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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES SEPTEMBER 26, 201 2 By Ron Smith Horticulturist FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS It is either really late on Mon- day night or really early on a Tues- day morning, depending on which side of the clock you are on, and 1 have already kicked in about 20 hours for this week. The next person to complain about anything can just have my job and I will run off and join the circus. No, this isn't a new devel- opment. This is the job. It doesn't matter how many hours you put in a week, the paper must go out. Trust me, otherwise I get calls from folks wondering what happened to their paper. I do enjoy getting those calls, because it reassures me in the wee hours of the nighthnorning that 1 do this tbr a reason. Somewhere between the late night lncctings that start at 7 pm and end king after my little man has gone to bed and the point when you are pretty sure that everything' you read must bc some sort of nonsensical Gcrwe- gian made up language because it couldn't possibly be English I de- cided that it takes a special person to do this. Though, I imagine that everyone could say that about Iris or her j0b. I don't envy high school math teachers, factory workers, or least of all NFL referees. But where would we be without these people? Well. I suppose the NFL would be exactly where they are now. The replacement refs are still trying to time and I mean really part time to figure out who's on third. The the point of some having serious colnments from the crowd are jobs. more entertaining than the game. One blogger explained: "Ed A few gems included: Hochuli, perhaps the most visible I think I knew that game was off the rails when during the 3rd quarter Browner distracted the ref while Macho Man Randy Savage took out Jordy Nelson with a fold- ing chair. 1 hear next week the replace- ment refs will be calling games that aren't even going on. Alter further review, the run- ner did not tough second lase, touchdown Celtics. No one really knows how im- portant a person is when it comes to their job until they are no longer there. Who knew that the most hated men in all the land have the entire cotmtry on their side? Every- one wants the "real" refs back in the business. Sure it is all about money, but haven't they proven they deserve it? After a little digging I discov- ered tRat these officials are part of tihe referees, is a successful trial lawyer. Mike Carey owns a com- pany that manufactures ski and snowboarding equipment. Bill Leavy used to be a police officer. The list goes on." But as we are seeing game after game, the challenges of making the call are not to be left to amateurs. There are a lot of roles and beyond that, these players are getting away with a bit too much. What a difference one person can make! I might not be so ready to give my job up anytime soon, but some- days I do feel like choosing sleep over you. But don't worry, I will keep plugging away. It's the only good call I've heard all night. Like" the WaLsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http:.'Twal.dl- fount)7ress, 'hn not a real big football fan. Once in awhile I check the scores out, but, when Fran Tarkenton left the Vikings it was pretty much the end for me. But I do see they have a new kicker that is really the only bright spot on the team. And that got me to thinking about an old kicker they had. His last name was Nelson. A few years ago Nelson stole a colt. Nelson was our mule. He's a small mule. Like a Shetland pony. We'd had him about twenty years. I thought he was a mule colt when I bought hhn. I don't know a lot about mules. He wasn't a colt. He was a small mule. A kicking mule. We named after the kicker for the Vikings. For twenty years Nelson has guarded the bucking mares. He kept coyotes, wolves, bear, and gypsys away from the mares, fie fought wild stallions, goblins, and werewolves. And he always fol- lowed the pickup when you wanted to move the mares. Hat Then one year he went crazy. He stole a new colt from a mare. Nelson would rtm that mare off and the colt had no choice but to follow the mule. The mare was frantic. So was Shirley. After a little work we got him split away and ran him and the bred mfires to the other end of the pasture. Leaving the mare and new colt alone. Good. The next morning Nelson had the colt again. I called in the re- serves. Will roped the mule and we hauled him home. I had a worthless mule in the trailer. What could l do'? What should I do? You hate to shoot a mule who has been no good for twenty years. And there was no horse sale coming up. Tips Then Larry drove in the yard. He lived on the hill east of the ranch. He don't get out a lot. He heard that mule braying in the trailer. And he mentioned he used to have a mule. I asked if he wanted another one. He thought about it and said he couldn't afford a good mule. 1 wasn't going to let a lack of capital interfere with our negotia- tions. I bragged a little more about Nelson. Larry wondered how old the mule was. I guaranteed him tO be at least five. Now, I wagn't lying. He was at leas't five. And he looked good for a small mule. I told Larry if he was short of capital, maybe we could trade. He said he didn't have any- thing to trade. All he had was two kids and a few pigs. Pigs! I would- n't trade a good mule for a kid, but a butcher hog, that sofnething dif- ferent. In the blink of an eye the deal was done. Nelson was traded for a butcher hog. Delivered. Not the butcher hog. Nelson was de- livered. I drove up on the hill and Larry led Nelson from the trailer, men- tioning that "'Nelson would make a good pony for his little boy". I hated to tell him that Nelson would make a good pony for a grown man who wasn't going any- where and liked to be kicked, but who am I to criticize another mans mule. The last I saw of Nelson, Larry was trying to lead him into a little bam that didn't look safe for chick- ens. And Nelson wasn't liking it. I pretended I didn't see them. And that's that. Oh yeah. The