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January 9, 2020 Golden Valley News Page 3 OPINION NEWS Volunteer to mentor small business owners During National Mentoring Month this January, we would like to encourage business professionals to volunteer for SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. SCORE has a na- tionwide network of more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters — including 90 volunteers in North Dakota serving chapters in Bis- marck, Fargo, Grand Forks, and Minot — who offer free one-on-one counseling for starting and growing successful small businesses and non- profits. Small business owners who receive 3+ hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased busi- ness growth. Mentoring can make a measurable different in small busi— ness success! For more than 50 years, SCORE mentors have shared their expertise with small business people across the country. In partnership with the SBA, these volunteers have contributed to a stronger economy and small business successes in industries ranging from Other Views \l llalll. \ll \ thI‘itl illl‘t'tlul [)1‘l (hith‘l'. \l) \(l li\’i \l«ilk‘ till‘t‘t‘ltil retail to manufacturing, and every- thing in between. A Price Waterhouse Coopers survey in 2018 showed SCORE assisted 97 new businesses get started and created 1,299 non- owner jobs for a total of 1,396 new jobs in North Dakota alone. Volunteering as a SCORE mentor means joining an active national community of volunteers who are committed to helping small business owners succeed. Through SCORE you can provide mentoring in person at one of the chapter offices, or through email, video, or telephone from your home or office. Mentors come from many different sectors and professions including small and large businesses, the military, and ed- ucation. Volunteering of any kind provides valuable benefits not only for the re- cipient, but also for the volunteer. Volunteering at SCORE is a way for you to give back to your community, connect with fellow business owners, and pass on your knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Please consider becoming a SCORE mentor. Don't worry if you think you don't have enough knowl- edge or experience to help other en- trepreneurs. SCORE also offers team counseling, where several counselors with skills in various dis- , ciplines such as finance, human re— sources and marketing will help the client deal with broader business is- sues that require different skill sets. SCORE also provides training to fill in the gaps. Has anyone asked you to volun- teer with SCORE? Today we are ask- ing: Would you join SCORE and use your experience to build a stronger North Dakota? For more information on how to become a SCORE mentor, please visitwww.scoreorg/volunteer. Folding publications threaten community life N.D. The national newspaper crisis be- came a reality in North Dakota when three weeklies in the southwest cor- ner of the state announced in De- cember that they were folding. Two of the three — the New Eng- land Herald and the Adams County Record — were rescued by the quick action of Jill Friesz, publisher of the Grant County News and Carson Press, who kept the presses running. The future of the Killdeer Herald is unknown to me. Friesz plans to keep her two new papers serving their respective com- munities. “We are the only ones that are providing the local news,” she said. North Dakota weeklies have been retrenching for the last 70 years when population declines were re- ducing subscribers and advertisers. Not only have mail order companies been sucking up local business but local residents are going to nearby cities for lower prices and more choices. Dailies have been raising sub- scriptions on slimmer papers. That is not very helpful marketing but it is unavoidable given the competitive circumstances in the information market. Trained as a print joumalist,l am more than disturbed by the decline of print, the principal route to an edu- cated citizenry. Prof. Penny Abernathy at the Uni- versity of North Carolina reported Matters By Lloyd Omdahl that 3,800 newsroom jobs were lost in 2019 alone and 2,100 newspapers have disappeared since 2004. The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Salt Lake City Tribune have gone nonprofit. In North Dakota, we al- ready have 70-hours-a-week editors running less than profitable newspa- pers. Folding weeklies is only one of the threats to community life. A number of towns have already been struggling to keep grocery stores, restaurants and post offices available as centers for interpersonal relation- ships. The grocery store crisishas cap- tured the attention of the North Dakota legislature. It has an interim committee considering options for state help. But as state Rep. Thomas Beadle of Fargo noted in a Stateline national report: “We’re much more free mar- ket than having government inter- vention.” (It was a short-lived binge that gave us the Bank of North Dakota and the State Mill and Eleva- tor, both of which have become so prosperous they’re embarrassing.) Beadle’s comments are not so much a declaration of personal ide- ology as a truth about North Dakota’s political culture which is a factor in all issues of state aid, including any consideration of state intervention in the newspaper industry. It is unfortunate that every com- munity in North Dakota can’t have a newspaper. The local newspaper pro- vides so many benefits for hometown life that it becomes a cornerstone in community building. So what is community? It is a place where people get to know and care for each other and everybody has a sense of belonging. To foster and build community life, newspa- pers are critical. It is obvious that newspapers have a serious revenue problem with very little down the road that promises a brighter tomorrow. Without a change in streams of revenue, more newspa- pers are doomed to die. We may be stuck playing defense until all op— tions are exhausted and the inevitable death occurs. But that day must be delayed as long as possible. It may be necessary for newspa- pers to accept forms of innovative ownership that preserve the opera- tion of newspapers as they are presently operated but offer new op- tions. It seems that the only long- terrn solution will require the entire citizenry to have a dog in the fight. Residents will have to recognize that newspapers build the kind of communities in which people want to live. Only financial support of the whole community in some form will work. Emergency vehicle involved in crash WATFORD CITY Sunday, Jan. 5, two Watford City police vehicles were traveling northbound on Main Street responding to an emergency call with their emergency lights acti- vated. The N.D. Highway Patrol re- ported that a 2008 GMC Yukon, driven by a 17-year-old male, pulled