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PRESS PERSPECTIVES Pa e 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS Wednesday, December 26, 2018 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition S )ecialist BY ALLISON OLIA4B EI)ITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS 'Twas the night before deadline double time, the holiday shopping and all through the Press, not a crea- has to be mostly complete and ture was stirring, it was a simple is- squirreled away throughout the sue, no stress, house, the calendar must be up to Who am I kidding? Just about date and lists on top of lists must be every other day I am shouting into checked twice (if you know what my computer: "I am not MAGIC!" I'm saying.) The only other rule? While this issue may say "De- Deadlines must be strictly enfomed. cember 26" in print across the top, I have been writing, copying, past- I can assure you that it was not as ing, designing, emailing, and saving simple as all that. A month ago we early and often. were notified that printing deadlines I only slipped up twice. My son would be bumped ahead. After all, wore his grubbiest play clothes on our amazing printing press staff all a day when the kids went to sing at deserve a day off for Christmas as the nursing home and he reminded well. me that he needed gingerbread But, that means, the hamster on house building supplies at 8 p.m. the the wheel in my head has to spin night before. While the kids dream of sug- This wasn't sanctioned peace. This arplums dancing in their heads, I am was, as Buddy the Elf would say, ferociously typing to put this paper spreading Christmas Cheer by to bed and be supermom, singing loud for all to hear. To those of you who cheerfully The Christmas truce magically said"Merry Christmas" as I tunnel- spread, though not universally, vision panicked my way through the across the battlefields. It was only holidays, I thank you. We are all go- documented in letters, but the ex- ing to be just fine. perience reached what is believed to One of my favorite Christmas be nearly 100,000 soldiers. That's stories is not of Santa or even baby 100,000 German, British, Belgian Jesus, it is that of the World War I and French soldiers who chose a ChrislmasTmce of 1914. Inthe cold, "Merry Christmas." wet trenches of the Western front, a "Sing, choirs of angels; sing in soldier sings out "O Come All Ye exultation; sing, all ye citizens of Faithful, Joyful and triumphant, O heav'n above!" come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem." The battle resumed. For some it As German troops chime in: Adeste, was days later, for others, merely fideles, Laeti triumphantes, Venite, venite in Bethlehem!" hours. I might not be magic, but that The bullets stop story proves that magic does exist. Graham Williams of the Fifth We are all going to be jugt fine. London Rifle Brigade recounted in Whether the battle is raging inside a letter: "I thought, well, this is re- or out. Whether this Christmas is ally a most extraordinary thing- two merry or not, we are all going to be nations both singing the same car- just fine. ol in the middle of a war." "Like" the Walsh County Press on Face- It wasn't an advertised thing, hook corn Hello, Shirley said to write a Christ- mas story. And when Shirley says, I write. I think Christmas is over by the time you get this, but I'm writing it before Christmas so just bare with me. And that happens because, unlike ranches, newspapers adjust their schedule for printing on holidays. Christmas time is a time for friends and families. Kids and grandkids are coming home for Christmas. Neighbors are stop- ping by to drop offa gift or share a cup of coffee and wish each other well for the season. Santa is greasing up the sleigh and getting the hump out of the back on the old reindeer, and most likely tying up a leg on a new one. Mrs. Santa is slapping those elves into shape and baking a few sugar cookies. - Kids are scouring the toy cata- logs and, if they're like my grand- kids, they are circling nearly every toy on every page. They have ten thousand toys, but every ad that comes on TV, RJ says, "I want that"! And I've learned it is Dakota blizzard (I'm talking easiest to just say "OK", rather about Gracy and Gage) have than argue, never seen a good old fashioned, And the weather can stand out rip-roaring blizzard. We sat on the at Christmas. We would always road for a couple hours and then go up to the folks for Christmas crept back into Berthold. Eve. Go to midnight Mass at six The next day we would go to o'clock. We had an innovative the One Bar Ranch (Shirley's parish that could adjust, to the folks) for Christmas dinner. After