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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS My husband likes to chat with random folks. This weekend we made a quick stop at Wal-Mart in Grand Forks on our way home Hello, As usual, it is Monday morning and I have no idea what to write about. And I have very little time to do it, because I have hungry cows and calves waiting for that early morning feed. And, per usual, I rely on Shirley to tell me what to write about. She suggested, that beings Thanksgiving is coming up in a couple days, write something thankful! So I was going to. And then I found this old article. Enjoy... And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I usually write about how many relatives came to Thanks- giving dinner and try to do a sum- mary of what it cost. It is kind of like the deal where they talk about "killing the fatted calf'. Only we do it with a 30 pound turkey, a nice big prime rib, and a delicious ham. Now, I know the turkey gets all the credit, but I tell you what, that prime rib goes pretty darn fast around our table. I was at a cattle meeting the oth- er night and it gave me a lot of food for thought.  Reasons why we raise from a long weekend with his fam- ily. He asked the checkout gal who was helping us with our haul how her Thanksgiving was she said that Hat cows and kids and wheat and corn and horses and dogs and cats. As you looked around the room, you saw a wide variety of people. Young. Old. Couples with small children. Oldsters that have been to meetings for fifty years trying to help rural America survive. I had a great speech in my head for ending the meeting. But one rancher spoke up before I had a chance. His voice was choked as he simply said, "I have a ten year old son that talks about wanting to be a cowboy and a rancher. IfI don't work to make this industry survive, he won't have that opportunity. That's why I go to meetings." I thought about it on the way home that night. Is there any better sound than a horse munching oats, [ . Happenings at 0ur ,samaritan Good Samaritan ) soeicn .... lt, Rr.'za Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. I This week Nov. 30th- Dec. 6th Nov. 30th Worship 2:30 w/Pastor Totman, 3:30 Christmas Stories Dec. 1 st 10am Em- broidery Group, lpm Baking  C0ok/e' 3;; 5pm Ros 6:45 Bin .... go Dec. 2nd 2:30 De- votions Photo: Submitted Dec. 3rd 3pm Bingo Dec. 4th 2:30 Devo- /ld]oTe: I. to R Virginia Meyer, Virginia Hallostad, tions w/Communion, Bomk b'/0el, Nannette H0eger, and Unda 3:15 Birthday Party Nelson. Helping make for ThanksgMng. hosted by St. Johns A1- tar Society, 6:30 Movie Night Dec. 5th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Making Christmas Cards Dec. 6th Mass 9:30 w/Father Luiten, lpm Christmas Craft, 2:15 Bingo Next Week Dec. 7th- Dec. 13th Dec. 7th Worship 2:30 w/Pastor Haugaas, 3pm Pearl Harbor Trivia Dec. 8th 10am Embroidery Group, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Dec. 9th lpm Frosting Cookies, 3:30 Bible Study Dec. 10th 3pm Bingo Dec. llth 3:15 Piano w/Father Luiten, 6:30 Movie Night Dec. 12th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Making Christmas Cards and Wrap- ping Gifts Dec. 13th 9:30 Mass w/Father Lniten, lpm Christmas Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to our Volunteers for all your help, a special thank you for Larry Amundrud and family for coming in on your day off to help decorate for Christmas, and Donna Settingsgard for helping roll Lefse, Pastor Totman, Shirley Sobolik, Cornella Wylie, Barb Elefson, Dorothy Novak, Pastor Hinrichs, St. Johns Altar Society, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, Father Luiten, I am sorry ifI missed anyone. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. Maa00-vm00 ]E00b00He00;b Walsh County Health District P ..... ,P .... " Short Shots NDSU Agriculture Communication In January 2014 recreational marijuana was legalized in Col- orado. This followed medical marijuana legalization in 2009. Since Jan 1, 212 recreational marijuana stores have opened in Colorado, joining about 500 medical marijuana dispensaries that already existed. Concems have been voiced about this level of visibility that is normalizing marijuana use since we know that the more normalized it be- comes the higher youth use will be. While law enforcement groups say marijuana problems are on the rise in schools, teen use in Colorado remains below the national average (36.9% in Colorado compared to 40.7% in the US). Of concern to public health are marijuana edibles. Nearly half of the marijuana sales in Colorado have been edible mari- juana