over and yielded to the first police vehicle. The GMC then pulled back onto the roadway, failing to yield to the second police vehicle, a 2014 Ford Expedition, driven by Officer Daniel Halonen, 31, of Watford City, along with his passenger, Officer An- drew Eisenschenk, 36, of Watford City. The front passenger side comer of the police vehicle struck the front driver’s side comer of the GMC. Both officers received minor in- juries in the crash. The 17-year-old driver and his passenger, Damitrius Brantley, 36, of Watford City were Crash results in fatality NEW TOWN Monday, Dec. 30, at about 6 p.m., a 28-year-old Williston man was driving a 2017 International truck tractor pulling a semi-trailer, and was traveling southbound on Highway 1804, 15 miles north of New Town. The N.D. Highway Patrol said that a 2012 Peterbilt truck tractor pulling a semi-trailer, driven by Wesley Soper, 52, from Surrey, was also traveling southbound on Hwy. 1804. Soper then pulled into a truck pullout lane and started to make a U-turn in front of the International truck to go back northbound since he had missed his turn. Soper’s semi-truck and trailer were facing east and blocking the southbound lane when it was struck by the In- ternational in the rear driver's side of the trailer. The 2017 International came to rest in the roadway facing south. Soper’s truck came to rest facing north with its trailer in the east ditch. The Highway Patrol, Mountrail County Sheriff's Department, New Town Fire Department, and New Town Ambulance responded to the crash site. Trinity Life Flight landed on the scene to transport the 28- year-old Williston man. However, the driver was pronounced de- ceased on the scene by medical per- sonnel before being life flighted. The crash remains under inves- tigation by the Highway Patrol. Name of the deceased will be re- leased following notification of family. also hurt in the crash with minor in- juries. The 17-year-old was charged with failure to yield to an emergency ve- hicle and for having no driver’s 1i- cense. OH, RIGHT... IT’S AN ELECTION YEAR ! mm” %m4 IRS introduces a tax form created for older taxpayers Dear Savvy Senior, A couple months back I read that the IRS will be offering a new sen- ior-friendly tax form this tax season that will be easier to use. What can you tell me about this? Paper Filer Dear Filer, It’s true. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has created a new fed- eral income-tax form specifically de- signed for senior taxpayers, age 65 and older, that should make filing a little easier this year, particularly those who don’t file electronically. Here’s what you should know. Form 1040-SR Created by the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act, the new two-page sim- plified federal income tax form is called the 1040-SR. Similar in style to the old 1040-El form that the IRS discontinued last year, the new 1040- SR has larger print and better color contrast that makes it easier to read. In addition, it also includes a chart to help older taxpayers calcu— late their standard deduction, which may help ensure that fewer seniors neglect to take the additional stan- dard deduction that they are entitled to. For 2019, the additional deduc- tion for those 65 or older or the blind is $1,300. The 1040-SR form also has spe- cific lines for retirement income streams such as Social Security ben- efits, IRA distributions, pensions and annuities, along with earned income from work wages and tips. And, it al- lows a child tax credit for seniors who are still taking care of a de« pendent child or grandchild. You can also report capital gains and losses, as well as interest and dividends on this new form. Any of the tax schedules available to those using the standard form 1040 may also be used with the 1040-SR. You should also know that the 1040-SR doesn’t put a limit on in- terest, dividends, or capital gains, nor does it cap overall income like the old 1040-E2 form did. But, if you have to itemize because of state Land for Sale or Lease Billings County, North Dakota Township 142 North - Range 98 West Section 13: E1/2 (320 acres) Section 24: NE1/4,N1/2,SE1/4 (240 acres) Contact: 406-778-2051 (LeeAnn Koppinger) 701 -348-3376 (Norma Wehri) c WWQWWWWW a 2020 Marianna/Malanka Celebration! '5 i E i Sponsored by the Ukrainian Cultural Institute Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 Phat Fish BrevVing Co., 1031 W. Villard St., Dickinson Social hour at 4 p.m. 0 Evening meal at 5 p.m. Meal is $15 for adults and $7 for 12 years and younger Good food and fun for the whole family with special activities for kids and the young at heart who wish to participate! A huge variety of beautiful gift baskets to bid on at the silent auction. Malanka is open to the public with Phat Fish Brewing Co. being in charge of any alcohol served. UCI will be in charge of all of the food served. mmmmmmmwm 3 By Jim Miller and local taxes or charitable giving, then you will not be able to use the new Form 1040-SR. Paper Filing Advantage Seniors who use tax-preparation software to file their taxes will be able to generate a 1040-SR, but the new form will provide the most sig- nificant benefit to taxpayers who still fill out and file their returns on paper. Last year, about 88 percent of the 153 million individual federal tax re- turns filed to the IRS were filed elec- tronically. About 5 percent were prepared using tax software, then printed out and mailed to the agency, while about 7 percent were prepared on paper. To use the new 1040-SR tax form for the 2019 filing year, taxpayers, including both spouses if filing jointly, must be at least age 65 before Jan. 1,2020. You also don’t have to be retired to use the form —- older workers can use it too. But early re- tirees (younger than 65) cannot use 1040-SR. To see the 2019 draft version of the new 1040-SR form, go to IRS .gov/pub/irs-dft/fl040s-ndft.pdl‘. Tax Preparation Help If you need help filing your tax returns this year, consider contacting the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (or TCE) program. Sponsored by the IRS, TEC provides free tax prepara- tion and counseling to middle and low-income taxpayers, age 60 and older. Call 800-906-9887 or visit IRS.treasurygov/freetaxprep to lo- cate a service near you. Also check with AARP, a partici~ pant in the TCE program that prom vides free tax preparation at more than 4,800 sites nationwide. To lo- cate an AARP Tax-Aide site call 888-227—7669 or visit AARP.org/findtaxhelp. You don’t have to be an AARP member to use this service. Send your senior‘questiorzs to: Savvy Senior, PO. Box 5443, Nor‘ man, OK 73070, or visit SovvySea nior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today Show and author- of “The Savvy Senior" book. 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