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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES NOVEMBER 3, 2010 F THE EIDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH ¢OUNTY IIfRESS Another election is in the books• I, for one, am relieved. Not because of my party of choice being elected or something as silly as a patriotic sense of democracy. I am just glad I don't have to see another political ad on my television or hear another radio spot about someone'g record being better than someone else's for another year. I know that as a newspaper editor, I should be grateful for those political ads that pay my wage, but I would much rather read an ad in a paper at my leisure than be a captive audience. This past week I have been driving a courtesy car as my car is being fixed. Some nights I drove home from work and had to flip between the three working radio stations in my loaner car several times to try find something that doesn't involve the phrase " . . . and I approved this message." or" •.. paid for by." I gave up and drove home in silence. I get it. Either person involved wants me to vote for them and not the other person. That is how it has worked since the beginning of time, but as I am being radio bombed with political messages, I have to wonder if anyone is actually getting the message. Voting is important. The Walsh County Record editorial from last week focused on that very topic and addressed my favorite argument: "'... voting gives us a right to complain." My complaint is that the people who want my vote are using the wrong approach to get it. Next time you run for office, don't tell me my country is doomed and it is the other guy's fault. I want someone with the guts to stand up andsay, "Here is what we need." and not worry about his or her approval rating. I want someone who can stand up on his or her own record and not throw someone else under the bus to get the point across• More importantly, I want a country that works towards the best interest of the people, not a party. I am satisfied that democracy is working the way people want it to -- majority (of people who felt like showing up that day) rule of people voting (for the other person out of spite) for a particular candidate. If that is what the people want out of America, then that is exactly what they will get. As for me, I cast my right to complain, and put one more political season behind me. "'Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our new blog at http : //wals hcountypress, wordpress, corn The face of North Dakota is changing. I guess maybe the small towns are still getting smaller in a big part of the state. And the cities are getting larger. But here in the west, if you have a house that is habitable, someone is wanting to rent it. Even an old house in a small town beats living in a tent when the snow starts blowing. Although, people have made it in tents for thousands of years. But, maybe they were tougher than we are today. Speaking of tough, I remember an old friend from up in the Blaisdell area. George Olson, who passed away a few years ago, was tough. Even when George was well into his eighties, if you shook his hand, he would have such a strong grip and big smile, it would nearly bring you to your knees. Grandpa Herb used to tell how, when George was young, he was really tough. The traveling carnivals that came around in the old days, always had a professional boxer along. He would take on all comers for a few dollars. Grandpa said George would hear of a carnival, he would saddle up, or hitch up, and go whip that tough guy until they finally just quit coming around. George came up into Mounwail county at a young age. Wintering a bunch of sheep for a guy from SE Montana. At least that's the way I heard it. They had dried out, which is not unusual, so the boss sent George up into northwest North Dakota with a herd, or flock or gaggle, or what ever you call a bunch of sheep. George got into the hill country too late to build a cabin, so he just tipped his wagon over and spent his first winter in a turned over wagon box! Now that is tough! He could have traveled the Lewis and Clark trail with the originals. I followed the Lewis and Clark Wail last week. Not all of it. But a pretty good chunk. It started cause I was invited to fide along to a bull sale out in Harrison, Montana. I didn't bother to look at a map. I'd been to Sidney and Fairview and Miles City before, so I figured it couldn't be too far. Besides, Shirley could handle chores. I mean, if I didn't buy bulls, how would she raise calves. You have to admit, I have a point. If you're not familiar with Harrison, it's a long way west. Past Billings a bunch. Past Bozeman a Tips bunch. Past Three Forks and Big Timber. I can see why Lewis and Clark were worn out after their trip. I was out there three days and it dam near killed me. Even the lady at the motel in Three Forks felt sorry for us. Said she couldn't charge for a room the little we were in it. We were there three days and two nights and she charged us for less than a day. Still came out pretty high by the hour. We were really looking at a lot of bulls• And exploring the Lewis and Clark trail. Got a lot of chances to visit with ranchers from out in the mountains. Montana and Idaho ranchers. They aren't that much different from regular human beings. Except they talk a lot about prune heads. Those are people from California. And they are moving into Montana pretty fast. I suppose they are nice enough people. But they are changing the face of Big Sky country. One of the ranchers from over the Hill explained it•best. He said the people from California move to Montana to get away from