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Jamestown College to host PDQ Bach festival April 6


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From the archives of Ronald C. Smith Horticulturist NDSU Extension Service Q: I have nine clumps of river birches in my yard. This winter we had an awful ice storm that broke the tops out of four of the clumps. I had two trees taken down out of one clump. During the weeks after the trees were taken down, the stumps were almost pouring out a substance. Is this sap? It is colorless, odorless, tasteless and feels like water. (e-mail reference) A: This is sap pressure coming from the roots. It will stop when spring arrives. If you were to have a chemical analysis made of the liquid, you would find it rich in carbohydrates, which are used in the surge of spring growth. Q: I have a dieffenbachia plant that has been moved and transplanted many times during its six years of life with me. The plant has large stalks, but no leaves to about the 4-foot level. Will it ever grow anything lower? It has gotten so tall and top heavy that weve had to stake and tie the stalks. The plant is in a deep, large pot. It has reached the second floor banister and is going strong. I have put a tiny dieffenbachia with it to make the bottom look more appealing. Please give me some advice as to what to do. (e-mail reference) A: Cut one of the stalks back to about a 4-inch nub. This will force new growth to break from the base of the plant. This will give it a more attractive and balanced appearance. As that one fills in, you can do the same thing with the other stalks. Q: Two weeks ago, a wild cat got into our house. As we tried to herd it toward the door, it ran rampant throughout the house. On its way to climbing my shear drapes, it bounced off my mature jade tree. It is not the periphery damage I am concerned about, its the trunk. About half way up the trunk, I found two weak spots a couple of inches apart where the tissue is denting in and wrinkled, but still very firm. I am able to wiggle the trunk slightly and believe it to be broken, but not all the way through. Should I leave HORTISCOPE: 15

he Jamestown College Department of Music and special guests will present a PDQ Bach festival concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in Voorhees Chapel. PDQ Bach, the brainchild and alter ego of composer Peter Schickele, has been regarded as a forgotten son of the Bach family known for his parodies of classical music and slapstick comedy. He has been called a pimple on the face of music, the worst musician ever to have trod organ pedals, the most dangerous musician since Nero, and other things not quite so complimentary. Our own (Jamestown College President) Bob Badal has unfortunately done extensive research into this musical madness and will bring out some of the more ghastly skeletons in PDQ Bachs closet, says Dr. Richard Walentine, music department chairman.

The audience can expect to have its ears, and hopefully its funnybone, tickled by sounds they would never otherwise call music, Waletine said. Performers include the Jamestown College Concert Choir, Chapel Choir and Wind Ensemble; the Death Panel Quartet; Dr. William Wojnar and David Morlock on the Black-Schlossman Memorial Organ; Dr. Timothy Bratton and Justine Pringle on viola; Robert Heinzen, tenor; Nathan Kopperud, tenor; Leanne Villareal, soprano; Dr. Richard Walentine, baritone and piano; and Benjamin Schneider on devious instruments.


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Bible parables study offered in Enderlin, Lisbon

A Bible study looking at the parables spoken by Jesus Christ will be led by the Rev. Dennis Norby of Hope Lutheran Church in Enderlin, N.D. Hope Lutheran is part of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, a conservative Lutheran Church association. Study of the parables will begin Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at 228 Fifth Avenue in Enderlin. The same study will begin in Lisbon starting Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church located at 10 Sixth Ave W., Lisbon. The Bible-based studies are expected to last approximately an hour. Participants are asked to bring a Bible. Some scripture that will be studied include the following two pas-

sages: 2 Timothy 3:16 - ALL scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 4:3 For there will come a time when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. For more information, contact the Rev. Dennis Norby at 701437-3777 or email at thenorbys@

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bingo. - 10 a.m. morning coffee. AA: Alcoholics Anonymouis meets every Friday Saturday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the conferDANCE: Dance to 8th ence room of the Sheyenne Hour at the VFW Club in Care Center in Valley City. SENIORS: Litchville Com- Valley City from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For people munity Center Activities: 8 21+.


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coffee. player auction at 4 p.m. at the Hannaford Community Center. AA: Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at 8 p.m. at Fellowship Corner, 320 2nd Ave SE, Valley City. SENIORS: Buffalo Senior Citizens meet every Monday at the Community Center in Buffalo from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. LIBRARY: Valley City Barnes County Public Library hours: Monday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. SENIORS: Litchville Community Center Activities: 8 - 10 a.m. Morning coffee.

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CARDS: Play Racehorse Smear every Wednesday at 7 p.m. to close at CMs Place in Wimbledon. 21+ SENIORS: Litchville Community Center: 8 - 10 a.m. coffee; 1:30 p.m. Cards. CARDS: Texas Holdem Tournament is every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Aerie in Valley City. More info: Richard Hass, 840-2612. 21+ SENIORS: Tower City Senior Citizens group meets every Wednesday at the Community Center from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. More info: Betty, 840-0184. MEETING: The Valley City Park Board holds its meeting at 7 a.m. at City Hall. More info: 845-3294. KIWANIS: Valley City Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday at 12:04 p.m. at the Valley City VFW. BOOK CLUB: The Valley City - Barnes County Librarys book discussion club meets at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room. More info: Liz, 845-3821. STORY HOUR: Story hour is at the VCBC Pubilc Library 10:30 to 11 a.m. BIBLE STUDY: Reverend Dennis Norby of Hope Lutheran Church in Enderlin will lead parable study at 7:00pm at 228 5th Avenue in Enderlin.

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SPORTS: Ice skating at the Youth Sports Complex in Valley City from 6 - 8 p.m. Fees: $3. More info: Jason Gerhardt, 8400596, or Austin Gordon, 840-8993. AUCTION: GBC football

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FUNDRAISER: Maple Valley Education Association is hosting a Burger, Bingo, and Silent Auction at Oriska School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. BIBLE STUDY: Reverend Dennis Norby will lead parable study at 7:00pm at the Presbyterian Church located at 10 6th Ave W in Lisbon. SENIORS: Barnes County Senior Activities: Lunch: Soup, sandwich, juice, bar; 10:30 a.m. exercise; 5:30 p.m. Supper Night, BBQ Ribs, Myron Jabs speaks on fraud. SENIORS: Litctille Community Center Activities: 8 - 10 a.m. morning coffee. QUILTERS: St. Catherine Quilters makes quilts for those in need every Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the St. Catherine School gym basement, Valley City. More info: Lela Grim, 8454067. TOASTMASTERS: Second Crossing Toastmasters meets every Thursday from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Norway Room at the VCSU Student Center. More info: call Janet, 8452596.

Monday, April 8
SENIORS: Barnes County Seniors Activities: Lunch: Meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, fruit, pudding; 9:30 a.m. Advisory Board; 10:30 a.m. Exercise, 1 p.m. Bingo; 1:15 Whist.

Tuesday, April 9
SENIORS: Barnes County Senior Activities: Lunch: Oven fried chicken, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes with gravy, pineapple in jello, juice; 9:30 - 11:30 Myron Jabs Medicare Fraud; 1:15 p.m. Pinochle. ROTARY: Valley City Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Valley City VFW. SENIORS: Litchville Community Center: 8 - 10 a.m. coffee.

