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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER I, 2017 Pa e 5 We break for wellness at work #NDWellSummit Like Comment Photo: Submitted Above: First Care Health Center's Emily Koenig, social worker, and Mari- ah Lardy, markeling coordinator accepted the award at the Wellness Sum- mit. 14T.-,.-.--,..,-.-,.-,.-, .-,...,-.,,. .-....-,.-. 1 administered to employees by the mental health, financial health, Fun and Fit Committee this past Lunch N Learns, volunteer oppor- year. This survey offered employees tunities, and social events. First their input on what they wanted to Care Health Center also offers an in- see in their workplace's wellness centive program for healthy living program, from health awareness - from wearing a seatbelt to drink- topics to an interest in new recipes, ing enough water- employees cam This survey has helped direct the points that they record in a health log committee's goals for the current and to win prizes. upcoming year. First Care Health Center is hon- There are many programs that ored to be a recipient ofa Worksite First Care Health Center offers their Wellness Award by Blue Cross employees that contribute to the Blue Shield of North Dakota and wellbeing of the organization's continues to strive to create and sus- workforce. These programs include: tam good health- both at the work- Fitness, healthy diet and recipes, place and in the community. 1/2 tsp, salt 'thirds full of batteri Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. 1 tsp. cinnamon I/2 c. apple, diced, not peeled (about 1 small apple) Optional topping (1 Tbsp. sug- ar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon) Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix oat- meal and buttermilk in a large bowl and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Add beaten egg, brown sugar and oil to the oatmeal mix- ture. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cin- namon. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. (Overmixing may result in lower-quality muffins with peaked tops and tunnels). Fi- nally, gently stir in the apples. Spray muffin tins with nonstick spray (or use oil to grease them). Fill the muffin cups about two- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until lightly brown.ed and a toothpick comes out clean. According to the latest information, use a food thermometer to be sure the inter- nal temperature reaches 200 F. Makes 12 servings. Each serv- ing has 160 calories, 6 grams (g) fat, 4 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber and 230 milligrams sodi- um. Editor's Note: Julie Garden- Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Extension Service food and nutri- tion specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. Christmas : special celebration, or any other needt. By Janne Myrdal possible action during the next ses- Sen. District 10 sion. As mentioned before I serve BISMARCK, N.D. -- Harvest on the AG and Judiciary corn- is wrapping up across our District mittees and both have met once so and what great weather we have far. The next AG committee had to finish the season. I am meeting is on December 19th to grateful for a safe harvest and to continue discussion on several is- our quick responders who were on sues, including on gram testing the scene when needed across our and how to improve this important district, process to protect our producers. I recently met with the new di- The Federal Gram Inspection sent rector of the North Dakota De- a scientistwith excellent infor- partrnent of Transportation (ND- marion on the Vomitoxin issue, DOT) Tom Sorel. We are seeing something that effects all gram ND becoming more and more ur- growers and local elevators. Due banized and I expressed my sin- to the drought this year there was cere concern that rural needs are of course minimal testing, but it re- becoming second fiddle to urban mains an issue of economic im- needs. Agriculture remains the pact and irritation for all involved. number one business of ND and Vomitoxin started becoming an is- the simple, yet important fact, is sue in the 1980s and 1990s and the that food gets to market via rural economic impact ofvomitoxin on roads and we must continue to in- the production levels of grams has vest in such. There are already been substantial for the state and needs across our rural townships affects everyone from the pro- that are struggling to be met due ducers to the grain elevators to the to budgetary issues, yet we must end users. Continued research be vigilant in making sure our into combating vomitoxin is need- roads, bridges and repairs of such ed, but the state has done a good stayonlrack. Our discussion also job of developing strains of grain touched on the fact that there is too that are better suited to growing in much red tape and regulation in our often wet and are resistant to the licensing of vehicles and with certain diseases, but the battle today's technology we can do continues. It seems clear to me better. Innovation is this ad- that global economic forces have ministrations goal and the end laid a somewhat unfair threshold product of that should include less upon our grain producers, influ- cumbersome regulations and enced by UN standards, that are streamlining of services. Feel free not equally applied on the global to contact his office with any marRet and not fully enforceable concerns or ideas for improve- across such markets. Can we as ment. ND Legislatures effect a positive Most Legislative Interim com- change when the best scientific mittees have now met and are cur- methods of testing can vary many rently working on issues the points even from same sample Legislature saw fit to study for with guidelines that indicate one part per million is the maximum passed. There has been some level ofvomitoxin advised yetno confusion as to the difference uniform standards of testing are between that and Concealed Car- enforced? That is the question be- fore us. We will continue to "dig ry laws -- can you carry a loaded in" to this issue as well as the pro- weapon in your car, can you car- tein testing. At the end of the day ry a loaded hand gun duringhunt- it all comes down to both eco- ing and are the new laws in com- nomics and health issues, and our pliance with federal gun laws? As job is to protect growers and con- I write this we are awaiting an sumers without being manipulat- opinion by ND Attorney Gener- ed by false