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January 5, 2012 Page 3 New year will bring more challenges for state It's hard to believe another year has come and gone. Looking back on the past year it's remarkable the changes we have seen in North Dakota especially in the western part of the state. The year 2011 is going to go down in the history books as one of the most challenging and rewarding years our citizens have ever had to face. We started the year with record snowfall and bitter cold. Icy, dan- gerous roads were something to deal with every Friday and Sunday as I made my way to and from Bismarck for the legislative ses- sion. The memories of being stranded on 1-94 for 11 hours (along with over 800 other motorists) are still fresh in my mind. I thought the worst was behind us driving home from Bismarck after the Legislature adjourned the end of April. The day was sunny and warm, the green grass was just starting to peek through, and I was wondering if it was too early to start my garden. A day later we were trying to move cows and new calves against a 50 mile an hour wind in one of the worst blizzards I've ever seen. Thank God for my wonderful fami- ly and generous neighbors! A lot of cattlemen lost both calves and cows that had been turned out to spring pastures after fighting muddy cor- rals and shrinking hay piles. The snow finally turned to rain and it rained and rained. Record flooding took out over 4,000 homes in Minot, Bismarck-Mandan looked like a war zone with mountains of sand bags, and many of our state highways washed out including Highway 22 that caused unprece- dented oil traffic to be diverted onto Highway 85 and 200. Impassable roads all over the state became commonplace. As the year progressed our con- tinuing oil boom broke all existing records and new production records continue to be set every month ... 13.9 million barrels of oil each month ... that's nearly 500,000 bar- rels per day. Not only are our oil and gas taxes generating more income for our state coffers, retail activity is up 39 percent statewide and for the first time WiUiston's tax- able sale, for the last fluarter of the year exceeded Fargo's. Capitol Report By Shirley Meyer State Representative, District 36 Farmers hoping for a bumper wheat crop that had looked so good from the road all year had to settle for poor yields and weaker than expected prices. Ranchers enjoyed one of the best hay crops they have ever had along with calves bringing record prices. The last few months of 2011 brought thousands of new faces into our communities. Dealing with housing shortages, infrastructure challenges, lack of an available workforce, and social issues have kept many legislators and local offi- cials busy trying to come up with workable solutions. I'm predicting that 2012 will continue to have many if not more challenges. Our infrastructure con- tinues to fall behind, in spite of record road construction. On the federal level, the passage of H.R. 2112, as the U.S. House amended it, will cause a loss of over $115 mil- lion in highway funds that would have been used to repair roads and bridges in the flood areas such as Devils Lake. At a time when North Dakota is giving up so much of our way of life to contribute to the ener- gy supply of our nation, this loss will really hurt. H.R. 2112, as it was passed by the Senate, had a provi- sion that would have eliminated the $I00 million dollar cap per an event. This was huge for North Dakota because we had two events that have exceeded the $100 million threshold - Devil's Lake and the statewide flooding. If the Senate version of HR 2112 had passed, North Dakota would have received federal funding to address for those repair costs exceeding the $100 million event cap. The House version did not include a waiver for Devils Lake and spring runoff. Based on the final language, North Dakota will have to come up with $115,900,000 in expenses. This could potentially delay the completion of major high- way construction projects or post- pone other road projects. Roc Doc By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters Cook' s Corner By Jane M. Cook 00mzed00 Many hel ped with a difficult 2011 To the editor: While 2011 will long be remem- bered as the year the mighty Mouse River left a permanent mark on thousands of residents and homes in the city of Minot, it will also be remembered as the year where tens of thousands of North Dakotans stood up for a neighbor in need. As many of you know, by the time the Mouse River crested on June 26, it had risen to a level near- ly 4 feet above its 130 year-old record. In a single month, the amount of water that flowed through the Mouse River was equal to the total annual flow record from 1976. Truly an enor- mous, unprecedented amount of water. In our time of need, many organizations from across our great state and region stepped up in the true spirit of volunteerism and charity. The list of individuals and groups is simply too long to men- tion, but please know that your service and kindness will