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PAGE 4 t PRE SS PERSPECTIVES SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 FROA4 THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS On the top of the list of things all women should know how to do and ,be able to execute with ease.., change a flat tire. You may say, "Well, in all my years &driving that has never happened to me!" Well, I am 26 years old and I believe that the incident on Aug. 29. 2011 put me somewhere around number five (it could be more, whCs count- ing) on the old incident-o-meter. Mind you, that is about l 2 years of&iv- ing and four cars later. My track record of bizarre car happenstances is slightly above average, l've had tires come offofthe rim, tires sheer right offofthe car, tires with slow leaks and my new thvorite, and most recent. tires splitting from one end to the other with no possible chance &repair. If I could come up with a new way to destroy those stupid hunks of rubber, I just might. Last Monday, after several long hours of putting the newspaper to- gether, I was at the end of my mental abilities. I was done. I sere pages and slipped out the door. Not even halfway back home and I heard a sound Iknew all too welt the sick flap < a fiat. I pulled all of~hc bits out of the trunk and got as ihr a popping offthe plastic cover betbrc someone slowed down. Thanks to Owen and Justin Meltand I ended ,ap back on the road much quicker than I would have. But I can tell you. not all rials are met with such friendly faces A couple ofy(i;~r~ ago I was on my way to Minneapolis somewhere be- tween middle and, f nowhere on the interstate about an hour east of Fargo. It was cold and I was even more clueless about tire maintenance. Worse than having a tire :;o flat, the t~re was rusted stuck onto the car. A num- ber of strangers stepped right up to tl3," their luck.., to no avail Then my new favorite person -- let's call him Scooter decided to help it's winter. I'm alone. And now I am stranded on the side of the road. The first thing th~ man with a handful of teeth and a southern accent says when he gets ou! oFthe car is '"1 got nine kids from ten different women, how you doin', cu.qc'?'" Note to self: Start canting pepper spray or at least a pointy stick. Scooter offered to give me a ride to the next town to find a tow truck or someone who could help. While I may not be Wonder Woman with a tire iron. I am nc~ an idiot. ! did not get in the vehicle. That's how peo- ple end up on m~s>,ing persons lists. I told him I would wait with the car. Someone actually did come fi-om the next town over with a service truck to help. I go~ back to his shop, and with four tires, back to the road. I may not haw: mastered the art flat changing just yet. but if my luck has anything to say about i|. 1 imagine that there will be another chance coming up around the bend. Like" the Walxh ('mntv Press ~m Facebook attd cheek out our blog at http.'//walsh eolltlQ;])res& !4"Ol'dprc5 ',. ( Y)HI Hello, I guess this column won't read much like my other Hat Tip arti- cles. But I feel maybe this is im- portant to say. I don't know how many of you watched the cable show "Mad Money" this past week. They did a show on the oil play in North Dakota. I'm sure that the result of the show will be more workers hitching a ride into Dickinson. Williston, Watford City, and so forth. They will be coming from the unemployment lines that sffetch across the rest of the naticn. They will be bringing wives, children, and carloads of memories from where their life has been a struggle. The Governor assured the na- tion that weare ready for an influx of people. I would suggest that he be remedy to rent out the Governor's mansion, because from what I've seen and heard, everything else is pretty much full. And that can be good, or bad. Good if you are a landlord that is getting 2 or 3 thou- sand a month for a house that was unrentable a few years ago. Good if you are in the construction busi- ness in North Dakota. But pretty hard on the original residents. Es- pecially elderly people on fixed in- comes, college students looking for places to rent, and families that are not in the position to get a high salaried job. I don't mean to be critical: I. like many have, and will benefit from oil development. It has made it easier to pay our bills. But we are paying a price for this. And I think we should all be afiware of that. I think what made it clear to me was a couple of road trips I took last week. One day we went down to Camp Crook for lunch with grandkids. Camp Crook isn't much. Or inaybe I should say Camp Crook