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ERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER I 8, 2017 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY' ALLISON OLIJ B EDITOR, WALSH OUNTY PRESS I pledge my head to clearer thinking, My heart to greater loyalty, My hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world. The 4-H pledge is pretty in- grained into my subconscious. The message is clear. I have this vision of the world being a better place. Nowhere in the pledge does it say anything about having to be a farm kid with 4.3 animals. Nowhere in there does it say you have to know how to sew 12 dresses and a pair of slacks. Nowhere in there does it de- fine the role of boys or girls in the organization. It simply says I will give of myself for my club, my com- munity, my country and my world. The Walsh County Fair starts to- day, highlighting the work of those in 4-H and FFA across the county. Don't get me wrong, there are plen- ty of animals and sewing projects, but the program also features aero- space, leadership, communication, shooting sports and beyond. The 4- tension System at USDA and na- il concept first was introduced in tionalized 4-H. 1902. Backinthe day, this program Now, amazing folks like Amy, was an agriculturally focused way Jamie, and Brad help direct the to introduce new technologies to volunteers across the county who ed- stubborn farmers. Not even kidding. According to the 4-H website, "In ucate boys and girls from Clover- the late 1800's, researchers discov- buds to Ambassadors and everyone ered adults in the farming commu- in between. Go to the fair. Take note of every nity did not readily accept new agricultural developments on uni- 4-H ribbon, every honor, every kid versity campuses, but found that spending a little extra time with their young people were open to new animal. The 4-H experience is for thinking and would experiment anyone, but the commitment isn't for with new ideas and share their ex- everyone. If you think your kid can periences with adults. In this way, m- pledge their head to clearer thinking, ral youth programs introduced new their heart to greater loyalty, their agriculture technology to commu- hands to larger service, their health nities." In 1902, clubs formed-- one in to better living.., find your closest club. Join today. Ohio, one in Minnesota. The pas- sage of the Smith-Lever Act in"'Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- 1914 created the Cooperative Ex- book.com. Hello, I'm tired of warnings. I mean I am really tired ofwamings. The seat belt warning comes on every time I get in the pickup. I do fasten my seat belt. I don't need a warning. The stove warns me when the bum- er is hot. I learned as a child not to touch hot stuff. I've scars to prove it. All of my pills wam me not to op- burned, oil rig blows up in Texas, a erate heavy equipment after I take the pills. I don't have any heavy equipment. My mother warned me as a child to carry the scissors pointed down, and don't rim. I don't carry scissors and I don't run to this very day. But this morning it went to far. On the morning news, they had a segment on the danger of carving a pumpkin. I mean we are on the edge of nuclear war and they have news telling me how carve a pumpkin! California is on fire, Montana has the head offa deer. If you are look- bomb destroys Somalia, Congress ing for someone to help you in a can't agree on anything, mass shoot- knife fight, I'll be the guy with the ings, and they warn me about carv- gun. ing a pumpkin. Sheesh! Anyway, back to the pumpkin. Then Shirley began a litany of the It said to carve it in a well-lit times I have cut myself. Even my place. I guess that is pretty self-ev- grandkids warn me when I pick up ident. I mean, have you ever heard a knife. Be it to castrate a calf, cut of anyone cutting a pumpkin up in the net wrap offa bale, or open a bag the dark? of dog food. You are supposed to have a I have gone to the emergency clean, dry towel on hand. I just as- room more than once in my life with sumed that is to soak up the blood a knife stuck in my kneecap, or a after you cut your finger off. boot full of blood from trying to cut Refrain from using alcohol when carving that stupid pumpkin. I mean what kind of people use al- cohol when carving a face on a pumpkin. "Slate, grab me another beer while I put a big red nose on this pumpkin!" I think kids now days have seen too much violence. I was babysit- ting my 4-year old grandson last week. There was a sale on pump- kins. I mean huge pumpkins! I mean they were this BIG around! He picked out the biggest one. It was huge! And only $4. As I carried it to the pickup I asked what kind of face we should carve on it. He said, "Let's just blow it up!" After watching the dangers of carving, I think he may be on to something. Later, Dean h x . Happenings at Our J.I. SalnarltanGood Samaritan (L) s :im- Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Photo: Submitted We had a great time with the 5th Group, lpm Baking Apple Bread, grade class from Park River School. 