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First-time If you have purchased or wouldrent maximum $7,500 credit to like to purchase your first home $8,000. The credit phase-outs start for between April 8, 2008, and December taxpayers with an adjusted gross apply for a home purchased' in 2009. 1, 2009, you may qualify for a 10% income in excess of $75,000. You are a nonresident alien. First-Time Homebuyer Credit. For If any of the following describe You sell the home or it ceases to homes purchased in 2008, the credit you, you Cannot take the credit, even be your main home. of up to $7,500 of the purchase price if you buy a main home: You acquired your home by gift operates like an interest-free loan that Your modified adjusted gross or inheritance. must be repaid over a 15-year period income is $95,000 or more ($170,000, For more detailed information beginning with your 2010 tax return, if married filing jointly) about the First-Time Homebuyer For homes purchased in 2009, the Your home financing comes from Credit talk to your tax preparer or news is even better. This credit is -tax-exempt mortgag-ereven-u-e bonds access Form 5405 at only required to be paid back if the South Dakota Housing Development NESDCAP provides FREE tax prepa- home ceases to be your main home Authority provides the low interest ration. within 36 months from the purchase First-Time Homeowner loans by sell- date. The 2009 law also raises the cur- ing tax-exempt Mortgage Revenue Bonds to investors. If you received a First-Time Homeowner Loan in 2008 from the SDHDA this rule applies to you and you do not qualify for the credit. However, this rul does not GIRL POWER! Recently employees of OAHS were told about the part they could play in the Buildinga Healthy Future Capital Campaign through a series of educational opportunities. They learned that the Campaign Committee's goa/was to have as many employees as possible participating in the project, whether through a payroll deduction or a one time gift. Incentives are in place to encourage participation and each department's progress is tracked. The employees at Northside Medical Clinic were the first have department to reach 100 percent participation. The) committed a total of $22,075 through pledges and, ifts. Tl e contributions are ofvaryin sizes and prove the point that there is power in numbers! The uuilding a Healthy Future Capital Campaign SteeringCommittee and the BSHCF Board of Directors want to thank these employees for their commitment to the hospital replacement project, the Foundation and the well-being of the community. Part of nearly $8 billion in ciency efforts nationwide that will Recovery Act funding for energy effi- create 100,000 jobs and cut energy ASSESSMENT NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization or Open Book Meeting of the following townships will be held for reviewing and correcting the assessment for 2009. All persons considering themselves aggrieved by said assessment or who wish to complain that the property of another is assessed too low are hereby notified to appear at said meeting and show cause for having such assessment corrected. No complaint that another is assessed too low will be acted upon until the person so assessed, or his agent, shall have been notified of such complaint. AKRON TOWNSHIP Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 10:00 AM- Akron Town Hall, Correll ALMOND TOWNSHIP Friday, April 3, 2009 - 10:30 AM - Memorial Building, Clinton ARTICHOKE TOWNSHIP Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 9:00 AM - Akron Town Hall, Correll BIG STONE TOWNSHIP Wednesday, April 1,2009 - 2:30 PM - Commissioner Room, Courthouse BROWNS VALLEY TOWNSHIP Wednesday, April 1,2009 - 9:00 AM Conference Room, Buffalo Ridge Bank, Beardsley FOSTER TOWNSHIP Wednesday, April 1,2009 - 11:00 AM - Foster Town Hall GRACEVILLE TOWNSHIP (Open Book Meeting) Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 12:00 to 1:30 PM - Assessor's Office, Courthouse MALTA TOWNSHIP Friday, April 3, 2009 - 9:00 AM - Curtiss Olson Farm MOONSHINE TOWNSHIP (Open Book Meeting) Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 12:00 to 1:30 PM - Assessor's Office, Courthouse ODESSA TOWNSHIP (Open Book Meeting) Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 12:00 to 1:30 PM - Assessor's Office, Courthouse ORTONVILLE TOWNSHIP (Open Book Meeting) Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 12:00 to 1:30 PM - Assessor's Office, Courthouse OTREY TOWNSHIP Friday, April 3, 2009 - 1:00 PM - Otrey Town Hall PRIOR TOWNSHIP Wednesday, April 1,2009 - 1:00 PM - Prior Town Hall TOQUA TOWNSHIP Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 2:30 PM - Barry Farmers Elevator, Barry. CITIES, BARRY, BEARDSLEY, CORRELL, JOHNSON, ODESSA (Open Book Meeting) Friday, April 3, 2009 -2:00 to 4:00 PM - Assessor's Office, Courthouse CLINTON and GRACEVILLE (Open Book Meeting) Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 2:00 to 4:00 PM - Assessor's Office, Courthouse ORTONVILLE Wednesday, April 1,2009 - 5:00 PM - Commissioner Room, Courthouse bills for families Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Chu today announced Minnesota will receive $186,109,411 in weatherization and energy efficiency funding - including $131,937,411 for the Weatherization Assistance Program and $54,172,000 for the State Energy Program. This is part of a. nationwide investment announced today of nearly $8 billion under the President's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - an investment that will put approximate- ly 87,000 Americans to work. "This energy efficiency funding for states is an important investment in making America more energy inde- pendent, creating a cleaner economy and creating more jobs for the 21st century that can't be outsourced," said Vice President Biden. The funding will support weather- ization of homes, including adding more insulation, sealing leaks and modernizing heating and air condi- tioning equipment, which will pay for itself many times over. "Even as we seize the enormous potential of clean energy sources like wind and sblar, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act makes a major investment in energy efficiency, which is the most cost effective route to energy indepen- dence," Chu said. The Weatherization Assistance Program will allow an average invest- ment of up to $6,500 per home in energy efficiency upgrades and will be available for families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level - or about $44,000 a year for a family of four. The State Energy Program funding will be available for rebates to con- sumers for home energy aud{ts or other energy saving improvements; development of renewable energy