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PAGE 4 PRESS PERsPEcTIVES SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIJWB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Quick question: What is black and white and read all over? You are holding it. The Press is temporarily sans color. And lets face it, it sounds fancier when you say it that way. 'While it may be a bit of a shift switching from the Technicolor of Oz back to Kansas let me assure you that we are still working hard here in Park River. The black and white are tempo- rary, but it has yet to be determined for how long. While the change is cosmetic, I have always been taught that it is what is on the inside that counts. And speaking of awkward tran- sitions... One thing my family has been hard at work on in the past weeks is the inside of my new home. As a first time homeowner I feel as though there should be a support group for this type of transition. This is a house that has been in the family since my great-grandpar- ents built it back some 50 years ago and there are a handful of items inside that show its age. We are working on updating the heating system from fuel oil to electric/propane, replacing two prong outlets with three prong out- lets necessary for plugging in most appliances and electronics, and throwing in a touch of our person- alities. What I have learned from my hours of mainlining HGq/V and the DIY Network is that remodeling can be done. The deceiving part is that it isn't always easy, cheap, or completed within the hour. Those designers who come in with their color pallets and their textile samples are always filled with brilliant ideas that are not the easiest to slap togetherin the north- ern parts of North Dakota. I took an entire day to do some shopping and all I came home with was a rug and a clear plastic shower curtain liner. The second I got home I began to rethink the rug. Figuring out the details is diffi- cult especially when the only feed- back I get is "whatever you want, honey." We went from an apartment the size of a hotel suite to a five bed- room-what-the-heck-am-l-going- to-do-with-all-this-space house. I hit the Park River rummage sales last weekend to add to my d&or on a budget, hoping to come back with some of my big-ticket items, but alas, no such luck. With a sofa on order that I am having trouble fitting in the design scheme I am in need of a dresser, a desk, a coffee table, and who knows what else. But I suppose that that is part of the joy of having our own space. Hopefully I will be able to sort through some of the necessaries sooner rather than later because liv- ing out of boxes isn't exactly what I had in mind when I decided to quit the hobo life and settle in. Once all the big kinks get ironed out I will be a little more at ease, af- ter all, I hear "there's no place like home." Like '" the ltI.Yh Cotintv Press on Facebook and check out our hlog at htq)://watsh count.prcss, wordprcs, corn Hello, Wow! What a Week of fall weather! Warm days, cool nights. Days are becoming shorter. I guess that's been happening for a couple months now, but now it is really noticeable. Pretty soon I will be able to stay up until dark. Which is pretty darn good for me. After a week of waiting for grains to dry up a bit, yesterday the combines started cutting wheat again. It's not like the har- vest days I remember. A big truck would haul a couple hundred bushels of wheat. Combine hop- pers held fifty or sixty bushel. An eight-inch auger took grain from the truck to the bin. But the thing I remember the most is Mom bringing dinner to the field. Maybe it is because we were young and growing and working and playing hard. But the meals ate in a stubble field are remembered as some of the best of my life. And Mona had a knack for knowing how to keep things hot and fresh even before insulated coolers and Thermos jugs. She would pull up to a field with towels wrapped around ket- tles and jugs of ice tea wrapped in Hat wet burlap. Whoever was on the combines would be ready to eat and the truck drivers would jump on the combines and make a round while Dad and whoever was operating the combines would take a break to eat. I remember one year when we were running a 96 John Deere pull type along with a 431 Oliver self-propelled, That was a big deal! Two combine operation! Unlike today's combines, the augers both extended out the left side and didn't fold back. Since this was before there was much straight cutting, and before the time of self-propelled swathers, most grain was cut with a pull type swather. We lived in the prairie pothole region. There were sloughs and lakes scattered through all of our fields. Whoever swathed the grain would make a round going back- ward around these waterholes to Tips keep from getting stuck. And a combine would have to make a backward round also, since you picked the grain up headfirst. One day as we were sitting on a hill having dinner, Howard and Layne jumped in to make a round while combiners took a break. They were my cousins. As I've explained befbre, we didn't pay much for help. Relatives were nu- merous and cheap. And most looked forward ro helping out during haying or harvesting. Any- way, we're sitting on this hill en- joying one of Mom's fabulous dinners. It Was fried chicken. Back in the day when chicken had a taste to it. There were fresh bis- cuits and white gravy. Water- melon and corn on the cob. But back to the combining. We're sitting on this side hill eat- ing, visiting, and Watching the two combines offin the distance. Then came the lake. Layne was in the lead. Seeing that backward swath, he swung his machine around and began picking up that backward swath. A few minutes later Howard got to the small lake. He started around the other way. I can picture it clearly in my mind. The 96 going around the lake counter clockwise. The 431 going clockwise. And both augers extended out! As they began to close in on each other, Dad sud- denly realized what was about to happen! He threw his plate in the air and began running down the hill waving his arms. But, like in that old country song, "it was too late". The combine operators met each other. An instant before their augers met, they smiled broadly at each other and waved. Then, Bang! The augers met and both were bent back. Even Morn couldn't male dessert taste real good that day. ' Safe harvest, Dean PS. come to think of it, it was Howard