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ERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 I, 2018 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK BY ALLISON OLI kB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS There is an abbreviation in the in- temet world TL;DR, also known as too long; didn't read. Buckle up for a rant. TL;DR version? Vote. So, how about that Mega Mil- lions? Did you drive across town to pick up a ticket? Did you drive across the county? Did you pay three dollars? Did you pay more than that?. Did you pick up that piece of paper with the overwhelming hope that maybe the next day your life could change dramatically? Now, how about that absentee ballot? Did you fill that in? Did you drop it at the post office? No? Why? Too much work? Pointless be- came nothing will change? Now, back to that lottery ticket? You didn't win 1.6 billion dollars. I know you didn't. But that ballotT That might actually change your life. I don't need to be some jerk telling you who to vote for and how to vote, there are enough of those on the Intemet. I don't need to give you some red vs. blue lecture, I just in my census information. You want want America to be a shade less to talk pointless? apathetic. I want us to be that ide- Why is it that the census paper- alistic young country willing to die work came to my house several rather than be faced with taxation be- times stamped mandatory, but the fore representation. Half of the process of voting requires about as country sits idly by while a quarter many hoops as an old-timey skirt. of the people choose the winners. You want to sit around and crab You still live and die by the de- about the census? I am right there cisions these people make with you. It provides the govemmenl Voting should be celebrated, with vital information, but it is Postage should be free (but that's an- 7,000 questions too long. other rant). Voter eligibility laws You want to complain about should be the same across the coun- voting? Filling in a lottery ticket try (yet again, another rant), manually is about as complicated as Some people buy lottery tickets filling in that ballot. It is free (save every day. Voting is really only for those two stamps. Go through something you have to do for pres- those hoops to get it as if a soldier idential, midterm, primary, general, died for you to do so. Vote now. No excuses. Keep your complaints to yourself. Voting is never pointless. "Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- Like a good American I also filled book.com. Hello, Last week I told you about a few of the bucking horses and how many of them were given their names. I had a lot of com- ments, well two, from readers. One from my daughter and one from my current wife, Shirley. So with that kind of response I'd like to visit with you about a couple others. Oh, and by the way, if you are calling to buy my donkey or my mules, you are too late. They are gone. No, they didn't run away. Shirley and her sister, Rose, delivered them to Montana over the weekend. All I had to do was spread the word that I was going to have a donkey roast at the Green River rest area, and an animal rescue outfit in Montana called and purchased them! Man, what a wonderful country we live in. I do have to give credit to Shirley and Rose, there are not a lot of housewives that can haul a trailer load of wild donkeys ip across two states, jump them into could usually win, or at least another trailer, and be back at the place if you held up your end of saloon in Medora for lunch! the deal.' I was going to tell you about The Watford City fair and Prince W. Prince W was a one- rodeo was held in the middle of eyed draft horse. I think we put- summer. Usually one of the chased him from a guy that biggest and best rodeos in the hauled him into Towner for the state. This one summer we had Fourth of July Rodeo. It was al- the stock sorted, and had gone up ways one of our biggest rodeos of town for lunch m Joe's Bar. Re- the season. We were always short ally. He had a grill in there. Not of real good saddle broncs and a real clean grill mind you, but it the owner thought he would buck. kind of fit our life style. And buck he did. Toby, one of the pickup men Although he only had one eye, was with us. As we were having he handled nice, was gentle, and lunch someone mentioned there you could do anything with him. was a horse pull contest going to Except ride him. He was a horse take place in a bit at the fair- thin bronc riders loved to get on. grounds. Dad mentioned that if He would jump and kick and you he had a another horse, he would put Prince W in that team-pulling contest. Toby said his big ap- paloosa gelding was broke to drive and the deal was on. They quickly finished their drink, I mean lunch, and headed down to the arena. They bor- rowed