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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES DECEMBER 4, 2013 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS In the great chicken debate of 2013, I have heard two ways about it: 1. Just let her have her chickens. 2. If you let her have her chick- ens then, what is next. pigs and sheep and goats? Teresa Gire said that all she wants is for the city of Park River to change a local ordinance which prohibits her from being able to have chickens in her backyard because she lives in the city limits, an ordi- nance that was enacted back in the Hello, When I'm on the way to the pasture, or doing some feeding, I sometimes listen to the radio. Not often, but sometimes. One ad I kind of enjoy reminds you of "dinners in the field, stacking hay in the sun, and other nostalgic stuff'. It ends with a phrase about --e:,ories". • - f? , .and- ,, ooo", and Shli .... I remember them as Jrandpa and Grandma. They lived in a little brick house in town catty corner from the school. They always had a cup on the kitchen sink with a little change in it. And that cup was my ticket to friendships. After school, or at noon, I could grab a couple friends, run over to Grandpa and Grandmas, rob a quarter or a cou- day when it still was appropriate to refer to donkeys as asses. That is how dated the ordinance is. Personally, I have never really understood the "if... then.., what's next" debate. It is the least thought out argument there is. Tell me you fear bird flu will bring on the apoc- alypse, really just tell me anything except something as half-baked as "well then what's next? tigers?" When asking whether some- thing should be able to be a pet it should probably fit into a series of questions. Is it dangerous? Is it disruptive? Will your neighbors approve? And can said animal thrive in the area allotted? I found one city in Montana that allows up to six hens per par- cel. No roosters. There is a year- ly $15 chicken permit fee. Another in Arizona allows for poultry depending on zoning laws. They allow up to five hens in all sin- gle family residential districts, but the rules vary from that for the Ag district, which has no limit and roosters are allowed. Backyard chickens are becoming increasingly popular across the country as the community ag move- ment spreads. Community gardens and farmer's markets are not the only ag related things that city-folk are clamoring to. Chances are that a chicken may Tips Hat : - ut of that cup, and treat • ds to a nickel candy bar. .,, the bad part of thinking, .t remembering is sometimes I ,ry to reenact those "memories". They had a pipe railing on their step. And invariably, some- one would dare you to put your tongue on that pipe in the winter. And I wasn't the brightest kid in Berthold, although I was pretty brave. Every winter I would stick my tongue on that pipe because of an "I dare you to"! And they would laugh and head off to school, and I would have to give that tongue a good jerk and leave a little skin on that cold pipe. Then for the next several days, drinking and eating was pure torture. Well, the other day, I got to thinking about that pipe. And I wondered if today's pipes were any different. And I got to think- ing, maybe if you left your tongue on that pipe long enough, it would warm the pipe, and that tongue would come off. Without Grand- ma having to come out and pour warm water on it. There is a pipe hitching rail in the barn. It's used to tie horses up while you are brushing or saddling up. And that damn pipe rail looked like Grandpa and Grandmas step railing. So, in a moment of nos- talgic weakness, I stuck my tongue on that pipe! It was ten below zero. fit in a backyard where as a pony probably wouldn't. A rooster might just tick off your neighbors where- as a hen might not even be noticed. Ifa hen got loose, would it cause in- jury to others? Most likely it would be eaten by a stray cat without a sec- ond thought. Gire isn't looking to open a slaughterhouse. She just wants to be able to have four hens in her back- yard. Four. That's it. It isn't a matter of if we allow what will be next, it should be a mat- ter of how to allow for something as to set an example that others may follow in an appropriate manner. Think beyond yes or no. There are more than two ways to have a pet. Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http:/Avalshcounty- press, Do you know how long it takes to warm up a piece of two and sev- en-eights pipe with your tongue! I think it would take until spring! So there I stand, bent over the hitching rail, while visions of laughing boys danced through my head. "He did it again! He did it again!" I wonder if any other 64-year- old men have had to dig out their cell phones and call their wife to bring warm water to the bam to get their tongue off the hitching rail. The conversation went some- thing like this. "Loooo, om to aarrnnn! Uckkk on ipe! Ing ater! Elp! Elp" "Where in the Hell are you?" "Am! Am! Owwwww!" "You better not have your tongue stuck on that pipe in the barn again! I could have married better!" Aw, memories! Later, Dean .samaritan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Amanda Daley, Activities Asst. Photo: Submitted Above: Kindergarten classes came to tell us what they were Thank- ful For, sang some songs, read a story, and even paraded around the center gobbling like turkeys looking for Residents to join watch their program!! Great job kids!! A special thank you to their teachers for taking to time to do this for us!! What is Going on in Activities: A Special THANK YOU to the following volunteers this week: (I apologize if anyone is left out.) Sunday Worship, Pastor Kristen Papal; Embroidery Group, Linda Larson and Shirley Soblik; Lefse Making Day, Nannette Hoeger and Amanda Daley; Rosary, Shirley Soblik; Nail's Time, Terry Hagen; Men's Group, Arnold Braaten; Bible Study, Jeanean McMillan; Saturday Mass, Father Gary Lutein and Shirley Soblik; Daily Devotions, Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, Pastor David Hinrichs, and Corrinne Ramsey; Daily Devotional Accompanists, Mary Seim and Pastor David Hinrichs As December calendar is filling up with Activities and Special Events there is always room for more!! Please call if you'd like to do something for the Christmas Season. ......................................................................... v .................. it Walsh County Health District | I! P .... ' ............ , .... Short Shots | II | Handwashing is an effective tool to prevent the transmission of in- fection. It is estimated that about 80% of infections could be pre- vented with good Handwashing. One area we seldom talk about is Handwashing and pets. Animals can carry germs that cause disease for humans. Children younger than 5 years of age, older individuals, and people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable. Simple Steps to Protect you, your family and your Pets: • Wash your hands immediately after touching animals and their food, toys, waste or areas where they sleep and play. This is especially im- portant before touching your own food or preparing baby bottles. • Keep young children away from pet food and pet feeding areas to reduce the chances for getting sick. • Buy safe pet food with no vis- ible signs of damage to the pack- aging. • Avoid feeding pets raw diets or any other raw foods that have not been appropriately treated to elim- inate disease causing germs. • Store pet and people food sep- arately. Don't store pet food in your kitchen. • Wash pet bowls regularly. Try to avoid washing them in the kitchen, bathroom sinks or bathtubs. If you must, disinfect the sink/tub thoroughly. • Clean your pets waste and re- member to wash your hands fight af- terwards. Pet waste can contain germs, even if your pet appears healthy, the waste can infect people. Many animals can be a source of salmonella. The salmonella germs can make both pets and people sick. Symptoms include diarrhea which can be mild, severe, or even life threatening for some people Some animals that transmit sal- monella include rodents (mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs), rep- tiles (turtles, snakes, and lizards), live poultry (chicks, ducklings, ducks, geese, and turkeys), rabbits, ferrets, etc. Control your child's access to cer- tain animals: • Don't let live poultry inside your house. • Don't let reptiles roam free in your home. • Don't bathe animals or their habitats in your kitchen sink For more information visit Food Stamp Cfffics Deserve North Dakota farmers are in"... limbo with the farm program trapped in a dispute between the U.S. Senate and the House over cuts in the food stamp budget. In October, 25,000 North Dako- ta households involving 54,000 people received $6.8 million. The average benefit was $132 per per- son and $290 per household. Over 40 per cent of the recipients are holding down minimum wage jobs that make them eligible for food assistance. Some are disabled folks; 44 per cent are children; the rest are unemployed. But the program seems to have spun out of control. Nationally, the food stamp program has doubled from $27 billion in 2008 to $65 bil- lion at present. While the cost is pre- dicted to decline as employment re- covers, the price is high at a time we. are struggling to balance the feder- al budget. With the escalating costs, it should be no surprise that the pro- gram is a subject to skepticism and it will become a chronic bone of contention unless the criticisms are confronted. The U.S. House wants some as- surance that the program hasn't become a haven for freeloaders. Even after discounting those who are already working, the children and the disabled, there are some re- cipients who could be doing some- thing constructive to earn their keep. The job market has been im- proving but not for people with lim- ited skills whose jobs got exported or terminated in the economic downtum. It is unlikely that these jobs will ever come back. That being said, it doesn't allay the feeling that the unemployed, able-bodied food stamp recipients ought to be required to provide work for their food. However, imple- mentation of a work program will require a case-by-case analysis of potential for each "freeloader". That means more funding for job counseling. No matter the cost, it should be done to address the concems of tax, payers over loafers on the dole. Then there is the criticism that food stamp recipients are making lbad choices. That is true. To clear the air, food stamps can- not be used to purchase alcohol, to- bacco products, pet food, soaps, pa- per products, household supplies, vi- tamins, medicine or other nonfood items. The :'eal problem is on the food choices being made - too much junk food and not enough fruit and vegetables. Wisconsin and South Carolina legislators are promoting legislation to curb junk food purchasing with food stamps. But the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture has refused to grant waivers to states to crack down on potato chips, soft drinks and other obesity-generating items. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the United States is already spending $190 billion yearly on obesity-related diseases. So taxpayer money should not be used to create new medical costs for society. The problem with curbing poor food choices by fat is that it would take an army of administrators to en- force it. Massive regulations would be required to define the specifics of good and bad purchases. However, by using incentives and disincentives, food stamp recipients could be pressured to take advantage of the excellent training available through the North Dakota State Extension Service. The Extension Service has a contract with the De- partment of Human Services to teach recipients food budgeting, healthy choices and food prepara- tion at local sites. Last year, the Service worked with 6,000 adult recipients - an im- pressive number, but still only a frac- tion of those who need training. If food stamp advocates expect to maintain public support for the program, then they would be wise to address the