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! i PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES DECEMBER 1 2, 2012 F RO 4 TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLI, B EDITOR, WALSH OUNTY PRESS i 'I'hi.~ last weekend we had the perfect storm of illness hit the Olimb house. Most of Saturday was dedicated to redoing the flooring in the kitchen. My husband, his dad. my dad, and one of our friends ripped up the czupet, scraped up the rest of the padding and glue. and started installing laminate flooring. There was some amateur plumbing and remodeling ofthe iaundry room and about four trips to the hardware store that held up the process slightly, but by the end of the day. we had a good start and could easily finish up the next day. Or so we thought... All tlu'ee of us were hit with a stomach bug that can only be de- scribed as the plague. I was some- where between having to take care of my boys and wishing tbr death, to exaggerate slightly. I haven't felt this crummy since I was in labor and even that was pretty tame compared to this because at least I could throw an epidural at that. Lucky tbr me, Grandma Olimb stuck around to help out while I slept tbr the majority of Sunday. To heck with deadlines and the work waiting lbr me, I was dead to the world. While it was a (mostly] 24-hour bug tbr Frank and I, the baby had a rough go of it and snuggling was about the only thing that helped. Now. I am no expert at this par- enting thing (not in the least) but 1 know 1 should watch the little guy's temperature and attempt to keep him hydrated. I've already used nay one para- noid first time freak out card when he caught a cold a few months ago and his temperature spiked. They told me at the clinic I was allowed to panic and they gave me the run- down of things to watch out for. Everyone within the house got hit with the bug. The floor never got finished. And we are a couple boxes short of floorboards. The winter stoma warning weather that dumped a ton of snow and ended with well below fi'eez- ing temperatures left a dead vehi- cle in my front yard. Maybe there is something to the Mayan's end of the world predic- tion. Things are a little on the downhill side over here. So, as I write this, 1 am enjoy- ing a lovely meal of 7Up with saltine crackers and hoping for a better tomorrow. Stay healthy, wash your hands, and if you do happen to catch the bug, I would appreciate it if you avoided me because I do not want to do that one again. Uffda! Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- hook and check oul our blog at htlp.'L,'~valsh- COUIIIyprr'ss, wordptz,s.v, corn Hello, Danger! Danger! Thin ice! Every year. we have a couple of people that go out on the ice a lit- tle early to catch the wily whopper. It may be the whale of a walleye, the battling northern pike, or flae poor little perch. And their pickup breaks through the ice. Sometimes the fishermen make it out. Some- times not. I don't like fish that well. Personal] y, I've tried ice fishing a couple of times. I am now con- vinced it was invented by the same people that invented pinochle and peppermint schnapps. I mean my chances of catching a fish dumb enough to swim by a hole with a string hanging down it, the fish would be too dumb to be eaten. It might be contagious and 1 don't need any more dumb. Which brings me to this story. Yesterday was a beautifid De- cember day. Probably as nice as we've seen. It was too nice to stay in and watch tbotball. Too nice to go to a pinochle game. So I grabbed a friend and went for a drive to check on some cows. Cows I normally wouldn't see for a few days until I took out some salt and mineral. We came down tiffs hill by a small creek, and lo and behold. there are three cows that had walked out on the ice by this beaver dam and fallen through. 1 don't know how deep it was, but it was dang sure swimming deep on a good cow. Two were kind of hanging on the edge and one strug- gling to barely keep her head above water But all were alive! We whooped and hollered one out. She struggled a lot but finally managed to grab a toehold and climb out. The other two we tossed a rope on and dragged them up and out of the cold. icy water. The black one lay there shiver- nag for a while, struggled to her feet, and after a half hour or so. managed to walk off. The red one was colder than a witch's .... Darn cold! We gave her some antibi- otic: a little aspirin stuff, and cov- ered her with a horse blanket. This morning she was gone! Not dead gone. Gone, like got up and left! Bet she won't cross the creek again. Anyway, we stopped when we got back to town to toast each other and brag about what good cowboys we were. And we met a police detective. No, he wasn't an'esting us. He is a friend. He told us about a call the Dickinson rescue had to answer a couple of days ago. Some people were out by a creek or the lake and their dog had gone out on the ice. And now you are getting ahead of me. the dog had fallen through the ice. So the people called 911 and asked for the rescue team to come out. They quickly responded, and sent the dive team along. They ve got those rubber stilt deals and can get in icy water better than a cowboy wearing a straw hat and boots. But, and this is the tmtlx tl,, people laad rescued the dog atone. The dog must have been a lot bet- ter than my dog, Vern Baker. Be- cause they took their four-year-old son (1 guess they figured he was the lightest one in the family, or else the only one they could boss around), tied a rope around his waist, and had him walk out on the me and grab the dog by the collar and pull him in! 1 mean they might have been high riving and proud of what they accomplished, but if Grandma caught me doing that to one of our grandchildren, l just as well go ice fishing on thin ice. All I'm saying is some people are