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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS The Lyric Theatre in Park River is back and better than ever. My family and I took in a Sunday marl- nee. As with most things involving a toddler, it was not without inci- dent, but the magic of the theater Hello, Have you ever had that feeling that you were invisible? Or dreamed that you were? Well, I had better start at the be- ginning. Shirley and I belong to a very se- lect group of people that play pinochle on Sunday afternoons. Some of the group plays all year. We get started late in the fall and play through the winter. It's more of a so- cial event and cooking competition than a money deal. Everyone brings lunch and some days it is nearly a Thanksgiving feast. It was at pinochle that I became invisible. When the aftemoon's last hand was played, the lunch line kicks in. Shirley and I grabbed plates and sat down at a table together. As we were eating another gentleman came and sat down. Now remember, Shirley cleans up pretty good. I actually prefer her Hat in Carhart coveralls and mud boots, with a Scotch cap and neckerchief. Or with a baseball cap and chaps on, horseback, bending a cow that is headed for the brush. But I guess beauty is in the eye of the behold- er. Anyway this guy about my age sits down by Shirley. Wanting to strike up a conversation, he is pret- ty forward. He asks, "Are you mar- fled or single?" Shirley replies that she is indeed married. This is where ! attempt to get into the conversation and realize that I was there and I was back in my childhood days. The memories were a bit sweeter than the reality ever was with the stiffseats and the not always reliable nature of film projection. The experience in the new digital age Lyric was just as comfortable as my living room but with a bigger screen and better pop- com. If you have not taken advantage of the new theater set up I encour- age you to do so. The movies may ,samaritan C>..Q Sbcict,, .... Tips have become invisible. I asked, "Is your husband good to you?" She replies that her husband has his good days and bad. That hurt. Our guests then ask, "How long have you been married?" Shirley has to think a while, then replies, "Forty-three years!" So I jump in again. "What a co- incidence! That is the same that I have been married!" But I am in- visible and now I guess I have be- come mute. Shirley and the guy visit a bit and the guy asks, "When were you We had a great Hal- loween! Clem Nadeau and the Twilight Band came and played for us and we had lots of kids come out to trick or treat. Looking ahead to Veterans Day, we will have a program on Nov. llth at 10:30am please come out and join us. This week Nov. 2nd-Sth NoW2nd 230 Wor- ship W)]astor Kiel, 3p n Triw'a Nov. 3rd 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Baking Pumpkin Bread, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Nov. 4th 3:30 Bible Study Nov.5th 3pm Bingo Nov. 6th 2:30 De- votions w/Commun- ion, 3:15 Piano w/Fa- ther Luiten, 3pm Can- dy Shopping in Pisek RSVP, 6:30 Movie Night Nov. 7th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Rummage Sale Nov. 8th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Photo: Submitted Above:The Twilight Band and Clem Nadeau join us for a Halloween party! Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Nov. 14th 10:30 Next week Nov. NailTime, 3:30 Games 9th-15th Nov. 15th 9:30 Nov. 9th 2:30 Wor- Mass w/Father Luiten, ship w/Pastor Johnson, lpm Name that Tune, 3:30 N2L 2:15 Bingo Nov. 10th 10am Thank You to our Embroidery Group, many volunteers Pas- lpm Baking Pumpkin tor Kiel, Shirley Sobo- Cookies, 4pm Hymn lik, Linda Larson, Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Dorothy Novak, Bingo Jeanean McMillan, Nov. llth 10:30 Pastor Hinrichs, Fa- Veterans Day Program, ther Luiten, Terry Ha- 3:30 Bible Study gen, Corinne Ramsey, Nov. 12th 3pm Bin- and anyone else I may go have missed. We are Nov. 13th 3pm still looking for volun- Birthday Party Hosted teers, please call Rose by St. Joseph's Alter Ulland at 701-284- Society, 6:30 Movie 7115 ifyou would like Night to volunteer. Prevent, Promote. Protect. Walsh County Health District Short Shots son able to spread the disease? The virus is shed in the throat during the illness and for up to a year after infection. After the ini- tial infection, the virus tends to be- come dormant for a prolonged period and can later reactivate and be shed from the throat again. What is the treatment? Mono can be diagnosed with a lab test. No treatment other than rest is needed in the vast majority of cases. Health-care providers may prescribe supportive treat- ment. Due to the risk of rapture of the spleen, contact sports should be avoided until clearance has been given by a physician. Does past infection make a person immune? Yes. Once someone is infected with EBV, he or she is immune. Should children or others be excluded from day care, school, work or other activities if they have infectious mononucleosis? No, unless he or she is unable to participate and the staffdetermines they cannot care for the child with- out compromising their ability to care for the safety and health of the other children in the group. What can he done to prevent the spread of infectious mononu- cleosis disease? Clean and sanitize toys and utensils before they are shared. Avoid kissing on the mouth. Wash hands often. What is infectious mononu- cleosis? Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a viral disease that affects certain blood cells. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is a member of the herpes virus family. Most cases occur sporadically. Outbreaks are rare. Who is at risk for mono? While most people are exposed to EBV sometime in their lives, very few develop the symptoms of infectious mononucleosis. Infec- tions in the United States are most common in group settings of ado- lescents, such as in educational in- stitutions. Young children usually have only mild or no symptoms. What are the symptoms of mono? Fever Sore throat Fatigue * Swollen lymph nodes Occasional rash in those treated with ampicillin or other penicillins How soon do symptoms ap- pear? Symptoms appear from 30 to 50 days after infection. How is mono spread? The virus is spread by close per- son-to-person contact via saliva (on hands or toys or by kissing). In rare instances, the virus has been transmitted by blood transfusion. When and for how long is a per- not be the just released flick of the day with 15 screens but Grand Forks does not have the only mar- ket on entertainment It might appear to be a small vic- tory. But each one of our small vic- tories are living proof that small towns are alive and well. Viva la rural life and long live the Lyric! Like '" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http://walshcounty- press, wordpress.com married?" "May 28th, 1971." "Wow! That is unreal! That is the same day I was married!" But I am still an invisible mute. So I start to talk louder. "Where were you married?" She replies in the Catholic Church at Killdeer. I think I am starting to come back into focus when I loudly holler, "No way, that is where I was married!" The guy starts to kind of put two and two together. He notices this 65- year-old, 275-pound, man sitting next to Shirley. By now I have re- gained visibility I guess. He looks at me and didn't say anything, but now I have gained the ability to read minds. He was thinking, "Shirley, you could have done better!" And I imagine there are those readers that agree. But maybe today will be one of the good days! Later, Dean n Election CampaignsHave If nothing else, the 2014 elec- tion campaign confirmed the fact that campaigns are in a rut. Very little changes from election to election, especially the behavior Sixth, it is routine for the ini- tiative and referendum to be used by interest groups to second- guess the Legislature. Appar- ently, the Legislature bungles of those with dogs in the fight, public policy just often enough to First, it is routine for everyone .......... .. . . . .. ., maKe citizens Oelleve mey neea wlm a poor snowing in me ports to dispute the results. In 2014; to protect themselves with a th nolls aveNorth Dako a De back-up sysIe_. .  , m  ratsa fresultin , .: The Leglslat3ge Ctoesn m :loud prot: counter-f .Ttrust itself Whenjt locks smp claims.  ........ money in the state consfition  Though appearing to be irra- tional, this response is necessary or the campaign would be over before the election. Besides, there's always the hope that an opposition candidate would drop dead after the ballots are printed. Second, it is routine to see a flurry of new ideas and promises from incumbents, as though they weren't allowed to propose any- thing new until confronted with the possibility of defeat. Appar- ently, the quest for votes stimu- lates imagination. Third, it is routine to see strong appeals to parochialism by pointing out that out-of-state groups are meddling in the cam- paign. Both sides of Measure 5 (con- servation) received gobs of money from out-of-state interest groups and both sides criticized the other for accepting the tainted money. The issue boiled down to whose out-of-state money was most corrupt - theirs or ours. Fourth, it is routine to hear the meteorological news that the sky is falling. The alarm sends the uninformed citizens running for the brush. Measure 3 (higher education) to abandon the 8-member Board of Higher Education