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Pa e4 Thursday, August 27, 2009 Tri-( News Kimball, MN King Crossword ACROSS 1 Mind of the NBA 4 Census statistics 8 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 21 24 25 26 28 32 34 36 37 39 41 42 44 40 46 5O 51 F-Y- 12 15 Envelope part Ostrich's cousin Pleasing __ __ Queue 32 Don't move 37 Prayer ending II Piratic potation 46 47 Wilder drama 5T -- - council ("Survivor" 5s event) 5-'9" m Snapshot Computer -- -- woe 52 Ill-defined Torched time Extemporizes 56 Andy's pal Wan 57 Exceptional Luau side 58 -- polloi dish 59 Netting Urban 60 -- and disturbance terminer Fix a knot 61 Cowpoke's Antiquated nickname =CSl" evidence DOWN Water barrier 1"Absolutely" Carell's "The 2 Parisian pal Year Old Virgin" co- star Summertime cooler Clay alias Wise guys? i m I 39 49 n -- 10 11 i -- II 30 31 -- i --.. __ II 54 55 9 Wheels of tongue fortune? 35 Sort 10 From square 38 Cause one 11 Teller's cohort 16 Bathroom fixture 20 "6 Rms -- Vu" 21 Ski-lift transport 22 Stratagem 23 Back talk 3 Unreservedly 27 As well 4 Critter 29 Cinderella's 5 Showbiz job curfew 6 Reverberate 30 Corn recipe 7 Arrangement 31 Constellation 8 Freight train part component 33 Leo Rosten's corrosion 40 Casino employee 43 Subway 45 Inventor Whitney 46 Mosque VIP 47 Arrived 46 Ids' counterparts 49 Vacationing 5,3- Rage 54 Break ground? 55 Ducats 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. On-line ticketing availableat Ouarr@ema.com! The Fmal R Shorts pa :ri.-Sun.: l:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:0' Mon.qhu: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 Time TraveUer's Wife PG-13 .//,/g/oigr/o//.s Ba,gterds R Mon.-rl hu.: 2:4,5, 5:30, 8:30 District9 r ~un= 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:43, Mon.-~u.: 2:15, t:30, 6:4.~, 9:00 Daily Matinees Movie Hot Line (320) 685-7111 IN Local harvest helps farmers, families overseas By]can Doran Matua, Editor It's time for wheat harvesting around central Minnesota. At least two wheat fields here were planted and harvested for a special pur- pose: to help families overseas to grow their own food and be self- sufficient. Those fields were part of the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) program, a non-denominational food aid program that started 10 years ago. What's unique about FRB pro- gram is that it does not send the wheat grown here to programs overseas. That would be very costly, and would not address the true needs of the recipients. Instead, the wheat is sold and the proceeds invested in agricultural programs in Africa and Thailand, for instance. About a week before the wheat was gathered, Angela Boss vis- ited Kimball on her way to the FRB annual meeting in Illinois. She has spent two and a half years living and working with the FRB-spon- sored program in Gamboula in the southwest corner of Central Afri- can Republic (C.A.R.). The C.A.R. is a land-locked country about the size of Texas, with about 4 million inhabitants. It is the second-least developed country in the world. Traditionally, families there trees. An added advantage ofgrow- tian business people who would survive by farming about twoing fruit trees is that bandits in the love to make the dresses and flip- acres, raising food for themselves area usually leave them alone, flops, and who desperately need with perhaps a little extra to sell. The Gamboula station serves as the business. By simply provid- All the farm work is done by hand, an agricultural experimentation mostly by women, and only four and training center, as there is no percent of the country's arable equivalenttoourcountyextension land is in use. programs there. They are working hard to find cassava mosaic virus- Boss, an agricultural special- Gamboula, C.A.R., is home to one of the Foods Resource Bank agricultural programs. Administrative map of Central African Republic used by permission from Nations Online Project . best and fastest, has best nutrition, etc. ]ackfruit is one of their favor- ite tree crops: each fruit weighs around 60 pounds, it can be har- vested year-round, and it takes only two to three years from seed to fruiting. The Gamboula program lect dresses and flip-flops to bring includes 114 farmer co-ops now with them on the mission trip. growing 36,000 fruit trees. To What they don't realize, though, begin with, each farmer is given 25 is that there are a number of Hal- The old model of shipping food and clothing to third-world coun- tries doesn't really help, Boss explained. She cited an example of a Canadian church that each year visits Haiti. For months, the women in the church buy and col- Skills group for drying. It can then be milled into people were involved in 57 grow- binge eaters a flour and used to cook into a ingpr0jectsin38c0untries.Nearly St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral starchy paste. This process takes $3 million was invested by FRB Health Clinic to offer skills group time, and it also strips any trace of in its sponsored programs in 32 for binge eaters