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PRESS PERSPECTIVES Page 4 j , Tl—lE WALSH COUNTY PRESS o WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23,2020 F ROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB Eon-0R, WALSH court-rt PRESS I have been desperately trying to‘ “Pollyanna” the crap out of this year. I know it. You know it. If you have to Google it, much of my childhood was spent on this Hay- ley Mills classic. She always looks for the glad because “When you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you surely will.” Last week I hit an all-time low. The kids, the work, the dark, the schooling, the pandemic, and now, the holiday spirit--it all got a little heavy. . So I am watching television and scrolling through social media and thinking to myself that had George Bailey hit rock bottom in 2020 he wouldn't have even needed an angel, he could just scroll throughth Ringin the Bells December 2 , 2020 In 1974, Walsh County resident Kenneth Johnson began a tradition of ringing Trinity Lutheran’s bells each Christ- mas. The 114—yearfold prairie church had closed its doors in 1953, but the congregation continued to take good care of the building. Johnson’s tradition started because of Nelly Almen, a local who had moved to California. In 1974, she sent a gift to help with the building’s upkeep and wrote that on Christmas, she would listen in her mind for the W e the 0‘ People David Adler, The Alturas Institute David Adler answers your Constitution questions. Send them to this newspaper. Thewamwer... The declslon to. gate narrates sents the mostsolernn decisionany, govemmenl will make, Since it risks, the blood, treasure and future of the nation. Those grave consequences, alone, are reason enough for Amer- icans to understand how the Con- stitution governs the exercise of this awesome authority before they go marching off to war. The war power, John Quincy Adams observed, is “strictly consti- tutional.” The flamers of the Con- stitution vested in Congress the sole and exclusive authority to initiate mil- itary hostilities, including firll-blown, total war, as well as lesser acts of armed force, on behalf of the Amer- ican people. This sweeping power, located in Article 1, section 8, provides, “Con- gress shall have power to declare war.” The War Clause grants to Congress the authority to formally declare war on a foreign nation, or rather to simply authorize military hostilities against an adversary, whether a country or terrorist or- ganization. As Justice William Pa- terson wrote for the Supreme Court in 1806, in United States v. Smith, it is the “exclusive province of Con- gress to change a state of peace into a state of war.” . Without exception, the court has held that it is for Congress, not the president, to initiate military acts. The flamers did not vest in the president It is PublicHealth Prevent. Promote. Protect. With the holiday season upon us, there’s so much to do to 'get ready for the season. It’s important to re- member that'influenza season is still present. It is NOT too late to vac- cinate! As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, it’s still essential to get your flu vaccine. Are you hesitant to get your flu shot? Here are some common myths that you may have heard: Myth: The flu shot can give me the flu. Truth: Flu viruses used in the flu shot are inactivated. They cannot cause infection. Myth: Vaccines are not proven to prevent the flu. Truth: If you get the flu vaccine, you are about 60% less likely to need treatment, or be hospitalized, for the . Vaccinate 12-2020 Walsh County Health District Short Shots by Carly Ostenrude, RN and see people carrying on without him. i . My sister posted an “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” up- date to her Facebook page and it took every ounce of restraint to not post a meme stating “Eat glass!” According to my calendar, I should be on a weeklong Disney World vacation right now. I don’t know why I didn’t delete it. But there it is, salt in the wound really. I have been saving up for that va- cation for years. My oldest is ahnost nine. We are talking about years. The hotel was booked In March my trav- el agent wanted to book the airline tickets. She was about to go on a cruise. ‘ ' I said, “a cruise sounds great bells. That Christmas Eve, Johnson Called her on his mobile phone so she could hear him ring the bells. Ber- , nice Hall is one of about 20 who re- ceived those calls. “I get a lump in my throat, listening to it,” she said. “I wonder if the people doing it re-‘ the authority to intervene in foreign wars, or to. choose between war and peace, or to identify and commence hostilities against an enemy of the American people. Nor did they em- power the president to initiate force abroad on the basis of his own as- sessments of US. security interests. These choices belong to Congress, under its exclusive authority to change a state of peace into a state of war. The flamers’ decision to grant the war power to Congress, and not the . and that . of- other ~,nations raroundwthe world, wlIiChvestedthe- authority in the national executive. Why did the Constitutional Convention reject the practice of executive war mak- ing? Delegates to the convention had two principal reasons for granting the war power to Congress. First, they lived in dread fear of a strong exec- utive, based on their reading of his- tory and their own experience under King George, whom they viewed as a tyrant. History revealed that across the centuries, kings and despots and ' tyrants had often taken their people to war without merit, but rather in service of their own personal, polit- ical and financial interests. The flamers, to a man, were opposed, as James Wilson of Pennsylvania ex- plained, to giving “one. man” the power to rush America into war. Second, the flamers were com- mitted to the principle of collective decision making in foreign, as in do- mestic affairs, and embraced the process of discussion and debate flom the nation’s representatives, as— sembled in Congress, on the relative merits of commencing war before risking the future of the nation. It is truly remarkable that the We the People Cont page NOT Too Late to flu. , r Myth: You don’t need to get the flu shot every year. Truth: Anyone 6 months of age and older should receive the flu vac— cine every flu season. Myth: You must get the flu vac- cine before December. Truth: Flu vaccine .can be given before or during the flu season. ThebesttimetogetvaccinatedisOc— tober or November. However, if you missed this window of time, it is NOT too late to vaccinate in De- cember or later. If you haven’t received your flu vaccine this season, please contact your primary care provider or call Walsh County Health District at (701) 352-5139 to set up an ap- pointrnent. Dakota Datebook On this day in North Dakota past about now.” I said we could just pur- chase them when she got back. I was so very wrong. Remember when we only had a few cases of COVID in . the state and that was a big deal? Her cruise was not, in fact, great. It was months later that we fully cancelled our Disney plans. we waited and watched. And I read all of the updates of opening and safe— ty protocol and “new normal” garbage. Before I get one more dang, “can’t live in fear” comment, no. I am not spending thousands of dollars that I have scraped together over the last decade and not even get to hug Mickey. I want the firll bang for my buck, crowds and lines, too. So my sister is making Christmas cookies and I go firll Grinch. It took a while to shake that mad. It wasn’t until I got an email flom Pastor Mark Flaten. I responded to his letter submission and he replied with “I hope you and your family have a meaningful Christmas!” It was just like that George Bai— ley]! 1jumping in the icy river wake up ca . alize how much it means to us who areaway.” . Dakota Datebook written by Merry Helm Christmas Creatures December 22, 2020 —~ Vernon “Why are we meeting during the holidays?” grurnped Old Sievert as he swayed toward his over stuffed rocker in the big window on the sunny side of the dance floor. Chairperson Ork Dorken rapped his? Coke. bottle, against the hollow core‘doo'r'conVerted into a table. ‘ “F BernI'eithiiig, they’re going" to be handihg‘out vaccine soon and we want to be sure that everybody gets their share,” reported Chief Securi- ty Officer Garvey Erfald. “How much is a fair share?” asked Holger Danske from the back row. He had his sheepskin coat up to his ears to protect him flom the silent coldness. “At least two shOts,” Garvey re- ported. “That’s never enough over at Bamey’s Bar,” commented Josh Dvorchak, having long experience doing research on Bar Stool Three in the Newtonville pub. Everybody chuckled. “There won’t be enough vaccine for everybody until March,” Garvey explained. “We will be getting three shots in January and need to decide who should get it first.” “That’s easy — frrst we start with our health workers,” suggested Einar Stamstead. “That’s what everybody is doing.” _ “We have no health workers,” barked Orville Jordan, the depot agent who stayed when the railroad lefi. “Don’t you count Gerda Danske who we run to for most minor things?” wondered Dorsey Crank. “She ties a mean bandage.” ' n Ork banged his Coke bottle with a scowl. “Let’s quit talking nonsense and stick with real facts — no certificate, no health worker!” he exclaimed. “Okay, then let’s start with criti- cal workers,” suggested Dorsey. Security Officer Garvey glanced around the room. “Anybody here working?” he asked loudly as he surveyed 12 members of the Homeland Securi- ty Committee. The silence echoed across the spa— cious community hall. “This is a retirement community,” Josh finally pointed out. “There is— n’t anybody here that works.” “Come on, folks,” nudged Ork. Co ( igtr xi . Sttmal‘ltzm Sticrcty ‘. '2 M ’Homeland Committee Plans Vaccine Distribution By Lloyd Omdahl That’s just it isn’t it? That is what the movies are trying to tell us, isn’t it? Yeah, I didn’t get my vacation, but it wasn’t about the vacation, was it? Merry Christmas is often just noise that blends into the conversa- tion. It’s a reflex. So now that phrase “meaningful Christmas” is just liv— ing in my head rent-flee. I have been thinking about it all week. It turns out you can be grumpy about the state of the world and still have a meaningful Christmas. It turns out you can have a full-blown pandemic and still have a meaning- fir] Christmas. It turns out if you go to find the bad in anything, you sure— ly will . . . even Christmas. Someday soon, we all will be to— gether, if the fates allow until then, we'll have to muddle through some— how So have yourself a meny little Christmas now. So, merry or not, may your cel- ebration of the holiday be mean- ingful. God bless us, every one. “I Mn." .1 n, . . . _ Huseby grew up five miles southwest . of Nome during the Great Depres- sion. His parents, Ole and Nora, were born in Norway, and Vernon de— scribed his Ransom County neigh- bors as “predominantly Scandina- vian, with a little American mixed 1n.” Blod klub was one of the Huse- by family’s Christmas goodies. It was a mixture of flour, oatmeal, . Dakota Datebook Cont page “If we don’t have any eligibles we won’t get our share.” “They said over at the Courthouse that some towns are listing their old people,” reported Little Jimmy who had theronly computer in town and taking omine‘cburses: flOm Pet- 1 i , ~rigrew Normal in Oklahoma._,He lived alone, his parents having gone to the Klondike to look for gold. “We could list our old people,” agreed Old Sievert. “Of course, that would be everybody in town.” “We can’t propose more than three for the first shots so we need to rank ourselves some way,” Gar- vey proposed. “Well, old means 01d,” barked Old Sievert, “Old is usually measured by age so let’s start with the oldest first.” Old Sievert was sure he was the oldest and would make the list of three. “What about old with underlying ailments?” inquired Holger Danske. Holger had diabetes and high blood pressure so “old with ail- ments” would probably get him into the top three. “What kind of ailments would count?” asked Old Sievert. “Decid— ing that would be pretty tough.” He knew a curve ball when he saw it. “Maybe the county has already made up a list,” noted Orville hope- fully. Just then, Lady Madeleine came through the north door, bringing an icy 35-mile breeze with her. “Where’ve you been?” asked Little Jimmy. “We’ve been working on assigning our three shots of vac- cine.” “You’re wasting your time,” Madeleine adjudged. “We won’t get any vaccine until April because the county says everything is need- ed for the nursing homes until then.” “Well, that means we need to start nursing or come up with something else,” concluded Garvey. ‘ “It looks to me like we all better keep washing our hands. keeping our distance, wearing masks and keep- ing out of the bars in Newtonville un- til April,” Ork decided with the rap of his Coke bottle, signaling ad- joumment. They rushed for the door. It was colder inside than out. Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Great to see the numbers in the county going down! We continue to have no residents testing positive and very few stafl’ testing positive. We test twice a week still. We are scheduled to get the COVI‘D vaccine in early January and are hoping that this will help to get our residents back out of their rooms and families in Visiting soon after! Please everyone keep safe and remem- ber that the true meaning of Christmas is Christ birth and the wonderful gilt he is to us all. We want to thank all the great staff and community members that have given to our Christmas Stocking Project, we have done something special each day for our residents and had enough to get a small gift for each resident that we will give out on Christmas Eve. Christmas is truly a time for 'Ving and I'm feeling so blessed to live in such a giving community. Mer— ry hristrnas Everyone and God Bless You All! Ibomfielflue, NDSU Extension Service By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist Say Cheese and Smile “What’s that smell?” I thought to myself. I was just a child at the time. I decided to investigate. I fol- lowed my nose into the kitchen and found my dad and uncle huddled at the kitchen counter. They were enjoying saltine crackers spread with Limburger cheese. They were relishing their snack, and the scent was wafling through the house. They grinned and offered me a sample. I exited the kitchen. Actually, I think I ran. Limburger is definitely in the “stinky cheese” category. Lim- burger was kept in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator. My dad alwayshad access to his favorite cially during holiday celebrations. My mom went in the kitchen, opened the window and closed the kitchen door. I think she was a bit amused by her husband and broth- er bonding over cheese. Although I did not develop an appreciation for Limburger cheese, we always had other types of cheese in our refrigerator. From childhood to the present, cheese has played a role on our menus, snacks and holiday cele- brations. Cheese appeals to the food sci- entist and nutritionist in me. Cheese is a fermented food. It is a combi- nation of milk, salt, fermenting agent (such as bacteria) and rennet (an enzyme). Cheese also is a good source of calcium, protein and phospho- rous, which help us build strong bones and serve a range of other functions in our body. Keep in mind that good nutrition is a balancing act. Cheese contains varying amounts of sodium and fat. We all need to limit sodium and fat to some degree. Highly processed cheese, especially the type sold at room temperature, usually is high- er in sodium than natural cheese. ,‘ In this column, I will explore" how to make a cheese board with a range of cheese, meat, vegetables, fruits and grain items on the side. This blend of ingredients encour- ages our family and fliends to balance their food choices while enjoying delicious foods. Cheese boards can make a meal special, especially as we celebrate the holidays after a challenging year. We could use a “fancy” word and call them “charcuterie boards” because of the range of meats, fruits, vegetables and crackers they include. Although any type of plate or platter will work, more recently I have acquired bamboo and slate cheese boards. Cheese types vary flom flesh to soft-ripened to hard or semi-hard cheeses. When introducing “new” foods to your family, we often sug- gest pairing “new” foods with fa- miliar foods. Explore the range of cheese types. You may want to in- troduce mild varieties before sharp flavors. ' Have you tried Havarti, feta and mascarpone cheese? These are Lake Region Extension Roundup Goes Virtual It should be not be a surprise to you that Lake Region Roundup has to go virtual this year. Those of you who have been to Lake Region Roundup know that it would be virtually impossible to distance ourselves in this setting and keep everyone safe. We had a choice of going virtual or cancelling the event. We decided to go virtual. The same great content and mul- tiple presentations will be made as usual. All of the presenters prere- corded their presentations. The prerecorded sessions will be avail- able flom December 30 to January 5th. The second part 'of Roundup will be one day of live presenta- tions on Jan 5th via Zoom. Pre- registration will be required. The link for the prerecorded sessions and to register for the Zoom ses- sions can be found at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ramsey— countyextension. Once you have Around the County Walsh County Extension Office Park River 284-6624 By Extension Agent Brad Brummond fresh, high-moisture cheese types that vary in their texture and flavor. Brie or camembert are soft- ripened cheeses with an edible rind. This type of cheese can be warmed and served with crackers or French bread. Bring to room temperature before serving. Brie can be baked in a puff-pastry crust and served with some dried fluit or jam. For a bolder flavor, try some stil- ton or blue cheese. Both have complex flavors, so a small amount will suffice as an accent to recipes. Cheddar, Gouda, Swiss and Parmesan cheese types provide distinctive flavors that make them delicious additions to a cheese board. Cheese boards have become before we take the first bite of food, so making food attractive is part of the dining experience. Instead of a recipe, I am pleased to share information on how to make a cheese board. I have adapt- ed this information from a publi— cation created by the Midwest Dairy Association and a local caterer, Milk Made. I appreciate their inspiration for this column. Choose a “stage” for your as- sortment of food. A wooden or slate board adds visual interest and a color contrast to the food you place on it. Slate boards provide the option to label the board using chalk. If you do not have a board, a cutting board or other platter would work. Select the cheese. Use the rules of odds. You may want three or five different types of cheese, depend- ing on the size of your gathering and your budget. Aim for a variety of flavors and colors. Select the meat or other protein sources to feature. Cured meat pairs well with cheese. Try salami, prosciutto or any favorite cured meats (or meat alternative, if pre- ferred). Add a variety of side items. Add ' some flesh fruit, such as red and green grapes or strawberries. Add some dried fruit, such as a dried cranberries or apricots. Feature some nuts or seeds, such as walnuts or pistachios. You might like to in- clude some olives. Add some jam or jelly in a small bowl. Complete your side items with a basket of whole-grain crackers. Here’s a note flom me. To save some money, I often pick up a package of dried fruit and nut mixture available in many grocery stores. I then separate them on the board into individual groups. Arrange your platter artfully. See https://www.midwestdairy .com/resource/cheese-pairings- cheese-boards—guide/ for more de- tails, cheese pairings and enticing photos. Say cheese and smile as you en- joy a delicious and beautifirl cheese board. As my dad and uncle showed me long ago, you can bond and celebrate with cheese. Julie Garden—Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State University Extension food and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Ex- ercise Sciences. Follow her on Twitter @igar— denrobinson registered a link will be sent to you for the January 5th meetings. Go to the link to see all the great op- tions. This may even be easier this year as you won’t even have to leave the house! The downside is you will miss all of the great con- versation with presenters and fel— low participants. .We do plan to re- turn to the normal Roundup next year. The featured speakers on Jan- uary 5th are Randy Martinson of r Martinson Ag. He will speak on the crop market outlook for 2021. His presentation will begin at 9 am. The title of Dawn Chisholm’s presentation will be If Only. She will talk about personal experience with grain entrapment. This pres- entation will begin at 10:15 am. The presentation at 1 pm. is enti- tled Farming Without the Bank. Mary Jo Irman will talkabout al- Around the. County Cont. page 5 r r