for a 3- member management team was claimed to create serous accredi- tation trouble for the universities. Doubt is also a useful campaign tool Fifth, it is routine to take ad- vantage of voter ignorance. The campaign strategists generated tons of misinformation, exag- geration and distortion with the uninformed voter in mind. Un- fortunately, a majority of voters don't inform themselves enough to ward off those who would ex- ploit their ignorance. beyond the reach of future legis- latures. After all, this is the last Legislature blessed with wisdom and all future legislatures will be run by jerks. Seventh, it is routine to use fear rather than reason to drive voters to the polls. Without a stimulant, our passive citizenry would just as likely go hunting or fishing on Election Day. On Measure 5 (conservation) the rumor that the govemor, at- torney general and commissioner of agriculture would conspire to use the conservation program to buy 25 farms a year frightened a lot of farmers. Eighth, it is routine to incor- porate the propaganda technique of transfer by using false labels. Because the term "out-of-state" has a bad connotation, the out-of- state meddlers took it in the shorts in this campaign. Ninth, it is becoming routine to have religious issues appear on the ballot across the country. Church leaders who can't con- vince their parishioners to be good Christians are turning to state and national governments to get those unrepentant sinners in line. Tenth, it is routine for cam- paigns to waste gobs of money. Even when candidates are lead- ing with 70 percent of the likely voters, they will spend additional thousands to make it 80 percent. The lesson is that if you don't have money to waste, forget about politics. In spite of the routines, we can't help but admit that the way we do democracy in North Dakota is just great. NDSU Agriculture Communication Fifth, it is routine to take advan00ge of voter ignorance. The campmgn strategists generated tons of mis- information, exaggeration and dis- tortion with the uninformed voter in mind Unfortunately, a majority of voters don't in- form themselves enough to ward off those who would exploit their ignorance .... In spite of the routines, we can't help but admit that the way we do democracy in North Dako- ta is just great. Extension Exchange One for the Record Books! The 100th Walsh County Fair is in the books and will be remembered for the many memories and mile- stones it represented. The entire "Fair Week" certainly made for many intriguing memories for 4- H'ers and their families, other ex- hibitors, those attending entertain- ment events and those working be- hind the scenes to make it all hap- pen. It's my turn to thank the count- less number of people who volun- teered their time in some way to make the 100th Fair such a success. Preparations started nearly a year ago. Fair Board Directors took the task ahead of them seriously and started meeting early to discuss ways to honor the years of memo- ries the Fair held for area residents. They also looked into a myriad of special ways for current fair-goer's to celebrate the unique experience of a county fair reveling in its cen- tennial year. I applaud the Fair leaders for adding more than usual to their plate ofdurles and adding in more enter- tainment options both before and during the normal Fair dates. This meant extra work and a longer commitment of their time and en- ergy but the end result was a fun- filled menu of options - a country band perfonnance to kick off the fall, mutton bustin' rides for younger cowpokes, a tandem of funny fe- males, an alumni showmanship event in the ring, and a weekend per- formance of bull riding and may- hem, plus lots of other traditional Fair sights and sounds for young and old alike. One hundred years means look- ing back and savoring what got us here. History was not forgotten in anticipation of this year's Fair. The history books were dusted off and a core group of individuals, Arden Bell, Fordville;Snooki Bjorenby, e-; Allen Ruzicka, Fordville; and Nels M{dgarden, Graft0ni were tasked with pulling some of the highlights of the past 100 years to- gether. This group also put in long hours digging through archives, scouting old scrapbooks and sifting through memories and photographs kept by families over the years. The resulting keepsake history book in- dudes many different attributes of the Fair as it has evolved over the years. Books are still available for sale and can be found at the Exten- sion Office or from history com- mittee members. When mid-October approached busy working families and com- munity members took time out of their over-scheduled lives to come and work 10ng hours to help the Fair run smoothly from start to