and I on the machines. That's how I remember that smile and wave. Q Namafitan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC This week has been busy and we have really enjoyed the nice weather. Thursday Sept. 1, Rev. Jeff Johnson led our Communion Service, we husked corn and also had a movie night with treats, Friday morning Terry Hagen assisted with nail's time. This week we had our monthly birthday party which was hosted by staff of the center and we thank everyone who brought cake or helped in anyway. Friday evening Sept. 9 the Mennonite Singers were here. r September Events: Sept 15 2-4 STAR USED BOOK SALE AND DESSERT LUNCH : (books can be dropped off.through the 14th) Sept.20 Trip to the Park River Bible Camp for the Fall Gathering Sept.22 Auxiliary Lunch and Pr0granl hosted by OSLC Sept. 30 2:00 Music with Joe Schmidt (Country Western Singer) Oct. 6 3:00 LARRY CHARON (Provided by the family of Noel Tuffe) I would like to thank everyone who shared their time and talents with us this week. Devotional leaders were Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Rev. David Hirichs and Corrine Ramsey, accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Rev. Paul Kiel.led Sunday Services and Father Gary Lutein held Mass and Shirley Sobolik led Rosary and Communion Services. . Please come and attend our Book Sale and special music programs this month we look forward to seeing you. FREE FOR 00vom Walsh County Health District Short Shots The Effects of Tobacco The U.S. Surgeon General has consistently documented the harmful effects that smoking, tobacco use and secondhand smoke can have on the human body. 2004 U.S. Surgeon General's Report - The Health Consequences of Smoking - "Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body. The toxins from cigarette smoke go everywhere the blood flows." 2006 U.S. Surgeon General's Report- The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke - "The scientific evidence is now indisputable: secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance. It is a serious health hazard that can lead to disease and premature death in children and nonsmoking adults." 2010 U.S. Surgeon General's Report - How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking- Attributable Disease - "Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 cherqicals and compounds. Hundreds are toxic and at least 69 cause cancer. Tobacco smoke itself is a known human carcinogen." Many North Dakota workers continue to work in smoke filled environments. We in Public Health are concerned about the safety of all employees. We hear stories from workers who have to ride in vehicles where a fellow worker smokes. They feel they can't make a fuss about it, or it may influence their work environment. We hear from people who do not go to bars in their community because they do not like the smoke filled environment, We hear from workers in bars who wish they did not have to go to work in a smoke filled environment. If you need help with talking to your employer, or if you are the owner of a business and want to make your vehicles or bar smoke free--we Can help. For more information contact Walsh County Health District @ 352- 15139. The effects of tobacco are re/1, and are deadly. The time for a change is today! Plot To bypass electoral college will fail While a half dozen Republican hopefuls are seeking the opportu- nity to run against President Obama, there is another campaign underway to change the manner in which we elect the president. The method we now use has been a running controversy since the1787 Constitutional Conven- tion when the delegates fought over the issue. After days of wrangling be- tween the large states and the small states, delegates finally turned it over to a special committee to bring in a recommendation. The committee recommended that each state get as many votes (electors) for president as it has members of Congress. (North Dakota gets three:) Thus, the Electoral College was born, a compromise favoring big states accepted by the small states with the promise that most presi- dential elections would end up in the House of Representatives where each state would get one vote. It didn't work out that way. The system hasn't worked as planned in a number of ways and has resulted in dubious election re- sults in just about every generation since 1787. One thing we have learned is that the system is vulnerable to being manipulated by the inter- vention of a strong but dangerous third party candidate. This lesson came when racist George Wallace ran in 1968 and garnered 46 elec- toral votes. It was not enough to force the election into the House of Representatives but it was suffi- cient to make the regulars in both major parties realize that manipu- lation and horse-trading would de- termine the outcome. As a consequence, great inter- est was demonstrated in revamp- ing the Electoral College following the 1968 election. Most of the pro- posals being discussed at the time would have brought the electoral votes closer to the popular vote by breaking up the state-by-state win- her-take-all system. During the debate, conserva- tives were in favor of breaking up the Electoral College because their presidential candidates were being forced to espouse liberal programs to win the votes of minorities in the urban areas. Liberals were less vocal because they were caught between their belief in one-person, one-vote and support of the urban minorities. As the dialogue proved, the issue was too complex to develop a national consensus in the 1970s so Electoral College retbm went away until the 2000 Bush-Gore election when AI Gore got the most votes and lost the election in the Electoral College. This aber- ration reignited the reform issue. Advocates of change are pro- apply the one-person, one-vote principle to the election of the president. However, they are realistic enough to know that change will not occur through the conventional method for amend- ing the Constitution, i.e. passage by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and ratification by three- fourths of the states. So they are planning an end ran. Since states can decide how they want to cast their electoral votes for the president, their strategy is to get enough states with a major- ity (270 votes) in the Electoral Col- lege to pass laws pledging their votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes nation- wide. California has just agreed to join seven other states and the Dis- trict of Columbia in this effort. Thus far, the participating states have accumulated 123 electoral votes - almost half way to their goal. While the crusade is interesting to watch, it will not succeed. So far, supporters have picked the low fruit. Getting the other states with 147 electoral votes will be tough. As in the post-Wallace effort, the issue has too many facets to de- velop a consensus large enough to reach the goal. The debate will be skewed, convoluted and confus- ing. And without massive consen- sus in our system of government, nothing happens. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Food preservation: Fact or myth? (Part 1) Food preservation guidelines have changed through time. Test your knowledge of current food preservation recommendations by deciding if these statements are facts or myths. 1. Fact or myth? Old church cookbooks have great canning recipes you will want to use. Myth. Old church cookbooks often provide outdated and unsafe canning recipes. U.S. Department &Agriculture canning guidelines underwent a major overhaul in 1994, and in 2006, canning guide- lines were reviewed and revised. Follow only current research tested canning recipes, such as those from USDA, Extension or Ball. 2. Fact or myth? As long as you boil the jars of canned veg- etables long enough, you will have a safe end product. Myth. Unless you process canned foods properly, you could put yourself at risk for botulism, a potentially fatal form of foodborne illness. Clostridium botulinum spores can grow and produce a toxin in low-acid foods in sealed cans or jars. Boiling jars at 212 de- grees will not kill this organism or its spores. 3. Fact or myth? Vegetables, meats and most mixtures of foods should be canned only in a pressure canner Fact. The acidity (or pH) of a food determines how foods should be canned. Low-acid foods such as these must be processed in a pres- sure canner: Vegetables (except when acid- ifi ed) Meats Poultry Seafood Soups Mixtures of acidic and low- acid foods 4. Fact or myth? Canning in your oven is a safe, convenient way to seal jars. Myth. Canning in an oven is not safe. This method can be ex- tremely dangerous for low acid foods. 5. Fact or myth? You can in- vent your own salsa recipe and can it as long as you process it in a water-bath canner. Myth. If you invent your own salsa recipe, you only can freeze it. Follow salsa formulations exactly and measure/weigh ingredients carefully. 6. Fact or myth? Acid, such as lemon juice or citric acid, should be added to all tomatoes prior to canning. Fact. Tomato varieties vary in the amount of acid they contain depending on variety and growing season. For safety, tomatoes to be canned in a water-bath canner or a pressure canner should be acidi- fied with one of the following: Add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice per quart (1 table- spoons per pint) Add teaspoon of citric acid per quart (% teaspoon per pint) More Facts or Myths next week! All my best to you and your family, Julie Adapted J'nm an article written by Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Consider pregnancy checking cattle early Culling nonpregnant cows be- fore winter feeding can result in significant savings. Although winter feed costs rep- resent 60 t6 70 percent of the ex- pense of maintaining a beef cow, less than 20 percent of U.S. beef producers perform a pregnancy check in their herds. "Producers can realize signifi- cant savings by identifying and culling nonpregnant females prior to winter feeding," says Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State Uni- versity Extension Service beef cat- tie specialist. Historical cull-cow markets reach a low point in November, which coincides with the time most producers would wean calves and pregnancy check cows. Based on the average cull-cow market price for 2005 to 2010, the price differ- ence between selling in August or November is roughly $8 per hun- dredweight, which equates to a dif- ference of $108 when selling a 1,350-pound cow. "Producers who are able to per- form pregnancy exams and subse- quently cull open cows during the next several months may realize substantial financial benefits, com- pared with marketing cull cows in November," Dahlen says. However, not all producers have breeding seasons, facilities and th labor force to do pregnancy exams during the late summer. Herds with defined breeding seasons are best suited to take advantage of early pregnancy exams, according to Dahlen. If bulls are run continuously with a cow herd or are being pulled from the pastlare the same day as the pregnancy exam, producers have no way to determine the cows' true pregnancy status. Cows that become pregnant early in the breeding season will be identified easily in these instances, whereas cows that appear to be "open" ac- tually may have been bred recently. These recently bred cows may be carrying an early pregnancy that is too young to feel via rectal palpa- tion or visualize with ultrasound. To accurately and efficiently conduct pregnancy exams on large groups of cows, the exams should be performed from 26 to 30 days after the last possible breeding if using ultrasound for pregnancy di- agnosis. If using rectal palpation, pregnancy exams should be con- ducted 35 to 40 days after the cows are bred. "Following these guidelines, with proficient expertise, preg- nancy detection should be very close to 100 percent accurate," Dahlen says. "All cows that are nonpregnant should be identified at the time of the exam." Dahlen also has this advice: In herds with thin cows, limited pasture or limited forage, removing open cows early may allow the re- maining pregnant cows more ac- cess to feed resources. Sufficient labor to gather and work cattle and good handling fa- cilities make pregnancy determi- nation less stressful on both the cat- tle and the peopl e working them. As with all activity involving cattle during summer months, be mindful of weather conditions and avoid working cattle in extreme heat. "Some producers can take ad- vantage of market conditions to capitalize on the benefits of early pregnancy detection," he says. "Others, however, will have to de- cide whether to pregnancy check in November or wait until spring to market open cows." Dates to Remember: September 14, 8:30AMNortheast Cover Demonstration Meeting; Park River Crop