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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES DECEMBER 18, 201 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY KATRINA HODNY INTERIM ASST. EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS There's nothing quite like a baby born in December. Allison had her healthy, new baby girl, Olivia, very early in the morning on Dec. 10. I don't know about everyone else, but I was especially delighted to hear that it was a girl. Thanks to my aunt, I was able to donate some now- needed baby girl clothes and items to Allison months ago and was so happy to know they would be put to good use. I hope everyone joins me in wishing the Olimb Family a Mer- ry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hello, I suppose most of you in Bison country are aware that the coach of th.e Thundering Herd, the Bison of NDSU, has announced he is leav- ing for Wyoming. I understand he is a great coach, and has done a tremendous job of elevating the Bi- son to national prominence in col- lege football. But what I don't understand is why contracts aren't honored in sports. And since I am a heck of an athlete, maybe that is why I don't understand. If you plan on leaving anyway, why negotiate a contract. I know I am in the minority on this, but I would have said, "Goodbye. Thank you for all you have done. And you can watch the champi- onship game on ESPN from a mo- tel room in Laramie." But then that's just me. It's a far cry from the way Fred 5 :i; : As I sit behind the Walsh County Press computer once again, it brings back the bittersweet memories of challenges and deadlines. It seems that Walsh County can't get rid of me yet. I will be spending the next month with the Press in addition to my college classes and spending the holiday break with my family. If anything is happening around the county, send us the skinny and we will do our best to follow up. Like" the Walsh Coun Press on Facebook and check out our bins at http.'//walshcoun- press, Hat Fridley Sr. handled his stint at Wat- ford City. As head coach for 42 years, he was several times coach of the year in North Dakota, and one time National High School Coach of the Year. He could have left Wat- ford at any time for more money and more prestige. But he became a Wolf. And he stayed a Watford City Wolf. I think that was a touch of class that most coaches and most pro athletes do not have. I'm not sure if I told you that I kind of coached Fred in golf. You see, Fred and I were golf partners in 00CTED LWES Walsh County Health District Short Shots A Problem of Focus Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens. Mile for mile they are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. And one in three teens who text say they have done so while driving. In 2009, almost 5500 people were killed and almost a half mil- lion were injured in accidents related to distracted driving. That's 16% of all fatal crashes and 20 percent of all injury crashes for that year. A Virginia Tech Transportation study revealed that physically dial- ing a phone while driving increas- es the risk of a crash as much as six times. Texting is riskier still, in- creasing the collision risk by 23 times. A University of Utah study found that the reaction time of a teen driving and talking on the phone is the same as that of a 70 year old driver who is not suin me nnone. What to Set a good example, only use your cell phone in a vehicle if you have pulled off the road and stopped. Or here is a novel idea, turn the phone to silent, or shut it off. Parents should talk with their teens about the risks and set ground rules. Teens really do listen to par- ents. Have your teens sign a pledge. This simple document can include a contract for wearing seat belts, not speeding, no driving and drinking, as well as no cell phone use while driving. Discuss and carry out penalties for violating the contract. Educate yourself and advocate for safe driving with your family and friends. I ' G,qod. I antan Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Amanda Daley, Activities Asst. Dec. 18 ............................ Family Christmas Party 5 to 7 Dec. 19 ......................... PenPals here to make Gingerbread Houses with Residents Dec. 23 ............................ Hymn Sing with Cheryl Cox Dec. 24 ............................ Resident Christmas Party Dec. 25 ............................ No Activities: Merry Christmas! Dec. 31 ............................ Resident New Year's Eve Party A Special THANK YOU to the following volunteers this week of December 8-14: (I apologize if anyone is left out or if something is wrong on our scheulde.) Sunday Worship: Embroidery Group: Hymn Sing: Rosary: Men's Group: Bible Study: Communion: Pastor Paul Keil Linda Larson and Shirley Soblik Cheryl Cox Shirley Soblik Arnold Braaten Jeanean McMillan Pastor Matthew Maskow Monthly Birthday Party served by: St. John's Altar Society of Pisek Nail's Time: Terry Hagen Sheryl Kjelland: Piano Students Jeanette Bemston: Piano Students Saturday Mass: Father Gary Lutein Daily Devotions: Lois Ydstie, Pastor Matthew Maskow, Pastor David Hinrichs, and Corrinne Ramsey Daily Devotional Accompanists: Mary Seim and Susan Johnson This week (Week of December 8-14) has been busy busy with lots of Christmas groups coming to perform their Christmas talents, which is very much apprecitate by everyone here at the Good Sam. We Thank You!! Other events this week was an evening bus ride for the Residents. The bus took them around town to look at Christmas lights on the wonderfully decorated houses. We also did lots of Christmas Baking for our Friends and Family Party that is on Wednesday, December 18 from 5 to 7. If anyone is intersted in sharing their talents please give us a call at 71- 284-7115. We are currently adding to our busy Decmeber calendar with call-ins of people willing to give of their time and talents for Christmas. We appreciate you! Tips league golf for a number of years. I coached him well. He gave me a stroke a hole and two on the par 5's. Then we played pretty even. But as many of you know, and I wrote about it several years ago, Fred and I are both deaf. You know. Like "What'd you say?" Our conversations during a round of golf would go something like, "How are the cattle doing?" And I would rely, "I bought Will a saddle for his birthday." Fred. "What'd you get on that hole?" Me. "I filled the cart last week. It's your turn." Me. "How are the boys doing?" Fred. "I think it's about 150 yards." Me. "Did you tell Betty Ann we're gong to Dickinson to golf?." Fred. "They are having a golf tourney in Dickinson. We should go." Me. "That wind is coming up. Think it's going to blow up a rain?" Fred. "The train doesn't come through here anymore. Hasn't for years." Me. "I don't know. Sometimes you can get eyedrops that help." And so it would go. But I will tell you one thing. If you owed him sev- en dollars at the end of the round, and you said you owed him six, he could damn sure hear! Congratulations Partner! Enjoy! Later, Dean Frying the Bigger Fish in Property Tax Reform Though greeted with hostility b,y the legislative leadership, Governor Jack Dalrymple appointed a talent- ed 14-member Task Force on Prop- erty Tax Reform to take a look at the North Dakota property tax. In its initial meeting, some mem- bers of the Task Force were im- with the array of specific mill levies authorized for everything from social services to cemeteries. But talk about the plethora of mill levies is skirting the real issues begging for reform. There are bigger fish to fry in property tax reform. One is the gross inequities iin farmland assessment. The detailed analysis of property assessments by University of Nebraska and North Dakota State University researchers published in 2007 is as valid today as it was years ago even though land prices have increased radically since then. In fact, they noted that tax in- equities were prevalent in counties experiencing escalating prices. That's exactly what we have todaty. The study pointed out that in- equities existed within counties as well as among counties. That means taxpayers within the same county or school districts are paying other peo- ple's taxes. The researchers claimed that "the county-level productivity val- uation approach does not appear to work particularly well in areas of ei- ther rapidly changing land values re- sulting from rapidly changing agri- cultural practices or increasing lev- els of recreational and hunting- based land purchases." In the meeting of another corm- mittee, Senator Dwight Cook of Mandan expressed concern over the 3-year period during which local as- sessors were assessing without hav- ing completed the certification process. The 2007 report underlined this issue by pointing out that major rea- son for the inequities in farm land assessments could be traced to the inability of county directors of tax equalization to adjust or apportion county land values to township as- sessment districts. This suggests that the Reform ,/i i Task Force Consider ways to short- en the certification process and in- crease the content of the coursewolk More state funding to overcome the time lag would be helpful. Another subject worth the Task Force's attention is the inequitable assessment in small communities. The smaller the town the bigger the problem. While residences in smaller cities in western North Dakota have gained value from the oil boom, many in smaller towns are over-as- sessed because they no longer have market value so low that any as- sessment looks extravagant. The two most usable methods for assessing residential property are market and cost depreciated. Nei- ther works in communities where there are no buyers and houses are so old that cost depreciated is spec- ulative. Assessors are required to grab a figure out of the air. Use of the textbook methods taught in assessor school, if applied to unmarketable ancient residences leads to over-assessment. A third problem worth atten- tion is the practice of communities giving away the tax base as a gim- mick for economic development. This usually involves a five or 10- year forgiveness of property taxes as a part of a package deal offered on the promise of a rosier picture of new jobs than is ever