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PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS ° WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 20 4 FROA4 TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS It is December and we at the Olimb household have spiraled into a cycle of sickness that will not end. From stomach flu to pink eye to this snot-faucet of a cold, once I think we are out another germ pulls us back in. We have been upright, but never all at the same time and let me tell you, there is no rest for the mom. My head is throbbing, and my chest is aching with each cough as Hello, I think most of us have heard that Paul Harvey audio column "So God Made A Farmer". I think it is best deal about farmers that was ever done. I wish Mr. Harvey had made a column about rancher's wives. What got me thinking about this is Shirley's birthday. She turns 29 again this week. Now it is hard to shop for the woman who has every- thing. Her coveralls are in pretty good shape. A friend gave her a new pair of wool-lined mittens a week ago. She bought herselfa set of those deals you slip on your boots so you don't slip on the ice when carrying buckets. So you can see why I am struggling. So this morning I asked her what she would like for her birthday. She usually says she doesn't need any- thing. But I'm not sure if she means it. This morning she said she would like a couple of those portable 24- foot windbreaks to put out with her mares! I mean that is a ranchers wife! I think it must run in her family. I remember a few years ago, when out with relatives, the tall turned to what women like. We have a lot of Hat intelligent conversations with rela- tives. One of her sisters said, and I quote, "You want to turn me on, bring second cutting alfalfa!" Now that's a cowgirl. But I tell you what, we've been putting up second cut- ting every year since. Ranch wives are a different breed. I don't suppose there is a ranch wife who hasn't had an an- niversary date, or a vacation delayed, because a heifer was just ready to calf. I imagine everyone has gone through times when they were preparing Thanksgiving or Christ- mas dinner for all the relatives and the sewer backed up. Or the well quit pumping water. Or the propane tank went empty and the turkey was just ready to put in the oven. I'm not a real planner. Some peo- ple will set a date for branding sev- eral days or weeks in advance. I finish these pages with a slight air of desperation, my bottle of NyQuil waiting for me on the other side. My son spent the day with car- toons as his tears of sickness streamed down his face. I dosed him up with children's Tylenol to keep the fever at bay and just tried to keep the sippy cup of orange juice at the ready. There is no escape. I got a call from one of my friends who is also a mom she said they already have been hit with stomach flu, pink eye, and pneu- monia and the fear of what could be Tips More than once I've told Shirley, "Let's brand tomorrow." Or maybe even that afternoon. I can come in with fifteen or twenty people for a roundup dinner with little or no no- tice and she is happy to see them and you would swear she had been planning the meal for a week. But, back to the birthday. I'm try- ing to remember if it was our first an- niversary, or her first birthday after we were married. I gave her Char- lie. Charlie was a two-year old King bred gelding I had raised. He was a good-looking sorrel gelding that should have been tough as nails and full of cow sense. Oh, but Shirley would look good on this sor- rel colt. Shirley wept with joy at how thoughtful I was. At least I think they were tears ofjoy. I halter broke Char- lie and spent a couple days gentling lurking around the comer is worse than any boogeyman. Beware the boogerman! Tis the season to share germs! I don't know if we will survive the holidays, but I do know that as much as I enjoy the spirit of the hol- iday that brings us all together, I will be enjoying it with a stash of vitamin C and a jug of Purell. All I want from Santa is a clean bill of health and I wouldn't mind if he could fold the laundry while he is taking orders. Like'" the Walsh County Press on Face- him down. I put him in the bronc stall in the barn and saddled him. When he backed out of that stall, all hell broke loose! He squealed and blew up in the barn. The barn had about an eight-foot ceiling and the saddle horn was poking holes in it! I quickly got the barn door open and let him outside. He was kicking over his head every jump and the stirrups were clicking together over his back. When he stopped to get his wind, I caught him and pulled the saddle off. I went up to the house and told Shirley she had one of the best buck- ing horses in the country. And she did! Charlie went on to be North Dakota Bucking Horse of the Year a couple times. Now, I've got to get this thing fig- ured out today. Tomorrow is the birthday. And I just read this morn- ing that although most women say they don't want flowers, they real- ly do. So I am wondering if, since I have to go check the sunflowers and see if they are dry enough to combine, if they would suffice? What the heck? It's worth a try. Later, Dean And Happy Birthday Shirley! Happenings at Our Good Samaritan PAa R,v., Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Christmas is soon here and we have been busy decorating and try- mg to get festive! Our Resident Family Dinner is Dec. 17th and we are looking forward to having fam- ily come and see our beautiful trees. This week Dec. 14th- 20th Dec. 14th All Group activities canceled due to the flu. Dec. 15th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Baking Gingerbread men, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Dec. 16th Making Krumkake, 3:30 Bible Study Dec. 17th No Devotions or Bin- go today, 5 to 7pm Resident Christ- mas Party Dec. 18th 3pm Christmas Bead- ing Dec. 19th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30now Daze Dec. 20th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, I pm N2L, 2:15 Bingo Next week Dec.21 st-27th Dec. 21st Worship 2:30 w/Pas- tor Antal, 3:30 Winter Trivia Dec. 22nd 10am Embroidery Group, 1:45 Westwood Park Choir, No Devotions, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:30 Men's Time Dec. 23rd 3:30 Christmas Craft Dec. 24th 3pm Christmas Lunch- eon Dec. 25th Merry Christmas Dec. 26th 10:30 Nail Time, 3:30 Beading Dec. 27th 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Winter Craft, 2:15 Bingo Thank you to our volunteers and I am sorry we could not let you come in last week. We miss you and look forward to you coming in to help. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284- 7115. ! ! The Walsh County Alcohol Abuse Prevention Coalition was formed in 2014 to address the fol- lowing issues: • Underage Drinking • Adult Binge Drinking A needs assessment was com- pleted and strategies identified that are proven to reduce the harms caused by underage drinking and adult binge drinking. The overall goal is to improve the health and safety of county residents. Underage Drinking and Adult Binge Drinking contributes to: • Alcohol Poisoning • Bums • Cancer • Child maltreatment • Child neglect • Dementia • Depression • Domestic Violence • Drowning • Falls • Family Problems • Liver Disease • Lost productivity • Motor vehicle crashes • Physical assault • Sexual assault • Suicide • Stroke • Theft • Unemployment • Unintended pregnancy • Vandalism Strategies for Prevention Cultivate Positive Community Norms by: Initiating a media cam- paign promoting healthy and safe behaviors; Promoting Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate, Ask, Dis- cuss) a web based communication program designed to help parents converse with their children about underage drinking; and Assisting business leaders in adopting work- site wellness policies that promote healthy and safe behaviors. Reduce the harms of underage drinking and adult binge drinking and impaired driving by: Increas- ing enforcement strategies (DUI checkpoints and Alcohol Satura- tion Patrols) and Developing a Texting Tip line. Reduce accessibility to alcohol from licensed alcohol establish- ments by those under the age of 21 and reduce serving/selling alcohol to an overly intoxicated person by: Conducting responsible beverage server training. Reduce the harms of adult binge drinking and impaired driving by: Expanding a state initiated educa- tional campaign on alcoholic bev- erage serving size. Funded through a Strategic Pre- vention Framework State Initiative Grant (SPF SIC) through the ND Department of Human Services. If you are interested in being part of the solution on alcohol pre- vention please contact Wanda Kratochvil, RN, Walsh County Health District, 701-352- 5139 or Higher Education Struggles at another Crossroad Higher education in North, Dakota never seems to be out of the frying pan or the fire. Over the next few months, major deci- sions will be made that will affect the institutions of higher learning for years to come. In November, the voters turned down Measure No. 3, a proposal that would have pro- vided tighter management and accountability of the institutions using a 3-member full-time man- agement commission. With that behind it, the Board of Higher Education is now about to name a new chancellor. In addition, the State Senate will be considering the approval or disapproval of at least two nom- inees for the Board. This convergence of circum- stances suggests that current choices will have long-lasting impact on the future of higher ed- ucation. The difficult task of choosing a chancellor was compounded re- cently when the presidents of the two major institutions asked for a situation in which they could bypass the chancellor and go di- rectly to the Board with issues. In egalitarian North Dakota, this requests means if the two bigger schools are given this privilege than the presidents of all 11 institutions ought to have that option. So we are back to the question of whether or not we want a chancellor at all. If the presidents are going to bypassing the chan- cellor, then the chancellor will become nothing more than an of- fice manager. Not only are we questioning the need for a chancellor, we are also raising doubts about the value of having anything called a "system." The chaos that has plagued the Board for the past 10 years is what led the Legislature to pro- pose the 3-member management committee in the first place. The Legislature would like to see bet- ter management. Now that the election is over, we can admit to the weaknesses of the Board. Higher education needs to move toward stronger management to promote and pre- serve anything called a system. That means a strong chancellor. If the Board is going to be re- sponsible, the Board members must keep up to speed on the is- sues. While a full-time 3-mem- ber commission was an overreach, the system needs Board members who can give more time to board business. This need for informed Board involvement is so great that peo- ple who can't make the time commitment should not be con- sidered for appointment. At the same time, the Legislature should set a salary level so that Board members can afford to invest at least one-third time to Board business. Getting back to the authority of the chancellor, we should de- cide whether or not we really want one. The state constitution still calls the chief administrator a commissioner. If we choose a weak chancellor, then we need a half-time Board to fill the gap. Sometime in the past, we thought that the commissioner's office ought to be strengthened so we gave the office the title of chancellor. However, we have had a hard time warming up to the concept. Looking at the treatment we gave the only chancellor we've ever had - Hamid Shirvani - it is obvious that we don't have tol- erance for a real chancellor. While choosing a new chan- cellor and appointing Board members, we ought also decide whether or not we want a system because to have a system we need a chancellor with the au- thority to keep everyone follow- ing the program. For the purposes of this dis- cussion, we are disregarding the fact that the Noah Dakota culture ' doesn't provide the political sup- port for the authority needed to build and preserve the integrity of a system. It's uphill all the way. Not only are we questioning the need for a chancellor, we are also raising doubts about the value of having any- thing called a system. Extension Exchange 4-H Makes a Posid00 Difference and Not Jttst with Farm Kids For more than 100 years, 4-H has played a key role in preparing youth to meet the challenges of to- morrow. 