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo They did a great job decorating Oct. 24th 9am Peeling Potatoes, pumpkins and are such a joy to be lpm Crochet Group, 2pm Memorial around. Service w/Pastor Hinrichs This week Oct. 15th - 21 stOct. 25th 11:15 Resident Coun- Oct. 15th 2:30 Worship w/The cil, 3:15 Bingo Federated Church, 3:30 Oct. 26th 3pm Auxiliary Lunch- Cards/Games eon hosted by Good Samaritan Oct. 16th Uniform Center here Auxiliary, 6:30 Movie Night 8am - 4pm, 10am Embroidery Oct. 27th Clergy Visits, 10:30 Group, 5prn Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, Oct. 17th lpm Baking Apple 3pm Making Ghost Crisp Oct. 28th 9:30 Mass w/Father Oct. 18th3:15 Bingo Miller, lpm Make a Difference Oct. 19th Wear Purple for Do- mestic Abuse Awareness, 3pmPaint- Day, 2:15 Bingo ing, 6:30 Ladies Night Thank you to our many volun- Oct. 20th Wear Pink for Breast teers; Shirley Sobolik, Lois Yd- Cancer Awareness, Clergy Visits, stie, Mary Seim, Mary Lund, The lpmMusicTherapy,2pmFairVis-5th Grade Class at Park River its School, Jeanean McMillan, Hoff Oct. 21 st 9:30 Mass w/Father Lutheran Church, Pastor Hinrichs, Miller, lpm Sweets Day, 2:15 Bin- Corinne Ramsey, John and Sandy go Buttler, The Mennonite Singers, Next week Oct. 22nd - 28th Father Miller, and anyone else I may Oct. 22nd 2:30 Worship w/ Pas- have missed. If you would like to tor Brezenski, 3:30 Cards/Games volunteer please call Rose Ulland at Oct. 23rd 10am Embroidery 701-284-7115. Everyone enjoys going to the priate. You may even want to con- county fair to eat delicious food, vis- sider bringing your own hand san- it all the vendors, and it wouldn't be itizer. the fair without making a stop to pet Keep food and drink out of an- the cute farm animals. It's always imal exhibit areas enjoyable to get face-to-face with the Do not share any food with an- lovable animals, but it's important imals, unless certain food is provided to remember that animals carry and may be used for feeding that an- germs, even when they appear imal. healthy. Listed below are some tips Wash your hands before eating to help you stay healthy at this year's county fair. or drinking Wash your hands right after pet- The county fair is an exciting ting animals time, and it's meant to be fun for Wash your hands after leaving people of all ages. Enjoy your time the animal exhibit area, even if you at the fair, and remember to wash did not touch any animals your hands! Be sure to check out the Ifwarm water and soap are not events at the Walsh County Fair Oc- available, hand sanitizer is appro- tober 18-21 in Park River. Higher Education ShouMn 't Be Run By Politicians Whenever we think there is a decided that they would not buy problem in government, the first subscriptions. To make his day solution that comes to mind is to even worse, a group of students move the boxes on the organiza- threw him in the English Coulee. tional chart. No doubt, Langer was recol- If the street sweepers used a lecting this humiliating experience scandalous amount of water, as he nursed grievances against change the form of government North Dakota State University. from commission to mayor-coun- With his Board of Administration cil. Or if we already have a may- in charge of the institutions of or-council, let's change the gov- higher learning, he had the op- ernment to a commission form. portunity to bring the hammer Actually, this was not uncom- down mon in the early 1900s. Through the Board, Langer So every time we hear a rum- fired President Sheppard, four ble in the Board of Higher Edu- deans and three other veteran cation, someone suggests abol- professors without explanation. ishing the Board, increasing the In his History of North Dako- size, changing to three adminis- ta, Dr. Elwyrm Robinson stated trators, or making the Board ac- that many folks thought Langer countable to elected officials, wanted to embellish his machine We now have rhubarb in the by getting control of the extension Board with Chancellor Mark service and the experiment station Hagerott caught in the cross hairs, with their payroll