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What if Cramer is right?

Kudos, Betty Jo Krenz said during an interview that she graciously granted to me on Easter Sunday. Way to go. Her words were a response to a question about U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramers controversial remarks to tribal officials, which made headlines after Spirit Lake victims advocate By Rob Melissa Merrick described them as verbal Port abuse in an internet posting. Krenz felt the comments were less abuse than inconvenient truth, and that more voices from the reservation would be speaking out in support of Cramer were it not for fear of recrimination from tribal officials. Everyone walks on eggshells, Krenz told me. Nobody wants to offend anyone. Krenz is a former social worker for the Spirit Lake tribe, who was terminated after blowing the whistle on rampant tribal corruption that allowed cases of child abuse and child rape to go unpunished. She told me that she was happy Cramer spoke out. In the miasma of accusations and partisan point-scoring that now surrounds a controversial encounter between Cramer and Merrick there seems to be two concrete, indisputable facts. First, Cramer said some very critical things about the tribes and their handling of criminal proceedings. Second, at least one tribal member took umbrage. So far, the debate about Cramers comments has circled around whether or not he was abusive in his comments. Both the Spirit Lake and Turtle Mountain reservation leadership have condemned Cramers comments based on Merricks description of them. But all that is a distraction. Heres what we should be asking: What if Cramer was right in his criticism of the tribal court system? Cramer voiced skepticism about provisions of the recently-passed Violence Against Women Act, touted loudly in its passage by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, which expands the jurisdiction of the tribes to prosecute non-tribal PORT: 7


Letter from Lillian Jones Fargo, N.D. eve been dealt a blow by the North Dakota state legislature and what Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed into law. With the stroke of his pen, our governor has violated his oath of office by signing the most restrictive anti-abortion legislation into law, potentially turning us back to colonial mentality. Wars have been waged against women from the time our nation was founded, and what has happened Tuesday is more deplorable than anything that has come before. I am a North Dakota native. Ive felt the stings of abuse, racism, discrimination, physical and sexual assault and injustice. Through it all, Ive held hope and pride in my state. I chose to raise my children here in North Dakota where I believed they would be safe. Where they would know their family, come to know who they are, and have a strong, independent foundation to live happy, successful lives as competent, independent and masterful women. But the very state that I call home is under attack. The foundation I thought held promise now has the eyes of the nation upon it, and the assaults that have been waged against women here are astounding. Gov. Dalrymple was in a position to stand up for women in our state, to remind the legislators that government doesnt belong in our doctors offices: that they had no right to intrude on personal medical decisions made between a woman and her physician. Instead, he elected to ignore the constitution he swore to uphold and violated the rights of the people he represents. JONES LETTER: 8

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uestions of conflicts of interest are continuing to haunt the North Dakota policymakers involved in the burgeoning oil industry. Inquiries into the issue have been spawned by the governors ownership of oil stocks and the previous industry connections of Lynn Helms, director of the State Department of Mineral Resources. As stated in a previous column, the advent of the multi-billion dollar oil industry has thrust the state into the big league of high stakes politics. With each new regulation or

statute, billions of dollars will be at stake for both the states citizens and the oil industry. The higher the stakes the greater the pressure to influence. North Dakotans are a By Lloyd trusting people, believing Omdahl that almost everybody will do the right thing. That makes us gullible in this new game of high stakes economics. And we are not prepared for it. OMDAHL: 7

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PORT: From 6 members for certain crimes. Cramer has expressed doubt about the ability of the tribes to handle that new responsibility given their apparent inability to be effective with their current level of jurisdiction, and during his alleged tirade admits to having said that hed like to take the Spirit Lake tribal council by the neck and slam them against the wall. Strong words, especially coming from a sitting member of commerce, but is the frustration justified? Question the tact, sure, but how many of us feel the same way about the enablers of child rape? North Dakotans, and the rest of the country, will get an even closer look at the Spirit Lake horror story this week as the PBS series Frontline airs a documentary detailing the years-long struggle between one Spirit Lake woman and her battles with tribal authorities to protect her family. The two-part series, called Kind Hearted Woman, will follow Robin Charboneaus battles in tribal court with her ex-husband for custody of the children, even after he is convicted of abusive sexual contact with his daughter, illuminates how serious this problem is on the reservation, according to the PBS website. Six months ago the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs was forced to take over child services on the reservation after a doctor and other officials, including Betty Krenz, exposed alleged cover-ups and tribal corruption. Whether or not Cramer lost his cool while speaking to tribal officials is a matter we can debate. Weve only heard one account of those comments, and that coming from a source with ties to left-wing and Democrat party activism. But as we watch tribal officials and partisan commentators around the state condemn Cramer for his comments, we should wonder whether his words were inappropriate for their content or merely inappropriate because they werent politically correct. After all, in our charged political environment, white men arent supposed to be so vocally critical of minorities. Even if theyre right, it seems. Some time ago, a reporter in the state described Cramer to me as being recklessly honest. The meaning being that, unlike most politicians, Cramer is often willing to speak hard truths even when not politically convenient. I think last week Cramer may have had a recklessly honest moment, and not everybody at Spirit Lake is sorry it happened. In fact, many seem ready to commend Cramer, even if the realities of tribal politics keep them silent.
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A look at the Legislatures Conference Commitee action

any folks have referred to the Legislative Session as being comprised of three parts. The first part is the period prior to crossover, the second is the period immediately following crossover, and the third and final part is the time of Conference Committees. The 63rd Legislative Session has reached the By Sen. Larry Conference Committee time period. Three legislaRobinson tors from both the Senate and the House of Representatives meet in a "Conference Committee" to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of a bill. The Conference Committees often meet numerous times in an attempt to reach resolution. It is possible, but not common, for the committee to resolve the issues before them in a single meeting, but that is the exception, and not the rule. The drawn-out conference committees are almost always associated with the large budgets including Higher Education, Department of Transportation, Department of Health, Human Services, and Corrections. The differences are usually very significant and involve heated discussions. In some cases, when a conference committee cannot reach resoOMDAHL: From 6 In the first place, we dont have the statutory or regulatory infrastructure to defend the states interests. Recently, the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International teamed up to study the vulnerability of the 50 states to corruption. North Dakota was awarded the grade of F and ranked 43rd in the country in preparedness to prevent corruption. No state received an A. The state flunked in a number of categories, including disclosure of political financing, legislative accountability, disclosure of lobbying, ethics enforcement and legislative redistricting. The report was based on a state integrity index of 330 integrity indicators across 14 categories of state government. Journalists in each state were involved in the interviews and research. Their work was reviewed by other knowledgeable persons in the state. There wasnt a lot of room for subjectivity because it was primarily a matter of checking our statutes and regulations. Writing a summary article for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan investigative news organization, Caitlin Ginley noted that 41 states have commissions to monitor ethics but they are ineffective because they lack investigative powers and staff. A review of these 41 ethics commissions tells us why they are ineffective: they are almost all controlled by the politicians whose ethics they were created to monitor. Gov-

lution, a new committee is appointed, or at a minimum, some of the members of the committee are replaced. From now until the end of the session, there will be conference committees meeting on a daily basis in an attempt to reach resolution on the bills before them in an attempt to move us closer to the end of this 2013 session. Community forums. We had a nice turnout at our legislative forum in Lisbon last Saturday. Numerous issues were discussed including support for K-12 Education, taxation, infrastructure, human services, and many more. There was considerable discussion on the issue of capping the ability of local political subdivisions to increase budgets by more than 3 percent without a 60 percent vote of the people. This is House Bill 1290. Another bill, House Bill 1465 would require increases to be limited to 3 percent. To exceed the 3 percent limit, you would be required to hold one public hearing, in addition to having notified the voters of the budget increase intentions in two separate notices in the local papers. You would then be able to increase up ROBINSON: 7