times. Then we'd eat roast duck. chores of course. Why, I don't know. But I suppose I remember one Christmas the duck raisers have to make a when Shirley and I hadn't been living too. After supper the gifts married too long. The relatives would be exchanged, hugs given, didn't know me well and still jump in the car, or pickup, and liked me. Colleen, Shirley's little head home. Chores to do in4he sister thought I was cool. She was morning, right. One year we left Berthold Anyway, after dinner, we're about midnight and only made it setting around the .living room a couple miles. I mean she Was a and the office, and Colleen is in white out. People that are pretty charge of handing out gifts. I sure they can go anywhere in a mean there are twenty-five people and this is quite a project for a lit- tle girl. She, knowing I was cool, was especially excited to see what Santa had gotten me. Well, Grandpa Jack had wrapped up a lump of coal for his favorite son- in-law. When Colleen watched me open it, she just threw a fit. She broke into tears and began screaming, "I hate Santa Claus! I hate Santa Claus!" Now, things have changed and are still the same. There are still Grandpas and Grnadmas, only they are us. Mrs. Santa still slaps the elves around, but she hits Santa once in awhile because he is deaf. Kids are still Circling toys and friends and relatives still share suppers and dinners and hugs and kisses and tears of joy. I hope this Christmas finds you and yours healthy. Merry Christ- mas and Happy New Year from the Meyers! Later, Dean g lt (j(x t . = Happenings at Our )f '4 Lsa.manmn GoodS kL.) -" ClCtX -~ ~ ~ Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. We hope everyone had a Mer- ry Christmas and we are so thank- ful for our many blessings this past year and we are looking forward to a wonderful 2019! This week Dec. 23rd - 29th Dec. 23rd 2:30 Worship w/ Pastor Neuberger, 3:30 Christ- mas Carols Dec. 24th Family Visits Dec. 25th Merry Christmas Dec. 26th 9am Peeling Pota- toes, 11:15 Resident Council, 3:15 Bingo Dec. 27th 3pm Game Day, 6:30 Movie Night Dec. 28th 10:30 Nail Time, 1 pm Music Therapy, 3pm Coffee Trivia Dec. 29th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, 1 pm Kick Back Day, 2:15 Bingo Next week Dec. 30th- Jan. 5th Dec. 30th 2:30 Worship w/ Pastor Apple, 3:30 Tick Tock Day Dec. 31st 10am Embroidery Group, 5pm Rosary Jan. 1 st Happy New Year, 3pm 1 st Facts Jan. 2nd 3:15 Bingo Jan. 3rd 2:30 Devotions w/ Communion w/Pastor Brezenski, 3pm Beading, 6:30 Movie Night Jan. 4th 10:30 Nail Time, lpm Music Therapy, 3:30 Trivia Day Jan. 5th 9:30 Mass w/Father Miller, 2:30 Dance w/ The K- Street Band Thank you to our many volun- teers: Pastor Antal, The Staffthat help make our Resident Family Christmas Party a success, OSLC carolers, Shirley Sobolik, Lois Ydstie, Mary Seim, Dorothy No- vak, Ruth Hall, Mary Lund, Cheryl Kjeland's Piano Players, OSLC Choir Kids, Awana Kids, Forest River Carolers, Jeanean McMillan, Father Miller, and anyone I may have missed I am sorry. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. WHAT IS A CHECKUP? 12-2018 Walsh County Health District PublleBealth ,o,o Short Shots by Wanda Kratochvil, RN The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all adults be screened for unhealthy alcohol use by their primary care physi- cians. Unhealthy alcohol use means drinking beyond the recommended lim- its. No more than four drinks in a single day and 1.4 drinks in a week is the line drawn for men age 21-64. For women and older men no more than three drinks in one day and not more than seven drinks in a week. There is no safe level of alcohol use for pregnant women. (US Preventive Serv- ices Task Force). Even small steps are beneficial. The social context must change, less use of alcohol is better for health. What can too much alcohol do to your health? According to the Cen- teas for Disease Control there are long term and short term health risks re- lated to excessive alcohol use. Short Term: Car accidents, homicide, suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, unintended pregnancy, sexual- ly transmitted diseases, and injuries to name a few. Long Term: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, di- gestive problems, cancers of the breast, mouth, throat, liver and colon, de- mentia, poor school performance, depression, anxiety, family problems, un- employment and addiction. So the next time you see your doctor, be ready to discuss your alcohol use. Maybe it is time to rethink your drinking and opt for a healthier you! Need Help now? 24/7 Crisis Line @ Noaheast Human Services: 701-775-0525 211 ' :, 'The Night Before ChrisOnas ' Mula-#h ual rranslaaon It vas