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PRESS Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I am jealous of the kids who never have had to have the iden- tity crisis that comes with the shifting dynamic known as the sports co-op. The kids with the let- ter jackets that are relevent to their letter. The kids who have ri- valry games. The kids who have school cheers that they can keep track of because the words have stayed the same throughout their Hello, Last fall I had a chance to revisit the old Smith Camp on Fort Berthold. It was one of the first cow camps in that part of the country. I think the Keogh's were among the first to make it kind of a headquarters on the reserva- tion. But I'm sure there were ranchers before them. For the better part of a century, it was a camp where you could put your horse in a barn, go into a log cabin and get a cup of hot coffee, or find shelter from a storm. It lies just below the Kennedy Hills, about 15 miles northeast of the Lost Bridge. It was there long before the highway or the bridge. Located just south of Squaw Creek, it was a place of good shelter, and more importantly, good water, with a wonderful spring just below it. There is not much there any- more. A few poles where the cor- ral stood. You can still see the rem- days in school. I love the concept of the sports co-op because it gives kids an op- portunity that they might otherwise not have due to population and de- clining class size, but man, there is something to be said about school spirit. I spent part of my career as a Valley Raider. "R-A-I-D-E-R-S the mighty, mighty Raiders are the nants of the old barn that sheltered many a tired saddle horse. The once welcoming cabin has pretty much gone back to nature. But I could sense the presence of a few of those tough, gritty cowboys that shed a winter coat, or a rain jack- et, and grabbed a cup of strong, hot coffee in that old cabin. I remember riding there forty- five years or better ago. Fall roundup. And the rains came kind of like they did last week. Rain was running offyour hat and drip- ping down inside your slicker. Your chaps were shedding some water, but more than a little was finding its way into your wranglers very, very best." or the ever won- my husband says are taking up derful "Pukey purple, gorgeous space. There's just a twinge ofnos- green, the St. Thomas Tommies talgia as I still have my Valley are gonna get creamed." Raiders volleyball sweatshirt and Then we became the Blue my Blue Knights basketball warm Knights and my fingers still re- up with "O'Toole" on the back. I member how to play the school think I even have a Valley band song on the trumpet I haven't jacket in the closet. They are all touched in years, retro now. From there we became the Blue Last Friday my son, who now Knights with a dash of red as the attends my school in my former Drayton Bombersjoinedtheranks. district, got all dressed up for Toward the end, we were the Ti- school spirit day. He got to wear tans though I had backed out of my mom's colors, Aggie black and athletics by then, letting the other gold. He has no idea what it all kids have my spot on the bench, means yet, but someday, I hope it My varsity letter is a green V means something to him. Stand up for Valley, but I never got a jack- and cheer, little guy, stand up and et, those were red and blue. The cheer. letter is in a tote in my basement "'Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- with all of my pins and certificates book.com. , :/ ~i(~ . ,:'ii'~i'' ~=~ '= :~i~,i~!i!~!~i~,i.~,': i '~ ~ and boots. We'd started riding before day- light. Trucks and trailers were parked up by the highway near the county line. We had gathered and sorted the fiat above Yellow Wolf's and went down to the Smith Camp for lunch. It was a Friday and this rain looked like it would last for a cou- ple days. We were young and knew Grandpa Jack would call the roundup off until Monday. As we sat in that cabin drinking black cof- fee and talking about horses, cows, and girls, we kept glancing out at the rain. It was really coming down now. You could barely see the horses tied down by the barn. Some were in the shelter; ore were standing there getting the saddles soaked. Lighting cracked and thunder roared. But we felt good. It would be a wet ride back to the outfits, but then we could get home, take a hot shower, and be in Killdeer by nightfall. As we finished that last cup of coffee, Grandpa Jack stood up, stretched, and said, "You and Red go down by the rock crossing, gather those cows and push them down the creek. Bob, you take a couple guys and go north. We'll meet down on the creek and work those cattle. Shouldn't take more than five or six hours." He got on Joey and started off at a trot down the coulee. My eyes were wet and it wasn't all from rain. Later, Dean . Happenings at Our I I ,', f sa.mar tanC, ood Samaritan I LL.) oclc Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Thank you to everyone who do- nated books for our Book Sale and Luncheon. And thank you to all that came and bought books, doughnuts, and deserts. N6'ha l great out and had a lot bf fun. Please Join us on Sept. 29th to celebrate our Founder's Day with a Luncheon at 3pm. This week Sept. 24th - 30th Sept. 24th 2:30 Worship, 3:30 Games/Cards Sept. 25th 10:30 Embroidery Group, 1:30 Drive RSVP, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Sept. 26th lpm Crochet Group, 3pm Make your own Pizza Sept. 27th 11:15 Resident Coun- cil, 3:15 Bingo Sept. 28th 9am Peeling Potatoes, 3pm Auxiliary Luncheon, 6:30 Movie Night Sept. 29th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3pm Founder's Day Luncheon Sept. 30th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Slogan Saturday, 2:15 Bingo Next week Oct. 1 st -7th Oct. 1st 2:30 Worship w/Karen Midgarden, 4pm The Votava's Oct. 2nd 10am Embroidery Group, 5pro Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Oct. 3rd lpm Baking Kolache's Oct. 4th 3:15 Bingo Oct. 5th 2:30 Devotions w/Com- munion, 3pm Harvest Moon, 6:30 Men's Night Oct. 6th Clergy Visits w/Com- munion, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3:30 Games Oct. 7th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Silly Saturday, 2:15 Bin- go Thank you to our many volun- teers; Pastor Hinrichs, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Marie Simundson, Lin- da Larson, Shirley Sobolik, Dorothy Novak, Barb Ellingson, Comella Wyllie, Corinne Ramsey, Father Miller, and anyone else I may have missed I am sorry. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. Do you find it difficult to buy fruit and vegetables versus unhealthy snacks and soft drinks? Do you have a difficult time knowing what fruits/vegetables are in season? September is Fruit and Veggies, More Matters month, which helps bring awareness to these challenges. When shopping for fruits/vegetables and sticking to your budget, here are a few helpful hints: Buy in season. Fall fruits and vegetables that are in season in- clude broccoli, squash, cranberries, grapes, pears, pineapple, corn, and sweet potatoes. Those are just a few to name! Buy more. When there is a special on fruits and vegetables take advantage of that! Some can be frozen OR you can make a dish to be frozen and use it for a quick meal later on. But don't buy extra if you don't plan on using them. Don't shop when you are hungry. When doing this, you are more likely to make an impulse buy of unhealthy foods that you nor- mally would not purchase. Limit, or avoid if possible, buying expensive desserts, snack foods, and soft drinks that provide little to no nutrition for your mon- ey. With a busy and hectic work or school schedule it is sometimes dif- ficult to make fruits and vegetable fit into your diet. But with some preparation, fruits and vegetables can be easily accessible throughout your day! Visit fruitandveggiesmorematters.org for some other great tips including how to store fruits and vegetables, and also find easy recipes to use the produce you enjoy! ND Rural Health Faces Major Challenges North Dakota rural health faces at least four major challenges, ac- cording to Brad Gibbens, deputy director of the UND School of Medicine Center for Rural Health. Brad has spent 32 years re- searching and leading communi- ty discussions on the state's rural health problems with the goal of facilitating local responses to those challenges. Here are his challenges: 1. Keeping rural health sys- tems viable. For much of rural North Dako- ta the 36 identified critical access hospitals are cornerstones of the lo- cal health system. Not only are these hospitals crucial to the pa- tients they serve but they are pri- mary support for community nurs- ing homes, attracting health care professionals, the success of Emer- gency Medical Services units, and spreading the gospel of good health. When hospitals close, the whole community health system suffers. The Affordable Care Act, more commonly called Obamacare, has helped hospital bottom lines and the Medicaid expansion approved by Governor Jack Dalrymple gave insurance to 20,000 low income folks who can now go to clinics in- stead of waiting until they must go to emergency rooms. The condition of the critical ac- cess hospitals has improved from 2014 when only 22 percent oper- ated in the black and 2016 when 54 percent were out of the red. But more is left to be done if all criti- cal access hospitals are to contin- ue. 2. Recruiting an adequate health workforce While Dean John Wyrme of the UND School of Medicine has de- veloped creative ways to expand the number of doctors for rural ar- eas, the local communities must at- tract health workers, including paramedics, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, men- tal health professionals and skilled maintenance personnel. Medical students may now opt for flee tuition in exchange for four years of service in rural commu- nities. More students are partici- pating in rural partnerships with doctors in rural areas to learn lifestyles in rural areas. Emergency Medical Service units, staffed by all-volunteers, ate finding it more and more dif- ficult to recruit full crews in rural areas that are now suffering from the outmigration that is draining the pool of possible recruits. The key to recruitment of med- ical professionals for rural areas is finding young people who know and love their rural lifestyle - and then raising financial support to help them get the necessary ed- ucation 3. The behavioral health chal- lenge The mushrooming addiction to alcohol and drugs throughout the state is particularly challenging in rural areas. North Dakota leads the nation in binge drinking and a plethora of drugs are readily accessible to willing buyers. Business is so good we even have witnessed murders among the drug dealers. So an addict overdoses and ends up in the rural hospital emer- gency room. After the addict is sta- bilized, incarceration has becomes the only alternative for manage- ment of the problem. The last session of the Legisla- ture took major steps to turn the comer on incarceration of addicts by providing the alternative of release and supervision. Perhaps, this approach needs to be extend- ed to the local penal system. 