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hen religion meets science someone loses. That axiom is the subject of a cartoon by Molvig. A human with a close resemblance to Alfred Einstein has been tied to the stake By Ed and is facing a Roman Raymond Catholic cardinal holding a blazing torch to the woodpile under his feet. The cardinal is saying: Although you do make some valid points...... When the Supreme Court announces its decision about the California samesex marriage petition we probably will know whether religion, commonsense, or science has won that particular battle . Catholic and Protestant Bible-thumpers have been told if they vote for a politician who supports same-sex marriage they will go to hell. The most recent thumper was Bishop David Ricken of the Green Bay diocese, who added abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research and human cloning to his extensive go to hell list. Dozen of bishops, both Catholic and evangelical, have issued the same warning. A same-sex rogue wave tells me that hell may not have many vacancies soon. A same-sex marriage vote five years from

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now wont even be close. Over 20 percent of the American people have answered the question about religious affiliation with NONE. Actually, many still classify themselves as religious but have created their personal stations of the cross and stained glass windows.

We are about to be overwhelmed by the tsunamis of history. Science, commonsense and physical evidence are raising the tide that identifies gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders as equals to heterosexuals. Just in the last decade, U.S. states with over 120 million people have sanctioned same-sex marriage and full or limited domestic gay partnerships. Nine states and the District of Columbia have approved same-sex marriages. Others are considering approval. We still have priests, ministers and politicians who believe every word in the Bible was dictated by God to saints who wrote immaculate transcriptions in English. The problem is we now have 721 different translations! Take Deuteronomy 21:21, which contains parental guidelines about administering the death penalty to their rebellious children: Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones, so you shall put away the evil among you,

and all Israel shall hear and fear. An Arkansas politician is advocating making 21:21 a law of the state: If it were the law of the land, it would be a tremendous incentive for children to give proper respect to their parents. He must be a sustaining member in the Christian Taliban. Should we stone to death the third daughter of Daniel and Susan Moore for being a rebellious lesbian in Bible-thumping Tennessee? Here is an abstract of her story from an article Does God Punish Gay People for Being Who They Are?: For as long as you can remember being attracted exclusively to other girls. You have never been romantically interested in men. You are, however, romantically interested in someone. You began to panic as a teenager. Now forty years old, you know you had every reason to panic. You are alone, as though by grand design, and frequently feel as though you are the victim of a heavenly morality that is unintelligible to you....Prohibited by the Lord from being romantically involved with women, you believe you have been condemned to perpetual loneliness. Over the years you are variously overcome by isolation, loneliness, periods of anger, confusion, disappointment, consolation, depression, and resentment. People have GADFLY: 15

ROBINSON: From 6 to 6 percent. The bills are still in the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee, the members of which are struggling on what direction to take regarding the bills. Interestingly enough, the North Dakota Department of Transportation tells us that since 2001, its costs for highway construction and maintenance have average 11 percent each year. That is a shocking figure, but nevertheless, underscores the challenges we face in terms of controlling budgets in a time when costs are increasingly annually, often by double digits. HB1012 - Human Services. The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Human Services has been meeting regularly on the budget for House Bill 1012. The issues are many. This budget totals $2.8 billion in total funds and impacts every corner of the state. We have been working hard to secure a full $1 per hour pass through for our DD Providers and Nursing Homes. Additionally, we are working to secure a 4 percent inflationary increase for these entities. At this point, I believe the Senate package on House Bill 1012 will include both the $1 pass through and the 4 percent inflationary increase. The challenge will be holding on to these restorations in the conference committees. HB1020-Flood Protection. I am serving on a subcommittee of the state water commission budget, House Bill 1020. Included in the budget is a total of $21.0 million for Fort Ransom, Lisbon and Valley City permanent flood protection. We are working hard to secure this important funding. These communities have made good progress in their efforts to move toward permanent flood protection. The funding in House Bill 1020 is the next step in that process. Next forum. Our next legislative forum is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, in Wimbledon at the caf. The forum will begin at 9 a.m. We hope to see you there. Until then, you can reach me at
Sen. Larry Robinson (Dem-NPL) represents District 24 in the North Dakota legislature. He lives in Valley City.

sensible options that wouldnt violate rights to privacy or proJONES LETTER: From 6 The right to life and anti-abortion legislation tramples on fessional ethics, which our elected officials chose to disregard while abusing their positions of authority. the rights of the living. I have faith and hope in justice. Ill work with my fellow As a victim of incest, rape and a survivor of domestic violence I am all too familiar with the loss of choice. Ive had a North Dakotans to reclaim the values we grew up with: comDNC, a decision I made with my skillful and competent physi- mon sense, respect, faith, compassion, humility, grace, dedicacian. I know what its like to be overpowered, victimized and tion and perseverance. Its time to do whats right for North Dakota and replace the the loneliness and alienation that come with it all. I know the sting of injustice and the ache that exists in the soul of a victim. elected officials who casually disregarded their oaths of office and forced their will upon us. I also know what it takes to be a survivor. I believe that my experiences have given me a voice to use on behalf of those who have been in similar situations. I could never pass judgment on a victim or her right to take control of herself and regain a measure of dignity and power. The bills that sailed through our states legislature achieved the height of victimization from a position of abusive religiosity. We now face a costly hurdle through the financial resources Gov. Dalrymple recommends be set aside for litigation. Money wasted defending the indefensible is not a North Dakota value! Young families could use such resources to help defray child care costs with the implementation of a pre-K curriculum under the Department of Public Instruction. Access to accurate reproductive education for young men and women is the most realistic, cost-effective anti-abortion method. These were affordable, non-invasive, 0330#443


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utstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have enabled James Jensen of Valley City to achieve membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table noted by industry insiders as e Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Jensen is a seven-year member of MDRT. Attaining membership in MDRT is a distinguishing career milestone. It requires Jensen to adhere to a strict code of ethics, focus on providing top-notch client service and continue to grow professionally through involvement in at least one other industry association. MDRT members like James are united in their commitment PHOTO: Jim Jensen

