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j Study shows Minnesota's available to businesses lower that business taxes among lowest in burden by as much as 70 percent. nation "I suspect businesses know this State Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL- about our taxes, as Minnesota is home Granite Falls, expressed optimism to more Fortune 500 companies than about the future of the state's any other state in the nation," said economy after reviewing the study Sen. Kubly. released this week that proves These figures support the actions Minnesota's business climate to be that Minnesota lawmakers have taken among the best in the nation. The to pass additional job-creating tax Council on State Taxation's annual credits and policies this session. A study showed Minnesota's business considerable jobs bill that included tax taxes are the 15th lowest in the nation, credits for new and existing "Many politicians like to claim that businesses was passed early in the Minnesota is a high-tax state, but it legislative session. seems to me that this study proves that "Lawmakers have learned that the isn't true," said Sen. Kubly. "Our technological and bioscience state has led the way in many new industries are areas that Minnesota has innovations and is the home to many the opportunity to become a national nationally renowned companies. As leader," said Sen. Kubly. "To help the economy recovers, I believe we're grow these sectors of our economy, on the right path to keep growing we created the Minnesota Science and these successful businesses." Technology Authority to help Specifically, the study shows implement economic development Minnesota's total state and local taxes strategies. We also provided an angel collected from businesses are far investment tax credit in tlie jobs bill to below other states - about $940 provide tax incentives for these start- million less than the national average, up companies to settle in Minnesota. The study cites generous tax. We're focusing on ways we can grow deductions and credits as reasons why our economy for the long-term. This businesses are attracted to the state, is the best bill we've passed for Although Minnesota's corporate business in my time in the Minnesota income tax rate of 9.8 percent is one Legislature." Sen. Kubly added that it of the highest in the nation, the is also important to supplement tax significant deductions and credits policies with other measures that support new and existing Minnesota businesses. Accordingly, the Senate has passed a comprehensive bonding bill and is advancing an economic development package. These legislative measures are expected to create a combined 30,000 new jobs for Minnesotans. "The bonding bill will put thousands of people back to work all across the state by making improvements to our bridges, college campuses, public utilities, and parks and trails," said Sen. Kubly. "This investment not only creates good- paying construction jobs and stimulates the economy, but improves the quality of life for Minnesota citizens ." The Council on State Taxation is an association of 600 corporate tax attorneys. The group tallies all state and local taxes imposed on businesses each year, and measures taxes paid as a portion of private business activity in each state. A full copy of the report may be obtained at Anyone with comments or questions can contact Sen. Kubly at 301 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 5 5 1 5 5 1 6 0 6 or 651" 296-5094. 40v ,what about a To the Editor: younger students! I and a number of other Citizens The April 13, 2010 Sioux Falls object to the "slanted way" the online newspaper front page story "Tough survey is written by the two school new rules for troubled school" superintendents concerning a possible includes a list of 10 low performing big change to a four day only school schools in South Dakota. One of the week for students, teachers and the five,high schools listed was Grant- administration. Any survey of the Deuel high school. Why their public public should be mailed to all citizens and School Board would choose a of the Ortonville-Bellingham School four day schedule is beyond my District. .understanding? The "bottom line" really is what is in the best interest of our students?" Elsie Perrine Cutting 25 days out of the school year Ortonville would be especially hard on the By Dan Meyer Big Stone Co. 17-21 for our annual Meyer Father Veteran Service Officer and Sons Fishing Trip to Ontario, The office hours for the Big Stone Canada. County Veterans Here's one for kids ..... Adventure Service Office Up North! are 7:30 a.m.-4 Laketrails Base Camp is a pm Monday wilderness youth camp located on through Friday. beautiful Oak Island in Lake of the My office phone Woods. As part of the nine-day number is (320) session, teens who come to Laketrails 839-6398. A "Veteran"-- whether active d u t y , discharged, retired, or reserve--is someone who, at one point In a nutshell, here are the basics: in his or her life, wrote a blank check Teens of military families who made payable to "The United States of have at least one parent deployed can America," for an amount of "up to, pay just $50 to attend a nine-day and including his or her life." .session at Laketrails. Their program A friendly reminder. I will be out is centered around a wilderness canoe of the office from May l2-14 and May trip, but there are Base Camp activities as well. If there are youth To the Editor: who want to sign up for the middle I'm a little upset about the way the school session, the age requirement online poll about a four day school (13-18) is waived, but they need to week was written. It should have have completed the sixth grade. Also, started with "if you wanted the four- transportation is provided via bus day-week", "not what day they should service which runs from Rogers, with cut". It sounds like "The Fix Is In". I various stops along the way to wonder what the real reason is the Young's Bay in the Northwest Angle superintendent and teachers want this, of Minnesota. is it so they can have another day off In the summer we try to keep them active with sports and other activities. Now we'll have one more day each week to find something for them