4-H is the largest and only re- search-based youth development program in North Dakota. It is available to all youth ages 5 to 18 in every county in North Dakota under NDSU Extension pro- gramming. Even though Extension Service work benefits youth and adults, the Extension Service be- lieves that youth are a significant audience because the youth in our state are our future. The passage of the Smith-Lever Act 100 years ago provided a permanent home for the educa- tional movement called 4-H. Even though youth work was not specif- ically mentioned in the act, its sup- porters understood that youth work was the foundation for suc- cessful Extension endeavors. To- day, we continue to affirm that by saying a strong Extension program equates to a strong 4-H program. History well documents that no one person is credited with start- ing 4-H. It began as an enduring idea that was scattered among concemed citizens, school teach- ers, agricultural scientists and farm families. It was focused on creating an enlightened, future- focused and action-driven citi- zenry. During its first 80 or so years, 4-H changed from an organization primarily concerned.with im- proving agricultural production and food preservation to one ded- icated to the development of young people. As it has evolved even further, a deeper relationship also has resulted between what young people are learning through 4-H and its connection to jobs and careers they choose. It began through the concepts of youth and adults working togeth- er; providing youth with hands-on, real-life learning experiences; making land-grant university re- search accessible, practical and useful; helping youth become contributing, productive mem- bers of society; and creating an en- vironment where youth are safe and supported. Due to its tie to the land-grant university, 4-H was rooted in the ideas of science as a base for its work. Today's 4-H is built on the same basic principles and contin- ues to offer traditional programs in subjects such as livestock judging, crops, and clothing and textiles. However, to meet the changing needs of our North Dakota youth and to ensure that 4-H remains a modem, vibrant, relevant organi- zation that responds to current and future needs, it also offers pro- grams in areas including aero- space, communications, personal development and leadership, civic education, shooting sports, geospa- tial science, energy and robotics. 4-H also devotes considerable time to planning, developing and implementing projects relevant to contemporary society. More than 25,000 youth par- ticipate in 4-H programs each year in North Dakota. Youth par- ticipate through clubs, camping, special-interest groups, after- school programs and school-day enrichment experiences. For many youth, it is the only youth devel- opment program opportunity available to them because they live in rural areas where other youth programs do not exist. 4-H also relies on the support of a remarkable number of dedicat- ed adult volunteers and commu- nity members. Research now supports what we have known for years: 4-H makes a difference in the positive development of a young person. An eight-year study starting in 2002 surveyed more than 7,000 adolescents from diverse back- grounds across 42 U.S. states, in- cluding North Dakota. The study found that 4-H helps young peo- ple excel beyond their peers. The study defined and measured pos- itive youth development and showed that youth involved in 4- H programs excel in several areas. 4-H'ers are: • Four times more likely to make contributions to their com- munities • Two times more likely to be civically active • Two times more likely to make healthier choices • Two times more likely to participate in science, engineering and computer technology pro- grams during out-of-school time The study also found that 10th- grade girls in 4-H are two times more likely and 12th-grade girls in 4-H are nearly three times more likely to take part in science pro- grams, compared with girls in other out-of-school time activities. Today the competition for young people's time and talents is tremendous. Likewise, adults as parents and volunteers face the same challenges. The results of this study provide a compelling reason why youth need to be part of 4-H. It also provides a com- pelling reason for parents and adult volunteers to be engaged in the program. And now we also know, based on results of research, 4-H is an en- during idea that works. It works for the betterment of the youth 4-H Cont page 5 Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River- 284-6624 Farewell Nels I would like to take a moment to acknowledge all that Nels Midgarden meant to the Extension Office, 4-H and Fair throughout the years. He was always willing to give of his time and leadership to help the community and more specifically the fair and 4-H. One of his last projects was putting to- gether the 100th anniversary book for the Walsh County Fair. I nev- er heard Nels say anything but kind things about people and he al- ways gave them the benefit of the doubt in my conversations with him. I know I will personally miss him as he was someone I could always trust when I needed some insight on things. I know that he personally left me much to as- pire to. Nels, Thank you for all you did for your community. I know it did not go unnoticed. Wheat Varieties in 2014 Prosper again proved why it is one of the most popular wheat va- rieties with a yield of 95.5 bushels per acre and 12.1 percent protein. It was about 2 bushels better then Faller and .4% better in protein. LCS Nitro and LCS Iguaca were 93.9 and 91.2 bushels per acre but they were also 10.9% protein. LCS Power Play was very similar to Failer and Prosper in protein and yield with 90.5 bushels per acre and 12% protein. Here is what some of the other popular varieties did. Elgin-ND did 82.7, Mayville 77.2, Prevail 84.2, Jenna 88.7 and Vantage did 82.1 bushels with 14% protein. You can see all of the varieties at the Langdon Research Station website. The plot was planted May 27th and it was harvested September 8th.