der nacht before Santa Clausen und all through the housen No noise makin' by schweinhundt and mousen all qveiten Ooof-ta schmelly foot wearin up by the fireplace hangin' Expecten guf elf Nicholas vould qvick be stuffing The kinderfolk vas restin' qveit in dere sleepin' havens Mit dreams of sugar plummins schottishing in heads Dere vas waif in babushka und mine cap down pullen Company not expectin' und ready for long vinter schmoozing Vhen outs/den vas louden bangin' mit noisemakin' I hoppe from schkleepin' place to see ruckus making Away to the outlookin' I flugen, rushin' und hurrien Und open shutters schnell und threw open the outlookin' Den, auch, my lookin' vas shocken to see A schmall schleddin', mit eight reindeer trekking beasts Mitt olden ellen driver, hoppin' and bouncin' I self-schmarten qvick that it was St. Nick Lickety schpliten' like eagles his pullen beasts came Mit whistling und shouten, und loud name-callin' Schnell Dasher! Schnell Dancer! Schnell Prancer und Vixen! Ved, Comet!Vet, Cupid! Vet Donder und Blitzen! To the rufftoppen the reindeer trekken beasts went Haulin' schleigh mit kindertings, und olden Nick, too Und den, in a schplitten, I vas hearing on the housetoppen Shingle rippin' und footstompin' mit snorten My head I vas in pullen und vas turning 'round When down ze firechute came the red schweinhundt Carryin' on his back a baggen full mit kindertoys His augen - aufblitzen! His groubchen - how frolick! His backen vas red-facin'; his Schnabel liken keischendorfer His pipe filled the air with of people-kapootin' schmoke He nay sprechan a verd while virke not stoppen Fillin' oof-ta schmelling' foot-wearen qvick as finger schnappen Und layin' der finger ved s/den his oder shmeller Make a head noddin und up the schmoke chute he flugen He leaped on his schledden und to pullen beasts gave a whistle Und away dey vas vamoosing, likety schplitten like veed tumblin' Und I heard him schpiel makin' as they flugen out of sight "A knee-schlappen yuletide to all und to all a gudt nacht." See MLB Games in Phoenix, Colorado & a day at the Grand Canyon Tour begins in Phoenix/ends in Denver June 24-28, 2019 $1,195/person" See MLB Games in Boston, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & New York (Yankees & Mets). Also, visit Pro Football, Baseball & Basketball Halls of Fame. Tour begins in Newark/ends in Cincinnati. May 25 - June 2, 2019 $2,150/person based on double hotel occupancy* NDSU Extension Service Could Your CeHphone or Tablet Be a Germ Catcher? "I found the perfect gift for you," my husband grinned and said a few years ago. What did he find? I thought to myself. I awaited girl opening with anticipation. When I opened the neatly wrapped package, at first I couldn't figure .out what it was. It was made of wood and folded fiat in a box. "Oh, it's a photo easel," I said kind of feebly. "Well, that's nice." He looked a little disappo'mted in my reaction. "I bought it at a kitchen store," he added. He was holding my tablet com- puter and he set it on the wooden stand. Then he swapped a cookbook for the tablet. Yes, this was a nifty gift that I use regularly to protect my cookbooks and tablet from recipe ingredients. Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets are used widely. Have you noticed anyone perusing recipes in the kitchen when making dinner? Have you seen people texting while eating? Perhaps you've used the screens at restaurants that allow you to dis- pense soda, play games or order food. You also may have noticed people texting while waiting in lines in public restrooms. Think about it: Not everyone washes their hands the recom- mended 20 seconds. We all use the same door handles in public rest- rooms. Unfortunately, phones and oth- er electronic gadgets can be "germ catchers." According to research conducted at the University of Ari- zona, cellphones may carry 10 times the amount of bacteria as found on toilet seats Several researchers have ex- plored the cleanliness of phones and other devices. In a 2017 study re- ported in the journal Germs, re- searchers performed microbiolog- ical testing on 27 phones used by students. The researchers noted bacteria, including potential disease- causing organisms such as staph. Males and females had contami- nated phones. The researchers also noted the presence of E. faecalis. Yes, that sounds like feces for a reason. This type of bacteria is associated with the human gastrointestinal tract. Its presence probably indicates fail- ure to wash hands properly after us- ing the restroom and before using a phone. Cellphones can spread bacteria and viruses. Wiping down the screens you use in your kitchen or during eating can help safeguard