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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES NOVEMBER 6, 2013 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, VALSH COUNTY PRESS November is here. there. We had a few good days and It seems as though it was just a couple of really great ones, but summer for a couple of weeks now, I watch the weather report with Hello, Member a few years ago? I told you about the medi-dart. It was a bow and arrow deal for giving cat- tle shots. I mean it was shades of the old west, with a long bow, an arrow filled with vaccine, and it was ex- citing. We gave shots to cattle that had foot rot. We gave shots to cat- tle that had pneumonia. We gave shots to cattle that had shipping fever. We gave shots to cattle that were sick two years ago. We gave shots to cattle that might get sick in the next two years. Shirley finally hid the bow. This year, with all the moisture, we had a lot of foot rot. Now, for you city folk, foot rot is like athletes foot, only deeper. And it spreads fast. A little antibiotic and a little iodine will usually clear it up. The normal procedure is to just go out and rope the calf, or the cow, or the bull. And doctor it. But as I get older and fatter, this gets harder. It is a well known fact, that a calf that can barely walk on three legs... It is well known when a fat guy tries to rope him, that calf can run faster than he could when he wasn't lame. And as I get older, I see more washouts, holes, and mole hills than I used to. ffiantan ociew trepidation, just waiting for the packed and the carpets are cleaned. moment when a foot of snow be- This kid has an expected due date comes an all too real thing, of Dec. 11, but everyone knows that Along with that is the realization that baby number two could be here anytime. The countdown has hit the final few weeks. We spent last weekend at the Olimb house nest- ing. The baby room has been tumed back to a room for a baby. The lit- fie man gets his own place, complete Like '" the Walsh County Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http.'//walsh- with racecar bed. Our bags are cruntypress.wordpress.com Hat So, I was searching for an an- swer.And I remembered the medi- dart. I called the company. They had a new deal. An improvement on the long bow. It was a crossbow. I was so excited I wet my pants. Which happens more often as I get older. I ordered the crossbow and wait- ed by the mailbox. Shirley went to town and got the medicine. One shot to knock them down. One shot to cure the foot rot. The crossbow came and we jumped on the fourwheeler. Shirley, Jen, and I. Oh yeah, and Shadow and Ardly. Ardly is Shadow's broth- er. It is short for Canardly. You ca- nardly tell what breed he is. Three people, a bag full of medicine, a crossbow, two arrows, two dogs, a wire stretcher, wire, fencing plier, water jug, and two catch ropes. The four-wheeler was loaded. I sat down in the pasture to as- semble the bow. I didn't need di- Tips rections. They were the first thing I threw away. If those guys a thousand years ago could build a crossbow from nothing, I'm pretty sure I could build one out of pieces in a box. Wrong. But that's not the sto- ry. The box also included a practice arrow and a target. I discarded that right away. We had cattle to doctor. We drove out to the pasture, loaded the arrow, cocked the bow. Sat Shirley and the dogs up on the hill to watch the operation from afar. Kind of like someone to record the battle for posterity. I decided I should drive and Jen should shoot. Cause it was rough and I didn't trust her driving. We started by easing down to the herd. We could drive up to every calf. Every calf except the lame ones that we had been roping at for a week. They were a little shy. So, what should we do? What could we do? We put the forty-mile means just about nothing. It is bet- ter to be prepared. No worries. I will be here for a few weeks still, barring something entirely dramatic, but un- til then, I will be keeping a nose out for your news. an hour sneak on them. I would go through the herd wide open and scream at Jen to shoot the black calf. Trouble is they were all black. I told her to shoot them in the round steak. And she tried. She tried. But, really, how many of you have ever tried to shoot an arrow filled with thirty cc's, off a four- wheeler going thirty miles an hour, across prairie dog towns, and mole hills? At a critter scared to death. With two dogs joining the chase and your wife screaming. We got off six shots the first hour. One hit a cow in the ear. One hit a cow in the spine. One killed a duck that was flying by. And one gave a perfectly good cow an injection in the neck. And one kind of nicked Shirley. That didn't go over real well. But we are not done yet. We have ordered a load of cake to feed the cows so they slow down a little. And I am building a camouflage deal to fit over the four-wheeler. With leaves and trees and little cow de- coys. The whole works. So if you see something strange in a pasture near you, don't worry, it's not me. We'll be invisible. Later, Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Amanda Daley, Activities Asst. Photos: Submitted Residents played ABC Bingo with OLSC Sunday School. What is Going on in Activities: Nov. 12...Shopping Trip to the JMart for Residents Nov. 11 .... 