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Pae4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 20 5 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS It is awfully tough to complain about a weekend as beautiful as the one we just had in northeastern North Dakota. While everyone around is digging out of the cold, snowy, muck in a typical De- cember fashion, the only thing that signaled the Winter season in Park River was the holiday decor and Super Santa Saturday hijinks. My family and I started off the Saturday bright and early in Park River with a family photo shoot worthy of a Christmas card at Larry Biri’s studio in town, 1 More Photo. We managed to do so Hello, Once in awhile you run into a deal that you can’t possibly tum down. You know, one of those deals that are too good to be true. So it most likely isn’t. It may be a phone call about winning the lot- tery. It may be your phone number was chosen randomly and you have won a new TV or siding on your house. It may be that the guys blacktopping the highway have enough leftover to do your driveway for almost nothing. Or you may be having a drink with friends after the cow sale and someone offers to sell you a bull for two dollars. Not two dollars a pound. Not two dollars a hundred. But two dollars! Two dollars for an entire bull! There was a little catch. The bull was in a relatively inaccessible area on the reservation. The bull was crippled. The bull was on the fight. It would be a challenge. Shannon and I decided it would be an adventure. At our age, getting up at night to go to the bathroom is an adventure. Let alone going into the wilderness after a mad bull. The next day, bright and early, about eleven, we loaded up and headed north. Since we didn’t know where the bull was, we de- C(sl (ailiiiirritan ( e ‘) Society“: PM": me Thank you to Darcy Gibbons for having a Christmas concert here on the 5th . We have been getting ready for Christmas and Lany has worked how playing the part of Mr. Christmas the residents are enjoying all his hard work it looks wonder- ful. Please join us Sunday night at 6:45pm for our Community Prayer Group with Pastor H inrichs. This week Dec. 6th - 12th Dec. 6th Worship 2:30 w/ Zion Lutheran Youth, 3pm Giving Tree for the victims of the fire in Grafton in November, 6:45 Community Prayer Group Dec. 7th 10am Embroidery Group and Men’s Time, lpm— 7pm Books are Fun, 5pm Rosary Dec. 8th 10am Crochet Group, 3:30 Bible Study Dec. 9th 3:15 Bingo Dec. 10th 3:30 Gilt of Magi, 6:30 Movie Night Dec. 11th 10:30Nail Time, 3pm Christmas Wrapping/ Cards, 7pm Mennonite Singers Dec. 12th 9:30 Mass w/ Father Luitcn, 12 Days of Christmas, 2:15 Bingo Next week Dec. l3th —- 19th Dec. 13th Worship w/ Father Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. with far fewer tears than we end— ed up with last year, but that’s how it goes with, babies. It gets easier once they figure out who Santa Claus is and that there may be treats in their near fiiture. I am not above bribery. After a few quick clicks we made it to First United Bank for a “sleigh rides” via horse drawn wagon. As our new pony friends, Dan and Dell, took off down the street my daughter grinned bigger than she dared to at photo time and shouted out, “I like it! I like it!” It was a priceless moment. We still had time to grab lunch and do some shopping at the H01— iday Mall before visits with the big man. We grabbed our canned goods to donate to the Walsh County Food Pantry in exchange for vis— its with Santa and hustled over to get in line. This year Gary was finally ready for him. Olivia was a little more skeptical, but by the end of their visit she said, “Bye! Thank you, Santa!" I would call it a suc- cess. We even managed to snag a couple of seats at the Lyric for the free showing of “The Peanuts Movie” featuring the antics of Snoopy battling the Red Baron and Charlie Brown’s quest to impress the Little Redheaded Girl. The kiddos were delighted. We only had to get there about an hour ahead of time to get our pick of the Hat Tips by: Dean Meyer cided to take 4—wheelers instead of horses. We could spot the bull, de— termine if he was worth two dollars. and get him the next trip. Just in case, we took a couple of panels, two catch ropes, a halter, and a dart gun with some medication to put him to sleep. Oh yes, and a bale of hay. I figured we could dart him, halter him, tie him to a tree, give him a bale of hay, and get him the next day. We unloaded, went over a cliff with the 4-wheelers, through a gate, and the search began. I ex— plained to Shannon that if one of us spotted him, to circle your outfit un- til the other guy saw you. That was an old time signal to come if you were horseback. Back before radios and cell phones. By the time I saw Shannon, he said he had worn out the tires on one side of