your health, as can proper hand- washing. You obviously can't dunk your phone or other device in a san- itizer because you could damage your phone seriously. To clean your phone, many ref- erences suggest filling a small spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of dis- tilled water and rubbing alcohol (70 percent isopmpyl alcohol). Unplug and/or turn off the phone fu'st. Spritz with the mixture, then wipe with a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the screen. However, consult your manu- facturer's guide to see if this is an acceptable approach for your phone or other device. In recognition of the upcoming holiday season, this week I have a couple of things for you: a printable calendar and some make-it- yourself food gift mix ideas. See fork to view the calendar and its Prairie Fare Cont. poge 6 I I Around the County l~.~l Walsh County Extension Office Park - 284-6624 The Art of Peace willing to discuss how I have used In honor of the season, I thought it on a personal basis if it remains I would talk about some simple confidential. strategies I have used to bring peace All parties must understand is to a small part of the world I have what a need is and what a want is. touched. It seems like all we ever A good example of this is I need to hear about these days is the art ofthe eat. An example of a want is, I need deal and bum them down negotiat- to be fed and I want you to feed me ing, Now do not get me wrong I only steak. When you come to the have done some of this and yes, I table, you must realize you have to have read and understand the con- eat but the steak is negotiable. Each cepts in theART of War written cen- party in the conflict must come up miles ago. with their list of needs and their list Has I grow older I am less and of wants. All parties most put their less inclined to go for the all or noth- needs on the table so they can be d/s- ing approach. There are several cussed ifit is truly a need. You have reasons for this. The first reason be- to have thick skin for this as we want ing is that I reside in a small rural our needs and sometimes will drown community and I have to live with before we let go of them. these people after I have taken I will use the Arena commission them to the woodshed. The second as an example. We needed to have reason is while most of us will not a functional facility or everyone lost. admit it we need each other. There Without a roof, we lost the building. is no stronger coalition than one We had conflicts on how we would made up of former adversaries who pay for the roof, time, use of the have put down the sword and are building and who would sit on the now working toward a common decision making body. The groups cause. The Park River Arena Com- mission is a real good example in came together in good faith and over our local community. The next rea- several very charged meetings came son is there will be no peace if there to an arrangement where each or- is not a just peace. You may get ganization would only get their everything you want from a weak- needs with a promise to work on the ened adversary but you build a re- wants. This was one ofmy greatest sentment that will fester for years accomplishments in peace making and I can almost guarantee the next and the peace still holds today and battle that comes will be far worse we have not only kept the bUilding than the first. The seeds of World open for 25 years we have ad- War II were sown in the peace of dressed many of the wants and we World War I. We still have learned have a very nimble organization that little from the great wars from my can rapidly deal with issues as they perspective, emerge. The new lights in the are- Now let us talk about building the na happened very quickly with all peace. You need to convince all par- parties being more than happy to ties that there may be a benefit to sit- contribute their fair share. This ting down and solving the conflict, peace works! I would argue that all real peaceful In the season of peace let us sit solutions come from self-interest. I down and consider how we might have done this on both an organ/- have peace in both our public and zational level and in my own per- private lives. I think you will find sonal conflicts. If you would like to peace making to be way underrat- discuss this privately, I may be ed. 1/8-9 1/15 1/18 Dates to Remember: Lake Region Roundup Devils Lake ND, 9 a.m. Memorial Building Soil Health Car6 Talk, Alexander House Park River 11"30 am. RSVP requested Walsh County Livestock Improvement Annual Meeting, Alexander House Park River noon Coach bus tours. Good game tickets. Quality hotels Call for Free Brochure: 507.217.1326 I,