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PRESS PERSPECTIVES Pa e 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER I 3, 2017 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, ~IMALSH OUNTY PRESS 'Tis the season to get ugly! Hol- day. We are coming upon what has lday sweaters get a really bad rap. become a holiday classic, in Park You call it an ugly holiday sweater, River known as the Crazy Christ- but I can remember a day when mas Sweaters for a Cause. The idea fourth grade me wore that holiday is that you find the most fabulous of get up with pride, holiday themed outfits and don it on Looking back on those Flash- Friday, Dec. 15 in honor of the Park back Friday or Throwback Thurs- River Area Imagination Library day.styles, I don't know that I program. Participants are asked to would repost without a giggle, but consider a donation of some sort to man that was a look back in the the program in order to keep area preschool kids within the district adventure, action, emotion, or even supplied with books, which are free a little poetry. And every time they to them. All parents have to do is to pause to do so, it makes the world go to the Imagination Library web- a little bit better. site and sign their children in. Each If putting on the gaudiest, most month after that, they will get a free bedazzled, holiday ensemble gets book until the age of five. one kid a book, then maybe, just Not in the Park RiverArea dis- maybe, that kid can change the trict? Go to the website, enter m world. When you flashback to that .your address and check availability day you participated in the Christ- m your area. The program recently mas Sweaters for a Cause with your has been opened up, through an- ugliest look you can do so with other sponsoring group, to all of pride. You never know which fu- Pembina County. There really is no reason to not ture leader you may have helped take advantage of this program, bring forward a brighter tomorrow. For more information on partici- Every time you put a book in a kid's hand, you are encouraging pating, or donating contact the Park them to look at the world around River Library. them just a little bit differently "l/a-c ( P,.,..,..,. whether it is through imagination, /,,,,,a.,,,,,. .... : : 4~4~k~ : :, =: : Hello, Over the years you hear lots of smiles. Stories of jokes that guys have played on one another. I've written about them in the past. About Johnny putting file dead calf in Clarence's pasture. And Clarence buying a pail calf and then unable to find the mother of the dead calf. I've written of the night they hauled Ter- ry's bulls home, and then returned his pickup to where it was parked be- hind the Buckskin, and left the endgate open. But I don't think I ever told you the pig story. Oh, I know I've told the tale of my experience, or rather Shirley's experience with the Wild Russian Boars.And I know I've told of the mountain lion and the pigs. And of the pigs grazing the neigh- bars wheat. But I never told you the tale of the shrinking pig. Here it is. And sometimes the cool ones last- ed until the wee hours. But Lynn was a hard worker, and every moming, bright and early, he would be on the job. Every morn- ing he would see this gentleman, into the trunk of a car, but they got it done. I'm sure the pig squealed on them, but that is another story. Then they proceeded to take the hog over to the sales yard, still un- der the cover of darkness, where they south of town, go out to feed his made the switch. They traded that butcher hog. And this hog was nearly finished: This old boy would come with a bucket of feed, dump it over the fence, and stand there and admire this fine 200 pound hog. Well, one night, after a rather long session uptown, Lynn decided to two hundred pound pig for a thirb,- five pound weaner pig. He claims this one squealed on them too. But they loaded it in the trunk, hauled this little weaner pig out to the man's feeder pen and replaced the big hog they had stole (borrowed). There was a guy, we'll just call play a practical j0ke On this man. So, The next morning, like clock- him Lynn, working construction in under the cover of darkness, he and work, here came pig fanner with his the Watford area. Now Lynn was a couple friends slipped down and bucket of feed. Just like normal, he known to be a man that worked hard, stole the hog. Now, youhaveto pic- dumped the feed over the fcnceand played hard, and maybe would stop ture this. I don't how many of you stood there admiring his 200 pound uptown for a cool one after work. have ever wrestled a 200 pound hog pork chop. Who was now a thirty five pound weaner pig. But the guy stood there for a few