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I PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES DECEMBER 5, 2012 FROM THE EDITOR&apos;S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH {OUNTY PRESS There is an old joke that goes: Sam was in dire trouble. His business had gone bust and he was in serious financial trouble. He was so desperate he decided to pray for help. He began, 'God, please help me. l'v'e lost my business and if I don't get some money, I'm going to lose my house as well. Please let me win the lottery.' Lottery night came and Sam didn't win. Again Sam prays, "God, please let me win the lottetT! I've lost my business, my honse and I'm going to lose mv car as well.' Lotto night comes and Sam still has no luck. Once again, he prays, 'My God, why have you forsaken me? I've lost my business, my house, and my car. My wife and children are starving. ! don't often ask you for help and I have always been a good servant to you. PLEASE just let me win the lottery this one time so I can get my life back in order.' Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the heavens open. Sam is confronted by the voice of God Himself: 'Sam,' says God, 'meet Me halfway on this. Buy a bloody ticket.' So, last Wednesday when the Powerball jackpot hit $550 million .... a number that can only be de- scribed as ludicrous -- I had to get a ticket. I didn't think I would win, but you don't even have a chance of not winning if you don't try. You have a better chance of get- ting hit by lightning or drawing a straight flush twice in your li/i: than you would of winning that big one. Chances were literally set at 1 in 175 million. NBC News published a list of odds that were more likely than winning the Powerball jackpot. Among the list ... more likely to: Die as a pedestrian. Be drafted to play NBA bas- ketball. Be a movie star. Be born with extra fingers. Become a U.S. president. Get attacked by a shark. But the chance in winning at least a couple bucks are 1 in 31.85, so playing the game is not entirely for nothing. There had been 16 straight drawings since Oct. 6 without a jackpot winner and people had been going nuts ever since. The regulars, the hopefuls, the first- timers hoping to make it big -- everyone gave it a shot because even a little win can yield big bucks. I would love to say that I bagged the big one and can now sit around eating bonbons and watch- ing soaps (or at least say I could get a new car) but alas, the falltasy is a bit more fun than the reality. I'm out a couple bucks and the crack in my windshield is a little bigger, but it's just fine, I don't even like soaps and the only time I ever eat bonbons is when they throw them in with the peanuts and orange in the church Christmas goody bag. So, there you go, God, I at least bought a ticket. Like '" the Walsh CounO' Press on Face- book and check out our blog at http.vTvalsh- countypress, wordpress,com Hello, A lhmous quote, probably more fiimous than Grandpa's, "Never buy a horse fi-om a guy that sits in the fi'ont pew at church"was Win- ston Churchill's, "'The only thing we have to fear is fear itselE" Ev- idently, Winston did not know Shirley. l'he Thanksgiving cow sales are over! The sales that men go to while Morn goes shopping on Black Friday. It's this time of the year that neighbors start meeting at cow sales. Buying a few cows to replace the "'opens". Replacing some of those old girls that aren't producing the kind of calf she should. Trying to cull the herd down a little to stretch the feed out. And that reminded me of "Friendly". If you're citified, you might think that a cow is a cow. That they are not like dogs and cats and '. ds ar:i g{, l]sll and hamsters and stufE t3ut that is wrong. Some peo- ple do become attached to certain cows. I know you are thinking that Hat is not normal. I agree. But Shirley became attached to Friendly. Friendly was one of the ugliest cows on the ranch. A big old Here- ford cow with short ears. But she loved cake. Now, cake is a protein. supplement that comes in cubes. And Shirley always carried a few pieces of cake in her pocket. Friendly learned that when she saw Shirley, treats were to be had. Friendly would come at a fast cow walk right out of the herd and belier at Shirley. She would reach that long, rough tongue out and eat all the cake Shirley would of'- t'er. Shirley became convinced that Friendly liked her. It was upsetting if I told her the cow just liked cake. Over the years Shirley got that cow so gentle she could crawl up Tips and set on her! Some men dream of marrying a cowgirl wearing se- quined outfits and riding a beauti- ful horse. I married a woman wearing Carharts and riding a cow! As Friendly advanced in age, her calf got smaller. So we had to help it along with a bottle. Not cause Friendly was short of feed. Cause she was short of teeth. For four years, we kept Friendly around and bottle-ted her calf. Not profitable, but cheaper than a di- vorce. Then one fall, Friendly came up open. Not pregnant. And we (I) decided to sell her. And like a big, tough guy that knows who is the boss on this outfit, l did it on the sly. Under the cover of darkness I hauled that cow to Dickinson for the cow sale. Just by coincidence, that day Shirley went down to Dickinson to visit her sister. And together they decided to go over to the sale yard for lunch. Maybe there would be a horse sale. Who knows? They like horse sales like nomml people like whiskey and pinochle. And here comes Friendly through the ring while Shirley and Rose are setting there! I lost all respect tbr cow buyers when no one dared bid on Shirley's cow af- ter her outburst. You talk about cowards. That afternoon I had to drive to Dickinson to pick up a fourteen- year-old dry cow. Friendly lived out her life on the ranch. And her picture hangs on the fridge by our grandkids! That is one fine cow. So, when you're culling those cows, be careful. You can't always go by what the county agent says. Later, Dean