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ERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 20 8 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, II*FALSH COUNTY PRESS The topic of the day is Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. It is everywhere. It is on the news, it is in the gossip rags, it is on Saturday Night Live. It is everywhere. The end result is not up for debate right here. I would love to see them recheck that short list and nominate a woman. The Dems would be hard pressed to argue that tactic. Hello, I can't recall a fall with so many beautiful days. I know I will not have my fall work done when the first snows hit, but it dang sure won't be Mother Natures fault. She is giving me plenty of opportunity. I'm a believer in climate change. And I'm thinking again this morn- ing that maybe for our part of the cotmtry that is not all bad. Please re- mind me of this again this winter when Shirley's face is frostbitten and the tractor won't start. On Saturday we moved a bunch of cows to the harvested cornfields. My ideas of beauty have somewhat changed over the years. Knowing that the prettiest thing in the world is a bunch of cows grazing in a val- ley surrounded by harvested corn and cover crops shows you my ad- vanced age! The move was something spe- cial. It's about nine miles and the cows pretty much know that what is waiting for them at the end of the But the end result is not what we should be focused on at this moment. Whether Kavanaugh did or did not is not the lesson here. The lesson is that we live in a social media age and while we are governed by those elected, mob rule is starting to take hold. Kavanaugh is being investi- gated, but social media has put his existence under the microscope. Now, can you imagine what would have happened had he grown In my kids' grades they have a up, not with scribbles on a calendar, color system to notify the students but with a trail of Twitter posts? whether their behavior is acceptable. Imagine if he had a collection of Everyone starts at green and can Facebook posts and not a year- move up to blue (great) and purple book full of vague innuendo. (outstanding) or down to yellow The confirmation hearing is an (warning) and red (notify parents) extreme job interview on an public depending on their choices. stage. That is your lesson, kids. This kid was told he could watch While I don't imagine my son a dinosaur movie if he hit blue. He will be shooting for the Supreme was blue for the rest of the week. Court anytime soon, we already I will admit, I enjoyed sitting on have started discussing the conse- the couch watching"Jurassic World" quences behavior can have. with the little man. It was a re- For a six year old, I keep the bar freshing break watching violent di- pretty low. He asked if we could nosaurs snap at each other rather watch the new "Jurassic World" than the Democrats and Republicans movie. I told him that it would take for just a minute. some serious good behavior to "Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- make that happen, book.com. trail drive. Many of them,have made the trek before. Cows can be rather dumb. But usually they have a better idea than the guy chasing them. Grandpa always said the fastest way to work cows was slow and he was sure right. And these mama cows knew that in a few hours they would be eating corn on the cob, sunflowers, turnips, radishes, and Sudan grass. We weren't really chasing them. We were following them. I was doing a little figuring this moming. Now I'm in my late six- ties. One guy in a pickup was in his late seventies. After that there was a dramatic drop off in age. I'd guess the youngest cowboy was probably a long tour or a short rive. i nen there was probably a six or seven. Maybe two that age. And a nine for sure. And they were mounted on horses that had more experience than any of the riders on the trail drive. We start out going down a gravel road by Lake Ilo. Then cross High- way 200, get on a section line, kind of sneak around Killdeer, and then head north to the fields. They're a few adults, half a dozen kids, four or five dogs, a feed pickup, and a couple trailers in case someone got cold and needed to warm up a little. They didn't. When we were about a mile from cow heaven, we crossed a Happenings at Our 02.l samaritan Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Thank you to everyone that helped make our Book Sale and Luncheon such a success!! Health- care Food Service Week is Oct. 7th - 13th we appreciate all that they do for us! . This week Sept. 30th - Oct. 6th Sept. 30th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Merchant, 3:30 Babe Ruth Day Oct. 1 st 9am - 4pm Uniform Center, 10am Embroidery