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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES DECEMBER 28, 2011 F RO.* TH E EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON oLI/~B EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Here we are. Another year has come and gone and the Press is still go- ing strong. Many people look to the final issue of December and the first issue of January and wonder why we are running "old stories." The year in review and the "old stories" are a tradition that started long before my time. I see it as a reflection. I see it as a chance to learn from the past, prepare for the future and live in the present. The old stories are a reminder of what has been and an Opportunity to observe what can be. We have old businesses closing down, new busi- nesses opening up, traditional events finding new audiences, new events becoming traditions and more. Throughout the year, I have had a num- ber of people suggest stories that we have done. While the reader may not remember every story, I do. I can flip to the exact issues. Not every story is important to everyone, but together, they all made up the history of a year in Walsh County. The events and people that make up the pages are not mine. They belong tothe community. The byline may have my name on it, but it's not about me. It's about your neighbors and friends. My job is to put it all together. I get the occasional compliment and the occasional good job right along with the occasional nasty note and angry message, but that is what I get. IfI had a staffof40 to share the responsibility with, the weeks might not wear on me so much, but the good days might not be as rewarding. We do what we can, when we can. I work full days. Terra works while her kids are in school. Larry goes to as many games and events as he can when he isn't running his own photography studio or working his night job. And our latest addition, Heidi, sells ads a few days a month when she isn't substitute teaching. We make up the pages you see each Wednesday. I know you may have your own ideas about what goes on here because the paper is owned by an out-of-towner, but that is how it works these days. I can guarantee you that everything that ends up on the page is put there by someone in this office. The news is made locally regardless of the name next to the word owner. I don't send anything sifts anywhere else to get it done. I make ads, edit stories, write stories, layout pages, edit photos, attend meetings, and occasionally get home to make supper. If you enjoy the paper, you're welcome. If you don't, then we should have a chat about what I need to be doing to make improvements. If you support what we are all about, then buy an ad. If you don't have a busi- ness, buy from our local advertisers and let them know you saw them in the Press. We may not have the biggest paper or the most subscribers, but I do know what we lack in numbers we make up for in heart. We appreciate being the official paper for the city of Park River, the city of Edinburg, the Park River School, and the Walsh County Fair. We've worked hard to bring you our best through 2011, and we can't wait to see what 2012 has in store. Here's to many more stories to come! Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http:.4/walsh countypress, wordpress.com Hello, I've got some good news and some bad news. You know how that goes. Bison were the good news. Twins losing Cuddyer was the bad news. One good player. One. And they let him go. We now have a catcher who spends more time in the training room than on the field. A first baseman that might or might not play. A closer who can't close. The Vikings... Need I say more? Oh yes, fifty above here and snowing in Texas! But back to the NDSU Bison. Hat tended the Bison football game at a local watering hole. It was crazy! I suppose I was among the oldest fans there. So, I may not have been as technically savvy as many of the screaming Bison fans. But I do know this. The referees and Zim! Zam! Shirley and I had to go, coaches cannot hear you when you to Bismarck over the weekend. No, I wasn't going shopping. I don't shop. Locally or otherwise. We were attending the Stockmen's Black Boot Ball. That's right. Black Boot Ball. Tuxedos, suits and ties, lovely ladies in long dresses...those ranch ladies clean up real nice. Guess maybe we should do that more often. Anyway, before the ball, I at- scream at the TV! Really! I don't care if it is a bad call. I don't care if it should be challenged. It does no good to stand up and scream at a TV screen. There was one young man who constantly screamed at the ref and the coaches. I honestly think he thought he was communi- caring with the people in Fargo. It was wild. And later, after the game, plans were being made to Tips head to Frisco, Texas to cheer on the Bison January 7th. One friend planned on being at our house this morning, borrowing a horse, and taking off for the game horseback. I told him I would pick him up at the New England bar. This morn- ing, he said he is leaning a little more toward flying. At the Black Boot Ball, the seat- ing was kind of pre-arranged. I ended up sitting by a big guy. I mean really big guy. I'm big. This guy was really big. I mean, for sup- per, instead of prime rib, they just threw him a bale of hay. And wouldn't you know it, he was of a different political persua- sion than I. Which is not unusual for me. I tend to end up in situa- tions like this. And I usually kind of enjoy being the only one right. But maybe it was kind of an ex- tension of the passion and excite- ment of the