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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES OCTOBER 9, 2013 FRO,00 THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS There are very few words that can be printed here to properly de- scribe the government shutdown, mostly because those words should be reserved for use by sailors and truck drivers. The partial shutdown kicked in last Tuesday. According to the media reports this is the first time that this type of shutdown has hap- pened in 17 years, though if you ask most folks, it doesn't seem like the government has done much of anything in the past few years. According to the Reuters report recently printed in the Grand Forks Herald, "The shutdown, the culmination of three years of divided government and grow- ing political polarization, was spearheaded by Republican Tea Party conservatives united in their opposition to Obama, their distaste for the president's healthcare law and their campaign pledges to rein in government spending." Let's just say that our govern- ment has become a joke. Before it was safe to assume as much, but now, we can safely remove all doubt. IfI were to not show up to do my job, it would be safe to as- sume I would no longer have one. I am fairly certain that when I cast my ballot I was hiring someone to do a job. If you can't do your job, maybe it is time we, as a country, hire someone else. The people I feel bad for are the ones who are affected who had Hello, I don't know what the record for the latest killing frost around here is, but we must be getting close to setting it. We just mowed the lawn again on Saturday. I mean we are getting on into win- ter and still mowing. Not only that, we are still haying. I have decid- ed that I like living in the north. Just think, in a lot of states they can cut their hay three or four times every year. Man, I'd really be be- hind then. Well, by the time you get this, we may have shut the government down. As I write this on Monday morning, the news says that at midnight all non-essential gov- ernment employees will be shut down. Now, I suppose it does kind of hurt your feelings if you are deemed non-essential. And it really hurts if you are the boss and you release non-essential em- ployees and you find out you can't do half the work they were nothing to do with it. I feel bad for all of the government agencies who are out of a job because of the actions of (or lack thereof) of a few. The report continued to ex- plain that "Some government of- rices and national parks will be shuttered, but spending for es- sential functions related to na- tional security and public safety will continue, including pay for U.S. military troops. "Even so, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, visiting U.S. ally South Korea early Tuesday, warned that the shutdown will undermine American credibility abroad and lead allies to question the nation's commitment to treaty obligations." One of my favorite reports to come out of this mess is the one about the World War II veterans who busted past barricades to vis- it the WWII memorial, closed or not. Security did nothing to stop them though technically, that na- tional parks closure did apply to the location. Well played, D.C. security, well played. I know if I came across a man who probably has a few kills un- der his belt in the name of Amer- ican freedom, some little govern- ment shutdown from politicians throwing a hissy fit over who is the biggest donkey or elephant's be- hind doesn't amount to much. That gentleman has more of a right to be in Washington than said politician. While I hope this is resolved quickly and quietly it is more so because of what an outstanding embarrassment it is to have your government so segmented that it cannot even function rather than because I miss it. At least it isn't another hockey lockout. I don't know if I could handle that with quite so much poise. Like '" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http://walsh- countypress, wordpress.com thing up too bad. Anyway, I was Hat doing! I've always had a hard time fir- ing people. Oh, when I was younger, I could fire people. But they just kept coming to work and I just kept paying them. For instance, one time I fired this guy that had worked for me for years. He had taken my new pick- up home and went to a party. And didn't show up for work the next day. I went over to his house to get my pickup and it was setting there in his yard. It was raining so I just jumped in and didn't both- er to go in and tell him. As I started to drive away, there was a strange sound under Tips the pickup. I crawled under and he had driven through a gate or fence and had a quarter mile of barbed wire wrapped around the drive shaft. Tight! I laid in the mud for an hour with a pliar cuttin that wire out. Do you know how |nany six inch pieces of wire there are in a quarter mile? Enough to naake you pretty dang mad! So I proceeded up to his house, went in and fired him! I mein he was gone. :' A couple days later I wascom- bining oats and the variable peed on the machine went out. It vas an old combine that I could kind of work on without screwing any- laying under this combine trying to take this variable speed pulley off and my man was driving by, cleaning out his tools. He spied me lying under this combine and maybe he could hear me swearing from the road. Now, a variable speed pulley is kind of a heavy, awkward thing to take offby yourself in the field. I was skinning my knuckles, smash- ing my fingers, occasionally ut- tering a bad word, and trying to keep the sweat from running in my eyes when all at once this former hired man crawled under the com- bine beside me. He was stronger, smarter, and a much better mechanic than I. His only words were, "Maybe I should stick around until after harvest". I might be kind of easy, but I couldn't have agreed more. And harvest lasted a lot of years. And I found out what essential means. Later, Dean m m t',,z E e.-" Happenings at Our I .sa, man00n o SaJ;latan PAaK R,v. Amanda Dey, Activities Asst. Oct. 10 .................. Monthly Birthday Party w/Hoff Lutheran Church Oct. 11 .................. Mennonite Singers Oct. 18 ................. Painting w/Bernie W. Oct.21 ........ ..... Staff/Resident Pumpkin Carving Oct.24 ...................... Auxiliary Luncheon & Program w/Good Sam Auxiliary A special Thank You to all the volunteers that come and give their time and shared their talents with us this week. It is always appreciated and the residents are so grateful. If you have a talent you would like to share or would like to volunteer with us please call the Good Sam @ 284-7115. Thank you to the following volunteers this week: (I apologize if anyone is left out.) Sunday Worship: Father Lutein; Embroidery Group: Linda Larson and Shirley Soblik; Rosary: Shirley Soblik; Daily Devotions: Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Pastor David Hinrichs, Pastor Jeff Johnson, and Corrinne Ramsey; Daily Devotional Accompanists: Mary Seim and Jan Novak; Communion: Pastor Jeff Johnson; Piano Music: Father Lutein; Nail's This Week: Art of Touch; Bible Study: Jeanean McMillian; Saturday Mass: Father Gary Lutein. We are into another month and it is full with lots of fun Activities such as Arts & Crafts, Trivia, Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Carving, and Games all for Fall and Halloween. Should be a fun month! I want to thank the Park River Bible Camp for putting on the Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner. We were able to provide meals to Residents who had that hankering for Lutefisk! One last thought ....... This week has been a very sad week for the Residents and Staff here at the Good Samaritan Society. We are sad to say that we lost someone very near and dear to our hearts. Monica Simon was our Activity Director and she will be very missed. I want to thank Pastor Jeff Johnson for taking the time and consideration to put on a Memorial Service for Monica for the Residents. May she rest in peace. Prevent. Promote. Protect. Brrv.n Walsh County Health District Short Shots / Each year more than 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites; half of these are children. The rate of dog bite injuries is highest for children ages 5-9 years, and the rate decreases as children age. Injury rates in children are significantly higher for boys than for girls. Many dog bites are preventable by teaching young children basic safe- ty around dogs. Teach and remind your child regularly: Do not approach an unfamiliar dog Do not run from a dog and scream. Remain motionless (be still like a tree) when approached by an un- familiar dog If knocked over by a dog roll into a ball and lie still (be still like a log) Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult Avoid direct eye contact with a dog Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult. If your child has been bitten by a dog, contact your health care provider to determine the need for further treatment, including the need for rabies shots. Pet Owners: Is your dog up to date on their rabies shots ' Supremes'Endanger (,, % . - . .... ComnmMty 'Heritage House' "Meeting again!" grunbled Holger Danske who interruped his sauerkraut processing to attd this crisis meeting of the Homeland Se- curity Committee. He hadlt fab- ulous cabbage crop and warte,d to get it in the 20-gallon crocks while it was still fresh.  Other town electors eh,oed Holger's angst as they trekkd into the community hall in the niddle of garden cleanup. Chairperson Ork Dcrken rapped his Coke bottle for ;tten- tion. The murmuring stopl:ed. "This meeting was calkd for Old Sievert," Garvey started."You know that over 300 people ptest- ed the takeover of that smalltown by those white supremes." "So!?" snorted Einar Stam- stead. "So this whole ruckus hes giv- en the health people a read, on to condemn the supreme leader's house because he doesn't have sewer and water," Garvey d0ntin- ued. "And they're shutting down his outhouse because it's illegal." "This brings to mind a saying from Montana," offered Madeleine Morgan. "When they outlaw out- houses only outlaws will have outhouses." "Well, my outhouse is part of the heritage of this town - built in 1889 - the best outhouse since the 3-haler at the depot bumed,when the railroad crew forgot the fire while playing poker in the coal shed," Old Sievert explained. "That made my outhouse the last of real prairie heritage in this part of North Dakota." "That'll be the end of garden- ing for me," exclaimed Einar Tor- vald. "I just can't be running through my house every time na- ture calls. My bowels need that rest area next door at Old Siev- eriE's." "We all know how government operates," observed Orville as he shifted his green eyeshade. "When something happens, everybody pays and you can bet that they will be investigating every small town to shut down outhouses all across the state. We will need to do something to protect Sievert's outhouse." "What can we do," asked Hal- ger Danske. "The law is the law." "I got it! Let's get Sievert's out- house put on the National Registry of Historical Sites, "proposed Madeleine. "Once it is on the National Registry, it can't be touched." "What does it take to be a na- tional site?" asked Dorsey Cmnks- ki. "Some historic connection," Madeleine answered. "Claim it was built on the day the state constitution was adopted. And another thing. It could be put on on one of those tourists' itineraries for historic sites and start a new tourist business for us, with top billing for Sievert's Heritage House." "What if I could prove that George Washington sat in it?" asked Sievert. "It would be easier to prove that Jimmy Hoffa was buried in the second hole," scoffed Orville. "It looks like we have to stand our ground and protect our God- given right to outhouses," Sievert concluded belligerently. "What God -given right is in- volved in outhouses?" asked Madeleine. "Throw God in there and it changes the whole discussion," Little Jimmy observed. "A God- given right cannot be challenged by law or logic." "But what God-given right could we claim for Sievert's out- house?" asked Josh. "The God-given right of pri- vacy," Sievert responded firmly. "If the privacy argument works for same-sex marriage, cohabitation, homosexuality- it should work for outhouses where it is badly need- ed." "I say we adjourn to the village green to defend our rights and flush out the opposition," Josh joked as he rose to underline his suggestion. Thinking the meeting was over, everyone except ark go up to leave. "Another meeting down the toilet," he muttered as the last elec- tor slammed the door. Extension Exchange 4-H Activities for All - Join the Club Excitement is building for the Walsh County Fair, October 16- 19! 