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to help individuals, families and business owners gain nancial peace of mind, says MDRT President D. Scott Brennan. In addition, MDRT members have access to the best minds in the business since they can share ideas and best practices with their fellow members from around the world. Its the greatest law of human nature: In sharing, we always receive more than we give. MDRT also provides continuing education opportunities, informative and inspirational meetings and encourages members to support community and charitable involvement through the MDRT Foundation. --Submitted Info

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Celebrate Public Health April 1-7

Submitted by Angie Martin City-County Health When you hear the phrase public health, what mental picture does that conjure in your mind? Do you think of immunizations, epidemics or tobacco prevention? How about sewer permits, seat belts or new mom/baby visits? Public health encompasses all these things and much more. National Public Health Week is observed nationwide the week of April 1-7. First proclaimed by former President Bill Clinton in 1995, the public health community has celebrated this observance annually by focusingon an issue that is important to improving the publics health. This years theme is Public Health Is ROI Save Lives, Save Money. It is focusing on the fact that public health has a great return on investment. For instance, every dollar spent on prevention saves $5.60 in healthcare spending. And for every dollar spent on childhood vaccines, $16.50 is saved in future healthcare costs. City-County Health District (CCHD), the public health unit serving Barnes County, is constantly looking for ways to better serve residents and keep them healthy. An important service offered is immunizations, not only for children but also adults. Currently utilizing a grant through JBS International, Inc., CCHD staff has recently offered school immunization clinics to update students who will be entering seventh grade this fall with staterequired tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal shots. They have also offered the human papilloma virus (HPV) se-

By Liz Hoskisson Valley City- Barnes County Library s I assemble this column it is still too cold outside and the snow is still with us. However, there is hope. The sun is out longer each day. Here are some new books to consider until you can get out in the yard. Library assistant Judy Uecker found that she couldnt put this novel down: The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman, set in ancient Israel, was five years in the writing. In 70 C.E., 900 Jews held out for four months against the Roman army on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, only two women and five children survived. Based on this event is the story of four very extraordinary women, each of whom came to Masada by a different path. Yaels mother died in childbirth. Her father never forgave her for her mothers death. Revka, a village bakers wife witnessed the brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers. She brings her two grandsons, who are mute because of the horror they have seen. Aziza is a warrior daughter, raised as a boy who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine. The lives of these four complex, independent women intersect during the days of the siege. All are Dovekeepers, and all are keeping secrets about who they are, where they came from, who fathered them and who they love. We just finished reading Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver for our book club. As with several of the books weve read as a book group, I find that often the books I

ries to all students in grades 6-12. Clients who come to the CCHD office in the Barnes County courthouse will now routinely be screened to ensure that they are up to date according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines. Adults also need to update their immunizations periodically. A letter was recently sent out to all Barnes County residents advising that they check to see if they have had four recommended adult immunizations: Tdap, Zostavax for shingles disease, pneumonia and influenza. For those who are covered by Medicare, Part B will pay for a pneumonia and influenza vaccination. Part D (pharmacy portion) will partially pay for Tdap and Zostavax, depending on the type of coverage opted for by the individual. Stepping outside the immunization arena, City-County Health offers many other services. A registered nurse is available in the office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. She can assess and deal with minor medical issues, administer vaccines and some injections, check blood sugar and blood pressure levels, and fill medication boxes. The office nurse may also refer clients to a physician or other health care professional as needed. Clients are encouraged to pay a suggested donation for services, but no one is turned away because of inability to pay. A certified home health agency was established at CCHD in 1982.


have issues with will turn out to be the ones that lead to a very good discussion. Often the issues will get me thinking and wondering about a character or a writer. Having enjoyed a previous book by Kingsolver, I assumed that I would enjoy Flight too. Not so I thought it really dragged at the beginning and I just didnt care about any of the characters. However, I wanted to take part in the discussion, so I jumped ahead and finally got hooked by the story line. Hester, who at first seemed like the mother in-law from hell, became much more understandable as we learn about the secret pains of her past and conjecture on how she is protecting herself from future hurt. I had heard or read of the migration of colonies of the Monarch butterfly to winter someplace in Mexico and just assumed that would be as regular as the seasons. But, global-warming and climate change move us toward the unexpected here on earth. Having the Mexican location uninhabitable, the migration seeks a new wintering location in a place m u c h further north a mountain valley of Tennessee on a farm in fact to the very location

that a cash-strapped farmer and his generations of family are needing to have logged. Winter weather and Mans choices work to destroy the millions of orange and brown velvet beauties possibly forever. How the various individual family members respond to this dilemma pushes the questions and the development of the characters bringing the Big World questions to our front door. And finally, The Aviators Wife, by Melanie Benjamin, is a historical novel about Charles Lindberg and his wife Anne Morrow Lindberg told from Annes perspective: he, the first man to fly across the Atlantic; she, an ambassadors daughter. From the minute he landed in France to cheering crowds, his life was not his own. In marrying him, Anne also became plagued. The only modern day equivalent to such a hounding by the press would be that of Princess Diana. Tragedy and betrayal mold these two. LIBRARY: 18

