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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES  DECEMBER 22, 2010 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIJ44B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Not to sound like I am one of those PBS commercials where they interrupt my show about pandas to get me to hand out money to keep the panda show going, but thank you to everyone .who advertises With, contributes to, or simply, reads the Press. There are 90 newspapers throughout the state of North Dakota. According to www. ndnewspapers.com, there are 80 weekly papers and 10 dailies. That's a pretty good indication that official county newspaper status isn't a limit to what a community's needs are. Those numbers don't even include the newspapers that are off the radar, which include everything from college run to cranked out in some guy's basement. One of my favorite of the cranked out in some guy's basement papers comes from Crystal, N.D., where Alva Brown decided that having a community newspaper is just that important. Each month she would take donations to be able to pay for paper and ink and she would punch out a "newspaper." To make a Grinch metaphor, just like Christmas came without presents, and tags, Alva's display of free speech came without ads, and broadsheet pages and photo spreads. The information is what matters -- your neighbors, your school, your friends, your community is what matters. You may see ,a story about the volleyball team in the Herald, but you won't read about their game to donate money to fight cancer. You might see a story that mentions the Lyric Theater in the New York Times, but you won't find the history of the area landmark that has kept people entertained for many, many years. You may see stories here and there that have a brief link to the area, but not from the connection of people who live here. That is what we are for. The way most newspapers run, or at least the ones I have worked at, is that the advertising side has to reach a certain percentage to pay for the pages that are being produced, so more advertising leads to more, pages, which can produce more information each issue. For every advertiser, thank you for literally being a part of our paper. With 90 newspapers to compete with, not including the ones that are solely ad flyers, it can be a tough job, but it is necessary because everyone from those of you reading right here in North Dakota to Betty Reed in California expect to see the Press each week. We are happy you get upset when an issue goes missing; it means we are doing our jobs. We love it when people call in the news that matters to them, because it probably matters to their neighbors, too. A community newspaper is and should be a community effort. We are the sounding board for the area, or at least we try to be. Let us be your community paper in 2011. Now back to your regularly scheduled pandas or newspaper, I suppose. cl Merry Christmas. "'Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our new blog at http://walshcountypress.wordpress.com Hello, Winter is here. The snow is getting deeper. The wind colder. It's only the third week in December and I'm counting bales in the stack and waiting for a chinook! Forecast for another eight inches of snow today! You know, winters just aren't like they used to be. That's what we all say. It used to be colder and snowier. But, again this morning, it looks like Shirley maybe froze her cheeks. The wind chill has been twenty to fifty below quite a few days lately. But it used to be a lot worse. Or maybe it just seems like it used to be a lot worse. Back before four-wheel drive pickups and tractors with cabs. I imagine if you were feeding with a team, and pitching sweet clover hay out of a haystack, it would seem a lot worse. But as I was getting a tank of number one diesel yesterday, for nearly four bucks a gallon, I was starting to kind of lean towards a team again. You know, Shirley says every year I go through this phase. I decide I want a team. I've had Ben and Bill, Coors and Coors Lite, Ben and Buck, Thelrfia and Hat Louise, and some I can't recall the name of. Cause I couldn't drive them. And then in the spring, I decide I want a milk cow. Not for me. For Shirley. And she doesn't like to milk cows. And I don't like to drink it. But, it's like some kind of addiction. I just can't help it. Just setting here recalling, kind of brings a smile to my face. I know there have to be some of you out there who grew up driving horses, or pitching loose hay. Or taking a load of square bales out to the cows on a cold winter morning. I remember one Christmas morning; I suppose fifty years ago or so. Dad was feeding