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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES NOVEMBER 28,2012 i, i I FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLI/VkB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS The holiday season is upon us. seconds at the dinner table talking The lights are going up, the pres- about what the day is all about. ent buying has commenced, and In the beginning it was about there is no en(t to the number of the big things friends, family, my times that the words "sinaply hav- son, my husband and 1 found tllat ing a wonderful Christnlas time" as the days went on it was about will be broadcast over the radio the little things that aren't any less waves, important because they make the While we approach the end of ride worthwhile. the year, 1 ask you to consider the things you have rather than the giant wish list for Santa. In all the days leading up to Thanksgiving and through I used each day and wrote down something I was thankful fbr. It made Thanksgiving more than just one day with five Day 12: I am I am grateti|l for Day 1: I am thankful for naycoffee. It is warm and comforting. wonderful husband. Cheesy as'it It brings family togeth.er. And it sounds, I have a tough time sleep- makes the morning after deadline ing without him. Hunting weekend much more bearable. I may have gets awfully long. kicked the cat, but I am only a half Day 2: I am thanktul for my son a cup in. Lay off me. who does something new and Day 13: I am grateful for tidry amazing every day. l've never been tales, magic, anything Neff so blown away. by such simple things as sitting, standing, and eat- Gaiman creates and Doctor Who, ing. because.j ust when I think all of tile Day 3: I am grateful for my stories have been told, they show family. They have always sup- me that them is no limit to what the ported me and they made me who I am. I used to think 1 had other imagination can do. Magic. placed to be and other things to do, Day 17: I am grateful tbr snug- but then I realiz life is not about gles. Baby snuggles are worth how much you have or what you more than gold. And they cure do, but who you spend it with. I what ails ya. would rather spend days sur- rounded by love than a lifetime Everyone's list is different and surrounded by things, maybe a little silly or even a little emotional, but tlm lists you make "'" this Christmas shouldn't be all about what youwant. Give thanks for what you have. Like" lhe Walsh COtlnlv. Prc's'~ ml Face- bool, and check oul our hlo~ r~t h.,,./.,: , , count.!g,res.s', wordpress corn Hello, Well, the storm that was fbrccast for opening day of deer season wasn't as bad as was anticipated. At least not here. Which is a good thing. I recall a day back in the eighties when we had a house full of deer hunters snowed in tbr sev- eral days. You couldn't hunt. You couldn't do anything but hunker down and play poker or pinochle. Untold stuns of money changed hands. I figure between the tbod the hunters ate, and the money of mine they won, I could have taken Shirley on awonderful vacation. So, as deer season winds down, and we start getting ready for Thanksgiving, I thought I'd tell you one more deer camp story. One that kind of ties Thanksgiving and deer season together. Now, I wasn't there, but I heard this fi'om a deer friend.who never missed the deer opener and the nightly quarter limit poker games that deer camp entailed, I'll just jump to the chase. Deer camp was set up at the base of Bear Den. Bear Den was a hill in the badlands that was steep and curvy. In the heart of some of bagging that turkey became more' the most rugged badlands in the important than getting the big buck. state. It was in an area that was ac- Unkmown to some of the partic- cessible only by toot or horseback, ipants in camp, one of the camp If you were riding a dam good members had gone to a neighbor- horse. It is the place where the ing ranch and bolTowed (or possi- thirty point muley buck makes his bly purchased) a domestic turkey. home. They are white you know. The first night of deer camp, the During the night, as campers lie essentials were unpacked. They in- blissffllly sleeping after a long night eluded a few cuts of cold meat, of beer drinking andcard playing, seyeral cases of beer, and a couple this rancher tied this turkey up in a of jugs of adult beverages, little clearing about 70 yards from As the stoW telling began, one deer camp. of the local ranchers began telling In the morning, one guy, I think of the albino turkey that had been it was Herbie, went out to relieve seen several times that smnmer and himself. As he was looking around, thtl. Some saiditwas aghost. Oth- Imping to spot the thirty-point ers said although several attempts buck, his eyes came upon the elu- had been made to bag this turkey, sive albino turkey. he seemed invincible. He sprang into action, not even The evening progressed and " bothering to put his shoes on. Try- ing to wake everyone without star- tling the white gobbler, he quickly grabbed his deer rifle. A 30-06! Now if you are not Pamiliar vdth ri- ties, I will tell you a 30:06 is made for deer, elk, and elephants. Not turkeys. He sighted in on that poor old turkey and KABOOM! He missed. The turkey jumped in the air, ran to the end of his tether and stopped. KABOOM! The turkey jumped and ran the other way. No escape. This is tile sad part. KABOOM! The third shot was dead center. Al- bino turkey feathers flew every- where. Herbie raced up the hill, not looking back to ,see everyone rolling on the ground in laughter When he got to what was once an elusive, wild, albino turkey gob- bler, he found the blown up re- mains of a tame turkey hen. with a piece of baler twine tied around s one field dressed leg. At least, that's the way I heard it. Happy Thanksgiving! Dean ,., " Happenings at Our samaritan Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC PAax l~wa By Ron Smith, Horticulturist The residents and statt'at tim Park River Good Samaritan Center hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We celebrated here with many Thanksgiving related activities and also a delicious meal served by our Dietary Stall'. we are really looking tbrward to this Holiday Season with some great activities planned. Dec. 6 2:30 Monthly Communion Service Dec. 6 3:00 Music with Father Lutein Dec. 133:00 Monthly Birthday Party hosted Dec. 147:30 Mennonite Singers Dec. 182:00 Nativity Program Dec. 183:30 Extended School Program Kids Dec. 195-7 Family Christmas Party by St. John's As you can see we are starting our Holiday Season with a lot of thn activities. If you or your family would like to sham your talents with us this Christmas please call the center. We would like to thank our volunteers this week. Devotional leaders were Lois Ydstie, Dorothy Novak, Rev. David Hinrichs, and Corrine Ramsey. Accompanists were Mary Seim, Monica Simon and Jan Novak. Greg Bauer led Rosary and Father Lutein led Mass. Rev. Ryan Fischer led Sunday services. Thank-you for the continued sharing of your time and talents it is much appreciated. Mglt. A xff Walsh County Health District ..... ,. .... '"'" Short Shots Myth: Stomach flu and flu are the same thing. Fact: Gastrointestinal (GI) illness, often called stomach flu, c:an be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, toxins or allergies. Symptoms of GI illness are typically nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Flu refers to influenza, which is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms of the flu are typically fever, cough, respiratory congestion and sore throat. Myth: Food poisoning means that I got ill from eating bacteria that was in my food. Fact: Food poisoning is a gastrointestinal illness caused by eating tbods contaminated with toxins produced by certain bacteria. Although your food may contain bacteria, it is not the bacteria making you ill, it is tile toxin they are producing. As the bacteria multiply in our tbod, it produces toxins that can cause illness. That is why it is very important to follow proper cooking, storage, refiigeration and reheating guidelines in order to prepare and serve safe tbod. Myth: ! became ill from the last thing I ate. Fact: While this sometilnes may be true, your illness usually is not associated with tile last foods you ate. Belbre it can make you sick, the virus, bacteria, or parsite must have time to start multiplying. Some bacteria take two-five days or more befbre symptoms begin to show, while parasitic infections can take three to 25 days. Viruses }nay take only one to two days betbre symptoms appear. Myth: if my grandparents used to do something a certain way, it must be safe. Fact: The food supply has become global, with many different countries supp'lying tbod products to the United States. Also, an increasing alnount of food prepared away fi'om the home is taken home for consumption, creating new opportunities for mishandling. While inspections of our tbod supply do occur, bacteria, viruses, and parasites are often difficult to detect. This is why it is so important to wash all fruits and vegetables betbre eating them and to cook you food at proper temperatures. Pyramid Dominates Homeland Security Meedng "I'm packed and heading out," Garvey Erfald announced as he joined the Homeland Security Committee assembled in the community hall for its 2013 plan- ning conference. He shoved his bulging carpet bag under one of the hollow core door tables and pulled up a chair. Little Jimmy was absent.'He was finishing ihis online master's degree in theology by doing a practicum at the Barren Hills Bible Preaching Inspired C.hurch in Saskatchewan. "Where you goin'?" asked Orville Jordan, the retired rail- road agent who stayed after the Burlington Northern left. 