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Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER I 0, 2014 '[ FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Today is my daughter's birthday, imaginable. She also is a tiny terror She is one. This year has flown by at times. I can barely remember faster than I could have imagined, what it was like without her. She is a delight in every way We celebrated her birthday on Sunday with cupcakes and a taco- zombie-like, but then, like a switch, in-a-bag buffet, but more impor- she was chasing her brother and tatnly we celebrated with family, giggling, the non-stop crying a She was a little overwhelmed with memory. the attention, but I feel first birth- Every milestone, every smile, days are more to celebrate surviv- every second this past year are bet- ing tough year of parenting that ter than all the gifts in the world. goes with the one-year-old. Our little family changed a year ago For the first five months she cried.., a lot.. loudly.., very just after midnight when they loudly. We call her our "Little looked at me and said "It's a girl" Sheep" because she "ballade" a lot. and it is all for the better. There were a lot of long nights Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- and a lot of days where I wandered Hello, I'm writing this on Cyber-Mon- day. I'm not a real tech guy. I can't program the coffee pot to make cof- fee in the morning. I don't set an alarm clock, because if I set it for seven, it wakes me up ten minutes after I have gone to bed. I don't set the TV recording thing and my clock in the pickup stays on Moun- tain Time all year long. Daylight sav- ings just doesn't cut it in Dean's World. But, in spite of not being a real tech guy, I have become attached to my phone. If I feel my pocket and my phone isn't there, I break out in hives, my blood pressure rises, a cold sweat breaks out, and I begin un- controllable shaking.And then I start grasping all over and screaming for someone to call my phone so I can hear it. Which doesn't work very well when you are the only one in screaming distance. Last week, I think I reached a new low. I had arranged to meet a few friends about sundown for in- telligent conversation and ridicule. This would probably involve dice or pinochle cards. This was on a Mon- day evening. Beings it was Monday, I thought I would call my brother and check on the cattle market at the weekly sale in Rugby. Now, I don't recom- mend it, especially in the traffic in Dickinson, but I was on the phone while driving. Not texting mind you. But visiting. As I pulled into the parking lot and dismounted (that's what we cowboys say) from the pickup, I continued talking. Just, out of sheer habit, as I reached for the door of the pub, I felt my shirt pocket to be sure I still had my phone. Gone! I swore and start- ed back to the pickup. My brother asked what was wrong. I told him I had forgotten my phone in the pick- up and was heading back to the pick- t',, qlt (j()(K| Happenings at Our / 1 ,S 9 ]aritan Good Samaritan l L7..2 oc ct', "- " Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Thank You so much tothe kids that came to sing for us we love to have the little ones come in and see US. This week Dec. 7th-13th ....... Dec. 7th Peafl,Hex5 - bor Day Dec. 8th 6:45 Bin- gODec. 9th lpm Frosting Cookies, 3:30 Bible Study Dec. 10th 3pm Bingo Dec. !lth3t 15Pi- ano w/Father Luiten, 6:30 Movie Nighf : Dec. 12th 10:30' Nail Time, 3pm Christmas Cards and Photo: Submilled Wrapping Presents Dec. 13th 9:30 Top: The kids from St. John's who sang for our Mass w/Father Luiten, December Birthday Party. Bottom: Our cat Lena lpm Christmas Crafts, pictured under the tree. 2:15 Bingo Next week Dec. 14th-20th Dec. 14th 2:30 Worship w/Pas- tor Masko, 3:30 N2L Dec.15th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Baking Kolaches, 3pm Christmas Music, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Dec. 16th lpm Making Krumkake, 3:30 Bible Study Dec. 17th 3pm Bingo, 5pm- 7pm Christmas Party Dec. 18th 3pm Christmas Bead- ing, 6:30 Movie Night Dec. 19th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Snow Daze Dec. 20th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm N2L, 2:15 Bingo Thank you to our many volun- teers; Lorene Larson, Jeanean McMillan, Barb Ellefson, Cornel- la Wylie, Pastor Hinrichs, Father Luiten, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ram- sey, the Mennonite Singers, I am sorry if I forgot anyone. We love having visitors and people coming in to share their talents. If you would like to help out please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. ~ ........ %:%ii%!~i!!i!i:i!!iii!i!iiii~i!~iiiiiiil ABUSE- LqE YOU PART OF THE Walsh County Health District ..... t. .... ,o. ro,oo,. Short Shots Prescription drug abuse is the If you have been prescribed fastest growing drug problem in any of the above medications for the country, pain (after surgery, tooth ache, Pain medications, also knownetc.) and you have any left as narcotics, are commonly traf- over ispose of them properly ticked drugs. Common names of so they don't get into the hands these medications and their street of someone who is a drug abuser. and retail value are listed below. Unfortunately many of these This is the value of one pill: drugs are stolen right out of OxyContin: $50-80 street, $6homes by family, friends, or oth- retail ers who are in the home. Secure Oxycodone: $12-40 street, $6these medications in your home retail (the bathroom cupboard or Hydrocodone: $5-20 street, kitchen counter) are not secured! $1.5 retail Get rid of any of these medica- Percocet: $10-15 street, $6 re- tions you are not using. tail Where can you dispose of Vicodin: $5-25 street, $1.50these types of drugs? In Walsh retail County, they must be disposed of These medications are legiti- at the law enforcement center in mate medications, prescribed by Grafton during regular business doctors for pain. They are also hours. (Other medications can be sought after as a drug of abuse, brought to your pharmacy for In 2009 seven million Americans disposal, but these medications abused prescription pain andand others like them must be dis- anxiety drugs. Trafficking in posed of at the law enforcement prescription drugs is close to a center). billion dollar industry. Don't be part of the problem. up. There was a pause and he asked whose phone I was talking on. Made me feel very smart. I have one friend who does not have a cell phone. Other than that, he seems to be a fairly normal guy. Well, not really normal or he prob- ably wouldn't be my friend. But I marvel at this guy! How does he doe it? What if there is an emergency? What if we need a fourth for pinochle? How does he check the markets? How does he take pictures of his cat? How can he learn to sing "All about the bass?" That's pro- nounced base. Not like the fish. He eloquently explains that he got by for a lot of years without check- ing the markets several times a day. And he can't change the mar- ket anyway. He doesn't care to F dance when doing chores. If he is not busy, he will already be at the pinochle game. And he hates cats. But then, by chance, he agreed to haul a load of cows for me. And he didn't show up at the appointed time. His pickup had gone on the blink. We met him on the road and I as- sured him, that although he had promised me, I would not hold it against him, and we could make an- other trip, although we would be loading in the dark of night. I real- ly made him feel bad. We made the seventy-mile trip back to the pasture in the dark. There, thanks to us having to make the extra trip, fight by the corral, stood the last bull we had been miss- ing! And if my phoneless friend had made the load, we would still be short that bull! One of these days I am going to leave my phone in the house all by itself. But not today. Later, Dean Measures Drew More Than Partisan Races Not having access to polls to rices and those cast for the meas- track issues during the recent ures. election campaign, a couple of The largest partisan vote was measures caught me by surprise, on the race for Congress in which The surprises were not in the par- 249,000 ballots were cast. But tisan elections but on the eight there were three measures that ballot measures. The know-it-all received more votes than the didn't know it all. Congressional race. For example, I expected Around 252,000 votes were Measure 1 (personhood) to pass. cast on the personhood measure; It lost by a significant margin. 