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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES OCTOBER 1 2, 2011 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH OUNTY PRESS When I came to my office on Oct. 6 and saw the Herald at my door, the front-page headline stopped me in my tracks. "Steve Jobs dies at 56" That name is synonymous with technological advancements com- parable to Thomas Edison. When I was a child we had two types of computers, the giant gray box with a black screen and orange text or the giant gray box with a black screen and green text. Now, you can access the information superhighway with handheld computers that can make phone calls, take pictures and video, and entertain with hours and hours of Angry Birds. Every advancement Jobs name was attached to left us all on edge. What could be next? Computers became faster, thinner, more effi- cient. The competition among other markets sparked the inven- tion of new products at a range of prices. Jobs expressed an interest in electronics at a young age, which was encouraged by his adoptive parents. He found what he wanted to do and worked towards it. He landed a job at Hewlett- Packard before he was out of high school. When he went to college, he dropped out after six months because, he once told Stanford graduates, he couldn't see the value in it and did not know how college was supposed to help him figure out what to do with his life. He took his electronic hobby and focused on development. The Apple II was released in 1977. Kids today would be bar hopping at that age. Jobs was creating an empire. Mac encouraged everyone to "Think Different". For a while the company had its share of rough times and Jobs was pushed out of the every day, but thanks to that, he was able to help develop a com- pany known as Pixar. Soon he was back on the Apple scene first with their colorful plas- tic computers and then the iPod, which would revolutionize the mu- sic industry. The world may never know what he would have contributed, but with a spark of imagination and ingenuity I can thank him for the technology I use every day. This paper is put together on a Mac all-in-one while I listen to mu- sic on my iPod purchased on iTunes. It wasn't that many years ago that all o:this was done by movable type and printing presses and hand cropping. I can guarantee there would be some staffing changes if it were that way still. In 2005, following the bout with cancer, Jobs delivered Stanford University's commencement speech. "'Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life," he said. "Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important." Innovation and forward thinking make the world go 'round. We should strive to make our mark while we can. Like '" the Hblsh County PJvss on Facebook and cheek out our blog at http:,'Twalsh countypress, wordpress.com Hello, The Interact is a wonderful tool. You can check the markets, message friends, shop for parts, buy fertilizer, and, from what I understand, it has replaced Na- tional Geographic as a young boys first sex education maga- zine. You can buy or sell a horse, buy or sell cattle, and find a truck to use in the hay field. I have recipes marked for making din- ner, and won an argument on what cut of meat "filet mignon" comes from. I have a souped up financial statement for my banker and scores of other fictional tales. You can book a motel room, buy drugs, and find out how to treat your puppy for worms. But last week, a guy discov- ered a new use of this medium. He advertised his wife for sale. Really. I saw it. In fact I placed a bid or two. Because of this simple ad, I may have to use the recipe site a little more often. I am cook- Hat ing for myself. Here is how it happened. I was checking this ebay deal out for a used semi-tractor to haul hay. And somehow or other, I found this advertisement this guy had posted to trade his wife off. Well, being the curious sort, I in- quired about some kind of trade. I was thinking, what with Shirley having to work so hard, maybe we could get a little help here. I was thinking I could trade the old mower-conditioner off. Or perhaps the classic Cadillac that sits in the shop. But, alas, Shirley was watching over my shoulder as I inquired about a trade. And she wrongfully assumed I was discussing trading her. I was messaging back and forth with this guy when Shirley Tips started watching. Shirley missed the part about the car being my trading stock. She started rubber- ing as I was discussing the Cadil- lac. The guy had asked what kind of shape the car was in. I replied "her body is in tough shape, but she runs pretty good if you warm her up." I felt a cold chill enter the room. The guy asked if I ever took her to a car show. I replied "that I had, but she was too big to haul around much, and she didn't like gravel roads, so I usually just left her home". The chill seemed to get worse. He asked how long I'd had her. I replied that "I'd gotten her in the early seventies, but I was thinking of getting rid of her and getting a newer model with fewer miles". By now, it was damn cold in the office. He asked if I thought she would last a couple more years. I said "if you gave her a wax job, and kept her inside, she might". Icicles were forming on my cof- fee Cup. The final blow came, when the guy said he guessed he wasn't in- terested. Said it sounded like mine was pretty well wore out and he didn't want to trade his wife for some wore out old piece of junk. I, thinking of that old Caddy, just agreed and said "if I couldn't get anything for mine, I'd just push her in a washout, or trade her to some drunk in a bar". I kind of saw the fist coming