information. As North Dakota exports 50% of al to clarify some of these issue our wheat to the world market is and I hope to update on this soon. in the best interest of everyone that Our Constitutional carry law the testing ofvomitoxin be as ac- only applies within ND, but if you curate as possible, have a level 1 concealed carry per- Judiciary committee met on a mit, as many of us do, you have variety of issues a couple of reciprocity in 39 states, and should weeks ago; How does the implementation be sufficiently Irained to know any of Marcy's law effect law en- limitations as far as where and forcement, the judiciary branch how one may carry. Mean- and the public? And what is the while, err on the side of safety al- cost to the State for the imple- ways when handling or trans- mentation. It will take time to porting guns of course like I hope know for sure and the imple- mentation may need some cor- - we all do. I am a firm believer rection in the future to make sure in the right to carry and that will it does what it indeed intended to not change. do without unwanted conse- Again, thank you to all who quences, have contacted me on a variety if Are ND adoption laws and issue this fall and for input and policies up to date and if anything wisdom from your field of ex- how can we improve. There had been concems about family adop- pertise. And please contact me tions as in grandparents, step par- with any concems and questions. ents etc. going through same Enjoy the fall colors before it all stringent process as unknown turns white and make sure to en- adoptees, joy the local football and volley- - How is the new Constitutional ball games left. We have some Carry gun law applied? This was an issue I had heard about awesome youth! from many in our District. Last Editor's Note: Myrdal is a Sen- Session I co -sponsored the Con- ator in the North Dakota Senate stitutional Carry legislation which for District 10. , ~= / i: ~;i!i~i~!~/~:i~L~i~?~!i~i+~`~/~i~!~!~`e~ i GRAND FORKSi N D'Last, " year in North Dakota, one unbelt- campaign enforcing the seat beh law. ed vehicle occupant died in a mo- "No matter how far you are for vehicle crash every four days. traveling, how fast the vehicle is go_ Not wearing a seat belt continues ing, how good of a driver you to be the number one contributing think you are, or what kind of ve- factor of motor vehicle fatalities in hicle you are in, there is no reason North Dakota. In an effort to save not to buckle up," said Pembina lives, law enforcement across the County SheriffTerry Meidinger. "It state will have extra patrols from is our goal through the Click It or November 1 through December 15Ticket enforcement campaign to en- for the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) sure everyone on our roads under- O "Ir'~ 'l). T 'lf" ~"'~t ll'l~ ~ JI 'lr T'Ir T 'I[ T ,lf=l 'll,,i ,f% ,l 3 man stands the importance of wearing your seat belt." While this Click It or Ticket en- forcement campaign runs from November 1 through December 15, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round. This effort is funded through fed- eral grants administered by the North Dakota Department of Trans- portation (NDDOT). Learn more about*traffic' safety initiatives through the NDDOT, visit, ndcodefortheroacLorg or join the conversation on the Code for the Road Facebook or Twitter pages. Families are also invited to cre- ate memorials in honor for those who have died in crashes in North Dakota using the virtual Crash Memorial Wall at ndcode- countable asset to determine their eligibility, if he or she can't return home, Medicaid can go after the proceeds of their house to help reimburse their nursing home costs, unless a spouse or other de- pendent relative lives there. (There are some oth- er exceptions to this rule.) After qualifying, all sources of your parent's income such as Social Security and pension checks must be turned over to Medicaid to pay for their care, except for a small personal needs allowance - usually between $30 and $90. You also need to be aware that your parent can't give away their assets to qualify for Med- icaid faster. Medicaid officials will look at their financial records going back five years to root out suspicious asset transfers. If they fred one, their Medicaid coverage will be delayed a certa'm length of time, according to a formula that divides the transfer amount by the average monthly cost of nursing home care in their state. So if, for example, your parent lives in a state where the average monthly nursing home cost is $5,000 and they gave away cash or other assets worth $50,000, they would be ineligible for ben- efits for 10 months ($50,000 divided by $5,000 = 10). Spousal Protection Medicaid also has special rules for married couples when one spouse enters a nursing home and the other spouse remains at home. In these cases, the healthy spouse can keep one half of the couple's assets up to $120,900 (this amount varies by state), the family home, all the furniture and household goods and one automobile. The healthy spouse is also entitled to keep a portion of the couple's monthly income- between $2,030 and $3,022. Any income above that goes toward the 6ost of the nursing home recipient's care. What about Medicare? Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors 65 and older, and some younger peo- ple with disabilities, does not pay for long-term care. It only helps pay up to 100 days of reha- bilitative nursing home care, which must occur after a hospital stay. Find Help For more detailed information, contact your state Medicaid office (see for con- tact information). You can also get help from your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (see, which provides free counseling on all Medicare and Medicaid issues. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, PO. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. The annual meeting of will be held at 2:00 p.m. on at the Choice Financial Community Room RSVP required by Nov. Including Chocolate, Strawberry, Carmel & Raspberry Cheesecakes, Strawberry Greek Yogurt Parfait, Oreo Chocolate Mousse and and Strawberry Surprise. North Star Kitchen Monday-Saturday: 6am-9pm Sunday: 10am-9pm Hot Stuff Pizza Large Pan Single Topping Pizzas $12 Subs, Sandwiches, Appetizers, Salads available Noon Specials Mon - Chinese Cuisine Tues - Tacos *Wed - Turkey *Thurs - Roast Beef Fri - Chicken Fried Steak * All are ~ervedl,~ potatoes and veg~ies ahead (7o13 284-7007 l J I