4. The challenge of depopu- lation The viability of rural health care is threatened by unrelenting depopulation. As the demograph- ics change, rural areas are ending up with older and smaller cliente- les, meaning fewer customers for medical services. We are still absorbing the im- pact of the Bakken boom on health services. The increase in the num- ber of young men and women in the western areas of the state may balance out the aging population. Solutions to many facets of these challenges rest in the devel- opment strategies and leadership in rural communities. "At community strategy meet- ings, I tell folks straight out that not Washington, or Bismarck, or the Med School has the answers," Brad asserts. "The solutions lie in the communities themselves." er. Yow' source ! Extension Exchange ,9 Did you know you can get a copy of your credit report every year from each of the credit re- porting agencies? Checking your credit report periodically can prevent future problems because the informa- tion in your credit report is used to calculate your credit score. To receive copies of your re- port, go to www.annualcreditre- port.com or call 1-877-322-8228. You will need to provide your name, address, Social Security number and date of birth to veri- fy your identity. Three nationwide credit re- porting companines - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion - main- tain and sell credit reports. Each company may have different in- formation, but the information most likely will be very similar. By staggering the times you pull your credit reports, you can get one every four months. Set specific days of the year on which you will check your credit report (for example: Jan. 1, May 1 and Sept. 1). Remember that you will not be receiving your credit score when you get your report. What is in a Credit Report The first part of your credit re- port includes identifying infor- mation. This includes your name, current address, and other infor- mation that can be used to identi- fy you. The public record section will contain any public record data of a financial nature, includ- ing bankruptcies, judgments and state or federal tax liens. Another section includes any collection agency account information and the status of those accounts. The report also contains cred- it account information. This in- cludes accounts you have opened and closed. A lot of information is included for each of the credit ac- counts you have, such as the com- pany name, account number, date opened, last activity, credit limit and any late payments. The final section of your cred- it report includes inquiries made. Companies will look at your cred- it report when you apply for cred- it or when they review your ac- count. Inquiries are hard or soft. A creditor pulling your credit when you apply for credit is considered a hard inquiry. Soft inquiries are from marketing offers and re- views of your credit history by one of your existing creditors. Only hard inquiries are listed as an "in- quiry" when your report is pro- vided to others. What if the Report Contains an Error If you find something incorrect on your credit report, you should dispute it. You may contact the credit reporting company or the company that provided the incor- rect information. The company will have 30 days to investigate your claim and another 15 days if you submit additional information after the original disput. Five days after the investigation is complete, you must be sent a written notice of the results. If you filed a dispute with the credit re- porting company, it must fix your file and notify the fumisher of the error. Visit the North Dakota State University Extension Service's Personal and Family Finance web- site (www.ag.ndsu.edu/money/) for more information on managing your finances. Any questions about this col- umn or something else may be di- rected to the NDSU Extension of- rice in Walsh County at 284-6624, or email me at: jamie.med- bery@ndsu.edu. I would be glad to help! Source." Carrie Johnson, NDSU Extension Service personal and family finance specialist, 701-231-8593, carrie.johnson.l@ndsu.edu Checking your credit report periodically can prevent future problems because the information in your credit report is used to calculate your credit score. iiiTii:i!!~'i :!: ii!iii~!! I Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River 284-6624 Garden Cleanup Now is the time of year to start getting ready for next year. The first thing to do is to make maps and note any particular problems you had in the garden in 2017. I would note things like white mold in the beans, powdery mildew in "fffe ucumbers and blossom end rot in the tomatoes. This is just to refresh your mem- ory for next year so you can be prepared for what is coming at you in 2018. This would also be an excellent time to take of quackgrass and Canada thistle. Also if you had any insect prob- lems note that also. Planting Garlic Garlic should be planted from September 25th to Octoberl0th. Contrary to what a lot of people do they should not be planted in the spring if you want the beauti- ful big bulbs next July. I have planted garlic a little later than this but I would stick to these planting dates for best results. The types of garlic that you should consider in this area are the hardneck, softneck and ele- phant types. These are the hardi- est out there and where we live we need the real hardy types. I have personally grown both the hardneck and elephant garlic so I know they can be grown here and do well. Now is the time to go to your local garden center and purchase your garlic. Garlic grows best in rich, well drained soil. It would not hurt to add an inch of compost if you have it to the area. It is also rec- ommended to add 3 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet and work this into the soil prior to planting. You need to separate your cloves from your bulbs one day prior to planting to give them a chance to heal up the separation scars to keep out bac- teria and disease. You should plant your garlic 2 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart. Your row spacing is recommended at 18 to 30 inches apart. If you have dry soil it might not be a bad idea to water the area deeply after plant- ing to get the bulbs to push out roots and underground shoots this fall. You should mulch the garlic with 4 inches of straw in November to protect them over the winter Once your garden gets to where you can walk on it in the spring remove the straw. The bulbs will come up in the spring and have a flattened onion type leaf. Just a note from someone who has been there. Mark your rows well so next spring when you are tilling the garden you know where the rows are! I got a little tiller blight one spring in my garlic. Oct. 18-21 Dates to Remember: Walsh County Fair, Park River ND [