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Page 4 King Crossword ,l)mmunity Thursday, April 15, 2010 All-City. Garage Sale Severe weather season here The .AJl-City Garage Sale, spon- sored by the Kimball Area Chamber of Families, schools, businesses should participate in tornado drills ACROSS 1 "Slippery" tree 4 Regions 9 Pismire 12 Vast expanse 13 Ballroom favorite 14 Actress Myrna 15 Letter from the Vatican 17 Cleopatra&apos;s slayer 18 Floral garland 19 Undeveloped stage 21 Reacted in horror 24 Leeway 25 "Uh-huh" 26 Thickness 28 Dynamite inventor Alfred 31 Disposi-tion 33 Formal 25- Across 35 "1 never -- man I didn't like" 36 Porcine sniffer 38 Pen point 40 Varnish ingredient 41 Small sala mander 43 Inn whimsical way 7" " W +'-+--- 15 || 21 22 25 2E 31 36 Eli 45 46 s-T---  s-T-- N 45 IOU signer 47 Listener 4 48 Swiss 5 canton 49 Sandbox 6 toy, maybe 54 Zero 55 Mohamme- danism 56 Pod denizen 57 Kenan's co-star on Nickelodeon 58 Autocrats 59 Upper surface DOWN 1 Kreskin's claim 2 Meadow 30rienteering -E-T 5( aid Dormant With great intensity Ostrich's cousin 7 More skilled 8 Canned fish 9 Warning signal 10 Too curious 11 Error in print 16 Matterhorn, for one 20 Prosperous time 21 Workout venues 22 Charlize Theron film, "-- Flux" 23 Ibis' kin 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. o ii, ! + il .2 53 27 Hankering 29 Handy Latin abbr 30 Frilly 32 Song for two 34 Motorcycle attachment 37 Cheap 39 Lullaby composer 42 Lock of hair 44 Sphere 45 Basketball tactic 46 A rent Lake 50 Chicken -- king 51 Suitable 52 Zodiac sign 53 Once around the track On-line ticketing available at QuarryC inema, com J coming in Aprilt WWW. tricounty news.MN -- Idng Crossword - Last week's answers Commerce, is set for Saturday, May 15 Sign up now through May 7 at Images by Marguerite or the State Bank of Kimball. There will be an $8 registra- tion fee to help cover advertising costs. The event will be advertised in the Tri- County News, St. Cloud Times, and three other local papers. Fliers will be posted inneighboring communities and maps will be available the day of the sale. The Kimball Elementary School parking lot will be available for out-of- town residents, but you must provide your own tables. Farmer's Market begins Starting May 14 is the Kimball Area Farmer's Market! Selling yummy baked goods, tasty jams and jellies, and of course fresh local vegetables of the season. Fridays 3-6 p.m., May 14 through Oct. 8. Behind Triple R Grill and Bar near the comer of Hwy. 15 and Hwy. 55 in Kimball! Come, shop, and sit a spell. Would you like to sell? Call Donna at (320) 398-2109. Spring truck wt. restrictions end Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways will end April 12 for Minnesota's south, southeast and Twin Cities Metro frost zones. .Load restrictions remain in place for the state's central, north-central and north frost zones. Mn/DOT limits truck weights to prevent damage to roads weakened by the spring thaw. Spring Load Restriction dates and the six frost zones in Minnesota are listed on the Mn/DOT Web site at <www.mrr.dot.state.mn.us>. Click on "Seasonal Load Limits," then click on "Spring Load Restrictions" for the most up-to-date information. The information is also available toll-free by calling (800) 723-6543 in the United States and Canada or by calling (651) 366-5400 in the Twin Cities metro area. Travelers in Minnesota can get up-to-date information on mad con- ditions, construction and weather reports from Mn/DOT's 511 traveler information service. Dial 5-1-1 or go to theWeb site at <www.511mn.org>. April 22 Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place April 19-23 this year, with statewide tornado drills Thursday, April 24. At 1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 24, the National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warn- ing, and outdoor warning sirens will be activated. At 6:55 p.m., a second drill will take place in Stearns County for families and second-shift workers. "Every family and busirmss should take this opportunity to put weather emergency plans into action," says Marvin Klug, Stearns County Emergency Management Director. "Tornadoes follow no pattern, and dangerous thunder- storms are common in Minnesota. There's no substitute for practice when the real thing comes along." According to National Weather Service data, tornadoes have occurred in every Minnesota county at some time during the past 60 years. Stearns County has experienced 40 tornadoes since 1950. The Minnesota Department ot Public Safety Division of Home- land Securityand EmergencyMan- agement, along with the National Weather Service, sponsor Severe Weather Awareness Week annu- ally to promote weather knowl- edge and planning. Their Web site at <www.severeweather.state. ran.us>, contains tornado safety information along with instruc- tions on surviving thunderstorms, hail, straight-line winds, heat waves, floods and lightning. Links to the National Weathe Service and the Red Cross provide fasci- nating weather facts and a vari- ety of downloadable resources for families, teachers and children. For local resources, contact Marvin Klug at (320) 259-3940 or go to <www.co.stearns.mn.us>. With Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule set to expire Thursday (April 15), Xcel Energy advises customers to pay their overdue bills to avoid having their service disconnected. "We appreciate and support the efforts of customers who have sought assistance and made con- sistent payments during the win- ter months," said Pat Boland, who manages Xcel Energy's credit policy and compliance area. "We are com- mitted to continue to work with customers to help them manage their bills." However, Xcel Energy is equally committed to managing costs asso- ciated with customers who have not addressed payment of their bills, Boland said. "Such costs affect all other cus- tomers who have paid their bills on time," he said. "While we recog- nize the financial challenges some Cold Weather Rule expires April 15 Customers reminded to pay past due energy bills of our customers have, it will be dif- ficult to avoid service disconnec- tion if previous payment arrange- ments have been broken or if no payments have been received for several months." Customers with past due bal- ances are encouraged to make pay- ment before April 15. Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule helps protect residential energy customers from service disconnec- tions affecting their primary heat- ing source. Developed by the Min- nesota Public Utilities Commis- sion, the rule is in effect annually from Oct. 15 through April 15. Income-eligible households may qualify for energy efficiency and conservation programs. For more information, contact Xcel Energy at (800) 895-4999. For tips on saving energy, check out <www. xcelenergy.com>. Kick Ass R Fri.: 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 Sat.: 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 Sun.: 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 Mon.-qhu.: 4:30, 7:00 The Last Song PG Fri.: 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 Sat.: 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 Sun.: 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45 Mon.-Thu.: 4:30, 6:45 Clash of the Titans PG-13 Fri.-Sat.: 7:00, 9:15 Sun.-Thu.: 7:00 How to Train Your Dragon PG Fri.: 3:00, 5:00 Sat.-Sun.: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 Mon.-Thu.: 5:00 The Bounty Hunter PG-13 Fri.: 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 Sat.: 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 Sun.: 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15 Mon.:fhu.: 5:00, 7:15 Date Night PG-13 Fri.: 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Sat.: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Sun.: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10 Mon.-q-hu.: 5:10, 7:10 Daily Matinees Movie Hot Line (320) 685-7111 S K TO A L B A || ON D I DO S T |l B A A L G E Solution time: 25 mins. IIAILILIE MI'IRI IIBOOIL  L IPIAILIKINIEIwI INIuIslFIEIslsl Available at FRENCH LAKE STORE (320) 274.8495 Green Acres withdrawal deadline extended to Aug. 16 Revenue commissioner urges landowners to weigh their options now Minnesota farmers now have a few more months to decide on property tax treatment for any non- agricultural, class 2b rural vacant land that is currently enrolled in Green Acres but will become inel- igible for the program in 2013 (for taxes payable 2014). Landowners now have until Aug. 16 to decide whether they want to withdraw class 2b land from Green Acres immediately (for taxes pay- able in 2011), thereby avoiding any tax paybacL Landowners may also choose to leave class 2b land in Green Acres for now while they explore and pursue other options, such as the new Rural Preserve program. The Green Acres law has always required a payback of deferred tax when land is sold or withdrawn from the program. The payback is equal to the amount o.f deferred tax for the most recent three-year period. The payback requirement will not apply to class 2b land that is withdrawn by the Aug. 16 deadline. However, withdrawal is only one of several options that taxpayers should consider for their situation. "We encourage landowners to carefully weigh their options, but not walt until the last moment," said Revenue CommissionerWard Einess. "Once the summer growing season begins, Aug. 16 will come fast." Landowner options Under legislation enacted in :008 and 2009, class 2b land will become ineligible for Green Acres for taxes pay- able in 2014 and beyond. Small pock- ets of such land - such as fence lines, windbreaks, unfarmable hillsides, or similar terrain that is interspersed with farmed acres- may be assessed as part of adjoining class 2a agricultural land and remain in Green Acres. The main options for landown- ers with 2b lands currently enrolled in Green Acres include: Withdraw class 2b land from Green Acres by Aug. 16, 2010. The usual three-year payback of deferred property tax will be waived for any class 2b land that is with- drawn by Aug. 16. This avoids the payback, but withdrawn acres will be valued at market value for taxes payable in 2011 and beyond. Leave class 2b land in GreenAcres for now, then transition it to another program before ]an. 2, 2013. Class 2b land that is transitioned to Rural Pre- serve by 2013 Hill not be subject to the three-year payback requirement. Other programs include the Sus- tainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA), which provides an annual payment for enrolled woodland, or the class 2c Managed Forest classification, which provides some landowners with a reduced class rate. Leave class 2b land in Green Acres until the 2013 assessment. Any Class 2b land that remains in Green Acres will be automatically withdrawn on the assessment date of Jan. 2, 2013. The land will be sub- ject to a three-year payback and will be assessed at full market value for taxes payable in 2014 and beyond. Landowners will be able to apply for Rural Preserve starting with the 2011 assessment (for taxes payable in 2012). Rural Preserve was created to provide an altemative for qualifying class 2b land once it is removed or withdrawn from Green Acres. Rural Preserve will offer tax deferral benefits similar to Green Acres for qualifying rural wood- lands; however, the program requires a land-management plan and covenant that prevents changing the use of the land for at least 10 years. Einess noted that other propos- als concerning Green Acres are being debated by the Legislature, but it's unclear which of them, if any, might be passed and signed into law. "To protect their interests, landown- ers should be prepared to choose whether or not to withdraw class 2b land byAug. 16," Einess said. Taxpayers with questions should contact their county assessor's office. For general program information, visit the Department of Revenue Web site at <www.taxes.state.mn.us>, and click "Property Tax" in the top-left navigation menu.