is a lot. There is no Wal-Mart. No McDonalds. !f you take the drive to Crc ok. you prob- ably won't meet m;. ~ ~han one or two vehicles in the drive from Buf- falo. If you come south from Mar- math, once you get past the oil de- velopment, you probably will go twenty miles without meeting any- one. But once you are in Camp Crook, your grandson can bike around town without Morn worD'- Tzps ing that he will be run over by a truck You won'! he~-/e a cloud of trust hanging over the countryside fi'om traffic on fi~c gravel ri)ads. The hay and crop~ along the mad won't be covered with dust. You can still write a check (they don't take credit cards m the bar1 and a dog could take ~ nap in the street and not get ran over: At Amidon. we attended the Worlds' Fair! Or at least the Slope County Fair. And ~br the few that don't know this. ;* is the longest continually running fidr in the state of North Dakota. Something over ninety' years! At the Slope County Fair you can still get a hock of ~ mea! fior whatever you can spare. They riced hundreds of peop!e for a free will donation to help someone in need. It cost seven dollars fbr an adult to get into the Pair. That would in- clude a rodeo, the extiNts, supper. a community p|ay ,Asiting with neighbors, 4-H sate, and just a race aftem0on. You could spend, and we did, a dam pleasant day there. Next year, ifyou want to get offthe beaten path a little, take it in. You'd be pleasantly surprised. And once you ate on these roads less traveled, you may see some- thing you haven't seen in awhile. You might be able to loosen your grip on the steering wheel and look at the crops and cattle enjoying a summer of blessed rain. You might be able to drive leisurely down a gravel road with your window open and your arm out the win- dow, screaming at the kids to not hang out the window too far and don't touch the door latch. But even in all of this, I found a smile. Many of us have seen the lines of traffic and the hours of de- lay with the road construction in much of our area If the flag lady stops you, in minutes traffic is backed up for miles. There was road construction north of Caml5 Crook Saturday. Carm had to stop there about two o'clock on their way home from the Hills. She was the only one in the line. In visiting with the flag girl. Cann found out she was the fourth car the lady had stopped that day! Now, that's living!' Later, Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan' Moniea Simon ADC September is here and we have many events scheduled: September Events: Sept. 1 2:30 Communion Services with Rev. Jeff Johnson Sept. 8 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party Sept. 9 7:30 Mennonite Singers Sept. 15 2-4 STAR USED BOOK SALE AND DESSERT Sept 20 Fall Gathering at the Park River Bible Camp Sept222 3:00 Auxiliary Ltmch and Program hosted by Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Sept. 30 JOE SCHMIDT As you can see we have a lot of tun activities planned lbr the month of September. We are accepting used books for our sale tmtil the day of the sale. The Zion Lutheran Church hosted our monthly Auxiliau lunch mad program on August 25 and we thank them tbr the delicious lunch and program. Our devotional leaders were Lois Ydstie_ Lorene Larson. Sue Faggerholt, Rev. David Hinrichs, Corrine Ramsey and Dorothy Nowflc Accompanists were Carla Hurtt, Jan Novak and Monica Simon. Sunday worship services were led by Rev. Antal and Mass was led by Father Gary Lutein and Rosary and Communion was led by Shirley Sobolik andTerryHagen assisted with nails time. Wethank everyone who gave of their time and talents this week. ND 1988-2011 I was looking on the ND Department of Health web site recently on Foodborne outbreaks in North Dakota and found some interesting information. Have there been any Foodbon~e outbreaks in Walsh Count? Yes. Walsh County had two school cafeteria Foodborne outbreaks (1989 and 2010) and one catered meal at a business outbreak in 2010. A iotal of 585+ people were exposed in those 3 outbreaks with 374 people ill What are the usual contributing factors in a Foodborne outbreak in ND? hnproper holding temperatures (tbod not kept at proper temps) Improper storage or handling of/hod Inadequate cooking of food Ill food handler Cross contamination Drinking unpasteurized milk Environmental contamination (at production plant, at restaurant, in water coolers) What North Dakota facilities/events did the Foodborne outbreaks occur in? Catered Wedding receptions Schools Restaurants (including hotel restaurants t Private homes (Family and larger gatherings) Chm'ches Picnics Fair Vendors