items. Edible items in- clude things like chocolates, sodas, brownies, cookies, and candies. There is a lack of regu- lation on edible marijuana that has led to a significant number of emergency room visits by adults (usually not life threatening if they ingest too much) and chil- dren (can develop breathing problems depending on how much they ingest). Colorado has a state task force working on the regulation of edible items. It is too soon to tell what effect recreational marijuana has had on impaired driving. About 497 people have been cited for im- paired driving while under the in- fluence of marijuana, but half of those cases also involved alcohol or another drug. All parties agree that more research needs to be done in the area of impaired driv- ing. Also needing more study is whether legalization will lead to an increase in marijuana addic- tion and treatment. It is antici- pated that getting accurate data on this will require a number of years to determine. It has not taken long for mari- juana to become big business in Colorado. Marijuana is expected to bring in more than $100 mil- lion in tax revenue this fiscal year in Colorado. There are many more lessons to be learned from Colorado; let's take the time to learn those before we expand on recreational marijuana use in other states. she spent it at the store. Normally, So I am thankful for the life les- this would be a comment that sons of strangers. would get me all fired up about re- tail over-stepping its bounds and putting dollars before families, but she had an amazing perspective. She said that the first year she had to work the holiday was difficult but after that, it was easier because it made her realize that you can't wait for acertain day to be thankful for your family since you never know what the next day will hold. The next day is never guaranteed. Tips after you've put in a long day in the saddle and are just sitting down in the barn? Is there anything better than helping your kids pull their first calf Or take them on their first ride through the cows? Is there anything better for a kid than knowing if they are going to go to the dance on Friday night, there are chores that need done first, and there will be chores that need done at daylight on Saturday? I know there are millions of people out there that don't have that opporttmity. But it always seems to me, that as a rural parent, we have a little advantage that makes our job a little easier. I think most in people in the Dakotas have that advantage. Shirley was at a meeting with one of the commanders of a unit from While a random Thursday in November forces us to count our blessings, this woman does it every day. I have a lot to be thankful for and as the holiday season approaches I intend to look past the traditions of the day and make each day mean just a little be more. Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- book.com. North Dakota that had been in Iraq. This was some time ago. The ques- tion was asked"ifthe troops had the supplies and armament that they needed". The soldier thought a minute and replied that they didn't, but he had a bunch of boys from North Dakota that could pull a truck into the motor pool and with a welder and some scrap iron im- provise. I'm glad they can help. But I wish they were home. We have a lot to be thankful for. Oh, there are always problems. There is drought and war and sick- ness. There will be loss of loved ones and those that can't make it to din- ner. But, when you get up in the morning, and watch that sun com- ing up in the east. And you know that next year is going to be a good crop year. And you are surrounded by kids and grandldds, take the time to be thankful. And say a prayer for those that can't be at the table this week. Later, Dean ' Grinch City ' LooMng for Christmas Decor "We look like Grinch City," grumbled Orville Jordan, the re- tired railroad depot agent, as he joined the t0wn's !  other electors inthe frigid Bohemian hall for,g midwinter meeting of the Com- munity Homeland Committee. "If we had bought those Christ- mas candles from Sudsberg when the town folded we would have something snazzy to decorate our town," he complained loudly so all could hear. The other freezing electors had pulled the cold metal folding chairs in a tight circle under the largest sun-filled window, hoping closeness would warm the air. It didn't. Chairman Ork Dorken thumped the meeting to order with his buffalo mitt. "Didn't we name a committee in February to recommend some- thing about those big street can- dles?" asked Little Jimmy, the town's perennial online student and only scholar. He was now majoring in climatology. "The committee met in Stam- stead's carrot patch but we only looked at starting a horticultural society," reported Madeleine Mor- gan, the jane-come-lately from Montana. She had been in town only 15 years and was already talking at meetings. "Are those Sudsberg candles still around? Maybe we can still get them for a song?" Holger Dan- ski asked hopefully. "No use even thinking about them," Chief Alert Officer Garvey Erfald stated firmly. "There were eight of them and we have only seven street lights to hang 'em on." "I wasn't enthusiastic about them anyway," he continued. "If we put those big things up, nobody would see the alert warnings." 