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Pae 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS ° WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER I 0, 2014 F RO/V00 THE E PlTOR'S DESK... I am now officially a Harvest Widow. I remember the days of July and August wheat harvests, but this year, we got rolling Hello, I want to buy a ranch. A big ranch. You know, I was just thinking, and as I've told you be- fore, Shirley doesn't approve of my thinking; North Dakota should buy a ranch. This all started when I was watching the news last week and saw a story about the Waggoner Ranch being put up for sale. I'm sure most ranchers have heard of the Waggoner Ranch. It is one of, if not the largest ranch under one fence in the United States. Not that I like fencing or anything, but I fig- ured we could hire that done. Now, don't dismiss this as just another Dean thing until I've ex- plained it to you. For years, I have been disappointed in how our state government is handling their sur- plus. I mean, we have billions of dollars socked away in funds that aren't really making any return. So, why not invest it in land? Montana, South Dakota, and Minnesota are not for sale, so that kind of roles out the surrounding states. I imagine the Canadians aren't anxious to sell out, so we have to shop around. The Waggoner Ranch is around 550,000 acres. That is about the size of McKenzie County in North Dakota. It has around 15,000 cows. BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS steadily on Aug. 28. Late starts mean late nights as the weather- man said the dreaded "S" word this morning. Hat Hundreds of horses (my banker says that is a liability, not an asset). There are game farms, 1200 pro- ducing oil wells (42% of the min- erals go along), and thousands of acres of unexplored minerals. Most of the employees are families that have been on the ranch for gener- ations, so I'm sure they would be happy to continue to work for us. So labor wouldn't be a problem. The Ranch has won the Remu- da award from the Quarter Horse Association. It has always been known as one of the best sources of ranch horses in the world. Heck, we could relocate some of our state horse herd to Texas! You didn't know we had a state horse? I think we do. I know you are shaking your heads and figuring I've lost it for sure. But listen, we already have state owned businesses. The Bank of North Dakota. The North Dako- ta Mill and Elevator. We should Ce= =(;(xKl . ,Samaritan 5,O(Sct'v PARK RI','I.. I Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Picture is of our trip to Pioneer Days up by Icelandic State Park, We all enjoyed seeing the antique cars and tractors, as well as the North Dakota 125th Anniversary Party. A reminder our Fall Book Sale and Lunch will be Sept. 18th 2- 4pm if you have books to donate please bring them by the activity room. This Week Sept.7th- 13th: Sept. 7th 2:30 Wor- ship w/Pastor Totman, 3pm Grandparents Lunch Sept. 8th 10am Em- broidery Group, Men's Time, lpm Drive, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Sept. 9th lpm Bak- ing Zucchini Bars, 3:30 Bible Study Sept. 10th 3pm Bin- go Sept. llth 3pm Birthday Party hosted by Lankin Legion Auxiliary, 6:45 Movie Night Sept. 12th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Out- door Strolls, Sept. 13th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm School Daze, 2:15 Bingo Next Week Sept Photo: Submitted Back row; Duane Tollefson, Luke Suda, Donna and Grant Settingsgard, Charlie Lin- dell, Front is Geraldine Suda and VenaDelle Skorheim. 14th-20th Sept. 14th 2:30 Worship w/ Pastor Haukaas, 3:30 N2L Sept. 15th 10am Men's Time, Embroi- dery Group, lpm Drive,4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Beanie Baby Bingo Sept. 16thlpm Mak- ing Salsa, 3:30 Bible Study Sept. 17th 11:15 Resident Coucil, 3pro Bingo Sept. 18th 2-4 Book Sale and Lunch, 6:30 Men' Night w/Foot- ball Sept.19th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Out- door Strolls Sept. 20th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Beading, 2:15, Bingo Thank You to our many volunteers, Pas- tor Totman, Arnold Braaten, Shirley Sobo- lik, Linda Larson, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fagerholt, Lankin Le- gion Auxiliary, Corinne Ramsey, Men- nonite Singers, Father Luiten, I am sorry if I forgot anyone. We are still in need of volun- teer piano players to help with Worship and Devotions, please call Rose Ulland at 701- 284-7115 if you could help out. ................ 