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FI; s (all [il.a ] sa,llqlvl,sl u,lo vlal9l o ul llnlol4 n o -- u v o II  alslnlo it' 5-g s a T--alla no valulol vqollull ,o lelolnl su!tu g :amp, uo!lnlos sJasu V A .4 t} I ll I H S ll H El v o pzom'soz'j 5.mI We have  Plat Books with 9-1-1 addresses and legal land descriptions from $23. oo + tax downtown Kimball (320) 398-5000 Minnesota farmers need m notify their county assessor before ,Aug. 16, if they want to withdraw non-agricultural, class 2b rural vacant land from Green Acres with- out facing a payback of property taxes deferred under the program. Class 2b land will no longer qualify for Green Acres for taxes payable in 2014 and beyond. Land- owners have several options for class 2b land once it is removed or withdrawn from Green Acres. The Green Acres law normally requires a payback of deferred tax when land is sold or withdrawn from the program. The payback is equal to the amount of deferred tax for the most recent three-year period. But the payback require- ment will not apply to class 2b land that is withdrawn before Aug. 16. Withdrawing class 2b land from Green Acres this year may affect property taxes payable in 2011, and is only one of the options for landowners to consider. They may also choose to leave class 2b land in Green Acres for now while they explore and pursue other options. Online service for Secretary.of State Mark Ritchie encouraged Minnesota voters to use the Office of the Secretary of State's free online service to locate their polling location for the Aug. 10 state primary election. By simply entering your address, Polling Place Finder <http://poll- finder.sos.state.mn.us> , provides your voting location, a map to that location, information about your voting district, and candidates appearing on your ballot. "The Aug. l0 primary election day is almost here and it's time to get ready to vote Minnesota," Ritchie said. "Visit the secretary of state's office Web site to find your polling location. Our Polling Place Finder is easy to use and provides you information on where to vote and who will be on your ballot." A primary is different from a general election. A primary is held to provide voters an oppor- "Please think carefully about what is best for your overall sit- uation," said Revenue Commis- sioner Ward Einess. "The decision you make now can affect property taxes and howyou use your land in the future." The main options for land- owners with 2b lands currently enrolled in Green Acres include: Withdraw class 2b land from Green Acres before Aug. 16, 2010. The usual three-veer payback of deferred property taxwill be waived for any class 2b land that is with- drawn before 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 Green Acres for now, but transition it to another program by May 1, 2013. Class 2b land that is transitioned to the new Rural Preserve program by May 1, 2013, will not be subject to the three-year payback requirement. Rural Preserve will offer tax defer- ral benefits similar to GreenAcres for qualifying rural woodlands, but will also require a preservation plan and covenant that prevents changing the use oflandwhile enrolled. A payback may apply on land moved to other programs such as the Sustainable Forest Incen- tive Act (SFIA), which provides an annual payment for enrolled woodland, or the class 2c Man- aged 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 with- drawn in 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. Taxpayers with - questions about their property or program eligibility should contact their county assessor's office. For gen- eral information on the property tax system or Green Acres, Rural Preserve and other programs, visit the Department of Revenue web- site at <www.taxes.state.mn.us> and click "Property Tax" in the top-left navigation menu. polling location and candidate info tunity to narrow a field of candi- the partisan portion of their bal- dates to determine whose names will appear on the general elec- tion ballot on Nov. 2. In a general election, voters are electing candi- dates to occupy a public office to represent them. Primary voters will narrow the field of partisan candidates within one of the three major political parties of their choosing: Repub- lican, Independence, and Dem- ocratic-Farmer-Labor. They will also narrow the field of nonpar- tisan candidates in Contests for judicial, county and local offices. Minnesota has an "open pri- mary," which means that voters are not required to register with a political party. However, primary voters cannot vote for candidates in more than one political party. Primary voters are allowed only to vote for candidates within one political party's primary races on St. Cloud VA receives van The St. Cloud VA Medical Cen- ter is pleased to announce that they have received a 2010 Ford E350 Super Duty XL 12-Passen- ger Club Van from the MN Depart- ment of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The van. part of DAWs partnership with the Ford Motor Company, was purchased by the DAV using a combination of grant money from the DAV's Columbia Trust and funds gen- erated by the Old Glory Run, held annually in Cold Spring. The van will be used at the med- ical center through the DAV Trans- portation Network which provides transportation for area veterans to attend programming at the VA's Adult Day Health Care program and to also assist veterans in keep- ing their medical appointments at the medical center. In the last year alone, the DAV transportation net- work at St. Cloud drove more than 160,000 miles delivering veter- ans to their appointments at the St. Cloud VA. In doing so, volun- teers logged 9.457 hours driving the DAV vans. lots. "Primary elections are very important, because primary vot- ers determine the candidates that will be on the November ballot," Ritchie said. "Ultimately, the pol- icy decisions that affect all Min- nesotans will be decided from the slate of candidates nominated on Aug. 10." Most polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Minne- sota has Election Day registration, which allows voters to register at the polls. For more information about voter registration and can- didates appearing on your ballot, visit the secretary of state's voter webpage at < www.mnvotes.org>. Unofficial primary elec- tion results will be posted elec- tion night on the office website at < www.sos.state.mn, us>. For more information about the DAV Volunteer Transporta- tion Network, contact Ken Kelley at (320) 252-1670, extension 6676. The new St. Cloud VA van is shown here with (from left to right) Jeff Alger, MN State DAV Adjutant; AI Holtan, MN State DAV Com- mander; Barry I. Bahl, St. Cloud VA Medical Ce nter Director; Pam and Curt Karls; and Ann Erikson, St. Cloud Chapter 9 DAV Com- mander. Submitted photo.