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Page 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3 I, 2014 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS It is the last day of 2014 and we here at the Press could not be more thankful for all that you have giv- en us this year. This newspaper is not ours; it never has been, because like any good journalist knows a publica- tion is nothing without the com- munities it serves. Print belongs to Hello, And a Merry Christmas to you and yours! To most people, Christmas is a time for family and friends. A time to give thanks and a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. Oh, many people complain that Christ- mas is now too commercial, but dang, it's fun to sit and watch grandkids rip open gifts and scream with delight when they find the "shark teeth" they had wanted for a year were under the tree! For many ranchers, it is the Christmas cow sale. I guess every sales ring in the Dakotas has a bred cow sale during the holidays. The fanaily can come to town and ex- change those boots that don't quite fit and that hat that is the wrong color, and buy a trailer load of cows to take home before the New Year. And a good time is had by all. Now, speaking of good times, we preg checked cows the other day. I guess it was one of the more miserable days of December. I the people. One annual tradition I love is the year in review because it al- lows us to reflect on the ups and downs, the activities and the high- lights. It allows me to create a time capsule for future generations. Throughout the year I often have people stop in the office or Hat think the high was around 12 above. The southeast wind was whipping new snow around and the vet hadn't told me he wanted a space heater. We told him to cowboy up. And dang it was cold. But, thanks to a couple of younger hands, they managed somewhat of a solution. We had a thermos of hot coffee to take the chill out of your bones. They also had con- tributed a bottle of something called "Fireball". Now Fireball is an alcoholic beverage that warms your body and soul from the in- side. I think it would also be pret- ty darn good on pancakes, but Shirley nixed that idea pretty quick. ,':., 00_kl. samaritan 0000,cict00 .... Happenings at Our Good Samaritan Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Photo: Submitted Above: The picture is from The Westwood Park Choir that came and en- tertainedus 0n Doe. 22nd. Thank you ,to the Westwood Park Choir for coming in to sing for us we always enjoy having enter- tainment. We enjoyed all the fam- ily and friends that came to visit us for Christmas. This week Dec.28th- Jan.3rd Dec. 28th Worship 2:30 w/Pas- tor Hinrichs, 3:30 N2L Dec. 29th 10am Embroidery Group, lpm Baking Rohlicky, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Dec. 30th 3:30 Bible Study Dec. 31 st 11:15 Resident Coun- cil, 2:30 New Year's Eve Party with Clem Nadeau and The Twi- lighter's Jan. 1 st 2:15 Bingo Jan. 2nd 10:30Nail Time, 3:30 Rummage Sale Jan. 3rd 9:30 Mass w/Father Luiten, 1 pm Name that Tune, 2:15 Bingo Next Week Jan. 4th- 10th Jan. 4th Worship w/Pastor Tol- bit, 3pm Trivia Jan. 5th 10am Embroidery Group, 1 pm Baking Kolaches, 4pm Hymn Sing, 5pm Rosary, 6:45 Bingo Jan. 6th 3:30 Bible Study Jan. 7th 3pm Bingo Jan. 8th 3pm Birthday Party Hosted by St. Peter & Paul Bechyne, 6:30 Movie Night Jan. 9th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Games Jan. 10th Mass w/Father Luiten, lpm Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Thank You to all the staff that made the residents Christmas spe- cial. Thank you to the Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Knitting and Cro- cheting Group for the wonderful Christmas gifts that you made. Thank You to our many volunteers; Pastor Hinrichs, Shirley Sobolik, Linch Larson, Bonnie VanBruggen, Dorothy Novak, Jeanean McMillan, Clem Nadeau and The Twilighter's, Terry Hagen, Corinne Ramsey, Fa- ther Luiten, and anyone else I may have forgotten. If you would like to volunteer please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115. NDSU Agriculture Communication [ P I! [ HeaR.h Walsh County Health District II P ..... t. P .... re, Protect, Short Shots This recipe is from the Ameri- can Heart Association's Patient Education Program. Try this as a side instead of something fried! Ingredients 2 small sweet potatoes teaspoon chili powder teaspoon ground cumin teaspoon onion powder teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne Cooking Instructions Preheat the oven to 400oF. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut the sweet potatoes in strips (Similar size of French fries). Put the sweet potatoes in a medium bowl. In a small bowl stir together the remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over the sweet potatoes. Stir gen- tly to coat. Spread the sweet pota- toes in a single layer on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the tops with cooking spray. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside. Turn once halfway through. Nutrition Facts Calories per serving 102 Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 0.0g Sodium 139g Carbohydrates 24g Fiber 4g Sugar 5g Protein 2g Little changes, one day at a time towards a healthier you! call to ask about something that took place years ago. They may know the year, but not the month, and that can make for a lot of dig- ging through delicate pages. I don't recall if it started with Henry Kelly or if it went back fur- ther than that, but most years you can find the two part year in review series and use it as an index guide to what you may be looking for. It is just a snapshot of a year, but it is a vital archive to those of us with ink-stained fingers -- ink that proves that we indeed are alive and well. We may have a small staff, but we live in a community with Tips I suppose the Fireball con- tributed to the good time we had in spite of miserable conditions. I've told you before we are a sharing family. We are like the In- dians that greeted the Pilgrims. We share. What's ours is yours, and by coincidence, what is yours is ours. So we borrowed