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------,!-- [ t _./ Sl.OO I ISSUE NUMBER 42 NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 Sunshmne Kids Center hosts anfiual Spring : Photos:Larry Biri Hunt" The annual Sunshine Kids Center Spring Carnival and Egg Hunt entertained kids from Park River and the surrounding area with games, treats, and the Easter Bunny. Above: Izley Hoenke really could care less about the Easter eggs what with a delicious sucker in her mouth. Left: Hey dad what is it? Vaya Stark watches as her dad Ryer figures out one of the prizes they got from the Spring Carnival. Morn, Katie Stark is rather curious also while daughter Zola doesn't seem the least bit interested. See more photos from the carnival on the back page. i Wes tern Walsh Townships say: Land valuations not adding up ta township in Western Walsh saw a Soil Valu- ation increase of over $300 per acre. The KXPO report added Commissioner Luther Meberg said that he voted yes because the county had no choice adding that he didn't want to end up in a position where Bismarck could withhold state funds because the commission isn't doing its job. According to the law, for any county that has not fully implemented use of soil type and soil classification data from detailed or general soil surveys "the tax commissioner shall direct the state treasurer to withhold five percent of that county's allocation each quarter from the state aid distribution." The State Tax Commission's Guide to As- sessing Agricultural Land in North Dakota de- scribes the method of determining value using the following considerations in descending or- der of significance: 1. Soil type and soil classification data from detailed or general soil surveys; 2. The schedule of modifiers that must be used to adjust agricultural property assessments with- in the county as approved by the state supervi- sor of assessments (under subsection 9); and 3. Actual use of the property for cropland or noncropland purposes by the owner of the par- cel. The guide states that "The Agricultural Land Valuation Committee recognizes counties throughout the state may have unique perspec- tives and concerns about the assessment of Property taxes Co, niL, p,a,ge, j By Allison Olimb , of The Press ADAMS, N.D -- Western Walsh County is taking a stand against taxation without proper representation of land values. At the tax equalization proceedings held Monday, April 14 in Lankin, township officers were presented with the assessments; and because of a new Soils Land Valuation Map implemented by state law, some in the eastern part of the coun- ty saw their property taxes decrease, while many west of Park River found their property tax- es more than double. "We would not sign the assessor's book with these values," said Jeff Boe of Adams who is spearheading this grassroots effort to get the at- tention of the state that something needs to be done about the property tax assessments. He said that the law uses a formula that as- sesses the county across the board, but Walsh County is not an area where a one-size-fits-all formula is the solution "My soil type is being valued the same as the east," he said explaining that though it is one county, the law does not account for the transi- tion in landscape from the Red River Valley to the Prairie Pothole Region, "It's a struggle in these diverse counties." In February of this year, the Walsh County Commission approved the new Soils Land Val- uation Map for 2014, but not without some hes- itation. County Commissioner Jack Karas vot- ed no on the roll call vote to approve the map. According to a KXPO, Karas cited the dra- matic rise in values being a problem noting the example of Acton township in Eastern Walsh saw a value drop of about $215 per acre, while Ves- Edinburg General Store to celebrate National Register dedication EDINBURG, N.D. -- The Edinburg General Store will be hosting communit festivities on April 26, beginning at 4 p.m. with its Annual Customer Ap- preciation Day. The festivities will include a history of the General Store, Burning the Mortgage, and celebrating the General Store's recent place- ment on the National Register of Historic Properties with a presentation by the Walsh County Historic Preservation Commission and music Food will be served. i General Store Oo, v.. /p,,o,e, 6, Saint Gianna's Maternity Home to hold Spring Banquet in honor of anniversary There is no charge to reserve a seat and attend the banquet. An opportunity to support this pro- life apostolate will be extend- ed that evening. Saint Gianna's Maternity Home also is seeking WARSAW, N.D. On Monday, April 28, Saint Gian- na's Maternity Home in War- saw will continue its year-long 10th anniversary celebration with a Spring Banquet that will be held at the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo, N.D. The keynote speaker will be Monsignor Thomas J. Richner, rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck He will share a message of hope based on the Home's anniver- sary theme of "I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." John 10:10. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. Late- (very late-) breaking news Se'e' page, Zlkmund wins writing award See p,oLge' 3 Easter iL dhe o,]n tunnte @f " t tlhe y, eaur wlhen t s 1perfe, ctl, aafe to lpUlt al[l[ o,un? ,e, ff, ff ant "o,]nue lbaskell="" "" Kurt Avish Parenting workshop Se'e' p,at,,',e' 3 PRA takes second at speech See p,aKe'