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.PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES NOVEMBER 7, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS [ Lastweek I hada lovely con- versation with a family whose life waschanged in the blink of an eye'AoeyJacobsefi's mother is one of the bravest women I have ever spoken witE Because of a freak accident Robbi and Tim had to watch their little boy lay .in a hospital bed wonderingif he would ever wake up. She and her family had faith that this was not the way it would end, that she would talk to her son again. "We believe" became thor prayer. Robbi and l spoke tbr over all hour about the accident, the changes that had occurred in their family, and the journey they have been through since then. There is no possible way to put their jour- ney and the rollercoaster of emo- tions into one story. She said that they have experienced so much that they have settled into a new normal, when she sees his friends playing As a mother lnyself I found ball, she gets a little choked up, myself verging on tears just at- but considering what could have tempting to put myself in her been on the other side of the shoes. I hung up the phone and 1 hugged my son. Joey truly is a remarkable boy. He is a outdoor, sports loving, teenager. He just happens to be in a wheelchair. Joey's aunt Kathy said slhe once asked him if he ever gets upset or sad. His answer: Ofaly when the Patriots lose. When ! asked him what Miss America was really like he laughed and said she wore a lot of makeup. He was a bit quiet, but if you get him talking about sports or hunting, he has plenty to say. Robbi said that sometimes spectrum, he s a miracle. There is no end to the could ors or should ofs, but she demon- strates a strength I can't even contemplate when she says that they are blessed beyond belief because but by the grace of God he lived. Thank you to all of the Jacob- sens, Tim. Robbi, Timmy, and Joey. I have been moved by your family and your faith. Your story is one that will stick with me for- ever. 1 believe! Like" the Walsh CounO  Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http:/Vwalsh- counO.'pres.;, wordprt.:');.('ol, Hello, As I was watching the east coast brace for what could be the "perfect" storm this morning, I got to thinking about another kind of stoma. One you get in horse- back. A few years ago, I had a chance to help a guy gather his yearlings. Now, you know, I usu- ally don't go out of my way to find more work. I have a hard time getting the stuff done that Shirley has missed. But, I figured I might never get to see 2500 yearlings in abunch again, so I had better take it. That's right. Twenty five hundred yearlings in one pasture. We were supposed to meet at Bmz's place at about five o'clock. Or daylight. No one knew what time daylight came, so it was kind o"a n unorganized start to things. But, Will and I were the first ones there. I guess we sat around and had coffee for about an hour betbre everyone arrived. The sun was just up. I never kne w it came up in the east before. The sun was just up Mien we trotted out of the yard into the hills. Twenty-five riders. Kind of a pretty sight. As we trotted along, Bruz was t G, . Hat pointing out landmarks and ex- plaining the lay of the pasture to us new guys. He kind of ex- plained how the gather would work and how the cattle string down this draw and onto the creek. They line out down the creek, through the dog town. across the creek, around the cor- ner, and into the corral. Yeah, right. That's what I thought. As we neared the west end of the pasture, we split up into groups of two or three and fanned out. It was an easy gather. There were yearlings scattered all along this ridge of hills on both sides of the creek. They just trotted down these draws and off these ridges and pretty soon we had a couple of thousand yearlings strung out headed for the corral. It was more beautiful than a girly show. But then, maybe that's cause l'm get- ting old. As far as Lcould see. we didn't Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC Halloween was wonderful here at Park River Good Samaritan Center we enjoyed the Pre-School children's Program it was fun to see them in their costumes. We thank them for sharing with us. We also had many trick or treaters this year it is always fun to see the kids. Father Lutein entertained us with piano selections on Thursday afternoon we enjoyed listening to the wide variety of music he played. Resident's also went candy shopping to the J-Mart on Friday afternoon. Upcoming events: By Ron Smith, Horticulturist Nov. 8 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party hosted by St. Josephs Nov. 9 7:30 Mennonite Singers Nov. 10 10:30 Veteran's Day Program Nov. 15 3:00 Auxiliary Lunch and program hosted bu Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Our volunteers for the week were: Devotional leaders Lois Ydstie. Lorene Larson, Rev. David Hinrichs, Corrine Ramsey and Rev. Jeff Johnson who held our communion service. Terry Hagen assisted with nail's time. Shirley Sobolik led the Rosary on Monday, Father Lutein led Mass and Rev. Robert Totman led our Sunday services. We thank everyone forsharing their time and talents again this week. NATZONAL FAMILY Walsh County Health District Short Shots Parent, Spouse, Daughter, Son I Also known as America's Family Caregivers November is NationalFamily Caregivers Month. In addition to providing emotional and physical support, family caregivers often give much more to those in their care. Nearly 40 percent of family caregivers reduce their work hours or quit their jobs, plus spend an average of more than $5,500 Of their: own money annually to help provide the care they give. Yet amazingly, unpaid family caregivers provide 90 percent of the long term care provided in the-US. So this November, be sure to remember and recognize the family caregivers yon know. For more details, visit www.thefamilycaregiver.org Tips need twenty-five riders. Shirley, Will. and l could have done this job. But an hour later, I figured out why we had so much help. As the yearlings wound through the dog town and across the