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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES OCTOBER 5, 2011 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Facebook has been around for a handfnl of years, but it has taken over the planet. Just about any ad, company, person is fully aware of what that little blue "f" icon means. The vocabulary of today's tech-saw2 generation is showing the extent of Facebook's reach. "Facebook me later about the game." "Saw your notification, and I liked your status." 'Why haven't you friended me yet"' "It must be true, it's Facebook- official." Well, if we are going for offi- cial then it is Facebook-official that my husband and I are adding on to the family and we are about hall\ray there. Baby O is due to arrive in Feb- mary of 2012. While it really hasn't been a secret all these months, now the Intemet is in the know and with that, distant friends and relatives now are up to date on what has been progressing.. And it is a bit of a relief to make it public knowl- edge. The notifications of support have been a nice bonus. Top question has been: Boy or girl? Honestly, I love a good sur- prise. So, we aren't going to find out. And baby showers are way more fun when there is a little one to pass around along with the pink or blue presents. The nursery is underway and I have all the gender-neutral one- sies 1 could get" my hands on un- til the kid makes his or her debut. The one j uggling act I have not quite managed to figure out yet is work, but I do have a few.months to straighten it all out. I write notes. I lose notes. I'ra trying, but we've got about 119 more weeks to go and I don't think it gets better from here, j ust bigger. At this point all I can do is en- courage story idea submissions and train in my staff on what I do in a week. Because I can guaran- tee you that come that month there will be a few Mondays I will not be in the office to create and submit pages to the printers. exhausting all at the same time. Anti,the' ol'braha hasn't exactly been firing on all cylindgrs, but I've been told that it is all part of the territow,i , But now you know/It offi- cial on all fronts. I witl ust.'have to deal with the fact that a few years down the road when my kid has his or her ti nds orl c0mlSuter or an iPad or :be nexi i hot teclinological ad- erne t an l he or she is speak- ing at me about "Googling," "Facebooking," "Skyping," or the next techno-verb everyone is throwing around that once again everything has shifted and it is no longer my generation's Internet. For now, we are taking things That job will be up to someone one step at a time, one week at a else. " time. and one issue at a time. But And though I am not there yet, and I don't have much experience in the parenting department, I can pretty much ensure you that the number of hours ! will be physi- cally in the office will drastically change. It has been pretty exciting and with the wonders of technology, I won't be that hard to reach. You can email; call, text, or even Face- book me;, I am becoming'fi parent, not a ,h it. Like '" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http.'LAvalsh cot m~pr~s, wordpress, com Hello, Once in awhile, but not often, I've strayed from ranching. I sup- pose most ranchers in the western Dakotas have done this. But the high gas prices and oil boom got me to reminiscing. It was the oil boom in the eighties. Most of us have struggled through droughts and blizzards and floods and low cattle prices We've suffered with scours, pneu- monia, and coccidiosis. We've had frozen ears and rat tails and broken legs and snake bites. We've tipped over trucks and horses and burned up balers and haystacks. We've missed the mar- ket highs by months and hit the lows to the minute. And we just keep on ranching and doing the best that we can. All of this was hitting lots of us in the eighties. My brother-in-law and I de- cided to go into the construction business. Oil field construction. We didn't really have any equip- ment, just an old D6 Caterpillar, but we didn't let that deter us. We figured if we got a job, we could get equipment. No use investing a lot of money we didn't have in something we didn't need. But we hung our shingle out and vis- ited a few well sites and drilling companies. And then we waited. Our first call came on a De- cember night during a blizzard. A well site down on Bear Den needed a dozer to push snow off a location. But the catch was, we had to have the dozer there by morning. I quickly accepted. Not knowing where Lynn or the dozer was. Lynn was staying down at Murphys during the storm. The phones were out and the road into the ranch was blocked. Not want- ing to miss our big chance,,I headed for the Mountains to find Lynn. I walked in the last half mile and woke Lynn up. The dozer was up on the reservation, about twenty miles from where we needed it. We didn't have a truck or trailer. It was about two in the morn- ing, around zero, and pretty nasty when we reached the D6 and g0t her running. We were going lq walk that dozer about twenty miles in the dark to this well sitei It was pretty dam cold on,that dozer. You could hardly old onto your beer. Not really. You decide, I was running her down the road ditch and that snow was boiling over those tracks and blowingiq my face. I looked at that old black top road and decided highway 22 was frozen hard enough to sup- port that old 6. I pulled her up on the road, put her in reverse, and backed that 6 down the highway for five miles. Sparks just a flying. When daylight came, we were sitting on that well site, and on the payroll. That old dozer sat on that location for a couple months. Ei- ther on standby, or working. There would never be another poor day. Eventually, Lynn found out how good an operator 1 was, and I had to go back to ranching. But for a couple of months, I fooled a lot of people! And now. with an another boom here, I have to recall the old bumper sticker that was pop- ulat years ago, "Please God, give me one more oil boom. I promise not to **** this one away!" Later, Dean Xt Happenings at Our ] .t. 24, ,samaritan Si ict3 .... 