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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES DECEMBER 21, 2011 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIA4B EDITOR, ArALSH OUNTY'PRESS It's a tradition in our family to run through the year and whittle it down to one page for the Christmas newsletter. As a part of my Walsh County Press family, I give you the benefit of being a part of my family. We are pretty pleased with the way our 2011 has tur-ned out, and I hope you have thred as well as we have. While some of it may be old news to you reg- ular readers, here are the highlights of my year in a nutshell: It is official, we have survived one year of marriage and are well on our way to looking like legitimate adults.., complete with a mortgage, house repairs, bills and all. Don't ask me who allowed that to happen. It snuck up on us. My Great Uncle Jack (who truly was a great uncle) passed away this summer. Frank and I, who had been living on the farm in the shop apart- ments for a year, decided thatwe wanted to be sure that the house he had taken such good care ofover the years would be in good hands. So, we bought it and officially became residents of Crystal, N.D. I still want to call a landlord when the three prong appliances out- number the outlets that are only two prong, the gutters snap off of the roof in a downpour, the washing machine drain overflows, the garbage disposal makes mysterious noises, the list goes on and on... Somehow Frank has managed to become a handyman with the hand- ful of tools we have stashed in a shoebox in the closet. And so far, each of my mini bouts of panic has been met with easy repairs. We've only had to call an electrician a couple of times and we have yet to call a plumber. (Even through we managed to find a pair of pliers rusted almost beyond recognition clogging one of our drains.) We are still living out of boxes. But the one room I have a handle on is not mine. It belongs to Baby Olimb (or as we call him or her, Baby O), the baby we are expecting in February. To answer the big question: We don't know if it is a boy. or a girl, so we will be just as surprised as everyone else. Bets are open. The two kids we have been able to train in our parenting skills on have been Kitta the cat who acts like a teenage girl with her attitude problem, late nights, and need to destroy things just because, and Fred the dog who behaves like a three-year-old boy. He sometimes has accidents, jmnps into bed in the middle of the night, and gets separation anxiety when left at daycare (with Nana at the farm) for too long. We got Fred this last summer just before we moved to town. He was some much-needed comic relief for a couple of newlyweds living in an apartment the size of our living room who just started fanning. He is part tiny, white, fluffy dog and part golden retriever. Somewhere in the mid- dle we got a Fred. The word on 2011 is that it was everything we wanted and nothing we expected. And we are thrilled to see what 2012 has in store. Season's greetings to you and yours from the Olimb family! Like" the Walsh Coun O' Press" oll Facebook and check out our hlog at htq.vTwalsh counO,press, Hello, A RANCHERS TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS! Okay, Okay, everyone sing along now...On the first day of Christmas...come on now sing. On the first day of Christmas a rancher gave his wife (now we're singing), an axe to chop the ice. (Keep it up now). On the second day of Christ- mas a rancher gave his wife, two orphan puppies and an axe to chop the ice. On the third day of Christmas (still singing) a rancher gave his wife, three pair of long under- wear, two orphan puppies, and an axe to chop the ice. On the fourth day of Christ- mas a rancher gave his wife, four sacks of horse feed, three pair of underwear, two orphan puppies, and an axe to chop the ice. (this is getting long). On the fifth day of Christmas a Hat Tips rancher gave his wife, (higher' now)five quarts of fuel condi- tioner (pause), four sacks of horse feed, three pair of underwear, two orphan puppies, and an axe to chop the ice (that was cool). On the sixth day of Christmas a rancher gave his wife, one Hol- stein cow (cause she was cheap at the cow sale and he didn't want six milk cows), five quarts of fuel conditioner, four sacks of horse feed, three pair of underwear, two orphan puppies, and an axe to chop the ice. On the seventh day of Christ- mas a rancher