finish. This started with clean up at the be- ginning of the week. County crews helped push, pull, load, unload, tear down, put up, drag, pack, sweep, repair, and assemble need- ed display areas, barns and the are- na to make it a serviceable Fair ven- ue. Voltmteers from 4-H families to Fair board members arrived to sweep, dust, polish, and remove the year-old dirt that had invaded the confines of their showcase spaces and pens. Then came the projects - artwork, baking, canning, photography, sewing, gardening produce, crops, woodworking, Welding, and trailers full of livestock. Goats, ducks, horses, cattle, rabbits, chickens, and sheep which were weighed, measured and settled securely into pens.And with the arrival ofthe Fair came sunshine and warm fall days, a special blessing for an extraordi- nary anniversary. The celebrated County Fair saw young and old moving around with smiles on their faces and an extra pair of hands to help hold, guide and wash animals or move projects from one end to the other. From one day to the next no one slowed down, everyone pitched in from the start of one show to the next to get it all done and accomplished. Ticket takers, chaperones, building watchers, concession staff, night se- curity, judges, office personnel, barn chairpersons and superintend- ents, community members, 4-H am- bassadors, and moms and dads all worked together to seamlessly move from one event to the next. By the end of the Fair the volunteers did- n't quit, although there were droop- ier eyes, sagging bodies and tired feet. Animals were loaded, stalls mucked out, pens dismantled and items boxed up for storage. Exhibits were picked up, ribbons secured, the hallways were swept once more for good measure, but this year the lights stayed on in anticipation of one fi- nal event - a Saturday night bull-o- mma that would fill the bleachers ' the'rafters stretching out-the 100 Fair as long as possible. The Fair fun carried the cheers into the arena, but eventually as time marched on they diminished. For every beginning there is an end. As the last cowboy dusted the dirt from his chaps, volunteers took to their tasks one more time. Panels were taken down and stored, strewn litter from nachos and napkins was dispensed and when the bulls were loaded and shipped off down the road the lights were finally turned out. Walking away from the fair- grounds volunteers slowly scat- tered, fading off into the dark night knowing they had given the Fair their heart and every lt once of en- ergy. Well done. The Extension Office stafftruly appreciates all the hard work and time everyone gives to making the Fair a fond memory. Thank you for your commitment to 4-H and the Walsh County Fair!! See you at the start of the next century of tradition and the beginning of a new 100 years of Walsh County Fair! Extension on Ag around the state NDSU Afflmal Sciences Co-hostlng F'dm Screenil North Dakota State Universi- ty's Animal Sciences Department and the Riding on Angels' Wings Therapeutic Horseback Riding Pro- gram are hosting two screening of "Riding My Way Back," an award- winning documentary about the healing of therapeutic riding for a veteran with postllaumatic stress dis- order and traumatic brain injury. The film will be screened at the Fargo Theater on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. and the NDSU Memorial Union Century Theater on Wednes- day, Nov. 12, at noon. Admission to both screenings is free. A panel dis- cussion will follow the Fargo The- ater screening. "Riding My Way Back" chron- icles one soldier's journey back from the brink of suicide. In 2010, Staff Sgt. Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with a traumatic brain injury andposttraumatic stress disorder. When he felt the most des- perate and isolated, and was on 42 medications and suicidal, Heliker was introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fred. Through caring for Fred, Heliker be- gan the difficult process of recon- necting to the world around him and healing the invisible wounds of war that nearly defeated him. The film's producers and direc- tors, Oscar nominee Robin Fryday, Peter Rosenbaum and Richie Gold- man, have launched the Riding My Way Back Film Project to promote awareness of the healing that ther- apeutic riding can provide military veterans. The film will be screened at riding centers, universities and mental health centers during Veter- ans Week, Nov. 9-15. The film premiered at the GI Film Festival 2014 in May and won the Founders' Choice Award. For more information on thera- peutic horseback riding, contact Erika Berg, an associate professor in the NDSU Equine Science Pro- gram, at (701) 231-9611. Editor s Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible