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PRESS PERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDIqESDAL NOVEMBER 29, 2017 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK:,, BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS I never know what is going to looking up the holiday favorites, come across my desk. Some of it I considered the tradition behind is pure garbage. Some of it is use- it all. ful. Then there are some really Some people like baking for fascinating articles, press re- the sake of baking. Some people leases, and letters to the editor just like to share. flint are mostly irrelevant to the Personally, I like passing the hkes of northeast North Dakota. love along so I don't end up eat- Sometimes I flag the message just ing the entire cookie jar's worth in case. alone. This weekend when I was dig- On Nov. 20, I got an interest- ging through the recipe book, ing article that I had no idea what to do with, but now, the "Cookies they ,viii most likely be deployed for the Crew" campaign doesn't next Christmas." sound too far fetched. If you've. N,, th Dakota native and corn- started ingredient shopping,mittee member Carol Schwenk maybe throw another bottle of li cs near (iroton, Connecticut, vanilla in the cart. There might be tl c t,,, ,eporl of our boat. She has something to this sharing thing, volunteered to receive and dis- The USS NORTH DAKOTA trihme the cookies. Please send Committee is launching a newyour baked goods and any cards project called "Cookies for the to: LTSSND c:o Cm-ol Schwenk, Crew." According to Chairman 24 Drive, (]ales Ferry, CT Bob Wefald the goal is to give t6L 5. people and groups a chance to share some oftheir baking for the CIJ', ilman Bob Wefald says, "Lets : et:d the crew of our boat Christmas season, and also to send some Io c fiom North Dakota!" cards. "This is a great way to show our support for the subma- .lust m case your neighbor is rine sailors who are the crew of overloaded on sugar and you can't our boat," said W'efald, adding, help yourself why not help some- "They are going to be in port this one else. Christmas so we ought to take ad- "'Like" the l~h/~h ('otmtv Press on Face- vantage of this opportunity since bo,/,,,,, Hello, Shirley says I am "Scrooge". I'm not much into early Christmas. I don't shop. I don't decorate. I am critical of those that do. I know I shouldn't be this way. 1 have grandkids that really look forward to this season. So I am trying to be better. But I still don't think Black Friday should be a hol- iday. I am thinking t.hat I should- n't have to write a column on "Cy- ber. Monday", whatever the heck that is. It has been close to thirty years since I was in the legislature. IfI were back I would introduce a bill that no decorations could go up un- til the tenth of December. After debate, I would be willing to go back to December 1. But ab- solutely no Sooner. Maybe in your own homes. I mean we are not going to have Christmas police that go in and check. But you couldn't have them outside and no cities could decorate their streets any earlier. We just wrapped up Thanks- giving. I barely got done eating and thanking and the Shopping was ly! We will meet under that big starting. And there is no snow on cow at New Salem. If you aren't the ground. It is like summertime, aware of where that is, j ust dri v e You should not be putting updown 94 until you see it. It's about Christmas lights in North Dakota a hundred and twenty miles west when the temperature is in the six- of that big buffalo. Or sixty miles ties and seventies: It just isn't right. Last year at this time, we were bucking snow drifts and feeding cows. I guess we are still feeding cows, but that is because the grass didn't grow. Not because it is cov- ered with two feet of hard snow. And the wind is blowing forty miles an hour and it is hovering around zero. So I am asking all of you to help me. I am going to start a march on the Capital to put an end to this early Christmas nonsense. Real- east of those geese along 94. If you don't know where either of those are, it is maybe best to just stay home. I would expect the lnarch to at- tract national attention. So dress appropriately. Wear your Bison, Viking, or Eagle attire. No one from North Dakota has been seen without a Wentz jersey, a Bison jacket, or a Viking helmet for two months. We want them to know who we are. I don't expect any violence on the march. But come prepared. Bring some lefsa and hot chaco- late. Nothing mellows a person more than a whole bunch of lefsa washed down with hot chocolate. You Lutherans bring a hotdish. Catholics bring some of that b,,'een jello with the marsh- malh ws and carrots in it. I am sure you have some left over. And don't tbrget to bring the left- over cranben'ies. By experience I know they start to get mold on them in two or three months in the refiigeratol. It v ot:khs"t hurt Ibr some of you Imnters to x\ear camo. Just in case a deer uus by o1 a late leaving goose llies over. Oh, and bring your schnapps, in case it clouds up and gets cooler. Oh, and some- body bring a case of Coors Light in case the !i luor mres are closed lh;,l day. Oh. never mind. Shirley just re- minded mc 1he legislature isn't meeting this year. Chrislmas. Bah. hum- bug, Deau e., bfhxKt Happenings at Our (Samaritan Good Samaritan Si icn' Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Well Christmas is fast ap- Dec. 4th 9am Peeling Potatoes, proaching, time to get busy deco- 10am Embroidery Group, 6:30 Tour rating an baking-forthe season, of Lights ;,:i : -,,:. , Doe.Sth lpm Card Group, 3:30 Thisw e N, Qv. 2,6tb=Dec, 2nd Toys Nov. 26th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- Dec. 6th 3:15 Bingo tar Antal, 3:30 Cards/GamesDec. 