his outfit circling. I guess I should have explained to him that you have to get up on a Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Luiten, 3:30 Sing a Long, 6:45 Community Prayer Group Dec. 14th 10am Embroidery Group and Men’s Time, 1pm Bak— ing Spritz Cookies, 3:45 Piano Recital, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Dec. 15th 12:30 PRHS Choir, 3:30 Bible Study Dec. 16th 10:15 Resident Coun- cil, 2:15 PR Middle School Band, 3:45 OSLC Children’s Choir, 6:30 Awana Singers Dec. 17th 1pm Baking Kolache and Frosting Cookies, 3pm Birthday Party Hosted by St. John’s Altar So- ciety, 6:30 Movie Night Dec. 18th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Lipstick Tea Dec. 19th 9:30 Mass w/ Father Lui ten, 1pm Believe It or Not, 2: l 5 Bingo Thank you to our many volun— teers; Zion Lutheran Youth, Arnold Braaten, Shirley Sobolik, Linda Larson, Donna Settingsgard, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Mary Lund and her mom, Bomiie VonBruggen, Jeanean McMillan, Pastor Hinrichs, Sue Fagerholt, Corinne Ramsey, The Mennonite Singers, Terry Ha— gen, and anyone I may have missed. Cl-RISTMAS GIVING PublicHealth Walsh County Health District . Prevent. Promote. Protect. Do you like to give something ex— tra to a worthy cause at Christmas time, or as an employer group do you pick a place to give a special Christmas donation? If so, I have a suggestion. The Walsh County Food Pantry, located behind St. John’s Catholic Church in Grafton, would greatly ap— preciate your generosity. The food pantry selves all ages of Walsh County Residents. They provide up to 6 food baskets yearly to people in need. Another worthy project of the Food Pantry is the Back Pack Pro— gram that provides foods in back— packs to school children for every weekend while the child is in school. Short Shots Over the years I have visited with people who were recipients of a food basket from the Food Pantry. They are so appreciative of the help that was given to them in their time of need. During this holiday season, I challenge you to support the Food Pantry so they can continue to help people in our county who are in need of food. A donation of money to the food pantry will allow them to make pur— chases of foods and other toiletry type items that are in short supply during the holiday season. You can contact the staff at St. John’s for further intbnnation at 352 0499. Thank you. hill. He guided me to where he had found the bull. The bull was in bad sham: NM may urea hp crippled, but also he had gotten tangled up in some barbed wire. He was pretty much harnessed. And the wire had gotten wrapped up in a bulberry thicket. It looked like he had been there a few days. And he was mad! Shannon was going to cut him loose, and I said, “Leave him! We’ll get the pickup (Shannon’s pickup) and trailer (Shannon’s trailer). Back up against the bull. And lead him.” That sounded simple enough but Shannon was worried about get- ting the outfit in and out of there. No problem. “You get in the pick— up and I will find you a trail. Just follow me.” And he did. He’s not real smart sometimes. We took a thirty thousand dol— lar pickup and a fifteen thousand seats, but I think 1 got my fill of popcorn. It was a long day and a good one. To everyone who comes to— gether each December to make these special events happen (and even the ones we didn’t make it out to), thank you. We (as demon— strated by the lines at Santa, packed theatre, busy shopping center, waitlist for sleigh rides, and more) really do appreciate the work that you all go through, to bring a little Super Santa spirit our way. There may be a few folks out there who aren’t quite feeling in the spirit just yet without their white Christmas, but I know I am doing just fine. Need some walking in a winter wonderland to get in the mood? Stop on over. I can hum a few bars. Like" the Walsh Couan Press on Face- bookcom. dollar trailer over rocks, hills, and trees. We slid down hills that you would have been nervous riding a horse down. But we got to the bull. When I threw that mad bull a chunk of second cutting alfalfa, he decided the human race was good after all. While he was eating we backed up against him, set our panels up around him, threw a lit- tle hay in the trailer, cut the wire, amt clapped him on the butt. He climbed into the trailer! Shannon the Coward would not try to go out the same trail I had found him going in. But I found an- other way out. Oh, I’m not saying it was easy. But I blamed him and his cheap tires for that. We did take down a few small trees. And maybe smudged a little paint on his new trailer. But, we got the bull. We called the owner and want- ed a brand release so we could sell this bull alter he recovered from his ordeal. He informed us that was just bar talk. He couldn’t give us the bull. But