Group, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Oct. 2nd lpm Crochet/Card Group, lpm Baking Apple Cookies Oct. 3rd 3:15 Bingo Oct. 4th 2:30 Devotions w/ Apple Muffins, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Oct. 9th 3pm Luncheon for Food Service Staff Oct. 10th 10am Pen Pal Visits, 3:15 Bingo " r stubble field. All of a sudden the competitive juices surged up in me. I let out a Rebel yell and charged past our youngest drovers. As in the old country song, "my chal- lenge was answered in less than a heart beat"! And away we went. Me whipping and spurring a three- year-old colt. My competitmn whipping and spurring their twenty plus year old horses. American Pharaoh would have been proud. But when the dust settled, which happened fairly quickly, I lost. Mainly because the excitement and the exertion gave me a side ache. Now I have never heard of a jockey having to pull up because he got a side ache, but trust me, it hap- pened. But you talk about a young bunch of cowboys that can move cows, I've seen them. And in a few years I will guarantee you some of them will be seeing the bright lights of Vegas from a bucking chute! Later, Dean Oct. 11 th 31 Party in the activi- ty room 1-4pm, 3pm Birthday Par- ty hosted by HoffLutheran Church, 6:30 Movie Night Oct. 12th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, l pm Music Therapy, 7:30 Mennonite Singers Oct. 13th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Day of Failure, 2:15 Bingo Communion, 3pm Popcorn Day, Thank you to our many volun- 6:30 Men's Night teers: Pastor Totman, Shirley Sobo- Oct. 5th Clergy w/Communion, lik, Linda Larson, Lois Ydstie, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Ther- Mary Seim, Vicki Best, Barb Elling- apy, 3pm World Smile Day son, Comella Wylie, the staff that Oct. 6th 9:30 Mass w/ Father made desserts and helped to run the Miller, lpm German American book sale and luncheon, Pastor Day, 2:15 Bingo Hinrichs and his grandson Caleb, Jeanean McMillan, Our Saviour's Next week Oct. 7th - 13th Lutheran Church, Pastor Neauberg- Oct. 7th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor er, Father Miller, and any one I may Faust, 3pm Columbus Day Trivia have forgotten. If you would like to Oct. 8th Barber Visits, 10am volunteer please call Rose Ulland at Embroidery Group, lpm Baking 701-284-7115. Facts about Mental Health: high school students report feeling Around 20% ofthe world's chil- sad or hopeless almost every day for dren and adolescents have mental 2 or more weeks in a row so that health disorders or problems they stopped doing some usual ac- Abouthalfofmental disorderstivities during the past year. Thisper- begin before the age of 14. centage was highest among high Mental disorders increase the school females (35.2% compared to risk of getting ill from other diseases 19.6% males). such as HIV, cardiovascular disease, Suicide: Sixteen percent of diabetes, and vice-versa. ND high school students seriously Rates of youth with severe de- considered attempting suicide at pression increased from 5.9% in some point during the past year and 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with se- 13.5% of made a plan about how vere depression, 76% of youth are they would attempt suicide. Again, left with no or insufficient treatment these rates were higher among fe- 56% of American adults with a males than males (20.4% com- mental illness do not receive treat- pared to 12.2% and 16.1% com- ment. Even in Maine, the state pared to 10.9% respectively). A1- with the best access, 41.4% of most one in ten (9.4%) ND high adults with a mental illness do not school students attempted suicide receive treatment, one or more times during the past Over one in four (27.2%) NDyear. Good Reasons to Vote 'No'on Marijuana Measure As though North Dakota does- associations have been advocating n't have a large enough choice of a "no" because they know what it mind-altering addictions, Measure like to pick up the bodies after No. 3 on the general election bal- ome driver with "modified per- lot will ask the voters to approve unfettered use of marijuana for general consumption. This "recreational" drug is used to intentionally change the user's state of mind in a way that modi- fies emotions, perceptions and feelings. It creates a real happy world which is not real or happy. An escape from reality. ceptions" smashes up an innocent family. Supporters of Measure No. 3 point out that marijuana won't mess up the roads like alcohol. With free use of marijuana avail- able to all comers, we don't know that marijuana addicts won't soon outnumber alcoholics. 