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Page 6 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017 m ~ -= --~.~2.~. ---~ ~-: --~ T--- -=- ~-~: Z:Z~,~,--,L~ 2.-.~ ~.~ Year. Welch was in attendance at Michelle Obama's final speech as First Lady. Walsh youth join thousands in 4- H National Youth Science Day STEM challenge. Polar Communications awards $5,000 in technology grants to area schools, including Drayton, Fordville-Lankin, and St. Thomas. Dundee Mutual Insurance Com- pany in Park River announces change in management from long- time Secretary Treasurer Manager Eugene Bossert to Ryan Dreger. Minto Bologna Cook Off cele- brates 31 years. February First Care Health Center Giving Hearts Day raises money for dif- ferent items that focuses on three ar- eas of care--patient safety, patient engagement efforts, and patient sat- isfaction. Aggie boys' basketball takes second in B Squad Tournament. Jason Lindell of Park River ex- periences North Dakota through North Dakota State University Ex- tension Service's Rural Leadership North Dakota program's Class VII. First Care Health Center in Park River adds physical therapist Coris- sa Kruse and physical therapy as- sistant Allie Beneda. Good Samaritan Society of Park River completes project to pur- chase and install new generator for the facility. Park River hosts workshop of conservation featuring guest speak- er Jerry Doan. Park River and Grafton benefit from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota grants for various pro- grams including the Park River Fourth of July Color Dash 5K. Walsh County Team raising funds for the Sunshine Hospitality Home project honored for efforts. The group was awarded team of the year in addition to team leaver Dr. Man- di Johnson being named 2017 Vol- unteer of the Year. Walsh 4-H Crop Judging team takes first place at Little I in Fargo and Kindred Crops Judging Contest. Park River Area student Ifedayo Omotunde selected as National Merit Finalist. March Park River/Fordville-Lankin girls' basketball takes the Region 2 trophy home and prep for return to state. Park River Community Endow- ment Foundation selects logo to rep- resent the area. St. Gianna's Maternity Home in Walsh County fmishes top ten for Giving Hearts Day donations. Park River Area student Ifedayo Omotunde named to North Dakota Class B Academic All-State Gold Team. Eunice Evenson honored for 57 years at the organ in Trinity Luther- an Church, Edinburg. District 10 Legislative Forum concerns focus on environmental concerns, education, and state spend- ing vs. revenue. Aggie girls claim consolation championship at the North Dakota State Class B Basketball Tourna- ment. Park River students announced as regional Scholastic Art and Writing Award Recipients, including Gold Key award winner Emily Frovarp. Hannah Swartz of Park River, at- tending school at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, is named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Aca- demic Team. Icelandic Communities Associ- ation works to preserve sites im- portant to Icelandic heritage by awarding grants to Vidalin Cemetery and Church, Vikur Society, and Gardar Township Hall project. Adams Fire Department hosts grand opening to celebrate newly constructed fire hall. Steve Stark presents illustrated history of the Red River Valley to Graflon Middle School. North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum declares state of emer- gency for Walsh County based on threat of major flooding. Park River Area Student Emily Frovarp earns national recognition in Scholastic Art & Writing program with silver medal for her piece "Finding Doff." Park River hockey program alums Levi Cudmore, Ethan Peter- son, and Logan Syrup continue their hockey pursuits out of state. April Walsh 4-H youth crop judgers take second place in state contest in both junior and senior divisions. USDA names Walsh County among 2016 natural disaster areas for losses caused by multiple dis- asters in the 2016 crop year. Park River City Coordinator Nancy Thompson receives Vision- ary Award at the Municipal Gov- ernment Academy Awards during the North Dakota League of Cities March workshop. Minto workshop "Wine in the Woods" focuses on shelterbelt ren- ovation and winemaking. Park River Area's music teacher Leah Entzel showcases her skills in rock concert as member of the 188th Army National Guard Band at PRA. Former Park River Area. Student Frank Vondra helps Bismarck State College win regional theater com- petition for "Best Sound Design." Park River auditor Ann Berg honored with 110% Award during the North Dakota League of Cities March workshop. Walsh County residents urged to be aware of fentanyl threat. Kristeen Monson of Grafton High School and Sarah Kastner of Park River Area School work with state to create new North Dakota mathematics standards. Mid April 2017 planting gets started. Park River area wins State Aca- demic Olympics for second straight year. Park River ninth grade girls' basketball team heads to