of 3,200 and $20 Immediately, we want to make the million they handled for North Board more accountable through Dakota farmers in the farm pro- elected officials., gram. The Legislature has spent The NorthCentralAssociation decades since 1938 trying to make quickly revoked NDSU's accred- the Board give up its constitutional itation because of political inter- independence and bow to its po- ference in the administration. litical impulses. Every session, the In response, the NDSU alum- Legislature overreaches its au- ni association initiated a consti- thority by refusing to recognize tutional amendment to take the in- that the Board of Higher Educa- stitutions of higher learning away tion is a fourth branch of govern- from the political reach of the ment. Innumerable bills are in- Board of Administration and gave troduced to dictate administra- it to an independent Board of tive matters in higher education. Higher Education located as far Because of this refusal to rec- from politics as possible. ognize the hazards ofpoliticaliz- So Chancellor Hagerott is in ing the Board, policymakers and trouble for not chastising interim unwitting observers need to hear UND President Ed Schafer for en- the old, old story about the origin dorsing a candidate for governor. of its constitutional status. Even In addition, he is also accused by though the explanation is found in his staff of applying his military the 1930s, the nature of politics style of command and control to has not changed and the same management. Then gender bias reach for power continues in state has been thrown in for good meas- politics today, ure. It started when Bill Langer be- None of these are so cata- came governor in 1933. He de- clysmic that the Board itself can't cided that everyone in state gov- work through them. Certainly, ernment and state institutions they don't warrant a call for bring- should purchase subscriptions to ing back political control. his political newspaper, The As to his military style, that is Leader. So it was inevitable that countercultural in a state that ex- his subscription salesperson would pects everyone to have a say be- show up on the campus of the Uni- fore anything happens. Even so, versity of North Dakota expecting maybe the institutions of higher a big harvest, learning could use a little com- However, when he arrived, he mand and control in spite of our found that the faculty had already culture. tion. The North Central Association quickly revoked NDSU's ac- creditation because of political interference in the administra- NDSU Extension Service October is National Pizza Month Do you recall your first expe- just sauce and herbs. rience with pizza October is designated as Na- The first time I tried pizza, at tional Pizza Month, but for many about age 5, I was not sold on it. families, every month is pizza In fact, I couldn't imagine why month. According to a website that anyone wanted to eat it on a reg- collects pizza statistics (http://piz- ularbasis, za.com), we munch our way I was enticed by TV ads that through 3 billion pizzas every said pizza made from the kit be- year in the U.S. In fact, 94 percent ing advertised was "scrumptious." of households have pizza at least I wasn't exactly sure what that once a month. Thisequates to 45 word meant, but I figured that slices of pizza for every person in meant it was pretty good. the U.S. every year. Making a pizza at home sup-In the next months, we are ap- posedly was easier than going proaching a few of the biggest piz- out for pizza. The nearest pizza za-eating times of the year: Hal- restaurant was about an hour away loween, the evening before from my home, so making a piz- Thanksgiving and New Year's za at home definitely was easier Day. We have many options to cre- than a two-hour round trip. I was- ate our own pizzas at home, in- n't a child during the time of cludingpremade crusts and ffeez- covered wagons or Model T's, by er cases full of all sorts of pizzas. the way. Pizza sometimes is viewed as I asked my mom to buy a piz- unhealthy or even as "junk food," za kit and she agreed. I eagerly but well-chosen toppings can opened the pizza kit box at home. make your pizza a healthful menu It contained a crust mix, a can of option. Pizza can vary greatly in tomato sauce, an envelope of the number of calories per slice, spices and a packet of Parmesan depending on the toppings chosen cheese, and type of crest, so ask if your fa- We made it just as the package vorite restaurant provides nutrition directed, and I helped mix the information online or at the store. crust, which