creek, they started to figure out this wasn't a normal day. The leaders of the herd turned back. They jammed up in the middle of the dog town and the Saler cattle rose to the occasion. They made a break Ibr freedom. Have you ever seen a couple of thousand cattle turn. lift their tails in the air, and head right for you? I was riding Boss. Boss is a colt. Two years old. And kind. But. in that instant, when he stw the stampede headed right or him. he decided he was tot Smoky the Cowhorse. He was leaving the reservation. Whetler I went along or not. Now. beirgs the cattle were not mine, I w,nt with Boss. About forty milesan hour sideways through the prairie dog town. With riders trying to head me and the yearlings off. It was great. And ! noticed one thing. As you get older, prairie dog holes get larger and more frequent. Wshouts get deeper and wider. And cattle and horses run faster than they used to. It was a real old west stampede. All we lacked was six-guns blazing in the air. After a couple of miles we, well, actually they, got the herd stopped. Boss and me were miles away by then. Sitting on a hill watching a roundup. But we did manage to sneak back to the herd to help corral them. Just as we got to the corral, the cattle started to mill again. For an hour, we had two thousand yearlings going in a tight circle just outside the corral gate. I thought we were going to lose them again until Todd had a bright idea. He took his jacket and tied it to his rope and drug it through the corral gate. A few cu- rious yearlings followed that jacket through the gate like it was a bucket of feed. Damdest thing I ever saw. But we got em gathered and loaded. And it was a pretty sight. Later, Dean, Searching for Responsive Government Measures are initiated for the ballot when the supporters feel the Legislature will not give their case a fair hearing or the Legislature has already turned a deaf year to their message. Deaf ears was the case when the North Dakota natural resource or- ganizations initiated a constitu- tional amendment that would have designated five percent of the oil revenue for a series of outdoorre- source programs. Defending their move to take the issue to the people, proponents felt they needed a constitutional amendment to keep the Legisla- ture from "subverting" the will of the people. To buttress their case. the con- sortium of natural resource groups commissioned a public opinion poll in 2010 betbre going to the 2011 Legislature. The poll reflected strong public support for key pro- grams. *67 per cent supported dedi- cated fimding tbr natural resourrces. *85 percent favored allow/ing landowners to sell to conservation groups. *60 percent thvored conserva- tion easements. *62 percent supported volun- tary land preservation agreements. Conducted by a combination of two polling organizations, the re- sults were based on 400 contacts, a fairly standard sample for state polls. There is no reason to believe that the poll was not a reflection of public opinion. While the natural resource measure failed to make the No- vember 6 ballot because of flawed signatures, Jt raised an interesting question about the role of public opinion in the state policymaking process. After all, the 2011 Legis- lature had the results of the poll and did nothing. Public opinion did not camj the day tbr the resource groups. It was frustration with umre- sponsive legislatures that spa,,wned the initiative and referral processes in almost half of the states in the early 1900s. Legislatm'es were con- trolled by interests and groups that did not reflect the general values of the state so the people armed them- selves with the right to pass laws in spite of the legislature. Looking at it from another point of view, the initiative and referen- duln processes stand as an indict- ment of representative govemment. They tell us that legislatures fail to respond to the people often eflough so alternative methods are neces- sary. Unfortunately, the results ofini- .tiatives and referenda do not al- ways reflect good judgment. Issues appear on the ballot for which vot- ers are ill prepared to decide. this ignorance is exploited by groups that may not be representa- tive of the public but have the means to create or sway public opinion. But what are citizens to do when the Legislature fails to respond to majority opinion? Or should public opinion be a serious consideration in legislating? In a democracy, one would think so. There is no political recourse for aggrieved parties because leg- -islative races in North Dakota are not determined on issues. Rather they are social positions for which candidates are judged by their in- volvement in the community and not their positions on issues. On a per capita basis, North Dakota has the second largest leg- islature in the country. This makes for small districts that exaggerate the importance of personal rela- tionships and community acuvi- ties. Because community standing is the controlling criterion, there is no meaningful discussion of issues in most legislative districts. So the representativeness of leg- islators can be questioned as often as the ability of voters to make in- telligent decisions in the initiative process. The only option available to the natural resource advocates, or other aggrieved parties, is to go back to the Legislature and if that fails to try the ballot route. t r Extension Exchange Sustainable Living- How You Make a Difference I'll admit I'm not the "greenest" of individuals when it comes to all my daily living choices, but each month I try to make good choic- es for myself, my family and the world around me. Did you know that even small, informed choic- es and changes can improve the quality of our lives and of the plan- et for future generations? It's re- ferred to as sustainable living. Sustainable living is an ongo- • ing learning process based on your individual definitions of quality of life. It's about making decisions that make sense to us, given our needs and values. It's about living with intention. It's about being fully aware of the con- sequences of our decisions, both positive and negative. What's im- portant to you may not be