gave his wife, seven bottles of Jack, one Hol- stein cow, five quarts of condi- tioner, four sacks of feed, three pair of underwear, two puppies and an axe. On the eighth day of Christ- mas a rancher gave his wife, eight pair of tire chains, seven Jacks, one cow, five quarts of Howes, four feed sacks, three underwear, two pups, and an axe. On the ninth day of Christmas a rancher gave his wife, nine bred heifers (to calf in February), eight chains, seven bottles, one cow, five quarts, four sacks, three long underwear, two pups, and an axe. On the tenth day of Christmas a rancher gave his wife, ten tons of cow cake, nine bred heifers, eight tire chains, seven bottles, one cow, five quarts Howes, four sacks, three underwear, two pups, and an axe. On the eleventh day of Christ- mas a rancher gave his wife, eleven hours off (to bake bread and cook a goose), ten tons of cow cake, nine heifers, eight chains, seven bottles of Jack, one Holstein, five quarts, four sacks, three underwear, two pups, and an axe. On the twelfth day of Christ- mas a rancher gave his wife, a twelve foot calving pen, (every- one now..) eleven hours off, ten ton of cow cake, nine bred heifers, eight pair of tire chains, seven bottles of Jack, one Hol- stein cow, five quarts of fuel con- ditioner, four sacks of horse feed, three pair of long underwear, two orphan puppies, and an axe to chop the ice! Merry Christmas, Dean QO.00, Go00xt saffiaritan i Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Moniea Simon ADC Merry Christmas to everyone.from the residents and staffof the Park River Good Samaritan Center. We have had a wonderful holiday season. This past week we have enjoyed our Monthly Birthday party which was hosted bu St. John's Altar Society and the Good Samaritan Center Auxiliary provided the entertainment which was the Larry Charon Christmas Show. Tuesday afternoon we enjoyed piano numbers by Sadie Myrvik, Josie and Laura Brodina and Monica Simon. Wednesday evening the Mennonite Youth Grou p was here caroling and St. Mary's 7th and 8th graders delivered presents to residents. Joe Schmidt was here to entertain on Friday afternoon and that entertainment was provided bu the STAR COMMITTEE at the center. I would like to thank our volunteers for this week. Devotional leaders were Lois Ydstie, Lorene Larson, and Rev. David Hinrichs. Shirly Sobolik led Rosary and Communion and Father Lutien led Mass on Saturday. Thanks again to everyone who gave of their times and talents again this holiday season. Remember our family Christmas Party on Wed. 21 from 5-7 PM. PNEU0000NL00 KILLS MCgeE Walsh County Health District Short Shots Worldwide, pneumonia kills about 9 million children under the age of 5 every year. 9 Million deaths every year is pretty hard to imagine. 9 million "children's" deaths are even more difficult to accept. The killer is something that we may think of as common and not that serious for children. Why are children dying from pneumonia? Lack of access to vaccinations that prevent pneumonia. Many third world countries do not have access to vaccines that we take for granted in the United States. Vaccines like Hib (haemophilus influenzae type b), F SV13 Vaccine (Streptococcus pneumonia), and MMR vaccine (Measles induced pneumonia) are a few that prevent pneumonia. . Lack of access to health care. Many children do not have access to laealth care worldwide, and that prevents early identification and treatment of illnesses such as pneumonia. (Even in the US children die due to lack of access and inability to afford health insurance. Lack of access to antimicrobial treatments. Children die because there are not antibiotics or other medications to treat pneumonia available to them. Maybe you can make a difference by getting involved with humanitarian relief, advocacy, faith based, or other agency efforts that are trying to address this issue. 