out of the comer of my eye. That eye is starting to open a little to- day. And I am posting a bit of ad- vice. Kind of like Wild Bill Hick- ock should have used. Always sit with your back to the wall. And never, never, criticize your Cadil- lac. Later, Dean G(xnl - samariran Cf.Q s Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC This past week has been a very fun and exciting week. Friday we enjoyed the Country Music provided by Joe Schmidt and Thursday afternoon Larry Charon was here. We enjoyed the music and all the visitors we had for these events. Thursday afternoon October 13 our Monthly Birthday Party Program and Lunch will be hosted by Hoff Lutheran Church and the Mennonite singers will be here Oct. 14 at 7:30. October 20 we will be having a Pretty in Pink Lunch and Style Show to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. It will be at 3:00 and everyone is welcome. I would like to thank our volunteers for the week: Devotional leaders were Sue Faggerholt, Rev. Jeff Johnson, Corrine Ramsey, Monica Simon and Dorothy Novak. Accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Terry Hagen assisted with nail's time. We would like to thank everyone who gave of their time and talents this week it is greatly appreciated. Prevent. Promote. Protet. HD 2009-2011 Walsh County Health District Short Shots The following information is from a report of substance abuse in North Dakota from 2009-2011. Middle School Students in North Dakota 44% have had at least one drink of alcohol in their life. Of those students, 6.1% drank 100 or more days. Nearly 6% of middle school students had their first drink of alcohol at 8 years of age or younger. 9% have used marijuana. 6% have used a prescription drug that was not theirs. 11% have tired inhalants to get high (ssaiffed glue, spray cans, paints, etc) High School Students in North Dakota 73% of high school students had at least one drink of alcohol in their life. Of those students 13.6% have had at least one drink on 100 or more days. On 10 or more days out of the month, 1 out of 7 high school students are drinking alcohol. On 6 or more days out of the month, 1 out of 5 high school students have participated in binge drinking. (Binge drinking is 5 drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours). 31% of high school students have use marijuana in their life. Of those, 20.3% have used marijuana 100 plus times. 15% of high school students have used a prescription drug that was not theirs. I 1% have sniffed inhalants to get high. Talk with your children. The sooner the better. Many children steal alcohol and prescription pills from their parents/grandparents-- especially when they are younger. It is not uncommon for children to have substance exposure in middle school or younger. Concerned parents can make a difference. We just about held a statewide "Populationfest" when the U. S. Census Bureau reported that the state had an increase of 31,000 residents - a 4.7 percent- in 2010 over the 2000 count. While everyone was happy about the increase in the statewide total, the rural areas were chagrined to see the contin- ued decline in small towns. Most of the cities under 5,000 lost pop- ulation in the last decade. In the 2000 census, North Dakota had 135 cities with 99 or fewer residents. In the 2010 cen- sus, 32 of them gained popula- tion, four tied 2000, but 99 lost. The 135 cities went from a total population of 6,720 down to 5,959- a loss of 761, or 11.3 per- cent. In the 100-199 population cat- egory, 10 cities gained but 53 lost. In total, they dropped from 9,203 to 8,150, or 1,053, repre- senting an 11.4 percent loss. In the 200-299 group, eight cities gained and 34 lost. They had 10,251 in 2000 and 9,377 in 2010 - a drop of 8.5 percent. In the 300-399 group, 16 lost population and three gained, for a decline of 8.7 percent in the group. In the 400-499, all 11 cities lost population - dropping from 4,833 to 4,088 for a loss of 15.4 percent. In the 500-999 group, 32 de- clined in population and 15 gained, for a loss of 4.8 percent in the category. For all 317 cities in the 0 to 999 categories, 68 cities gained, four tied and 245 declined for an eight percent loss in total popula- tion. The categories of 1,000-1,499, 1,500-2,499 and 2,500-5,000 also showed losses but in all three groupings the losses were under three percent. It isn't until we get to the 12 cities over 5,000 that we see gains. Even here, minor pop- ulation losses were recorded for Devils Lake, Jamestown and Val- ley City. In 2000, these 12 cities had a population of 330,360 and by 2010 they had grown to 374,130 - an addition of 43,770, or 13.2 percent. (It is apparent that this is where many of those small town folks went.) Unfortunately, the census was taken just as the population in the western oil patch started boom- ing. Looking at the populations reported for western communi- ties, it is obvious that the 2010 count did not capture the dra- matic increases. Many of the western cities (and counties) that lost popula- tion in the 2000-2010 decade will be showing significant gains dur- ing the 2010-2020 decade but these increases will not be meas- ured for another 10 years, mean- ing that booming western communities will be short- changed for the whole decade. State government shares its revenue with cities through three grant programs - highway distri- bution, cigarette tax and general state aid. Allocation of the rev- enue is based on the head count reported in the decennial census. This means that all of those cities that were losing population through the 2000-2010 continued to receive allocations based on the 2000 census. At the same time, cities that were gaining all through the decade were not re- ceiving their fair share. These trends have always been happen- ing but at a more tolerable rate. Ordinarily, conducting a new census would be more expensive than the benefits received. How- ever, with the massive under- count in western cities (and counties), it seems appropriate to cost out the idea. The inequities involved may now be sufficiently significant to justify a state-spon- sored mid-decade census, at least in western North Dakota. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD What can I pack my kids for lunch? Every fall, with school start- lng, many parents face the dilemma of what to pack for lunch. What can I pack that won't spoil by lunchtime and contains a well-balanced selec- tion of healthy foods that my child will eat? Here are some tips to help you and your child select and pack a healthy, safe and tasty lunch: Make a list of all the food options your child will eat by food group: grains, fruits, vegetables, meat/protein, dairy, and other foods such as dips, sauces, snacks and desserts. Get kids involved in making the list. Indicate which food items will need refrigeration or an insulated lunch box and a frozen gel pack. A frozen juice box or frozen water bottle can be used in place of a gel pack for keeping/hod cool and safe until lunchtime. Take kids shopping, or let them choose from the items you bring home to build their lunches. Provide a variety of whole grains and foods naturally low in fat and added sugar. Limit the number of salty, high fat and high sugar treats they pack to one a day. Children often eat these tasty foods first, instead of the other healthy foods in their lunch, making it hard for them to get all the nutrients they need each day. Have plenty of snack and sandwich size plastic zip bags or reusable containers on hand. Ask kids to pick and pack at least one serving from each of the five food groups. Have a few gel packs, 100% juice boxes or water bot- tles frozen and ready to use. Letting kids help choose what goes into their lunch is a great way to start a conversation about nutrition and health. Encourag- ing them to choose at least one item from each of the major food groups helps them understand the concept of eating a variety of food everyday. Don't worry if kids come home with food that was not eaten. Some days children will be hungry and focused on eating. Other days they might not be as hungry, perhaps they were dis- tracted or had a food treat in the classroom before lunch, etc. Oc- casionally ask children if they think they're packing enough, too much, or want some different food choices. Assure children that these questions are not meant to make them feel bad that they didn't clean their plate/lunch box. But it helps them make adjustments to. how much and what they pack the next time. All my best to you and your family, Julie Source: w ,' eVtension org What can I pack that won't spoil by lunchtlme and contains a well-bal .... anted selection of healthy foods that my child will eat?" Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Walsh County Fair to be held Oct. 20 and 21 The Walsh County Fair is just around the comer and many 4-H youth around the county are finishing up there static exhibits and readying their animals for the events to be held October 20 and 21. The fair offers something for everyone. The static area featuring all the projects made by 4-Hers throughout the year opens at 7:30am each day; there will be over 800 exhibits to view along with the Open Show exhibits. There will also be a petting zoo available both days from 12:00pm to 6:00pm which is located on the North side of the Sheep and Hog barn. On Thursday, the main events for the day include the livestock shows, Mutton Busting, and the Bull-A-Rama. The barns are going to be bursting at the seams with animals as we have again set a record number of enrolled animal projects; these shows begin at 8:30 am with the horse events. Beginning at 10:30a.m., kids will find a strolling clown show along with the Kids Pedal Tractor pull beginning at 12:45. Later in the day at 3:30 there will be a clown comedy and magic show in the Chris Midgarden Arena followed by the Rabbit and Poul- try show at 4:30. Mutton Busting is set to begin at 6:00 pm in the Main Arena with the Bull-A-Rama to start at approximately 7:00 as soon as the kids are finished riding their sheep! Registration tbr the Mutton Busting begins at 5:30 and is limited to the first 25 kids. There is a 70 pound weight limit for this youth wishing to ride. On Friday, plan to attend the fair to participate in the potato pick- mg contests and tricycle races, listen to entertainer Ryan Taylor, and watch the rabbit races and Little International Showmanship compe- titions. Youth day activities begin at 10:00 am with the inflatable jumpers opening at 11:00 in the Main Arena. Throughout the day in the Main Arena kids can sign up to win a free bike provided by Kosobud Lodge. The potato picking matches are scheduled to begin at 3:00 pmin the Chris Midgarden Arena. Come and watch the county's 4-H youth exhibit there showmanship skills at the Little International beginning at 6:30 pm. Entertainer Ryan Taylor will provide some 'cowboy logic' comedy starting at 7:30 pm in the Chris Midgarden Arena. Following the Little International we open up the Main Arena for a Teen Dance in the Dirt with a DJ from 10:00 to 1:00 am. Come and join us at the Walsh County Fair held October 20th and 21 st and the Walsh County Fair Building in Park River, YD. The Fair building is located directly south of Park River Schools. Dates to Remember: Oct 20-21, Walsh County Fair; Park River Fair Building