too dumb to have children. Later, Dean I - G.,ood . Happenings at Our I mantan rGood Samaritan Monica Simon ADC 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 SchoolPrograln Kids here Dec. 19 5-7 Family Christmas Party Dec. 20 5:30 Carolers Jeanette Bemtson and friends As you can see x4e have a wonderful month planned. We will also have holiday baking, crofts and gmnes 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 Services.were led by Rev. Mark Antal and Mass was led by Father Lutein. Rosary was led by Shirley Sobolik. Ten3' Hagen assisted with nail's time. SHOTS-NOT THE you "n-m, cxNd KealUa Walsh County Health District , ..... ,. ,,,,o,,. ,,,,o, Short Shots Many of you will get together with family and friends over the holidays. Grandparents are excited to see their new grandclfildren, and everyone wants to participate and not miss out. hffants are at risk to catch certain diseases from those loving people around them. Whooping cough (Pertussis) and Influenza (Respiratory flu ) are two examples of diseases that are easily passed on to infants since they do not yet have protection. If you are going to be around an infant this Christmas season, make sure you have had a flu shot and are up to date with a Tdap (The tetanus shot that contains protection for whooping cough). The best gift you might give this holiday season is a Shot to yourselfl Contact The Press: (7Ol) 84-6535 wcpress @polarcomm.com Higher Education'Big Agenda' RequJ esS ng The Chancellor of Higher Ed- ucation, Hamid Shirvani. threw down the gauntlet when he an- nounced that he would ask for 30 additional employees to help de- velop a progressive 'big agenda' tbr the North Dakota University System The $8 million for the addi- tional staff is buried in the $84 nail lion increase requested by the Board of Higher Education in its budget proposal to the governor. While the Chancellor's initial blueprint for higher education was greeted wamaly by policy- makers, the staffing proposal will be treated with some skepticism by legislators who have spent years restricting the number of employees working for state gov- ernment and institutions. Chances are good that the Leg- islature will treat the request as a negotiable number and will likely propose cutting the figure in half, But half won't do if we are seri- ous about major initiatives in higher education, ftalfwill make the 'big agenda" a 'small agenda'. According to Board of Higher Education Chairperson Duaine Espegard, the 'big agenda' is daunting and will require a van- ety of new invesmaents and pro- gramming changes. He recently summarized the major compo- nents of the agenda as follows: 1. Better quality education and outcome assessments 2. Better graduation and reten- tion rates 3. Better resources to serve students 4. Better access and quality of services 5. Better oversight of manager ment 6. Better connection between higher education and the needs of the state 7. More transparency tbr tax- payers and citizens 8. More accountability and ef- ficiency. Every one of these ambitious goals requires staffing. They will not come to fruition simply by passing a bunch of ,'ghnission standards, mandates gover- / nance rules. Take the first item on Espe- gard's list as an example. How is better quality education going to happen? And how are the as- sessments going to occur? Qual- ity needs to be defined for scores of courses before it can be meas- ured and measuring will be no small job. This item alone could use 30 staff members. There should be another item added to the 'big agenda'. The list should include oversight and evaluation of on-line courses be- ing offered by all institutions in the state as well as the fo>profit ."universities" offering more than they can deliver.. All courses do not lend them- selves to on-line teaching and yet they are being used because it is a hot new trend, because they ap- peal to the students, because they're easy to offer, and because they improve enrollment num- bers. We should be most concerned about exploitation of students by the "for profit' so-called univer- sities. To protect gullible students. the Board should assume some responsibility for monitoring the quality of on-line courses, with a priority going to the practices of the for-profit organizations. National studies have sent up enough warning flags about the for-proft on-line promoters to warrant a look by our own Board of Higher Education. Many young people in North Dakota are being short-changed by the promises of on-line education. Full transparency should be re- quired. No doubt, there is plenty of work to do if we are serious about moving higher education to the next level. Strengthening the cen- tral NDUS staff is probably the most important first step. (To the 44 friends waiting for me on Facebook: I already have too much to ferret through. Sorry. No Facebook.) Extension Exchange Do You Need a Dietary Supplement? More than half of all Americans take a daily supplement, and they spend billions of dollars on these vitamins, minerals, fiber, herbal products and other items. While dietary supplements may help those at nutritional risk get the ex- tra nutrients they need, supple- ments may not be necessary for everyone. Supplements can help you get vitamins and minerals that food normally provides, but they can't make up for poor eating habits. Supplements also cannot give you everything you need from food. An individual should follow the U.S. Department of Agricul- ture s dietary guidelines, which fo- cus on building a healthful plate and being physically active, to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle without having to take a supplement. __ . , .:,_., +.