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11 file for 4 Moorhead council seats

MOORHEAD – Eleven men and women have filed as candidates for four seats on the Moorhead City Council, including two incumbents both seeking their first full four-year terms.

Larry Seljevold and Steve Lindaas were elected to the city governing board in 2019 to replace two resigning council members – Joel Paulsen, who left his Ward 3 seat for the directorship of the F-M Diversion, and Steve Gehrtz, who resigned the Ward 4 position to devote more time to family and business.

Each will again face an opponent from that election. Seljevold’s Ward 3 challenger is John Bell, whom he defeated last year. Lindaas will face two in Ward 4: Jeremiah Jones, who was also a candidate in 2019, and Dave Anderson, a past member of the Moorhead Public Service Commission.

Seats in the other two wards are both open, with the decisions by Sara Watson Curry and Heidi Durand not to seek reelection. Five candidates had filed by Tuesday’s 5 p.m. Deadline to run for Curry’s position in Ward 1 – Alexa Dixson-Griggs, Matthew Gilbertson, Ryan Jensen, Quindlynn Overland and Kristine Thompson. Laura Caroon will run unopposed in Ward 2. 

Minnesota Property Tax Refund Program – August 15 filing deadline

Find out if you qualify! Average refund $960 for owners and $690 for renters statewide.

Important information from Minnesota Department of Revenue:  Homeowners and renters are reminded to file for their 2018 property tax refund before the August 15, 2020 deadline. Additionally, the 2019 property tax refund season is open and claims for 2019 refunds can be filed from now until August 15, 2021. Renters have started receiving their 2019 refunds and homeowners can expect to start seeing their refunds at the end of August.

“We know that especially this year, property tax refunds will be important and can provide needed financial help for families across Minnesota,” said Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly. “We want to remind the more than 916,000 eligible homeowners and renters to make claims for their 2018 property tax refunds before the August 15 deadline. For 2019 property tax refund filers, you have more time; but the sooner you file the sooner you can expect to receive your refund.”

Last year, Minnesotans received over $774 million in property tax refunds, with the average refund of nearly $960 for homeowners and over $690 for renters.

Find out if you qualify for a property tax refund. Renters and homeowners that meet certain requirements may be eligible. Visit Minnesota Department of Revenue to see if you qualify, or type ‘property tax refund’ into the Search box.

Save Back-to-School Shopping Receipts to Claim Valuable Tax Benefits

It’s time to start back-to-school shopping, which may include purchasing supplies for distance learning due to COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds you that many school supply purchases may qualify for valuable K-12 tax benefits on your 2020 Minnesota income tax return. Remember to save your school supply receipts.

“Every year, parents across Minnesota invest in their children’s education by purchasing school supplies,” said Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly. “This year, distance learning may have changed the nature of investments made. Parents should keep receipts for these purchases, including distance learning needs, and claim the K-12 Education Credit or Subtraction to help save money when it comes time to file taxes.” 

Two Minnesota tax benefits help families pay their child’s education expenses: The K-12 Education Credit and the K-12 Education Subtraction.

Both benefits reduce your state tax and could provide you a larger refund when filing your Minnesota income tax return. Last year, more than 36,000 families received the K-12 Education Credit and saved an average of $251. Nearly 192,000 families received the K-12 Education Subtraction.

To qualify for either the credit or subtraction, you must have a qualifying child attending kindergarten through 12th grade at a public, private, or home school and you purchased education-related expenses in 2020 to assist with the child’s education.

MRES Anchor Sponsor of EPRI and GTI Initiative to Accelerate

As a member of Missouri River Energy Services and Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Moorhead Public Service is pleased to share the following:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) are embarking on a five-year initiative to accelerate the development and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies. With increasingly ambitious decarbonization goals from private companies and governments alike, existing technology is not enough to achieve those targets.

The Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI) is a unique, international collaborative spanning the electric and gas sectors that will help advance global, economy-wide decarbonization. With 18 anchor sponsors, including Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), the LCRI underscores the collaborative research model employed by both EPRI and GTI, bringing industry stakeholders together to conduct clean energy R&D for society’s benefit. Seeded with $10 million from the EPRI collaborative, funding for the initiative is expected to be leveraged many times over its $100 million target through public and private collaboration.

Sponsors of the initiative represent a wide swath of the energy industry, bringing exceptional knowledge and depth to the LCRI. These entities include:

American Electric Power, Con Edison, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Exelon Corporation, Lincoln Electric System, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Missouri River Energy Services, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Americas, Inc., National Fuel, New York Power Authority, PGE, PPL Corporation, Salt River Project, SoCalGas, Southern California Edison, Southern Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority

“Driving collaboration through the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative is important to reach deep decarbonization goals beyond 2030,” said EPRI President Arshad Mansoor. “Achieving ambitious targets will require technologies and processes beyond those widely available today. This global initiative will advance affordable pathways to economy-wide decarbonization.”

The LCRI is targeting advancements in low-carbon electric generation technologies and low-carbon energy carriers, such as hydrogen, ammonia, synthetic fuels and biofuels. This worldwide collaborative will identify and accelerate fundamental development of promising technologies, demonstrate and assess the performance of key technologies and processes and inform key stakeholders and the public about technology options and potential pathways to a low-carbon future

 For LCRI’s anchor sponsors, the initiative represents a key step toward achieving decarbonization goals over the next 30 years.

 “MRES is dedicated to creating a cleaner energy future for our member communities by providing reliable, sustainable, low-carbon energy,” said Tom Heller, president and CEO of MRES. “We believe the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative will provide a realistic roadmap for MRES, and for electric and gas utilities across the U.S. to achieve this goal using new channels for the generation, delivery and end use of electricity. We are pleased to be an anchor sponsor of the LCRI.”

Youth Flag Football Program Cancelled

MOORHEAD – After much consideration, and in the interest of health and safety, the Youth Flag Football program has been cancelled this fall due to COVID-19 concerns.

The decision was made in consultation with Park Board members and City leadership, and with consideration of the actions of youth, high school, and college football programs across the state of Minnesota.

Full refunds will be issued to all who registered.

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