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Pat00e 18 LoCals g Government Thursday, May9,2013 Tri-Co_w_s , Property taxes due May 15 All Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay the first half of their 2013 prop- erty taxes is fast approaching. The first half of the 2013 real estate tax is due and payableby Wednesday, May 15, 2013. This is the last dayto pay the first half without penalty. To make paying taxes more convenient, Stearns County has several payment options. Residents can pay their prop- erty taxes online on Stearns Coun- ty's website at Taxes can be paid onlifle with either E-Check or credit card. ACH payment plans are avail- able. Payments are automatically deducted from a checking or sav- ings account. This spreads pay- ments out over either a quarterly or 10-month period. It saves time and there's no check to write. No lost or misplaced statements and payments are always on time. There are no late charges. It saves on postage. It's easy to sign up for, and easy to cancel. Call (320) 656-3870, and ask for the Direct Payment Plan. Tax payments can be made in' person at either the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park, at 3301 County Road 138, about one block west of Mills Fleet Farm off 28th Avenue South, or downtown St. Cloud at the Treasurer's Office in the Stearns County Adminis- tration Center at 705 Courthouse Square, Room 136. Offices are open Monday through Friday. The Treasurer's Office in downtown is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. License Center West is open 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., with a drive- through window that can be used to drop off payments. When mailing a tax payment, it must be postmarked by the post office, not a private postage meter machine, no later than May 15, in order to avoid penalties. State law does not allow any exceptions. Penalty rate information is shown on the reverse side of the tax state- ments. To ensure proper credit, the stub portion of the tax state- ment must be mailed along with a check or money order. Residents can now sign up for paperless statements. To receive tax statements by email instead of mail delivery, sign up on the Stearns County web site at Go to the Prop- erty & Roads tab at the top of the page and then click on Request an Electronic Property Tax Statement in the blue box in the middle of the page. If you have any questions, call the Treasurer's Department at (320) 656-3870, or e-mail taxes@ co.stearns, mrL us. South Haven Fire and Rescue donates ambulance % The South Haven Fire and Rescue Department donated an ambulance from their fleet of fire and rescue 'ehicles to Northland Community & Technical College. The ambulance was donated and will be used as a training aid for Northland's Intensive Care Para- medic (ICP) and Emergency Medi- cal Services (EMS) programs. The 1999 Ford Ambulance from South Haven Fire and Rescue was donated March 27, and recently arrived at Northland's East Grand Forks, campus. The South Haven Fire and Rescue Department is an all-volunteer group, comprised of 25 individuals from the area. They donated the ambulance to North- land to ensure it would be utilized as a valuable training aid. "The ambulance was donated to us when we started our rescue pro- gram and we thought it should be donated again," stated Fire Chief Oscar Laney. Northland's EMS program incorporates theoretical knowl- edge with extensive hands on, clin- ical application and experience. The specialization and advanced education and training in the care and transport of the critically ill and injured can mean the differ- ence between life and death. This donation will replace the current ambulapce, which was an early 1980's model that was donated years ago by the East Grand Forks Fire and Rescue Department. "Is in very good condition and it will be used by the Paramedic program and Fire Fighter Para- medic program," said Paramedic instructor Dan Sponsler. "They will get to use it for real life train- ing situations; they will be able to drive it and simulate moving vehicle transport rescue. It is con- figured much more like current ambulances students will see in their jobs, so they get to train with modern equipment. We are very appreciative of South Haven for the generous donation," he con- cluded. The old ambulance has been donated to the Fire Technology program to be used as a rescue truck. It had originally been a res- cue truck for East Grand Forks Fire and Rescue before being con- verted to an ambulance. They will use it to haul their rescue equip- ment for their training exercises. The employment outlook for EMTs is a well above average growth percentage of 18.3 percent in Minnesota, so donations like the ambulance from South Haven supports training of the next gen- eration of EMT's. Northland has future plans of innovative training in the fields of criminal justice and EMT involv- ing small scale unmanned aer- ial systems (UAS). Departments like South Haven's will bene- fit from this as they could receive cutting-edge training involving small-scale UAS. Involving UAS in these scenarios allows for quicker results in time sensitive scenar- ios, operating efficiently 24 hours a day because of infrared cameras and SAWs, and prevents workers going into an unsafe area. Small scale UAS have proved their ability to save lives and as they become more mainstream, Northland hopes to be on forefront in UAS training. Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehen- sive college with campuses in East Grand Forks, and Thief River Falls. One- and two-year degrees, trans- fer programs and diploma certifi- cation are available in a variety of majors, as well as workforce train- ing and continuing education pro- grams. 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