never be forgotten. It's obvious, recovery from a disaster of this magnitude doesn't happen overnight, within a year or even five years. So, there will like- ly come a time in the future when the city's residents will look to family, friends and complete strangers for a helping hand. Local charities have raised mil- lions of dollars. The state of North Dakota helped fund the flood fight and planning for future flood pro- tection. And our delegation in Washington has helped secure emergency funds for rebuilding and flood protection. The people of Minot have picked ourselves up as quickly as anyone can after a disaster. We've gotten to work rebuilding. And we couldn't have done it without your help. Curt Zimbelman Minot mayor Call Us Now! ask for Wan...__e SUlagiior Slloeliils el Now said than In-House A Piece/of the Past People pose fora photo in front of the M.L. Russ General Merchandise Store in Beach in this undated photo. The woman at the far right is Florence Russ, while the others aren't identified. (Photo Courtesy of the Golden Valley County Historical Society) Corn growers urged to participate in survey BISMARCK - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is asking corn growers to participate in a statewide, online survey on the extent of pheasant damage to their crop. "The survey results will help determine whether a Section 18 emergency exemption is needed in 2012 allowing corn growers to use Avipel to repel pheasants," Goehring said. "The results to determine whether the use is needed statewide or just certain parts of the state." The online survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/COR NGROWERS. It is open to all North Dakota corn growers and will close on Jan. 31,2012. Producers without Internet access should call the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at (800) 242-7535 to submit their information. The survey contains 12 ques- tions, including percentage of corn acres affected by pheasants: where the damage normally occurs, and the impact of pheas- ants on yield. Here's to promising resolutions How many of you make New Year's Resolutions? OK, now, how many of you keep them? I used to make them, with all the good inten- tions that come with it, only to have them forgotten, given up. or tram- pled by the wayside almost as soon as the New Year began. Then I got to wonder, exactly what does "resolution" mean? So I looked up a few of the synonyms (words that mean the same in case some of you have forgotten your school days of English class and all the fun we used to have of knowing what adverbs, conjunctive sen- tences, subject and predicate parts of the sentences were ... OK. I think you get the drift of things. Actually that last part about predi- cates sort of scared me, wasn't one of my best subjects in English). Anyway, here are few words that mean basically the same - we have: vow, promise, declaration, pledge, oath, undertaking, decree, resolve, and decision. All of which could be used instead of resolution. As a matter of fact, maybe if we made a New Year's Vow, we might be able to keep it, though that sounds awfully solemn. OK, how about a New Year's Decree? Hmm. Nope, sounds too much like "it's the law ..." Let's try New Year's Promise. But so many promises seem to get broken, so let's try New Year's Declaration. Urn, no, I don't think so; sounds a lot like the Fourth of July thing. Maybe if we made a New Year's Pledge'? Except that sounds like something you dust with. How about undertaking? Sounds like too much to do with a funeral home. All right, let's go with oath? Or how about a New Year's Resolve? Maybe a New Year's Decision would work better. Hmm. As a mat- ter of fact, I think that's exactly what it should be. So here is my New Year's Decision: I firmly resolve to pledge that I will prom- ise and vow, in my undertaking to make my oath that I hereby decree that 1 will never make another New Year's Resolution! 00AC" 00EGION CLUB O I 281 E MAIN - BEACH ND 701-872-4362 Pull Bingo Black Tabs No.on, ss0 Jack 12//20/11 Live Friday & Saturday iii Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pm-lam Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm [00ats are decent little souls The more we learn about ani- mals, the more complex and inter- esting is the behavior they exhibit. My faithful mutt-from-the-pound, a dog named Buster Brown, impress- es me from time to time with com- plex behaviors aimed at getting what he wants out of me. Most peo- ple who live with animals can tell you a tale or two of diabolical - or thoughtful - animal behavior they've witnessed. But even knowing all that, a recent study on lab rats took me by surprise. The research makes it clear that rats empathize with one another and will actively work to help one another. Here's the scoop that was recent- ly published in the prestigious jour- nal Science. The work was done by Peggy Mason of the University of Chicago with the help of col- leagues. Imagine two rats in a cage, rats that have lived together and thus know each other. The