March 20, 2018

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Long span between appearances at State B BY FRANK STANKO The Richland 44 School Board unani- mously voted to hold a special meeting on whether to renew the contract of Superinten- dent Tim Godfrey. The board met Tues- day, March 13 and voted 6-0 to hold a special meeting and made this decision. Since Thursday, March 1, Godfrey has been on paid adminis- trative leave. Richland 44 High School Prin- cipal Bruce Anderson is serving as acting superintendent. "There are comments in (evaluations of God- frey) that we've lost the big picture items dur- ing our board meetings and he does not have the full confidence of the board," said School Board President Lisa Amundson. Amundson and the board reviewed those evaluations of Godfrey when they met Tues- day. Whether writ- ten or discussed, the comments were largely unfavorable. "I did rank Mr. Godfrey as satisfactory in human resources management," Amund- son said. "I think that many of the troubles that we've had this year have been caused somewhat by staff not following the chain of command and ap- proaching the public in- stead. I think it's unfair to blame all of that on Mr. Godfrey." Alex Jean Hankinson 2nd Grader is Week's Weather Even with warmer temperatures, chance of snow throughout the week Student Art Cares for Cancer A5, A7 Classifieds A8 Comics A9 Coming Events A5 Editorial A4 News from the Past A2 Obituaries A3 Question of the Week A2 School Calendar A6 School Menus A6 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1, B4 Worship A6 Inside Today High Low Outlook March 20 36 22 Morning snow March 21 41 22 Mostly cloudy March 22 38 25 Chance of snow March 23 39 14 Snow likely March 24 38 18 Partly sunny March 25 34 12 Cloudy March 26 38 22 Chance of snow TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 VOL. 131, NO. 12 $1.00 « Sports, page B1 Warbirds at State B Wiley flies all the way to State B Published for the Red River Valley and Charles and Penny Krause of Hankinson LIDGERWOOD SCHOOL hiring 3 full-time teachers: special education teacher K-6 or 7-12, HS/MS social studies teacher, and business teacher Todd's Welding Truck & Trailers Parts & Service is looking for a full time diesel mechanic West Birch Apts Wyndmere, ND Income based 2 BR Apts - Available now Affordable 1, 2 BED APTS in Wahpeton $379-619, some pet- friendly and garages, 701-566-8445, ext. 1 Lidgerwood Elementary School Kindergarten Roundup Wednesday March 28 5:30-6:30 p.m. (need not be present the entire time) CLASSIFIEDS ON THE COVER — SEE PAGE A8 FOR COMPLETE LISTING It has been 47 years since the 1971 Wyndmere Warriors went undefeated and won the North Dakota Class B basketball title. STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN SPEIDEL SEE WARBIRDS, PAGE A3 UNDER PRESSURE F SECTION 199A IS A PROVISION DESIGNED TO ALLOW DAIRY AND SUGAR BEET FARMERS A TAX DEDUCTION THAT HELPS THEM OFF- SET INCOME FROM SALES TO A CO-OP Lawmakers under pressure to fix provision Editor's note: This ends a two-part series about a new tax reform law that affects farmers, agricultural cooperatives and private grain companies. On paper it looks like Section 199A favors co-ops. However, cooperative officials argue this bill only evens the playing field. BY KAREN SPEIDEL A provision in the new tax bill will provide the greatest benefit to farmers while creating the greatest problem for ethanol and private grain companies. At issue is the new 199A deduction in the tax law that — if it stands — allows farmers to claim a 20 percent deduction on all payments received on sales to cooperatives. For example, if a farmer sells $100,000 in grain to a cooperative, they could claim a $20,000 deduction on business income. Language added to the new tax law could end up causing farmers to deliver their grain and other commodities largely to cooperatives in order to gain the greatest deduction, says Arlan Suderman, chief commodities econo- mist with FCStone Inc. Co-ops argue this in- centive is good for farm- ers. They do not deny it is good for business as well. "Of course it's a good thing for a co-op. Of course it makes us more competitive," says Mat Brandenburger, opera- tions manager at Whea- ton-Dumont Cooperative Elevator, which has el- evators across the region including Hankinson and Wheaton, Minnesota. Better yet, Brandenburger says, Section 199A helps the farmer. "It is very good for the producer. That's why they set it up, to protect the producer," Branden- burger says. Section 199A was intended to safeguard a deduc- tion removed when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was repealed Dec. 23, 2017. Farmer-owned co-ops com- plained members would lose a so-called Section 199 system in which they qualified for the Domestic Pro- duction Activity Deduction, called a DPAD. Mem- bers of co-ops like Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton could deduct up to 9 percent of sales on their income tax. A loss of the provision could cost SEE TAX REFORM, PAGE A10 Cooperatives argue Section 199A is not unfair and corporations have own break 'For us as a co-op to be able to pass this through to the farmers, it's fantastic.' Todd Dravland Lidgerwood Farmers Co-op Godfrey's contract may not be renewed Tim Godfrey Lisa Amundson Bryan Loff SEE RICHLAND, PAGE A3 XNLV375794 Buy your tickets at Southern Red River Valley 2018 Who are the best and most ambitious young professionals in the Southern Red River Valley? The Daily News Media and News-Monitor Media will honor 20 professionals under the age of 40 by publishing a special section and hosting an awards event. Awards event will be held at City Brew Hall on Thursday, March 29, 2018 • 6 PM 120 4th St N, Wahpeton, ND 58075 Don't forget Cares for Cancer is Saturday,  March 24 at Hankinson  Community Center Lidgerwood-Wyndmere se- nior forward Wyatt Harles goes up for a two-point field goal at the State Class B. The Show Lidgerwood  and Wyndmere  have not made  it to the State  Class B since  the co-op was  formed in 2009 47 years Wyndmere hasn't  been to the State  Class B since 1971  when the Warriors  won it all BISMARCK, N.D. — Wyndmere native Ron Becker finds it hard to believe it has been 47 years since a bas- ketball team from his hometown made it to the North Dakota Class B Basketball Tournament. He may live in the Twin Cities, where he owns and operates a computer software company CP Technolo- gies, but he follows athletics here, especially this year's basketball team with the Lidgerwood-Wynd- mere Warbirds making their first appearance at the State B since forming a cooperative. From 1977 to 2003, Wyndmere never even made a regional basketball tournament. The last state tourna- ment appearance for Lidgerwood was in 1963. It has been a long dry spell since any hint of post-season basketball has been talked about in either town. "I would have thought somewhere in those years, they have had quite a number of good athletes," Becker said, who listened to each radio broadcast from state. If the Warbirds had won Thursday in the tournament opener against St. John, Becker said he likely would have made the long drive to Bismarck. Once a basketball player, always a basket- ball player. Since that night in Grand Forks, celebrations on the basketball court have been far and few between. That

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