'Who needs alert warnings?" Dorsey Crank taunted. "We haven't seen a genuine terrorist since we put those warnings up seven years ago. The terrorists all went to Affyganistan." "We can't afford those Christ- mas candles on our budget," Orville noted. "I 'spose we could offer time payments, like $20 a year," Orville explained. "Let's downsize to something that fits our budget - like candles on the four Main Street lights," Einar Stamstead proposed. "Not on your life!" exclaimed Dorsey Crank. He lived on Back Street. "Maybe we should just pick one building on Main Street - like the blacksmith shop - and deco- rate it with lights," suggested Madeleine. "But that's 400 feet from the nearest light socket," protested Little Jimmy. "Smitty hated Christmas. He thought it was a capitalistic plot and wouldn't even light a candle at Christmas," Holger explained. "It would be unchristian to light up his building when he's dead." "I say light up one nice big Christmas tree next to the old liv- ery stable," proposed Josh. "And who's got one nice big Christmas tree?" grilled Madeleine. "That's the second time she put in her two cents," Old Sievert growled to Einar. He claimed he wasn't a sexist. He just thought women should know their place. "Well, there's a big evergreen out in the abandoned Riba ceme- tery that nobody has maintained since the Bohemian Hall blew away 50 years ago," Ork reported. "Taking that tree would be stealing," warned Einar. "Stealing is when you take something that belongs to some- body," Garvey rationalized. "That cemetery belongs to nobody - the county doesn't even want it." "It would still be stealing," re- peated Einar. "Worse yet, everybody in the county would know where we got the tree and that would be more embarrassing than leaving the town in the dark at Christmas," Little Jimmy supposed. "We need some sort of ethics committee to check this issue with Father Gorinski or Pastor Erduff by next Christmas," Madeleine proposed. "Great idea!" exclaimed Dorsey as he rose to his feet while pulling his ear flaps down and his sheepskin collar up. That triggered a rush. The meeting turned into dashaway dashaway before Ork could get his mittens on. The town would be "Grinch City" for another year. 'VVe look like Grinch City" grumbled Orville Jordan, the retired railroad de- pot agent,as he joined the town's 13 other electors in the frigid Bohemi- an hall for a midwinter meeting of me Com- munity Homeland Committee. Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Put on Your Baking Scientist Hat I pushed my cart around the mountains of baking ingredients on pallets in the grocery store aisles the other day. Many of the store shelves were empty, espe- cially the shelves that noted a coupon was needed. The store had just gotten a large shipment of bags of flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar and chocolate chips. Yes, holiday baking season is upon us and cookies often top the list of holiday food traditions. Of course, you can buy cookies read- ily in grocery stores, but they usually do not taste the same as homemade. The word cookie comes from the Dutch word "koekje," which means "little cake." According to food historians, bakers would bake a small amount of cake bat- ter to test the oven temperature. While growing up, my relatives often made cookies associated with our Scandinavian heritage. I remember the deep-fried rosettes dipped in sugar. They looked like crispy flowers. I especially liked the krumkake, which were made with a special iron and rolled into a tube. If you decide to bake this year, put on your mathematician's hat and your scientist lab coat. Actu- ally, tying back your hair if you have long hair and putting on an apron will suffice. Wearing a chef's hat, or toque, may get you in the baking spirit, though. When my children were younger, I bought a couple of chef's hats to motivate them to help me. Baking is an effective way to teach kids about