concerns of critics by supporting work requirements for the unemployed able-bodied and more effective use of the food stamp dollars. The problem with curbing poor food c-holces by fat is that it-wbuld take an army of administrators to enforce it." Extension Exchange Tiny Tastes Add Up! Tasting food during the holiday season can add up to lots of calo- ries eaten. The extra calories sometimes sneak up on us over the win- ter holidays. They don't always arrive in the form of large portions of calorie-laden food. Rather, they may tiptoe in through many tiny tastes throughout the day. Consider this: • Taste 1: You had a piece of peanut brittle that someone brought for treats at work. (80 calories) • Taste 2" Someone else brought chocolate-covered cherries to work, so you had a couple (because they are fruit, right?). (60 calo- ries) • Taste 3: You baked cookies and one broke. You ate a piece. (30 calories) • Taste 4: You were thirsty and had a half-cup of old-fashioned eggnog before your guests arrived for dinner. (200 calories) • Taste 5: A few tablespoons of candied sweet potatoes were left in the bowl, so you finished them. (60 calories) That adds up to 430 calories of"tiny tastes." Just 100 extra calo- ries per day can lead to a 10-pound weight gain in one year. 430 calo- ries of "tiny tastes." Just 100 extra calories per day can lead to Avoiding Weight Gain We often have lots of tempting treats, such as holiday cookies and candy, around us during this time of the year. Maintaining our current weight instead of trying to lose weight may be the best goal. Here are some tips to consider this year: * Have breakfast every day. People who skip this important meal more than make up the calories later in the day. Enjoy protein-rich foods such as eggs, yogurt and/or milk along with whole-grain toast or cereal. Protein and whole grains help keep us feeling full longer. Have a bowl of broth-based soup and/or an apple or other whole fruit before going to a holiday party or shopping. Soup and fiber-rich fruit can tame your appetite so you can resist the temptations. Use a small plate and stand away from the food table at parties. It's easy to continually eat appetizers and tiny cookies if you're parked next to them. Fill your plate with lower-calorie, high-fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables. Watch your portions. Enjoy smaller amounts of high-calorie foods. Use a small plate and heap it with fruits and vegetables or use a napkin to gather your goodies. You're less apt to choose the sticky, high-fat items. If you attend a potluck, set a good example by bringing a veg- gie or fruit tray. Remember that beverage calories add up quickly. Have ice water flavored with a lemon or lime slice instead of fruit punch or other holiday beverages. Slow down when you eat and enjoy the delicious food. Visit with your friends and wait 20 minutes before you decide to go for seconds. You might be full after the first serving. 10 Build in physical activity during the day. People who get reg- ular physical activity are less likely to gain weight. According to the latest recommendations from, accumulate 60 min- utes of activity daily to avoid weight gain. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River- 284-6624 Moisture testing on cold grain This article covers some prob- lems relating to moisture testing cold grain. I can't improve on it so I will let Dr. Hellevang tell the sto- ry. Warning: Many Grain Moisture Meters are not Accurate on Cold Grain By Kenneth Hellevang, PhD, P.E., Extension Engineer & Pro- fessor, North Dakota State Uni- versity Many electronic moisture me- ters used on farms are not accurate when grain temperatures are below about 40 degrees. Place the grain sample in a plastic bag or other sealed container, warm it to room temperature, and then measure the moisture content to obtain an accurate value. One farmer was measuring the corn moisture content in the field to be at 20 percent, but after warming it to room temperature discovered that it really was about 25%. Rapid warming methods, such as heating the sample in the mi- crowave oven or using another form of heater, generally cause er- rors. These rapid methods have caused errors of two percentage points or more. If the sample is not in a sealed container during warming indoors, moisture will initially condense on the surface of the kernel and cause an error. As the sample continues to warm, the grain will be drying which will also cause an error. Even meters used in testing laboratories have a grain sample temperature range. For example some have a range of 0 to 113 F while others are 32 to 100 F. At temperatures within the op- erating range, the meter reading may need to be adjusted based on the grain temperature unless the meter measures the grain tem- perature and automatically ad- justs the reading. Check the oper- ator's manual for the meter to de- termine correct procedures to ob- tain an accurate value. If the me- ter does not automatically meas- ure the grain temperature and ad- just the value, then it must be done manually. Even if the meter does it auto- matically, it is recommended to al- low a sample in a sealed contain- er to reach room temperature be- fore measuring the moisture con- tent, and then compare the mois- ture content of the room temper- ature sample to the initial sample to verify that the adjustment is done accurately. Also, moisture meters will not provide accurate readings on corn coming from a high temperature dryer due to the moisture variation within the kernel. The amount of error will vary depending on the amount of moisture removed and the drying temperature, but the me- ter reading error may be 2 per- centage points. In addition, an adjustment must be made for grain temperature. The recommenda- tion is to check the moisture of a sample, place the sample in a closed container for about 12 hours, and then check the moisture content again to determine the amount of error. Dates to Remember: Dec. 9 Walsh County Crop Improvement Annual meeting, 6:30 pm Park River American Legion