060dSamlirRan Monica Simon ADC October Events: Oct. 6 2:30 Communion Service Rev. Jeff Johnson Oct. 6 3:00 LARRY CHARON (.provided by the Noel Tufte Family) Oct. 13 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party (HoffLutheran) Oct. 14 7:30 Mennonite Singers Oct. 31 4-5 Trick or treating ( Residents will pass out candy to the Trick or Treaters) By Extension Agent-In-Training Theresa Jeske We would like to thank our volunteers for the week, Devotions were led by Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson. Bonie VanBruggen. And Rev. David Hinrichs, Sunday Worship Services were led bu Rev. Fischer and Mass with Father Luiten and Rosary was led by Shirley Sobolik. Terc Hagen assisted with nails time. We thank everyone who gave of their time and talents this week. Joe Schmidt entertained at the center on Friday afternoon and we thank everyone who came to listen. We had a wonderful time. Walsh County Health District ..... .... " Short Shots Who should get flu shots? Everyone over 6 months of age should get a flu shot unless they have a contraindication Contraindications are: Severe allergic reaction to a prior dose of flu vaccine Severe allergy to eggs where you needed to go to an emergency room History of a disease called Guillain- Barre. Every year when I give flu vaccine I hear two stories. They are: I never had a flu shot before, and I got the flu last year and was so sick I thought I was going to die. I missed two weeks of work! I never want to have the flu again, so I guess I will get the flu shot. I never get the flu shot because my (Mom, Dad. Grandma, Uncle, Dog, etc) got the flu from the flu shot. (You can not get the flu from a flu shot). You can react to the components of the vaccine, get achy, have a fever, etc. However, the flu shot is not a live vaccine so you can not get the flu from it. If you got sick the day of, or a day or so after the flu shot it may be that you were coming down with something not associated with getting the shot, or you are having some minor reactions to the flu vaccine that are NOT the FLU! If you won't get the flu shot to protect yourself, do if for the people around you that you love! Anyone around babies under 6 months of age need a flu shot. That baby is not able to get the flu shot. and you could pass it along to them and never forgive yourself. "I'm just a dirt farmer from Crosby," was the way Rolland Redlin modestly described him- self when he was chosen to serve as the floor leader for a bunch of upstart political insurgents at a Jamestown morning caucus in 1950. They had decided to launch a 2-party system in North Dakota, beginning with the takeover of a Carrington meeting that after-' noon called by Senator William Langer to reorganize the Young NPL. Well. the dirt farmer not only became a leader in the :Insurgent movement to form a 2-party sys- tem in North Dakota, but he went on to a remarkable career in the state legislature, the U. S. Con-' gress and the worldwide Food for Peace program. Rollie first appeared in the state Senate in 1959 where he served three sessions before being elected to the U. S. Con- gress in the Lyndon Johnson landslide in 1964. ( He returned to the state Senate in 1973 and continued until 2000 where he stood in the "moderate middle" with such outstanding senators as Frank Wenstrom of Williston. George Longmire Of Grand Forks, Evan Lips of Bismarck and Don Holand of Fargo.) While in Congress, Rollie had the opportunity to work in one of the most important Congres= sional sessions in the Twentieth around the world. So it should be no surprise that he was one of the drafters of the Food for Peace bill passed in the 1965 session. After losing his seat in the off-year Re- publican 1966 sweep, he moni- tored the Food for Peace program worldwide as a consultant to the U.S. Agriculture Department. Closer to home. Rollie's serv- ice in the Congress has been an endless boon for North Dakotans. He Was there to cast his vote for the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Though now in'need fiscal re- financing, the Medicareprogram has become a medical mainstay for the 110.000 North Dakotans who depend on it to pay for their new knees and hips, their doctor visits, and their prescriptions. And the importance of Medicare is growing as North Dakota's aging population keeps increas- ing. Medicaid extended health care to thousands of North Dakota families in poverty a last resort for the 60,000 uninsured. More important to many relatives of patients in long-term care, over 60 per cent of the residents in nursing homes are funded by Medicaid. Both Medicare and Medicaid have been such successful pro- grams that their popularity has become a major deterrent to deal- Century. ing with the federal deficit. While He alwavs hailed his role init is true that the programs have passage of the Voting Rights Act become fiscal headaches, they of 1965 as his most important also have given medical security contribution in Congress. The, ,,to millions. law broke down the elect0i:al bar. " - All through his public career, riers erected throughout the South that prevented .Afficffn- Americans from voting. It was the Magna Charta for black Americans and. as a result of the legislation, they were soon elgct- ing local, state and national lead- RolJie oever:!ost his gemle Chris- tian demeanor, something that is often sacrificed for political ad- vantage in this age of