Pacesetter Great Four-State Championship. May Park River Community Club takes the reins of the Park River Farmers Market. North Dakota American Lung Association presents dangers of e- cigarettes at Grafton Health Fair. Park River Area students get creative with Invention Convention. Shirley Sobolik named Good Samaritan Society Park River Vol- unteer of the Year. Eugene Bossert retired from Dundee Mutual Insurance Compa- ny in Park River after 31 years. Walsh County Press awarded Sweepstakes for small weekly pa- pers at North Dakota Newspaper As- sociation Better Newspaper Contest. Among honors the Press earned first place in Overall Design Excellence. St. Mary's Catholic Church in Park River hosts pancake breakfast to benefit St. Raymond's School in Southem India. North Dakota State University Extension Service hosts Annie's ProJect for area farm women. Park River's Thea Thompson awarded honors in PBS Kids Writ- ers Contest. Lili Robinson of Minto named a finalist in NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student honors. Park River Area students con- tribute to Park River campground project by planting trees. Fourth of July Color Dash coor- dinators announce return of 5K for second year. Arbor Day Foundation names Lankin Tree City USA for 2016. Lankin has been a Tree City for the past 21 years. Park River/Fordville-Lankin baseball takes Region 4 Champi- onship. June The Aggies claim their first ever baseball championship. American Legion National Com- mander Charles Schmidt plans to at- tend Park River Fourth of July cel- ebration and host Walk for Veterans. FEMA allows. Drayton to per- manently keep earthen levee, which previously was in jeopardy. Michigan mom who is on a mis- sion to stop at Relay for Life events throughout the country makes North Dakota stop at Walsh County event. Park River grad Max Otto makes rounds at First Care Health Center in journey to becoming a doctor. Max Berger of Park River re- ceives certificate from North Amer- ican Retail Hardware Association. Louise Dryburgh, administrator of First Care Health Center, cele- brated for her service as she transi- tions to retirement. Casey Vargason high school jun- ior at Valley-Edinburg makes his mark on the track as a racecar driv- er. Grafton residents Scott and Va- lerie Dalbey presented with Colonel's Award for Excellence by North Dakota Highway Patrol for re- porting a suspicious driver. Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc names Ifedayo Omotunde of Park River among 12 remarkable high school student scholarship awardees in the state. To be continued in 2018 FARGO, N.D. --Agricultural producers should do tax planning be- fore the end of the year based on the information known at this time. Traditionally, producers try to do tax planning to limit their tax li- ability. With the downturn in the agricultural economy, limiting tax li- ability may not be an issue, but tax planning is still an important fac- tor. "The tax cut bill that Congress is considering is a major factor," says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension Service farm economist. "At this time, the bill is in conference committee where the House and Senate versions are being discussed." Haugen continues, "There are many unknowns at this time. Gen- erally, in the current form, if passed, there would be lower tax rates next tax year and planning could be done accordingly. There are also many provisions, loop-holes, deductions and possible sequestration that are yet to be determined that may affect producers both negatively and pos- itively much more than a rate reduction." Producers still need to do tax planning based on current law. "In tax planning, it is best to start with year-to-date income and ex- penses, and estimate them for the remainder of the year," says Hau- gen. "Do not forget any income that was deferred to 2017 from a pre- vious year." Some producers may have generated a net operating loss. Agricul- tural producers can carry a loss back up to five years'for a refund. They may elect to carry the loss back only two years or elect to carry the loss forward up to 20 years. One important note: Self-employment tax is not refundable. Haugen adds, "Depreciation also needs to be estimated. It is best to try to spread out income and expenses so producers don't have ab- normally high or low income or expenses in any one year." These are items to note for planning 2017 tax returns: The section 179 exnense enerally allows producers to deduct up to $510,000 on new or used machinery or equipment purchased in the tax year. There is a dollar-for-dollar phase-out for purchases above $2,030,000. The additional 50 percent first-year bonus depreciation is in effect. It is available for new property with a recovery period of 20 years or less. It is equal to 50 percent of the adjusted basis after any section 179 expensing. This provision is scheduled to be phased out by 2019. Income averaging can be used by producers to spread the tax lia- bility to lower income tax