had a nice yeasty aro- Try creating personalized piz- ma. I spread the can of sauce on zas with each of the food groups the crust. We didn't add any "op- represented and a range of topping tional ingredients" such as moz- choices. Here are some steps to zarella cheese or other toppings, making a pizza at home: Imagine a pizza without stringy Start with a whole-grain crust. cheese, just a lot of tomato sauce We are advised to make half of our on a soggy crust with a sprinkle of grain choices whole grains to get oregano, basil and Parmesanthe benefits of fiber and a range of cheese. I ate a piece and didn't ask vitamins and minerals. for another pizza kit. However, lat- Add a sauce. Tomato-based er I changed my mind about piz- pizza sauce is an obvious choice, za. but we have many other options. Now I live fairly close to sev- Spread the crust lightly with hum- eral restaurants that serve pizza, mus (seasoned chickpea dip), bar- Plus, making personalized home- becue sauce, Alfredo sauce, Asian made pizzas with a buffet of top- peanut sauce, salsa or pesto (made pings is our family's New Year's Eve tradition. I always have plen- Prairie Fare ty of mozzarella cheese and lots of front page 7 veggies and protein options, not Editor's Note The Extension Exchange and Around the County columns were not avail- able this week. They will return as soon as possible. ] Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Weed Control Begins in the Fall We have gotten out of the habit of doing weed control in the fall, but I think it is time to start coming back to dealing with weeds in the fall. We have many good fall applied products, with different modes of action, that can help with resistant weeds, like wild oats and foxtails to name a few, and these products are different modes of action than what we have been using lately. I would highly encourage when you get a few minutes off from harvesting to think about it or think about it while you are driving those tractors with guid- ance systems. We are seeing more and more resistance around the county. We have waterhemp in every region of the county right now, we have resistant kochia again all over the county and if you do not have it count yourself lucky. We have a lot of kochia patches out there that were not killed by glyphosate this fall and a lot of them are still out there. What do kochia do in the late fall and winter? The an- swer to this question is blow from field to field so if you even get one of these resistant plants blow across your field you most likely will get enough seed to fol- low the weed trail next spring. This has been long documented in the southern plains states. We must go back to the fall applied or pre-emergence prod- ucts before it is too late. I believe we are getting into the too late time very fast. The easy, fast, cheap solutions to weed control days are gone and unless some wonder product gets developed they are never coming back. Even if you are not dealing with resistant weeds this is important. I would say this is doubly impor- tant as you still have a fighting chance to keep these weeds out of your fields! I understand crop prices are low and budgets are tight but we need to start taking a long term view on weed control if we stand any chance at all against these re- sistant weeds. It makes little sense to survive the short term only to be buried by the expense of these weeds in the long run. Landlords take notice, we have cases in Nebraska where the renter simply did not control the weeds and it got to the point they could not afford rent on that land and handed it back to the land- lord. Next year the landlord found out what the diminished value that land had when trying to rent that mess out. It takes a lot of money and years to cleanup a mess like that so the renter will most likely ask the landlord to share in the pain. If I was renting land I would have a weed control discussion with my potential renters and drive around in the summer and fall and see how the weed control is going on your land. I have seen the beast and it is very ugly. We must have the col- lective will to fight these weeds. This is going to involve more time planning weed control, dif- ferent timings of weed control, going back to products we have not used in years and willingness to accept the fact that the days of cheap weed control are gone. Do we have the will and will we ef- fectively implement resistant strategies across our very pro- ductive land? I hope so or the fu- ture is going to get a lot tougher. Dates to Remember: Walsh County Fair, Park River ND