minutes, scratched his head, shrugged his shoulders, and left. Every day, un- der the watchfhl eye of the con- struction crew, the farmer fed his pig. A week went by, another night of fiivolity and nonsense, and it was time to do another prisoner ex- change. Once again, under the cov- er ol'dallkncss, and with a little help of bottled courage, the switch was made. The 200 pound hog was loaded in the mink of the car and ex- ,,h,.,need fi r the weaner pig. The farmer came in the morning, once again under the watchful eye of the nearby scraper operator, to feed his hog. V lnen he saw how nluch weight his hog had gained overnight he was ecstatic. He fed the hog, left, and quickly returned with a trailer. l:ol the sake of a happy ending, we arc just assuming that he took the 200 pound butcher hog to a petting zoo to live happily ever after! l,ater. Dean ,a (hxxl HappeningsatOur }- OLI. ,Samaritan GoodSamaritan q2--) s,.:i%._ laR~ Rw~:a Nanni tte Hoeger, Activities Dir. We are looking forward to a Dec. 17th 2:30 Worship w/ Zion busy week of entertainment this Lutheran, 5pm Resident and Fam- week! ily Christmas Party This week Dec: :10th -16th ....... Dee- 18th, -l'0a n ,Embroidery Dec. 10th2:30 Worship w/First Group, tpm Ctafl 5pro Rosary, Lutheran, 3:30 Cards/Games ' 6:45 Bingo ..... Dec. Iltfi 10am Embroidery Dec: 19th~ 9am Peeling Pota- Group, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo . toes, 2:30 PRJH Band Dec. 12th3pm 12 Days of Christ- Dec. 20th 9am Peeling Pota- mas toes, 4pm OSLC Choir Dec. 13th lOam Pen Pals makingDec. 21st 3:30 Wrapping Christ- Gingerbread Houses, 3:15 Bingo, mas Presents, 6:30 Movie Night 6:30 Awana Carolers Dec. 22nd Clergy Visits, 10:30 Dec. 14th 12:40 PRHS Choir, Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, lpm Baking Kolaches, 3pm Birth- 2:30 Clasic Christmas Music by Bob day Party hosted by St. John's A1- Balyeat tar Society, 4pm Piano Recital, 6:30 - Dec. 23rd 9:30 Mass w/Father Movie Night Miller, lpm The Night Before Dec. 15th Wear an Ugly Sweater, Christmas, 2:30 Bingo Clergy Visits, 10:30 Nail Time, 12:45 PRHS Jazz Band, 2pm Mak-Thank you to our many Pastor ing Krumkake, 6:30 Mennonite Hinrichs, Dorothy Novak, Mary Singers Lund, Pastor Brezenski, Darlene Dec. 16th 9:30 Mass w/Father Monson, Corinne Ramsey, Father Miller, lpm Cookie Quiz, 2:15 Miller, and anyone I may have Bingo missed I am sorry. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland Next week Dec. 17th- 23rd at 701-284-7115. PROtECt Two FROM THE FLU 12-2017 Prevent..PromGte. Protect.. Walsh County Health District Short Shots by Carly Ostenrude In September, them was a small research study showing women in early pregnancy who had received two consecutive annual vaccines during 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 had an increased risk ofmiscaniage in the 28 days after receiving the sec- ond vaccine. However, this study does not prove that the flu vaccine was the cause of the miscarriages and sev- eral earlier studies have not found a link between the flu vaccine and miscarriages. Millions of flu vac- cines have been to pregnant women for decades, and given for a very good reason. Why? Because the in- fluenza isn't just a "stomach bug". It's a very serious virus that can be a danger to everyone, but especial- ly vulnerable populations (preg- nant women, babies, elderly, and those who are immunocompro- mised). Flu season is here, and it's not too late to get your flu shot! Call Walsh County Health District at (701) 352-5139 to schedule your flu shot! CALL FOR RAres ADVERTISING DEADLINE: THURSDAY AT NOON PHONE (701) 284-6333. FAX (701) 284-6091 WCPRESS@POLARCOMM.COM ChH tt'md Struggles hi the Public Square "Wemust divide the,children of Adam into two classes; the first belong to thekingdom of God, the second to the kingdom of the world," Martin Luther observed in his treatise on secular authority. With this declaration, Luther was a forerunner to James Madi- son and Thomas JelTerson who won the battle for separation ol church and state in Virginia in the 1780s, setting the precedent lbr tlnc nation as a whole. Even though Madison aud JcF ferson were representing ewm- gelical Baptists who were trying to spread their gospel in an auto- cratic Anglican state, many of today's evangelicals no longer support separation of church and state. In fact, they keep trying to breach the wall at every turn. To translate Luther's observa- tion into modem America, we have Christians who are in both kingdoms - the church and the public square. When America was fuunded. the kingdom of God was quite large. In fact, there was no public square because it was also the kingdom of earth with the