Coaches needed for HOOPS

Pine City HOOPS Basketball is seeking quality and committed coaches for third grade boys and girls teams for the 2019-20 travel (competitive) program. This is a volunteer position but incentives may be available. This position begins with a coaches meeting Sept. 25. Registration for teams is Sept. 29 and the season runs from mid-October through early February. Teams practice two times a week at Pine City Schools and participate in five to seven tournaments across Central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Coaches are to meet the following criteria: (1) have a basic knowledge of basketball rules and fundamentals, (2) have good communication skills, (3) are able to teach and motivate players to develop specific basketball and relationship skills. For more information please visit or contact Jason W., HOOPS President, at

Tax credits available for beginning farmers

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Rural Finance Authority reminds beginning farmers to apply by Oct. 1 for the tax credit for the sale or lease of land, equipment, machinery and livestock.

To qualify, the applicant must be a Minnesota resident with the desire to start farming or who began farming within the past ten years, provide projected earnings statements, have a net worth less than $836,000, and enroll in or have completed an approved financial management program. The farmer cannot be directly related to the person from whom he or she is buying or renting assets. The tax credit for the sale or lease of assets can then be applied to the Minnesota income taxes of the owner of the farm land or agricultural assets.

Three levels of credits are available:

• Five% of the lesser of the sale price or fair market value of the agricultural asset up to a maximum of $32,000

• 10% of the gross rental income of each of the first, second and third years of a rental agreement, up to a maximum of $7,000 per year

• 15% of the cash equivalent of the gross rental income in each of the first, second or third year of a share rent agreement, up to a maximum of $10,000 per year.

The credit is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested farmers should note that they can also apply for a separate tax credit to offset the cost of a financial management program up to a maximum of $1,500 per year – for up to three years.

Input sought on MN-WI border waters fishing

For the first time in nearly 70 years, Minnesota and Wisconsin are proposing notable changes to border waters fishing regulations – and the Minnesota DNR wants the public to weigh in on them.

“We wholeheartedly welcome public input,” said Kevin Stauffer, the DNR area fisheries supervisor in Lake City. “The proposed regulations are intended to help sustain high quality fish populations and the great fishing opportunities these Mississippi River border waters offer.”

The proposed rules, which are available on the DNR’s website, would lower possession limits, and change some length limits, for walleye and sauger, northern pike, channel and flathead catfish, shovelnose sturgeon, crappie, sunfish, yellow perch, and white and yellow bass in the Mississippi River, including Lake Pepin.  

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