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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES SEPTEMBER 12, 2012_ FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Last Sunday was a perfect day (almost). The baby slept until 8 a.m. and probably would have kept on sleeping, but we had to go to church so 1 pulled him out of his crib and dad got him dressed and ready to go. . Then we go back home for breakfast and dad has to go to work. Not a big surprise it is har- vest season after all. Then We changed clothes and baby snuck in a quick nap before we headed to Minto. It was tile Walsh County Historical Museum Family Fun Day and we had plans to meet up with Katrina Hodny at the event. A couple weeks ago through a series of fortunate events Katrina became one of the Prairie Chicks along with Barb Kaspraick, Nellie Shutt and Mary Kovarik. They were slated to play at noon. This was Katfina's first gig. We showed up just in time to support her as her biggest fans. After their first set we took in the event -- prizes, food, sweets. .carnival games for the kids. And, I must admit as a Pembina County native, I had never been to the mu- semn before. We soaked it all in. 1 even won a gift certificate to the Imagination Emporium in Graflon. The weather, which is the most unpredictable part of any day, was perfection. Frank even got home from work betbre we got back from Minto. . When I got home I walked into my basement to find that there was only one thing damp  about the day.., the floor. Don't ask me what happened. Best we can guess is the water sof- tener went out and took half of the basement with it. Either way, I spent nay evening pulling up wet carpet and scraping away at soggy carpet padding. Our plans to re- model had been expedited. 1 toll Frank I felt like the little old couple from "Up" because every time they tried to get to Par- adise Falls, something would go wrong and they would have to crack open the savings to fix it. He was just as grumpy about it as I was. I had to remind him that I was just the one who found it. Don't blame the messenger. I got my tiny mop and started to push the water around the mostly concrete floor. Every towel in the house was in the basement as an at- tempt to soak up what my little mop could not. I attempted to call for backup but to no avail. We were on our oven. Lucky for me, lny husband is not a saver. Months ago he tbrced me to toss, donate, or put away the boxes upon boxes of junk I had down there and the only items in the path of the water were a mat- tress (which is about as comfort- able as the floor) and a dresser that I had bought at a garage sale fbr less than the cost oItrny now ex- tremely useful mop. The carpeting was gone, the water was at a manageable level, the towels were in the wash, the water softener had been shut oft, and the insurance guy was coming in the morning. At first, I was not amused. We are not in a flood plain. It is has been the driest summer on record for years. Thebizarre nature of the entil'e evening was not lost on me. And now, it's all a little funny. After all, life is what happens when you're offmaking other plans. Like" the H'itlsh County Press on Face- hook and check out our bh)g at http::%valsh- eountypres%, Hello, Do you rememb'er that show from years ago, "Kids Say the Darndest Things'"? I don't recall if it was an entire show, or just a seg- ment of a show. Anyway, nay grandkids are liv- ing up to that statement. At least Evan is. Evan just started kindergarten at a parochial school. He's grown up chasing cows, reading books, and spending a lot of time with adults, The first time he was sent to day care, his Grandma (Shirley) wet to pick him up. He was in one of those little automatic swing deals and crying his eyes out. And no one was paying attention to hfln. That ended his day care days. Since then he has learned to strap down loads on a hotshot run. He's learned to sort cows out of a Hat herd. He has pulled calves, baled hay, and built fence. A well rounded six year old. He can name the presidents on Mt. Rushmo'e and can do about anything except tie his shoes. Well, he is always anxious to learn, so Grandpa has helped him with his phonics the past few years. On the third day of kindergarten, they were working with the letter B. B as in ball. Balloon. Baby. Bar- ber. Bubbles. Bumblebee. You get it now. Tps The kids had to go up to the board and draw something that started with B. The way Evan tells it, the easy words were all gone by the time he got there. One kid had drawn a ball. One a bat. A bell. Simple enough. He thought a minute and drew a picture of, hon- estly, "butt cheeks"! It started with B. He was proud. Again, the way Evan tells it the teacher got upset, made him erase it, and think of another word. He thought a minute and sounded words out to himself. His next choice was, again honestly. "boogers". But then, wisely, he de-" cided if the teacher didn't like butt cheeks, she would probably not be real excited about boogers. He thought Ibr a minute, sound- ing words .out in his head and then, I'm so proud of him, he drew a picture of a bomb on the chalk board! We have always encouraged out kids and grandkids to think for themselves. To think outside the box, as they say.Maybe we overdid it. I was womed he would be kicked out of Trinity before he re- ally had a chance. Jeff assured me that if he can run, he'll be alright! Later, Dean .3,ood . Happenings at Our , S 3,mantan Good Samaritan ,o00aety" l'.aK Rnt Monica Simon ADC The residents and staffare really enjoying this lovely month as we are still able to be outside and enjoy the lovely weather. We would like to thank Zion Lutheran Church tbr the delicious lunch and wonderful program they provided for us on Aug 23. Upcoming September events inClude: Sept 13 3:00 STAR Committee Sept 14 7:30 Sept 20 2-4 Sept 25 2:00 Sept 27 3:00 Upcoming