories with films of cowboys moving hundreds of cows through lots of water trying to get them to high ground. Sometimes higher ground is miles away. I hope they all made it. Makes me realize my prob- lems are pretty simple. Dad says I've always been lucky. I guess he's right. And if you are reading this, not fighting fire, not fighting flood, I guess you are pretty lucky too. Hang on Texas. Later, Dean Prevent. Promote. Protect. In the present toxic political en- vironment, it may be safer to write about abortion and guns than the statues of Confederate war heroes. However, every student of Amer- ican history ought to be distressed by proposals to rewrite our past. The issue of destroying Con- federate statues was accentuated when white supremacists marched in Charlottesville to protest the re- moval of a statue of General Robert E. Lee and a person was killed in the melee. President Donald Trump poured gas on the fire when he failed to promptly condemn the racists that made up the bulk of the protestors. This resulted in scorching criticism from most segments of society. The Democrats were quick to condemn Trump and demanded removal of all Confederate symbols. Some are even proposing to remove the stone carvings of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson _ :::: ..::.: : ,: : .... . + Davis on StoneM..ountain outside 5UICZDE PREVENTION - REACH OUT AND ~EAK UP 9-2017 Walsh County Health District Short Shots of Atlanta. In the heat of the debate, the lib- erals and conservatives have be- come so obsessed with the politics of the issue that neither is concemed about the intellectual integrity of rewriting America history. We now have a political litmus test that means if you support the statues you are automatically cat- egorized as a conservative and if you oppose the statues you are a lib- eral. Since North Dakota does not have such statues, we should be able to approach the issue with a little ob- jectivity rather than being swept into a wave of partisanship.. First, we must acknowledge that slavery is a tragic stain on the his- tory of a so-called "Christian" na- tion and that continued endorsement of the culture that nurtured slavery is reprehensible. Even so, after 175 years, we still have people in the South who have not accepted the outcome of the Civil War. Some of them marched in Char- lottesville Every 40 seconds someone in the world commits suicide. That means that around 3,000 people die from suicide each day. Because suicide is difficult to talk about, the conversation is often avoided. This con- versation is one that should never be avoided, even if the individual seems to be withdrawn from you. Some signs of someone who is suicidal may include: talking about suicide, death, or self-harm, no hope for the future, self-hatred, getting rid of belongings, withdrawing from people and events, and increased alcohol or drug use. So how do you talk to someone who may be suicidal? First, be your- self, take them seriously, and LISTEN. Make sure they know they are not alone. Be sympathetic, non-judgmental, and calm; do not act shocked or be outraged. Keep your conversation confidential and don't gossip about it, but DO tell a mental health professional. Tell them how important they are to you and their family/friends. Lastly, offer them hope and tell them you will be with them get the help they need. Engaging in conversation: "I wanted to check in with you because you haven't seemed like yourself lately." "I've been feeling concerned about you lately." "When did you begin feeling like this?" "Have you thought about getting help?" "You are not alone in this. I am here for you." If you, or someone you know, is struggling with suicidal thoughts and/or actions please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). One conversation can change a life. Rewriting History won't Change It In fact, the carving on Stone Mountain was not completed until as recently as 1972, a last poke in the Union eye fi'om the State of Georgia. Those who favor destruction of Confederate symbols argue that we should not - we cannot - hon- or those who fought for the preser- vation of slavery with statues promi- nently displayed on hundreds of courthouse and statehouse lawns. American society has come to agree about the evilness of the slave culture so there is little hon- or given to those who defended the system. If we had accepted our respon- sibility to heal the wounds of slav- ery, African-Americans could be more forgiving of the South and its statues. Blacks got a short-lived glo- ry in the Reconstruction but were sold out in a political deal be- tween the Democrats and Repub- licans in the 1876 election dispute and the Army left the South to the colonial culture. This was followed by servitude as sharecroppers, oppressive Jim Crow legislation, intimidation and denial of civil rights for another 150 years. In the light of history, African- Americans have a right to demand erasure of all semblance of the Con- federacy in American society. How- ever, the record of oppression has been written across the South and the elimination of all remembrance of it will not change history. History has proven that the stat- ues now represent the losers. Share- cropping is gone; Jim Crow laws re- pealed; intimidation outlawed and civil rights restored. So maybe it's time to leave the nostalgic with their memories and move on. Besides, President Trumps has a point when he wonders where this revision of history will end. Today, it is confederate statues; tomorrow it could be monuments for slave- holders like Washington and Jef- ferson. In the present toxi.c political environ.ment, !t may be safer to write .about abortjo_n and. guns than the statues of C;onfederate war heroes. Extension Exchange Sweet Corn AVailable Year-round Do you look forward to roadside2 Tbsp. chopped green onions food stands with freshly harvested 1/4 tsp. salt corn on the cob? I/8 tsp. freshly ground black Sweet corn, whether fresh, pepper canned or frozen, is among the 1/8tsp. Tabasco sauce(optional) most popular vegetables in the U.S. 4 ears fresh sweet corn, husked Sweet corn is a genetic mutation of To roast bell pepper, place on field corn. That mutation allows baking sheet; broil in oven until blis- sweet corn kemels to store more sug- tered and charred. Put in heavy ar than field corn. Sweet corn con- plastic or paper bag; seal; let sit for tains vitamin C, iron and other nu- 