a set of ill-fitting collars and a harness from a friend, caught Prince out of the bronc pen, pulled the saddle off Appy, and harnessed them up. They came driving over the top of the racetrack to the surprise of all the real teamsters there and got in line to hook up. I don't know who was more surprise when Dad slapped that team with the lines and said "Git up Boys" and they put their heads down and pulled. They placed second out of a lot of good teams. And about two hours later, Cary Hande won the bronc riding on Prince W! Later, Dean t, d Happenings at Our ~O2,[ qarnaritan Good Samaritan 5txziet3"" P nK Rlvta Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Thank you Deb Seines for your years of service, enjoy your retire- ment! We hope that the kids come by Trick or Treating m The Good Samaritan and stop to play a game with us m the Spooktacular Bash on Halloween. This week Oc. 28th - Nov. 3rd Oct. 28th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Apple, 3:30 Who am I? Oct. 29th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Baking Apples, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Oct. 30th lpm Crochet/Card Group, 3pm Making Ghost Suckers Oct. 31st 10am Sunshine Kids Trick or Treating, 11:15 Resident Council, 2:30 Halloween Dance w/Teresa and The Plow Boys, 4:30 - ^:30 Trick or Treating Nov. 1st 3:30 Candy Shopping RSVP, 6:30 Movie Night Nov. 2nd 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3pm Fall Crafts Nov. 3rd 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm What am I? Nov. 9th 10:30 Nail Time, lpm- Music Therapy, 3:30 Beading, 7:30 Mennonite Singers Nov. 10th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, lpm Trivia, 2:15 Bingo Next Week Nov. 4th - 10th Nov. 4th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Thank you to our many volun- Peterson, 3pm Time Facts teers: Pastor Neuberger, Lois Ydstie, Nov. 5th 10am Embroidery Mary Seim, Mary Lund, Corinne Group, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Ramsey, Pastor Hinrichs, Good Nov. 6th 3pm Election Day! Samaritan Auxiliary, Jeanean Nov. 7th 3:15 Bingo McMiUan, Father Miller, Meaghan Nov. 8th 9-4 Collective Goods in Byrd, and anyone I may have The Activity Room, 3pm Birthday missed. If you would like to volun- Party hosted by St. Joseph's Altar teer please call Rose Ulland m 701- Society, 6:30 Movie Night 284-7115. Vs BY." So-IU RN (STUDENT) 10-2018 Prevent. Promote. Protect. Walsh County Health District Short Shots Dementia is defined as a group of symptoms that affects mental cog- nitive tasks such as memory and rea- soning. Dementia is an umbrella term that diseases such as Alzheimer's, Lewy Body, and Frontotemporal can fall under. Not everyone with de- mentia has Alzheimer's Disease. The umbrella term, dementia, widely describes a range of symp- toms. These symptoms include: A decline in memory Changes in thinking Skills Poor judgement and reasoning skills Decreased focus and attention Changes in language and com- munication skills There are different aspects that help to categorize these different forms of dementia. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, fol- lowed by Lewy Body. Lewy body is believed to be caused by the buildup of Lewy body proteins in the brain, while Alzheimer's is characterized by amyloid plaques and neurofibril- lary tangles in the brain. For indi- viduals who have Lewy Body, they may not recognize you one day, but the next day be able to recall her fam- ily and all of their names. While with Alzheimer's, it is a gradual declined in memory. With Alzheimer's symp- toms, there is usually not a big vari- ance from one day to the next. For more information about the different types of dementia, or for support, please visit: https://www.alz.org/alzheimers- dementia/what-is-dementia/types- of-dementia Sauce for the Goose but Not the Gander You can't trust the voters The state legislature has been so meticulous at defending the polling place that it has now come up with a system that will disenfranchise a couple of hundred Native Amer- icans because reservations do not have complete street addresses. Legislators .claim that voter fraud could happen so let's protect the electoral process. It's like passing laws to keep whales om of swimming pools. But this is seri- ous so let's not jest. So far my cursory research on voter fraud in North Dakota has re- vealed this: In the last four primary and general elections, 1,682,161 votes were cast and nobody was charged or arrested for voter fraud. There is no voter fraud but let's prevent it anyway. Claims between 2012 and 2017. Insurance rates to follow. Low income; high taxes Not only do many low income people need two jobs to make ends meet, North Dakota ptmishes them through the tax structure. In a report just issued by the In- stitute on Taxation and Econom- ic