projects for clean electricity genera- tion and alternative fuels; promotion of Energy Star products; efficiency upgrades for state and local govern- ment buildings; and other innovative state efforts to help save families money on their energy bills. Red-Winged Blackbirds will instantly come, display his red While some argue that the first epaulets, and sing from just a few feet robin is the true harbinger of spring, away, defending his side of some robins can often be found here and invisible line they have created with there during the winter. Instead, an passion and vigor. irrefutable sight and sound of spring is When the females arrive, they a grove full of thousands of red- select not so much the male bird as the winged blackbirds, chattering noisily quality portion of marsh they believe on a gorgeous spring day. These will best serve their need for food and blackbirds are heading to their a secure nest site. Frequently, two or breeding grounds. Some will stay in three female blackbirds will end up in Minnesota to nest while others push the territory of a single male bird further north. Red-winged blackbirds which has been able to claim choice are particu'larly gregarious during real estate. Male blackbirds will mate migration; sometimes long narrow with all females which settle in their flocks of blackbirds will take five territories. The nests are typically minutes or more to pass overhead, woven onto upright marsh vegetation, with the flock stretching for more than with dense cattails being particularly a mile and containing many, many favored. thousands of birds. About the time the male redwing Once they settle on a breeding site, blackbirds are getting their territories blackbirds which were earlier happy sorted out, the later arriving yellow- to spend days with thousands of their headed blackbirds arrive on the own kind suddenly become deeply breeding grounds. They tend to territorial. The males, with their dominate the red-winged blackbirds widely recognized jet-black and often cause additional chaos as appearance and red shoulder they force some red-winged markings, typically migrate a few blackbirds from choice spots in the weeks before the females. The later marsh interior, setting off a chain arriving females are often not reaction as the red-wings try to retain identified as blackbirds by casual the most favorable territory possible observers. Female red-winged given the new presence of the blackbirds are a bit smaller than the dominant yellow-headed blackbird. males, and have a camouflaged, While the two species sometimes streaky brown plumage with no red squabble over territories, they do not markings. The males select a breeding interbreed. There are several other territory in a promising portion of a blackbird species in North America, marsh, perch on tall cattail stems, and including Brewer's blackbird, rusty sing their happy spring song. It often blackbird, and tri-colored blackbird, takes many' days for the birds to sort but only red-winged and yellow-heads out their territories, with rival males blackbirds are common nesters in taking as much marsh as they can western Minnesota. defend from other males. Watch a Blackbirds, marsh on a spring morning when the blackbirds, occasionally cause some blackbirds are freshly arrived. You agricultural damage in; the fall, will often see a male fly to a certain especially in sunflower fields in the cattail stem and sing. Another male north or rice fields in the south. Huge flocks sometimes develop a pattern of roosting in a certain marsh and going by the thousands to a nearby field to feed. These problems are highly localized and, for the most part, giant flock of blackbirds should cause a feeling of celebration and awe rather than annoyance. The giant springtime flocks of blackbirds are one of the great sights, of the spring migration and a guarantee that spring has finally arrived. Featured WPA: Loen Waterfowl Production Area, Swift County The vast cattail marshes of Loen Waterfowl Production in S ift County are classic breeding sites for red- winged blackbirds. Loen is an 879 acre unit six miles northeast of Benson and three southwest of Swift Falls. The adjacent Svor and Tolifson WPAs abut Loen WPA and create a 1682 acre high quality block of public land. Loen and Svor WPAs both contain large marshes with isomewhat more emergent vegetation than is ideal for waterfowl, but there are still open water pockets here and there throughout the system. The wetland edges and grassy upland on Loen WPA are being encroached by trees and brush which did, not historically exists on these sites. Eventually, the Fish and Wildlife Service plans to remove some of this woody material to return the site to more open grassland 'habitat. Habitat blocks of this size are rare in the agricultural regions of Minnesota. Loen WPA is a fine place to do some spring bird watch and rejoice in the warmer weather. For a map of Loen WpAor any other WPA in the Morris district' :, go to http :Hmidwest 34x40 ft. Polycarbonate YELLOW BANK TOWNSHIP Important Notice Regarding Assessment and Classification of Property This may affect your 2009 property tax payments. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeal and Equalization of the Township of Yellow Bank in Lac qui Parle County shall meet on Friday, the 3rd day of April, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Yellow Bank Town Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether taxable property in the township has been properly valued and classified by the assessor and also to determine whether corrections need to be made. If you believe the 2009 value or calssification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor's office to discuss your concerns. If you are still not satisfied with the valuation or classification after conferring with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization. The board shall review the valuation, classification, or both, if necessary, and shall correct it as needed. Generally, an appearance before your local boai'd of appeal and equalization is required by law before an appeal can be taken to your county board of appeal and equalization. 16th day of March, 2009 Mary Karels, Clerk of the Town of Yellow Bank BEDDING PLANTS " FIREPITS ANNUAL HANGING BASKETS OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE ITEMS PAVERS FREESTANDING WALLS Greenhouse I will be built ontO our START PLANNINGNOW existing building for easy Don't wait too long to book your landscaping and access into our store! outdoor needs. Spaces are filling up quickly! Call the professionals at Snortum'st. Located at the intersection of Hwys. 12 & 7 in Ortonville, MN II Page 8b INDEPENDENT Tuesday, March 24, 2009