impor- tant to the person next to you. And that's okay. That is the beauty of sustainable living. Are you thinking that to live sustainably you'll have to give up the things you love most? It's not that at all. It does, however, require being more deliberate in making choices. Too often we operate on autopilot. We don't take the time to really think about our strongest values, our deepest beliefs, and the consequences of our actions and to act accordingly. Instead, we buy things, and then wonder why we are in debt. We cram more and more obligations into our sched- ules. and wonder why we're stressed. We go about our daily lives and are startled that the community park has become a parking lot. As an individual you need to identify what's most important to you what you value and you can make decisions based on these values. If you do this, you will be living intentionally, fully aware of the impacts of your de- For example, if spending more time with your family is ex- tremely important to you, then your major decisions, such as the type of job you have or what you choose to spend money on. can be evaluated against that value. Sustainability is achieved when there's a relatively equal balance among our social, environmental. and economic values. This is the "triple win." For example, buying local tbod reduces the amount of transportation needed. This means lower food costs and fewer green- house gases addressing both eco- nomic and environmental values. Buying your food at a farmer's market lets you meet the person who grew your food. You can pro- vide input on how your food is produced thus addressing social and environmental values. Potential benefits of living sus- tainably include: • Spending less money • Saving more money • Experiencing, a better quality of life • HaVing improved health • Strengthening communities • Building a more just world • Creating deeper .connections among individuals, communities. and nature Sometimes we think we are too small to make a difference in this big world. Our actions seem in- significant in comparison to glob- al issues such as climate change and population growth. However, the reality is that action on an individual level is ex- actly how big changes are made. Without individual and family sustainability, there's no commu- nity sustainability. And without community sustainability, there's no global sustainability. In fact, earth-wide change is absolutely impossible without individual change. It really does come down to you and me. We have a lot of choices in the upcoming months between the arrival of winter, hunting season, the holidays and year-end decisions. Consider choices you are can make that sup- port your economic, environ- :memat'and sociht values and take the first step to life sustainability! • Source: "Living Sustainably" ltx Your Choice" Jrom Oregon State Univers'itv Ex- tension. Dates to Remember: November 15 - Feeds and Feeding workshop, Extension Office Park River 10 a.m. to noon Hortiscope Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication . We had four beautiful hang- . hag fems on our porch. I was away, so they were damaged by frost. When I returned, they were all brown except for a few leaves on each plant. We had planned to put them inside for the winter. Is there hope for them? Can we put them in a 50- degree room in the basement that gets little light during the win- ter with the hope the plants will re- cover next spring? (email refer- ence) .Getting nipped by a light . frost is one thing, while get- ting clobbered by a hard freeze into the mid or lower 20s is some- thing else. It depends on how long the temperatures stayed at the lethal level, so I cannot give you an ac- curate prediction if the fems will come back next spring. Being the eternal optimist, I predict that they will recover. You also have nothing to lose by giving them a chance. Q. My husband and I are plan- . ning on planting two rows of on a lot we purchased. The tree rows would run east and west. We would like to plant one row of blue spruce trees. Do you have any suggestions as far as deciduous trees for the second row? How far apart do' you suggest planting the blue spruces and how far apart do you suggest having the tree rows? (Bismarck. N.D.) . Space between plantings is • really a function of how fast you want enclosure. Some want a wall of evergreens as soon as pos- sible, so they will space the trees 5 feet apart in the row. They will also take a deciduous species, such as a hackbelry, and space them the stone distance. It is more expensive be- cause of the higher investment in planting stock. A more modest, but effective spacing, would be to space the evergreens 8 to 14 feet apart and the deciduous trees 10 to 16 feet apart. The spacing between the rows should be somewhere within these ranges. Allow enough room for equipment to be used for weed control without physically damag- ing the plantings. I mentioned hack- berry being a good deciduous species to consider. Others might be lindens, silver maples (local seed source or selected cultivar), black walnut and bur oak. • I have a gentleman who has • trees with Dutch elm dis- ease. He is interested in doing the fungicide injections. Just wondemag if you have a rough estimate on what that costs. He has a lot of infected trees. Unfortunately, they are being used as a windbreak around his farmstead. If a tree is showing symptoms, would fungicide injec- tions stop the progress of the disease or is it best to just do the trees that appear healthy? (email reference) A o The fungicide injections are • preventive only. He may want to think twice about trying to pro- tect the trees in his shelterbelt be- cause of the expense involved. Generally, such injection treatments are used for high-quality trees, not ones in shelterbelts. I'm not up-to- date on costs, but it depends on the caliper size of the tree. The cost usu- ally tvaas in the hundreds of dollars for a decent-sized tree. To contact Ron Smith for answers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences. Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith@ndsu.edu. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.