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SIDNEY HERALD Around our area WEDNESDAY, JULY 2Z, 2016 ! IA 7 : ~ \ ~. ~ ~ II BY REN|E JEAN SIDNEY HERALD The tomato may be a large fruit, but it is highly vulnerable to a tiny little pest, and that tiny pest has made an unwelcome ap- pearance in the MonDak. The spotted wing drosophi- la fruit fly has been spotted in nearby Williams Coun and that spells big, big trouble for a lot of favorite horticultural crops. NDSU researcher Dr. Esther McGinnis spoke about the uninvited pest recently at the the Nesson Valley Field Day. She is seeking information about the scope of the problem, as well as whether the creature is overwintering or just getting blown into the area. She is also work- ing on developing best management practices for fruit growers. Spotted wing drosophila has been spotted in Mon- tana in October of 2011 in the Flathead Valley. It is something to keep an eye out for, but is not yet known in Richland County, Spotted wing drosophila is a small vinegar fruit fly, but unlike its cousins, it doesn't target ripe or over- ripe fruits. Instead it gets them just before ripening, inserting a serrated, knife- like ovipositor into the fruit. That is problematic in itself, because it can introduce a lot of rot fungi into the fruits. But then, on top of that, the larvae hatch out and begin eating what is left, leaving the farmer with a gooey mess instead of a profitable crop. "This is affecting a lot of the fruits we adore, even tomatoes," McGinnis said. "If you have little cracks in the tomatoes, they can infest those cracks, too." The flies can also hit up cracked or damaged grapes and apples. If their favored fruits -- raspber- ries, strawberries and tart cherries -- are not to hand, they can make do with wild plants like chokecher- ry, common buckthorn and elderberry, With that kind of adaptability;, spotted wing drosophila have spread quickly across the United States. Within just five years of its first introduc- tion, it was detected in 70 percent of the lower 48 states, including North Dakota and Montana. It was first spotted in North Dakota in 2013. "We know it is in Wil- liams Count-y," McGin- nis said. "We've had some reports of it here." McGinnis and entomolo- What to do? From left, Todd Solem and Volley Field Days. gist Jane Knudel have been awarded a block grant tO get a handle on how big the problem is in the state, and whether the bugs are overwintering in the state or blowing in. "We are also looking at what crops do they prefer," McGinnis said. "We know they like strawberries, but what about haskap or Zach Verlinde were among those taking aronia?" The study will look at a wide diversity of fruits. Cultivars with thicker skin will also be explored, to see if those kind of manage- ment practices can help. An integrated pest man- agement guide is avail- able online at http://bit. ly/29Kw47k. McGinnis was among home surveys on spotted wing several researchers talking at the Nesson Valley Field Day about various projects ongoing in the MonDak to advance the science and economic viability of agriculture. Nesson Valley is the irrigated research farm for Williston Research Extension Center, which annually has a two-day RENEE JEAN I SIDNEY HERALD drosophila at Nesson Field Day tour as part of the MonDak Ag Showcase in July. The two-day event also included a Business After Hours mixer at Mc- Cody Concrete. Friday's program at Nesson Valley included information about low glycemic potatoes, high tunnels, diverse cropping systems and more. J have the luxury of work- 7 visiting the and the child is just getting ing a modified schedule bathroom, warmed up. in the summers, allow- When you Yes, you have four days ing me four uninterrupted are at homeoff each week, and still days at home. with a you find yourself rushing I appreciate this for the 3-year- old, to unload the dishwasher blessing it truly is in my you hear and throw in a load of life. the follow-laundry during your lunch That being said, when ing three hour. you have young children, Living Jfl statements It's also the best excuse the big question becomes, on endless ever to have a carpet pic- "What to do?" Montana rotation: nic with peanut butter and I know exactly what "Mommy, jelly sandwiches and tator I'd do with that time if I Sara Wald watch this!" tots for dinner. (Admit it. didn't have kids at home. "I don't Now you're craving it.) I'd cook elaborate mealsknow what to do!" It's your one chance with grown-up ingredi- "I need someone to playto turn your couch into ents, like sherry and dried with me!" Noah's Ark. You pile up all cherries. And you hear yourself the blankets and pillows I'd deep clean under all always making the same and stuffed animals and the beds. response: then violently shake them I'd sort my Tupperware, "Try to say it again with- all about, and then rescue and get rid of anything out whining." them after they've plum- that doesn't have a lid. Days are long in the meted into the depths of I'd eat spinach smooth- summer. The sun comes up the flood waters on the ies for breakfast every day, early, and goes down late. floor. (My 3-year- old likes