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J. community leaders. There are so many SERVING THE MONDAK REGION SINCE 1908 -- Kelly Miller Publisher COMMENTARY Asmall lesson in small-town journalism BY AMY VENN fter receiving a rather aggressive “Letter to the Editor” last week, it came to my attention that perhaps some readers have a misinterpretation I of What community journalism means. Not only is it my responsibility to provide consistent, clear coverage of local events, but it’s also my job to inform the public as to why their small-town newspapers matter. There’s a lot of misconceptions about what a paper like the Sidney Herald does. We don’t cover POTUS, Supreme Court rulings or other national headlines. What we do cover is city hall, crime, local economy stories, city council, local school board, agriculture, school clubs, city committees, community action groups and many other happenings around town. We don’t report on state events occurring in Helena if they aren’t pertinent to this community. There are other much larger and more wide-spread AY VENN “ publications inMOntana that cover those militias if that is What is desired. However, our topic areas are much more focused. began my career ‘ f " git’s. been an eye- ‘ ,f g ’ “‘f‘ I'-‘Wo‘rked " Kin thixy ', -’ ’tl‘iroug college _= ’ “studies, no‘on'e prepared me for the delicate balance between being both a community figure and the resident watchdog. It’s a job I take seriously and I hope that’s reflected in every story in every edition we print. « In all the communities I’ve covered I have found these Wonderful pockets of passionate, capable, dedicated \_\\_\ gems here in Sidney serving their community. in elected an non-elected positions. ‘I point this out from a-place of respect, because at the end of the day, a largepart of what I do is keep an eye on what they’re doing. I attend the . samemeetings they do and'summarize thoseoften long conversations into nice, neat articles for the public to consume. It might not be glamorous, but I find it incredibly gratifying. In a world without the power of the press, too many government entities would go unchecked. That’s not to say I believe people in such positions are corrupt or bad-intentioned, quite the opposite. But I do think when any adult human is left to their own devices for too long, quality slips and goals shift. Historically, unquestioned governments have led to disastrous circumstances. Not everyone is going to agree with me about the importance of small-town journalism and I’m fine with that. I can plead my case, make my points and the rest is ultimately up to the readers to decide if I’m full of it or not. But this job isn’t easy and it’s a platform that is open to constant public criticism. In the end, all I can do is provide honest, transparent, concise coverage of the community and hope it will be well- received. Whether or not a reader thinks our publication is worth $1.29 per edition is hardly at the top of my priority list, because I"know the service we provide here is worth much more than that. A world without newspapers is not a world anyone should want to live in. I’m in this industry because I love it. My goal is week by week, you will all learn to love it too. Readers, send us your letters to the editor at edit0r@ A sidneyheraldcom .. M...»- 4-—-waw...”.....,,..,__,,,,,_...W .» ‘av STEVE snow": aybe it’s just the weather but this Memorial Day seems to have been unusually somber this year. It’s been cloudy and dank hereabouts, and it seems people’s moods reflect the weather. Memorial Day is always a somewhat somber occasion, it is after all a day to remember our honored dead killed in all the wars of our history. And as our comparatively young nation gets older, that list only grows longer with no end in sight. Swords have not been beaten into plowshares, nor spears into pruning hooks. Though we have not fought a total war ’ for 75 years, nor have we had conscription for 46 years, we have had a seemingly never- ending series of short sharp engagements and prolonged occupations of remote countries whose importance to“ us is hard to understand. ’ " V Army did -‘ something” ‘ n attempt to be This yea inspiration'al'that backfired, making them look clueless. The Army published online, afvideo of a young man talking about howservice had affected him. He said he was serving others, something greater than himself, and was perfecting himself as a man and a warrior. The Army then asked others to contribute their opinions ’ we’re on how service had affected them. And that’s when it all went south. “My son died 10 months ago. He did 3 STEVE ‘ overseas tours. He came back BROWNE with severe mental illness.” This list is full of tales of suicide, substance abuse, sexual assault, severe personality changes, PTSD, and permanent life-changing injuries. Not just from recent wars, but memories of people raised by the WWII generation. What is happening, and why now? To begin with, more combat personnel are surviving injuries that would have killed them before modern battlefield medicine. They’re coming home to us, broken. We see whatha pened to them, and at? a Communication with they: front lin’e’s‘is immediate, easgc and uncensored. Soldiers in Afghanistan or Iraq can actually Skype with their families back home. The news is raw and unfiltered, unlike WWII when those on the home front saw newsreel footage carefully selected from the mass of film we only saw in full after the war was over. And paradoxically that has not brought us any closer to <4.” I‘W a, ,. “{M...msva gm Memorial Day__201 the urof danger understanding the underlying reasons for why we are engaged in so many faraway places. Say it softly, but this is a soft safe age we live in. We raise children with the expectation that safety and security is the norm of history, not a precious '“ exception to be cherished and guarded. The abundance we enjoy is produced behind the curtain as it were. Though most of us eat meat, how many of us have seen it butchered and processed? How many have raised an animal, then butchered and eaten it? We enjoy an abundance of goods, but how many of us have seen a serious industrial accident? We are told we have enemies abroad, but how many of us have seen the world outside the West and the casual brutality and barbarity that still passes for normal in so many places? We enjoy the benefits of being the richest and mightiest nation on earth, but we weary of the cost. And that is the hour of danger. ‘14 country like ours, pos- sessed of immense territory and wealth, whose defenses have been neglected, cannot avoid war by dilating upon its hor- rors, or even by a continuous display of pacific qualities, or by ignoring the fate of the vic- tims of aggression elsewhere.” Winston Churchill Zero tolerance for Palmer amaranth BY TIM FINE of the NDSU Crop and, Pest Report (https:// www.ag.ndsu.edu/cpr) there was an article about Palmer Amaranth and the potential for it to come through contaminated seed. Yes, this article focuses on North Dakota but it is very much applicable to us. In 2018, Palmer amaranth was found in five North Dakota counties. We believe Palmer was introduced into the state through sunflower screenings, contaminated seed, custom combines, used combines purchased from other states and railroad cars. We know Palmer also can come through other ways, such as contaminated hay, birds, water and more. “ A reason for optimism that the weed can be controlled where it was found in 2018 is that there was excellent cooperation and collaboration among farmers, local agronomists, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and NDSU to remove plants that were found. This effort towardzero-tolerance will be needed in the future to minimize the impact of Palmer amaranth. If no additional Palmer is brought into the state, eradication will be possible. Zero tolerance is the approach recommended by farmers and weed scientists in Midwest and Southern states who have experienced the severe economic impact of Palmer amaranth. This , zero-tolerance approach also needs to be implemented by ‘ companies selling products in North Dakota, such as feed In the most recent edition we. r Jazsamfmam -. i a meow: screenings, ‘ seed, hay, equipment, etc. The Minnesota. Department ' of Agriculture inspected ‘ screenings from November 2018 TIM IE to March 2019 and detected Palmer amaranth in sunflower and wheat screenings. They estimated as much as 250 Palmer amaranth seeds per pound of screenings. Some farmers from Minnesota and North Dakota that purchased screenings found Palmer amaranth in their fields in 2018. Farmers and companies need to be wary of any seed or feed source coming from states where Palmer amaranth is known to be a serious problem. Farmers are encouraged to inspect their fields throughout 2019, especially if they have purchased screenings that originated from outside the state or hauled manure from feedlots where out-otZstate feed has beenrused. COmpanies should make sure they are not selling cOntaminated products. Palmer amarant w{,can germinate in many places including cropland, pastur gravel lots and marginal areas. Anywhere potentially: contaminated feed or manure has been used should be monitored for Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranth was added to the North Dakota noxious weed list in January 2019. Several characteristics make it difficult to manage. .The weed can grow 1-3 inches per day under optimum conditions. In 2018, many plants found in North Dakota were 6-8 feet tall. Palmer is, a prolific seed producer with up to one million seeds per plant. Palmer can germinate throughout the‘ ‘ growing season, even after post-emergence herbicides have been applied or after early crops have been harvested. One of the biggest challenges is that Palmer amaranth is very prone to herbicide resistance. It is very common to find plants that are resistant to glyphosate. Some plants have been found to be resistant to five different modes of action. This resistance characteristic will severely limit options for controlling the weed. Complicating the situation is that growers will not know to which herbicides the plants are resistant. Currently, North Dakota is in a position where we can minimize the impact of this weed because it is not ' widespread like it is in other states. However, to stay ahead of the weed, we need to control whathas been found and be very Vigilaiiftlto not bring more seeds into the state. Farmers, agronomists, andfimmpanies need to ask questions; conduct inspections and do whatever. is necessary to avoid bringing ‘ in contaminated seed, feed or equipment that will spread Palmen amaranth, raise productions costs “and reduce yields. F0! MORE INFOIMMIOH 0N PALMER AMAIAII'I‘II, including how to identify it; visit the NDSU website agindsu. edu/palmeramaranth. you find a ‘ plant you suspect could be Palmer amaranth, please contact your local Extension agent. And, as always if you have questions, you are welcome to contact me at 433—1206 or send an email to timothxfine@montana. edu. VA