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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES OCTOBER 23, 2013 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS The organizers of the Walsh County Fair, like any fair or event, have the challenge of dealing with a greedy generation of folks asking "what's in it for me?" rather than taking in the event for what it is and all of the hard work that goes into it. There may not have been a rodeo this year, but that didn't stop the 4-Hers and open class exhibitors from putting their best effort for- ward. I judged the youth photography category for the 4-Hers. My kids were amazing this year. I had a beck of a time narrowing it down to my Hello, Well, by the time you read this Shirley should be heading home. You see, she had knee replacement surgery on Monday. I blame it on barrel racing decades ago when she would take a barrel a little close and bang her knee on a barrel. She blames it on carrying buckets to feed calves because I like to have chores for her to do. But, like Con- gress, it does no good to play the blame game. It is time to move for- ward. I had an entire column in my head dealing with this. How I was going to write about the grindstone I had bought Shirley so she could sharpen sickles and knives as she pedaled. How I bought this bike that would generate electricity as it was pedaled, so as Shirley rehabbed, we could power the house and save some money. How I was going to buy some smaller buckets so she would have an easier time feeding calves until she healed up. But one of my neighbors warned me that many readers would think I was making light of a very serious sit- uation so I will not go there. top picks for Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, and honorable mentions. The kids I spoke with were just starting out. Their biggest challenge? Holding the camera straight. But some did better than I even imagined working on focus and subject framing. Their love of photography was just starting out. They found their inspiration all around. I remember when I was that 4- Her and my photos were the same: my dog, my cats, my family mem- bers on our vacations, my special trips.., it was my life and I captured it on film (because that is what we used back then). To be honest, I pens, or just spending some time probably wouldn't have taken such with the critters between judging Prairie Fare an interest had I not had a looming events. project deadline, but now, I am glad I did. I learned a lot from tlose four minutes or so that I spentwith my judge in each category. And I remember the excitement that came along with dragging my family to the fair to show off each one of the ribbons I earned. It is strange how you forget the feeling that comes with being young during fair time. I had to drag my son from the animal barns because all he wanted and all he needed from that event was to pet a bunny and sit on a pony for a few minutes to be sublimely happy. He ran from pen to pen to see what kind of critter would greet him next. The part that amazed me was that each time we were in that barn, there was no shortage of youth caring for their animals, whether it was feed- ing, cleaning their animalls or their Hat When you are in the livestock business, or farming in general, you deal with a lot of injuries. Like when I told you about Ralph being injured while helping us earlier this summer. And Ralph, by the way, is on the mend, albeit it slowly. I was telling a friend about this horse wreck the other day. He start- ed telling me about a wreck he wit- nessed a couple years ago. It hap- pened at a dude ranch in South Cen- tral North Dakota. This rancher runs a dude opera- tion in conjunction with his cow-calf outfit. He has a couple hundred cows, so he splits his branding into halfa dozen work deals.And he gets lots and lots of dudes to help, and that is using the word "help" loose- ly, with his brandings.  IftG,Qod . Happenings at Our '.xt ,. s0maptan Good Samaritan J OCle2 Am. anda Daley,.A_i'fifies Asst. What is Going on in Activities/Upc0ming Ex/ent:-i i : : Oct: 14. . ..... Hymn Sing wl ChealKox ...... Oct. 18 ....................... Painting w/Bernie Wilebski Oct. 21 ......................... Staff/Resident Pumpkin Carving Oct. 24 ...................... Auxiliary Luncheon & Program w/Good Sam Auxiliary Oct. 31 ...................... Kids invited to Come Trick 'Or Treating 4- A special THANK YOU to all the volunteers that come and give of their time and share talents with us this week. It is always appreciated and the residents are so grateful. Thank you to the following volunteers this week: (I apologize Photo: Submitted if anyone is left out.) Embroidery Above: The Resident's enjoyed a different type Group: Linda of bowling, Pumpkin Bowling. Larson and Shirley Soblik; Hymn