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August 13, 2009 Page 3 OPINION Invisible strangeness in a pasture Hello, Remember a few years ago? I told you about the medi-dart. It was " a bow and arrow deal for giving cat- tle shots. I mean it was shades of the old west, with a long bow. an arrow filled with vaccine, and it was excit- ing. We gave shots to cattle that had foot rot. We gave shots to cattle that had pneumonia. We gave shots to cattle that had shipping fever. We gave shots to cattle that were sick two years ago. We gave shots to cat- tle that might get sick in the next two years. Shirley finally hid the bow. This year, with all the moisture, we had a lot of foot rot. Now, for you city folk, foot rot is like athletes foot, only deeper. And it spreads fast. A little antibiotic and a little iodine will usually clear it up. The normal procedure is to just go out and rope the calf, or the cow, or the bull. And doctor it. But as I get older and fatter, this gets harder. It is a well known fact, that a calf that can barely walk on three legs... " It is well known when a fat guy tries " to rope him, that calf can run faster ' than he could when he wasn't lame. '. And as I get older, I see more " washouts, holes, and mole hills than I used to. So, I was searching for an answer. And I remembered the medi-dart. I called the company. They had a new deal. An improve- ment on the long bow. It was a crossbow. I was so excited I wet my pants. Which happens more often as I get older. I ordered the crossbow and wait- ed by the mailbox. Shirley went to town and got the medicine. One shot to knock them down. One shot to cure the foot rot. The crossbow came and we jumped on the fourwheeler. Shirley, near you Hat Tips By Dean Meyer But, really, how many of you have ever tried to shoot an arrow filled with thirty cc's, off a four-wheeler going thirty miles an hour, across prairie dog towns, and mole hills? At a critter scared to death. With two dogs joining the chase and your wife screaming. Jen, and I. Oh yeah. and Shadow and Ardly. Ardly is Shadow's broth- er. It is short for Canardly. You canardly tell what breed he is. Three people, a bag full of medicine, a crossbow, two-anows, two dogs. a wire stretcher, wire, fencing plier. water jug, and two catch ropes. The four-wheeler was loaded. I sat down in the pasture to assemble the bow. I didn't need directions. They were the first thing I threw away. If those guys a thou- sand years ago could build a cross- bow from nothing, I'm pretty sure I could build one out of pieces in a box. Wrong. But that's not the story. The box also included a practice an-ow and a target. I discarded that right away. We had cattle to doctor. We drove out to the pasture, loaded the arrow, cocked the bow. Sat Shirley and the dogs up on the hill to watch the operation' from afar. Kind of like someone to record the battle for posterity. I decided I should drive and Jen should shoot. Cause it was rough and 1 didn't trust her driving. We started by easing down to the herd. We could drive up to every calf. Every calf except the lame ones that we had been roping at for a week. They were a little shy. So, what should we do'? What could we do? We put the forty-mile an hour sneak on them. I would go through the herd wide open and scream at Jen to shoot the black calf. Trouble is they were all black. I told her to shoot them in the round steak. And she tried. She tried. But. really, how many of you have. ever tried to shoot an arrow filled with thirty cc's, off a four- wheeler going thirty miles an hour, across prairie dog towns, and mole hills? At a critter scared to death. With two dogs joining tl~e chase and your wife screaming. We got off six shots the first hour. One hit a cow in the ear. One hit a cow in the spine. One killed a duck that was flying by. And one gave a perfectly good cow an injec- tion in the neck. And one kind of nicked Shirley. That didn't go over real well. But we are not done yet. We have ordered a load of cake to feed the cows so they slow down a little, And I am building a camouflage deal to fit over the four-wheeler. With leaves and trees and little cow decoys. The whole works. So if you see something strange in a pasture near you. don't worry, it's not me. We'll. be invisible. Later, Dean Searchi ................... n g fo us es of binge drinking North Dakota's ranking as No. 1 in binge drinking should come as no surprise when the state also ranks No. 1 in underage drinking. Drinkers are just graduating upward. Neither should it'be a surprise that North Dakota's universities are hav- ing problems with drinking and that the University of North Dakota ranks among the nation's top 20 party schools. Considering our reputation for being a state of con- servative Norwegians and Germans, it is difficult to accept the idea