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am writing this as I am flying home World Series and why do we die? He then responds to my from a fun eight-day trip to the north- questions with other letters. In the final verse of the song east where I played three shows. The my dad writes to me heaven, its not really heaven, it cant first show was in a big auditorium and was be because you are not here so keep my memory alive and filled with over 500 people. The other two I will keep yours and then even though we are apart, you shows had smaller, more intimate crowds dont have to die to go to heaven, because heavens right though both rooms were full. A full room here in our hearts. By Joe always gives the show a bit of a buzz no After the show, a woman came up to me to tell me how DeMasi matter how small the crowd. much she enjoyed my performance and she particularly After all, 100 people in a room that hold loved My Dads Letter From Heaven. She said that she had 500 feels empty but in a room that holds recently lost someone close to her and that my song spoke City Eagles 99 feels packed! The third show had the smallest audience to her, Club it touched her, it gave a voice to what she was feelm Valley and one might think that playing for more people is more ing. We always make our merchandise available after every Friday, April 19, 2013 exciting and satisfying than playing for a fewer people. I show, meet and greet and sign autographs and pictures. dont find that to be the case at all. My attitude has always What struck me about the conversation I had with this b 5 pm - Social/Silent Auction been to do my best and take every gig and show seriously woman however is that it reminded again me that first, a no matter how many people are there or what circumc 6the pm - Dinnersinger/songwriter has the gift to be able to as she said, give stances are. At the last show which had the smallest crowd a voice to a feeling and secondly that even though a partice 7Letter pm - From Live Auction one of the songs I sang was called My Dads ular crowd may be small, it doesnt mean that your perforHeaven . mance wont make a difference in someones life. It is very h $35/ticket OODLES OF NOODLES. Dale Hildebrandt of It is a song I wrote about my dad after he passed away a easy to get consumed and distracted by the little things Valley City dishes up a heaping plate of spaghetti few years ago and explores the questions we all have about when performing. A performer on the road has many disj Ticket Includes: dinner, Saturday evening at the Sheyenne Valley Friends death and the afterlife. In the song, I surmise that I have tractions, sleeping 2 drinks, 1 big chance to win in different beds, making sure everyof Animals benefit fundraiser, held at the Valley City actually received a letter from my dad written from heavthing is fine at the 19th annual Groceries & Gas! (A $500 Gift Card to home, playing a room youve never played Eagles Aerie. The event included a meal, door prizes, Leevers, sponsored by Leevers AND a $250 Gift Card with a sound system you have never used en and that I am able to ask him questions both serious before, working raffle and silent auction. (Photo/Nikki Laine Zinke) Valley City University for Gas at Dakota Plains, sponsored by Dacotah Bank) and lightState such as, did God really help the Red Sox win the DEMASI: 18 Scholarship Auction a Music provided by Big Hammer
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phone # is 701-322-4939. Providing education, evaluation and guidance for families who are struggling with this disease, our regional care consultant, Beth Olson is ready to help. Beth will be presenting a program on communicating with persons who have dementia on April 9th. It will be at Mercy Hospitals Health Education Center at 5pm. The hour long presentation will be followed by a social hour. The Alzheimers Association also sponsors a support group for friends and family who care for persons with memory loss. This is held the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm in Mercy Hospitals HEC, and will follow the social hour on April 9th. Caregivers of loved ones in our community can share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same boat. Support groups can reduce the feelings of isolation. Benefits of participating in support groups may include: Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged Gaining a sense of empowerment and control Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment Talking openly and honestly about your feelings Reducing distress, depression or anxiety Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation Getting practical advice or information about treatment options Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options. A call-in option for connection to a support group is also available, as many times the caregiver cannot leave their loved one. A person may call from any location with a telephone. Calls are toll-free and participants may remain anonymous if they wish. They are held: 1st Thursday of the month: 10 a.m. 1st Saturday of the month: 10 a.m. 4th Thursday of the month: 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call 701.258.4933. Alzheimers disease and other dementias are one of the few diseases which we have not found a cure for or a way to stop its progression. Research is making strides, but the escalation of its occurrence, as the baby boom generation ages, makes it crucial to find a solution for this disease.
Gail Pederson, RN is the nurse manager at The Legacy Place Assisted Living. She and Vicki Jackson are co facilitators for the Memory Loss Support Group in Valley City. For more information, please call Gail 490-2132 or Vicki 845-5667.

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Farm food safety class will help with Good Agricultural Practice
hoops. I have been neglecting this column in lieu of finishing a book project for the Tri-County Tourism Alliance. For that I apologize. In fact, I have been feeling so far behind in my duties that I had a dream on Monday night/ Tuesday morning that Nikki put a full-page By Sue ad in the paper stating my tardiness. Balcom While I do not for one moment believe I am that important to this newspaper, I thought, well, if she is willing to run my column, I am going to be more diligent about submitting it to her. With the cold and really cold weather we have been experiencing I am disappointed to report I am behind in my transplant seeding. There are seeds in the soil, but nothing has come up yet but onions. I have never grown onions before from seed and thought I would do it just for fun. Now they are doing well. So, I will get some peppers and tomatoes going here this week. Now, on to something closely related to growing your own vegetables farm food safety. FARRMS and the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture are hosting a class on Thursday, April 18 at Valley City State. It is open to anyone who cares about safe food. It is an intensive one-day course with a follow-up webinar on how to use a farm food safety plan to assist with marketing and selling food from your farm in particular vegetables and fruits. Participants will receive a certificate upon completing a farm food safety plan to the instructors. Cost of the class is $100, unless you agree to do something for the sake of

Farm to School in your community. Then the tuition is reduced to $40. Theres registration information at So why do we care about this? In the event that the federal government dictates that everyone needs to be GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) certified, farmers, food service, Extension and health unit employees will have an idea of what goes into a GAP plan. How farmers can prevent contamination of food by simply washing hands or using potable tested water on their fields. The more education about the subject that is out there, the more we can all feel comfortable about the food we eat. That means economic opportunity for farmers and good clean food for students in schools, restaurants and grocery stores. Next week, I will tell you a little bit about the local foods systems of the Germans from Russia in a time before electricity. While we all realize we cannot go back in time. We can move forward with a new and improved local economy that will breathe new life into rural North Dakota communities. Its a good thing as my friend Martha would say.


What in the World is Going On looks at solar energy

Solar energy in Valley City? Celebrate Earth Day by joining What in the World is Going On for a panel discussion about the potential for residential and business solar energy in Valley City and surrounding areas. Panel members will include Don Hoff from Valley City State University, Jack Hansen from Enterprise Sales, and Dave Schelkopf, City Administrator. Audience members will be introduced to the basics of solar energy and its relevance to living in the 21st century. Current issues with solar energy--including costs and regulations--will be discussed. A question and answer session will be included in the presentation, which will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 21, at Epworth United Methodist Church. The panel will be moderated by Dayne Zachirson, pastor at Epworth. Residents, business owners, teachers, students, and others who are interested in solar are invited to attend. The event is free of charge. What in the World is Going On? is a campus-community group organized for the purpose of addressing issues of local, national, and international importance. For more information call 845-7310.



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Registered nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide in-home services such as care after surgery, medication management, foot care, assessments, help with chronic disease management, dressing changes, and bathing. An environmental health practitioner from Central Valley Health District in Jamestown contracts to provide services in Barnes County. Among the services provided are sewer permits, consultations and inspections, radon test kits, hazardous materials inspections, abandoned buildings, mold and lead inspections, school inspections, and nuisance inspections (such as rodents).Other services available through CCHD include new mom/baby visits, breastfeeding consultations, family planning, and pregnancy testing. City-County Health also offers grantfunded programs such as WIC, tobacco cessation and prevention, and traffic safety.As Benjamin Franklin rightly observed, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prevention and public health programs keep our kids healthy and communities strong. In doing so, lives are saved and we all save money by cutting healthcare costs.For more information on any public health issue, please call City-County Health District at 701-845-8518.


Vaccinations for adults: Are you up to date?

eeping up to date on immunizations is one way we can do a good thing not only for ourselves, but for others that we love. Vaccines are one of the most successful and cost-effective tools for preventing disease and death. Thousands of people die, and many more are hospiBy Laurel talized each year, because of diseases such Thompson as whooping cough and influenza that could have been prevented by vaccination. Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the United States and the world, and with our mobile society it is vital that we keep our immunization rates high. We receive immunizations not only to protect ourselves, but also to protect the community and others who many not be able to be immunized, such as the very young and those who are extremely immune-suppressed due to conditions such as cancer. Vaccinations need to continue throughout our life span, not just during childhood. The specific vaccines you need as an adult are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccinations, but below are some of the most common and vital vaccines that are recommended for adults: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough): All adults need a one-time dose of Tdap vaccine. Adults can get the Tdap vaccine no matter when they received their last tetanus/diphtheria (Td) immunization. This vaccine is especially important if you will be around a newborn or infant child. Pregnant women should get the Tdap vaccine to protect themselves and their newborn babies from whooping cough.