Policy for North Dakota, the lowest income folks pay the high- est taxes and the top five percent pay the least. The lowest 20 percent earning cup to $27,800 pay 10.3 percent in taxes while the wealthiest five percent pay only 4.5 percent. The high sales tax is the villain. Prop- erty tax is quite flat; the income tax is progressive, but it is too small to impact the total. But you can trust us Ironically, the same folks who are tightening the noose on the vot- ers are less concerned about in- tegrity in govemment. In fact, the same legislators that have been op- posing the ballot measure on gov- ernment integrity and ethics (No. 1) are the same ones that have been casting doubt on the integrity of voters. According to its sponsors, Measure No. 1 would restrict lob- byists, guarantee election integri- ty and create an ethics commission to consider complaints against public officials, candidates and lobbyists. The Measure No. 1 is being op- posed by "North Dakotans for Sound Government" headed by Geoff Simon. And guess what? In his regular job, Simon is a lobby- ist for the energy industry. ND Votes on polarization American politics will contin- ue to be polarized as long as vot- ers keep sending polarizing politi- cians to Washington. In a diverse society such as we have, compro- mise is necessary to creme policy suitable for a wide range of peo- ple. If a candidate has never cast a bipartisan vote, he or she is not a problem solver but one of those "my way or the highway" barriers to progress. To begin with, Republicans have used their power in Wash- ington to ride roughshod over the Democratic minority. So if the De- mocrats win the Congress, they will be inclined to take their turn at brutal politics. Some are already talking about investigations, hear- ings and impeachment. Bad ideas. Democrats could help the nation turn the comer on polarization by turning the other cheek and bring- Marijuana hits the road - hard ing civility to the national dialogue. According to two recent stud- ies, car crashes were up as much Switzerland is calling the losers as six percent in states riding high If you are unhappy with the out- on recreational marijuana. The In- come of the election, here is a deal stitute for Highway Safety com- for you. The Swiss hamlet of A1- pared four states with recreation- binen is offering $25,000 to each al marijuana- Colorado, Nevada, adult and $10,000 for each child Oregon and Washington - with for anyone under 45 who will four states that do not have the come to share their mountain. mind-altering stuff-Idaho, Mon- You must live there at least l0 tana, Utah and Wyoming. years - two and a half presidential The study focused on collision elections. Legislators claim that voter fraud could happen so let's p.rotect the electoral process. It's like passing laws to keep whales out of swim: ming pools. @ NDSU Extension Service Inspire Your halves "face down" on a greased Autumn Menus With baking pan, cover with foil and bake for one to 1 1/2 hours (de- Pumpkin pending on the size of the pump- "What's your favorite dessert?" kin) in a preheated 375 F oven. I asked my daughter. She was a Remove the flesh from the skin preschooler at the time. "Pumpkin pie!" she exclaimed. Her answer surprised me. I was expecting to hear brownies or chocolate ice cream. "Really, pumpkin pie?" I asked. "Yes, but we can't have pump- kin pie now," she said. "It's only for Thanksgiving." I guess our holiday traditions had led her to think we had re- strictions on pumpkin pie. "We can have pumpkin pie at other times," I responded. In fact, I began gathering sup- plies for a pumpkin dessert. Pump- kin is a healthful food to include on -*nus ina voai~ty of ways throughout the year. Pumpkin is low in calories and high in fiber, with about 50 calo- ries and 3 grams of fiber per cup. It is an excellent source of beta- carotene, a pigment our bodies use to make vitamin A. This vitamin helps keep our skin healthy, helps with night vision and works as an antioxidant nutrient that may have some protective effects against cer- tain types of cancer. At this time of year, plastic and real pumpkins greet on many doorsteps. The large jack-o'- lantern-type pumpkins are best used as decorations. Their flesh is stringy and the texture may not be appealing in your recipes. Be inspired by all of the pump- kin decorations and "pumpkin spiced" restaurant foods to enjoy some pumpkin on your home menu. You can begin with canned pumpkin or a fresh pumpkin. If you want to make a recipe us- ing a fresh pumpkin, look for pumpkins that are smaller and rounder. Many times, grocery stores will include a sign by the display or a sticker on the pump- kin that says "pie pumpkin" or "sugar pumpkin." To prepare a fresh pumpkin for recipes, first rinse it under nmning water and scrub, if necessary, with a