that we have become a bunch of hard- drinking Bohemians. We can't blame the Irish because there aren't enough of them to drive up the mnkings, although it wouldn't take very many. Maybe it's the geography: The stark landscape tuns for miles and miles with a population density of .7 per- sons per square mile and only an intermittent tree. We don't need to go interplanetary for space - it's all right here. All of this distance could cause a loneliness that cries for the false comfort of a bottle. Then there's the weather, especially the 10 long months of brutal winter. Then two months of dubious summer that are noth- ing but a respite between blizzards, ice storms and power outages. There seems to be a plausible excuse for year-around drinking. How about town loyalty? In scores of dying small towns, l.ong after the churches have been closed and the restaurants have been boarded up, the last surviving business is the bar. Usually, there are three stalwarts determined to pre- serve the last of the business district by hanging on the bar nightly to keep that red neon Hamm's sign blinking to let the world know that this town is not dead. For them, binge drinking is a civic duty. Another possibility is our agricultural economy. We don't know the occupational breakdown of the big drinkers but farmers are likely suspects. They have to cope with the vagaries of weather, local bankers, rollercoaster markets, expensive machinery and government programs. To escape the uncertainties of farming, they run to the local pubs. Maybe it's parenting. There isn't any. Otherwise kids wouldn't be drinking when they get home from kinder- N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl Finally, there's the state legis- lature. It gets blamed for every- thing else so we might as well lie binge drinking at its door because it coddles the alcohol industry. In the last session, legislators passed a law to stop the trafficking of stolen beer kegs but did nothing to curb trafficking of alcohol to under- age drinkers. That tells us something about priorities. garten. With both parents working and home refrigerators stocked with booze, kids get home from school early and have a quick one on the house. We are guilty of a pervasive permissiveness. Finally, there's the state legislature. It gets blamed for everything else so we might as well lie binge drinking at its door because it coddles the alcohol industry. In the last session, legislators passed a law to stop the trafficking of stolen beer kegs but did nothing to curb trafficking of alcohol to underage drinkers. That tells us something about priorities. Maybe binge drinking is a consequence of our cul- ture. We're individualists to the core and we don't want the legislature or anyone else telling us what to do, even when we become a hazard to ourselves and everyone else in the community. Sunday downpour The clouds seemed to "open up" as they say, and rain soaked the area on Sunday, Aug. 9. Above, rain pours from a roof along Central Avenue in Beach. (Photo by Richard Volesky) Transformers The following are cases closed in Southwest District Court in Billings County in July: Speeding: Gregg M. Dahle. Carpio: Bradley W. Celander, Watford City; Cary R. Garmann, Watford City; Julie K. Thilmony, Billings, Mont.; Gerard Dubois, Williston; Ryan D. Brauch, Longmont, Colo.; Corin A. Zapf, Sauk Rapids, Minn.; James P. Gregory, Helena, Mont.; Tatli L. Danelson, Minot; Ryan L. Harvey, Belle Fourche, So. Dak.; Kayleen M. Obritsch, Fairfield: Steven D. Eggleston, Keizer, Ore.; Byron D. Possum, Hope; Neal P. Mahoney, Williston; George Chambers Jr., Torrington, Wyo.; Tony L. Trawitz, Beavertown, Penn.; Shawn M. Melland, Watford City; David H. Spence, Canby, Ore.; Kyle W. Warren, Fairview, Mont.: Delton L. Hoff; Dickinson; Rhonda K. Etzel, Dickinson; Martin L. Schaff, St. Anthony; Robert W. Harms, Bismarck; Mary I. Layman, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Brian P. Ktevgaard, Valley City; Jodi M. Johnson. Donnybrook; Mark A. Dettling, Watford City; minor Williston; Jay K. Stockdill, Plentywood, Mont.; Roger Thomas, Sidney, Mont.; Kori L. Berdahl, Gillette, Wyo.; Timothy D. Hynek, Denver, Colo.; Lois M. Salveson, Bismarck; Garth L. Campbell, Basalt, Idaho; Jesse D. Ekman, Meridian, Idaho; Patricia A. Bollinger, Sterling; Speeding: Mathew J. Hickey, Mendota Heights, Minn.; Steven M. Erickson, Williston; Jennifer C. Petersen, BeCker, Minn.; Tiffany M. Alexander. Rapid City, So. Dak.; Zachary S. Iverson, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Lance E. Hackewich, Regina, Sask. Canada; Raymond R. Nelson, Gillette, Wyo.; Robert E Panvini, Los Gatos, Calif.; Amanda K. Berger, Richardton; Jeremy J. Slater, Williston; John P. James, Dickinson; Kevin M. Kessel, Belfield; Jennifer R: Sieg, Bismarck; Kevin E, Sondrot, Watford