butcher hog isn't born yet: But then again, I don't care. Dean Every year during the flu shot clinics we get questions about who needs a second Pneumonia Shot. Here are the guidelines: You are 65 years of age or older, had a previous dose of the pneumonia shot before you turned 65, and it has been 5 years since that last pneumonia shot. Ages 2 through 64 years of age and have high risk health conditions (no spleen, HIV, leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, lymphoma, multiple myeIoma, generalized malignancy, take immunosuppressive therapy, had an organ or bone marrow transplantation, have chronic renal failure or nephrotic syndrome). Your doctor will advise you when to get a booster if you have a chronic health condition listed above. share the Zove Walsh County Press In-County = $34, Out-of-County = $38 Out-of-State = $42 RO. Box 49, Park River, ND 5827o Oedit Cards are not accepted D2 RYL PASSA , ND Senate CDomo00=u00 Nm " District 10 YES"WE OU I need your vote on November 6 to remind our lawmakers that our neighbors and union workers deserve fairness under our laws. Why should "locked out" workers at the Minnesota American Crystal facilities be entitled to unemployment benefits,.yet here in North Dakota these same workers are left to struggle? Join me in telling our legislature that this issue a priority and we need to make a chahge" a change for fairness. is Can North Dakota do better than this'? Yes We Can! [  VOTE NO\\; EMBER 6th Paid t.r h! Dari ' P,lss  { ]mpai; n History warns legislature about inidafives As could be expected, some leg- islators want to wade into the sig- nature fraud scandal by suggest- ing that the initiative and referral process be scrutinized and perhaps changed in the upcoming legisla- tive session. Thus, far the suggestions in- clude making signature fraud a felony, raising the lmmber of sig- natures, requiring statewide distri- bution of signatures, regulating payment for signatures, and "tak- ing a look at the whole process." Because North Dakotans con- sider the initiative and referral processes as sacred, the legislature would be well advised to consider initiatives and 20,000 for constitu- tional amendments, Legislative animosity toward the initiative and referendttm per- sisted through the decades. It pro- posed raising the number of signa- tures six times-i932, 1936, 1940, 1942, 1958 and 1966. The people voted down the proposed change every time. The voters finally approved a modest change in 1978 when they agreed to change from fixed num- bers to the percentage of the popu- lation requirements we have today. As we note the consistent defeat of proposals to increase the signa- tures, history is warning the legis- Extension Exchange Be an A+ Student in Food Safety School routines and extracur- ricular activities often bring addi- tional packed lunches and snacks fbr kids and families on the go. As you slip into the fall routine of school and its schedule I want to encour- age families to update their food safety routine and take precautions that will help prevent food poison- ing in our young students. According to the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), one in six Americans is still expected to get sick from the food they eat this year. Back to school tune provides an excellent oppor- trinity for the whole family to brush up on tbod safety steps. When it comes to food safety, are you an A+ student? This true or false quiz is based on real calls to USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674- 6854). True or False: To effectively destroy germs on my hands, I need to wash them for 20 seconds. True. Wash hands before and af- .ter handling food with soap and rtm- nmg water by rubbing hands to- gether vigorously tbr at least 20 sec- onds. The mechanical action of rubbing your hands creates friction that helps dislodge bacteria and wruses. Warm or hot water is cold water because it helps dissolve fats and foods, aid- ing in microbe removal mad the de- activation of pathogens. If soapy water is not available, use an alco- hol-based hand sanitizer that con- tains at least 60 percent alcohol. Al- cohol-based hand sanitizers can reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but san- itizers do not eliminate all types of gemas, including viruses. True or False: The "let stand" step of microwave meal instruc- tions is only there so I don't burn myself. False. If the food labeisays, ' "Let stand for x minutes after cooking," do not skimp on the standing time. Food continues to generate heat af- ter the microwave is turned off, so letting your microwaved food sit for a few minutes actually helps your food cook more. That extra minute or two could mean the difference between a delicious meal and foctd poisoning. After waiting a few minutes, check the food with a food thermometer to make sure it is 165 F or above. True or False: I need to put some sort of cold source in my lunchbox. True. Hamlful bacteria multiply rapidly between 40 and 140 K so perishable food transported without an ice source will not stay saf long. Instdated, soft-sided lunch boxes or bags are best for keeping food cold, but pack at least two ice sources with perishable food in any type of lunch bag or box you use. You can use two frozen gel packs that are 5-by-3 inches or larg- er, or combine a frozen gel pack with a frozen juice box. When packing your bag lunch, place the ice sources above and below the perishable food items to keep them cold. If there is a refrigerator avail- able at work or school, store per- ishable items there upon arrival. If you place your insulated bag in the refrigerator, leave the lid or bag open so that cold air can keep the food cold. Some food is safe without a cold source. Items that do not require re- frigeration include whole fruits and vegetables, hard cheese, canned meat and fish, chips, breads, crack- ers, peanut bi.ttter, jelly, mustard and pickles. True or False: As long as it is- n't topped with chicken or sausage, leftover pizza is safe to eat if unrefrigerated overnight. False. Bacteria grow