to do. Better make sure your garage is locked and you have your key out of your car, because Junior will be bored. The way I understand it,, we will only be saving $70,000 or so. What if all the families who don't like, or enjoy a five-six day canoe trip through Right now they have openings or is it that they might lose their job if can't have a four day school week the wilderness and waters of Ontario, available in Session 2 (July 6-14), money gets tight? Growing up in decide to open enroll to another Canada. Upon returning from the Session 3--middle school (July 15-23), Minneapolis my neighbor was the school. We could be even further canoe adventure, a fun-filled day is and Session 5 (August 4-12). They superintendent for ALL Minneapolis behind money wise. The only thing spent at Base Camp before returning have been granted 20 camperships--a schools. Maybe we should look at gained going to four days, is school home on the Laketrails bus. great opportunity for 20 lucky kids! combining the superintendent'semployees get yet another day off and Please call or visit their website for position with all schools in an area more information: Camp Director, district. That might save around Sue Lemm at 1-218-783-4181 or the $100,000 without burdening our Business Office at 1-800-450-6460 or children. Another thought I had, is what do Until next week, take care and bored teenagers do when unattended. "Fair Winds and Following Seas !" our little ones attention spans are taken to the next level. Phil Blake Ortonville Benefit dinner set for Barbara Wellnitz by Patrick Moore and 507-720-2012. A benefit dinner will be held in Duane Ninneman More farmers are attending honor of Barbara (Arndt) Wellnitz of The Minnesota River is getting meetings about soil erosion in the Milbank, SD this Saturday, May 8 at cleaner as more people get involved. Minnesota River than ever before, the Big Stone American Legion in Big Stone City, SD. The dinner We are turning things around, The news media is giving good begins at 5 p.m. with a raffle, live slowly butsurely, coverage to the issues and a and silent auctions followed by Evidence of this pronouncementMinnesota River Documentary is can be gleaned from the Minnesota being made. music with Sultans of Sing Karaoke. Proceeds from the benefit will go River Basin Trends Report that will be Small scale prototype solutions to to help defray medical expenses discussed on Thursday, May 6 from the Minnesota River's problems are Barbara has incurred in her fight 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Montevideo being advanced by various watershed against breast cancer. She is currently Public Library. Please come and learn projects and SWCD's, rock outcrops undergoing chemotherapy treatment. more from Scott Kudelka and Kim are being protected and trail systems Musser. are being developed. Matching funds will be proved by Further evidence is found in the We've never had this level of Thrivent Financial Grant Co. Chapter fact that the Granite Falls Area interest and momentumbefore. #30581. Chamber of Commerce has teamed up We are getting closer to the day Barbara, formerly of Ortonville, is with CURE to sponsor another clean when everyone will be very proud of the daughter of the late Bob and up of the River on Saturday May 8 this green jeweled necklace of wild Gladys Arndt, who owned and from 10 a.m. till Noon. I hope to see and scenic beauty that graces our operated Bob's Taxi Service in you there--you will be amazed by the state. Ortonville for many years. Barbara is turn out of committed citizens. When I go to my eternal reward, as a cousin to Sonny and Curtis Arndt of Ortonville. If you can't make either of these my dear mother did this past week, I events, then you might be able to pitch hope to do so with the knowledge that Donations can also be made to the in for the Clean Up being sponsored I worked together with my friends and Barbara Wellnitz Benefit Fund, c/o on May 14 and 15 of the Blue Earth perceived enemies to give a gift to the First Bank and Trust of Milbank, 215 and LeSuer Rivers by the Mankato future in the form of a cleanerW. 4thAvenue, Milbank, SD 57252. Paddling and Outings Club. For more Minnesota River. information call Patrick Baskfield at Thanks to all of you for your 507-327-5459"or Kevin Langton at support Fleet Phospho Soda was a bowel cleanser people drank to prepare for a colonoscopy before it was recalled after an FDA warning. If you had kidney failure within two months after drinking Fleet Phospho bowel cleansing solution, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call us at 1-800-920-6499. Lee J. Hollis Attorney at Law I Toll Free 1-800-701-3672 Monday, May 17, 2010 - S PM ITEMS ARE ALL NEW! Rubber Boots - Misc. Filters Kitchenwares - Misc. Automotive ELECTRICAL Fuses - Junction Boxes - Light Bulbs Outlet Boxes - Tape - Wire Nuts Terminal Lugs - Strapping - Wire Receptacles - Plates - Water Tight Fittings Switches - Adaptors - Thermostats Fuse Boxes - Supply Boxes - baltist PLUMBING Galvanized Pipe Fittings - Faucets White and Black PVC Fittings Faucet Repair Parts - Valves Complete Faucet Repair Center Brass Fittings - Hoses - Teflon Tape Dryer Vents - Drains and Drain Assemblys PAINT Latex and Enamel Paint - Stains - Sealers Spray Paints - Varnish. Paint Shaker Nuts - Bolts - Screws - Nails - Signs House Numbers - Mop Heads Couple of Power FIo Rollers Hardware Liquidation SALE WILL BE CONDUCTED BY: ~----" :T"'~---..,--.~ - AUC13ON CLERKING u ...dBS. 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USA vs. Europe golf cup The Ortonville Independent (U.S.P.S. 412-460) JAMES'O; ilRC.ER Publisher / Managing Editor SUZE'rrE KAERCHER-BLAKE Editor and Advertising Sales MIKE SWENSON Associate Editor / Advertising Rep Tues., May 4, 2010 Vol. 92; No. 16 Continuing the ORTONVILLE JOURNAL STAR Published Every Tuesday at 29 2nd St. N.W. Ortonville, MN 56278 Periodicals Postage Paid at Ortonville, Minnesota SUBSCRIPTION RATES $35.00 per year in Big Stone, Lac qu Parle, Traverse and Swift Counties ir Minnesota, Grant and Roberts Counties in South Dakota. $40.00 for all other counties in Minnesota and South Dakota. All others, $45.00 per year. 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