Shingles/zoster: Adults 60 years of age and older need one dose of the shingles (Zostavax) vaccine, unless they have a weakened immune system. Pneumococcal or pneumonia: Adults 65 and older need a dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Adults younger than 65 years who have certain chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, or who smoke should also get the vaccine. Some individuals will need two doses. Seasonal flu (influenza): All individuals six months of age and older are recommended to get the flu vaccine every year. It is especially important for those with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and older adults. There are other vaccines that you may need, and some adults with specific health conditions should not get certain vaccines or should wait to get them. Insurance companies vary on reimbursement for vaccines, and there are programs available for some vaccines for individuals who do not have insurance. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be serious and sometimes deadly. Getting vaccinated is a safe and important step in staying healthy. Dont wait! Now is the time to update your immunizations. For more information contact your medical provider or City-County Health District at 845-8518. Laurel Thompson is a Registered Nurse with the City-County Health District. The YOUR HEALTH column is coordinated by Mercy Hospital.


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occurred in our state. While these statistics are all neat and tidy, it is the cost of caregiving for the person with dementia that I would like to focus on. That cost for family members who care for a person is not just monetary. The emotional and physical costs can be overwhelming. These unpaid caregivers, 28,000 people in North Dakota, provided 32 million hours of care. This is a value of 400 million dollars. These unpaid hours are taking a toll on the caregiver, as their own health care costs rise with the stress of the situation. Understanding both the physical and mental changes of their loved one is essential to ensure that the caregiver is able to provide the best care. This is where our local Alzheimers Association of MN/ND can assist. The regional office is located in Jamestown.




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VC Changes: For better or worse

By Lowell Busching Valley City, N.D. everal things have happened in downtown Valley City in the last week or two in my primary sphere of interest. I think By Lowell most people in the area are Busching aware of what they are, but for those who have not been past Winter Show Road recently while visiting Valley City, here they are: 1. Valley Fashions on Central Avenue in the former Penny Store building and across the street east from the Nearly Nu suddenly posted a large Going Out of Business sale. The savings at the start of the sale are already significant, up to 50% or more, and the owner has announced that the sale may last a month or two depending on how the inventory sells. This should be welcome news to anyone seeking to save money at a time when our local banks are paying next to nothing in interest on checking and so called high yield savings. Common safe CDs are not much higher. Thanks to the currently high stock market and other factors, some of the more risky, not federally protected, long-term investments still offer what the investment people consider to be reasonable returns. You pay your money and you takes your chances. You all probably still remember what happened during the last market crash. Does anyone but me still remember the good old days, when even a common relatively short-term CD was paying 10-15 percent? Now our banks can borrow money from the Fed for much cheaper rates, so why pay us more then a fraction of 1 percent on most accounts and only slightly higher on CDs ? 2. At the same time as we are losing another business in the downtown area and any action on potential new manufacturing or high tech business in the EDC sphere of influence on Winter Show Road or the Airport road area has slowed, there are a couple of positive things back in the downtown area. 2a. The Straus Mall building in the center of the downtown area on Central Avenue is showing continued signs of a new life by George Gaukler and partners. Attractive new awnings have been added to the outside walls as were often visible in old pictures of the downtown area both on and off



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Main and Central. In addition, work is progressing in the center of the Mall on the new elevator required under current rules for multilevel access for the handicapped. I hope local support will be given to the current owners of the Mall for their efforts and expense! 2b. Last, but by no means least, is the work on access windows on the second floor of Unique Antiques on Main near the VFW. Taking off the entire metal covering on the upper floors to revel the old stone work was not practical for several reasons, not the least of which was expense. The work is being done to gain access to windows of what will become a Guest House in downtown Valley City, to contain four bedrooms, a common kitchen area and bathroom(s). The original bar from the initial function of this building indicated at the top also exists. This designation as a Guest House, as opposed to a Bed-and- Breakfast, means the proprietor will NOT be serving you breakfast in bed or otherwise, but you can choose to go to the nearby restaurants or fast food places and breakfast you shall have. These rooms may be available by the time of the upcoming 50s reunion in Valley City this summer. If so, get your reservations in now at Unique Antiques. Convenient to the VFW, the Broken Spoke, Pizza Corner, Taco Johns, Jimmys Pizza and the Senior Center, and what shopping is still available, including our antique stores. New fire alarms and fire walls have been installed. It has been a long time since any short-term accommodations have been available in downtown VC! The downtown area supported several hotels at one time when VC was a business hub in the area. One of them was above the current VFW building next door. The rooms may still be there? You win some and you lose some. More will be heard from the EDC of their future plans in the outlying areas, I am sure. Hopefully they will give reports in the local media while obtaining more funds from the city. We can only hope. The original high-tech building on Winter Show Road still has plenty of room for expansion and use. It could make a wonderful Law Center, 911, or even City Hall but we will not hold our breath on that usage. In the meantime it remains largely unused. Pay a visit sometime. It is your tax money.

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HORTISCOPE: From 2 the plant alone to see if it heals or should I bandage, prop or prune it? Is there something I should have done already? This is a great, healthy plant. (e-mail reference) A: Well, you have the distinction of asking me a jade question that I never have had before! Based on what youve told me, I would suggest a soft bracing of the trunk to be on the safe side. This means that the attachment should not be inflexible, such as a twist tie. Use an elastic brace, such as a rubber band or budding rubber to hold the brace. Just out of curiosity, how on earth did a wild cat get into your house? Q: Last year there was a program on television on the preventive care for birch borers on two species of birch trees. We have one of each variety. Both are young trees. We wish to treat the soil around the tree to protect it. What is it that we put in the soil and surface around the tree? What dosage do we use and how far out from the trunk of the tree should we place it. We live in a small town, so I need to know the product name and where to buy it? Thanks for any help you can give us. (Burke, S.D.) A: The product is Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Insect Control, which also is known as Merit insecticide. It is a soil drench that is poured around the base of the tree in early to mid-April. Explicit instructions are included with the insecticide. Be sure they are carefully followed. Any garden center tuned into the 21st century should have it available. with aphids. This year it seems to be doing OK. I was wondering how I could tell if its an apricot tree. Do apricot trees normally produce sap? Is there anything I could do about the aphids if they come back this year? The tree has no signs of bearing fruit, but I think its too early. (email reference) A: Aphid control is best practiced with an application of dormant oil spray before the trees leaf out. If you were told it is an apricot tree, then you have to believe it until it bears fruit to prove otherwise. The sap that was annoying last year came from the aphid feeding activity. It will occur on any tree that is infested with aphids or other insects with piercing-sucking mouth parts. GADFLY: From 8 .... killed themselves over these things. What on earth is so morally wrong about two women being romantically involved? What reason does God have for subjecting me to this? Does the closet hide both gays and the inferior breed? There were a number of fascinating e-mails in response to the writer of the article. One referred to the Great Designer who screwed up and allowed gays to be born from the loins of Adam and Eve. Others wrote that if God checked us out and approved us in the womb, then any relationships coming from birth should be OK. Another writer made an interesting parallel: Well, I was born Irish. It affects how I behave. Some would even say that its in the blood, since I consider myself Irish long after my family left Ireland. Irish was once considered a genetically-inferior breed (The Brits had lovely little charts showing how the Irish and the Negroes were both more closely related to apes than the highly-involved English). You think being gay is intrinsically awful, but you dont think the same about Irish. But if I no more chose to be born Irish than gay, why should I be more ashamed of one than the other? Baptist preacher Howard Bess in his article The Bibles Vile Standards of Marriage really gets after the idea that, if it is in the Bible, it must be true. He writes: We all have in our minds eye the classic image of a preacher raising the Bible in hand and declaring that something is true because it is written in the Bible, the unchallengeable word of God. (In my mind is the image of the strutting, crying, and sinning Reverend Jimmy Swaggart waving his Bible high while swaggarting around a stage!) And it is not just preachers. Lay people often spout the same attitude. Yet, over the centuries, this attitude has led to advocacy of slavery, segregation of the races, subordination of women and corporal punishment for children. It is only when these Biblical teachings were set aside that justice prevailed. The latest such challenge to Biblical fundamentalism is the debate about same-sex marriage. Those who continue to insist on Biblical standards say the Bible should be the final word on who should marry and how. Leviticus is actually part of the Jewish Legal Codes concerning property Remember Solomon and his 700 wives and 300 concubines? This is what Leviticus is about. Men owned women and they could own as many as they could afford. Women were property during the time of Jesus. They were for sexual use and breeding stock. Polygamy was the standard for the rich. Their lives might be considered an abomination, with marriages arranged and they could be divorced with a simple goodbye. One of the great criticisms