everything in Califomia. And as soon as they move in,they try everything in their power to change Montana to be more like Califomia. And I met some more of my rodeo heroes. Don Rehm. Don was the national high school steer wrestling champion in the mid fifties. He was on the only team that ever won the whole deal. National championship team. From North Dakota! They had a beck of a team. Trying to remember them all. Angus Fox, Pete Fredericks, Cliff Ferebee, Don... I'm missing a couple• Oh well, you all know them. Heard a good rodeo story about one of my old heroes. Seems he entered the bronc riding at one of the old timer deals. As he was glinetting on his bronc, it started ging around in the chute and kind of banging the guy up. This guy was over sixty and probably should be thinking about social security rather than measuring his rein, but that's not the kind of guy heis. Just before he nodded for the gate, he looked over at his gray haired traveling partner and commented, 'q'his rein don't feel near as good in my hand as the phone did when I entered from the bar!" Later, Dean Public health is focused on making changes that have the largest impact on health. In order to positively impact the most people's health+ we need to focus our energy (and money) on these factors. What are they? • Socioeconomic Factors: Poverty, education level, housing and inequality. Socioeconomic factors pose the greatest threat to your healtht Efforts to improve these factors will have the largest impact off healtht Efforts to promote completion of high school and college can lead to improvement in income level, housing, and thus impact health! • Changing the Context: (Help individuals make healthy decisions by default). Examples include fluoridation in water, smoke free laws and tobacco tax, iodization, 0g tans fat in foods. (These decisions are made for the individual through laws and mandates and protect all of society without them having to make a decision). • Long Lasting Protective Interventions: Examples include immunizations, cessation treatment, colonoscopy, etc. Because the intervention results in long lasting benefits public health supports these activities as cost effective! There are other factors that affect "individual health" that are not of high focus for public health. Since public health money is so limited we focus more on "population health". This means our focus area is not high for clinical treatment (such as managing blood pressure and diabetes, and counseling and education activities.) Not to say this is not very important for the individual, just remember that we are after the biggest impact on health for the most peoplet THE VOTER EFFE :coM Committee hears report on candidate meeting As the town's electors enviously gossiped over the latest scandal at the Exelsior roadhouse four miles down County Road 31, Chief Security Officer Garvey Erfald and Josh Dvorchak were busy organizing notes for a report td the Homeland Security Committee about to meet in the chilly commtmity hall. "Meeting will come to order," Chairperson Ork Dorken announced loudly• "Garvey and Josh are ready to report on their surveillance of the candidates meeting at the courthouse last Thursday." "Well, this so-called County Voter's Information meeting was held to give everyone in the county a chance to meet the candidates," Garvey started, "but all of the county voters didn't come." "Interest in democracy is at a new low," interjected Josh, "Did you spot many terrorists there?" asked a dubious Holger Danske. "I read up on the candidates and half of them fit the bill, at least if they were in office," Old Sievert ventured. 'The first candidate to talk was a guy from Carpenter running for county commissioner," Garvey reported. "He promised to end the war in Afghanistan." The electors cheered. "He said he didn't have a specific plan yet, but guts and courage would do the job," Josh added. The electors booed. "Then a farmer got up and wanted to know if the county commission would support federal disaster relief for farmers whose wheat ran less than 50 bushels to the acre," Garvey recounted. "The commissioner candidates agreed that would be their top priority as soon as they balanced the national budget and repaired the bridge in Dunsforth township. Garvey continued. "Then some lady from Broadview got up and demanded that the county home extension agent be voted on in the next election." "The county clerk opposed the idea, said we already had too many offices to vote for, some not as important as the home extension agent but that's the way it wasi" Josh explained. "She was mad about a brownie recipe that Lucy put in her weekly column," Garvey noted. "It had an error - too much baking powder, I think - and the brownies were not fit for man or beast so she gave them to her dog and he died two days later." "As you know," Garvey continued, "Deadshot Dooter is nmning against Sheriff Stall because the sheriff gave him a ticket for running over Glory Dinkins' fancy chickens." "What did Deadshot promise the voters?" asked Jimmy. "Well, he promised to get guns • for everybody in the county and form a county militia to fight terrorists. There would be full order drill on the courthouse square every Saturday for everybody over 16, women included." "That would put us on red alert for sure," Little Jimmy surmised. "How's he gonna keep people from shooting each other when they got mad?" asked Holger. "He said church attendance would be compulsory so everybody would have Christian love in their hearts but they would still need guns in case that didn't work," Josh explained. Madeleine Morgan stood up, so mad her left ear twitched. "I say we don't vote for candidates anymore," she said angrily. "It only encourages them." That sounded so conclusive that everyone headed for the door. Madelelne Morgan . stood up, so mad her left ear twitched. 