measuring and the functions of ingredients while having fun in the process. If you are doubling or tripling recipes, you may want to get out a piece of paper and write down the new recipe. Double-check the math to avoid culinary disasters. Incorrect measurements and mixing can affect your final prod- uct. If you add too much of a par- ticular ingredient, such as flour, your end product may have a dry, crumbly texture. If you use too lit- tle baking powder or soda, your baked good might not rise prop- erly. If you mix cookies too much, you may develop the gluten (pro- tein) in the flour and get a tough cookie instead of a tender one. In preparation for baking sea- son, try this little quiz about meas- uring. This ingredient should be spooned into a measuring cup and then leveled offwith the back of a knife. This ingredient should be packed in a measuring cup. The in- gredient should hold its shape when placed in the mixing bowl. Your recipe calls for 2 cups of butter. How many sticks of butter should you use? Your recipe calls for 1/2 pint of cream. How many cups is that? When you measure these types of ingredients, you should bend down and look at them at eye lev- el. The answers: 1. Flour should not be dipped. It should be spooned in and leveled. 2. Brown sugar should be firmly packed, un- less the recipe says otherwise. 3. Use four sticks of butter for 2 cups because each stick is 1/2 cup of butter. 4. One-half pint of cream is equal to 1 cup. 5. Liquid ingre- dients, such as water and oil, should be measured using a liquid measuring cup. Set the measuring container on a countertop and view at eye level. Enjoy holiday treats in moder- ation to avoid New Year's weight loss resolutions. Visit http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/food for more seasonal mixes for soups and other baked goods. Here's a delicious baked good recipe that calls for antioxidant- rich dried fruit, such as blueberries or cranberries. You can place the ingredients in a jar and add some trim to have a nice gift to share with a friend. Blueberry or Cranberry Scone Mix in a Jar 2 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1/4 c. nonfat dry milk powder 2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/3 c. shortening 1 c. dried blueberries or cran-" berries Stir together the flour, sugar, dry milk, baking powder and salt. Use a fork to cut in the shortening until the mixture looks crumbly. Pour into a 1-quart glass jar and top with the blueberries. Add more dried fruit to fill in the gap between the flour and top of the jar if needed. You also may place the mix in a zipper-top plastic bag. Copy the scone recipe and add it to the jar or plastic bag. Use im- mediately or store up to six weeks at room temperature or freeze for up to six months. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service food and nutn'tion specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutri- tion and Exercise Sciences. Editor's Note 1 The Extension Ex.l/ange columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as posslole. Extension on Ag around the state Central Dakota Ag Day Set The North Dakota State Uni- versity Extension Service is host- ing an agricultural program Dec. 16 at the NDSU Carrington Re- search Extension Center. The Central Dakota Ag Day program begins with coffee and doughnuts at 9:30 a.m. Work- shops start at 10 a.m. "The daylong program will provide a wealth of educational in- formation on a variety of topics, some old, some new, to crop and livestock producers not only in central North Dakota but statewide," says Joel Lemer, an Extension agent in Foster Coun- ty. "There also are horticultural of- ferings for the nontraditional pro- duction agriculturalist." Workshop topics include: Managing herbicide-resistant weeds Crop issues such as soybean production, soybean cyst nema- tode and white mold manage- ment; why green crops are yellow; and making wheat viable in to- day's market Durum wheat contracts in 2015 2015 crop budgets 2014 farm bill Agricultural uses for unmanned aircraft system Cover crops for livestock feed Veterinary feed directives Beef cattle body condition scor- ing Cow-calf budgets Livestock marketing outlook Horticultural issues such as apple tree selection for North Dakota growing conditions and high-tunnel gardening Farm and ranch succession planning No registration is required. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Lemer at (701) 652-2581 or joel.lemer@ndsu.edu. The Carrington Research Ex- tension Center is 3 1/2 miles north of Carrington on U.S. Highway 281. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.