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RSPECTIVES Pa e 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS The biggest struggle my son has had in school has been with one thing.., confidence. He has been quick to answer with an "I don't know" or make a random guess just to fill the silence. On Saturday I was privy to a new side of my five year old. I watched as he stood in front of a gym full of people and a row of judges to showcase his knowledge in Tae Kwon Do. He earned a second place trophy in forms. His scores were a sliver shy of top marks for his group, but Hello, I know some of my readers are suffering through the same thing I am. I am starting to forget stuff. I used to forget simple things. Things like 'take the garbage out" or "swing by and pick up a gallon of milk". But now it has been get- ting worse• I've always been poor at names• I just nod and say "Hi". Especially if you run into someone who shouldn't be there• Like if you see someone from Bismarck at the grocery store, or maybe a bar, in Dickinson. But lately it has been getting worse• I forgot how to write. I can still type a little. And I can print a lit- tle. But I forgot how to write cur- sive. It just snuck up on me! And it hurt. It really hurt. it looked like first place to me. Then it was on to board break- ing and sparring, both of which he had never had a chance at before. He earned third in both once he figured it out. He's never been too aggressive. He's quick to be silly and struggles with concentrating on the task at hand, like five year olds do, but getting involved in martial arts has been fascinating. He joined the Ultimate Gym of Park River this fall after his friend was having a tough time at school. His mom wanted to get him into at the gym twice a week and trust the gym and I figured if we were that the instructors have a handle going to do this, we might as well on it. do it together. That little guy whoOn Saturday we got to watch as was getting picked on in school? the competitors, in a range of ages He cleared first place" in each of and skills, showed their moves. his events. There where the little white belts I was so proud of those two for right on up to the black belts. the hard work they put in. The con-I was that mom recording and fidence, the discipline, the respect photographing every secondto coming out of that gym is worth post to Facebook. I had to docu- every penny. I look my kid (who ment the moment for prosperity. could barely tell me his colors last Official shots are scheduled for year) as he counts to ten in Koreannext week's issue. and breaks boards with his foot My favorite photo of the day is and it is hard to believe that he is my little guy with the biggest grin the same kid. on his face as he hold his broken The Tae Kwon Do Tournament board and his third place trophy. that Master Josh Irvine put together No one can tell him that his effort in Park River last weekend was a wasn't good enough. In that mo- fantastic showcase ofwhatthe var- ment, with that grin, that third ious levels of skill can do for a kid. place is worth the weight of any As a first timer in all of this, I first. had no idea what to expect. There "'Like"" the Walsh County Press on Face- is no helicoptering• We drop them The news has carried a few Sto- ries about cursive writing lately• Some schools have quit teaching cursive writing. That bothered me. I never was a very good writer• My handwriting always sucked. But I tried. And over the past fifty years I haven't written much. Oh, I wrote a few love letters to Shirley when I was in Fort Leonardwood. Well, a couple letters anyway. But since then the only handwrit- ing I have done was most likely on check blanks. So my bad hand- Y teach cursive writing anymore. And I can't remember how to write the capital letter F. I chal- lenged her to write it. She also struggled. So I googled it. And in a few minutes I could kind of write it. I went out to my pickup. The feed was loaded. I backed up, made a sharp left, and while writ- ing the letter F in the dust on the dash of my pickup, I drove over 6 continuous fence panels that were stacked alongside where I had been parked• They cost about two hundred dollars apiece• I paid for them with a check. And I printed it out. Cursive writing is too expen- sive. Later, Dean writing has turned nto poor print- ing. Last week I was at the feed store and I was going to write a check for a ton of calf feed. And I had secretly decided I would rebel and start writing cursive. But I couldn't write an F! My mind was blank! I didn't know F! I stared at that check blank and a tear came to my eye. "I don't know F"! The young lady looked at me strangely as I ex- plained that they are not going to Happenings at Our LI. ,samaritan C, ood Samaritan Socicn -- Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Thank you to Hattie Strand, Ber- Faust, 3pm Game Day nice Svercl, Sandy Novak, and Nov. 20th 10am Embroidery Julie Rostvet for all your help mak- Group, lpm Making Fudge, 5pm ing Lefse last week. Our Pen Pals Rosary, 6:45 Bingo from Park River's 5th Grade Class Nov. 21st lpmCard Group, lpm did really Great rolling too!;Wel pe. Buttering Lefse, 3 'Turkey Yriv- everyone has a Great Thanksgiving! ia Nov. 22nd 10am Peeling Pota- This week Nov. 12th - 18th toes, lpm Baking Pies, 3:15 Bingo Nov. 12th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- Nov. 23rd Happy Thanksgiving tor Merchant, 3:30 Where in the Nov. 24th Clergy Visits, 10:30 world Nail Time, 3:30 Christmas Craft Nov. 13th 10am Embroidery Nov. 25th 9:30 Mass w/Father Group, lpm Baking Pumpkin Cook- Miller, lpm Wish upon a wishbone, ies, 5pm Rosary; 6:45 Bingo Nov. 14th 3pm Wine and Cheese 2:15 