football game. Maybe it was the wonderful weather. Maybe it was the wine. That is seeming more likely as I now think about it. Anyway, the discussion became pretty heated. And in my mind, I was grabbing this guy by the collar, dragging him out of the party (in front of 150 people in tuxedoes), and teaching him how democracy works. In reality, I got up and left. He was three inches too tall, thirty pounds too heavy, and thirty years too young. As I sit here and remi- nisce about the evening, I reached one conclusion...I'm glad they mixed the drinks weak and weren't serving fighting whiskey! Go Bison! Later, Dean HE vW Walsh County Health District Short Shots What do you have in your cupboard/refrigerator? We snack on items that we have on hand. If all we have on hand are high calorie or high fat snacks then that is what we will eat! So I thought I would ask some of my t~llow workers what they like to snack on-kind of like a tried and true recipe. Here are their ideas ....... • Yogurt (low fat or light) • Bowl of cereal • Granola Bar • Apple • Cottage Cheese (low fat or fat free) • Popcorn • Mountain trail mix • Cheese cubes • String cheese • Raw veggies • Pretzels • Dried fruit • Raisins • Nuts • Jell-O (sugar free) • Fiber One Bars • Banana • Fruit Smoothies • Glass of Skim Milk So, the next time you are shopping add a few of the healthy snack items to your cart and try them out. Look at labels, and try for low fat, high fiber items. Even adding one serving a day of a healthy item can benefit your health! \ \ \ Sioux logo petitions l Like children playing in a mud puddle, we will keep stirring the Fighting Sioux logo issue until we are so dirty that no one will want to play Tiddlywinks with the University of North Dakota. The latest threats to UND sports in this never-ending saga are the two petitions being circu- lated to put the matter to a statewide vote in the June 12th primary election. One petition proposes to sus- pend the law passed in the special session of the Legislature that re- pealed the mandate to keep the Fighting Sioux logo passed by the regular 2011 session. If this petition secures 13,000 signa- tures, it will suspend the law, thereby keeping the Fighting Sioux logo alive until the meas- ure is voted on in June. To stop the effect of such a re- ferral and to continue retiring the logo, the Board of Higher Educa- tion would have to get the issue before the courts on the grounds that the original law was uncon- stitutional, making the referral null and void. As pointed out in this column during the regular legislative ses- sion, the issue of constitutional- ity should have been addressed by the board when the legislature was considering the legislation. Now the mess is getting bigger because everyone refused to deal with the issue. The second petition proposes to amend the state constitution with language that would require the University of North Dakota to continue using the Fighting Sioux logo. Passage of this amendment would be a death knell for Divi- sion I sports at UND. First, the NCAA has already made its po- sition clear: UND will not partic- ipate in NCAA-sponsored playoffs as long as it uses the Fighting Sioux logo. Goodbye network coverage. Goodbye na- tional prestige. Goodbye Final Four hockey. Second. other teams in various leagues involving Sioux compe- tition may refuse to play UND as long as it has the logo. From public statements, it sounds as though the Big Sky Conference has already become skeptical about accepting UND football in its league because of the logo. It doesn't want our baggage. Since UND sports teams would find themselves out in the cold in NCAA playoffs and league play, the recognition and honor for which the petition sponsors are craving would be lost. We would be relegated to playing pickup games. The petitioners don't seem to realize that these two petitions are dealing with an issue that is no longer under our control. That is reality. Passing state laws and constitutional amendments are meaningless at this point. The de- bating stage is over. Under the circumstances, the best way out of this mess would be abandonment of the petition drive. We could urge people not to sign the petitions but that would be hopeless because most folks aren't aware of the damage the petitions will do to UND sports. Even the petitioners don't seem to realize that. If the petitions are filed and both measures go on the ballot, thousands of dollars will be wasted on the campaigns. Money will be spent on both sides of the issue. Valuable time will be diverted at the University for months to fight passage of these measures. It will be a costly affair. If either measure passes, we will see another round of fighting with the NCAA and the leagues involving UND sports. Neither the petitioners nor the University of North Dakota will benefit. The mud puddle will just get big- ger. By Ron Smith, Horticulturist If either measure passes, we will see another round of fighting with the NCAA and the leagues involving lIND sports." Prah@ Fare NDSU Extension Smwice Size, color of plates may influence portion size The other day, I was looking for my bright red tablecloth to add a little seasonal festivity to our din- ing room. I began looking for it in a kitchen closet that has multiple removable shelves. As I peeked under a stack of placemats, the shelf slid out of place, setting off a cascade of tableware that dislodged the other shelves. Soon ! was surrounded by dozens of placemats and table- cloths featuring festive turkeys, ghosts, snowmen, fruits and veg- etables. I wasn't exactly thrilled with the colorful mess I had