events: Monthly Birthday Party Hosted by the GSC Melmonite Singers Used Book Sale and Dessert Lunch Fall Gathering at Park River Bible Camp Auxiliary Lunch and Program We wotdd like to thahk our volunteers for the week. Devotioml leaders were Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Monica Simon, and Con'ie Ramsey. Susan Haukaas led our monthly Communion service en Thursday. Sunday services were led by Father Gary Lutein. Accompanists were Jan Novak and Monica Simon. We would like o thank everyone who gave of their time and talents this week we appreciate it very much. Used books may be dropped off at the center at any time before the sale. LE00ZN00 CAUSES OF 2010 N00TH I:)00OrA Walsh County Health District " ..... [ l" .... ""0"" Short Shots Nil Following are the leading causes of death in North Dakota for the most recent year data is available-2010. Disease of the heart .............. 1,364 All cancers ...................... 1,282 Alzheimer's disease ............... 421 Strokes ............................. 376 Chronic lung diseases* ............ 357 Accidental deaths ................. 300 Diabetes ........................... 200 I.nfluenza/pneumonia ............. 137 Suicide ........................... 103 High Blood Pressure ............ 78 Cin'hosis of the liver ............. 74 Blood clots, embolisms .......... 50 *Chronic lung disease includes asthma, elnphysema, chrondc obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), etc. Deluxe Pre-IFinlshed - Zoro Maintenance Storago Building ALL MATERIAL - ALL LABOR - ALL CONCRETE Deluxe Storasle Building 3|x40 EVERYTHING INCLUDED $;t4,575 Delivery included anywhere in Minnesota and North Dakota Other Sizes Available SCHEDULE NOW FOR SPRINGSUMMER CONSTRUCTION We are limiting ourselves to building 20 buildings * We are excluding Williams Co JR CONSTRUCTION Tel 218-631 1947- 218-639-0732 JRCONSTRUCTIoNMN COM ND #43659 MN LIC #BC270437 Signature fraud rescues resource proposal Alleged fraud in the collec- tion of signatures has rescued the initiated measure to divert state oil revenue to natural resources programs from the November 6th ballot. The measure was removed when it appeared that thousands of signatures were improperly en- tered on the petitions by paid cir- culators. The measure would have cre- ated a 9-member Clean Water, Lands and Outdoor Heritage Board to finance natural resource projects for various governmental and nonprofit organizations, us- ing five percent of the state's oil revenue. Advocates of the proposal ex- plained that they were initiating the measure because "'North Dakota state government has not been inclined to address this crit- ical issue .... so the measure was written to ensure that the will of the voters is not subverted by the legislature." When the petitions were first circulated, sponsors expected that five percent of the oil revenue would yield $50 million annually for their projects. As the devel- opment of the Bakken field con- tinued, however, that estimate ballooned to $85 million. By the first of the year, it could be well over $100 million. And even more in the future. With the measure removed from the ballot, the sponsors may have dodged defeat at the polls. They now have time to strengthen their case and review provisions of their constitutional amendment that could have been fatal. First of all, it must be con- ceded that the state has been neg- ligent when it comes to natural re- source protection and development. On this issue, the sponsors may have had a point but would they have had a case? It is indisputable that North Dakota has been extremely ac- tive in water development all across the state, providing capital funds for building and expanding water systems. But this has been done only because of the avail- ability of vast sums of federal money, much of it from earmark- ing by the state's Congressional delegation. To make their case for more state funding, the sponsors would be well-advised to appear at the next legislative session and ask for the funding they feel is nec- essary. If the Legislature tunas a deaf ear, then the sponsors could go back to the voters with proof that the Legislature is neglecting the state's natural resources. Giving the Legislature an op- portunity to redeem itself is ina- portant. We learned in the fight over the $800 million the state won in its suit against the tobacco industry that the Legislature gets vindictive when it is bypassed. When the Legislature .started spending the tobacco money on everything except tobacco pro- grams, a committee successfully initiated a measure in 2008 call- ing for a committee and an ap- propriation to fight tobacco use. Because it was bypassed, the 2009 legislature threw a tantrum and waited until the waning hours of the session to grudgingly pass the implementing legislation. By giving the Legislature a clear opportunity to fund natural resource development and pro- tection, it would have little reason to fight an initiated measure in- tending to do what they refused to do. Another embarrassment avoided by the removal of the measure from the ballot is the amount of money represented by five percent of the oil revenue. It would have been easy to defend a request for $55 million but virtu- ally impossible to get the voters to approve an annual take of $100 million. There ,is no doubt that the sponsors are disappointed that their proposal has been side- tracked. All facts considered, it wouldn't have had a chance of passage. Supporters now have an opportunity to consider revis- ing the proposal and make it more salable in a hard-tbught cam- paign. Extension Exchange Puttinga Healthy Spin on Prepackaged Favorites Many people do not have a lot of time to devote to meal prepa- ration between work schedules, school schedules and daily life. While many convenience tbods are available, some are high in sodium or fat. You