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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES OCTOBER 19, 2011 FRO00 THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, fALSH COUNTY PRESS It is fair time here in Walsh County. And one thing that Walsh County can be proud Of is a stel- lar 4-H reputation. Growing up in Pembina County 4-H, I can tell you that I loved going to the Walsh County Fair. It was the place to steal all of the best ideas for next year's 4-H projects. Whether it was ideas that kids came up with or ideas that parents pushed kids to try or lead- ers. with a crafty eye come up with, the static exhibits have al- ways been a diverse collection of crafts. I was usually pretty crafty as a kid. Not necessarily crafty in the evil genius sort of way, but more in the excessive creative energy kind of way. I canae up with all kinds of goodies for the Pembina County Fair... although, much to my mom's dismay, I was usually the last minute type. The blue ribbon was nice, but grand champion.., now, that was a goal. Being.unique and creative was a surefire way of hitting that prize. While. they weren't all gems (I'm looking at you clock radio flower arrangement.) some of those projects are still around today, as well as the skills I learned from creating them. 4-H helped me to become a more in- dependent person as well as fox- nag me to work on my speaking skills fi'om when I had to explain these bizarre creations to a real- live judge. Several years down the road, I am the one doing the judging. I've judged in the Pembina County Fair. the Walsh County Fair. Communication Arts, Con- stuner Choices, and Project Expo. to name a few The best part is that there is a whole batch of kids out there who range in personalities and proj- ects. Shy kids who create master- pieces look at me with wide eyes when I ask them how they made their exhibit and they whisper. "I don't know." Outspoken kids with five different exhibits talk my ear off about each step they took to create each one. And the occasional way-to-honest kid will just say, "Umm... my morn did it." My morn was the type to stand far back on the days before fair judging. They were our projects and she didn't want anything to do with them. If we couldn't get it all done, then we had to drop the project and plan better next year. Now that fair time is here once more I still have plenty to look forward to. And at the top of my list is not having to create any- thing. I can sit back and enjoy the work of another generation of 4- Hers taking their education to the next level. Like "" the Walsh County Press on Facehook and check out our blog at http://walsh COI01'pFess. WoIp4ss, COII Hello. This morning, we are getting a light rain. Will help settle the dust, and alleviate the fire danger. That will make the upcoming fall roundups more enjoyable. Think- ing about the fall gather, I got to re- membering one of my favorites from awhile back. A few years ago, I had a chance to help a guy gather his yearlings. Now, you know, I usually don't go out of my way to find more work. I have a hard time getting the stuff done that Shirley has missed. But, I figured I might never get to see 2500 yearlings in a bunch again, so Hat Kind of a pretty sight. As we trotted along, Bruz was pointing out land marks and ex- plaining the lay of the pasture to us new guys. He kind of explained how the gather would work and how the cattle string down this draw and onto the creek. They line out down the creek, through the Tips As far as I could see, we didn't need twenty-five riders. Shirley, Will. and I could have done this job. But an hour later, I figured out why we had so much help. As the yearlings wound through the dog town and across the creek, they started to figure out this wasn't a nomaal day. The leaders of the herd through the prairie dog town. With riders trying to head me and the yearlings off. !twas great. And I noticed one thing. As you get older, prairie dog holes get larger and more frequent. Washouts get deeper and wider. And cattle and horses run faster than they used to. It was a real old west stampede. Allwe lacked was six-guns blazing in the air. After a couple ofmiles we. well, actually they, got the herd stopped. Me and Boss were miles away by then. Sitting on a hill watching a roundup. But we did manage to I had better take it. That's right. Twenty five hundred yearlings in one pasture. We were supposed to meet at Bruz's place at about five o'clock. Or daylight. No one knew what time daylight came. so it was kind of an unorganized start to things. But, Will and I were the first ones there. ," I guess we sat around and had coffee for about an hour before everyone arrived. The sun was just up. I never knew it came up in the east before. The sun was just up when we trotted out of the yard into the hills. Twenty-five riders. dog town, across the creek, around the comer, and into the corral. Yeah, right. That's what I thought. As we neared the west end of the pasture, we split up into groups of two or three and thnned out. It was an easy gather. There were yearlings scattered all along this ridge of hills on both sides of the creek. They just trotted down these draws and off these ridges and pretty soon we had a couple of thousand yearlings strung out headed for the corral It was more beautiful than a girly show. But then, maybe that's cause I'm get- ting old. Happening,s 00t,O Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC The Park River Good Samaritan Center has been very busy this past week. The Hoff Lutheran Church hosted our October Birthday Party on Thursday afternoon and they served delicious cakes and bingo was played with prizes of $1.00 and a candy bar. This Thursday Oct. 20 at 3:00 will be our PRETTY IN PINK FASHION SHOW. Fashions will include a variety of styles in the color pink. This event will honor and recognize breast cancer awareness month. There will be