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TRIBUNE Area News Wednesday, March 3, 2004 Page 11 connection .... family, Slarted out as a rumbling in the background, has in the weeks become front and center in our thinking. For Japan&apos;s economy has been in a steady pat- Up until recently, as a member of a national uni- has been insulated from any financial downturn. national government has cut loose all the national Pushing them to become privatized. At the same merged with another formerly national uni- prefecture. s have started to affect us directly. Last we received an e-mail from Dr. Shimoyama, the wesident of our university. He has always been of us and wanted to give us the heads up on some since he had heard that Tim's position as lish would be abolished in March of 2005. It will into a part time position or a low-wage full we have come to know it will be different as of to Tim's current position are many benefits a fully furnished house, round-trip tickets to years, a research budget, a small pension, and passage home for our family as well as When we finally leave Japan. We were told that any Position would strip away most of those benefits in the salary. If it is true. that would be a huge our furnished house while at the same time fac- } income decrease. 24 in an article entitled "McEnglish for the Times described the changing climate for over Japan as unfavorable. Falling salaries poor working conditions seem to be driving the mar- also been hurt by a glut of English teachers from Philippines. So, as the bottom rungs of tlhe ladder the formerly prestigious jobs to be scaled way of our current contract is that it takes lit- to fulfill it. In return we have used that energy to others and start an international church. and church people about Tim's situation, out strong hope that the university will cre- Position capable of supporting a family of four with a In the murkiness of it all, we are working hard the Spirit's leading by both preparing to stay and This is the first time since coming to Japan we find ourselves thinking so seriously about Thus far, it has been a good chance for us our philosophy of life and focus on the most Isaac (5) asked me, "How can God take bad and make something good?" Since then I a lot about that question. When "bad things" can allow the Holy Spirit to produce in us more long suffering, patience, etc. That's at least something bad can always be turned into some- In light of these life situations, we are looking for a things in our hearts. produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Jlness,4=HJmility, and self-control." Peace, Naomi Is 101 Course !.lJ of M Extension offering two ses- 101 dur- throughout SW This course is 6-hour. 2 day a hands- environment for want to learn the soils they - class is beneficial that never had and for the soils class and man- which will production, inputs. tillage opera- Fertility -- this P, K, micronutri- matter and are so important how to better Chemist, -- this cation exchange IH, bulk densit): and stor- Water holding Soil Physical this includes Was formed, soil soil compaction DeJong-Hughes who has a MS degree in Soil Fertility and 7 years experience with the U of M Extension Service working with pro- ducers pertaining to soil fer- tility issues in Western MN. Wayne Schoper and Jim Nesseth will also be on the program. Scholarships are avail- able. The following is a list of dates when the classes are offered. If you need more information, please call Wayne Schoper at Brown Co. 507-375-1275, Cottonwood co. 507-831-4022 or Jim Nesseth at Jackson Co. 507- 662-5293. classes will start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. each da): Lunch will be provided. Since class sizes are limited, please register early to ensure availability. Dates to be held: March 9 and 16. Brown Co. Office Building, Sleepy Eye, MN. March 10 and 17, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Building. Windom, MN. size is limited to insure learning and to ask individ- is Jodi Irl the ed ads el 274-6136 10-1859 There's no season like tax season What to do when you can't pay your taxes Tax season is often a time when families reap the benefits of a large tax refund. Down payments for cars arrive from Uncle Sam. flat-screen televisions become a reality and the family vacation budget grows a bit larger. But for man)' Americans. the months leading up to April 15th are filled with worry- ing, praying and dread. "A large tax bill is often a surprise for man) people that can throw their finan- cial fives off course," said Pare Rhode. president of Myvesta, a nonprofit con- sumer education organiza- tion. "Many people expect to get a refund this time of year and don't have the nec- essary cash to pay a large tax bill. that's when panic sets in." According to Rhode, it's important to act quickly to explore your options when you are faced with a daunt- ing tax burden. "While the Internal Revenue Service doesn't have a reputation for being lenient when you owe back taxes, as long as you inform them of you situation before you are past due. there is a good possibility you can work out a payment plan," Rhode said. While a payment plan set up through the IRS is an effective way to pay your taxes over time, it's not ideal for everyone. "If your source of income is interrupted and you can- not make your regular pay- ments, the IRS can take col- lections actions almost immediltely," Rhode said. "Credit card companies don't have the collections power that the IRS does, so if you think you might be at risk to default on an IRS payment plan, it's a better idea to charge your taxes." More options for paying a tax bill are outlined in the Myvesta publication "How to Deal with the IRS if You Can't Pay Your Taxes." It can be downloaded online from, or a printed publication is avail- able from IRS Publication, Myvesta, P.O. Box 7153, Gaithersburg, MD, 20898- 7153. NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Dear subscriber; please check the due date on your address label of your paper. In order to avoid a lapse in your sub- scription, please remit your renewal two weeks prior to the expiration date. Foggy morning Monday morning thick fog blanketed the area making driving and walking a haz- ardous endeavor. The upside is the fact that the reason for the fog is the warm tem- peratures that have been melting the snow cover. 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