9 million children need your help. Postal service needs a new service model With the U. S. Postal Service on the edge of bankruptcy, Post- master General Patrick Donahue - backed by the General Ac- countability Office (GAO) - is proposing drastic across-the- board cuts to stabilize the agency. Preliminary plans include abolishing 3,600 of the agency's 31,000 post offices, mostly in the rural areas, eliminating next-day service, raising rates, stopping Saturday deliveries, and consoli- dating half of the 500 mail pro- cessing centers. As one of the most rural states, North Dakota will experience some serious impacts. Around 75 communities will lose their post offices and major processing centers in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Minor will be closed. The plans have been deferred until next May but they will not disappear unless Congress changes the way it looks at the Postal Service. The communities in which post offices have been marked for closing need to be vigilant. This deferral is tempo- rary. In 1970, the Post Office De- partment was removed from the president's jurisdiction and con- verted into a self-supporting cor- poration with freedom to negotiate with unions, to replace the partisan employment system with a career service, and to man- age its own finances. The idea was to run the Postal Service like a business. The model worked until pri- vate services cut into the parcel delivery market and e-mail started taking a good chunk of the first class mail. The Postal Service experienced a 17 percent loss of volume over the last three years. As the Service was slowly sinking into a sea of red ink, it was suddenly required to fund fu- ture retiree health benefits at a tune of an extra $5 billion a year. This drove the deficit up and brought on the proposal to take radical action. After 40 years operating as a business, we have now come face-to-face with the fact that sticking with the present model requires draconian cuts to bal- ance the books and will continue to do so in the decades ahead. Under this business model, even- tually all of North Dakota will be going to Carrington to get mail at the last remaining delivery site. That will be about 2020. To save the present business model and make the cuts, the Government Accountability Of- fice has suggested that an inde- pendent group similar to the Base Realignment and Closure Com- mission (BRAC) be formed to blunt the political influences that will be involved in the decision- making. In other words, keep Congress out of the kitchen. If the cuts are made as pro- posed, the Postal Service will no longer be able to deliver on its mission as stated in Title 39 of the U.S. Code: "The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obliga- tion to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities Some years ago, when the University Of North Dakota Bu- reau Of Governmental Affairs was doing some studies on local government efficiencies, our Minneapolis expert made an ob- servation about libraries. He said that libraries cannot be self suffi- cient but are an important com- ponent in a community's social infrastructure. The same is true for the Postal Service. If we are going to have anything like the Postal Service in the future, we have to quit thinking about it as a business that must break even. We need to see it as a critical component of our social infrastructure. We al- ready accept that principle in the Natiolaal Park system, the Weather Service, Amtrak, the Armed Forces and a score of other governmental functions. We may lose money on the specific function but we would gain in the general we/l-being of the country. Prairie Fare NDSU Extension Service Dutch ovens cook delicious meals in all seasons Last summer, I tasted a variety of delicious foods prepared out- doors in Dutch ovens using white- hot charcoal briquettes as heat sources. You can cook everything from bread to stews, pot roasts, pizzas and cakes in a Dutch oven. Ever since tasting that meal, I have wanted my own Dutch oven. When I saw the cast iron cook- ware on sale recently in a depart- ment store, I couldn't resist buying myself an early holiday gift. I sti- fled nay initial thought of wrapping the box and putting it under our Christmas tree as a gift to me from one of my kids. This was a family gilt because everyone will enjoy the food gen- erated from this cookware. When I arrived home, I re- moved our Dutch oven from the box and admired its red enamel- coated exterior. Some people would term my cooking pot a French oven. My cooking pot is meant to cook food indoors in an oven or on a stovetop. The first thing I made was beef and veg- etable stew. Next SUlxnner, I may be adding the outdoor version of a Dutch oven to my cookware collection. My modem version of a cen- turies-old cooking pot resembled the cookware my ancestors proba- bly used as they settled in Amer- ica. Unlike the wire bail handle of yesteryear, mine has a chunky knob on top. To preheat the Dutch oven, my ancestors may have inserted their hand and counted to determine the temperature. Counting to five slowly equaled a 325-degree oven temperature. I just have to set the digital scale on my oven or turn the knob on my stove. Cast-iron Dutch ovens were de- veloped in the Netherlands and then imported to England. Early colonists widely used their Dutch ovens, and many considered them pri,e possessions. Lewis and Clark included Dutch ovens as part of the equipment on their ex- plorations from 1804 to 1806. Cast-iron Dutch ovens are al- most indestructible. Before use, they require seasoning, which is a process where you spread oil over all the surfaces of the equipment and heat it in the oven io make it resist to sticking food. If a cast- iron Dutch oven becomes rusty, it can be sandblasted, cleaned and re-seasoned. Enamel-coated Dutch ovens require no seasoning. When I remove my Dutch oven from my Cupboard, I will need to. use my muscles. These are not lightweight pots, but they're prized for their ability to heat evenly. People on camping trips value Dutch ovens for their versatility. However, some campers choose to use aluminum versions that weigh less. The outdoor versions of Dutch ovens have three legs and a cover with a concave section that allows you to spread coal underneath and on top. This allows you to create an outdoor oven to prepare a vari- ety of foods. One of the nutritional advan- tages of cooking in seasoned cast iron is the transfer of some iron to the food. Researchers have shown that somefoods, especially acidic ones such as tomatoes and fruits, become higher in iron when cooked in cast iron. Iron is needed to transfer oxy- gen around the body. The symp- toms of iron deficiency anemia may include fatigue, pale skin, shortness of breath and feeling cold. Too much iron, however, can be an issue, too. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you experience any of these symptoms so you can have the appropriate medical tests and treatment if nec- essary. Editor's Note." Garden-Robin- son, Ph.D., L.R.D. is a North Dakota State Universi Extension Service food and nutrition special- ist and associate professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Editor's Note Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund's column is no longer available because she has started a new job. As soon as the replacement county agent is settled in a new regular column should return. Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 284-6624 The word on Prosper Prosper Hard Red Spring Weat (HRSW) is a variety developed by North Dakota State University's HRSW breeding program and was released in the spring of 2011 for county Crop Improvement Asso- ciations to increase. Prosper has very high grain yield, better or at leat equal to Faller. It perforams relatively well fn Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota en- vironments. Prosper is a conven- tional to semi-dwarf height variety with medium straw strength and an early to medium early maturity. Prosper possesses an excellent dis- ease resistance package. It is mod- erate resistant/moderate suscepti- ble to scab and is resistant to leaf and stem rusts. Below is some per- formance data from Prosper HRSW. The Walsh County Crop Improvement has Prosper HRSW for sale at the regulated price of $16.55/bushel. For more informa- tion or if you are interested in pur- chasing some Prosper HRSW feel free to contact the Extension Office at 284-6624. Table 1. Agronomic performance of Prosper across the eastern region of ND., 2006-2010. Prosper Barlow Failer Glenn Numberof Locations Yield (bu/acre) 80,2 73,5 79,0 68.9 22 Days to heading 59.6 56.3 59,0 55.7 22 Height (inches) 35.2 34.1 35.2 37.0 22 Lodging Score* 2.3 1.7 2.5 1.3 7 Test weight 59.9 60,9 58.9 62.2 22 (Ibslbu) Protein (%) 13.7 14.4 13.6 14.5 20 i *Scale of 0 to 9, with 0 being the best Table 2.2011Variety Trial Data for Park River and Langdon locations Plant height (in) 36,6 Lodging  14.5 Foliar Necrosis(%) [ 25 Test Weight !59.7 (Ibs/bu) Protein (%) 15.4 Yield (bu/a) 157.4 * no data available Scale of 0 to 9, with 0 being the best Barlow [ Failer ]Prosper ]Vantage Park River 36,4 3;4 36,0 5,5 , 0.3 20  20 17 58.3 [ 59,4 61.7 i l 15.2] 14,7 16.5 64.5 i 71,3 66,3 Bar,ow I Faner t Prosper [Vantage 38 37 37 36 13 18 14 .9 i 61.7 60.8 i 60.8 61,8 15.6 14,4 14,8 16,0 65.6 78.9 i 77.2 58.4 Langdon location did receive a fungicide application; Park River location did not receive Fungicide.