vegetable brush. This step prevents contaminants that might be on the outside of the pumpkin from being transferred to the flesh during cutting. Next, cut the pumpkin in half, discard the stem and remove the stringy pulp. Remove the seeds and save, if desired, to make a crunchy snack described later. To bake the pumpkin, place the and mash or process in a food processor and use in your fa- vorite recipe. Alternatively, you can cut the pumpkin into chunks and boil or microwave the pumpkin until soft. What about those seeds? Fiber- rich roasted pumpkin seeds are easy to prepare. Rinse them, then blot them dry with paper toweling. Mix each cup of seeds with about 1 tablespoon of your favorite cookin.g oil, then sprinkle with the seasonings you like best. You can make them sweet or savory. Roast the seeds in a 300 F oven for about 30 IIIIIILIL~I$, turning every IO mln- utes, or until they are light brown and crunchy. We have several pumpkin recipes on the front page of our website (https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ food) this month. Try making two-ingredient pumpkin spice muffins by mixing one can of pumpkin puree with a box of spice cake mix, placing the batter in muffin tins and baking for about 20 minutes. That's it - just two ingredients. You can sprinkle the tops lightly with sugar before baking, if desired. Or try some sa- vory pumpkin soup or pumpkin bread pudding. Remember "impossible pies" from several years ago? They're still tasty and easy to make. A slice of this dessert has 100 fewer calo- ries than a piece of pumpkiripie with a regular crust. Impossible Pumpkin Dessert 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp. baking powder 1/8 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground allspice 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 3/4 c. white sugar 3 Tbsp. butter, softened 2 large eggs, beaten 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 1 (12-ounce) can nonfat evap- orated milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract Optional topping: 1 Tbsp. brown sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinna- mon Prairie Fare page 5 i Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Moving on to a new Chapter in Walsh County It is with a sense of loss that I most announce that Jamie has de- cided to take a different direction in her career and she will leave us on November first. She will pursue a career in finance and be closer to home for her family and work more reasonable hours. This is a ca- reer she has experience in and I know she will do a wonderful job with it. In her short time here she has really got the organization of our 4-H program on track and 1 have enjoyed working with her in many programs. She is a true pro- fessional and she will be missed in Walsh County Extension. Where does that leave us is the question that has been asked? I do not see this position being filled in the short turn with the current budget challenges facing NDSU Extension. We have many open po- sitions state wide that have been open for a length of time. I can tell you that discussions are already oc- cumng to get this position filled. In the past couple of years we have gone from a professional staff of four to now only one. That is a 75% decrease. We have one of the busiest offices in the state and our 4-H program has been the envy of many in the state of North Dakota for quite some time now. It will be difficult to keep all of the balls in the air if not impossible. If there is a silver lining to all of this is I was in a single agent county for 12 years prior to com- ing here 25 years ago so I have done it before on a much smaller scale. I am also the most seniorAg agent in the state with a lot of ex- perience so I have a handle on many things a young agent Wt tdd not. We have a strong 4-H Coun- cil and Fair to help us along. We also have a very supportive group of commissioners. I am committed to doing everything we can with what we have. I would ask for pa- tience and understanding as we de- cide what can and can't be done. I am not ready to quit yet and I take a lot of pride in what we in Walsh County have accomplished and I will do whatever is humanly pos- sible to keep the program at the highest levels. I hope you will take time to thank Jamie for all she has done for our county and I know she will help where she can and continue to be involved in the future. I will update you as I have more to share. Walsh County Crop Improvement Annual Meeting We decided last year that there were way too many conflicts in December to have our annual meeting then. We are looking at January or February. I will let you know once we have confirmed a date, we are also looking at also re- turning to a day meeting. We are trying to find the best time for our very busy membership. I hope it will work.