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January 15, 2009 Page 3 Tofl00ed00x Familiar sights at corner will be missed To the editor: The 2009 legislative session is now underway. This means that our life, liberty, and property are not going to be safe for the next 80 days or so. Our lawmakers will probably give themselves another pay raise. Remember, they gave themselves a pay raise for 2009 already back in 2007. Gov. Hoeven's proposed budget for 2009-2010 is despicable. He is calling tbr a 26 percent increase in state spending. If the Legislature approves this budget, state govern- ment will grow by 60 percent from 2005. This is creating a dangerous situation. While the state's econo- my is good and we have a huge sur- plus, the opposite situation could occur five years or so down the road. It could reqnire huge tax increases down the road to sustain state government at that level. Higher education wants the biggest increase, having requested an obscene 56 percent increase in state funding. Gov. Hoeven offered them 31 percent, but they have threatened to increase tuition to make up the difference. Dustin Gawrylow of the North Dakota Taxpayers Association said that they are resorting to blackmail to get their way. I agree. North Dakota has too many col- leges. Forty-percent of our college students are non-residents. Less than half of the student body at UND and NDSU are North Dakota residents. There would be nothing wrong with this if N.D. taxpayers weren't heavily subsidizing non- resident students. No other state subsidizes non-resident students as heavily as N.D. does. When they graduate they have to leave the state to find the jobs that they trained Ibr. The end result is the non-resident students and the money it costs to educate them are both gone with no economic bene- fit to N.D. No doubt about it, high- er education is out of control in N.D. Bernie Kyllo of Bismarck is absolutely right saying that the board of higher ed needs to reduce college and university presidents' salaries by 10 percent, and the chancellor by 20 percent. And also student tuition rates be reduced and frozen and then and only then should the state Legislature consid- er higher ed's request for more money. We need to demand accountability. The only cure for the property tax issue is to repeal it entirely by initiated measure, and then have the Legislature find a way to replace it. What do you think? Ralph Muecke Gladstone Living through a tough winter Hello, Well, I guess I'm going to have to stop. You know, telling our kids how tough winters used to be. I imagine you have done it too. Telling them about whiteouts, bliz- zards, ice storms, snow drifts higher than an elephant's eye... No, wrong story. That wasn't snow. Snow up past your...Deep anyway. I've always told them about the cows snowed in the canyon. The bone pile you found in the spring. Shoveling for hours to get to the mailbox. Just to find out the mail didn't come that day. Oh, winters used to be tough. This one is darn sure catching up with some of the bad ones. Temperatures below zero. Snow every few days. Wind from the east. Wind from the west. Wind from the north and south. I think that guy that said no two snowflakes are exactly alike is probably wrong. I me.an, how would he know. I saw some this morning that looked pretty darn familiar. But it could be the same ones just coming by again. Last Thursday we had rain. Now, in the winter. We waited all summer for rain. It would rain north of us. Or east of us. But it wouldn't rain here. Then on Thursday, with the temperature in the twenties, it rained all afternoon. It is not sup- posed to rain when it is below freez- ing. That is why they invented snow. But, then again, who am I to say. So, I have to crawl around here on my hands and knees so I don't fall down and break something This one is darn sure catching up with some of the bad ones. Temperatures below zero. Snow every few days, your cheek. As a chinook comes in from Montana. You've seen that Charlie Russell painting. The one of that old longhorn mama cow stand- ing there with her butt to the wind. All humped up and looking cold and forlorn. Just hide and horns. The painting originated when Russell sent a letter to the owners of the ranch he was working on. He was to report on how the cattle were important. Whenever it gets too bad, you can always think of worse times to get you by. Like running in a snow covered washout down on the river. With an eight mile walk home. Uphill. Against the wind, And not a candy bar in your pocket. I osed to set and just cry. Should I walk home, or to the Lost Bridge? Maybe someone would come by. But what if they don't? Dang, I hate it when that happens. But, take heart gentle souls! I saw a forecast today that says