and have time to wash all One day can feel like four. to add a Hollywood twist to the parts of the juicer im- And yet somehow, my four- Biblical classics.) mediately after, day weekend always goesIt may be the only time I'd actually own a juicer, too fast. in your life that someone I'd sort emails, maybe Because here's the thing compliments your dance write a memoir. Because, about being at home with a moves to the YMCA song, why not? 3-year- old.., which you found yourself But I do have kids. And Yes, it's tedious some-performing with reckless if I didn't, I probably times. Yes, you are certain abandon even after the wouldn't be working modi- if you play one more game music had stopped. fled summer hours, of Connect Four or Pirates I don't want my chil- When kids get older, they or Cops and Robbers youdren's childhoods to last make their own fun. will tear your hair out. forever. I'm looking for- But when you're three, Yes, you spent all day in ward to discovering new you still want snuggles, the sun watching a tinygrown-up recipes for two You want an audience stuntman do the same to share with my husband. when you jump off the toy trick endlessly in the But in the meantime, I'll box. You want a snack or sprinkler and insisting it happily wake up four days a drink of water or help was the best one yet. a week and wonder, "What pulling up your pants after Yes, you are exhausted to do?" Michael Allen Von- before crashing into the derheide, Sidney, was in home at 619 Second Ave. District Court Wednesday SE. Vonderheide was to change his plea on four charged with reckless driv- charges, stemming from ing and failure to remain a search of his home and at the scene of a crash, but vehicle after he allegedly searches of his home and lost control of his pickup vehicle resulted in addi- and drove it into a house tional charges. on Feb. 10. The first charge was for According to police criminal possession of reports, a caller from the dangerous drugs (meth- Savage School system amphetamine), a felony, reported to emergency dis- The second charge, felony patch services a suspicious possession of a silencer, individual was operating carries a mandatory a vehicle in the vicinity of minimum of five years the school. Sidney police imprisonment and a $1,000 were w tching for the ve- fine. Vonderheide testified hicle and located it in the police found a silencer for vicinity of Second Avenue a .22 caliber gun during a Southeast. search of his pickup, and Police report Vonder- that it belonged to him. heide lost control of the Vonderheide also pled vehicle, jumping the curb guilty to misdemeanor pos- and running into a fence, session of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Court records show police found a mirror, pill bottle, straw, and scales. Following completion of a pre-sentencing report, Vonderheide will be back in court in August for sentencing. CLEANING PRODUCTS For Stainless Steel & Glass Distributors 608 E. Main St. Sidney 433-2910 Keith Seal appeared in court Wednes- day to respond to the recommendation of his probation officer that his suspended sentence be restarted. Seal was sentenced in December 2015 on charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs (metham- phetamine), a felony, and received a three- year suspended sentence at that time. "He absconded from supervision rela- tively quickly after being sentenced," Pro- bation Officer Kailee Anderson testified. Anderson alleged Seal failed to regularly check in to her office, or to complete other requirements of his release. Deputy County Attorney Janet Christof- fersen disagreed with the recommenda- tion, requesting that the original sen- tence of three years be imposed without suspension. The court heard arguments from both sides, including arguments as to whether Seal would best be served by treatment options in prison or out. "I have full intentions of doing the pro- bation. I look forward to the treatment," Seal testified. District Judge Katherine Bidegaray met the two sides in the middle, handing down a sentence of three years, with 18 months suspended. She ordered Seal be placed in a treatment program. Bidegaray noted she gave leniency in the case due to the fact that Seal's prior convictions were in the 1980s and 1990s, indicating he had been doing well for some time. Scott Donald Fasch- ing was in District Court Wednesday on charges he failed to appear for his pre- sentencing meeting. Fasching changed his plea in January and was ordered to complete a pre- sentencing interview with Richland County officials. Probation Officer Kailee Anderson testified she spoke with Fasching on June 27 and scheduled a July 1 hearing, but he did not appear, and she was not able to contact him on July 1 or 5 when she reached out. Fasching, an unem- ployed single parent residing in Sidney, testi- fled he checks in with the Richland County Sheriffs Office each Monday as a condition of his release and was not notified of the meeting. The meeting was rescheduled for Friday at 9 a.m., and District Judge Katherine Bidegaray or- dered Fasching be held in jail until that time. 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