scientists took one rat and trapped it in a Plexiglas tube. The trapped rat didn't like that, enough so it would make a sound to signal its distress. The other rat, the one that wasn't trapped, would scurry over to the plastic tube, biting it and interacting with the trapped rat through small openings in the tube. The tube had its complexities. Part of it was a trigger that would open the door to the tube, releasing the trapped rat. At first the free rat came on that trigger only by acci- dent, but it would learn the trick and release the trapped rat quickly after it understood the scheme. (The free rat would do all this only for a trapped friend, so to speak, not for a toy rat in the tube.) You might think the free rat did all the work involved in freeing its companion because it wanted its playmate for selfish reasons. To test that possibility, the researchers also set up the tube so that it released the trapped rat to another cage. Even under those conditions, the free rat would still work to aid the trapped one - which seems to be pretty altruistic behavior. Next the scientists researched just how strongly those altruistic feelings were in the free rat. They did that by putting two clear plastic traps in a cage. One held.the trapped rat, the other held chocolate chips. (Yup, I guess rats like a nice choco- late high as much as we do.) The free rat in the cage would work to open both traps. In doing so, it meant the free rat would have to share the chocolate with the for- merly trapped rat. That behavior is awfully impres- sive. Some humans, after all, might not release a trapped comrade until after they had consumed all of the chocolate to be had (at least if it was the super-dark, good stuff). But the impressive behavior shown by a rat is just that - a behav- ior. It's still impossible to really know what the free rat was feeling or thinking. "'I think it's extremely unlikely that the rat has the same conscious experience (of decision making) that we do," Mason said to National Public Radio. But it's also awfully clear that rats are social, empathetic, and even self-sacrificing little individuals. That's a far cry from the image we have of rats that lies behind our calling someone we detest "a rat." Scientists will now repeat the same study elsewhere to see if they get the same results and start to expand on the work that's been done. One point of research may be to test how the free rat in the sce- nario would respond if the trapped rat were a stranger, not a familiar cage-mate. It wasn't so long ago that scien- tists assumed only primates had complex emotions and were capa- ble of the sorts of behaviors seen in the rat study. McGill. University's Jeffrey Mogil has done studies on mice and is impressed by the recent findings about rats. But he says we shouldn't be surprised to find com- plex and empathetic behaviors in animals other than primates. "Behaviors have to come from somewhere," he said to National Public Radio. "And so it would be almost absurd to expect not to see some sort of simpler form of human sociabilities in other animals." (Dr. E. Kirsten Peters', a native of the rural Northwest, was trained as a geologist at Princeton and Harvard.) Grain Dealers to celebrate 100 years The North Dakota Grain Dealers Association will hold its Centennial Convention & Industry Show at the Fargo Holiday Inn Jan. 15-17. Approximately 1900 people are expected for the event, consisting of grain elevator managers, farmers, grain industry personnel, suppliers and spouses. The meeting includes educational sessions, business meet- ings, and a trade show of 82 compa- nies providing products and services to the grain industry. Program topics include reflections on the past, safe- ty and health topics and preparing for an OSHA inspection. The association is governed by a 9-man board of elevator managers from around the state. The current board president is Paul Lautenschlager, Beach. The organization reached its 100th birthday on May 23, 2011. Its first convention was held in Valley City on March 13-14, 1912. Bismarck, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot have hosted conventions Since then. The associ- ation's office was in Jamestown and Grand Forks before moving to Fargo in the late 1930s. In addition to the annual convention, activities of the Association include: a safety and health program of elevator inspec- tions and employee safety training, an Educational Foundation provid- ing scholarships and grants, a self- funded health trust, an insurance agency for writing grain warehouse bonds, an annual directory of all ND grain elevators, a monthly magazine and other informational communica- tions, affiliation with the National Grain and Feed Association, Agri Insurance In00. ! Term Life Insurance Universal Life Insurance Fixed Annuities Index Annuities IRAs Long-Term Care Ins. Bruce Ross 110 Central Ave. South, Beach, ND (701) 872-4461 (officc) (Across from Bank of the West) (701) 872-3075 (home) The .Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I 4