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Pa00e 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 20 14 F ROJ00 TH E EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition S ecialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS In the Great Yoga Pants Debate of 2014 North Dakota has become a laughingstock called out by everyone from public radio to Cos- mopolitan magazine. The issue flared up last week when it hit news outlets that a Dev- ils Lake High School dress code policy requires yoga pants, leg- gings or tights to be "appropriately covered by other clothing." Every school is entitled to a dress code. The problem I have is Hello, One thing about living in the Dakotas, you do have four sea- sons. You can tell the difference be- tween summer and fall. I think this is transition day. On Saturday it was ninety-two above. Tuesday the high is going to be forty. If you're going riding, I'd take a jacket. In the next month most of the fall roundups will be taking place. Ranches will be moving cattle home from summer pastures, weaning calves, preg checking, and getting ready for winter. I used to maintain that we had only two seasons. Hay- ing season, and feeding hay season. Some years they nm together. Fall roundups are always my favorite. Just as harvest is to a farmer, fall roundup is to a rancher. You see the fruits of your labor. You see how that bull you purchased a year and a half ago worked out. You determine if that old cow you let slip by one more year paid her way. You see the calf whose leg you splinted the way the district handled the issue. The female students were shown a clip of the film "Pretty Woman" which the school said was to "depict how people are per- ceived by how they're dressed." But to me and every other slightly offended woman in the world states: Yoga pants = hooker (or oth- erwise described promiscuous woman). We are living in an age where the paradigm of silence is shifting and many of us have had it with the boys are distracted? Are they that condescending tone. In this in- single minded? Are they unable to stance the women of the student body were being called out for their appearances because it causes a "distraction" for the female stu- dents' male counterparts as well as their teachers. To me, that says that maybe some teachers need to be fired. If male teachers can't handle them- selves around a pair of yoga pants, there is a pretty good chance that they need not be teachers. It is one thing for a school to have a policy encouraging respect- ful dress, it is another to shame women tight pants when the school purchased volleyball uniforms leave even less to the imagination. Now, let's address the other ele- phant in the assembly, why is it the fault of the female students that the Hat last spring has grown up, and fits with the rest. You recognize the heifer that had the backward calf you saved. Or the heifer calf you gave to your kids. To start their own herd. It's a great time of the year. The days may be getting shorter, but they are long enough if you're on roundup. You load saddle hors- es in the dark. And bring them home in the dark. Breakfast is eat- en in a hurry as the horses eat their grain. Shirley said Uncle Hugh al- ways made them take extra pancakes in their pockets in case dinner did- n't show up. Was a good idea, but I wish I could break her of the habit. It is embarrassing to have your Tips wife pull pancakes out of her pock- et when you are at the mall. The roundup on the reservation would last two weeks. Grandpa Jack or Uncle Hugh would be the boss. Each night, we would find out where we were meeting in the morning. And everyone developed a reputation as to when they would show up. Some would be an hour late, cause their horses always got out during the night. Some had to get kids on the bus. Billy always came in time for dinner. Red and I would race to be first. It got so bad, I would get up at 2 in the morning so I could beat Red. Get to the meeting point and sleep in the pickup for three complete simple tasks when faced with the female form? I believe we need to give our young men more credit than that, if not, a lesson in self-control may be in order. I for one am Team Yoga Pants. They are comfortable and can be dressed up or down. They come in varying degrees of tightness. And, in my case, they practically have become a morn uniform. In the slightly paraphrased words of a Cosmopolitan magazine blogger. Come on, dudes. Get it under control and let girls wear their pajama jeans. Those things are comfy. Like'" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, wordpress, com hours waiting for daylight! No- body ever said I was real smart. But there is no better feeling than unloading and trotting down a ridge in the morning, as the sun is just starting to peek up, heading for Big Bottom. Or maybe heading up Moccasin Creek towards the Smith Camp. Riding a good horse, next to a good friend, followed by a good dog. Knowing that by noon, you would see the smoke from Uncle Hugh's fire, and the hamburgers and beans would be smoking hot. The coffee would be boiling. There would be ajar of pickles and a sack of candy bars. You didn't have to ask to see the menu. It never changed. And when you were putting in those cold fall days, there was noth- ing better. Wish you could have been there. I would have bought you dinner. Later, Dean I 00(,(xxl . Happenings at Our /. Samaritan Good Samaritan t den ..... ],.7  Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We celebrated Founders Day on Sept. 29th. It was this day in 1922 that Good Samaritan Society first open its doors. We are proud to say we are still growing. Serving over 27,00 people. Carl, Luke, Carmen,: and I de- livered Goodie Bags to area businesses. It was our way of saying thank you for helping us continue to grow. On Thurs. the 2nd we paime'd bowls for St. Josephs Social care in Grand Forks. They will use these bowl for a fall soup supper to raise money for helping those in need. Pictured are VemaDelle