a neighbor's cor- ral to work the cattle in. Because he had a loading chute we could load some cows out to take to an- other ranch. We don't have a load- ing chute. I borrowed one last spring, but I think I told you; someone wrecked it in the dark of night. Well, this neighbor that was kind enough to lend us his corral also has a couple of Shetland a lot of heart. With each deadline we are more dedicated to bringing you the news that matters to you, the news you bring us, the news you create. In a world of violence and riots, we are happy to show- case your celebrations, your vic- tories. We are here to showcase your lives and our communities be- cause week by week we are a part of it. Print is not dead and small town America is not dead.., we are thriving, together. Like'" the Walsh County Press on Face- ponies. We assured him the ponies would not bother us. He could just leave them in the corral. The easiest place to set that bot- tle of warming elixir was on the Ritchie water tank, near the chute. I had thrown the lid away, confi- dent that by the time we were done with the cows, the lid would not be needed. As we neared the end of the job, someone let out a holler. A holler that sounded surprised and somewhat upset. He pointed We looked over and that little spotted pony was licking the top of our warmer! I quickly grabbed the bottle before he could spill it, and then out of curiosity, offered the pony another shot. He curled his lips, and quickly sucked on that bottle. He loved it. But trust me gentle readers, I did not give him enough to hurt him. But, the curious thing was, much like the relatives that helped that day, once that pony tasted that cinnamon flavored whiskey, we couldn't get rid of him. Merry Christmas! Dean HomelandSecurityBogged ] "What are we doing meeting on Christmas Eve? Who put the red alert warning on Street Light No. 1 ?" growled Einar Stamstead as the town's electors streamed into the community hall for a quick meeting of the Homeland Security Committee. "Where are the terrorists?" he demanded to know. Chairperson Ork Dorken quickly called the assembly to order so matters didn't get out of hand before the meeting started. Old Sievert was already sitting in the only stuffed chair by the big window, brandishing his prize Werder rifle taken from a German soldier in Belleau Wood during World War I. Unfortu- nately, he had no ammunition so it was used mainly for effect. Holger Danske also came armed. He had a Browning auto- matic that frightened most every- one in the room. His Uncle also brought it home after the Great War to end all wars. "What are we doing with all of these weapons?" worried Little Jimmy, the only resident in touch with the outside world. He was now majoring in Geopolitics with Great Horizon University, an online college in Guam. Chief Alert Officer Garvey Erfald answered. "I raised the red alert because Einar said the town was in crisis." "Well, nobody signed up to take Dawg for January and Janu- ary starts next week," Einar ex- plained. "We can't have a town dog if you folks are going to shirk the deal to move him around each month. Dawg is re- ally stressed and a red alert was the only way to get your atten- tion," "How can you tell that Dawg is stressed?" "Well, Dawg and me were watching TV the other night and he saw where some dog had a real name and was even mayor of the town," Einar elaborated. "He hustled right out to the kitchen and ate all of the food for De- cember. He's been on mashed potatoes since." "Sounds like a need for com- fort food alright," Madeleine Morgan sympathized. "He would have a name if seven of you jackasses wouldn't "fiave voted against naming him Rover," scolded Old Sievert. "We couldn't even get the votes to call him Fido." He was referring to the his- toric 7-to-7 tie vote that occurred two years ago when the motion was to call him Rover or nothing. Seven voted for nothing. "When word gets out that we can't even support a homeless dog we'll be the laughing stock of the county," Little Jimmy warned. "That wouldn't help our eco- nomic development initiative," observed Orville Jordan, the re- tired railroad depot agent as- signed to promote the new industrial park by the blacksmith shop. "Maybe we could take him to Golden Haven retirement home and get him covered by Medi- caid," proposed Dorsey Crank. "That's outrageous," declared Holger. "Why should Medicaid cover a dog?" "Because pets help old people as much as medicine," responded Dorsey defensively. "We wouldn't get past the first Medicaid clerk with a dog that has no name," Einar supposed. "I'm sure you've got to have a name to get Medicaid and it would have to be more than just Dawg. I 'spose his last name could be Gone." He smiled; Old Sievert chuckled. No one else ,,aught on. "If nobody is volunteering to take Dawg in January, the only solution is a lottery and the first name takes him," Little Jimmy proposed. "Sounds good to me," Einar agreed. Of course, he was for any solution because he would be stuck with Dawg if something didn't happen. "We'll have a drawing here at noon on New Year's Day," Ork announced as he quickly rapped his Coke bottle to adjourn before anyone could protest the deci- sion. 00Nell, Dawg and me were watching TV the other night and he saw where some dog had a real name and was even mayor of the town" Einar 9 elaborated. Extension Exchange 00rship Development Opporttmity Albert Einst'ein looked at life through a different lens than the av- erage man. He once said, "We can- not solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we cre- ated them." Even then he was im- ploring those around him to think outside the box. The need for strong leadership in rural America has never been greater. As our communities strug- gle for survival - to provide quali- ty healthcare, excellent school sys- tems, workforce development and economic opportunities - quality leadership from those communities is the key. A rural community is only as strong as the individuals within. And to keep our communities strong it's important to recognize that leadership development is a top priority to ensure long-term