vindictive politics. It is obvious'that the modest ers across the South .... guy who started politiCs,,by call- As a farmer, Rollieto0k a ~ " a dirt farmer ticular interest in using farm sur= : CroshyT':l fta pretty big ira- pluses ...... " .... " to feed hung peopI pnnt on'th t :!d Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD lme eans It is fall and harvest season so it's time to spill the beans about beans. You may have heard songs about beans and read about mag- ical beans in childhood books. Beans are gaining popularity again for their potential health benefits. Beans have long been known for their high fiber and high protein content, but did you know they also provide folate, iron, magnesium, zinc, phospho- rus, calcium, and other minerals and phytonutrients? Regular consumption of legumes has been shown to help reduce blood cholesterol levels, control blood sugar levels, con- trol diabetes, reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease, and play a role in weight man- agement. Plant sources, such as beans. are naturally low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories, while offering essential nutrients to keep us strong and healthy. Filling your plate with vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts. seeds and whole grains does not need to mean deprivation. The nutrients and lower calories allow you to eat more of a satis- fying meal while arming your body with antioxidants. The extra fiber beans or legumes pro- vides allows you to feel fuller on less food. Beans can add color, flavor and nutrients to any spring menu. Add them to soups, stews, casseroles and salads or serve them alone as a side dish. Add lima beans for iron. kidney beans for calcium and zinc, or pink beans for potassium. You also can save money when you start adding beans to your grocery cart. Try canned, frozen or dry beans and legumes of different varieties. If you buy dry beans, decrease cooking time by up to half by soaking them be- fore cooking. If you start with dry beans, you will needi to rehydrate them. This is the procedure for the pre- ferred hot soak method: Sort beans by laying them on a cookie sheet and re- moving any small stones or dirt pieces. Place in a colander and rinse under cold water. Add 10 cups of cold water to a pot for each pound (2 cups) of beans you plan to cook. Bring the water to a boil and boil for one to three minutes. Cover the pot. Let stand. A four-hour soak is ideal. Finally, drain and rinse the soaked beans. Add fresh, cold water to fully cover beans. If you wish, add 1 tablespoon ofoil and 1 teaspoon of salt. Simmer the beans until they are tender. Serve them plain or follow a favorite recipe. Canned beans are a conven- ient option. Reduce sodium by draining and rinsing canned beans. Add fresh cilantro, cumin. curry, lime juice, hot sauce or more of your favorite spices to add flavor. Spill the beans at your house for better health. All my best to you and your family, Julie Souree: dulie Garden-Robinson. NDSU Extension jbod and nutrition specialist Regular consumption of legumes has been shown to help reduce blood cholesterol levels, control blood sugar levels, control dia- betes, reduce the risk of some can- cers and heart disease, and play a role in weight management." Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 As the cooler temperatures of fall approach it is time to consider ap- plying lawn fertilizer and trying again to control weeds. Lawn fertilizer can be applied any time from early September to the early part of October. Fertilizing too late into the fall can stimulate late season growth and increase the chance of snow mold damage next spring. The rate of fertilizer application should not exceed 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet of lawn area. This would be 4 pounds of a (25-4-4) fertilizer or 6 pounds of a (18-24-6) fertilizer. You may consider using a winterizing or complete fertilizer such as ( 18- 24-6) if you want to improve the root system of your lawn or have a soil which is low in phosphorus. The fall conditions also allow the weeds to continue their active growth. The more actively growing a weed is, the more effective the weed control is. Most broad leaved weeds such as Dandelions, Clover. Chickweed and Creeping Charlie can be controlled by using one of the many different lawn weed killers. Don't water or cut your lawn for a few days after applying of the weed killer. The chemical needs ume to be absorbed down into the plant from the leaves. If crab grass has been a problem this year, your best alternative is to apply a crab grass killer with your fertilizer next spring. Crab grass is an annual grass which must grow each year from seed. Early fall is also a good time to aerate or de-thatch your lawn. Lawns which have been sodded in the last few years can benefit from a yearly aeration. Older lawns in which the soil has become compacted can also be improved by aeration. If the thatch layer is greater than 1/2" deep, de-thatching or power raking is recommended. Continue mowing the lawn so that.it is no higher than-1.5 to 2.0 inches going into the winter. A lawn should be only 1.5 inches tall here the snow tends to accumulate and snow mold 0r powdery ' mildew m!ght he a pr6blem. Most cool seaso !awns,ar best /n - mined at to 3-inch height during the growing season. Astbe monlh of October nears, the height can gradually be reduced to the over- wintering heights. If the grass ceases growth before all deciduous fo- liage has fallen, use the mower as a leafmulcher or vacuum to keep the leaves from packing down and smothering the grass. Have the mower serviced and stored for winter to maximize efficiency and !longevity of the machine. Information provided by Ron Smith. NDSU Extension Horticul- turist. I