10:30 Veteran's Day Program Nov. 14...Monthly Birthday Party w/St. Joseh's Altar Society 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 if anyone is left out.) OSLC Sunday School was here to sing and playABC BINGO with the Residents. Sunday Worship: Pastor Mark Antal w/Ruth Antal as Accompianist; Embroidery Group: Linda Larson and Shirley Soblik; Rosary: Dorothy Novak; Halloween Baking: Cornelia Wylie and Barb Elefson; Daily Devotions: Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, Pastor David Hinrichs, Bonnie VanBruggen, and Corrinne Ramsey, Pastor David Hinrichs, Jan Novak, Amanda Daley; Daily Devotional Accompanists: Mary Seim, Jan Novak, and Pastor David Hinrichs; Men's Group: Arnold Braaten; Bible Study: Arnold Braaten; and Saturday Mass: Father Gary Lutein. This week was full of Halloween Activities pretty much everyday. We had Haloween Baking, Pumpkin Decorating, Trick Or Treaters, Preschool class, Halloween BINGO, Halloween Games, Halloween Stories, and the Rummage Sale that falls on the first Friday of every month. I want to thank all the Trick Or Treaters for coming and making the Residents day! If you have a talent you would like to share or would like to volunteer with us please call the Good Sam at 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! NDSU Agriculture Communication Nerve disease Foot disorders High blood pressure Heart Disease Stroke Hearing loss (new link has been found between diabetes and hearing loss) There is no cure at this time for diabetes. However, many people live full lives with type 2 diabetes by managing their blood sugars through diet, exercise, and med- ications as indicated. The better you manage your diabetes, the less risk of complications from diabetes. Get screened for diabetes. A sim- ple finger poke at your doctor's of- fice or public health office can help determine if your blood sugar is nor- mal or high. Call today if you are concerned. 701-352-5139 Congress Is No Place for Ideologues Congressional Republicans primary elections. may have shot themselves in the These like-minded voters are foot in the recent debt limit deba-==products of polarization, a condi- c!e but everybody is/imping. 1 tionprodaeod by 1eft-wing,her, As we look to another such con-t als and right-wing C0nseratives troversy in the next few months, They feast on the rants of MSNBC there is a possibility that irrecon- cilable differences on the left and : the right may put the country into an economic downspin in anoth- er Congressional impasse. Confidence in our governmen- tal institutions has declined to an abysmal level. It is apparent that Tea Party extremists have been taking the two parties down with them. In a recent Gallup poll, ap- proval of Congress stands at 12 per cent. Republicans may have tak- en the harshest criticism but con- fidence in Democrats has also suffered. Pew Research found that 74% of the voters want most members of Congress defeated in 2014; 38 per cent want their own members defeated. The block of 40 uncompro- mising Tea Party ideologues are determined to push the country over the cliff, even if it means ru- ining the credit of the country and defaulting on its obligations. It is obvious that ideological purists cannot function construc- tively in a diverse country that re- quires compromise for the peace- ful co-existence of a wide range of ethnic, religious, economic and so- cial groups. Many Tea Partiers are Evan- gelical Christians who are ab- solute about the matters of faith. For that they should be admired. But then they get elected to Con- gress and bring their absolutism to the secular world, it snarls a sys- tem that thrives on compromise. For them, compromise is some sort of sin. The Apostle Paul com- promised. God compromised. It' strange that their followers can't do it in the secular world. Now the blame can't be placed solely on Tea Party Congress- men. To get elected, they must have the support of a significant number of like-minded citizens to defeat Republican incumbents in and FOX "News" to affirm their biases and intensify their parti- sanship. But moderate Republicans are fed up with the present situation and want to take their party back. Fearing the economic crisis that would occur under default, mod- erate Republican businessmen are starting to mobilize money and candidates to challenge Tea Party incumbents. In Michigan, businessmen are challenging two Tea Party candi- dates in the primaries. The same is happening in several other states. This early effort will very likely expand before the 2014 election rolls around.. Bringing this home, North Dakota has a Congressman who is either a Tea Party member or a fel- low traveler as evidenced by his public comments and his voting. , North Dakota Republicans will not run a candidate in the primary election against an incumbent of their own party, even though Con- gressman Kevin Cramer got his seat by opposing the party's con- vention nominee in a primary. As a result, the party owes him nothing and could challenge him. However, beating our own in- icumbents is not the style in North Dakota. Except in rare cases, par- ties have not run candidates against their own since our two- party system came into existence in 1956. To deal with Kevin's Tea Par- ty inclinations, moderate Repub- licans in North Dakota need to take him to the woodshed. Otherwise, he will continue to give aid and comfort to those who want to push the country over the cliff, as they promised they will do next time around. For the country and the party, moderate Republicans in North Dakota should see that 2015 finds a different thinking Cramer in Washington. But moderate Republicans are fed up with the pres6nt situation and want to take t-helr party back Fear- ing the economic crisis that would occur un-der default, moderate Republi- can buslnessmen.are starting to mdbillze money and candtdates to ctiallenge Tea Party mcumbents. As people get older their risk for type 2 diabetes increases. In fact about one in four people over the age of 60 have diabetes. What is type 2 diabetes? When you eat, your food is bro- ken down into a sugar called glu- cose. Glucose gives your body the energy it needs to work. But to use glucose as energy, your body makes insulin, which unlocks your body's cells so they can receive the glucose they need. When you have type 2 diabetes your body does not make enough insulin or use it well. This means your cells can't use the glu- cose as energy so the glucose stays in your blood. Having high blood glucose (blood sugar) can cause problems such as: Eye disease Kidney disease Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service food gets thumbs up for cost, nutrition, convenience Lately, I have been exploring some books written about the pio- neers in the upper Midwest. I am in- spired by the