created. I found the red tablecloth, though. As I refolded the tablecloths and stacked my placemats, I thought about a study I just read. When we use colorful tablecloths surrounding our plates, are we af- fecting how much food we serve ourselves? I usually use our white plates for holiday meals. Do I serve dif- ferent amounts on my white plates versus the brown ones? My an- tique white dishes from around 1905 are considerably smaller than my recently purchased plates. Could plate size affect my family's portion size, too? Fortunately, someone else did the actual research. A recently published study in the JoUrnal of Consumer Research explored how and why plate and tableware color might affect the amount of food we serve or eat. Researchers Koert Van Ittersum and Brian Wansink set up several experiments to test these theories. We know from previous studies that using larger bowls and plates often results in people dishing up larger portions for themselves. Eating larger portions means that we are consuming more calories, which can result in larger waist- lines and wider hips through time. Just 100 extra calories per day can add up to a 10-pound weight gain in a year. Being overweight or obesity is linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, joint prob- lems and many other health issues. Many nutrition experts recom- mend that we use smaller plates, which appear fuller with the same amount of food. The researchers noted that since 1900. dinner plates, on average, have increased in size from 9.6 inches to 11.8 inches. That's almost one-fourth larger. Our perceptions of portion size may be affected by an optical illu- sion. If you have read a book that shows optical illusions, you may have seen an example in which two filled-in circles (black dots) are surrounded by different-sized circles. In the "Delboeuf illusion," two black dots of the same size can ap- pear different in size, depending on the size of the surrounding cir- cle. The researchers explored the idea of how food portions act as the dots and the plates as the cir- cles in an optical illusion at our dinner table. They explored how the contrast between the color of the food and the color of the plate influenced how much food people served themselves. They also explored how the color of the tableware and plates influenced how much food people served themselves. Based on the researchers' re- sults, you probably will want to make sure there is a difference be- tween the color of your food and the color of your plate. You might want to go easy on the contrast be- tween your plates and your table- cloth. They found that people served themselves more food if the color of the food matched the color of the plate. For example, people who ate pasta with marinara (red) sauce took more food when it was served on a red plate. They also served themselves more food when pasta with Alfredo (white) sauce was served on a white plate. The participants served them- selves less when the plate matched the color of the tablecloth. If they had white plates on a white table- cloth, they served themselves a lit- tle less. In the season of special foods and special d6cor, we might try to apply this information. If you are having a'bU~ffet, choose ~he lunch- eon-sized disposable plates instead of the dinner-sized plates. Be sure that you have some contrast be- tween your food and plate color so you and your guests can distin- guish portion size. On the other hand. if you have family members who do not eat enough, such as many elderly peo- ple or those with eating disorders, the researchers suggested provid- ing larger dinnerware so they do not underserve themselves food. Editor's Note: Garden-Robin- son, Ph.D., L.R.D.. is a North Dakota State University Extension Service jbod 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 Agem Julie Zikmund's columnn ~s 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. Hortiscope Snippets NDSU Agriculture Communication . I followed the instructions K,~ • for getting my Christmas cactus to flower. It looked lovely but only had 10 blooms. All the other buds fell off. Every branch had a bud on it. Any ideas as to what the problem could be? I gave it Miracle-Gro once and did not overwater. (email reference) A~There is no rational expla- , nation for this inconsistency that I am aware of. We like to blame ourselves for what we did or didn't do even though there is no basis for accepting the blame. All I can advise you to do is be consis- tent with the location and watering regime. Keep the plant away from heating or air conditioning vents. Keep in mind that the plant needs a cooling period and reduced water input to bloom. Q•We live in north-central • Minnesota. In the fall of 2010, I purchased a hopa crab tree from our local garden store. It leafed out fine this spring, but it never produced blossoms. Is this normal or was the tree possibly mismarked and isn't a flowering crab'? (email reference) A. It could be that this is an es- • tablishment phenomenon. Wait and see what happens in 2012. Hopa crab should be per- fectly hardy in your part of the state unless it is planted in a mi- croclimate situation that would im- pact flowering. The tree may need another year of maturity to pro- duce flowers. Some flowers should show this spring. To contact Ron Smith for an- swers to your questions, write to Ron Smith, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences, Dept. 7670, Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108 or e-mail ronald.smith @ndsu.edu. I "' I Editor s Note The Arotmd the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.