can make these foods more nutritious with- out doing a lot of work. Take the time to read the Nutrition Facts labels on your packages and be aware of what you're choosing to eat. Which supper choice has the least amount of sodium? a) Kraft Macaroni and Cheese b) Stouffer's Lasagna with Meat & Sauce c) Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup If you chose the lasagna, con- gratulations you are cognizant of your food choices! But if the choices had been between dou- ble-stuffed Oreo cookies, choco- late snack pack pudding and chocolate teddy grahams would you have done as well? (the cookies have the leat sodium). tcomoare 00oaium Content Our body uses sodium to reg- ulate blood pressure as well as muscle and nerve functions. Sodium is found naturally in many foods and it is added for flavor or as a preservative. The adequate intake for sodium is 1,500 milligrams (rag) a day or about  teaspoon. Most people consume much more than the recommendation. In fact, con- suming three to four times the recommendation is not uncom- lnon. Keep your sodium intake in check by following these tips: Read Nutrition Facts labels and compare the sodium content of different canned or packaged foods Add fresh or frozen vegeta- bles (without sauces) or fruits to your menu Put the pepper shaker on the table and leave the salt shaker in the cupboard _ Cook with Spices & Herbs To add flavor to your food without increasing the sodium content, try using seasonings such as garlic or onion powder, ground nmstard, basil, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, chili pow- der, dill, parsley, rosemary, gin- ger, nutmeg and cloves. Garlic, onions or vinegar, in relatively small amounts, can add flavor to foods too. Herbs add flavor without adding sodium. As a rule of thumb, use 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs. For example, if a recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of fi'esh basil, use 3 teaspoons of dried basil. Don't be afraid to experi- ment. If you are new to cooking with herbs, start by adding a small amount to your dish, then add more herbs as desired. The more you use herbs in your cook- ing, the more familiar you will become with their flavors and the foods that pair well with them. Try these combinations for fla- vorful results: Basil: Use with tomatoes, gar- lic and oil; soups, butter, cheese and garnish Rosemary: Compliments poultry, potatoes, carrots, bread, pork, beef or garnish Thyme: Poultry, beef, turkey, stew, soup, sauces and tea Mint: Teas, eggs, salads, veg- etables, chocolate mousse, gar- nish Parsley: Fish, poultry, vegeta- bles, garlic, salad, pasta, pota- toes, butter and garnish When purchasing herbs re- member fresh herbs will stay flesh in the refrigerator for about 10 to 14 days. Frozen herbs will stay fresh for up to six months. Dried herbs will stay fi'esh until the "best used by" date on the package. Take the time to read the Nutrition Facts labels on your packages and be aware of what you're choosing to eat." I Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Use of Desiccant on Sunflowers Some of us are again growing sunflowers after years of absti- nence. Just remember are little birdie friends are out their getting tuned up for a meal. The best way to handle birds is to get your sun- flowers offas soon as possible to keep the time the buffet line is open to a minimum. Remember, we need to wait until the sunflower is physiologically mature. The back of the heads should b'e a bright yellow" with no green. The bracts around the head should be turning brown. The chaffy part of the head on the front should be easily brushed off. If the head is not mature it will be difficult to brush it off. The moisture content of the seeds should be 34-35% moisture. Do not pull the trigger until the above requirements have been met or you could reduce your harvest. Northeast Cover Crops Tour We saw cover crops in a wet year and now we have a chance to observe cover crops in a dry year. We will be having the tour on Sep- tember 20th. We will meet at the Extension office at 1 p.m. and we will be visiting several sites. The sites will include cover crop at the Park River Plots, Cover Crops on oats ground, cover crop on feed- lots. We will have Naeem Kalwar, NDSU Area sol health specialist, to talk about the salt affected site. This is a real hot site where getting any vegetation to grow is a chal- lenge. Come learn what can be done with some of these sites with salt. It would also be a great way to see in the field how cover crops react to dry weather fol- lowing a cash crop. My goal with this project has been to help my cattle people continue to cash crop but get a second forage crop of high quality late season forage. We made it work in a wet year let's see, what a dry year looks like. I say show it to me in the field and I may believe. Here is your op- portunity to do just that. Other speakers incltlde Alan Gulsvig, NRCS Soils specialist, Rita Sveen, NRCS District Conservationist and Brad Brumlnond will talk on potential for late season gains on cattle with cover crops. The tour is sponsored by NDSU Exten- sion and Walsh County Three Rivers Soil Consepcation District. CEU's will be applied for certified crop advisors. Don't Buy CRP Hay With Out a Feed Test 1 would like to caution cattle producers who are thinking of buying CRP hay not to do so without a forage test. The early for- age tests on this hay I have seen are extremely low. Some of them have had the feed equivalence of straw. Know what you are buying. Not all CRP hay is the same. It will vary from field to field. Every field needs to have core samples taken of representative bales in the field. Hay will be high this year and if you are going to pay premium prices know what you are buying. Dates to Remember: 9-20 Northeastern North Dakota Cover Crops Tour 1 p.m. Extension Office Park River