Bingo Party Thank you to our many volun- Nov. 15th 3:15 Bingo teers; Shirley Sobolik, Linch I.arson, Nov. 16th 3pm Thanks for Giv- Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Mary ing Luncheon, 6:30 Movie Night Lund, Dorothy Novak, Pastor Hin- Nov. 17th Clergy Visits, 10:30 richs, St. Joseph's Altar Society, Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, Corinne Ramsey, The Mennonite 2:30 The Wahl Band Singers, Marquita Novak, And all Nov. 18th 9:30 Mass w/Father the others that made our Veterans Miller, l pmAmerican Trivia, 2:15 Program such a success, Father Bingo Miller, and anyone I may have missed I am sorry. If you would like Next week Nov. 19th - 25th to vohmteer please contact Rose U1- Nov. 19th 2:30 Worship w/Tim land at 701-284-7115. November 18th is International important thing you can do as a fam- Survivors of Suicide Day. The ily member or friend to someone definition of a survivor of suicide is who has lost a loved one to suicide, a family member or friend of some- is to listen. Let the person talk at one who has died by suicide. There their own pace, and let them decide are over 41,100 suicides each year what they want to share with you. in the United States• For each sui- You may feel you don't know what cide, there are at least 6 survivors, to say to the person, and that's This is considered a conservative es- " okay. Your presence, along with ac- timate, tive listening, is all that's needed. For suicide survivors, there can There are several resources in our be a confusing eruption of emotions community that can offer help. If that they feel. These emotions can you are needing resources, or have include: shock, anger, denial, stress, any questions, please call Walsh pain, numbness, and guilt among County Health District at 701-352- many other feelings. The most 5139. mmlmmm| mmmmmm m ! |mmmmmmm] • e' I I J 2017-2019 North Dakota Blue Book on sale now at the State Historical Society of ND Museum Store Ca. 701-328-2879 to purchase a copy today! Cheer Up, Donald; Donna Braz Is Here , Reaching back into his politi- Humphrey won the nomination cal memory, the C~ moderator over George~McGovern and Eu- noted that Democrat~ihaVe a way ~ ~ne McCarthy, By~ this time, of shootihg themselves in the feet Hubert had become the estab- when they are running ahead of lishment to oppose. the pack. It didn't take long for his wisdom to become reality No one could be happier with the change in the political dialogue than Donald Trump who was be- ing skewered by the press for his glib observations in midnight tweets. The relief expedition has arrived. An interim chair of the Demo- cratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign, Donna Brazile decided it was time to cash in on inside information about the Hi- lary Clinton takeover of the Dem- ocratic Party with a timely book published to garner the most sales. Even the Russians don't have that much dirt. Just when the political breezes were starting to lift their sails, the Democrats have started sinking their own boat with leftover anger from the 2016 election. They are groping in several directions. Impeach! Impeach! Impeach! One strain of Democrats is de- manding that the President be impeached even though im- peachable offenses have yet to ap- pear. Many Republicans are stick- ing with the President and, in case Democrats haven't noticed, Republicans have a firm grip on the impeachment process. Be- sides, Trump has been doing more for Democrats than they have been doing for themselves• Reorganize the Party Losers refuse to admit their message was wrong so they usu- ally look elsewhere to explain their defeat• The unhappy liber- als who missed the 2016 finals now want to reorganize the party by throwing the super delegates under the bus. The super delegates are those in elective and leadership positions who get automatic seats in Dem- ocratic conventions• Most of them went to Hilary so something had to be wrong with the system• The last time the Democrats re- organized the party was in the post-1968 period after Hubert The Democrats abolished win- ner-take-all state delegations and created caucuses with propor- tionate representation. It wasn't long until the various interest groups within the party learned tO game the system and defeat the in- tent of the change• In the following election, the new rules were applied and 1972 was a debacle• Left! Left! Go Left! Other Democrats believe that the party must move to the left if it wants to win elections in the fu- ture. This group needs to enroll in Political Parties 101 for the ele- mentary facts about representative government. When the mood of the country has moved to the right, it doesn't make a lot of sense to rush to the left. It would be 1972 all over again. The winning strategy is to hog the middle where the voters are. Hilary won the popular vote by two million because she was close to the middle. Unfommately, both parties have h fringe of true believers who don't act on the basis of reason but on emotion. For these folks, rea- son is a waste of time, like nego- tiating with North Korea. To change their opinions, we must un- dermine the function of their opin- ions with new. stronger emotions. Because most Republicans are more educated than most De- mocrats, they understand the im- portance of burying differences in crucial situations. So they stick with Trump even though they ac- knowledge privately that he is the worst president since Warren Harding. Democrats get into bar- room brawls. Replacing experienced super delegates with less knowledgeable delegates would guarantee an un- warranted shift to the left. So, Democrats, it would be wise to stifle yourselves and watch out for your feet. 