courage of taking a trip across the ocean to reach a land of opportunity. Of course, being in nutrition, I'm also curious about what they ate as they labored long hours to clear the land to create the early farms. Stay- mg nourished required a lot more energy back then. They certainly couldn't open a can of soup and heat it in the microwave for a quick meal. Our distant ancestors had no re- frigerators or freezers, except in the winter when the outdoors became a giant walk-in freezer. They ground wheat and used starter cultures to make bread and hunted wild game or fished for their protein. Many raised a few chickens and had a cow or two to provide eggs, milk and butter. They cured, pickled, dried or smoked food to make it last longer. Later, as general stores were estab- fished, the pioneers were able to buy and trade food products and house- hold goods. Today, when we pick up a can of food at the grocery store, we are holding a bit of fairly recent food history. Shelf-stable canned food dates back to the 1790s in France. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte need- ed a way to keep his army nour- ished, so he offered a prize for in- novative ways to keep food safe for a long time. Nicholas Appert stepped up to the plate, so to speak. He experi- mented with heating food and seal- ing it in glass bottles similar to what was done with wine. By 1806, the French navy was being nourished with "bottled food." In 1810, Peter Durand patented the process of sealing food in tin cans. Later, food scientists and microbiologists re- fined the process. i ,Now, commercially canned food is an everyday convenience that pro- vides nutritious and affordable food. Although fresh fruits and vegetables often are promoted, all forms (canned, fresh, frozen and dried) count toward the daily recommen- dations for fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are preserved when they are at their peak of freshness and quality. As we move toward colder weather and many of our favorite fresh fruits and vegetables become more expensive, you might stretch your budget by visiting the frozen foods aisle and the canned foods aisle more often. In a University of Massachusetts study, taste testers rated recipes made with canned ingredients com- parably with the same recipes made with fresh or fi'ozen ingredients. Nu- trientwise, the recipes prepared with canned, fresh or frozen were very similar, too. Other studies have shown that the heating process may enhance the nutrition in some of the canned foods. For example, lycopene in tomatoes is better absorbed from canned tomatoes than from fresh tomatoes. Lycopene is linked with reducing the risk for certain types of cancer. Canned pumpkin is a more concenttated source ofbetaw, arotene than fresh pumpkin. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A by our body and helps with vision and skin health. Canned, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables also contain similar amounts of fiber. However, canned foods may be higher in sodium than their fresh or frozen counterparts. Read and com- pare labels on canned goods. Opt for reduced-sodium versions. If you buy canned beans such as kidney or pin- to beans, be sure to rinse and drain them to reduce about 40 percent of the sodium. At home, label your canned food with the date of purchase and store them in a cool, dry place. Arrange your shelves using the "FIFO" rule, which is first, in first out. Canned food has a long shelf life safetywise, but for best quality, use it within two years. At this time of year, communi- ty food pantries often need our help keeping their shetves stocked,. : Recently, I worked with the man- agers of several food pantries to ad- dress their needs for healthful foods to add to their shelves. If you are looking for ideas, check out the "Food Pantry Wish List" available at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs /yfffoods/fn 1651 .pdf. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service food and nutrition 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 Ag producers tax management program set for Nov. 18 A tax management program will be offered to producers and tax preparers from 9 a.m. to noon CST on Monday, Nov. 18, at 11 in- teractive video sites in North Dakota. The program, sponsored by the North Dakota State Universi- ty Extension Service and Internal Revenue Service, will feature pre- sentations by Ann Makres, IRS; Steve Eckroth, Eide Bailly, Bis- marck; Rhonda Mahlum, Mahlum Goodhart PC, Mandan; Rick Mapel, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Grand Forks; and Steve Troyer, Eide Bailly, Fargo. Experts will provide federal income tax updates and tax man- agement alternatives while pro- ducers still have time to implement year-end tax management deci- sions. Topics include: Federal income tax update IRS issues Depreciation Foreign Account Tax Compli- ance Act Net investment income surtax C-corporation succession plan- ning Family limited partnerships for succession and asset transfer Affordable Care Act: selected tax issues Payroll and related issues Farm income averaging A session on year-end tax plan- ning will provide an overview of when to accelerate or defer income in conjunction with expense tim- ing to manage tax liabilities now and for the future. Four question-and-answer pe- riods are scheduled during the three-hour program. Preregistra- tion is required because seating is limited. The cost for the program and materials is $12. Interactive video sites for the program are at Bismarck State College; North Dakota School for the Deaf, Devils Lake; Bot- tineau County Courthouse, Bot- tineau; Dickinson State Universi- ty Klinefelter Hall; NDSU, Fargo; County Office Building, Grand Forks; Law Enforcement Center, Jamestown; North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton; and NDSU Research Extension Cen- ters in Minot, Langdon and Willis- ton. For additional information or registration, call the NDSU Ex- tension Service in Fargo at (70 I) 231-8642. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.