Sing: Cheryl Cox and Friends (2nd Monday of Every Me); Rosary: Shirley Soblik; Daily Devotions: Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Pastor David Hinrichs, Jan Novak, Amanda Daley; Arnold Bratten and Sue Fagerholt. Daily Devotional Accompanists: Mary Seim, Jan Novak, and Pastor David Hinrichs; Men's Group: Arnold Braaten; Bible Study: Jeanean McMillian; and Saturday Mass: Father Gary Lutein This week we started with the Halloween Events. Residents enjoyed Pumpkin Bowling and decorating gourds. We also had a Painting Day with Bernie Wilebski. We want to take the time to Thank Bernie for coming and letting the residents express their talents. If you have a talent you would like to share or would like to vohmteer with us please call the Good Sam @ 284-7115. At the moment we are currently looking for Special Music for Sundays. It could be a group that needs a place to practice. We enjoy any music you have to offer! | Pu]g0000 Walsh County Health Distr'ct NDSU Agriculture Communication I was reading an article the oth- er day that said there are basically two types of people in the world, those who are happy and those who are not. Happiness does not come from fame, fortune, other people or material possessions, it comes from within. Simply put, happy people choose to be happy by how they live their lives. Here are some things that happy people seem to have in common: • They don't hold grudges • They treat everyone with kind- ness • They see problems as chal- lenges • They express gratitude for what they already have • They dream big Tips Now, we used to run a dude deal ourselves. And rest assured, when someone wearing flip flops and shorts tells you they know how to ride, and they want an eight hour ride when it is 100 above, you know they are either insane or just like to be in pain. But we did have experiences with riders who assured you they could handle any aorse you ran under them. Anyway this rancher was getting his crew mounted up to gther fifty pair to brand that afternoon. One guy, who was a little too heavy (who am I to judge), struggled to get on his horse. When he was about half on, and not holding on to the reins, the horse took off. I mean he real- ly took off. He could have been in the lead at Los Alamitos for a mil- • They don't sweat the small stuff • They speak well of others • They never make excuses • They get absorbed in the pres- ent • They wake up at the same time every morning • They avoid social compar- isons • They choose friends wisely • They don't seek approval of others • They take time to listen • They meditate • The eat well and exercise • They live minimally • They tell the truth • They accept what cannot be changed Are you happy today? These kids and those who show- case in the open class work so hard. They don't need a camival, or rodeo, or some other dog and pony show. They work with their projects and their animals all year long to proudly showcase them during four days in October. Though some may say that there is something missing, those people are missing what is fight in front of them. Though it might be nice to go back to the days of the Potato Queen Pageant or some other big time events, there is something special to be said about the purity of the event still holding true to its roots when it was first created, a showcase of Walsh County agriculture. Like "' the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http://walsh- countypress, wordpress, corn lion dollars. And this old boy is hanging on for dear life. Well, I imagine that is what we would all do. His best deal would have been to fall off immediately, but alas, he didn't. He held on un- til that horse was cutting a hole in the wind and passing everyone in sight. When the horse was going faster than he had ever gone in his life, the rider lost hold. All the other riders were sure he was dead. And I'm thinking maybe he was wishing he was as well. He broke all the ribs on one side of his body and separated both shoul- ders! Both! Now, I had a hangnail once...But I'm guessing this hurt worse. But his help was smarter than we were with Ralph. They did call the air ambulance and had him out of there in short time. I guess the guy healed up fine. Doesn't care to ride anymore though. Get well Shirley! The calves are bellering for you and I don't know how much you've been feed- ing them. Later, Dean Legislative Veteran Warns About Lobbfing After 25 years ofneutrality as Di- rector of the North Dakota Leg- islative Council, John Olsrud has broken his silence about the dangers of lobbying in a recent article car- fled by the Northern Plains Ethics Journal centered at North Dakota State University. As Council Director, one of John's duties was providing ethics training for new legislators. While many in government cir- cles deny that North Dakota has ethics problems, John is not so sure. We may not have anyone in jail, he says, but maybe that is "be- cause legislators write their own ethics laws and rules and care is tak- en to make sure that nothing is done to disturb the cozy relationship be- tween legislators and lobbyists." John suggests that we not Wor- ry about the lobbyist-funded party that involves large numbers of leg- islators and lobbyists. The thing to watch is the private parties and the trips financed by corporations that are kept out of the public view. Lobbyists spending limits are lit- tle protection. Lobbyists can dodge spending limitations by funneling money through front organizations that use the money to finance leg- islative junkets and other favors. "We never find out if our legis- lators' trips are paid for by specif- ic lobbying groups that have a par- ticular interest in issues in North Dakota." The aim of interest groups is to capitalize on their monetary in- vestments by securing passage of fa- vorable laws or killing unfavorable laws. In this battle, it is helpful to have the ear of a friendly legislator. John reported that a lobbyist for a pharmaceutical company once told him that it was worth thousands of dollars just to keep certain bills from being introduced. Lobbying pays. While John's remarks were aimed at direct lobbying, there is also the buying ofinfluernce through campaign contributions. With the liberalization by the U. S. Supreme Court of the First Amendment to permit unlimited contributions, un- detected campaign money flows freely in the political system. Recently, some North Dakota cit- izens accused special interests of buying undue influence by donating to the campaigns of public service commissioners and members of the State Industrial Commission. They actually used the ord "bribery". All of the recipients were Re- publicans. But before we rush to judgment, we should acknowledge that the oil and coal industries have always been regular contributors to Republican campaigns. So it can't be assumed that such contributions are anything unusual unless they get excessive. In order to assess the efforts of these energy industries to gain un- due influence in the future, it Will be necessary to compare current with past contributions to make that judgment. While the ethics of legislative and executive officials have not been tested in years past, the political en- vironment in North Dakota has changed radically with the arrival of big oil and all of its auxiliary eco- nomic beneficiaries. They have a big stake in what the Legislature does and doesn't do. But John is right. We can't expect the Legislature to write new rules for regulating lobbying or campaign contributions. Folks who are con- cemed about the matter will have to bypass the Legislature and put the issue on the election ballot to get the regulations they feel is necessary. This would require a concerted effort by a sizable number of citi- zens. Without the motivation of a scandalous breach of ethics, citizens are not likely to be concerned enough to take that kind of action. "What is unfortunate about this picture," Olsrud concluded, "is that the public will never know who is buying influence under current laws." While the ethics of legislative and executive officials havre not been tested in year. s past, the political en- vtronment m North Dakota has than. ged radically .... with the arrival of big od and all of its auxthary economic ben- eficiarles. " NDSU Extension Service Temper Your Sweet Tooth "Mom, did you notice when the last cake-decorating class is being held?" my 10-year-old daughter asked. "Yes, your final class is at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of October," I said to my detail-oriented daughter. "And what is special about that day?" she asked in a dramatic tone with widened eyes and raised eye- brows. She looked a little scary. "Oh, no, that's Halloween and I suppose you would like to go trick- or-treating," I replied when the sig- nificance of the date dawned on me. "Well, yeah," she replied matter- of-factly. She looked very dejected, with slumped shoulders and a frown. She loves to dress up in sil- ly costumes and run from house to house with her plastic pumpkin pail. I guess coming home with a frosting-covered cake isn't a sweet enough deal for her, I thought to my- self. "You can wear your costume to cake decorating class," I offered. "Do you want me to get frosting on it?" she countered. She didn't want to miss the class or the activity, so she will be haunt- mg our neighborhood extra-early this year. Neighbors, please be ready. You might question what a nu- trition columnist is doing writing about taking her kids to cake dec- orating class and allowing her child to trick-or-treat. Frankly, I'm not too worried about occasional sweet indulgences. After all, all things in moderation can fit in a healthful diet. My daughter had no cavities at her last dental visit, so I know she is brushing her teeth effectively. Her weight is appropriate for her height, so she is learning to self-regulate her food intake and stay physically ac- tive. We have quite the collective "sweet tooth" in the U.S. In 2012, Americans b6ught 600 million • pounds of candy, with a price tag of $2.4 billion. What does the latest U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans say about foods and beverages with added sweeteners? From a food science viewpoint, sugar has many positive features. It adds flavor, helps pre- serve food (such as jams and jellies), promotes browning of cookies and provides texture in other foods. However, sweeteners add calo- ries without nutrients. Therefore, the dietary guidelines advise cutting back on foods and drinks with added sugars or caloric sweeteners. Specifically, the latest guidelines ad- vise drinking few or no regular so- das, sports drinks, energy drinks or fruit-flavored drinks. We should eat less cake, cookies, ice cream and candy. How can we limit our sweets? Enjoy a snack-sized candy bar in- stead of a full-sized one. If leftover candy is too tempting, keep it in the freezer, not on the kitchen counter within easy reach. After the trick-or-treating ad- venture, kids and parents should agree on an appropriate number of treats to enjoy per day. Sweet, sticky treats can cause cavities, so make sure that the little ghouls brash their "choppers" well after en- joying a few treats. Consider these alternative treat ideas, too. Sugar-free gum Packages of trail mix or nuts Cereal bars Small boxes of raisins or other dried fruit Sugar-free gum 100 percent fruit juice boxes Snack-sized packages of peanut butter and crackers, graham crack- ers or oatmeal cookies Halloween pencils, pens, stick- ers, temporary tattoos or spider rings Julie' Garden-Robinson, Ph.D!;i'RD., L,R.D., is a Aorth Dakota State UntcpkJ:itff Ex- tension Servic e Jbod and nutr!tion specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. Editor's Note The Extension Exchange columnn was not available this week. It will re- turn as soon as possible. Extension on Ag around the state Sheep Shearing, Wool Classing Schools Set for Nov. 23-25 If you are interested in learning more about sheep shearing or be- coming certified for wool classing, plan to attend the North Dakota Sheep Shearing School on Nov. 23-25 at the Hettinger Fairgrounds or the Certified Wool Classing School on Nov. 23-25 at the Het- tinger Armory. The topics to be covered during the sheep sheafing school include: • Professional shearing pat- terns • Tagging and eyeing • Equipment maintenance and repair • Wool handling and prepara- tmn Instructors for the school are Wade Kopren, a South Dakota professional sheep shearer; Mike Hagens, North Dakota profes- sional sheep shearer; Reid Redden, North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep special- ist; and Mike Schuldt, a Montana State University Extension agent. The school is open to those who are experienced or nonexperi- enced in sheep shearing. To allow for one-on-one instruction, regis- tration is being limited. The reg- istration deadline is Nov. 8. The registration fee is $125. The fee includes tuition, hand- book, DVD and singlet. The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Produc- ers Association is providing $250 in scholarships to state residents 16 and older. The scholarships will be distributed evenly among qualified applicants. Topics to be covered during the wool classing school include: • Wool fiber growth, develop- ment and production • Objective wool measuring • Genetic selection programs • Hands-on wool grading • Wool contamination and han- dling practices • Wool classing, packaging, la- beling and marking • Test for level 1 certification The instructors are Ron Cole, American Sheep Industry Asso- ciation wool education consultant, and Lisa Surber, Montana State University Wool Lab manager. The fee for the program is $175, which includes tuition and materials. The classing school is limited to 12 students and the registration deadline is Nov. 8. For more information on both schools, contact Chris Schauer at (701) 567-4323 or email christo- pher. Entry fees for both schools can be sent to the Hettinger REC, P.O. Box 1377, Hettinger, ND 58639. The sheep shearing school is sponsored by the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Asso- ciation, NDSU Hettinger REC and NDSU Extension Service. The same organizations, along with the American Sheep Industry Association, are sponsoring the certified wool classing school. Schauer, director of the Het- tinger REC, is coordinating both events. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.