4. Big marijuana money will control the market. There are many good reasons A number of local entrepreneurs for voting "No" on Measure No. have been watching the marijua- 3. Here are five. na measure with great interest, 1. Marijuana is addictive,hoping that they will become ma- While some advocates for le- jor players in the economics of the galization deny that users can be- drug. But recreational marijuana is come addicts, Morgan Foxofthe not a local venture. It is con- National Cannabis Industry As- trolled by large interstate corpo- sociation, concedes that nine per- rations. cent of users become addicted. A In California, supporters ofle- projected estimate of 50,000 users gal marijuana promised that the in- in North Dakota would mean dustry would be built around 4,500 addicts down the road- and small and medium-sized busi- North Dakota isn t able to handle nesses. Instead, big corporations the present caseload of addicts, are muscling themselves center 2. The kids will be hurt the stage, e.g. $6 b!llion Canopy most. Growth and Scott s Miracle-Gro. Scott Sowle, director of the (Yes, your favorite garden sup- Muir Wood center in California, plier.) said he keeps getting the same call: Estimated revenue for the 2017 'My l6-year-oldsonwasdoingre-business year was $22 billion. ally well in school. He was inter- This will increase to $60 billion in ested in sports and involved in ex- 2020. We re talking big business tracurricular activities. But sud- here. denly, he's just not the same kid 5. Big donor money available anymore." Bucknell University Neurosci- entist Judith Grisel says that "heavy-smoking teens show evi- dence of reduced activity in brain circuits" and are "60 percent less likely to graduate from high school, and are at substantially in- creased risk for heroin addiction and alcoholism." "They show alterations in cor- tical structures associated with impulsivity and negative moods and are seven times more likely to attempt suicide." Habits are expensive and when kids have burned up their financial resources, they sometimes turn to crime, especially robbery and bur- glary. Records show that involve- ment in criminal behavior by reg- ular marijuana users is 1.5 to 3.0 times that of nonusers. So the kid starts life with a criminal record. 3. Law enforcement recom- mends a "No" vote. Law enforcement leaders and for politics. Out-of-state investors are put- ting money in Measure No. 3 to le- galize an industry in which they hope to multiply their invest- ments. According to the Center for Public Integrity, two-thirds of the big donors have direct financial stakes in the success of marijuana ballot measures. Money is not going to stay in fights over measures. It will be spent generously on lobbyists and politicians to influence policy and elect friends. North Dakota will need to reassess and strengthen its integrity laws. These are only five of the good reasons for rejecting Measure No. 3 and we have not even touched on IQ suppression, heart and respi- ratory dangers, marijuana and pre- scription mixing, school expul- sions, memory damage, the black market or international drug car- tels. They will all be waiting for us on November 6. i[ This 'recreational' drug is used to inten- - tionally changethe user's.state of mind in a way .at modifies emotions, perceptions and feel,ngs. Extension Exchange Do You As we all know, sleep is criti- cal for functioning in daily life, but most people experience occa- sional insomnia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. On average, adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night. In a survey by the Better Sleep Council, 48 percent of Ameri- cans stated that they do not get enough sleep, but less than half of them take any one specific action to help them get better sleep. Women are more likely than men to feel sleep-deprived, and women are more likely to recognize the heath io oociated with oloop deprivation. So, what's the big deal about not getting, enough sleep? Most of us recogmze msues related to fa- tigue and inability to concentrate when lacking sufficient shuteye. Longer-term issues include a link to heart disease, strokes, diabetes and mental health issues. A lack of sleep upsets hormones linked to appetite control, which can lead to weight gain. Tips for Better Sleep Establish a bedtime routine and stay on a schedule with your sleep pattems. Go to bed the same time on weeknights and weekends. Don't nap after 3 p.m. Occa- sional short naps are okay, but per- sistent napping may indicate you are not getting the restful sleep you need. Be aware of your caffeine in- take. Caffeine can disrupt sleep, so try refraining from caffeine after noon. Avoid nightcaps (alcoholic drinks). Drinking alcohol may make you sleepy; however, you may wake up when the effects wear off. Avoid large meals or large amounts of beverages before bed. Unwind