Puritan hierarchy running both kingdoms in one town hall meeting. As soon as other denominations and ideologies appeared, the pub- lic square had to become larger and its participants more tolerant with the addition of every new the- ology and belief. Nevertheless, America became a Protestant country because the voice of Protestarits dominated the public square. Then the Irish Catholics came and their presence required a place with the Protes- tants in the public square. The outcome of this con- frontation was predicted by his- tory. Dominant religions have al- ways found it difficult to LWelcome new believers so violence and dis- crimination greeted newcomers who needed space in the public square. But the Catholics persisted and were eventually accommo- dated in our melting pot. A good example of accommo- dation occurred in a Benson Coun- ty country school in the 1920 when the Lutheran teacher told the students: "We won't be able to do our Sunday School lessons on Fridays anymore because a i, Catholic pupil will becoming to schoo. fhrough the decades, the size of the public square increased as religious, social, political and economic diversity grew. And each time it grew, those in the qn ,re were forced to reduce the ize of lheir claim in the square. ,Even lhough we consider our- seh,e a loleranl people today, the arrival of Moslem immigrants is resulting in discrimination and !'ear because they practice a unique religion, dress difl'erently and are, well, different. So many today re- fuse to give them space in the pub- lic square. So we are engaging in the same tactics against the Moslems as we used against Catholics, as well as African-Americans, Native Americans, Asians, and Hispanics. Painfully. the public square keeps growing, but not without blood- slned, fear and hate. The public square of the Puri- tans is no longer the public square of today. Nevertheless, those who profess to be in today's kingdom of God continue to act as though they were still in the days of the Puritans when they could enact laws to legalize their religious be- liefs. Well, those days are over. Those of us who think we are in the kingdom of God need to re- assess our approach to serving so- ciety in the public square while re- inaining followers of Christ. So tan; all we have done is polarize so- ciety, bring disrepute to the Gospel, and demonstrate a high degree of hypocrisy. As the public square squeezes out the Christian values we pro- fess, we need to back offthe pub- lic square and look to churches to a umc a greater responsibility for Christian values. And then indi- vidual Christians need to accept greater personal responsibility for their own lhith and demeanor. We can no longer depend on the government or the public square to maiutain the Christian Faith. Nor should we expect it. So far, all we have done is po- larize society, bring disrepute to the Gospel, and demonstrate a high degree of hypocrisy. Extension Exchange .lps to Americans' average holiday spending in 2016 was $795.97 per person, with about $590 of that be- mg spent on gifts for family, friends and co-workers, according to the National Retail Federation. Other items included $105 for food, $55 for decorations, $27 for greeting cards and postage, and $20 for flowers and potted plants. Here are 10 tips from the North Dakota State University Extension Service to help you stay on track with your finances this holiday season: 1. Establish a spending limit. Start by setting a spending limit, not with a list of gift receivers. Find gifts that fit in that budget and do your best not to spend more than that amount. 2. Make a list and check it twice. After you have your total budget, make a list of everything you need to buy. List all of the peo- ple you would like to buy gifts for and all other expenses. People often overlook the extra expenses (travel money, decorations, pet .boarding, food, parties, etc.) dur- ing the holidays. Think of other things you have to buy this time of year that you typically don't put in the budget. For example, does your child need a new pair of dress shoes for his or her school concert? 