7th 9am peeling potatoes, Nov. 27th 10am Embroidery 2:30 Devotions w/ Communion, Group, lpm Baking Spritz Cookies, 3pm Pearl HarborDay, 6:30 Movie 6:45 Bingo Night Nov. 28th Christmas Decorating! Dec. 8tia Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Nov. 29th 11:15 ResidentCoun- Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3pm cil, 3:15 Bingo Making Christmas Cards, 7:30 Nov. 30th Christmas Decorating, 6:30 Movie Night Mennonite Singers Dec. 9th 9:30 Mass w/Father Dec. 1 st Clergy Visits w/Com- munion, 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Miller, lpmTheGiffofMagi,2:15 Music Therapy, 3pm Rummage Bingo Sale Dec. 2nd 9:30 Mass w/FatherThank you to our volunteers; Miller, Noon Meal of the Month, Shirley Sobolik, Lois Ydstie Mary lpm A Dickens Quiz, 2:15 Bingo Seim, Mary Lund, DorothyNovak, Pastor Hinrichs, Corinne Ramsey, Next week Dec. 3rd- 9th Father Miller, and anyone I may Dec. 3rd First Day of Advent, have missed I am sorry. If you 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Hinrichs, would like to vohmteer please call 3pm Christmas Tree Facts Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. With 2018 coming to a start,wards when you meet a milestone everyone's starting to make their res- goal. Just be sure to stay on track olutions. Most resolutions come to with your resolution, and don't give halt a few weeks into January, and up after you reach a milestone. we start saying "maybe next year". Find support. Choose people So how do we keep our resolutions that will support your resolutions, throughout the whole year? and help you achieve your goals. Keep !tour resolutions simple. Focus on one or two goals, and keep Maybe even find a friend or fami- your resolution realistic, ly member to joinyou in your res- Plan a time-frame. Set short- olution! term goals (daily, weekly), and set Put yourself in charge and hold long-term goals (monthly, bi-month- yourself accountable. If you slip up ly). one day, forgive yourself and stay on Treat yourself. Give yourselfre- track. Don't give up! Reckoning Has Arrived Jbr Sevual Assault Aging was bad enough wherl !nme stgatei,to.:the ,crime.::ff we let ourselves be misled by this [tigt is a tackw, then sexual assault myth about the "golden years" @ anyone under 70 should he re- which turned out to be nothing garded as a capital offense: assault more than a seam for the travel b\ tho e belween 70 and 80 folks. Now two new major pitfalls sllonld be a felony; those be- have appeared on the 3 to thet\ve,-n gl) and o0. a misdemeanor; crematorium, and mwo,e over 90 a joke. As dangerous as it may be to onl\ are older men going bring the subject up, the lifetinw t!u,t gl, iormous self-examina- of every male under 100 is being tion, the tongress is planning to scrutinized for inappropriate sex- ma!,e it impossible to plan their ual. behavior, the definition of losl da3 s in a nursing home. Un- which has been evolving dailx, less, of course, they throw them- Just about all men are being selves to the mercy of the welfare caught in the sweep, lake a look !grogram called Medicaid. at poor old George Bush who is So far, the big tax plan in- now being accused of inappro- ch ,lc- a pro\ision that will make priate patting when Barbara was ,,our 590,000 in yearly nursing looking the other way. Or maybe home costs no longer deductible. she did notice but knew that pat- Apparently, the tax planners think ting was the limit of his imagma- that nursing homes are so much tion. She knew that he didn't fun that they ought to treated as have a follow up plan in his do- subsidized recreation. mestic policy. ,\11 of those in the tax fight have I will defend George because at interest gloups fighting for them. 94 it wasn't lust - it was curiosi- | f(;\\ eV(?I', ntusing honle patients ty. At worst, research. We have to do not have a lobby so they must decide whether or not lust is a crit- ical element of sexual assault, count on the mercy of the polar- We have such a variety of of- izcd Congress. So far, mercy fenses that justice will not be has not been apparent inthe orig- served by"one mininmm manda- dr'arts. tory sentence fits all" wrongdoers. It is not all bad news. iSutting My son wants to send all of them the medical deductions will enable to jail, including poor George 'Co%,ress to give bigger tax breaks who's only known crime was to to other li;!ks who are supposed to raise taxes when his lips said otb- pmdnce mil!ion~ ofjobs for which erwise. ,mrsing home patients will be el- Unable to restrain himself, ieih!.:, they can pay the higher President Donald criticized At la_,:es Franken who admitted his mis- , At our house, we are lucky be- behavior. When asked about him- .cause we are" now paying only self, Donald declared "King's X" $72.000 a year for long term care. because he hadn't confessed yet. For seniors who are pretty sure Now Judge Roy Moore, run- they will need long term care, it ning for the U. S. Senate in Ala- would be advisable to get rid of bama, considers himself exempt their sa ings, go on Medicaid from blame because he is thd and show Congress that de- state's leading Christiafi. He stands ductibility is a lot cheaper than by the Ten Commandments even welfare. though he has broken one or two. As for me, I will have enough It is cardinal rule of crimina! mone to make it to the end - un- justice that the punishment be less lbuy something. It is cardinal rule of criminal justice that the punishment be commen- surate to the crime. If lust is a fac- tor, then sexual assault by anyone under 70 should be regarded as a cap,- tal offense; assault by those between 70 fel, and 80 should be a any;those between 80 and 90, a misdemeanor; and anyone over 90 