there is a big warm up coming. It is right around the corner. Maybe next week. Or maybe the week after. You are going to go out one morning and feel that warm, westerly breeze on Opt out of.credit card offers By Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig Stark-Billings ExtensionAgent Is your mailbox overflowing with pre-approved credit card offers or are you receiving telemarketing calls offering good credit card deals? If so, you are not alone. You do have the ability to opt out of credit card offers that you receive in the mail or over the phone. If it seems like your mail box is over-flowing with offers of pre- approved credit, you probably resent the excess mail and worry about someone stealing the infor- mation. If you would like to put a stop to all the offers, you can opt out of receiving them. One easy was is to call 1-888-5- OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688) to have your name removed from direct marketing lists. You can also do this online at www.OptOutPreScreen.com, which is the official consumer credit reporting industry opt-out website. Start now to claim tax benefits The April 15 deadline for filing federal and state income taxes is months away. Even so, taxpayers who gather and organize their tax information early can be better able to take advantage of tax credits and free income tax services. If you are to receive a refund, filing early also can speed up the refund process. Follow these tax tips to make the most of your tax benefits: * Start now to organize and cate- gorize receipts. * Check to see if you qualify for one or more tax credits. For exam- ple, wbrking individuals or families who have qualifying children and earn approximately $37,000 or less, often can receive an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Some low-wage individuals without children are eli- gible, too. Details are available online atttp://www.irs.gov/eitc * Free income tax preparation services for low-income and older adults are offered by volunteer organizations in many communi- ties. Such service sites include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TEE) and the AARP Tax- Aide program. Check your local community resources to see what is available in your neighborhood. * If you are due a sizeable refund, meet with your employer's human resources agent to adjust your salary withholding to better match your tax liability for the com- ing year. Doing so typically increas- es take- home pay. And, rather than providing the government an inter- est-free loan by paying excess with- holding each month, you can deposit that money in an interest- bearing account in your name. * File your taxes electronically to speed the process (and possible refund) and reduce paperwork. worthding" Well' they say' "a picture iSa thousand words". So Wool program deadline Charlie just drew that picture out andsentit. I've seen it with two dif- will be January 31 ferent titles. "Waiting for a Chinook" and "The Last of FARGO - Producers planning to wool or mohair 10,000". I like "Waiting for a Chinook". Cause that's what I am doing. That reminds me of a story. This old boy was out feeding his cows one day with his team and sled. Even you younger readers know what a sled is. You've got a front bob, and a back bob. At least I think you call them bobs. Anyway, this cowboy is out pitching hay to his cows when a chinook came rolling off the mountains. The air wanned up and he turned his team for home trying to get that sled home before the ground thawed. The way he told it, "I was laying the leather to that team, and they was running east as hard as they could go. But that wind was thawing the snow so fast that my front runners were on snow, and the back runners in mud for three miles!" Now that is a fast thaw. Waiting for a chinook, Dean use the commodity loan program To be eligible for an LDP on for their 2008 crop wool or mohair unshorn pelts, a producer must: are i'eminded that Jan. 31,2009, is * have owned the unshorn the deadline for filing applications, lambs for at least 30 calendar days Jan, 31 is also the deadline for before the date of slaughter and fil- requesting a loan deficiency pay- ing the LDP application ment (LDP) for wool, mohair and * sold the unshorn lambs for unshorn pelts. Unshorn pelts are immediate slaughter in calendar not eligible for loans, year 2008 To be eligible for a loan or LDP * report all cropland acreage on on wool or mohair, a producer the applicable farms where the must: unshorn lambs were produced have owned the sheep or goats * have beneficial interest in the for not less than 30 calendar days unshorn lambs before shearing Sheep producers considering sheared the wool or mohair in using the commodity loan or LDP calendar year 2008 program should contact