Employee potlucks business catered events My point- anyone can be exposed in any setting We all have a responsibility to prepare, handle and serve food in a safe manner. For more information on sate food handling watch a short video at~ or for more in depth reading see the following site: http:/}foodsafety.gow gets a D- Labor Day seems marl< a divi- sion between summer and thll even though the calendar doesn't figure it that waw Anyway, it's a good time to look back and eval u- ate what should bc the best season of the year. This has not been a good sum- mer which is more "allan a mere dis- appomtmenc }-"or someone running out of summers it's a ca- tastrophe, lfl would have had this summer in my csoaked fields kept millions of acres from being planted, de- priving farmers, main street and Phoenix of unprecedented pros- perity. The water prohtems did not end on the fhrms. It was 'worse in towns. Folks in o~r urban areas were scrambling as the Mouse flooded Minor. the Missouri threatened Bismarck, the Red gave Fargo a scare, and the James put Jamestown in a dither. Even semi- arid Medora saw a few sandbags. Sales of Zantae in Devils Lat~ have been going up more rapidly than the take as the city fathers try to figure out how to fight the ris- ing water. (For months, a really old man has been building a huge boat near Minnewaukan.) All of the folks down the Sheyenne River share the concern over the irre- pressible Devils L~ike. knowing that all overage will travel through their backyards on the way to Canada. It is difficult to believe that the Garrison Diversion Project was launched in the 1960s to bring fresh water to a dying Devils Lake. They stopped digging when the lake freshened itself. Only the frogs will chalk up Sumlner 2011 as a wim~er. It was a bad summer for the Minnesota Twins. too. Coach Gar- denhire tbund out that his bullpen was full of heifers. Not only that, his stars turned out to be comets that flamed out on impact. And the starting pitchers were just that: starters. Since Medicare wasn't avail- able for most players, the team tbund it cheaper to bw their own ambulance. By the end of the sea- son. all the Twins had was a bunch of strangers on the field. It got so bad Thome went back to Cleve- land and you can't do that without taking a lot of aspirin. This darkest of Minnesota sea- sons wore on Gardy. He became irritable and combative. He even argued with the umpires over the size of the diamond so he could get thrown out of the game and go watch Jeopardy, No, this is not the kind of sum- mer we want to see again. Let's hope this wet cycle is a cycle and nbt a pern~anent part of earth wanning. But they are already say- ing that next spring is going to be another wet one. If that is true, I hope that old man at Min- newaukan hurries with his boat. 1'11 help round up the animals. Th~s has not been a good summer, which is more than a mere disap- pointment. For someone running out of summers it's a catastrophe." Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Healih Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Freezing is the .easy way to preserve food Freezing is one of the easiest, most convenient and least time- consuming ways of preserving fresh fruit and vegetables for later use. The cold stops the growth of microorganisms and slows down changes that spoil food and affect food quality. First, select fresh, firm fruit or vegetables that are free of dam- age. Freeze them within a few hours of harvest if possible. Some vegetables freeze better than others. For example, thawed cabbage, celery, cucumbers, en- dive, lettuce, parsley and radishes are limp and water- logged, and quickly develop an oxidized color, aroma and flavor. Bottom Line: They don't freeze well. Plastic freezer containers, glass canning or freezing jars and plastic bags designed for freezer storage are best for freezing food. Don't use paper containers. such as milk cartons, or plastic containers that held yogurt, dips and sour cream. Freezer wrap and heavy-weight aluminum foil are good for odd-shaped foods. Wash fhaits and vegetables be- fore freezing them. Don't allow fruit to soak in water because soaking will cause the fruit to lose nutrients and flavor. Stem, pit or slice fruit as necessary for the recipe you are using. Prepare only enough fruits and vegeta- bles for a few containers at a time. Blanch (scald in boiling water) vegetables to stop the ac- tion of enzymes that can cause loss of flavor, color and texture. The amount of blanching time will vary with the types of pro- duce. Cool the vegetables quickly by plunging them in cold water