Q.00u .samaritan Happenings at Our Goqd, S. tan, . Monica Simon ADC Happy th)liday Season to Everyone from the Park River Good Samaritan Center. \\;' have a lot of exciting Christmas programs in store for all. Upcoming Events: Dec. 6 2:30 Devotions with Holy Communion Services Dec. 6 3:00 Music with Father Lutein Dec. 10 6:30 Park River Christmas Lights Ride Dec. 13 3:00 Monthly Birthday Party St. John's Altar Society Dec. 14 7:30 Mennonite Singers Dec. 18 2:00 Nativity Program Dec. 18 3:30 Extended School Program Kids here Dec. 19 5-7 Family Christmas Party Dec. 20 5:30 Carolers Jeanette Berntson and fiiends As you can see we have a wonderful month planned. We will also have holiday baking, crafts and ganles this December. Devotional leaders this week were, Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, Rev. David Hinrichs. Jan Novak and Corrine Ramsey. Accompanists were Jan Novak and Monica Simon. Sunday Worship Sew'ices were led by Rev. Mark Anttal and Mass was led by Father Lutein. Rosary was led by Shirley Sobolik. Terry Hagen assisted with nail's time. PuNte00 Prevelt, Promote. Protect. FREE law Walsh County Health District Short Shots I III lllr l I III(I ..... II iT[ T" T'I/T - I December 6th; 2012 the ND Smoke Free Law goes into effect. If you have questions or are concerned that you do not know how the new ND Smoke Free Law affects your business contact the Walsh County Health District. We are available for consultation and assistance in implementing this law if you have questions. As a business in our state, you should have received information about the lax< and what changes you will have to make. Call us at 352-5139. Excuse me... I mustache you a question. Have you subscribed to the Press? GET YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO THE PRESS! IN COUNTY OUT OF COUNTY OUT OF STATE $34 $38 $42 YOUR EVENTS... YOUR COMMUNITY... YOUR HOMEfOWN PAPER IN THE LIEART OF WALSH COUNTY # Washington Post Claims Heitkamp Was the Best After ranking Gov. Rick Perry of Texas as the worst candidate in 2012, The Washington Post turned around and proclaimed Heidi Heitkamp as the best. The Post pointed out that Mitt Romney garnered 58 percent of the 323,000 votes in North Dakota while Barack Obama re- ceived only 39 percent. The Post was impressed with Heitkamp's ability to overcome this gap of 19 percent and make it to a bare 50 percent plus. Overcoming a gap left by the presidential candidates isn't big news in North Dakota. To win a national office, Democrats have always had to run eight or nine percent ahead of the Democratic presidential candidate to win a state or national office. Heitkamp's achievement was significant because she had to pick up more ground than most Democrats to close the gap. And this had to be done as the whole state was shifting more andmore into the Republican column. But we need to keep the pres- idential statistics in perspective. Romney's margin over Obama was not unusually large. It was not a Reagan landslide. In North Dakota, the average vote cast for Republican presidential candi- dates has been around 58 percent - the same as recorded in 2012. The Post alluded to "Berg's flaws" as the cause of his defeat without mentioning specifics. That was not a fair comment. As written, we don't know what these alleged flaws were. As far as the Berg campaign strategy was concerned, it was the best possible. Recognizing that Obama was not popular in North Dakota, the Berg strategy was to tie Heitkamp to the Presi- dent and his most unpopular poli- cies. Just because it didn't bring success is no reason to find fault with it. The impact of Berg's early support for Congressman Paul Ryan's budget proposal, which in- cluded threats to Medicare and Social Security, has not been quantified as a factor in the elec- tion. That could be done by cor- relating Berg's vote with the age levels in counties with large num- bers of elderly. Realizing his error, Berg came out strong for Medicare and So- cial Security in direct mailings and in his campaign advertising. But the first impression stuck and he never quite got past the prob- lem. All of this having been said, the most critical feature of the campaign was personality. In North Dakota, who is as impor- tant as what. (Never forget that!) Even though a majority of North Dakotans did not like Obama's national policies, they knew and liked Heitkamp. Likeability has not often been touted as a major campaign asset but it was paramount in the 2012 election. The Berg strategists con- ceded that Heidi was likeable but they let North Dakota know that her policies may not be. The voters apparently insisted that they liked Heidi anyway. Among them were many Repub- licans. It must be noted that Heitkamp is the third state tax cormnissioner to go to Washington in recent years. Both Senators Dorgan and Conrad went to Washington after serving in that pedestrian posi- tion. So the citizen's inherent dis- dain for taxes did not prevent the collectors of those taxes from be- ing honored with the highest of- rices North Dakota has to offer. This bit of political history should be taken seriously by the media in the Bismarck area. They should be camped outside of Tax Commissioner Cory Fong's of- rice and wait for the inevitable announcement. Extension E Home-based Businesses Remain Popular Many individuals are interested in starting and operating a business of their own. One of the chal- lenges in making that business successful is good financial man- agement. For many individuals, starting and running a business from their home can increase the chances of success. Startup businesses often have limited financial resources. Operating from home can help control costs. Today, an estimated 10 to 15 per- cent of households are involved in a home-based business, according to Glenn Muske, the North Dako- ta State University Extension Ser- vice's rural and agribusiness en- terprise development specialist. "With technology, a home-based business