HARVEST FOR HUNGER
The second site of a noon meal will be in Lignite, Monday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lignite Community Center. Soup and sandwiches will be served.
“Hunger is a reality for more than 50 million people in America. That’s one in six who doesn’t have access to enough food,” says Joe Peterson, operations manager, SunPrairie. “We’re working together to make a difference for those in need.”
Financial donations are encouraged because they enable food banks to leverage their buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates.
“Our local communities also win when CHS Country Operations makes a contribution to help friends and neighbors right here in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to multiply the impact of every donation we make,” adds Peterson.
SunPrairie is a business unit of CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. For nearly 80 years, the CHS system has valued volunteerism and been a responsible steward in its communities; the CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive is designed to harness the power of the 70 CHS-owned/locally governed cooperatives to address America’s growing hunger problem.
BY AMANDA BJERARD COREY
There are additional requirements for homeowners. Homeowners must reside on and have an interest in the property for which the credit is claimed.
The applicant’s assets may not exceed $500,000, including the market value of the homestead and the value of any assets gifted or otherwise divested within the last three years.
If the home is rented while the owner is temporarily absent or the home is a farm structure which is exempt from taxation, the applicant will not be eligible.
The application for the credit is filed with the local assessor or county director of tax equalization by Feb. 1 (or as soon thereafter as possible) in the year in which your property is assessed and for which the credit is requested.
“Applicants can apply after the February 1st deadline and we will still accept their applications. After April they would need to file an abatement to open the books, but that isn’t a big problem. Applicants can actually apply into the next year, however sometimes they just don’t realize that it applies to them,” said Janet Cron, Director of Tax Equalization for Burke County.
She continued, “The previous income limit was $26,000 and that caused a lot of people to be ineligible. The previous asset test was also much less and therefore, they couldn’t qualify. This is a great program and it makes it easier to stay in their own homes.”
The property tax credit is also subject to adjustment, equalization, and abatement in the same manner as other real property assessments.
In the event of the applicant’s death, all benefits terminate at the end of the taxable year.
By John Albertson
Two larger lawnmowers were purchased so more public and vacant areas can be mowed.
A portable sewer lift pump was purchased for emergencies.
Many dead trees and branches were removed from city lots, streets and parks with help from the community.
A no j-turn ordinance was developed in order to try to stop people from making a j-turn to park on the opposite side of the street.
A junk ordinance was developed in an effort to improve the appearance of the city.
A Zoning and Planning Plan was started and a population study was conducted. Both of which will be used to help guide future development of Powers Lake.
The city applied for an Energy Impact Grant for sewer and water expansion and we were awarded $368,000 to help with sewer and water expansion to an area north of the high school.
The Oil and Gas income for the Powers Lake schools was cut severely in 2014, but the Oil and Gas revenue for the city is up by about 10%.
The city council has helped several community organizations during 2013. The Golf Association received $12,500 for a mower and $11,500 for a new shed at the golf course. The Fire Department received $15,000 to help with bunker gear and $50,000 for rescue equipment. The Ambulance District received $12,500 to help with the new building and $10,000 for equipment.
The Summer Rec received $12,500 to help with new dugouts and $10,000 for operating expense. The Park Board received $50,000 for new playground equipment for the parks. A nonprofit child care association received $10,000 to help with expenses for the high daycare demand in the community.
The city recently purchased 17 acres north of the high school for $150,000 for possible residential development and an area for a community building. With the Energy Impact Grant, the council is planning to extend sewer and water into this area.
The council is gathering information about a water filtration plant that would remove iron (rust) and magnesium from the city water. Another topic arose recently when propane prices soared, and that is; would it be feasible to get natural gas to Powers Lake?
All city council meetings are open to the public and public comments are always welcome. If you are interested in serving your community, there are three positions on the park board and two on the city council as well as the position of mayor that are up for election in June.
If you are interested and want to get on the ballot, get the proper forms from Jennifer Titus and file them by April 7.
Family and friends from near and far gathered this past weekend to celebrate Grandma Rose’s 80th birthday.
Grandma Rose is truly an angel on earth whose loving, kind, quiet and gentle way is the medicine those of us fortunate enough to call her “Grandma” needed and wanted as children when we were sick…or at least pretending to be sick.
There are a few years between me and my childhood, but even now, when I’m not feeling well, I often find my dreams filled with Grandma’s soft soothing humming.
It’s hard to put into words the gratitude and love we all have for this selfless saint of a woman who manages to see the good in each of us no matter how deep we sometimes bury it.
It was enjoyable seeing so many who have shared in Grandma’s life at her party wishing her well and sitting down for a visit with the birthday girl.
It’s hard to fathom the extent a single person’s influence can extend through time, but after seeing how many people took the time to venture out into the arctic air to be a part of Grandma’s celebration, I’m confident her reach will extend beyond my years on this earth.
Whether March came in like a lion or a lamb is up for debate. The day wasn’t particularly blustery and the sun was shining but it was colder than the stares I got from all my former elementary teachers who came to Grandma’s party.
Just kidding, they all smiled and said, “Hello,” but I kept a watchful eye on them just in case they came with revenge on their minds.
They say time heals all wounds but they never say exactly how much time…they need to be more precise so I know when I can quit worrying about retaliation.
If you ask me, the sun was wasting it’s time. If you’re going to shine, shine warm...that’s the same advice my interpretive dance coach gave me right before I stepped on stage for the national “Jazz Hands are Happy Hands” competition. I was narrowly defeated by a former cosmonaut in a highly controversial and scandalous judging fiasco rumored to have been orchestrated by the Russian mafia.
Not wanting to risk having a spirit finger snapped, I left well enough alone, took my second place trophy, and went on to enjoy great success as a hand stunt double in power tool and dish soap commercials.
That being said, I think the lamb wins the March 1st battle due to the simple fact that I spotted several lambs out and about on that frigid day but neither hide nor hair of a single lion.
Could a lamb beat a lion in a one-on-one face off?
I think Marlin Perkins answered that question years ago in the Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom episode, “Lamb Chops.”
Shari Lewis’ hand was not harmed in the making of that episode.
The North Dakota air was brisk, the conversation was lively, and, as always, the Chrest kids organized a fine get together, fueled by more food than anyone could ever consume…no matter how hard we tried.
Fear not, none of the leftovers went to waste. Grandma taught us better than that.
Grandma Rose has given each of us more love and kindness than we could ever use, leaving us leftovers to share for many generations to come.
The sweetest flowers never stop blooming.