'Tin headin' west to work on the big pyramid they're building out by Williston," Garvey an- swered confidently. Olga Danske jumped to her feet. "That's an evil thing," she de- clared, shaking her index finger at Garvey. "It's the Tower of Babel all over again." "No, it's not!" Garvey retorted bravely. "It's just a huge apart- ment building for oil workers in Bakken's field." "God will strike you with a foreign tongue," Olga insisted. "You'll cbme back babbling and nobody will understand you. Look at what happened at the State Capitol. They built to the sky and haven't spoken plain English since." Having had her say, Olga slowly sat down on the edge of her cold steel folding chair. "But they're not building that thing until next spring," Madeleine Morgan pointed out. "Why go now?" "Can't afford to take a chance to miss this opportunity of a life- time," Garvey responded. "The "pyramid is going to be the biggest thing since the State Capitol and I missed that job by 10 years." "This pyramid is supposed to be 370 feet - 130 feet higher than the Capitol," Holger Danske noted. "You get dizzy going up the flagpole 15 feet to change tile warning signal." "Well, I plan to work around the bottom," Garvey explained. "It's going to be 600 feet on a side so there will be plenty work low down." "Well, they'll never build that thing," Einar Torvald sneered. "Those guys are from Atlanta and they've never been here to test the weather or the ground or any- thing. It'll likely collapse ill the first 40-mile wind." "You,know, it's people like you who are a drag on North Dakota," Garvey replied angrily. "No imagination! No vision! The last pioneering thing we did was the Bank of North Dakota and the Mill." "I think these guys ought to start building outhouses first and then move up to bigger things be- fore they start a 370-foot pyra- mid," Einar Stamstead suggested wryly. "I hope tlley build it on a Mis- souri bluff so steamboat excur- sions of tourists can marvel at our Eighth Wonder of the World," Garvey fantasied. "'And at Christ- mas we can string lights all the way to the top. People will enjoy that all the way to Dickinson and Bottineau. Wouldn't that be .fabu- lous?" "Enough of this dreaming," barked Chairperson Ork Dorken as he banged his Coke bottle on the table. "This meeting will come to order so we can plan something for our own town." "l'm in no mood to plan after hearing what they're doing out west," Josh Dvorchak ventured. "What can we plan that would compare to pyranfids?" The electors mumbled agree- ment. That irked Ol k. "Okay," he grumbled. "That's it. I'll name a committee to come up with something better than a pyramid. Meeting is adjourned." "Maybe we should at least de- clare English to be our official language," Olga proposed as the members wrestled with their coats. No one responded. "Nonsense! All nonsense!" Ork lamented as he donned his sheepskin coat and headed for the door. Extension Healthier Holiday Avoid pre-packaged pumpkin Choices pies - the crusts are typically The holiday season is here, filled with trans and saturated and with it come all the usual tats. Crustlesspumpkin pies or an- temptations .... rich desserts,gel food cakeswith fresh or frozen creamy casseroles and butteryberries are tasty alternatives. Skip rolls. From holiday partie to pre-packaged cakes and cookies, family dinners, sweet and savory too treats are everywhere, making it You can also reduce your fat hard not to indulge. But that's OK and caloric intake by using healthy - if there's ever a time to treat substitutes in your recipes. The yourself, it's the holidays. But re- following list will get you started: member there are things you can Spray pans with non-stick do this holiday season to help you cooking spray instead of greasing choose mo.re heart-healthy indul- pans with butter or shortening levels ot bad saturated andtrans the oil with applesauce to reduce fats. the fat Here are also some ideas to Use marshmallow cr6me in keep in mind when holiday shop- frosting instead of butter or mar- pifig, fiom snacks, main courses garine to desserts: Substitute one whole egg for Choose assorted unsalted two egg whites when baking nuts, fiber-rich crackers and raw Prepare recipes with low-tat vegetables with low-fat dressing cheeses or hummus for quick snacks or ap- Instead of heavy cream, use petizers at a holiday party. These evaporated skim milk are great alternatives to a typical Replace sour cream with cheese platter that's loaded with saturated fat. equal amounts of tht-ffee plain yo- If you like eggnog, be sure gurt Instead of traditional pie you buy the low-tat or fiat-free ver- sion to cut