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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS ° WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017 Page 3 We're not just a pharmacy, I' Locally owned and operated, Grafton Drug features a unique selection of giftware, puzzles, candy, kitchen items cards, and more. Gift wrap with purchase. Gift cards also available. Walsh County Spotlight The merchants below are proud to announce: -Walsh County Veterans Service Office 1. Social Security News: Due to budget restraints, the Social Se- cufity Administration has suspended mailings of paper Social Security Statements" to workers under the age of 60. They Will continue mailing Statements to those 60 and over who do not have an online account and are not receiving Social Security benefits. This will bring down the costs of processing and mailing paper Statements by $11.3 million in FY 2017. In addition, the SSA has enacted a hiring freeze and dramatically reduced overtime hours that help them process work after assisting customers in their offices and on the phone. More information can be found at http://blog.socialsecm ity.gov/ 2. Veteran Foster Homes Needed: The Fargo VA's Medical Foster Home Program is looking for skilled caregivers within 60 miles of Fargo- Moorhead to share their home with a Veteran. Caregivers can earn a com- petitive income while providing ahome and compassionate care for Veterans with health needs. Assistance with Veteran medical care pro- vided by VA Home-Based Primary Care. Home study, references, "and inspections required. For more information about the VA Medical Foster Home program, call Loni Larson at (701) 232-3241 extension 94394 or email Loni.Larson@va.gov. 3. CA National Guard to Pay Back Bonuses: After years of trying to collect reenlistlnent bonuses from California National Guard members and mounting pressure from the VFW, Congress and other VSOs, the Deparnnem of Defense (DOD) suspended its collection efforts in Octo- ber of 2016. VFW National Commander Brian Duffy said at the time that he "'welcomes the defense secretary's decision to suspend the collections efforts, but that the decision doesn't go deep enough. A comprehensive program needs to be immediately created to help make these Guard mem- bers whole again. They signed and fulfilled a contract, and whether they were authorized to receive a bonus is the fault of a system, not of any re- • cipient. Aside from stopping collection, the government should also re- The Park River Fire Department"Sweethearts store those monies already collected.' Earlier this week, DOD Secretary Breakfast" will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Park River Fire Hall from 10 am - I pm. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, coffee & juice will be served with Free will Donation. Ash Carter ordered the repayment of those bonuses that had been col- lected. DOD is also tasked with exploring ways to assist those veterans who ]nay have gone into debt or lost their homes because of the recoup- ment oftheh bonuses. 4. Combat Veterans Given Chance to Recoup Taxes on Disability Severance: On December 16, 2016, H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Vet- erans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 becmne Public Law No: 114-292. This new law provides veterans medically separated, or retired from the mil- itary due to combat-related injuries another opportunity to recoup the taxed portion of their severance payments. The law requires the Depart- ment of Defense (DOD) to identify veterans medically separated from military service due to combat-related injuries that were issued severance payments after January 17, 1991, and withheld amounts for tax purposes. DOD will provide this group of veterans with a notice of the amount of improperly withheld severance payments, and instructions for filing amended federal tax returns to recover the withheld amount. The period for filing this IRS claim for a credit, or refund is extended to one year after DOD provides the veteran with the information required by this Act. This law will be a significant benefit to this group of injured and ill vet, erans, and partially fulfills DAV Resolution 011 that calls for allowing all veterans to recover taxes withheld from their disability severance pay. Proceeds will be used to update equipment. Everyone is welcome! Interested in becomin a spotlight Contact the Press at 701-284-6333 COUNTY Park River PO Box 49 EDINBURG, N.D. -- United Feb. 16 at the Edinburg Commu- Blood Services announces a corn- nity Center from 1:30 to 6 p.ln. munity blood drive to stock hos- Contact Valley-Edinburg High pital shelves for this year's flu sea- School at 701-993-8312 to make son. During the fall and winter flu an appointment or call United season, we encourage healthy Blood Servicesat 1-800-917-4929 people to keep their donation ap- for more information. pointments since many regular If you have received the flu shot donors find themselves fighting the there's no impact on your ability flu bug themselves, to donate blood, you can receive If you are feeling well, we en- the shot and donate blood that courage you to donate at the Ed- same day. inburg blood drive. This is also a To save time, donors can now perfect time of year for "'first time fill out their Health History Ques- donors" to help patients who are tionnaire online at www.united- counting on a volunteer