7 ................................................................................. ,wv,=, Ii lhltelt Walsh County Health District , ..... ,., .... ,o.,,o,oo,. Short Shots ..................................................................... Influenza vaccine, commonly known as the flu vaccine, is rec- ommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. The flu vaccine used to be recommended for only the elderly and people at high risk such as those with heart or lung disease, or those being treated for cancer, etc. Now, we recommend it for everyone over the age of 6 months. Some Interesting Influenza In- formation: • Influenza season can peak early (before Christmas) or late (in March or April), but the most com- mon month that influenza is at its worst is in February. • You can get the flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available. • Flu shots last through the flu season, but flu mist lasts a full year. • You must be between the age of 2-49 to get a flu mist, and be healthy. • Flu mist is now recommended over the flu shot for children 2-8 years of age, but if there is no flu mist available, get a flu shot. • There is now a flu shot avail- able for people allergic to eggs. Ask about this, as not all providers carry this type of vaccine. • The most important thing to remember-get a flu shot to protect yourself and your family. Every year over 35,000 people in the US die from influenza. It will be a bit of a challenge, but no one ever became a farmer because it was easy. Since the kids and I are on our own from here until November or rain (whichever comes first), we spent Saturday morning in Cava- lier at the Pioneer Machinery Show. When you are two and one of your main vocabulary words is "tractor" that is enough excitement to make for an awesome day. And it is slightly safer than running around the farm during an espe- cially busy harvest. Sunday was spent in Park River at Quilt Bingo. The kids and I didn't win a thing but we did support a good cause and had some grandma time in the process. We followed it up with a trip to the playground. Though I was quilt-less I felt like I was win- ning in the morn department. One weekend down. Bring it on, har- vest. Like '" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, wordpress.com Tips have a big ranch. Heck, we could open up an elevator and a bank in Texas on our own land! Eventual- ly, we could take over Texas! At least the parts we like. ' Now, some of you may shy away from the price a little. But let me explain. If we don't buy this ranch, some oil sheik or land de- veloper may. And split up one of the historic ranches of the world. Because not everyone has $725 million lying around. But we do. And inflation is rising faster than the interest we receive on our money. So, I was just figuring this morning, it's really not that much money. At a thousand an acre (re- member we get some minerals), we've got $550,000,000. We get them to throw in the cowherd. I'm figuring the cows are worth around 35 million. Maybe 40. So we're getting up there close to $600 million already without even look- ing! Heck, we don't even need to look. I've friends in Texas that can scout it out for us on their own dime! And would be happy to do it. Let's just offer them the 600 and see if they come back with a counter offer. We have a little time. The legislature doesn't meet for a few months and I'm sure they would like to have some input. So in the meantime, I would like someone smarter than I to start a petition urging the state to buy this ranch. When the rains return to Texas, if we tire of ranching, we can resell it as a handsome profit. Or we could just buy up the land next to it as a hedge. I just reread this and it makes sense! Man, hunting wild pigs and exotic animals on your own land! Putting your brand on your own cattle. The NDSU Bison could have a practice field closer to the title game! Hotshot drivers going from the Bakken to Houston could overnight at the ranch! We could invite the Dallas Cow- boy Cheerleaders over happy hour! The list goes on and on! It's up to you! Cowboy up! Let's do this thing! Later, Dean Mortgage Tax Measure Measure No. 2'on the Novem, ber election ballot is a constitu-, tional amendment proposed by the Legislature to prohibit the state or any political subdivision from imposing a tax on mort- gages. Here's an example of how a mortgage tax works. If a person purchased a house for $200,000 and needed a mortgage in thel amount of $100,000, a one-time tax would be imposed on the mortgage amount. State and local governments now imposing a mortgage tax in- clude Minnesota, Alabama, Florida, Kansas, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Vir- ginia. Some other states