a free will offeringaftemoon lunch will the proceeds goingto the NATIONAL-BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! This past week Rev. Jeff Johnson led Devotion Services with Holy Communion, the Senior Center Band was here and the Mennonite Singers performed. Devotional leaders were Lois Ydstie. Lorene Larson,l Bonnie Van Bruggen, Rev.David Hinrichs and Corrine Ramsey. The accompanists were Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Terry Hagen Assisted with Nail's Time. Shirley Sobolik led Rosary and Communion, Father Luitin held Mass and Rev. Paul Kiel led Sunday Worship services. We thank everyone for sharing their time and talents with us again this week. The Children are invited to Trick or Treat here at the center on Halloween from 4-5. By Extension Agent-In-Training Theresa Jeske ZN ND Walsh County Health District , ..... ,. Short Shots Suicide is a real issue in North Dakota. Every 4 days in North Dakota someone dies from suicide. Warning Signs Changes in person's mood, diet, or sleeping pattern Increased use of alcohol or drugs Withdrawal from friends, family and society. Rage or uncontrolled anger Reckless behavior. How can you be helpful to someone who is threatening suicide? Talk openly and matter of thctly about suicide. Be willing to listen. Be nonjudgmental. Don't debate if suicide is fight or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture about the value of life. Don't dare the person to do it. Don't act shocked. Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support. Take action. Remove lethal means such as guns or stockpiled pills. Get help from someone specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Help is available by calfing 1.-800-273-8255 (a free and confidential 24/7 suicide prevention lifeline). turned back. They jammed up i- sneak back to the herd to help cor- .... ral them. Just as we got to the cor- the middle of the dog town and the Saler cattle rose to the occasion. They made a break for freedom. Have you ever seen a couple .of thousand cattle turn, lift their tails in the air, and head fight for you. I was riding Boss. Boss is a colt. Two years old. And kind. But, in that instant, when he saw the stam-, pede headed right for him. he de- cided he was not Smoky the Cowhorse. He was leaving the reservation. Whether I went along or not. Now, beings the cattle were not mine. 1 went with Boss. About forty miles an hour sideways .ral. the cattle started to mill again For an hour, we had two thousand . yearlings going in a tight circle just Outside the corral gate. I thought we were going to lose them again un- til Todd had a bright idea. He took his jacket and tied it to his rope and drug it through the corral gate. A few curious yearlings followed that jacket through the gate like it was a bucket of feed. Damdest thing 1 ever saw. But we got em gathered and loaded. And it was a pretty sight. Later, Dean estimates'for 2012 Even though it IS tOO early to start placing bets on the 2012 elec- tion, John Dwyer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Coun- cil, wanted the best estimates at the annual meeting of the Lignite En- ergy Council in Bismarck earlier this month. Best estimates this early in the election season are about as reliable as North Dakota weather forecasts. Nevertheless. we offered some. At this point, all we can do is look to North Dakota electoral his- tory and propose specious conclu- sions. h the first place, we can assume that the Republican candidate for president, regardless of name or gender, will carry North Dakota in 2012. He has in every election since 1964-and that's a 50-year track record. So you can safely put your money on that prospect. Over that past few elections, the Republican candidate has carried North Dakota on average with 58 percent of the vote. The Demo- cratic candidate has been averag- ing around 39 percent. Republican candidates for state and legislative offices have usually run behind their presidential can- didates by a five to 10 percentage points while Democratic candi- dates run ahead of their presiden- tial candidate byl0 to 15 percent. (This was reversed temporarily in 2004 and 2008 but my guess is that it will go back to normal in 2012.) These figures tell us that the presidential candidates have prac- tically no coattails and other fac- tors are more important. Because North Dakota is a small state, po- litical competition is influenced more by personal reputations than by presidential candidates. Many North Dakota voters think independently regardless of party. Republican voters cast bal- lots for Democratic candidates; otherwise Democrats wouldn't be running ahead of their presidential candidates, it also explains why Republican North Dakota had an all-Democratic Congressional del- egation for so many years. While the presidential candi- dates may not have coattails, they influence the level of turnout. This could be a major factor in 2012 since recent polls indicate that 44 percent of the Democrats are less thsn enthusiastic about the 2012 election than they were in 2008 Many of them just stay home. In 2008, McCain with 58 per- cent of the vote ran behind this his- toric Republican average by six percent while Obama with 45 per- cent ran six percent ahead of the Democrat average. Obama was only the third democrat since 1964 to break 40 percent. Even with this strong showing for a Democrat. the North Dakota Senate remained unaffected and Republicans lost only three seats in the House. Historically, the Re- publican presidential candidate has had to run at 60 percent or more to gain legislative seats. I the Democratic candidate for president falls back to the historic average of 39 percent and the Re- publican average goes back up to 58 percent, only one Republican seat (District 12- Jamestown) and one Democratic seat (District 42- Grand Forks) look competitive. All other 2008 Senate races were so lop-sided that all incumbents look safe in 2012. Contests for House seats will be a little different because 14 Re- publican and five Democratic House seats were won by less than three percent of the vote in 2008. If Obama doesn't run as well in 20i2 as he did in 2008, most of these Republican seats will be safe and most of the Democratic seats will be in danger. When it comes to candidates for state offices, the last 10 elections tell us that there were 59 incum- bents running and only l I (19%) of them were defeated. None of the incumbents lost in the last three elections. It looks like Democrats will need a major lift to gain state offices in 2012,, Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD More ideas for what you can pack for a healthy lunch More Ideas for What You Can Pack for a Healthy Lunch What to pack in your child's lunch?? This question has baf- fled parents for years. We might remember things like warm yo- gurt and brown apple slices in our school hnchbox and lots of salami because mothers thought it wouldn't spoil by lunch time. Today, it's imperative that chil- dren's lunchboxes contain a well- balanced, healthy, and appetizing selection of foods that can be kept cool until eaten. Appetizing is probably the key as we want children to EAT the foods we pack. Here are some tips to help you pack healthy, safe, and appetiz- ing lunches: Introduce children to a variety of whole-grain breads and rolls. If your child doesn't like sandwiches, try an unassem- bled one they can eat in stages. Try "planned-overs" like hearty soups, chili, or spaghetti from the night before. Use a con- tainer that can keep foods hot. Pack cheese sticks by cutting your own. Children need calcium each day, so include cheese even if milk is served. Veggies and dip are al- ways a hit. Cut up carrots, cu- cumbers, broccoli, or cauliflower and pack with a small container of your child's favorite low-fat dressing. Offer beverages like water and or purchase fat free or low-fat milk at school; 100% fruit juice should be an occa- sional beverage. Minimize the salty and sweet treats in the lunch bag. Items like chips, "fruit" roll-ups, and cookies in the lunch bag make it tough for small stomachs to get all the nutrients needed for good health and growth. Include a favorite item along with new foods. This way if the child doesn't care for the new item, he or she will still have the old favorite. Involve children when planning lunch bag menus. They'll look forward to lunchtime knowing they've helped create the menu. Keep foods safe. Use in- sulated bags with reusable ice packs to keep foods cool. Use a lunch box with rigid sides to keep foods from getting crushed. All of these ideas will work for adults too. who fall into a "'rut" as to what we bring or pre- pare for lunch. Variety is the key to healthy eating! All nay best to you and your family, Julie Source: www  Today, it's imperative that chil- dren's lunchboxes contain a well- i: ' bdia'eed, heah; d a " " ......... pptng selection of foods that can be kept cool until eaten." Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284:6624 Winterizing your home As the seasons begin to change it is time to consider preparing your home for the winter months. Install and test all smoke and car- bon monoxide detectors. Change all batters and install the carbon monoxide detector by a furnace or water heater. Inspect your fur- nace and stock up on furnace fil- ters. It is suggested that furnace filters be changed monthly during the winter months. One should also have their air ducts checked and cleaned if necessary. Check over the exterior, doors and win- dows for leaks. Seal any crevice cracks and replace cracked glass in windows. Switch out summer screens for glass replacements and install storm windows. Con- sider using window insulator kits to seal windows as these will help increase the energy efficiency of your home. Inspect your roof, gutters and downspouts. Replace any worn roof shingles; cleanout gutters and rinse out down spouts to keep moisture flowing. Also consider the drainage of the area under your downspouts to make sure the water is flowing away from your home rather than pool- ing up along the foundation. Check your foundation to seal up any entry points to keep small an- imals from entering your home. Secure crawl space entrances and rake away all debris and vegeta- tion from the foundation. This will ensure that critters don't hole, up along your foundation for the winter and not burrow along your foundation. Prevent plumbing freezes by insulating any exposed plumbing pipes and drain all gar- den hoses. If you go on vacation leave your heat set to at least 55 degrees to ensure the pipes don't freeze while you're gone. Also prepare landscaping and outdoor surfaces and equipment for the season. Trim tree branches away from your house and electrical wires. Plant spring flower bulbs and remove bulbs that cannot winter over. Seal driveways, brick patios and wood decks. Service your weather-specific eqmpment; drain gas from lawnmowers and clean, dry and store all garden- ing equipment. Service and tune up your snow blowers and be pre- pared for snow with sturdy snow shovels, sharp ice choppers and buy bags of ice-melt or sand. It is also best to be prepared by having an Emergency kit in your home and car in case needed. Place ex- tra winter clothing and blankets in your car along with a flashlight, snacks, water, sand or salt and a shovel. You never know when you could be on the road and need these items. For your home kit, have candles, matches and a flashlight with spare batteries available in case of a power short- age. Have the phone numbers for your utility companies near your phone or inside a phone book. Store extra bottled water and non- perishable food supplies, blankets and a first aid kit in a dry, easy to access location. Dates to Remember: Oct 20-21, Walsh County Fair; Park River Fair Building