offers some real opportu- nities and, to the outside world, looks like any other business," he says. Home-based businesses are a great way to test whether an idea is an opportunity or just a dream. Costs are controlled, and if the own- er develops the business while re- mining his orher day job, an income source and possibly benefits con- tinue while the business is in its ini- tial startup phase. "Individuals also have looked at home-based businesses as a po- tential tax break," says Muske. "'While this might be true, the owner must be careful in making this determination. Contacting an accountant to help make this de- termination would be the best ap- proach." To qualify for a home-based business, the space must be used ex- clusively for business purposes. The only exception is in-home day-care centers. If you do qualify for this deduction, then you also can consider taking additional expens- es related to that space, such as the cost of heat, eleclricity, maintenance and depreciation, as deductions.  Other advantages of working from home include flexibility and no comnmte. Two disadvantages that can arise, though, are little busi- ness visibility and the lack of in- teraction with other business own- ers. However, the owner can over- come such disadvantages with planning and preparation. The fol- lowing are tips for making your home-based business successful: Have a separate office space. This is true not only for tax reasons but to allow yourselfa place to have dedicated work space that is quiet. Install office equipment and get a dedicated phone line for the busi- ness. Today, this may mean a sep- arate cell phone. Keep regular business hours. Not only do clients need to know when they can reach you, but you need to be in your business mode mentally. Take time for breaks. Short breaks can reduce stress and tin- prove your productivity and ener- gy. Monitor yourself so that home chores do not take over your work time. Hire child care even if you are at home because children can be a distraction. Many people have a home-based business to allow for reduced child-care costs. Have early conversations with friends and family regarding the business and your need to give it your full attention because family and friends are another common distraction. You may need to pro- vide several reminders. Open a business checking ac- count. You need to be able to track and keep business income and ex- penses separate from personal items. You can find additional help for starting your business at your lo- cal Extension Service office at 284-6624 or email me at kari.l.hel- Also visit NDSU s small-business support website at and sign up for the monthly newsletter. Or check out Facebook at SUextsmallbiz or Twitter at @gmuske. Another online resource is The Small Business Adminis- tration and its related organiza- tions, Small Business Develop- ment Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives, also are useful resources. For more information, cottlaCt or call (701) 328- 9718. You alxo can visit our website.' Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Walsh County Annual Crop Improvement Meeting The Walsh County Annual Crop Improvement Meeting will be held at the Park RiverAmerican Legion on Monday, December 10th at 6 p.m. The program will be on Sod- ic and Saline Soils. What are the im- plications of misidentifying them? I will also have some data on corn row spacing and its effect on yields. We will have our annual business lneeting following where we will discuss new releases for 2013 and how our old releases have done. FeedingProblems in Walsh County We just got done with a feeding workshop in Walsh County where we looked at what we had available for forages in Walsh County and what the implicatious of all this may mean. We have two very critical is- sues with many of the feeds we have on hand. We are going to be very short of protein and energy in some of these rations. I would caution pro- ducers to not just feed forages as the sole base of their herd nutrition with- out a feed test. We need to know what the nutrient content of this feed is. Unless you have a good supply of alfalfa hay I think this is a wreck waiting to happen. What are the some of the problems we may face without balancing our rations? The obvious ones are loss of body con- dition scores on your cows, weak calves, milking ability of the cows, breed back of your cows and the silent stealer is that you may pay in next year's calf crop on pounds of weaned calves and even the future productivity of your cow herd. There are many ways we can adjust to low quality forages for energy and protein. It almost always in- volves feeding some kind of grain or by product to bring up the ration to meet the requirements of your herd. Yes, what I am talking about most likely is going to require a higher level of management and be more costly. I see no other options unless we are going to fly blind and take a chance of some the negative things I just discussed happening. What needs to be done now? You need to get forage samples from all of your forages and get them test- ed. Once you have collected your feed tests find someone with a computer that can look at those feed tests and balance your rations for you. I can get it done or your local feed dealer sometimes has a pro- gram or you can go on line and pur- chase your own ration balancing program. Before you start balanc- ing a ration get feed prices and feeds that are available to you. You will then be able to look at several dif- ferent options and see what makes sense to you. Some rations will re- quire more work and management then others In summary not knowing what is in your tbrages can be a very cost- ly thing. Know what the quality is of your tbrages and get a balanced ration. Dates to Remember: December l0 - Walsh County Crop Improvement Meeting, Park River American Legion, meal at 6 p.m. program at 7 p.m. December 12 - Annual Fair Meeting 6:30 p.m. Extension Office Park River E