before bedtime. Lis- ten to music, read and/or take a warm bath. Make sure your room is qui- et and cool. Be sure your mattress is comfortable and supports your body. If you can't sleep after 20 min- utes, get up and do some relaxing activity such as reading. If you have persistent issues with sleeping, see a health-care professional. Need a bedtime snack? Try 4 c. old-fashioned oats, un- cooked 6 Tbsp. honey c. flax 1 c. bran cereal 1 c. raisins c. eanola oil Pour all ingredients into a 6- quart slow cooker and mix well. Put the cover on a little bit askew and cook on low for about three hours, stirring occasionally. Let cool on parchment paper and store in an airtight container for one to two weeks. Makes 24 servings. Each ( - cup) serving has 130 calories, 4 grams (g) fat, 3 g protein, 23 g car- bohydrate, 2 g fiber and 10 mil- ligrams sodium. 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! Soumes : National Institutes of Health and the Better Sleep Council I Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Snowbird, Cowboy and Cowgirl Pesticide recei-tification On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Extension Office we will be do- ing private applicator pesticide recertification. We will start promptly at 9 a.m. and it will run to 12:30 p.m. If you will not make it back in March make sure you attend this recertification meeting or you will have to retest. If you have hired help that go south for the winter I would strongly en- courage them to attend this meeting and go south after it or again they will have to retest. Some of them do not test well and I will be helpless to help them. You cowboys and cowgirls out there, here is a chance to get this out of the way so you don't have to worry about being in a pesticide certifi- cation meeting when Bessie really could use a little help. You need to get registered for this meeting as soon as possible as seating is limited and your registration fee holds your seat. We may have out of county people attend so beware. I am told that according to the law I can't do a recertification meeting after April 1 so don't even ask, Pros and Cons of Alternative" Grain Storage With all of the great prices we have had the past year many have been reluctant to sell, sarcasm here. We have our bins full has do most of our grain buyers. We have a crop coming in so now what? I would like to talk about the good and the bad with some options. Piling the grain on the ground. It is quick and it can be easy but of all the alternatives it exposes you to the possibility of the most loss. Precip- itation is not your friend in this situation so if you are doing this the less rain you get on the pile the better. According to Ken Hellevang, our crop storage engineer for NDSU Extension, a 1 -inch rain will increase the mois- ture content ofa 1-foot layer of corn 9 percentage points. I believe water and com are the main ingredients in moonshine, not that I have personal experience here. You can start adding up the price of the rotten corn in your head and attach a dollar figure and it can be staggering. The best thing to do here is if you are going to put it on the ground put a cover on the pile to prevent water infiltration or put it on the ground after the likely hood of an inch rain has past. Drainage is also critically important so the wa- ter runs away from the pile. Note to self, look around a make sure water does not flow into this area from what surrounds it. You also need to pre- pare the ground surface prior to piling. The storage floor should be high- er than the surrounding ground. Make sure the surface area is crowned so the water moves away. I get asked all of the time what these white bags in the field are. The ones I have seen are storage bags. You can place grain in these bags at the recommended storage moistures. Do not be tempted to place grain in these bags that is too wet. Heating will occur and you can't aerate these bags. Select an elevated well drained site for these bags. Run the bags north and south so heating will be the same on both sides of the bag. I see a lot of east-west bags out there so this is something you may want to consider the next time. One of the greatest risk to these bags are wildlife, particu- larly deer in this country. Once the bags have been punctured spoilage can occur and nothing attracts more wildlife like a free buffet of grain. Nev- er enter a bag as you could suffocate. I hear rumor that if you are using a pneumatic grain conveyer and you are in the bag you could get "shrink wrapped". Dates to Remember: I Oct. 17-20th Walsh County Fair I Nov. 6 Snowbird private applicator pesticide recertification, Extension Office Park River, 9 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.