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May 31, 2018 Golden Valley News Page 3:: p Berger, Logosz some of North North Dakota is a special place. And one of the many reasons is be- cause we have one of the highest rates of military service in the coun- try. We understand the importance of service. Every one of us has a family member, friend, or neighbor who has served - and too many of us know someone who never came back This week that includes Memorial Day is a reminder to thank our serv- ice members and veterans for putting their lives on the line to keep our families safe, and to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. In a series of 13 speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate around the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, I told the stories of more than 160 North Dakotans who did not come home from the conflict. Their service and their lives mattered, and it was important to me to make sure we continue to honor them and talk about them. It was a privilege to speak with the families of these ser- vicemembers and hear them describe their loved ones. Carl Berger Jr. from Mandan was one of those service- members. Carl was the youngest of 13 chil- dren and grew up on the family farm, where he had fun herding sheep, cat- tle, and chickens. He liked working with his siblings in the fields, and he loved music. In high school, Carl played the French horn, a hard in- strument for anyone to master. Other Views By U. S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. N. D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl Carl's sister Marian said that Carl was a terrific uncle and a hard worker, and that carried over to his service in the Army's 25th Infantry Division. Carl's parents were ex- tremely proud that their son was serving his country, and they cher- ished their Christmas together before Carl shipped out in 1969 to Vietnam: When the news arrived from Viet- nam that Carl had been killed less than two months after starting his tour of duty, the family was devas- tated. Carl's funeral was held in the middle of a North Dakota blizzard, but the church was full nevertheless. He was 21 years old. Another story I shared on the Sen- ate floor was of Dave Logosz from Dickinson. Dave was drafted before he could start classes at NDSU. He had plans to become a mechanical engineer, but in Vietnam, his job was that of a sniper. Dave was injured more than once in Vietnam, but he did return home - the memories of his tough missions are still with him. A few years ago, Dave hopped on his Harley and drove from coast to coast. Dave's trip ended at the 'Viet- Dakota's best nam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C where he met up with over 68,000 other riders. While scanning the names and ranks on the wall that day, Dave hap- pened to spot a familiar name: Carl Berger. Dave was with Carl the day he was killed in Vietnam, and Dave carried his wounded friend off the battlefield. Dave was speechless, and he was overcome with emotion as he slid his hand along the carved gran- ite. But it gave him an idea. Inspired by his visit to the wall, Dave decided to build a veterans me- morial in Dickinson to remember those in Stark County who had hon- orably served their country. Now completed, the Stark County Veter- ans Memorial bears the names of those in western North Dakota who put their lives on the line for their fel- low citizens. Carl's named is carved into a special bench honoring the 25th Infantry. Carl and Dave are some of the best of our state. Their selflessness and patriotism are reminders to all of us that there are so many Americans who give so much of themselves for our nation. Memorial Day is a chance to pause, reflect, and recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of the country they loved. We visit gravesites, we place flowers, we say prayers, and, most importantly, we remember those who gave so much. Enticing doctors' spouses to small town "Well, the mayor has appointed us as the Commission to Attract a New Doctor," Harry "Butch" Wayssen an- nounced to the group gathered in the city library to deliberate. The fifth member, Marilyn Dosset, was late, waiting for her oatmeal-coconut cookies to finish baking. "My new friend, Dr. Erick, who has 50 years of experience as a small city doctor, tells me that that we have failed to recruit doctors because we have neglected the wives and if the wives don't want to live in a small town there is no hope of getting the doctor," Latimer Osgoode, the ACE hardware man explained "That sure makes a lot of sense to me," agreed Mac Bergenn, owner of Mart Barbers. "What should we offer wives of doctors to help them want to come to Sandburgg?" asked Latimer. "It seems that we have promised the prospective doctors everything from an open tab at McKillacuddies to free use of the golf course without success," mourned Harry Dunphee, the proprietor of the Main Street Pharmacy for the past 45 years. "We need to up the ante, as they say at Commercial Club meetings," offered Mac. "We haven't been thinking big enough." "What do you suppose would re- ally put a glow in a wife's eye?" asked Harry, now serving on his sixth commission to recruit a doctor. t "A stainless steel kitchen with the most modem robots," Harry contin- ued. "A stainless steel fridge, a stain- less steel stove, a stainless steel dishwasher, all equipped with the lat- est in electronics. That would be a wife's dream." "Before we get carried away," La- timer cautioned, "we better be careful because some women are insulted when men think of them as kitchen help." "Maybe the doctor's wife is a pro- fessional do-good and wants a com- munity life," Butch thought out loud. "Well, let's make her deputy mayor," proposed