of Jesus was that he consorted with the likes of prostitutes. Leviticus is often cited by thumpers as the reason for the abomination of homosexual sin. Although gays have been about eight percent of the population since cave-dwellers, the idea of same-sex marriage has only been around about 50 years. But the romantic love of hairy, bearded men for other hairy, bearded men and the romantic love of breasty women for other breasty women has been around for many centuries. Advanced societies have already dumped any idea of following Biblical marriages. Women are as active about choosing mates as men. Who arranges marriages any more? Maybe the rich but thats not marriage, thats an economic merger. Bess writes: The marriage relationship is seen as a partnership, not an owner/client arrangement. The need to formalize the attractions that we have for a loving companion will not go away. The Big Question: What will SCOTUS do? One could assume that the Supreme Court with five conservatives appointed by Republican presidents and four liberals appointed by Democratic presidents will end up in a 5-4 vote on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the California petition decisions. I dont think so. On one side will be the Tea Party favorites Antonin Scalia and his shadow Clarence Thomas. Samuel Alito sold out to corporations and the Christian Taliban almost at birth. Chief Justice John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy are the key. Both of these judge-politicians have a sense of history and know the same-sex tsunami is hovering over them. The Court is a rather curious mixture of marriage adventure and normality. Clarence Thomas married a white woman from Virginia in 1987. Until 1969, Virginia and a number of other states did not allow mixed race marriages! Will Clarence have the guts to vote for same-sex marriage when he has an other race marriage? Ruth Bader-Ginsburg was such a terrible cook her family banned her from the kitchen and her husband became the family cook. On the other hand, the irrepressible Scalia has fathered nine and has 33 grandchildren. Thats Vatican Roulette at complete rest. Justice Sonia Sotomayer had such a bad case of diabetes she decided as a teenager not to have children. She later married but is divorced. Roberts and his wife married at 41, so having their own children was iffy. They have adopted two. Elena Kagan is a spinster. Stephen Breyer is Jewish but married an Anglican woman and they have a daughter who is an Episcopal priest. Apparently Kennedy and Alito followed all the rules and have three and two children, respectively. Gee, that sounds like America!
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Q: Im working on an article for ways to spruce up or decorate a porch or balcony. The first thing that came to mind was plants and miniherb gardens. Could you offer any suggestions for hanging or standing plants and/or little herb gardens that will fare well in the Brainerd area and possibly would provide a splash of color? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! (e-mail reference) A: Herbs, such as lavender and hyssop, are colorful and attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Spreading flowers, such as wave petunias or ivy geraniums, are excellent for hanging baskets. There are flowers, such as portulaca and vinca, that do well in hot, sunny locations. I grew some diascia last year and was impressed with their staying power through the growing season. How about the chilly chili ornamental/ edible pepper? It is a colorful, prolific Q: I planted an Austrian pine years producer that can be eaten without the ago. It grew nicely last year and looks consequences of heat. ready to do even better this year. While Q: We planted 200 trees in 2005. researching its potential pests, I discovered it is not considered hardy for our Some are green ash. We are wondering area. Have I just been lucky the past if the trees should be pruned this spring. two winters? Also, are rabbits much of Some have begun spreading out because a pest to this particular pine? Ive had it deer have been nibbling in them. (Bisprotected, but as it is growing nicely, Ill marck, N.D.) A: Now would be a perfect time to have to expand the protection or just let prune to get them started on the shape it fend for itself. We sometimes do have a rabbit or two in the area. (West Fargo, you want them to eventually take. You need to do something to control the N.D.) A: You got the wrong information be- deer activity or else your best efforts will cause it is hardy to zone 3. With climate be wiped out. There are plenty of repelchange, that will improve. Enjoy and lents to select from. dont worry! Q: Is Canada green grass seed mixture a good variety to plant? (Fargo, N.D.) Q: I am renting a house in Concord, A: No, no and no! And this goes for Cali. The landlord who owns the house told me that we had an apricot tree in the Zoysia grass promos, as well, for all the backyard. The tree is very close to who want to ask me. the house and last year it was infested



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high school (9-12). Teams must have 16-24 members, with a minimum of five from each gender. If smaller schools wish to form a team, archers may participate up one grade division for team competition, but still be considered in their true division for the individual category. Small schools of 100 students or fewer (all grades combined) may also assemble teams from NASP schools in the same town, county or district. Schools that cannot form a team may register students for individual competition. Recognition will be given to the top placing team in each division, the top five males and females in each division, and the top scoring male and female regardless of division. Top scoring individuals are given early registration and receive priority in flights for the national tournament, held May 10-11 in Louisville, Ky. For more information regarding the tournament, schools should contact Jeff Long, NASP state coordinator, by email at, or call (701) 328-6322. To learn more about the archery in the schools program, visit the NASP website at nasparchery. com. Bighorn Sheep Auction Breaks Record North Dakotas 2013 bighorn sheep auction license sold for a record $75,000 at the

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or most corners of North Dakota, the 2013 winter has extended well beyond the calendar declaration of spring. Except for a few robins in the trees, Canada geese filtering in and the first pitch of major league baseball, spring By Doug has really struggled to win over winter. Leier Even on the first of April, the prospects for open-water fishing still seem weeks away, except on flowing rivers. Last year at this time, most waters in the state were already open. Whether youre extending the icefishing season or waiting for open water, we all need a new fishing license starting April 1. While fishing season in North Dakota never really closes, the licensing year runs from April 1 to March 31. There's no easier way to purchase a license than via the departments website, Beyond the convenience of purchasing from a computer or smartphone you can print extra licenses to place in your tackle box, wallet or glove box. If that's not enough, when youre still unable to locate your license, you can log back on and print another. It does not get any easier. Since North Dakota does not have a fishing season opener, you can head out any time the weather and your schedule allow. The license is the first step but you can add a few must haves to the list for just about any fishing trip, no matter the length. A few items, like rod, reel, bait, sunscreen and bug repellant will remain constant. Others will become specific to each trip, like the bait du jour for whatever elusive trophy youre seeking.