20 minutes. Peel skin; don't worry trients. One 6-inch ear of corn has about removing all the charred 60 calories, 0.5 grams (g) fat, 2 g parts. To make pepper seasoning in protein, 14 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g a blender or food processor, combine fiber and 2 milligrams sodium, the red pepper, butter, green onions Corn may be frozen easily at and cilantro, if desired, and add salt, home, but for best quality, follow re- pepper and Tabasco sauce. Place search-tested advice. See North each ear of corn in the center of a Dakota State University Extension piece of aluminum foil, shiny side Service publication"Freezing Veg- up. Coat each ear with a quarter of etables" (FN 187) at the pepper seasoning mixture. Wrap www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/food- the foil around the com, making sure nutrition/freezing-vegetables for the ear is well-sealed by the foil. Re- corn-freezing guidance, ffigerate until ready to grill. Preheat If you decide to can com, re- grill. Place corn on grill near the member it is a low-acid vegetable edges or cooler areas. Grill until ten- and needs to be processed in a der, turning frequently, about 10 to pressure canner to ensure that harm- 15 minutes. Carefully unwrap the ful microorganisms are destroyed, corn and serve. See NDSU Extension publication Makes four servings. Each serv- "Home Canning Low-acid Vegeta- ing has 130 calories, 5 grams (g) fat, bles" (FN 173) at 4 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 3 g www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/food- fiber and 170 milligrams sodium. nutrition/home-canning-low-acid- Any questions about this column vegetables/fn173.pdffor information or something else may be directed about canning com. to the NDSU Extension office in Here's a tasty version of sweet Walsh County at 284-6624, or email com you can make on your grill at me at: jamie.medbery@ndsu.edu. I home. would be glad to help! Grilled Com-on-the-Cob Source." JalieGarden-Robinsan, food and nu- 1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, tritionspecialist, andAllisonBenson.programas- seeded and diced (optional or can sistant. The creation of the materials is part of a project funded by the North Dakota Department substitute purchased red peppers) of Agriculture through grant 14-SCBGP-ND-O038 1 Tbsp. butter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 1/4 c. fresh cilantro (optional) (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service. around the state N.D. Farm Financial Performance Reviewed Of the past 10 years, 2012 was the best for North Dakota farmers, while 2015 was the worst, accord- ing to a 2007-2016 farm perform- ance review. The results of that review are in "Financial Characteristic of North Dakota Farms 2007-2016." The publication summarizes the per- formance of more than 500 farms enrolled in the North Dakota Farm Business Management Education program. The study uses 16 financial measures to evaluate the liquidity, solvency, repayment capacity, prof- itability and financial efficiency of North Dakota farms. "The study is useful to produc- ers who would like to compare their farm financial performance with farms that have similar char- acteristics," says Andy Swenson, North Dakota State University Ex- tension farm management special- ist. "Financial performance in 2007- 2012, excluding 2009, was superi- orto other years in the 2007 through 2016 period," says Swenson. "Over- all performance was best in 2012 and poorest in 2015, which had the lowest net farm income, rates of re- turn on assets and equity, repayment capacity and financial efficiency measures in the 10 year period." Swenson adds, "The median term debt and capital repayment margin, which is the amount avail- able after making term debt pay- ments and providing for family living expenses and taxes, increased from a negative $16,382 in 2015 to $35,318 in 2016. It was the highest, at $185,291, in 2012. Farms are grouped by region of North Dakota, enterprise type (crop, livestock or mixed), size, gross cash sales, land tenure, profit, debt- to-asset ratio and age of the farmer. In 2016, the median asset tumover ratio was .38 for crop farms, .28 for mixed crop-livestock farms and. 18 for livestock farms. It was .63 for farms that rented all their cropland and .23 for farms that to use as a benchmark for the asset turnover ratio (gross revenue divided by total farm assets) would be one with similar farm type and land tenure. The asset turnover ratio is a measure of how efficiently a pro- ducer is using farm assets to generate revenue. In Noah Dakota, livestock farms (mainly beef cow-calf operations) and farms with high crop land own- ership tend to have lower revenue relative to the value of farm assets. Young farmers should use the sol- vency of the young producer group as a benchmark because older farm- ers tend to have better solvency than young producers, according to Swenson. "Also, farms with sales of less than $500,000 were nearly twice as likely to have a debt-to-asset ratio higher than 70 percent than farms with sales greater than $500,000," Swenson says. The Red River Valley region and crop farms typically have stronger profitability, solvency and repayment capacity than other re- gions and farm types, respectively, but not in 2013 and 2014, the study showed. Farms in this study are larger and the age of farm operators younger than the state average. In 2016, there were 29,800 farms in North Dako- ta. Only 10,500, or 35 percent, had gross receipts greater than $500,000, whereas 53 percent of the 531 farms in this study exceeded that sales volume. The average age of the farm operators was 46, compared with a state average of 57. The average total acreage per farm in the study was the least in the Red River Valley at 1,448 acres, and the greatest was in the west region of the study at 3,140 acres. Seven- ty-five percent of farms were cate- gorized as crop farms, ranging from 98 percent in the Red River Valley to 41 percent in the west region. The "Financial Characteristics ot North Dakota Farms" publication is available online at http://bit.ly/ND- FarmReview or by request from the owned greater than 40 percent of NDSU Agribusiness and Applied cropland. Economics Department at 701- The appropriate group of farms 231-7441. Editor's Note [ Aro.und the County column was not available this week. It will return as soon as posslole.