impos e a recording fee. In Minnesota, the rate is .0023 with an additional levy of .0001 in Hennepin and Ramsey coun- ties. On a $100,000 mortgage, the tax would be $240. New York is a little more ex- pensive. The state collects 75 cents per $100 of the mortgage, with another 25 to 50 cents in various counties. On a $100,000 mortgage, the purchaser could end up paying $1,000. The North Dakota realtors convinced the 2013 Legislative Assembly that future legislatures may be seized by taxmania even though revenue from oil and gas taxes is predicted to remain high for all0ther 60 years. MeaSure No. 2 falls into tho category of unfounded fear, re- sulting in the same panic that spawned several other ballot measures in recent years. Farm folks were afraid they would lose the right to farm so they secured a constitutional amendment to protect agricul- ture, this in a state that pampers, honors and worships farming. The hunting people feared los- ing their hunting rights so they got a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to hunt, this in a state with more gun owners than found in North Korea. Sheriffs became alarmed and got constitutional language to guarantee that sheriffs will for- ever be elected in every county of the state.' This in a state that won't reduce the number of elected officials even though it has twice as many as the average state. So now we worry about pas- sage of a mortgage tax in a state that has more money than it knows how to spend or manage. Obese chance! (It used to be a fat chance but this one is obese.) But the precedent has been es- tablished. Citizens don't trust the government; the Legislature doesn't trust the Legislature. In our distrust, we are passing con- stitutional amendments to allay unfounded fears. If we are going to laden the constitution with legislative ma- terial, there are a few more sug- gestions. We need a constitutional amendment to prohibit the legis- lature from adopting an Islamic Shariah laws. Christians may be outnumbered in the decades ahead and the Legislature may fall in the hands of radical Is- lamists. We should have a general con- stitutional provision reiterating our commitment to the right to vote. After all, the more restric- tive "easier than pie" ID voting requirement may be just the first step toward abolishing elections. A constitutional amendment declaring that Rugby shall for- ever be the Geographic Center of North America would be good. This is necessary because some- one in Jamestown made the com- ment that the Center would be nice located beside the big buf- falo. Get the idea? We will never adopt Shariah laws, end voting, move the Geographical Center, or impose a mortgage tax. It may not be necessary but it isn't going to harm anyone so here is a one measure some folks may support just to calm the fears of their neighborhood realtors. We need more measures like that. Measure No. 2 falls into the cate- gory of unfounded fear, resulfng in the same panic that spawned sev- eral other ballot measures in re- cent years" Extension Exchange Scan Your Bills for Scams Scams and fraud are everywhere in our world today. We all need to be so careful to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Just last week I had to cancel my credit card for unau- thorized activity that was happening in Illinois while I was home in North Dakota. Today's scammers and fraudsters are VERY good at what they do! They work hard at being bad. They don't care who they hurt. Often we think of scams coming in the form of phone solicitation, but fraud can occur through the mail, via our technology and face-to-face. Everyone is susceptible to scams and seniors are often a favorite target. It's important to read carefully to offers and information that come by mail. Also be sure to read between the lines. Recently, the Federal Trade Com- mission (FTC) warns that you should review your mobile phone bill for fraudulent charges that could be draining your wallet. As part of ongoing enforcement actions to stop alleged mobile cram- mers, the FTC recently charged text message content providers MDK Media, Inc., Tendenci Media, LLC, Mindkontrol Industries, LLC., Anacapa Media, LLC., Bear Com- munications, LLC., and Network One Commerce, LLC., with cram- ming unauthorized subscription charges onto consumers' mobile phone bills for random texts to the tune of up to $9.99 a month. This is not a huge amount, but it is just very unethical, deceptive and illegal. The texts included daily horoscopes, romance advice, quizzes or ring tones that consumers never know- ingly asked to receive - or agreed to pay for. The FTC alleges that