and drain them after com- pleting the cooling. You have several ways to pack fruit for freezing: syrup pack, sugar pack, dry pack or unsweet- ened pack. To make syrup, dis- solve sugar in water and pour it around and over fruit packed into a container. For a sugar pack, simply sprinkle sugar over the fruit and gently mix the fruit and sugar until juice is drawn out and the sugar is dissoNed. To dry pack,, pack the fruit into containers, seal and freeze. This method works best with berries and smaller fruits that have good flavor without sugar. Srme fruits, such as peaches, apricots, pears and apples, darken quickly when exposed to air and can darken when thawed. Adding ascorbic acid will pre- vent that discoloration. When packing food into con- tainers, leave space between the food and lid to allow the food to expand as it freezes. Make sure to label the containers with the name of the food, the date it was packed and the type of pack used. The quality of most fruits and vegetables will remain high if they're used within 12 months. For more information abom freezing fruits and vegetables, visit the North Dakota State Uni- versity Extension Service web- site at ndsuag/food or stop by the Ex- tension Office for your free food preservation packet. All my best to you and your family, Julie AdaptedJrom an article written bv Julie Garden-Robinson. NDSU Extension fl~od and nutrition specialist Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Yellowjacket Recently we've been getting quite a few calls about bee. wasp, or yellow jacket nests around homes, so here is some information from Jan Knodel, NDSU Exten- sion Entonmlogist help get rid of these pests. All yellowjackets sting and their stinging behavior is considered a defensive reaction when the colony is threatened. They can sting more than once because their stinger stays with the insect. Yellowjackets are more aggressive during August into September and more likely to sting people. Although yellow- jackets are actually a beneficial in- sect feeding on other insects, they often become a pest problem when nests are located near homes, schools, picnic areas, or play- grounds. Pest controlis often war- ranted. These wasps are social insects and build nests of paper-like mate- rial. Nests generally resemble a teardrop-shaped soccer ball and of- ten are seen hanging in trees. In the northern temperate climates, only the mated queen wasp over- winters from the previous year.'s colony. Queens are inactive during the winter, hiding in protected places like under tree barks or at- tics. In early spring, the overwin- tering queen builds a new nest and lays an egg in each cell. Larvae hatch from the eggs and are de- pendent on the queen for food. The queen forages outside the nest and brings food (caterpillars and other insects) back to the larvae until pu- pation. Sterile female workers emerge from pupae and take over nest building and brood rearing, while the queen stays in the nest. season is here During late summer into early fall, adult males and newly produced queens leave their parent colony. The colony dies off, and only newly mated queens will find a protected place to overwinter Wasps are active outside the nest during the daylight hours. Nearly the entire colony is in the nest dur- ing the evening and night-time hours, so control measures should be applied to the nest then. There are many insecticides labeled for control of hornets and 5ellowjack- ets. The difficulty is making the treatment without being stung. Usually an aerosol spray of one of the many fast-acting wasp killer will quickly kill all workers present in nest. Examples are pennethrin, synergized pyretl~ins or pyrethroid insecticides. A slower-acting in- secticidal approach is to apply car- baryl (Sevin) dust directly onto the exposed nest and entrance hole. After treatment, check the nest for any activity the following day and re-treat if necessary. Nest.s should be removed to avoid attracting bee- tles at some later time and to keep wasp pupae from possibly reestab- lishing the nest. If dealing with yel- lowjacket nests in structures like homes, the nest entrance should never be plugged from the outside. If constrained yellowjacket work- ers carmot escape to the outside, they may locate a way to escape to- ward the inside of the home or structure, creating a possible sting- ing threat for people inside. When outside enjoying your picnic, avoid wearing brightcolors and perfumes which are attractive to hornets and yellow jackets. Dates to Remember: September 14, 8:30 AM Northeast Cover Demonstration Meeting; Park River Crop