251,000 on the conservation Surprise. measure, and 250,000 on the Everyone should have ex- pharmacy proposal. The average pected Measure 2 (phantom vote on the eight measures was mortgage tax) to pass. It had no 247,000 while the average vote opponents. No surprise there, for the partisan offices was Rejection of Measure 3 242,000. (higher education) was a sure bet. While the statewide tumout However, Measure 4 (curbing was 47 percent, counties that fell ballot initiatives) was doubtful into the 30s were Benson, Grand because public discussion of the Forks, Mountrail, Rolette, Sioux, issue was limited, making it more Ward and Williams. of a turkey shoot. The Native-American popula- While I was skeptical about tion could explain several coun- the chances of Measure 5 (con- ties but the influx ofoil personnel servation and parks), I thought it is not the reason for the low would make a better showing turnout in Williams and Ward. A than it did. In fact, it did so 30-year compilation of turnout poorly that I expect the Legisla- covering 1952-1982 found that ture to walk away from the cam- Grand Forks, Williams and Ward paign promises to do more for have always had low turnouts. conservation and parks. The high turnout counties - 60 Measure 6 (parenting) looked to me like it may have a chance percent and over- were Billings, and I thought Measure 7 (phar- Grant, Kidder, Logan, McIntosh, Emmons, Sheridan, Slope, macy ownership) would certainly Griggs and Wells. In the 1952- pass. With the promise of saving 1982 compilation, all of these money, why would people votecounties were in the top 15. against such a measure? Was it a These figures suggest that manifestation of hatred of box turnout in counties is based more stores or was it loyalty to the on cultural tradition than con- home town pharmacists? You temporary issues. tell me. Looking at the North Dakota I had no expectations on legislative races, we should have Measure 8 (school opening) al- expected Democratic losses in a though I would not have beennonpresidential year with a Dem- surprised by its passage. As it ocratic president. That didn't tumed out, the measures were the happen. In fact, the relative centerpiece of the election, en- strength of both parties in the couraging voter turnout in North 2015 Legislature remains the Dakota even though national same as it was in 2013. So why turnout slid into the 30 percent didn't Democrats lose seats? range. President Obama ran so Eventhough 15,000 more bal- poorly in 2012 that there was lots were cast in 2014 than were nothing left to surge in the off- cast in 2010 (the last nonpresi- year. The Democratic legislative dential year), turnout in 2014 delegation had already been re- dropped one percent - from 48 duced to a bare minimum. percent in 2010 to 47 percent in Another factor. Democrats 2014. Population increased more left 19 legislative races uncon- than turnout, tested while Republicans left The importance of the meas- only six. It is virtually impossi- ures can be seen by comparing ble to beat somebody with no- the votes cast for the partisan of- body. The surprises were not in the parti- san elections but on the eight ballot measure The know-it all didn't know it all. NDSU Extension Service Limit Your Holiday Stress When I flipped the calendar page to December, I felt a little stressed by the short number of days between that moment and the action-packed holiday season ahead. Often, the weeks preceding holidays are filled with baking, shopping, parties, concerts and, of course, regular work. What happened to November, anyway? I had a cup of tea and turned on the TV to relax and pon- der how to simplify things in the next few weeks. I had my trusty yellow legal pad and a pen to sketch out my simplified plan. Seeing me writing a list makes my family a little nervous. I had plans for them. We certainly do not need 14 kinds of cookies, even if we enjoy making them. The other day, I found a container of Snickerdoo- die cookies from last year in the bottom of the freezer. I guess I'm the only one who likes them, and after a few of them, I had enough. I think six of our favorite kinds of treats will be enough to get done. I can make a small batch of healthful foods such as red and green apple wedges with lemon yogurt dip, parfaits made by lay- ering nonfat vanilla yogurt with frozen red berries, pomegranate seeds sprinkled over kiwi slices or spinach dip served with red and green pepper strips andiwhole- grain pita chips. Slim your recipes. Choose low- er-fat versions of your ingredients, such as "light" cream cheese. If you are making a dip, substitute plain, nonfat yogurt for the may- onnaise or sour cream. Choose baked chips instead of fried. Remember food safety for hol- iday gatherings. Perishable food, such as cut fruit and vegetables, salads, meats and casseroles, should spend no more than two hours at room temperature. Use a slow cooker to hold hot foods hot. Keep food warm in the oven un- til you serve it. Keep cold foods cold by making an "ice nest" by setting bowls or plates of food in- side or on top of bowls of ice to help keep the food cold. Replace the ice if it melts. Snickerdoodles for me. On second Make activity part