Skorheim, Bemice Svercl, Teresa Petersen, Virginia Hatlestad, Phyllis Koppang, Edie Fay, and Pam Sondeland. This week Oct. 5th- 1 lth Oct. 5th Worship w/Pastor Hinrichs, 3pm Trivia Oct. 6th 10am Embroidery Group, Men's Time, lpm Baking Apples, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Oct. 7th 3:30 Bible Study Oct. 8th 3pm Bingo Oct. 9th 3pm Birthday Party Hosted by Hoff Lutheran Church, 6:30 Movie Night Oct 10th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Beading Oct. 1 lth 9:30am Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm N2L, 2:15 Bingo Next Week Oct. 12th- 18th Oct. 12th Worship w/Pastor Torbit, 3:30 Columbus Day Trivia Oct. 13th 10am Men's Time, Embroidery Group, lpm Baking apple crisp, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Oct. 14th 3:30 Bible Study Oct. 15th 3pm Bingo Oct. 16th 3:30 Painting Trees, 6:30 October Fest Oct. 17th 10:30 Nail Time, 2:30 Fair Time RSVP Oct. 18th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Craft, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to our many volunteers: Pastor Hinrichs, Arnold Braaten, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Dorothy Novak, Jeanean McMillan, Cheryl Cox, Karla Nygard, Hoff Lutheran Church, Sue Fagerholt, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, Cindy's kids for picking our apples for us, and anyone else I may have missed. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. Prevent. Promote. Protect, >- >- >- days. Walsh County Health District Short Shots One traffic crash occurred every 28.6 minutes : One person was injured every 1.7 hours One person died in a crash every 2.2 days - One unbelted occupant in a passenger car or pickup died every 4.2 days - One motorcyclist was in a crash every 1.4 days One speed related crash occurred every 5.3 hours One teenage driver crash occurred every 2.6 hours One alcohol related crash occurred every 7.8 hours One pedestrian was involved in a crash every 3.4 days One pedal-cycle was involved in a crash every 3.7 days One crash occurred in a roadway under construction every 1.4 Did you know that in 2012 North Dakota had ...... : 509,195 licensed drivers 844,617 registered vehicles " The highest number of total crashes occurred in the month of December The highest number of total crashes occurred on Friday - The most crashes occurred from 5:00 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. 33 percent of fatal crashes involved out of state drivers. Parenting Measure Would Burden Women Most on August"19 we ;receiveda ' message from one'of the maj supporters of Measure 6 - the equal parenting measure - threat- ening us with a lawsuit if we wrote anything that he thought was false. We still have the Email as it was sent. As readers may recall, a par, enting measure was on the ballot in 2006 and was defeated. At that time, advocates of the measure tried to shut us up by bringing a lawsuit against us. This attempt to abridge our First Amendment rights was dis- missed by the court and will be dismissed again if the threatened lawsuit is filed. In any case, we will not be bullied into silence. Therefore, we will proceed with a candid discussion of the measure. Divorce is a messy business, very emotional for parents and traumatic for children. Parents lose perspective and are unable to deal objectively with the con- sequences of separation. That is why the objectivity of the court system is critical in overseeing the negotiation process between separating par- ents. In order to settle the issue of parenting time, both parents are required to make concessions. Painful compromise is the result. There are economic conse- quences. Lives are turned upside down. Equal time with children is lost. Everybody gets hurt. That is the price of divorce. In 90 per cent of divorces, parents peacefully agree to a di- vision of parenting time. Mothers usually end up with the major re- sponsibility for primary residen- tial parenting. Measure No. 6 has been pro- posed by folks who are unhappy with the apportionment of par- enting time refereed by the im- partial judiciary. So they are proposing a new rule - equal parental rights and responsibilities, equal parenting time, equal primary residency and equal decision-making, un- less the non-custodial parent can be proved unfit beyond a reason- able doubt. Equality sounds good but Measure 6 would change the im- partial system now in place. And because over' 8ffper defii :' : :'ents with primary residential care arewomen, the burden imposed by this measure would fall pri- marily on them: Supporters of Measure 6 have rounded up a sponsoring com- mittee consisting solely of women to disguise the fact that this measure would place a new troublesome burden on women assigned primary residential care. To fight an unfit parent, women would have to pay for the lawyers and investigators to prove the unfitness of a hostile parent. Unless they can come up with the money, they will have to live with the constant harassment of a disgruntled ex-spouse. We don't know what would constitute'unfit" under the stan- dard of "clear and convincing ev- idence." Would abuse make a parent unfit? Would an alcohol or drug addict be unfit? How about a convicted sex offender? Or a parent that terrorizes spouse and/or children? All unfitness, such as mental cruelty or spouse abuse, cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Under the present system, the impartial judiciary takes into ac- count the degree of fitness, meaning that parents already get the opportunity to demonstrate their fitness for equal involve- ment. Measure 6 is for folks who haven't impressed the judicial system with their fitness and are not granted equal time, equal de- cision-making, or equal custody. Fortunately, most questions of parenting time are resolved peacefully between well-mean- ing parents who want the best for the children in spite of their mar- ital differences. By demanding a new test for unfit parents, Measure 6 propo- nents seem to be more concemed with assuaging the feelings ofad- versarial adults than the welfare of children. Measure 6 will not be good for custodial parents or children leaving a troubled marriage. Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Trip to Musem Inspires Culinary Explorations As I stood in the entryway of Mary Todd Lincoln's childhood home in Lexington, Ky., I had one of those awe-filled moments in life. I was standing in the footsteps where Abraham Lincoln met his future wife's family more than 170 years ago. During Lincoln's leadership through the Civil War, monu- mental changes occurred in the U.S. In fact, my own work life might be greatly different if Mr. Lincoln had not signed the Mor- rill Act in 1862, which provided thousands of acres of land to es- tablish land-grant colleges. North Dakota State University is one of the land-grant institutions. Programs in agriculture and engineering were among the first areas of study for land-grant col- leges. Later, the land-grant col- leges became the home to coop- erative Extension, including the NDSU Extension Service, as a re- sult of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. Cooperative Extension has the mission of bringing the re- search from the universities to the people of the respective states. Farming techniques and food preservation were among the first programming areas and remain to this day, along with a wide range of other topics. I think I owe Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Smith, Mr. Lever and the Congress of the time a belated thank you for a very interesting career. As our tour guide brought us through Mary Todd Lincoln's home, we saw various mementos from the Lincoln family's life to- gether. We saw some dishes that were used during Lincoln's pres- idency, furniture from one of their homes and an engraved cup giv- on to their son upon the death of ,,his;hrot.her.. ,:,.  ..... , ..... . . When we reached the kitchen, our tour guide asked us to identi- fy one of the pieces of furniture. No one recognized the locked chest. The chest was used to store sugar, which was a highly valued commodity that sometimes reached $5 per pound in those ear- ly times. An inventory list was kept as sugar was removed by the teaspoonful from the chest. Mo- lasses often was used in its place. I also noted the wood-burning stove. Before our electric, gas and microwave ovens, cooking and baking were much more chal- lenging. Oven temperature was de- termined by the number of sec- onds you could hold your hand in the oven chamber. I couldn't resist buying a cou- ple of historic cookbooks in the gift store. I used some money with Abe's image to purchase the books, including "Lincoln's Table" by Donna McCreary. McCreary's book traces the Lincoln family's culinary roots from Kentucky to Indiana to Illi- nois and finally to their presiden- tial home with fancier meals. Growing up in a Kentucky cabin, Abraham Lincoln's early food was simple but healthy fare, con- sisting of wild game, vegetables and food from the wilderness. Although Mr. Lincoln often is reported as a "picky eater," the au- thor of the book disputes that fact with her historical research. During the Civil War, he had to be reminded to eat and they would tempt him with some of the recipes featured in the book. Cornmeal played a prominent role in Lincoln's childhood menus, and some of the traditions were brought to the presidential table. Corn crops grew well in the areas where Lincoln spent his early years. As I read the historical cook- book on my return flight, I decid- ed to try a cornmeal bread recipe at home. A piece of warm corn- bread sounded a lot more appeal- ing than the airline-issued bag of pretzels. The recipe called for the use of a cast-iron frying pan as a baking pan. Cast iron was used widely in the early U.S. and is gaining pop- ularity again, especially for out- door cookery in Dutch ovens. Cast iron also added some iron to their diets during the cooking process. I knew we had a cast:iron fry-  ihg'pan paCked away'somewhere at home. Every time I pack away something, I discover I need it. My husband found it in a box in our garage. Fortunately, we had seasoned and stored the cast-iron pan prop- erly. It had no rust, but we cleaned and reseasoned it by applying shortening to the cooking sur- face and heating it in our oven on a low temperature for about an hour. I didn't want my cornmeal bread to stick to the pan. You do not want to soak cast- iron cookware in your sink be- cause it will rust. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service food and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutri- tion and Exercise Sciences. I Editor's Note ] The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 Agri-Women to host booth at the Fair, -- & * I[T 9 preview to w omen s Conference Women in agriculture, take note that there will be a booth at the Walsh County Fair displaying information about the upcoming Agri-Women's Conference, Har- vest of Knowledge. The confer- ence is from 8:30am-4:30pm on Friday, October 24th at the Ra- mada Inn in Grand Forks. The Conference objectives are to encourage women to become better communicators for agri- culture and to open more lines of communication between the agri- culture and non-agriculture com- munities. The conference will help women recognize their strengths professionally and per- sonally, and will work toward strengthening the lives of fami- lies in the Red River Valley. You can pick up contact infor- mation at the Walsh County Fair and the Walsh County Extension office, as well as registration in- formation. Early Registration ($30) must be postmarked by Oc- tober 18th. Registration after the 18th will cost $35. Price includes refreshments, lunch, speakers and all printed materials that ac- company this fun day. Please stop by the Agri- Women's booth at the Walsh County Fair to see a schedule and learn more about the Agri- Women's Conference and com- mittee. The Walsh County Fair is October 16th- 18th. Dates to Remember: October 15-18th -Walsh County Fair