~l~nle't~ ~lCblll" plate a healthy one: Make half your plate fiafits and vegetables. Switch to skim or 1% milk. Make at least half your grains whole grains. Vary your protein food choic- es. If you are an older adult, a woman who is pregnant or breast- feeding, are a strict vegetarian, are unable to eat a balanced diet due to illness, smoke cigarettes, or have more than two alcoholic drinks in a day you may benefit from taking certain supplements. In addition, children may need di- etary supplements. When choosing a dietary sup- plement, always talk to your doc- tor or dietitian before taking it. Some supplements interfere with prescription or over-the-counter 11 minerals. Always read the la- bel carefully betbre buying a sup- plement. Look for directions for use and recommended dosage. Check the ingredient label tbr added fillers, especially if you have allergies. Note the expiration date as vitamins lose their poten- cy over time. Make sure the sup- plement has a childproof cap to prevent accidental overdoses by curious children. Supplements should be taken at certain times for best absorption. However. absorption only drops 5 to 10 percent if you take them at other times. Try these tips to help you improve absorption: Take multivitamins with a meal because the fat-soluble vi- tmnins A, D, E and K require some fat to be absorbed. Also drink plenty of water. Tak e calcium supplements in doses of 500 milligrams with meals. Don't take calcium sup- plementa at the same time as a supplement with h'on because the two minerals can interfere with each other. Take fiber supplements sev- eral hours betbre taking any nu- tritional supplement because fiber can bind to materials and could make them unavailable for the body to use. Watch out tbr false statements claiming that the supplement is a quick and effective cure-all, can treat or cure diseases, is totally safe or has no side effects. Statements that sound too good to be true usu- ally are. More does not always mean better for dietary supplelnents. Every vitamin, mineral and herb has its own toxicity level. Be sure to talk to your doctor, dieti- cian or pharmacist to make sure medications, you aren't getting too much. When choosing a supplement For more information on this remember to choose one that pro-topft: you may corltaet the NDSU vides no more than 100 percent of Extensioff Sei'vice,'284-6624!, or the U.S. RDA for Vitamins A, C, Visit the Office of Dietary Sup- D, E. folic acid. thiamin, ri- plements-National Institutes of boflavin, niacin. 1312 and at least Health: http://ods.od.nih.gov/. 1 Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 They're Here! While it is not official yet we have a suspected case of herbicide resistance in Walsh County. I told many of you at our pesticide certi- fication training two years ago that in 5 years we would have a case of herbicide resistance. If this is true, and I suspect it is, the resistance came 3 years earlier then I prophe- cized. The good news is that one field I suspected has turned up sus- ceptible to glyphosate. I also pre- dicted that the resistant weed species would be common ragweed, I missed again; it was kochia. More bad news, I was able to find water- hemp on the banks of the Red Riv- er over by Ardoch. What we all know is many weed seeds travel by water. If it is there I suspect it is fur- ther up the fiver. The other bad news is different resistant weeds are spreading west to north in North Dakota. lftbe pattern that has been established holds true this will not be our last brush with herbicide re- sistance. Some of the weed species on the map in other counties are Horseweed/marestail, kochia, coln- mon ragweed, giant ragweed and waterhemp. What are the implications for Walsh County? l think the beet growers will unforttmately tiace the greatest challenges from resist- ance. Most of us that are not fight out of high school remember the days of micro rates and battling weeds with a lot of management and the expense of it all. They have brought back hand weeding down south in cotton country. Will we again see hand weeding of our fields in Walsh County? This time the weeding may not just be con- fined to beets. Here is another scary fact. No new novel mode of action is ex- pected in the next 5 to 10 years. So those that say we willjust contm- tie to.do what We ai-e, d0ihg anff the, new products will saveius are tak- ing a long shot to say the least. W,e must start to scout.oUr; fietds i har~t and know how to identify;wdi d sistance as it begirls. We han rogue a four fQot by foia foo ::spq( in a feld but I thin,!4a 40 acre fie . of those weeds, will be n- sive indeed. We stiii't to Jisk ourselves why these particular weeds escaped our herbicide ap- plication. There are many reasons herbicide applications fail but we need to consider the unthinkable possibility that it maybe the be- ginning of resistance. De Nile is not just a river in Egypt. It is alive and well in many minds when it comes to weed re- sistance. The thing that has proven very effective in spreading resistant weeds is the simple act of denial or rethsing to see the early signs. There are cases right here in North Dakota of both producers and agri- cultural professionals going into de- nial and paying a heavy price for this in proceeding years of an ex- ploded resistant weed population. This is a community problem. If your neighbor is working on de- veloping resistant weeds eventual- ly it will be your problem. It is a sad tact of life that weeds move. I- have pictures of the path a resistant kochia took when it started to roll.' I would ask that all of our produc- ers and agriculture professionals work together to combat this prob- lem. It can be solved by no one per- son. lfwe all work together we have a chance to keep this problem man- ageable but we can't be in denial and have to have the will to act be- tore the explosion takes place. Dates to Remember: December 12 - Annual Fair Meeting 6:30 p.m. Extension Office Park River