a joke. Extension Exchange What are you thankful for? and focus on what is good in life. We hope it's more than one sin- Emphasize presence over gle thing on one day of the year! presents. You can make giving the Asking people to name some- gift of time and activities, such as thing they are thankful for has a a birthday picnic and trip to a lo- purpose, however. The more we cal park, a habit, as opposed to giv- think about gratitude, the more ap- ing "stuff." preciative we can become. Talk openly about donations Parents can teach their children and. other good deeds. You don't gratitude. The season of giving is have to have a lot of money to upon us, so we will have solid op- make a difference. You can let portunities to practice our gratitude your toddler put a quarter in a mu- skills, sician's hat or share a batch of Here are some ideas on how to cookies with a neighbor. If you model gratitude from Zero to have money in your budget to do- Three, an online resource (www.zerotothree.org/resources nate to a favorite cause, share /2108-n g-gratitude) for pea- this giving, with your children: ple who love and care for children "We're giving some of our man- ages zero to 3. ey to help animals that don't have Show appreciation to your homes." Keep explanations simple children. Slow down and observe and matter-of-fact. As children more closely. You'll see things you grow up, they eventually will see appreciate about your kids, so that helping and giving are part of tell them. Appreciation can be an your family's culture. even more powerful motivator Share stories of thankfulness, than praise, gratitude and generosity. Those Show appreciation for others, stories can come from your chil- Never underestimate the power of dren's bookshelf or your own life. your words and actions. You set a People who are genuinely grate- great example when you model ful most of the time tend to have kindness; generosity and grate- a more positive outlook on life. fulness in your own everyday in- This should be reason enough to teractions, help our children learn more about Use the word "grateful." Chil- gratitude. dren need to learn what this new For more information and a list word means. Explain that being of recommended children's books grateful is noticing something in on being thankful, check out the your life that makes you happy. Zero to Three website. "I'm grateful that it's sunny today because it was raining yester- Any questions about this col- day." Your enthusiasm will be umn or something else may be di- contagious, rected to the NDSU Extension of- Share "roses and thorns." rice in Walsh County at 284-6624, Even young children can talk or email me at: jamie.med- about what went well (roses) and bery@ndsu.edu. I would be glad what was hard about each day to help! (thorns). It gives them, and you, Source:KJmBushaw, NDSU family science tOO, a chance to vent a frustration specialist, 70t-231-7450, kim.bushaw@ndsu.edu [A the Coun ;( .....L walsh County Extension Office ': --': ParkRiver' 284-6624 The Loss of a Legend book has been totally lit up with It is hard to believe when apeople remembering Doc and his legend passes on. You think they contribution to the livestock in- are going to go on forever and dustry in not just Walsh County help keep order in our world, but in North Dakota. A legend Sadly that is never the case. Doc has passed on and we now must Dahl was a legend. I was visiting find our way in a world a little with some cattlemen over thedarker and colder than it was weekend and they were my agewhen we always had the assur- and they struggled to remember ance Doc was on the job. I know when he came to Park River. He I speak for our livestock industry was what we know of in the in- when I say rest in peace. You wilt dustry as a sentinel veterinarian, be greatly missed. What we mean by that is that he was the vet that always somehow Walsh County Crop discovered things first like West Nile and anthrax. I knew my day Improvement Meeting was going to get interesting when and GT Soybean I was told Doc Dahl wanted me This is a reminder that the to call him. I spent a lot of time Walsh County Crop Improve- with him trying to put down the ment meeting will be held on panic and get out good research Wednesday, December 13th at based information on the disease the American Legion in Park of the hour. He spent a lot of time River. Meeting starts at 6 p.m. teaching me more than I cared to the top of discussion will be the learn about infectious disease in livestock. I will also remember progression of weed resistance the happy, if not stressful, hours and how to keep it from breaking my children and I spent in his the bank. I can think of no issue clinic clipping dairy animals for that threatens Walsh County the fair. He did not have to do Agriculture more than weed re- that but he did it for our 4-H kids. sistance. I often wondered if he could ever If you want some of the new retire. The good ones who dedi- GT soybeans we increased in cate their lives to a profession the 2017 the clock is ticking. We will way he did to his can rarely pull close orders at the Crop Im- this off. I guess we will never provement meeting and draw for know. The livestock industry in lots. If your name is not on our the state is in mourning. My sis-- list you will most likely not get ter, a veterinarian out of Dickin- any. Take a moment and call me son, called me the day of the now at284-6248ifyouareinter- accident with disbelief. My Face- ested. 12-13 Walsh Dates to Remember: County Crop Improvement Annual Meeting, American Legion Park River 6 pm Have you read the Start or renew your subscription: In.County $34 / Out-of-County $38 / Out-of-State $42 RO. Box 49, Park River, Itl3 58270