delivered. Unfortunately, every city and state is doing it, meaning that com- munities and states get into bidding wars in which the only winner is the recipient of the tax break. Mean- while, the hometown taxpayers end up paying for the subsidy through higher property taxes to keep pub- lic services functioning. The Dalrymple Task Force is seeking transparency. This game could use some. As a former tax commissioner and chair of the state Board of Equalization, I could continue but the editor has other items of more interest to readers. I am not on Facebook. My E- mail is Another subject worth the Task Force's attenl00ion is the inequitable.. assessment in small communtttes. The smaller the town the bigger the problem." Extension Exchange Sharing Holiday Memories The holidays are a special time for us to come together as families to re-connect, enjoy each other's company and reflect on many good memories of the past. For older family members, it is especially important for them to have the opportunity to reminisce about earlier memories of holidays or family times that brought them joy and content- ment. Many of the older family members in our lives have lost so much throughout their lifetimes including their own parents, sib- lings, dear friends, spouse, pets and traditions. As we age our lifestyles change too and not al- ways for the better. Some seniors are struggling with health issues or perhaps a loss of independ- ence. Some family members have had to downsize and may have given away belongs that bring back special memories such as holiday decorations and other mementos. All of these losses can cause challenges for bringing back the special memo- ries of holidays. Sharing Memories through Favorite Films One way in this age of tech- nology that we can share bygone memories with our senior loved ones is by sharing visual memo- ries through film. We all remem- ber special times in our lives through movies. Sharing visual memories through movies can help seniors remember aspects of their lives when they first saw certain movies. They remember who they were with when they saw certain films, they lived through times depicted in the films feeling the same hardships and they wore the same clothes and drove the same cars. A recent bins posted on Sen- ior Care Comer listed their top five holiday movies for sharing memories with your older family members: It's a Wonderful Life (1946White Christmas (1954) A Christmas Carol (1938) (1947) (1947) (1945) Miracle on 34th Street The Bishop's Wife Bells of St. Mary's The Shop Around the Comer (1940) The Benefits of Nostalgia Recent research by Dr. Clay Routledge, Psychology Professor at North Dakota State University, on the mental health benefits of nostalgia has shown that nostal- gia is good for both psychologi- cal health and social health. Invoking nostalgia actually makes a person feel happy. For seniors it is important to recollect past experiences to af- firm who they are and what their life has meant, not to mention the benefits gained from recalling pleasant memories. Holidays are an opportunity to relive past ex- periences and share them with new generations. The holidays are particularly nostalgic because they're about tradition and re- peated experiences. Sharing reminisces provides an opportunity for the senior to be mentally stimulated and pull from their intact memories, help- ing keep those memories alive. For children, grandchildren and other caregivers, it is priceless to listen to these remembrances and may help improve your ability to care for your senior in the future when you have had this chance to understand them more thor- oughly through their life stories. Reminiscing can also have benefits for the caregiver of an older family member as well. Life as a caregiver, especially with someone struggling with de- mentia, can be isolating. Loneli- ness is common even when you spend your every day with an- other person who is no longer the person they used to be or able to communicate as they once did. Reminiscing and storytelling can open a path to communication with the person you care for and at the same time give meaning to their life. Be sure to: listen attentively. Ask open 'ended questions to get the dialogue started and continue to ask questions to keep the memories flowing. You can also chronicle the reminiscing to share with other family mem- bers, friends and future genera- tions. Think about creating a videography during the story- telling or journal their stories over time to create a family book of memories. Enjoy the Season together! Remember the past while creat- ing new memories. ### Source: http://senior- carecomer.corn/seniors-holiday- movie-memories-reminiscing The JMAI00T Orocery 51ore and Floor Covering 5lore in Pisek, N.D. wishes you, our cuslomers We would also like to express our appreciation In you, our customers for your patronage lhroughoul this year and thoughoul the Christmas season. Thank you!! We wish you, our customers, a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year. We look forward to seeing you in 2014. r00JMort-, Pkck, N. . THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.