3. Shop around. Comparison shop or shop online to save. With most of the big sales - Black Fri- day, Super Saturday, Cyber Mon- day - behind us for the year, you may think you missed all the good deals. But stores will have sales for the next month. Check multiple stores to make sure you get the best deal. 4. Track your spending, if you don't keep track, you very, likely will overspend: : : ' 5. Avoid using credit. Do your .best not to finance your holidays. If you are planning on using cred- it, make sure not to charge more than you can afford to pay off at the end of the month. Shop with just one card so you only have one bill at the end of the holidays. You may be getting great deals on things you are buying, but if you have to pay interest on those pur- chases, you may spend more in the end. 6. Gift exchanges. Draw names and buy for only one person in- stead of many. Gift exchanges are a great way for everyone to feel included and receive gifts without breaking the bank. This can be a great way to give gifts in large or extended families or at work. Make sure to set a spending lim- it. 7. Homemade gifts. Home- made baked goods or crafts can be a wonderful way to give some- thing to everyone on a tight budg- et and even may mean more to the receiver. 8. Give the gift of an experi- ence. In~tcad of gifts, start a new tradition and take a family trip. 9. Make a large-gathering potluck. If you're in charge of making the holiday meal this year, ask guests to pitch in and bring a dish. 10. Avoid impulse shopping. Don't put yourself in a position to blow your budget. Last year, 64 percent of Americans who pur- chased their gifts online and picked them up in the store ended up mak- ing an additional in-store pur- chase. Do your best to sta away from tile temptation. Ifyoi] order " online, most retailers have free shipping to your home, and this may be the best way to curb those impulses. For more tips on setting a budg- et, visit, NDSU Extension's personal and family finance website. Any questions about this col- umn or something else may be di- rected to the NDSU Extension of- fice in Walsh County at 284-6624, or email me at: I would be glad to help! Source." Carrie Johnson, NDSU Extension Service personal and family finance specialist, 701-231-8593, carrie.johnson, Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 1 What Is the Future for brother, of course, was concerned Your Farm? that when the transfer came that This is something that mosthis family would have a fannable farm families struggle with in unit left. It may come as a surprise every generation. The sad fact of to many that it was one of the life is, that no one wants to deal main concerns my sister and I had also. He and his wife had been with it, at some point we all die or working hard for years, had made are unable to continue to work and sacrifices for the farm, and had manage a business the size of most helped our parents; where my sis- of our farms. There are many fac- ter and I, not being local, could not tors that need to be sorted out and do. During the initial conversation there are many ways farm families it finally came out that very little have been dealing with this. While was happening on this front, while doing nothing to plan is a plan, it is my folks had a vague idea of what not one I would recommend. The they wanted, it was mostly divide holiday season brings a lot of ram- it 3 ways and be done. This is the ilies together for a short time that simple approach and thisworks normally is difficult during the rest many times when there are no of the year. This is the time of year children interested in farming, but the Bmmmond family tradition-, it can make a farm not a viable ally has a "family talk". We have farming unit. My sister and I one agreement, that we have all agreed this was not fair to my agreed on over the years, that the brother and that much, but not all, family talk occurs after Christmas of the farm assets go to my but before everyone separates to brother. Now, there were other as- the four winds. What kind of sub- sets not related to the farm that jects come up in the family talk could mitigate this a bit; so don't you ask? Our family's talks mostly think we would come out with revolve around the family farm, nothing. We worked with my fa- resources, and plans for the future, ther over the years to develop a The three Brummond childrenplan that saw to this goal. This is started this talk a while after my something you need to start early brother came home to farm with and we are really glad we did get my sister in law. The talk was this all in order; as now my parents started over our concem over the would not be able to do this due to lack of planning we perceived was health reasons. This is one way going on when it came to the next one family did this and we did this generation of the farm. One of our without a program to help us and greatest hurdles was getting our this was very difficult. father in the room to have a mean- ingful discussion. There were a lotlkound the County issues that needed to be aired l'lt. page 6 for the good of family peace. My Dates to Remember: ] 12-13 Walsh County Crop Improvement Annual Meeting, J American Legion Park River 6 pm