like you bloodservices.org the day of their to provide the lifesaving blood that donation. To donate blood, vol- they nee& Your donation will unteers must be at least 16 years make a difference for those who old (16 year olds need a minor are fighting cancer, having a sur- donor permit - available online) gery, or facing an emergency, and be in good health. The Valley- The next opportunity to donate Edinburg National Honor Society blood in your community will be is sponsoring this blood drive. DRAYTON, N.D. -- The providing refreshments, and reg- American Legion and American istering donors. Others who as- Legion Auxiliary have sponsored sisted the day of the drive include: a successful blood drive. The Francis Bellamy and Ray Gozdal. blood drive was held in Drayton on Space to hold the drive was pro- January 16th. According to Kati6 vided at the Tisdal Manor. Bartelson, Senior Donor Recruit- The availability of blood is de- ment Representative at United pendent on the success of blood Blood Services, "Drayton had a drive held in many comnmnities. good turnout. There were 25 peo- The citizens of the Drayton area ple who volunteered to donate can be assured that their commu- and 22 able to give. Six people gave blood on the automated nity is a good example of a well- 2RBC machine that collects two run blood program. units of red blood cells which re- On behalf of the patients who suited in 28 total products, benefited, United Blood Services Kristi Scharmer coordinated appreciates all the thoughtful peo- the drive. The American Legion ple who volunteered to help oth- and Americal legion Auxiliary ers by giving of themselves. sponsored the drive and assisted Blood is for sharing; you have with recruiting donors, publicity, truly given the "Gift of Life". (;(xx! samaritan (>._) 301 Park River County Road 12B 284-71 1 5 Katrina Hodny, Veteran Service Officer Admin Bldg 638 Cooper Ave, Suite 5 Grafton, ND 58237 " ' 701:352-50300r 701-331-1700 .... walshcountyvso@nd.g0v * walshc0untynd.corrdveteran Facebook @NDWCVSO What are you Let us help share yoUr excitement., ii~ Charges apply for open house invitations. AUTO PARTS Park River Implement 284-6316 % F IIRST ONITED Bank&lnsurance Park River ~ 284-7244 Adams ~ 944-2231 Grafton ~ 352-3668 Michigan ~ 259-2112 Hoop-le ~ 894-6123 'Crystal ~ 657-2168 110 4th St. E Park River Jim's Super Yalu 101 3rd st. W Park River For all your dinner needs! Call "Where Quality is Standard" RESIDENTIAL & (OMMER(IAL NEW Week Oe REMODEL EMERGENCY SERWCE AVAILABLE 701-331-1570 Scott Wedel, Owner saelectric. 14@g mail .com 6625145 Ave. NE Grafton, ND )J Park River, ND 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments ;400 Walmart Card (With 12 month lease " All *Income Based Paid Ground I Facility : Non Smoking Ej dingI dl Katie @ 701-331-2939 rie Homes Management 1-888-893-9501 1-800-366,6888 EHO By Jim Miller Dear Sma3, Seniol; What are the IRS income tczr fiL ing J'equimments for retirees" th& tar season? My income dropped way down when I retired last year. in 2016, so I 'm wondering ifI need to even.file a tar return this" ),ear. New Retiree Dear New, There are several factors that affect whether or not you need to file a federal income tax return this year including how much you earned last year (in 2016), and the source of that income, as well as your age and filing status. Here's a rundown of this tax sea- son's (2016) IRS tax filing require- ment thresholds. For most people, this is pretty straightforward. If your 2016 gross income - which in- cludes all taxable income, not count- ing your Social Security benefits, un- less you are roamed and filing sep- arately- was below the threshold for your filing status and age, you Senior Savvy Cont page 5 REGISTRATION FOR PRE-SCHOOL & a l KINDERGARTEN Registration for all Pre-school and Kindergarten students who will begin pre-school and kindergarten in the Park River Area School system this fall. You can register Feb. 20-24, 2017 between the hours of 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM at the Park River Area Elementary School Office. Please enter through Door #2 Pre-school children who register must reach their 4th birthday before August 1, 2017 and Kindergarten children must reach their 5th birthday before August 1, 2017. All students who enroll are required by state law to have an immunization record on file with the school before they may begin kindergarten next fall. These forms will be available at the time of registration. Each student must present his or her birth certificate before registration is complete. us for a A Wedding Shower for Kaylan (Kizima) and Tanner Kelly will be held on Saturday, _Feb. 11 at. the City .OffIce ", In Pad(River. The.happy couple is register .ed at 10n's Hardware in Park River and Target They will be m ng their home at Fort Drum in New York state. ELECTRIC LTD. 65 Years of exceptional service - with many third generation customers. Experienced, well trained and knowledgable staff that live in your communities. Providing Quality Electrical Services to: • Farms • Agricultural Plants • Schools • Water Plants • Homes • Cities • Hospitals • Just about anything else that needs wiring Serving northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota Call us at 701-284-7433 SAMSON, the strongest name in the industryl Your Professional Prescription Service We offer.. 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