Harry. "It would- n't cost as much as a stainless steel kitchen." "If she's an animal lover, we could ask her to be Director of Ani- mal Affairs to head up a drive for a petting zoo, an animal farm, a dog park." At this point, Harry interrupted Butch's litany by adding "and horse races " Just then, Marilyn breezed into the room, gloating over her plate of warm delicious oatmeal-coconut cookies. Everyone in town agreed that they were the best, especially the four heavy consumers gracing the round table in the library. :- "Have you got the problem solved?" she asked as she took her chair at the table. Latimer was unable to talk as his mouth managed a sec-i ond and third cookie. So Harry spoke up. : "Well, I think we're well on the' way to success. We decided to do, more to make our town attractive to' the wives of doctors so we talked about a stainless steel kitchen, a so-< cial position in government and a di--' rector of animal affairs." "Have you thought of anything to, offer man spouses?" she asked. ' "Man spouses?," exclaimed Butch. "Yes, man spouses," she reiter-, ated. "Well, there can't be very many' man spouses," Mac said defensively:' "According to the University of. North Dakota Med School, half of, the students in medicine are women,'b Marilyn pointed out. "I imagine that' some of these lady doctors will be: married and will have husbands who~ won't want to go to a town withouf' an 18-hole golf course. So what are: you going to offer them?" "Do you suppose a man spouse, would be interested in a stainless' steel kitchen?" Mac asked. "Never can tell," Marilyn re-', sponded, taking the last cookie on the plate Revisitin futu of economics Revisiting yesterday is not a bad idea. In 2006, the Agricultural and Ap- plied Economics Association pub- lished a discussion regarding the future of beef in the Choices journal (Volume 21, No. 3. As a part of the series, author Michael Boehlje wrote the article "Economics of Animal Agriculture Production, Processing and Marketing," focusing on issues beef producers need to understand. I hope our understanding of the economics of beef production has in- creased in the past 12 years, which may be the source of our continued discussion. Do cow-calf producers who were producing cattle in 2006 understand the driving beef industry economic principles better today? Or do we de- fault to the myriad market analyses and informational numbers? Accepting the default may work, but the bottom line is things are get- ting bigge~ and more complex, and the associated advantages to individ- ual cattle operations vary from one neighbor to the next. Cattle produc- ers need to understand the principles to outpace the competition. Do we better understand? Are we aware of the new and old consumer trends worldwide that ultimately af- fect our bottom line? However, the same charts still are presented. The impact to local cattle produc- tion needs to be pulled out of the numbers and integrated within each cow-calf unit's future plans. The producer managing the unit has a lot to think about on a daily basis. Boehlje noted four items - reg- ulatory reform, meeting consumer desires, assuring open markets and product diversity - as critical. Still 12 years later, discussions are centered on those four topics. Some days, we seem to see quiet ac- ceptance, but industrywide, consen- sus still comes into question. And changes in the direction of govern- cattle numbered 2,072 in 1990, 2,170 in 2009 and 2,209 in 2017. A further review of the statistics reveals 152 feedlots had a capacity greater than 16,000 head in 1999, 260 in 2009 and 259 in 2017. The assumption is the trend in feedlots follows the same economic princi- ples of cow-calf operations. So maybe a practical influence does occur on leveling size as times change. Beef Talk By Kris Ringwall Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service mental policy can have an overnight impact. The bottom line: Economic prin- ciples are driving the industry. The Still, those lots that have a ca- decrease in cattle producers ulti- pacity of 16,000 head or more mar- n~ately comes down to a poor bottom keted almost 60 percent of the lhae. What drives: each expense will~ available calves in 1999 and 2009. Today, those lots market more than vary, but the sum of the expenses must be less than the sum of the in- 60 percent of the calves. Boehlje also noted the "four-firm come checks while producers live a concentration ratio" for cattle ex- desired lifestyle. That has not pressed as the percentage of the total changed, commercial cattle slaughter by the Value-added and process-verified four largest firms in an industry. In products are increasingly evident at 1980, the ratio was 28.4, and in the storefront, but the same eco- nomic principles of commodity pro- 2004, the ratio had risen to 70.9 for the cattle industry (USDA Packers duction apply. Competitive products within competitive markets sustain and Stockyards Statistical Report, February 2006). The ratio was at new and innovative beef production. 