cows over by the lake. He had a good sorrel team that had made the trip a lot of times. It was about ten below and a light snow falling. We, well he, loaded that sled up with little squares and we hunkered down in Tips the hay and clucked to that team. They put their heads down and took offdown a winding sled trail towards the lake. I suppose it was only a mile or two, but when you're little, it seemed like a long way. As we came over the hill towards the lake, the cows got up off their beds and bellered at us and came trudging through the snow. Then Dad let out an exclamation and pointed. The last cow coming had a little Hereford calf following her. It was a little heifer calf. You can say what you want about them old Hereford cattle, but they made it through a lot of Dakota winters and bought a lot of ranches. We named that cow Christmas and kept her for a lot of years. Still have a picture of her hanging on the fridge. Right up there with the Grandkids. Some people would say we're sick. But she was a dam good cow. And that reminds me, and I know I've told you this story before, but I like it. When Bennie was sick his wife Betty, did the chores. She was pitching hay to about three hundred cows and getting the kids to school. She would get up about four in the morning, bake bread, make a breakfast, take care of Bennie, get the kids to school, and then feed three hundred cows. She would get the kids home from school, do their homework, feed the saddle horses and the pail calves, clean Bennie up, make supper, and clean the house. Next morning, the same thing. And a lot of pitching hay out of a loose stack. Which, if you've done it, is no small task. I don't think you over fed in those days. Along about spring, Betty was feeling pretty down. So, she drove into the doctor at Watford one day for a checkup. The doctor checked her all over and determined she needed more exercise! And I think maybe that is what Shirley needs! Merry Christmas! Dean Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Monica Simon ADC Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the residents and staff of the Park River Good Samaritan Center. We have had a wonderful Holiday Season and we thank everyone who has shared their time and talents with us at this busy time. The Forest River Colony Women performed on Thursday Dec.9, The Mennonite Singers were here on Dec. 10, Sheryl Kjelland's Piano students were here on Dec 14 and OSLC Children's Choir sang for us on Wednesday Dec. 15. Larry Charon was here on Thursday sponsored by the STAR Committee of the GSC and lunch was prowded by staff. Friday afternoon Matt Hodek performed and we thank the family of Ernest Bina for Matt s performance. As you can see we have had a great time here at the center. We look forward to our Family Soup and Sandwich Christmas 'on Dec. 22 and our Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24 at 2:30. Matt Hodek will be here again on Dec. 30 at 3:00. I would like to thank our Devotional leaders: Sue Faggerholt, Lorraine Larson, Monica Simon, Lois Ydstie, Rev. David Hinrichs and Rev. Jeff.Johnson. Accompanists were Jan Novak and Monica Simon. We have done many other Christmas activities here such as Krum Kake baking, Christmas Carol singing, Christmas Trivia and watching Christmas Movies, we have also enjoyed our Advent Bible Study the past 4 weeks. STAYING 'DOG SAFE' Walsh County Health District Short Shots Seven tips to prevent dig bites called "DOG SAFE" D Don't Tease, Please O Only Pet with Permission G Give Space S Slow Down A Always Get Help F Fingers Together E Evert Good Dogs can Bite Don't Tease, Please: Teasing a dog can make it angry or frustrated enough to bite. Never take food or a toy away from a dog. Only Pet with Permission: Never pet a dog without asking the owner if it's OK. Give Space: Little children might run right up to a cute dog and try to pet it or give it a hug. Teach your small children to respect a dog's space. Slow Down: Some dogs like to chase and bite. Never run towards a dog or away from a dog. Ifa dog you don't know runs towards you, freeze, and back up slowly if you need to. Always get Help: Don't bring home dogs that seem lost or injured. Ask and adult for help. Fingers Together: When feeding a dog a treat, put the treat in the palm of your hand and keep your fingers and thumb close together. The dog is less likely to be confused as to what the treat is--the snack or your finger! Even good dogs can bite: All dogs can bite. Avoid doing things that may scare or anger a dog. Learn the warning signs that a dog may be ready to bite--growling, backing up, or curling its lip. Homeland Committee Goes for Merry Christmas "Holy smoke!" exclaimed Einar