he would buy us a drink! Dang, another deal too good to be true. Later, Dean Committee Brainstorms for lhnmehmbflnasSphmh By Lloyd Omdahl “We need to do some early brainstorming for a big commu- nity Christmas or we will be the only dark spot in the county this year,” Homeland Committee Chair Ork Dorken warned the 13 town electors streaming into the frigid community hall. “I hope somebody brought a brain this year,” sassed Madeleine Morgan. “We went without one last year and ended up with a string of lights on the big evergreen and no electricity.” “Who knew we needed two blocks of extension cords to get to the nearest plugin?” Ork re— torted defensively. “Has anybody thought of ask— ing the government for some fuel assistance to warm this place up for winter meetings?” queried Holger Danske as he slapped his sheepskin mitts against his thighs. “They don’t give fuel assis— tance to community halls, just or- dinary people,” Chief Alert Officer Garvey Erfald explained. “Well, let’s find an ordinary person who doesn’t need all of his fuel assistance,” countered Holger. “Let’s beat the other towns with an early Santa Day for the kids," suggested Einar Torvald. “Whose kids are we going en— tertain, seeing as how we have none of our own?” asked Orville Jordan, the railroad agent who re— tired when the train left eight years ago. “We have no kids to sit on Santa’s knee even if we had a Santa.” “Well, there isn’t time or in- clination to get more of our own kids by Christmas so it looks like a suggestion for the future,” ob- served Josh Dvorchek. Then he noted all of the gray heads and realized he had just proposed an- other Christmas miracle. “Let’s make a deal with the Salvation Army to sponsor a ket- tle on our busiest intersection.” suggested Little Jimmy, the town’s youngest and most edu— cated elector, having six-years of online college in five different majors and no intention to quit school as long his parents were in the Yukon for the gold rush . “That idea may have worked in 1920 when we had a busy cor- ner,” responded Einar. “We couldn’t even get enough cars in town these days for a good acci- dent. I even dropped my collision insurance. ” “How about having a horne- town shopping day?” suggested Orville Jordan. “Where would we have this hometown shopping day, seeing as how our businesses are all gone? “ Holger asked. He was still bitter because his family’s livery stable was the first to go in 1934. “Maybe we should decorate the big evergreen again and bor- row longer extension cords from Wickendorfer Salvage and Sep- tic Repair,” Dorsey suggested. “Don’t expect me to go up the ladder again this year,” Josh warned. “Gerda says she isn’t going to nurse an old fool if he falls out of the tree.” “Maybe we should just run a white flag up Street Light #6 and let the world know that they can’t count on us anymore,” Little Jimmy proposed. “This town is too small to light up this part of the county.” “I don’t know about that,” Madeleine argued. “Aren’t we supposed to let our little light shine?” “Even this little of a light?” Jimmy puzzled. “Maybe our light is intended to be for only a township,” Einar opined philosophically. “I say We go for the big ever- green again,” Dorsey insisted. “The lights are still on it from last year. It’s ready for an early Christmas.” The group pounced on his suggestion as the last word and started pulling on scarves and coats. “It is hard to brainstorm when we’re so short of brains,” grumped Orville as the group headed into the arctic blast. “Early Christmas! Humbug!” Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist Have You Tried a Grain Lately? “You are determined to like this food, aren’t you?” my hus- band remarked with a grin. I must have been “making a face” at my bowl of grits, which I had chosen for my second breakfast meal of the week. I regularly enjoy hot cereal such as oatmeal for breakfast, so why not try something new? In gen- eral, I eat almost anything. We were in a southern state, and I was trying out foods that are uncommon in the Midwest. Along with my bowl of grits, I had chosen my favorite breakfast food: scrambled eggs. If kids take 10 to 12 times to like a new food, how many times does a nutrition specialist need to develop a taste for grits? Pairing a favorite food with a new food is what we suggest with kids. Would I be different? The bowl of cream—colored cereal arrived with a light sprin- kling of shredded cheddar cheese. The first time I had this grain food, the ratio ofcheese to grits was about 5U:DU, 1 think. 