the cram- mers tricked consumers two ways: 1. by getting people to enter their mobile phone number into deceptive and fictitious websites with fuzzy usage terms in exchange for collecting freebies, playing games or taking quizzes; 2. by purchasing lists of mobile phone numbers and automatically entering the numbers into sub- scription services without contact- ing consumers or letting them know. Here's how to spot charges crammed on to your mobile bill: • Read your monthly phone bill - every page, every month. Regu- larly review your phone bill to catch charges that are tacked on without your knowledge or consent. Cramming charges can be buried deep within the pages of your bill, making them tough to find or un- derstand. Contact your cartier di- rectly if you have questions about a charge. • Strange or unsolicited text mes- sages that suddenly appear on your phone could be signs of a cram. If you suddenly get a text offering any type of daily advice that you never signed up for, consider it a red flag that you' re being charged for some- thing you didn't authorize. • Think twice about entering your mobile phone number or per- sonal information on any website. Certain websites exist to serve as collection baskets for mobile phone numbers; they trick you into pro- viding your number with flee offers or access to online entertainment. This can put your money - as well as your privacy or identity - at risk. • Delete text messages you don't want and never click on the links. Text messages that ask you to enter special codes, or to confirm or pro- vide personal information could lead you to spoof sites that look real but could steal your money and iden- tity. Report spam texts to your car- tier. Copy the original message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM) flee of charge, if you are an AT&T, T-Mo- bile, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber. If you become a victim to a seam: • Call the police. You may need a police report to help you prove you were a victim. • Contact a trusted family mem- ber. • Contact your bank or credit union. • Contact the North Dakota at- torney general's Consumer Protec- tion Division. Above all, don't be ashamed or embarrassed if you have been a vic- tim. These con artists and fraudsters are very good at what they do; many good people have been tricked by them. Speak up and warn others! For more information on fraud and seams contact: North Dakota attomey general's Consumer Protection Division, www.ag.nd.gov/CPAT/CPAT.htm AARP Fraud Watch Network site at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnet- work FDIC Consumer Protection, www.fdic.gov/consumers American Institute of Philan- thropy, www.charitywatch,org or call (773) 529-2300. Source: Federal Trade Commission and Fi- nancial Awareness Institute !i!!ii! iiii?:(/i" i ¸ )/ .: i." % / Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Cyst Nematode Survey Approaching The North Dakota Soybean Council is once again sponsoring the Soybean Cyst Nematode Survey and NDSU Extension is helping to coordinate and pass out sample bags to producers. Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) is a major threat to United States agriculture and is spreading quickly across North Dakota. It has been found in high numbers in many areas in the South East part of the state, as far north as Pembina County and as West as Emmons County. There are ways to manage SCN, but if it is not * 0 r 50 200  20 ,20,00 200  J300 0000 * caught early yield loss can be dev- astating for years. SCN can infect soybeans, edible dry beans and some ND weeds. NDSU Extension Plant Pathologist, Sam Markell en- courages all growers who have planted soybeans for years to test their fields. This is a serious prob- lem that we all need to work to- gether on to combat, and limit the spread by keeping levels as low as possible. SCN lives in the soil on and near soybean roots and the only time they are visible to the naked eye is when a female cyst forms on the roots. It Is very, very small and shaped like a lemon. The color will turn from cream colored to dark brown. Now is the time to be looking for symp- toms above ground. Yellow patchy areas that appear in fields toward the end of the season could be SCN. It is difficult to diagnose without a soil test and can cause up to 30% yield loss before it is even detectable by above ground symptoms (ND Soy- bean Grower Magazine). Two thousand SCN bags have been distributed across the state for testing and are available to be picked up at your local Extension SCN Survey Cont page 5 I Dates to Remember: October 15-18th -Walsh County Fair