City: Rena J. Greaves, Williston; Patience L. Hurley, Mandan; John D. Mitchell, Arlington Hts. Ill.; William D. Newhouse, Rapid City, So. Dak.; Jennifer K. Danielson, Greeley, Colo.; Steven M. Vangen, Ham Lake, Minn.; David S. Komandosky, Taylor, Texas; Daniel H. Lindstrom, Mankato, Minn.; 281 E MAIN - BEACH ND 701-872-4362 Pull Bingo Black Jack Tabs Verna Tosner- $50 LiveFriday&Saturday Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pm-lam Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5: 30 -6: 30pm Organizers estimate | reunion attendance By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter Seven hundred twenty adults signed the guest registration books at the school reunion registrations during the Beach Centennial Celebration & All School Reunion last month, according to Judy Ridenhower, a reunion organizer. Ridenhower said approximately 1,360 people attended the lunch that was a part of the event. Total attendance during the weekend is estimated at 1,400 to 2.000, said Ridenhower. Most local residents didn't reg- ister to attend. Prize winners announced by foundation Here are the winners from the Golden Valley County Community Foundation booth: Makense Mattern, Beach, Centennial bronze coin set. Amanda Bieber, Fairview, Mont., Centennial cookbook. Andrew F. Neitzel, Menomonie, Wisc.; Donald R. Beckman, Belfield; Scan L. Stroud, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: John H. Kelly, Pembina; Charles R. Dearhamer, Bozeman, Mont.: Edward L. Braun, Belfield: Speeding: David H. Klingbeit, Mesa, Ariz.; Jacqueline F. Sundaes, Rockwell, Texas; Nicole ~i~t:/Wolla, Dickinson; Brandon L. i Dickinson; Jerri J. Adams, Belfield: Joseph M. Snider, Jr.. Fort Yates; Todd W. Lundquist, Dodge; Bryon Bohnet, Williston; Devin D. Polson, Alexandria, Minn.; Larry N. Anderson, Rutland; Kristi L. Burns, Baker, "Mont.; Arlon W. Franz, Sidney, Mont.; Isaiah Lutes, Bowman; Kevin K. Kruckenberg, Mandan; Wanda L. Litzad, Park Rapids, Minn. Jared R. Labere, Bismarck; Edward F. Scott, Wellpint, Wash: Larry W. Schapp, Watford City; William H. Maisey, Williston; Joan E. Eldridge, Fairview, N.D.; Jared L. Lurid, Williston. Failure to Merge for Authorized Emergency Vehicle: Thomas Nelson, Dickinson; Wilbur Knoll, Ashley. Care required in Operating a Vehicle: minor, Belfield Failed to Display Current Registration, Plates, Tabs: Brian L. Bucknmn, Belfield: Johnny A. Hershberger, Knox, Penn, Overtook Vehicle on Right when Prohibited: Matthew Ewoniuk, Belfield Operator Failed to Wear a Seat Belt: Russell L. Steier, Dickinson: Zachary J. Praus, Dickinson; Crysthella R. Griego, Richardton; Janice C. Ford, Quinton, Okla. Letters to the editor The Golden Valley News and Billings County Pionner welcomes letters to the edi- tor. The letters must include the author's signature, address and phone number for verification of author- ship. Mail them to: Golden Valley News/ Billings County Pioneer PO Box 156 Beach, ND 58621 We reserve the right to shorten letters, edit out factu- al errors and reject those deemed libelous, in poor taste or of a personal nature. We will not run letters from the same author two weeks in a row. All opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent the opinions of The GVN or BCP Overtook Where Prohibited: Donald R. Schulz, Jewell, Iowa Driving Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs: Brent A. Feldman, Sentinel Butte Driving While License Privilege is Suspended: Steven M. Erickson, Williston Hunting Big Game Out of Season: Jaden W. Adams, (6 counts), Belfield; John R, Koester (12 counts), Sentinel Butte: Shawn L. Hiller, (one count), Medora; Billy L. Buckman (10 counts), Belfield Taking Big Game with Artificial Lights: Jadeu W. Adams, (6 counts), Belfield; John R. Koester (12 counts), Sentinel Butte; Shawn L. Hiller (1 count), Medora; Billy L. Buckman (10 counts), Belfield Driving Without Liability Insurance: Richard E. Hintz, Jr., Dickinson; Johnny A. Hershberger, Knox, Penn. Possessi0n/Consumption of Alcohol by Person Under 21: Dusty J. Rixen, Richardton' (Ages and names of cited minors involved in traffic stops, although licensed drivers, are no longer provided by the court sys- tem. Ages of others are also not Golden Valley News P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. No. 221-280) Staff: Richard Volesky, editor, reporter, advertising and office manager; Jane Cook, Office and news assis- tant; Ellen Feuerhelm, news and office assistant. The Golden Valley News is published each Thursday, 22 Central Ave., Suite 1, Beach, ND 58621 by Nordmark Publishing, Rolla, ND. Periodicals postage paid at Beach, ND and additional mail- ing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Golden Valley News, P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621. 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