In addition to a list, align your expectations with an honest assessment of the outings potential. If you only have a couple of hours in the middle of a day to wet a line, just getting away from it all should put a smile on your face. Catching fish would be a bonus, not the primary mark of success. Even with moderately placed expectations, planning is critical, especially for extended excursions. My only advice is to check your list, prepare, then double-check everything twice. Careful preparation doesnt ensure your outing will run smooth, but it sure helps remove the human element from souring a fishing trip. For instance, something small like checking the air in the spare tire for your boat trailer can keep a flat tire on the trailer from letting the air out of an entire trip. Most veteran anglers have encountered their share of rainy weeks and uncooperative fish, even with what should be a fail-safe plan. All the more reason to make sure you enjoy your company, so you can carry on a conversation about days gone by when its a long time between bites. Finally, if your measurement of success is nothing short of a trophy fish, or a limit, youll often be disappointed. Its okay to return home empty handed, whether by choice, meaning youve released some fish you could have kept, or just because you didnt catch any. Determining how to best enjoy fishing time is not rocket science. As fishing season advances through spring and into summer, remember, each person sets his or her own standards. Its still possible to have a great day of fishing without catching a fish. And thats the way it should be.
Doug Leier, a biologist with the Game and Fish Department, grew up in Valley City. He can be reached by email:

March 23 Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation annual meeting in Bloomington, Minn. The previous high of $50,000 was set in 2007. In addition, a 5 percent conservation fee for all auction licenses generated an additional $3,750 from the sale of North Dakotas license. North Dakotas auction license allows the winning bidder the rare privilege of pursuing a North Dakota bighorn on a self-guided hunt. One hundred percent of the auction license proceeds are used to enhance bighorn sheep management in North Dakota. Since 1986, more than $1 million has been raised for wild sheep conservation through the sale of the license. Spring Turkey Opens April 13 North Dakotas spring turkey season opens Saturday, April 13 and continues through May 19. Hunters are reminded a 2013-14 hunting license is required, as last years 2012-13 licenses expired March 31. In addition to the spring turkey license, hunters must have a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate, and a general game and habitat license. Also, hunters ages 16 and older must possess a small game license, or combination license. All spring turkey licenses for 2013 have been issued. Upcoming Events: 13: Spring Turkey Opens 15-18: Advisory Board Mtgs

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a rarity among my lures. I reshaped and engineered the hooks and eyes into new streamers during the early morning hours throughout my vacation, making the most out of the pinches of bucktail to add color to the white fish hair synthetic I had purchased from the tackle shop. While the mackerel were never as fast and furious as they were on the first night of my vacation, when I did connect, they never failed to provide a rush of excitement as I joined new friends in fishing and set the hook into a new species on my fly fishing life listin our outdoors.
Nick Simonson grew up in Valley City.

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Gulf coast fishing: Mackerel on the fly

CRP workshop planned for landowners

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department invites landowners interested in qualifying land for the next Conservation Reserve Program general signup to attend an informational session held prior to the upcoming district advisory board meetings. Eight district advisory board meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. the week of April 15-18. At 6 p.m. before each meeting, Game and Fish along with other conservation partners, will discuss options with producers to enroll land for the CRP general signup May 20-June 14. A short formal presentation will begin at 6:30. Landowners who attend the CRP workshop are invited to stay for the advisory board meeting. Meetings are scheduled in Valley City, among other locations. A complete list of statewide advisory board meetings is available on the Game and Fish website, NASP State Archery Tournament The State Game and Fish Department invites all North Dakota schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program to register for the annual state tournament. The 2013 tournament is April 12-13 at the VFW Sports Center in Bismarck. Schools can enter teams and individuals in the following grade level divisions: elementary (4-6), middle (7-8), and



ounding over the hip-high waves, I flailed my eightweight fly rod wildly against the wind coming in off the Gulf of Mexico along the southBy Nick west shores of the SunSimonson shine State. Alongside me, Darby, a mom from central Florida, and the three boys from her vacation group fired off casts into the surf, loaded by the weight of their silver and gold spoons. I had joined them on the short jaunt down the shore after discussing fishing with the kids on the dock behind the condominium where both of our families were staying. Having grown up on Floridas southwest coast, she was knowledgeable and experienced with inshore angling, and made for a most unlikely - but much appreciated - fishing guide. SWEET TIME ON THE GULF COAST. The author unhooks a Definitely mackerel, she had ad- beat-up Clouser minnow fly from his first of several Spanish mackerel vised as I showed my shredded leader caught along southwest Floridas Gulf Coast.. (Submitted photo) to her just moments before I led the stuck tight in the corner of renewed charge into the water, with an extra-beefy twenty-pound monofilament tippet its mouth, which was filled SPRING IS JUST tied to the blue-over-white Clouser minnow at the end. with teeth running in a uniIndeed, the toothy fish were schooled up thick in the two- form up-and-down of white to-six foot deep water between shore and a pair of pelicans mountain peaks resembling patrolling the breakline just twenty yards out. A shout of those youd see in a childs excitement came from my left as the first young fisherman drawing. Less than a dozen connected with the small, but aggressive rocket-shaped strands of hair on the fly refish. Another followed as the group got into the thick of mained at their full length, the rest were buzz-cut down the school. I false-casted twice and landed the fly, which I had tied to the hook shank, a lopsided in the January cold some two months before and 2,000 mohawk and a testament to miles away, into a spot between two waves in the warming the mackerels menacing maw. March waters that allowed me to fish in board shorts and One after another, I tied on a t-shirt. No sooner did it hit the water than a whirl and the remaining intact streama splash followed up behind it. I stripped the line rapidly, ers, with brightly dyed pulling the fly away from the marauding fish that were bucktails like pink, orange, schooled up in front of the sandbar. On my third strip, the chartreuse and yellow over line went taught and I pulled down on it while jerking up the traditional white and on the rod. The hookset was solid and the battle was on. re-upped for another dash With the ebb and flow of the waves around it, the mack- into the water. All casts proerels energy surged up through the white floating line duced zealous and swirling and into my reel. I cranked on the handle and backed up strikes, some reduced my fly toward shore, reducing the depth advantage the fish held to ribbons and a couple cut against me until it slid sideways in the foam of the waves the thick line clean off, but as they washed along the shore. Tucking my rod under my I managed a few more fish arm, I grasped the sleek fish with the yellow green spots before my supply was exalong its side, glistening silver like the blade of a sword hausted and I returned back in the yellow sun. All muscle and bone, the fish wriggled to the vacation complex with mightily against my grasp with a force that belied its com- my new found crew, fishing guide and a first day pact size. What was left of my deer hair Clouser minnow was OUR OUTDOORS: 19






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