'It would be best to hold your fire for the time be- ing. Unfortunately, both parties have a fringe of true believers who don't act on t-he bas,s of reason but on emo- tion. For these folks, reason is a waste of time, like negotiating with North Korea. Extension Exchange a Are you one of the 62,100 in- dividuals in North Dakota pro- viding care to a spouse, relative or friend? A caregiver is someone who helps another with things he or she cannot do for him/herself due to a serious medical condition or the aging process in general. Care- giving can include transportation, housekeeping, grocery shopping, bill paying, personal care, man- aging legal or insurance matters or providing a place to live. These are the different kinds of caregivers: • Long-distance caregiver- These individuals look out for a loved one who lives in a different city, state or country. • Sandwich generation care- giver- These are men and women who are sandwiched between tak- ing care of their own children and taking care of one or more eld- erly parents• • Spousal caregiver- These in- dividuals find themselves taking care of a spouse with a serious ill- ness. • Working caregiver These are adults in the workforce are faced with the dilemma of holding down a job and making sure a loved one is taken care of properly. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it also can be filled with enormous challenges, such as time commitment, com- peting demands, financial impli- cations, and physical and mental stress. Here are some common symptoms ofcaregiver stress: de- pression, withdrawal, insomnia, trouble concentrating, anger, health issues, exhaustion, anxiety, drink- ing, smoking and altered eating (PTC) program is an evidence- based six-week workshop the North Dakota State University Extension Service offers through extensive partnerships with local organizations. The PTC program is designed to help family care- givers take better care of them- selves and feel more confident in their ability to care for their fam- ily members. For more informa- tion on the PTC program or up- coming workshops, contact Jamie Medbery 284-6624• • Ask for help. The ND Fami- ly Caregiver Support Program is a system of support services for unpaid caregivers of older adults to help them continue to provide care in their homes and commu- nity through information, assis- tance, counseling, support groups and training. Contact the Aging Services Division at 1-855-462- 5465 for more information or to learn mdre about other services and supports available to you and your care recipient. Also see ging/fact-sheet-family- caregiver-support-program.pdf for more information. • Get educated on family care- giving issues. The AARP's Care- giver Resource Center at giving has checklists, worksheets, tips, tools, articles, blogs, Ask the Experts and more. Any questions about this col- umn or something else may be di- rected to the NDSU Extension of- habxts • • rice in Walsh County at 284-6624, Many caregivers have no idea ...... ...... or emau me at: jam e.mea- what to doetaowto do or,where, ,. " I 1 I ' 1 ' ...... . : ...... oery( nasu eou wou u De g aa t get!keJ la, T.hts klemma .anakes ,:a,,,: family caregivers vulnerable, to nelp: ....... i, Here are some tips to help you: Source: Jane Strommen, NDSU Extension • Take care of yourself. The gerontology specialist, 701-231-5948,jane.strum- Powerful Tools for Caregivers men@nas~.ed, the ii 9: _ Walsh County Extension Office Park River- 284-6624 Hard Red Spring Wheat variety Trials There were not a lot of sur- prises in the Wheat Variety Trials around Northeastern North Dakota• If you want yield you pay for it in protein and if you want protein you pay for it in yield• Some of the best yielders were also some of the worst on lodging. Let's look at wheat with some pretty good three year average yields. The top 5 in Park River are averaging around 80 bushels. They are HRS 3419, HRS 3530, SY Valda, SY Rowen and Faller. In Langdon they were HRS 3419, LCS Nitro, SY Valda, LCS Prime and HRS 3530. Two year averages were fairly similar. Let's talk about the protein winners. The varieties that had 14% protein or better were Lang- MN, Linkert, Rollag, WB Mayville, ND VitPro, HRS 3530 and LCS Rebel. If you look at the data you typically gave away 8 to 10 bushels to get the real good • protein varieties. This is no great surprise to me as it has been this way for long time and the margin has been even wider. 2017 Increase Wheat Varieties ND VitPro and Lang-MN The ND VitPro yields and pro- tein were; Park River 70.6 and 14.5, Langdon was 71.6 and 14.7 and Nelson County were 70•6 and 14.5. MN Lang yielded 70.5 and 14.9 in Nelson County, 82.2 and 15 in Park River and 77.6 and 14.7 in Langdon. It looks like both of these increase vari- eties had decent yields with ex- cellent protein. We will now look at lodging scores The ND VitPro across the sites were 0 to 0.7 and the Lang MN was 0 to 0.1. Failer was 0 to 2.2. It apparently was not a lodging year but if you look at what we do have they should stand better than Faller.!fyou are interested, we have some nice looking wheat of both varieties for sale by the crop improve- ment. I do not have prices yet, but if you call at 284-6248 to get put on the list we will let you back out if you think the price is too high when they come out. This will be registered seed. NDSU Variety Trials Website Here is how you find the Re- search Center plot Trials. Go to On the left hand side click on Re- search Centers• Then click on the Research Center you want. I would suggest Langdon for this area. Then click on variety per- formance trials. Click on the sites and crop you want to look at and it is all at the tip of our fingers• rmsI