orga- nizational vitality. Leadership can mean different things to different people, but fun- damentally it is about making things happen that would not happen oth- erwise. Ordinary people in real-life situations willing to step forward, with the ability to learn and adapt, a commitment to excellence and quality, and able to acknowledge the strength of the local workforce, are so critically needed. Ensuring qual- ity services, good schools, healthy economies and a strong workforce in our communities in the future takes quality leadership. Leadership development is im- portant to the continuity and vi- brancy of any organization, business or community and having a constant supply of individuals willing and able to take on the responsibility of community and public services is crucial. Service clubs, community non-profits, churches, cooperative boards, and regional economic de- velopment organizations all need quality leadership as much as gov- ernment and business. Engaging community members to be active participants in their com- munities can be tricky. Many peo- ple today claim to be "time starved." Finding the balance between work, family and volunteerism for many is an obstacle. However, the data showed that people are interested in getting involved. However, many are simply not asked to participate. Individuals may also be con- cemed with the perception of pub- lic service making them hesitant to step forth. Taking on the responsi- bility of making unpopular decisions can lead to negative public feedback which may affect their business or standing in the community. We all must learn to appreciate those that are willing to serve. The inherent complexities in public-decision making must be better understood by all of society. Today in many of our organiza- tions and public service sectors there are underrepresented factions, including younger generations and women. Providing leadership de- velopment opportunities can help educate individuals about the processes involved in leadership, in- crease self-confidence and em- bolden more to seek out leadership roles. Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) and a local steering com- munity of RLND participants and Extension staff are bringing a Com- munity Leadership Short Course to the greater northeast area of North Dakota. This unique leadership de- velopment program is for citizens in our area who are interested in de- veloping and sharpening their per- sonal leadership skills. The five-ses- sion course has been designed to highlight the strong communities in the northeast region and participants will re-discover our region and the treasures our communities are cul- tivating and growing. Participants will meet every other week starting January 22, 2015 through March 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each session will be held at a dif- ferent site including Graflon, Moun- tain, Walhalla, Park River and Minto and include educational program- ming, guest speakers and highlight community and local businesses' and services. Participants will gain a better understanding of them' selves and others, learn to deal with changes that are taking place, strengthen communication skills, and learn how to affect change. The group will also work on a county-, wide project that will better the re- gion. The cost is $250 per person. That includes a noon lunch, breaks and all materials. Tuition assistance is available. For more information or tuition assistance, contact the NDSU Ex- tension office in Walsh County at (701) 284-6248 or kari.l.hel- or in Pembina Coun- ty at (701) 265-8411 or helen.volk-, or. The registration deadline is Jan. 12, 2015. The class size is limited so please register early. Source: Diane D. Sasser, Ph.D., CFLE, is a ProfessorSpecialist in Family Sciences with the LSU AgCenter. Extension on Ag around the state Succession plarming education set Have you thought about what your family farm or ranch business will look like when you retire or af- ter you are gone? More than 80 percent of farm and ranch families hope to pass the family farm or ranch on to the next generation, but research shows only 30 percent of family farms and ranches survive to the second gen- eration, and only 12 percent survive to the third generation. A successful transition takes planning. To help North Dakota farm and ranch families start their succession planning process, the North Dako- ta State University Extension Serv- ice has developed an interactive pro- gram, Design Your Succession Plan. This program will provide tools and resources for North Dakota pro- ducers who want to begin the suc- cession planning process. Partici- pants will have an opportunity to open the lines of communication with family to create a shared vision, and learn to choose and work with professionals such as attorneys, ac- countants, lenders, insurance agents and tax experts to construct a plan and documents that put the family's vision into action. This new program will be pilot- ed in six sites across the state this winter. The plan is to expand the number of sites offering the program in early spring. "The program will prepare you to envision, communicate, plan, write and shape the legacy of your fam- ily farm or ranch business, as well as save hundreds of dollars by completing these crucial planning steps before visiting with profes- sionals," says Loft Scharmer, NDSU Extension family economics spe- cialist. The Design Your Succession Plan program will be offered in Grand Forks, Jan. 20 and 27 and Feb. 3, 2015 - Contact: Willie Huot, NDSU Extension agent, Grand Forks County, (701) 780-8229, The registration fee is $125 if your envelope is postmarked a week or more before the program and $150 if registering within a week of the program. The fee for a spouse who also plans to attend is $25. To register, contact the Exten- sion agent noted for the location where you want to attend. Contact your county NDSU Ex- tension Service office for informa- tion on a workshop near you or vis- it for more information. Editor's Note The Around the County columnn was not available this week. It will return as soon as possible.