down on calories and crusts, try using finely crushed cin- fat. Mulled apple cider is an even namon graham crackers better choice. Before you head out the door Select fat-free evaporated for any oftheholiday parties that milk to make mashed potatoes get packed into the upcoming creamy. Use low-sodium chicken weeks take the time to plan ahead broth to get a little more flavor in and eat light during other meals to your potatoes, balance the calories and tat food Stuffing mixes are holiday in the party food. You might want classics. Make your own colorful to have a low-fat, low-calorie and heart-healthy version by mix- snack before leaving for the par- ing in dlied cranbenies, raisins and ty to curb your appetite. You also apricots instead of nmat. arrive fashionably late to avoid be, Skip the prepackaged gravy ing around for a second or third mixes and make your own! Low- pass at the buffet line. And if you sodium broth and skim milk make do decide you need to go back for delicious and more heart-healtlay seconds, wait ten minutes to de- gravy, cide if you are really hungry. NDSU Agriculture Communication Readers: One of my colleagues, Joe whole tree if it hasn't hardened off Zeleznik, NDSU Extension Service sufficiently. Planting ornamentals in forester, had what I thought was an a hardiness zone that they're not interesting question posed to him. adapted to can result in problems ltis response is excellent and I such as this. Similarly, we need to think worthy of a read by anyone review the management of the tree who ever has wondered the same during the growing season. If the thing about trees. Read on! tree receives excess nitrogen too late , in the growing season, it tends to tb- .Why do some of my treescus its energy on tender, new still have leaves, even though growth. In the fall, it won't be able ' r 9 its early Noxember. (email refer- to harden up as quickly as it nor- ence) mally would, so it remains green and tender and holds onto its leaves late a Although the question is into the fall season. For this reason, simple, the answer is a morewe recommend avoiding fertilizer complicated. Quite simply, it de- applications during July, August pends. The simplest answer is that and the first half of September. For some tree species hold onto their watering, we recolnmend cutting leaves longer into the fall or winter back during August. This m " ini" than other species. Oua: native iron- drought stress should ldck-start the wood trees are a classic example, dormancy processes and result in a The leaves change to a yellow/or- tree that is fully hardy once winter ange in the Pall, and then to a taal hue later on. They stay on the tree in that anives. Obviously, withholding too much water can cause problems as color for a long time. While I was deer hunting in northern Minneso- well, so a balance is neede& Last- ta l:brests recently, I saw many ly, we need to look at the health of ironwoods in the understory (low- the tree or branch that's holding onto its leaves. If a branch dies sudden- est height below the forest canopy). Red oak, which also grows in Min- ly during the growing season, it will nesota but not ha North Dakota, also retain its leaves and will not drop tends to hold its leaves well into win- them in the fall. Certain diseases can tel: The fiuitoftheAnlericanlindela ' result in trees holding onto their (basswood) stays on the tree late in leaves late in. the fall. In many cas- the Pall and has a bract that looks like es, this is an indication of a broad- a leat: European buckthorn (corn- er health problem. In sum|nary, mon buckthorn), an exotic invasive there are several possible reasons species, holds its leaves much longer that trees might hold onto their than other species. These trees oil leaves. Usually, it's not a good sign. ten remain green late into the fall. It may indicate damage that already The second possibility relates to the has been done or it might be an in- origin of the seeds. Quite simply: Is dicator ofihture damage. How'ev- this tree fi:om an area south of el', in some cases, itmightbe noth- here? To some extent, trees that orig- ing at all! inate further south tend to hold onto leaves a little longer in the fall. TO contact Ron Smith for answers Another way to ook at it: They don't to your questions, wlite to Ron begin the process ofbecoming dor- Smith, NDSU Departlnent of mant as early the native trees. This Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box is a bit dangerons because an early 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail Pall frost can kill twigs or even the ronald.smith@ndsu.edu. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible. Dates to Remember: December 10 - Walsh County Crop Improvement Meeting, Park River American Legion, meal at 6 p.m. program at 7 p.m.