'I say we don't vote for candidates anymore,' she said angrily. 'It only encourag~ them.' Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Heart Healthy Hunting: Hunters encouraged to follow health safety tips This is information that was shared with NDSU Employees this fall. I found it to be so interesting. Please share it with all the hunters you know. Thousands of North Dakotans will get up before the crack of dawn this hunting season and head for the woods or the fields. Few of them consider the strain it puts on their heart. Every year media reports include stories of sports people suffering heart attacks during this season. If you're not prepared, haven't had a physical and haven't exercised much in the year since the last hunt, you may be putting yourself at risk for a heart attack. A recent study compared the heart workload of an individual while hunting to that of the same individual while exercising on a treadmill on a different day. The results of the study showed that hunting puts the heart under more strain. Hunters, who have not been to their doctor in the year since the last hunt, should take this opportunity to get a checkup before hunting season begins. Ask your doctor if you should have a stress test. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart attack and heart disease, so one of the best things you can do for your heart is put out the cigarettes. Other tips include avoiding a heavy breakfast before heading out into the woods and to avoid hunting alone. Bring a cell phone to reach emergency services if needed and tell friends Or family your location and scheduled return. Also, make sensible plans for moving any game taken. Preparing your heart for the hunt will lead to better overall health. Studies show that being physically fit lowers heart disease risk even in people who have other risk factors like high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol• According tothe American Heart Association, warning signs of a heart attack are an uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back again. Also, the pain may spread to the shoulders, neck and arms and is often accompanied by lightheadedness, sweating, nausea and shortness of breath• Stroke is also a concern while hunting and its warning signs include a sudden numbness or , weakness of the face, arm or leg, and a sudden dizziness and loss of coordination. Both heart attack and stroke are medical emergencies and 911 needs to be accessed immediately. The American Heart Association Start! program has a series of online tools that can encourage conditioning and get individuals walking to better heart health. For every hour of regular, vigorous exercise, like brisk walking, one can expect two hours will be added to their life expectancy. The Start! program offers free online tools at www.heart.org/start All my best to you and your family and Happy Hunting! - Julie Information provided by Go Red & The American Heart Association Around The County ..... by Extension Agent Brad Brummond Park River - 284-6624 Walsh County Fair Report This is my annual column reporting on the Walsh County Fair. The big news is we effectively doubled the beef and horse numbers at the fair and the other projects were up about 15%. This did not go with out challenges as we could' not physically house some of the animals or get through them in our livestock shows with the time allotted. I apologize for all of you who had to wait as we juggled schedules and tried to deal with it, but in my mind it was a good problem to have! The fair was one of the largest on record and it was so exciting to see the participation we had throughout the fair. We have never in my 19 fairs here had the attendance at our livestock and horse shows that we had this year. We also had more people at the bull riding then we had last year. We also had more participation from the Park River FFA chapter then we have had since I have been here. It was just fun to watch all of this from where I sat. The fair was not perfect and it did not go off without some glitches. We need to sit down and address the problem of scheduling for these kinds of numbers. I think I can safely say that there will be changes next year to try and meet some of these challenges. We also need to do a better job of informing new 4-H families and members of the rules we have and how things are run. We may also have to review some of the existing rules we have to see if they are still relevant in our present atmosphere. This was one of the more stressful fairs I have participated in but the cause of all of this is directly related to the overwhelming success of the fair. We have a young group of directors with a lot of energy and ideas. I look for good things to continue to happen with this group. I would also like to thank all of the volunteers that it takes to put this fair on. It is a huge undertaking and it has been getting bigger every year. One thing to remember, the next time things are not quite running as smoothly as you wish or you disagree with a rule, try to resist the urge to ride our directors and volunteers. These directors and volunteers are the ones who keep this fair going and are under a tremendous amount of stress. They are trying their best to be fair and open to all exhibitors• Everyone did a great job and the success of the fair proves it. The fair continues to evolve and grow and it is certainly bucking the trend of county fairs state wide. We can be proud of what we have here.