of the cele- thought, perhaps four treats will bration. Organize a sledding par- suffice, ty. If it's too cold outdoors, make Maybe I can just buy some cookies. I think complaints would be registered from my children if we had a "homemade treatless" hol- iday season. I will ask each of my three kids to pick two favorites, and we will go with that. I was back to six treats on my list. Stress is inevitable in life. Some stress is OK because it braces us to cope with threats. We may breathe faster, our pulse may quicken and our muscles may tense, just as the bodies of our dis- tant ancestors reacted to dangers generations ago. Sometimes stress is fleeting and passes when we :figure out how to cope with the situation. Other times, serious stress, such as the loss of a loved one or loss of a job, can lead to physical and/or mental health issues. For example, prolonged stress can promote the development of high blood pres- sure and heart disease. Simplifying expectations, eat- ing a healthful diet, getting plen- ty of exercise and scheduling time for relaxation can help you cope with the situation. Be sure to see a qualified health-care pro- fessional for other options. Here's a list of holiday food ideas to keep your recipes fun, healthful, safe and fairly simple. Keep the celebration simple. How about a soup, bread and sal- ad potluck? If some of your guests do not have time to cook, could they help organize or assist with cleanup? Have fun with your menu ideas. Be sure to feature fruits, vegeta- bles, whole grains and other room for dancing indoors. Explore some new recipes. Visit and click on "recipes" for hun- dreds of foods in categories such as appetizers, soups, breads and main dishes. Check out all the nu- trition resources and videos, too. Here's a guilt-free dip with fiber and plenty of flavor. Serve it with red and green apple slices for a festive treat. Visit our new pulse foods collection at e-crops to learn more about chick- peas, lentils and split peas and ways to incorporate them into a healthfuldiet. Apple Spice Hummus, ........ 2 (15,oz.) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 medium golden delicious apples, peeled and chopped 1/3 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter 2 to 3 Tbsp. water 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cin- namon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 tsp. allspice 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, optional Apple slices, carrot slices and/or whole-wheat crackers In a food processor bowl or blender container, place the fol- lowing ingredients: chickpeas, apples, lemon juice, peanut butter, water, salt and spices. Cover and process or blend until smooth; transfer to bowl. Cover and re- frigerate up to three days. Serve dip with apple slices, carrot slices and/or whole-wheat crackers. Makes 28 servings Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service food and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutri- tion and Exercise Sciences. I Editor's Note I The Extension Ex.ql/ange columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as posslole. ~;~ii~i~i~i~!i!ii~ii~i~!~ii!~;!!~!i!i~i~ii~i!iii!~!iiii~!~!4i~i!i~;/~i> %?%i~iii+i~!i!i~ili!~iiiii~iiiiii~!ii~ii~ili~iiiii!ii!i~ii:!!i!~i?ii~ Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Cold Weather Corn: at Christmas... Here is a great idea for gift for Walsh County Annual Christmas; the Walsh CountyCrop Improvement 100th Anniversary Fair book. The Meeting book sells for $10 and can be The Annual Crop Improvement picked up at the Walsh County Ex- Meeting will be held at the Amer- tension office or area businesses, ican Legion in Park River at 6 pm It is chalked full of pictures and it on Monday, December 15. Dwight is as accurate as the committee Aakre, NDSU Extension Farm could make it realizing the docu- Economist, will talk on using ments form the early years were your numbers to size up the best somewhat scare. If you partici- options for you. pated in the fair or 4-H at one time We are also going to have a or had a family member that did presentation on the second year of you will get a kick out of travel- the Walsh-Pembina County Dry ing down memory lane. This is an bean fertility study that has been inexpensive book that is sure to get conducted on the Hankey Farm in read and passed around the table Park River the past several years. Dates to Remember: December 15 Walsh County Farm Program Meeting, American Legion Park River, 4 pm December 15 Walsh County Livestock Improvement Association, American Legion Park River, 6 pm