nutrients (Other than pure starch) countries. The 14-week skills group is for in the cassava. One of the reasons the FRB pro- women and men age 18 and older There is a serious shortage of gram is well received is that it s who have frequent episodes of eat- meat protein in the C.A.R. because more person-to-person help. inglarge quantities offoodin short of war and bandits in the area. "Locals are impressed that Peanuts are the primary source of funding comes from farmers, not periods of time and experience two protein, government or NGOs (non-gov- of the following: 'Gamboula is like the Garden ernmental organizations), Boss Ui[~iifH~i~i caused by lack of try new thing ..... d ....... placed this sPring UiC[, N[ UY flIgUElI[. D[flllfl flI8 gut g tIUUIIiBII$ BIBP Hiih m IIB |illI liIl I' And malnutrition causes innu-in the area, but it is encouraged as photo on page t). The labor was volunteer, and machinery, seed and fuel were donated or pur- chased with donated funds. The money from the wheat and straw W goes directly into Foods Resource Bank for use in one of their spon- sored programs around the world, " I,'oDum"e such as the Gamboula program in Wells 0 C.A.R. Water ~ riD; ;0 I got involved after doing a ..on_...on.n= story on Barb Vigoren's ten acres of weeds that were converted to wheat for Foods Resource Bank last year. (She participated in the program again this year.) We got rid of our weeds. Unused fields were used. Fuel and seed is purchased locally, helping our economy. Volunteers here have small, do-able projects that make a visible difference. Wheat was grown and used here in the U.S. Trees were purchased, for exam- ple, for fari~ters in Galnboula. And farmers there are growing more nutritious crops for their families, -and have excess for sale. Every- . Feelingout of control over eat- of Eden," explained Boss. "Any- explained. Farmers know the bodywins. ing behavior Feeling ashamed or disgusted thing will grow there." struggles and risks associated with For more information on the Boss is part of an agricultural raising food, and C.A.R. farmers FRB, cheek them out on the Web at by the behavior Eating large amounts of food station begun in 1998 by Roy Dan- welcome the help from American . when not physically hungry forth. They have planted 500 vari- and Canadian farmers in the pro- If you would like to help, call Eating alone because of being eties of trees to see which grows gram. Lloyd Melvie at (320) 398-6129. embarrassed by how much one is __ Kid9 0ssw0rd- [l t W0 eating man To Start Professional oups a e,ed ..cen.d ps - chologists and a registered dietitian, Solution t~me" 2~ rains Tub.Of-War League and will help participants learn what s A M!tIDI .................................................. prompts overeating and provide cop- lu G ADIAI /I {] BEXARCOUNTY- MaryAnn W. applied [MA U S[TI / Thera-Gesic ain creme to her sore shoulder and hands ing skills to prevent it. The skills group IO g T I '* " P is now forming for October and will II ~- N~ ] ~ and felt so great she decided to start a professional - / tug-of-war league. When asked who would be the target meet Tuesdays at CentraCare Health ~ c o L o l x I IXL E R I E [ / audience for the new TOW league, she painlessly replied, "None of your Plaza. This is not a weight-loss pro- Im ~ a rain gram. Group sessions will be sub- Fg II / dang business!" ~ .... iI Io bo ralnlessly- mitted to your insurance. For moreIe M n NIOI Endorsedby." ~1~ information, or to register, call Bar- IL O G O ITI e .... baraCarver, PsyD, at (320) 229-4918. IF t A slHI i merable problems for people of all a protein replacement. ages. (For instance, Boss said, chil- "It's a ripe time to be there," dren as young as 6 or 7 are corn- said Boss, adding that people want monly afflicted by blinding cata- and need new varieties. Boss and facts caused by malnutrition.) her husband are continuing their The primary food crop in the education in Canada currently, C.A.R. and much of the world is but plan to return to Gamboula in cassava, a root crop that produces about a year and a half. what we know as tapioca. It takes Beyond agricultural projects, two years to mature, and con- the FRB contributes to health- tains cyanide in its raw form. The care and education, housing, and process of making cassava edible orphanage programs. Sustain- includes peeling and grating the ability is an important criterion to roots, soaking in water until it!s project selection. fermented, squeezing, and then In 2008, more than 490,000 ist, is working to help these ram- resistant varieties, as this disease flies maximize the use of their threatens the primary food source land in order to stop chronic mal- in the region. And farmers there In the light of full disclosure, nutrition. Malnutrition there, she welcome the help and are eager to my seven acres of well-developed ing "better," Western products, these women inadvertently con- tribute to a declining local market in Haiti, and create inequities and jealousies among the very people they hope to help.