Stamstead as the last of the Community Homeland Security Committee filed into the chilly Western Bohemian Lodge hall, barely warmed by one vintage wood-burning stove installed in 1913 by the original owners. "We haven't done one official thing to get this town decorated for Christmas." "We can't do anything," responded Madeleine Morgan. "We're the government and the government can't do Christmas." "We're the government?" declared Einar Torvald in disbelief. "WhO says we're the government?" Einar was in shock. He had gone all the way to Bunker Township for a Tea Party rally to protest against the government. Now he was it. "We've been appointed by Acting Mayor Orson," interjected Little Jimmy, the only juvenile in town. "That makes us government." Jimmy was going to college online whenever he felt like it. Josh Dvorchak rebelled. "Nobody knows we're the government so we can do what we like and I say we put a Christmas tree in the town square with a lighted sign wishing everybody a Merry Christmas." "But we don't have a town square," noted Orville Jordan. "All we got is that empty county lot next to the livery stable." "But government can't do Merry Christmas," Madeleine insisted. "It's in the Constitution - separation of church and state. That's what Thomas Jefferson told the Baptists." "Well, the govemment puts "In God We Trust" on money," Einar argued. "That sounds mighty religious to me." "But that's not for real," Alert Officer Ga'rvey Erfald explained. "If you looked at the defense budget, you'd know that." Garvey spoke with authority on military matters. He mustered out a corporal, the highest rank in town. "That slogan counts only when we fight countries that don't believe in God," he added. "Whoever put that on the money had no business speaking for everybody," Josh complained. "Nobody asked me who I masted and how much. I don't think the people behind this slogan believe it, either. They wouldn't abolish the defense budget or cut it, either." "Let's get back to the Christmas tree," Chairman Ork Dorken insisted as he rapped an old Coke bottle on the coal shovel. "Our sign couldn't wish everybody a Merry Christmas but it could say Happy Holidays because that's not religious," Madeleine suggested. "You've got to be kidding," snorted Old Sievert. "Good griefl What is Christmas all about? Christmas is religious. There wouldn't be a Christmas at all if it hadn't been for Jesus being born. He's religious. Just doesn't seem right that he can't be included in Christmas. " "I think it's a jobs thing," Garvey speculated. "By letting everybody in on Christmas, we can sell more stuffto more people and selling more stuffmeans more jobs." "Well, we might as well forget Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays," Einar declared. "It's too late to do anything. Christmas is here; we don't have a tree; we don't have a town square; the livery lot doesn't have electricity, and we're the government. '' "I move that we pass a resolution wishing North Dakota a Merry Christmas and adjourn," Holger proposed. Some cheered approval. A few shouted "Merry Christmas". They all headed for the door. Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, MPH, RD, LRD Ringing in a healthy and safe New Year! We always find ways to ring in the New Year. Gathering friends and family together to think about the New Year is essential this time of year. Many of us make New Year's resolutions that have to do with our waistlines. Why not start early...with the beverages we may share?  Remember that your drink choices also add calories that can contribute to holiday weight gain. To help keep your holiday healthy, choose fat-free milk drinks and limit sugar sweetened beverages and alcohol. Eggnog: This is a holiday favorite, but an 8-ounce serving of non-alcoholic eggnog made with whole milk has 342 calories and 19 grams of fat. Add alcohol and the calories increase to nearly 450! Choose or make a low- :alorie version using low-fat milk. If you make your own eggnog, leave out the raw eggs, which may contain salmonella bacteria and make you sick. Coffee Drinks: A mocha- flavored coffee drink can add 400-500 calories to your daily intake. That's as many calories as some people consume at one meal! If your coffee drink is one of those 500-calorie drinks made from whole milk, then you will gain a pound in seven days. An extra 3,500 calories add up to a one-pound weight gain. When you need a refreshing coffee drink while shopping, consider asking for fat-free milk and no whipped cream. This shaves off about 200 calories and makes it a more reasonable choice. Carbonated Beverages & Fruit Drinks: These two beverages provide the most calories in the American diet, according to Science News. Adults get 14% of caJories from sodas and uit drinks containing less than 10% juice. One 20- ounce bottle of soda contains 250 calories, 16 teaspoons of sfigar, and no nutrient value. Drinking one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda per day packs on an extra pound of body weight in 14 days. Alcoholic Drinks: Consume alcohol sensibly and in moderation, if at all. According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks for men. For most adults, this amount causes few, if any problems. Alcohol is high in calories, containing seven calories per gram. The average alcoholic drink has 150-200 calories per glass. A drink made with one ounce of vodka (40% to 50% alcohol) contains about 14 grams of alcohol and almost 100 calories. Adding mixers (e.g. soft drinks, tonic water, fruit juice or cream) to an alcoholic beverage can contribute calories in addition to the calories from the alcohol itself. For example, a pina colada has about 300 calories. Control calories by ordering drinks with diet soda or club soda instead of juice.and regular sodas. A 12-ounce soda has about 150 calories, diet soda has about 0-4 calories, and club soda is calorie- free. Consume ice water with a lemon slice between alcoholic drinks or as a non-alcoholic alternative. Here are some standard servings of alcoholic beverages that contain the same amount of alcohol: 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or a mixed drink made with 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (e.g. vodka, gin, rum and whiskey). Be safe and wise as you ring in 2011! Hears to a Healthy and Happy New Year! All my best to you and your family, Julie Adapted from an article from Clemson Cooperative Extension Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 Preparation and vigilance prevent cold-weather livestock injuries Over the next few weeks the Around the County articles will focus around a series of articles written by or adapted from NDSU Specialists pertaining to winter preparedness for livestock. Additional information can be found on the NDSU Extension website: www.ag.ndsu.edu/ disaster/winterstorm.html#Home Information. While it might be tempting for livestock producers to snuggle up to the stove during subzero days, when it's most important for them to be caring for their livestock, says a North Dakota State University veterinarian. "Prevention is the key to dealing with hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries in livestock," says Charlie Stoltenow with the NDSU Extension Service. "By 'the time symptoms are noticeable, it'll probably be too late for producers to provide much help. "Consider what you would need if you were out in severe cold and wind for 24 hours a day," Soltenow says. "Shelter, something to insulate you from the cold and plenty of food and water would be your top priorities." Producers should take extra time to observe livestock, looking for early signs of disease and injury. "Severe cold- weather injuries or death primarily occur in the very young or in animals that are already debilitated," he explains. Some studies suggest that up to 80 percent of severe frostbite injuries in cattle are linked to other health-related conditions. Stoltenow says some North Dakota beef producers have reported cases of cold-weather- related sudden death in their calves. Such cases often result when cattle are suffering from undetected infection particularly pneumonia. "Those animals are under stress already and the weather puts them under such an energy stress that they're putting everything they've got into producing heat," he says. Sudden, unexplained livestock deaths and illnesses should be investigated quickly so that a cause can be identified and steps can be taken to protect remaining animals. That's when help from a local veterinarian may be particularly valuable, Stoltenow says. Making sure animals receive adequate feed and water is a big step toward preventing cold- weather maladies. A key in feed management is to provide enough energy the veterinarian says. "Give animals plenty of dry bedding to snuggle into," Stoltenow advises. That insulates vulnerable udders, genitals and legs from the frozen ground and frigid winds. Likewise, windbreaks are essential to keeping animals safe from frigid conditions. Stoltenow says animals suffering from frostbite don't exhibit pain and it may be up to two weeks before the injury becomes evident as freeze-damaged tissue starts to slough away. "At that point the only option is to consult a veterinarian and treat the injury as an open wound," he says. Dates to Remember: January 4-5 Lake Region Roundup Devils Lake Memorial Building & Ramsey County Courthouse