the staff at report all cropland acreage on the local county FSA office that the applicable farms where the maintains their farm program wool or mohair was produced records before the Jan. 31 dead- * have beneficial interest in the line. NDSU Dean's List Area North Dakota students were among the 2,772 North Dakota State University students to be placed on the fall dean's list. A student must earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 class credits to qualify. Those students from our area include: Mikayla M. Dahl, Nursing; Aaron J. Paul, Sociology, both from Beach; Jessica N. Baer, Mathematics: Tyson J. Decker, Civil Engineering; Daniel J. Duletski, Pharmacy; Kayla M. Kessel, Business Administration: Katelyn R. Kordon, Biology Sciences; Jonathan T. Krebs, Zoology, all from Belfield; and Melissa M. Weinreis, Dietetics, Golva. Anti-rabies clinic set for Jan. 17 The Southwestern District Health Unit in cooperation with Belfield Veterinary Service will sponsor an anti-rabies clinic for dogs and cats on Jan. 17. This clinic will run from 8:30 a.m. until noon and take place at the former medical clinic building located at 208 North Main St. in Belfield. The clinic is located on the east side of the building. The health unit urges everyone who has a pet dog or cat that they value, to have them protected against rabies Rabies is one of the most dreaded diseases known to man and can be spread from animal to human. The cost of the anti-rabies vac- cine will be $8 per shot. The veterinarian will also have vaccine available for protection against canine and feline distemper and feline leukemia. The cost of these vaccines will be as follows: Canine Distemper - $15, Feline Leukemia - $11, Feline Distemper - $10, and the Feline Leukemia/Distemper combination vaccination - $20. If requested, the veterinarian will be able to inoculate the animals in residents' vehicles. Kremers - Szudera Steve and Marie Kremers and Steve and Diane Szudera announce the engagement of their children, Cassie Kremers and Bill Szudera. They will be inarried on Feb. 7, 2009, at St. John the Baptist Church in Beach. Cassie is the owner of Body Works Massage in Beach. and Bill works for L & M Zook Farms. The best coverage of the area's news, sports and community events! You'll find it here! Golden Valley News P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. No. 221-280) Staff: Richard Volesky, editor/reporter/advertising manager: Jane Cook and Sheri Leistikow, office assis- tants. The Golden Valley News is published each Thursday, 22 Central Ave., Suite 1, Beach, ND 58621 by Nordmark Publishing, Rolta, ND. Periodicals postage paid at Beach, ND and additional mail- ing offices. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Golden Valley News, P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621. Please allow two to three weeks for new subscriptions, renewal of expired subscrip- tions and for address changes. Contact Information Phone: 701-872-3755 Fax: 701-872-3756 Emaih gvnews@midstate.net Subscriptions 1 year: $31 Golden Valley and Wibaux counties 1 year: $34 elsewhere in North Dakota 1 year: $37 out-of-state 9 months: $19 In-state college rate The Golden Valley News is a proud member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Seven Pounts District Democrats to hold Reorganization Your local District 39 Democratic-NPL Party will be holding a meeting to elect new leaders and discuss its future. The District Committee meet- ing will be held on January 24 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gate City Bank, 204 Sims, Dickinson, N.D., to select a chair, a vice chairman, vice chair- woman, secretary, treasurer and executive committee for the district. The Democratic-NPL Party is a grassroots organized political party. Its membership and meetings are open to anyone who voted, plans to vote, or affiliates themselves with the Party's ideals. For more information, please contact Mary H. Rowley at 701-853-2647. Big Sale Petal Pushers-Beach All giftware 50% off excluding Willow Tree and  Colonial Candles 281 E MazN - BEACH ND 701-872-4362 Pull Kathy Ferderer Black Tabs $50 Jack Friday & Saturday Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pm-lam Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm S&C Heating & Appliance Repair LLC Steve Baertsch has retired from Montana-Dakota Utilities If your income is not more than $17,500, you may qualify fiw the m Homestead Credit for Senior Citizens or Disabled Persons a credit to reduce propenty taxes or a partial refnnd of the rent you pay l'or details, ask }'our local assessor or .,n --, County Director oflhx Equalization ' S 72-673 As of January 2, 2009 his new business opened to serve your heating and appliance repair needs. Call 872-2104 for service.