readily in carbohydrate-rich, cooked foods. While uncooked vegetables are safe to store at room temperature in their raw state, cooked foods such as casseroles, rice, pasta and pizza-- whether or not the dish contains meat or poultry--mnst be refriger- ated within two hours after cooking. The possibility of bacterial growth increases after cooking, because the drop in temperature allows bacte- ria to thrive. Ifa food has been left between 40 and 140 F for more than two horn's, discard it, even though it may look and smell okay. The kinds of bacteria that cause food poisoning do not affect the look, smell, or taste of food. Put left- over pizza in the refrigerator right away, and it will be safe to eat ,for three to four days. To answer more questions about safely handling, cooking and stor- ing food call the Walsh County Ex- tension Office at 265-6624. Source: USDA Food SaJ O, and ln.wec- tion Sen,ice www.j.' Ho rtis c op e Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication carefully and cautiously any pro- lature that any proposal to raise the . We have dandelions and posals that would change the sys- signature requirements would be .. other weeds in our lawn. I tern. dead on arrival, hear that fall is the best time to When the progressive move- Changing the penalty for signa- control the weeds. Is it too dry to ment was sweeping the country in ture fraud from a misdemeanor to do any good this fall? What is the the early 1900s, public opinion a felony may seem worthy of con- best ay to fight dandelions, V 9 (Gackle, N.D.) Weeds that have been sub- jected to dry, hot weather through most of the sunnner are pretty tough customers fight now and might be resistant to standard herbicide treatments. Also, any her- bicide treatment fight now would put a lawn under even more stress. If you want to treat your lawn tbr weeds, do a week's worth of wa- tenng to soften up the weeds some- what and get the grass restimulated to grow a little. There are many products on the market to do the job. One product is Trimec. It is very effective against broadleaf weeds such as dandelions. tbrced the legislature into passing sideration. As a misdemeanor, the penalty is now one year in prison and a $2,000 fine. But would a greater penalty be used to deter fraud? The only other case of signa- ture fraud in our history occurred in the 1960s when paid signature gatherers went to the phone books and listed not only people but busi- nesses, organizations, schools and any other entities they came across. The fraud was obvious and the lead perpetrator spent eight months in prison. If the justice system could bring itself to applying the misdemeanor penalties, it would be enough to discourage abuse for another 50 years. However, if the current case is treated as a "boys will be boys" shenanigan, the penalties for a felony would be no more helpful than the penalties for a misde- meanor.. The real culprit is payment for collecting signatures - the root cause ofthe present fraud case. It is a difficult practice to regulate, given the constitutional protections involved. However, reigning in the funding for signature collec- tion is the one suggestion worth pursuing, the constitutional provisions estab- lishing the initiative and referen- dum. But the legislature did it grudgingly and has despised the system since. It made the provisions so diffi- cult that the process was virtually impossible to use. Adopted in 1914, it provided that the initiative and referral require signatures equal to 10 percent of the state's population in a majority of coun- ties. That would have been around 58,000 signatures at that time. Initiated measures for statutes were to be submitted to the legis- lature betbre going on the ballot. Initiatives amending the consti- tution required signatures equal to 25 percent of the population (174,000) from a majority of coun- ties. If approved by the people ha an election, the proposal would then go to the legislature for approval. If the legislature disapproved, it would go back to the people for a second vote. But the people were not to be denied. Somehow, they vaulted the high barriers with their own initi- ated measure that set the signature requirements at 7,000 for referring acts of the legislature, 10,000 for . . .the legislature would be well advised to consider carefully and cautiously any proposals that would change the system," Qo Your site is very informa- tive. I live in northeastern ruing and am planting some Colorado blue spruce trees that weigh approximately 750 pounds each. Imn lining my eastern-facing property line. What is the ideal spacing between trees? What is a good depth for the bole? I never have planted trees this large. With smaller trees, I would dig the hole deep enough so that the rootball was slightly above grade. I have seeaa others dig about a 2-foot-deep hole and mound up to the rootball. I was told this helps get water to the root system until it becomes established in our arid Wyoming climate. Thank you for your ad- vice. (email reference) A o There are all kinds of rec- omlnendations for proper tree planting. Some are valid, while others are not. I have an unbiased, nonopinionat.ed method of planting trees that you can read at are/tree_planting.aspx. With trees the size you are talking about, you only want to move them once. As for the spacing, that is up to you. The spread of this species often fools the uninitiated because they can get as broad as 25 feet or more. It depends on the condition of the site. There is another website you .can reference at 177.pdf. When I worked on land- scape crews during  my younger days, the Colorado blue spruce was a homeowner favorite to plant. I grew to hate this species because of the hypodermic-type needles they possess. When we were done planting, we looked like losers in a wrestling match with porcupines. I hope you have good help in this undertaking and that the weather conditions will allow you to wear leather gloves and a denim jacket. To contact Ron Smith for answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.