brackets in the three previous years. This is done on schedule J. North Dakota farrners who elect to use income averaging for federal purposes also may use Form ND 1FA (income averaging) for North Dakota income tax calculations. Crop insurance proceeds and government crop disaster payments can be deferred to the next tax year if a producer is a cash-basis tax- payer and can show that normally income from damaged crops would be included in a tax year following the year of the damage. A livestock income deferral is available for those who had a forced sale of livestock because of a weather-related disaster. Here is what producers can do before the end of the year to limit their current tax liability: Prepay farm expenses. Feed, fertilizer, seed and similar expenses can be prepaid. Typically, discounts are received by paying for these expenses in the fall. Producers can deduct prepaid expenses that do not exceed 50 percent of their other deductible farm expenses. Pay real estate taxes or interest. Paying taxes or interest can be done before the end of the year to increase 2017 expenses. Defer income to 2018. Crop and livestock sales can be deferred un- til the next year by using a deferred payment contract. Most grain el- evators or sales barns will defer sales until the next tax year. Produc- ers should be aware that they are at risk if the business becomes in- solvent before the check is received and cashed. Purchase machinery or equipment. Machinery or equipment purchases can be made before the end of the year to get a depreciation or 179 ex- pense deduction in 2017. Contribute to a retirement plan such as a simplified employee pen- sion plan, shvings incentive match plan for employees, individual re- tirement account or solo 401K. Information on agricultural topics can be found in the Farmers Tax Guide, Publication 225. It can be obtained at any IRS office or ordered by calling 800-829-3676. Any questions about these topics should be addressed to your tax professional or the IRS at 800-829-1040 or http://www.irs.gov. North Dakota income tax questions can be addressed to the North Dakota Tax Department at 877-328-7088 or http://www.nd.gov/tax/. ~/ ! < (ii~i~) ;~ ! FARGO, N.D. -- The North staff consistently demonstrate a United Agronomy, Berthold, community involvement. Dakota Department of Agriculture high level of work and facility safe- managed by Todd Erickson, was 2017 Awards Nominees includ- (NDDA) and the North Dakota ty,"AgricultureCommissionerDoug named the 2017 North Dakota An- ed: Agricultural Association (NDAA) Goehring said. "They hold training, hydrous Ammonia Dealer of the Pesticide Dealer of the Year honored three pesticide and anhy- keep detailed and organized records Year. Northern Nature Seed, Drayton drous ammonia dealers and appli- and represent themselves in a way "United Agronomy has an ex- Northern Plains Ag Service of cators during NDAA's recent annual that reflects good North Dakota cellent inspection record with a meeting in Fargo. values." history of compliance at all of their Forman "The North Dakota Agricultural Farmers Union of Southem Val- facilities," Goehring said. "They CPS in Jamestown , Association is proud to sponsor Icy, Fairmount, was named the are very proactive, organizing an these awards and recognize people 2017 North Dakota Pesticide Ap- outreach training event to educate Pesticide Applicator of the Year who excel in customer service and plicator of the Year. their community on anhydrous am- Farmers Union of Southern Val- environmental awareness," said "Farmers Union of Southern monia and what to do in the event Icy Gary Knutson, NDAA executive di- Valley runs a great operation, with of an accidental release." Jayce Wharam, Valley Sprayers, rector. "These awards recognize immaculate records, equipment, Nominees for the awards werePark River good stewardship of soil, water and employee training and chemical selected and scored by North Dako- Didier Ag Center, Sanborn air through the safe and proper use storage." Goehring said. "Manager ta Department of Agriculture field of plant nutrient and crop protection Brad Vanoverbeke is committed to staff. Scoring criteria included products," excellence in application, technol- recordkeeping, Worker Protection Anhydrous Ammonia Dealer of The 2017 North Dakota Pesticide ogy and working relationships." Standard (WPS) knowledge, storage, the Year Dealer qf the Year is Northern Na- North Dakota has approximate- use of personal protective equip- United Agronomy, Berthold ture Seed, Drayton. ly 9,900 commercially certified ment, regulatory history, contribu- Bottineau Farmers Elevator "Manager Scott Johnson and his pesticide applicators, tions to pesticide stewardship and Scranton Equity Exchange First Care Health Center Join Our Team! Full4ime Scrub Technician position available at First Care Health Center in Park River, ND. Will include working in CSR. Hours vary Monday-Friday & will include afterhours call time. 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