1, like cheese already, so I ate them. I tasted the grits at breakfast, and I could tell nothing was added. They were a “blank can— vas” in need of something. I thought about going to Google on my phone to find out “what to add to grits.” Our server came by with more coffee. I asked her what she suggested I should add. She said she liked butter and sugar on grits. She also said that some people liked to add butter, salt and pepper. She also liked to stir in scrambled eggs. I had lots of options, but I wasn’t going to use my eggs in that manner, though. I decided to try both seasoning methods. I prepared one savory side and one sweet side. My husband watched me in amusement. Unfortunate- ly, 1 MW? have ‘had a “poker face.” I will need a few more tries to enjoy grits, but I did eat most of my breakfast. I am sure that some of the regional dishes we eat in the Midwest would be met with a similar reaction in other states. We all tend to like the fa- miliar, but “mixing it up” is a good idea. Enjoying a variety of foods in moderation is always good advice. Grits are made of corn, or maize, and they are cooked to form a porridge. Some recipes add cheese, bacon and onion to grits. Others suggest the typical cereal toppings. How adventuresome are you with your grain choices? Try this quiz to see if you can identify the type of grain from these clues. This type of grain. is high in fiber and can» be used in baked goods and breakfast cereals. You might be familiar with the “pearled” version, which is used in soups. This grain actually is the seed from a family of herbs. It tech- nically is not a cereal grain. It of— ten is ground and used to replace part of the wheat flour in pan— cake mixes. This grain food is made from durum semolina and is very popular in North African coun- tries. It usually is yellow and re— sembles rice but actually is pas— ta. 'l‘hrs common whole-grain breakfast food is available in reg- ular and quick—cooking variw eties, depending on the degree the grain has been “rolled” dur— ing processing. It is a heart- healthy food. This food is not a grain but is a small seed that is grown in Peru and Bolivia. It is cooked similarly to rice. This grain is the most com- monly eaten grain in the world. It is available in white or whole- grain brown types. This may be the smallest grain in the world and is used as a thickener. (If you get this question correctly, you can pat yourself on the back.) This grain often is known as the “staff of life” and includes processed versions known as ,1 bulgur and farina. How did yori'do? My thanks go toan Extension'professional in Oklahoma Cooperative Ex— tension for inspiring this column with her PowerPoint. The an- swers are: l. barley; 2. buck- wheat; 3. couscous; 4. oatmeal; 5. quinoa (pronounced keen— wa); 6. rice; 7. teff; 8. wheat Julie Garden-Rabi;Ison, Phil. R.1).. L.R.D., is a North Dakota State Universitv Ex— Iemion Service/00d and nutrition specialist and professor in the Departure/1! o/‘Heal/II. Nutri- tion and lirmrxise Skimmer. Walsh County Crop Improvement Annual Meeting Here is another reminder of the Walsh County Crop Improvement Annual meeting on Tuesday, De- cember 15 at 6 pm. We will be talking about unmanned aerial drones, increasing fuel efficiency on the farm and cover crops. We will follow with our annual meet- ing. New Minnesota Spring Wheat Release Bolles (MN08165-8) was grown through contract with the Walsh County Crop Improvement Association the summer of 201 5. We had several growers and at least one grower averaged around 70 bushels per acre with his re— lease. It‘s claim to fame is that it is a high protein, high yielding and high quality spring wheat. Its yield is higher than WB—Mayville with about a 1% higher protein. So if you are going for a high protein wheat with some yield this may be Dec. 15 Feb 23-24 Dates to Remember: Walsh County Crop Improvement Meeting, Park River American Legion 6 pm Design Your Own Succession Plan Your community. Your paper. Your source for Happy Happenings. Walsh County Press 284-6333 Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park. River 284—6624 By Extension Agent Brad Brummond it. It has excellent leafrust resist- ance and a moderate rating for scab and bacterial leaf streak. In Minnesota variety trials for 3 years it averaged 15.7% protein compared to 13.8 for Faller and Prosper and 14.8 for WB- Mayville. Vantage for the same years averaged 15.4% protein. Prosper and Faller averaged around 80 bushels per acre with WB—Mayville averaging 73.2. Bolles averaged 75.5 bushels per acre. So its reputation for high pro» tein and decent yields seems to prove out. Bolles yielded 58.9 bushels per acre in 2015 at the Walsh County plots and had16.6 percent protein. Faller yielded 61.7 bushels and Prosper yielded 52.8 bushels and 15% protein WB Mayville did 56.4 bushels with 1.5% protein. Bolles had a lodging score of 5.7 compared to Faller at 6.5, Prosper at 7.4 and WB Mayville at 0.4. WB Mayville definitely won the standing game. Bolles is a better stander than Prosper or Faller but it is not a great standing wheat. '3'. i