4-Hers across Walsh County are busy getting projects ready, fitting out animals, and trial-test- ing new recipes in anticipation of the fall fair extravaganza. What a great time to celebrate National 4-H Week, October 6-12th. For more than 100 years, the 4-H program of North Dakota has been engaging youth in ac- tivities that help develop skills for a lifetime. These skills range from communication to commu- nity service and from goal setting to leadership. Regardless of the experiences in school class- rooms, day and overnight camps, and other special interest oppor- tunities. North Dakota also serves the sons and daughters of our military personnel through the 4-H Military Program located throughout the state, primarily on military bases. Youth members can partici- pate in a variety of projects in the areas of technology, human sci- ences, animals and household pets, science and engineering, natural resources, and wildlife. Beyond the excitement of learn- ing something new through a project, youth have the opportu- nity to participate in leadership skill learned, the benefits gath conferences, travel the world, be- ered from a young person partic- ipating in the 4-H program is priceless. 4-H stands behind its pledge which is symbolized by the green four leaf clover with H's found in each leaf. 4-H members pledge their head to clearer thinking by working on projects that help them think, plan and reason. They pledge their heart to greater loyalty by becoming involved in activities teaching youth to be kind, sympathetic and true. Members pledge their hands to larger service to be helpful, skill- ful and useful. And they pledge their health to better living so they might enjoy life, resist dis- ease and work efficiently. And they hold their pledge not only for themselves but for their club, community, country and their world. In Walsh County there are 131 youth enrolled in nine organized clubs. These clubs are led by 28 volunteer leaders who give of their time and talents in guiding our local youth. The adult volun- teers work diligently to provide 4-H youth with fun-filled, hands- on experiences where young people's skitts are developed in teamwork, leadership and citi- zenship. 4-H is also a family-ori- entated organization with parents supporting and encouraging with their children to do their best. Often one or both parents are club leaders, making it a real family affair! 4-H is unique in that it offers and experiences to the most urban young person and youth in rural areas by providing the op- portunity to participate in com- munity 4-H clubs, learning come involved in their commu- nity through service, and meet new friends in a safe and com- fortable setting. A young per- son's experiences in 4-H makes a difference for a lifetime by al- lowing them to grow and appre- ciate the importance of being a good citizen, a strong leader, and a person of character. The 4-H program in Walsh County continues to remain strong through donations made by area businesses and other or- ganizations. The generosity of these businesses and groups al- lows the Walsh County 4-H Council to present awards to 4- Hers such as ribbons, plaques, educational trips and participa- tion awards. Many businesses, organiza- tions and individuals are also generous supporters of 4-H at the Walsh County Fair by sponsoring award plaques, buying premiums at the 4-H Livestock Premium Sale, donating prizes for our raf- fle drawing, and sponsoring a supper for all 4-Hers. We at the Walsh County Extension Office and the 4-H Council are ex- tremely grateful to these orgarri= zations and individuats for their  commitment each year to 4-H! I you would like to see first- hand the excitement of 4-H stop by the Walsh County Fair in Park River on October 16-19th and check out the projects the local 4- H'ers are showcasing. If you or a family member would like to be a part of the fun of 4-H contact the Walsh County Extension Of- fice at (701)284-6624 or visit the ND 4-H and Youth Development website at'. http://www.ndsu. edu/4h/. Dates to Remember: October 16-19 Walsh County Fair Extension on Ag around the state New NDSU Podcast Available Sound Ag Advice is an agri- cultural news podcast available from the North Dakota State Uni- versity Extension Service at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/sounda- gadvice. A new podcast is posted each week. The podcasts feature agri- cultural topics ranging from range- land management to crop prices. Each podcast is three to four min- utes long. "The great thing about podcasts is that the information is given di- rectly to the listener, which is more intimate than reading an email or document," says Bob Bertsch, NDSU Extension Web technology specialist. "Podcasts also are convenient because lis- teners decide where and when they want to hear it." Listeners can download the podcasts or subscribe to them through My Yahoo, iTunes or Google. Listeners also can re- ceive email notification when new podcasts become available. Subscribers using iTunes will have access to the podcasts on their iPhone, iPad, iPod or com- puter. Android phone or tablet users can subscribe to the service by downloading a free podcast player app. "These podcasts are just another example of how the NDSU Ex- tension Service is bringing North Dakotans research-based infor- mation to help improve their lives," says Charlie Stoltenow, NDSU Extension Service assistant director for agriculture and natu- ral resources. Have you read the ,ESS today? Start or renew your subscription: In-County $34 / Out.of-County $38 / Out-of-State $42 P.O. Box 49, Park River, ND 58270