68.9 in 2006. Those processes or policies that en- I am not finding much change in cumber or add cost reduce competi- tiveness, while those processes and recent years. Opportunity is still policies that open borders and mar- present. The same trends are evident kets increase opportunity, in cattle feeding and harvesting, al- This still is a true statement: Beef though perhaps the trend is matur- is only one part of a very large food ing. In other words, cattle producers industry. As Boehlje noted, our in- are aware that the beef business is migrating to largeness. But the ques- dustry "continues to undergo major structural change due to rapid evolu- tion of when does large become too large has not been answered yet. tion in producer characteristics, One is probably not surprised worldwide production and consump- that smaller or midsized operations tion patterns, technology, size of op- eration, and geographic location." in all phases of the beef business These changes are not unique and struggle for competitiveness. But a beef cattle producers are not im- limit on size and competitiveness is out there somewhere. mune. The question today for producers The U.S. Department of Agricul- ture's National Agricultural Statistics tends to end with a thought of when Service Cattle on Feed reports indi- enough is enough. Economics of cate the U.S. had 104,072 feedlots in scale work as a feedlot adds pens, but for the cow-calf producer, the 1999. The number dropped to 82,170 in 2009 and 28209 in 2017. Feedlots answer is not so easy. with 1,000 head or more of market May you find all your ear tags. FSA County Committee nominations start June 15 The U.S. Department of Agricul- ture (USDA) encourages America's farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and repre- sent their community on their local county committee. USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members begin- ning Friday, June 15. Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to- day operations of FSA, making im- portant decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conserva- tion, emergencies, commodity price where the election is being held. loan support, county office employ- To be considered, a producer must ment and other agricultural issues, sign an FSA-669A nomination form. Producers can nominate them- The form and other information about selves or others. Check your local FSA county committee elections are USDA service center to see if your available atwww.fsa.usda.gov/elec- local administrative area is up for tions. All nomination forms for the election this year. Organizations, in- 2018 election must be postmarked or eluding those representing begin- received in the local FSA office by ning, women and minority Aug. 1, 2018. Visit farmers.gov for producers, may also nominate candi- more information. dates to better serve their communi- Election ballots will be mailed to ties. To be eligible to serve on an eligible voters beginning Nov. 5, FSA county committee, producers 2018. must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area Travel 2018 Tour Schedule 1 (800)446-2711 www.westpictravel.net info@westpictrovel, net MYSTERY TOUR MEDORA MUSICAL NASHVILLE July 5 - 8 August 22 - 24 October 10 - 19 CALGARY STAMPEDE NYC/WASHINGTON~ D.C BRANSON HOLIDAY July 12 - 18 Aug. 29 - Sept. 8 Oct. 31 - Nov. 6 YELI,OWSTONE PARK ALBUQUERQUE BRANSON VETS TOUR July "~0 -August 3 BALLOON FESTIVAL November 8 - 14 October 7- 14 Call or e-mail ~,~ /'or mvre in/br ~iion or h, book a tour/ DEADLINES The deadline for submitted copy and stories and all ad orders is noon on Fridays. Call 872-3755 or e-mail goldenandbillings @gmail.com. Dear Savvy Senior, What types of travel discounts are available to older travelers? 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Types of Discounts Here's an abbreviated rundown of some of the different travel discounts Please support your local merchants Van or Bus Service Billings County Golden Valley County Distance of 160 Miles CALL: 701-872-3836 Our board meets at 9:30 a.m first Tuesday of each month at 701 S. Central Ave Beach The public is invited! you can expect to find. Transportation: For airline travel, Southwest has fully refundable sen- ior fares to passengers 65 and older, and British Airways offers AARP members $65 off economy travel and $200 off business club travel. Amer- ican, United and Delta also offer sen- ior fares in certain:markets but ~e extremely limited: - * ' For traveling by train, Amtrak provides a 10 percent discount to travelers 65-plus, and a 10 percent discount to passengers over age 60 on cross-border services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada. Greyhound bus lines also offers a 5 percent discount to passengers 62 and older. And most car rental com- panies offer 10 to 25 percent dis- counts to customers who belong to membership organizations like AARP or AAA. Hotels: Many U.S. hotels offer senior discounts (at varying ages) usually ranging between 5 and 15 percent off. For example, Marriott offers a 15 percent discount to trav- elers 62 and older at over 4,000 loca- tions worldwide. And Wyndham hotel group offers 60-plus guests best available rate discounts. Restaurants: Some restaurant chains offer senior discounts, ranging from free drinks, to senior menus, to- discounts off your total order. Na-.! tional chains that offer these deals in-, elude Burger King, Chili's,< Chick-ill-A, Dunkin Donuts, Golden Corral, IHOP and Wendy's. Offers.' can vary by location. Cruses: Royal Caribbean and Car=~ nival Cruise lines offer discount rates~ to cruisers 55 and over. Entertainment and Attractions: Most movie theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums; pubtici gc4f courses and~ even ~kl slopes pro.vliJe reduced ad- mission to seniors over 60 or 65. If you're 62-plus, you're also eligiblrl for the "Senior Pass," which provides" a lifetime entry to 2,000 national' parks and recreation sites. You can' obtain this pass in person at one of' the federal recreation sites for $80, oi online for $90 at Store.usgs.gov/se- nior-pass. To look for other travel discountsi on the go, download the Sciddy app, i at Sciddy.com. This app lets you search for senior discounts and can send you alerts when you're at an es- tablishment that offers them. ;, Send your senior questions to3 Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Nor- man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySe,~ nior.org. 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