Wednesday, December 27, 2017

MN income tax brackets for 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced the adjusted 2018 individual income tax brackets. For tax year 2018, the state’s individual income tax brackets will change by 1.987 percent from tax year 2017. This annual adjustment will prevent taxpayers from paying taxes at a higher rate solely because of inflationary changes in their income.
Indexing for inflation of individual income tax brackets is required by law and first began in 1979. The brackets are adjusted annually by an inflation factor, rounded to the nearest $10, based on the change in the U.S. Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers. The adjustment does not change the Minnesota tax rate that applies to each income bracket.

The brackets apply to tax year 2018. Taxpayers who make quarterly payments of estimated tax should use the following rate schedule to determine their payments, which are due starting in April 2018.

2018 Minnesota Income Tax Brackets

5.35% Up To



9.85% Over

Married Joint
$ 37,850

$37,851 - $150,380

$150,381 - $266,700

Married Separate
$ 18,930

$18,931 - $ 75,190

$   75,191 - $133,350

$ 25,890

$25,891 - $ 85,060

$   85,061 - $160,020

Head of Household
$ 31,880

$31,881 - $128,090

$128,091 - $213,360


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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

First Day Hikes at MN State Parks

First day hikes will take place at 14 Minnesota state parks on Monday, Jan. 1, as part of a nationwide effort, led by America's state parks, to promote starting the new year with fresh air and physical activity. More than 400 hikes are scheduled in all 50 states.
Minnesota’s events include five daytime hikes, four snowshoe hikes, three full moon hikes. First day hikes are free.
This year, for the first time, there’s an underground option too: Guided tours of the cave at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park will take place hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Discovered in 1937, Mystery Cave is the longest cave in Minnesota, spanning more than 13 miles underground.  Typically, public cave tours are offered only between April and October. During the summer months, visitors often find the cave a cool and refreshing escape from the heat. In the winter, it will be the opposite. People will be able to come in from the cold weather to warm up, because the air temperature in Mystery Cave stays at a constant 48 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
Reservations for the cave tours are recommended, but tours also will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, if space is available. For information about tour prices and to make reservations, visit or call 866-857-2757.
People should dress for the weather, so ideally in layers that can shed when they warm up as they get moving. They may also want to bring a light backpack to store a water bottle, a nutritious snack, binoculars, a camera, and those extra layers of clothing.
A vehicle permit ($7 for a one-day permit or $35 for a year-round permit) is also required to enter Minnesota state parks.
For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

MN Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

DECEMBER 2017, Morris Minn. — Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer! 

Headwaters Science Center, Bemidji, MN is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning February 13th, 2018.

Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship.  Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service.  The program offers three courses that correspond to Minnesota’s three major ecosystems – entitled ‘Big Woods, Big Rivers’, ‘Prairies and Potholes’, and ‘Northwoods, Great Lakes’.

This course will cover the natural and cultural history of the “North Woods, Great Lakes” region.  We will provide an in-depth overview of the boreal forest ecosystem and participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of the region.  Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills.  In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a group project.

The classes will be held Tuesdays, February 13th to April 24th from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Two Saturday Field Trips are scheduled for February 24th and April 7th. The cost for the course is $275.00, including materials. Instructor: Janet Moen,, 218-280-0324.

Register on-line at For registration assistance call Julie Larson at 320-589-1711 Ext. 2120; 1.888.241.4532, or e-mail Scholarships are available.

Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Protect yourself from credit card skimming

Burnsville, Minnesota– December 19, 2017 –Even if you’re choosy about which gas stations you frequent, you can still become a victim of financial thieves that place seamless devices on machines to steal – or ‘skim’ - sensitive financial information. Skimming is a growing problem, and Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB), the Minnesota Department of Commerce and several other local and federal law enforcement agencies say consumers need to remain vigilant to steer clear of this scam which can also lead to identity theft.

In recent years, thieves have increasingly targeted gas pumps to steal credit card data. Skimming devices are placed inside the pump and are undetectable from the outside. Credit card information can now even be obtained from the skimming device via Bluetooth technology so thieves don’t have to go back to the pump to retrieve stolen card numbers. Many gas stations are taking measures to secure their pumps via tamper-resistant security tape and visual inspections, but to avoid having your financial information stolen, pay inside rather than at the pump. Minnesota’s Department of Commerce is also taking steps to tackle this problem.

“To protect consumers, Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Weights & Measures inspectors are on the lookout for skimmers during their regular inspections of gas pumps for accuracy, safety and fuel quality,” said Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman. “Consumers can protect their money by being aware of signs of tampering and reporting suspicious activity to the station and the Commerce Department.”

To avoid becoming a victim of credit card skimmers:

Give it a wiggle – Skimming devices are often false panels attached to the credit card reader – where you swipe your card. Inspect debit and credit terminals closely. If anything looks damaged or unusual, give it a wiggle. Also watch out for new or suspiciously placed cameras and unusual signage. Don’t hesitate to walk away and if something doesn’t feel right.

Pay inside or pay with cash – Paying inside at gas stations reduces your risk of credit card fraud greatly, and paying with cash is an even safer approach.

See something, say something -- If you notice any suspicious activity (especially someone who is not a station employee or an inspector who is opening up a pump), alert the station attendant.

Keep an eye on your statements – The most vigilant person can still fall victim to skimming, and it’s important to always keep a close eye on your accounts – particularly the itemized breakdown of monthly charges – so that you can report any suspicious activity on your account.

Report fraud immediately – Report any fraudulent activity to your bank or credit card provider as soon as you discover it. Paying with a credit card instead of a debit card, because they offer great protections. Consumers who think that they’ve been victims of skimming should visit to report identity theft and develop a recovery plan

“Just as it’s important to know what to watch out for as far as these skimming devices, it’s equally important to know what to do if you’ve fallen victim,” said Susan Adams Loyd, President and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota.

The FBI investigates a wide variety of credit card fraud schemes to include Internet-facilitated criminal activity. If you believe you’ve been a victim of an online fraud scheme, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center is a reliable and convenient reporting mechanism to submit information using the following website: Consumers can also file complaints with the FTC (877-FTC-HELP;

If you notice any suspicious activity (especially someone who is not a station employee or an inspector opening up a pump), alert the station attendant or call the MN Department of Commerce’s Weight & Measures Division at 651-539-1555.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MDA Announces New Restrictions on Use of Dicamba Herbicide

St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) today announced new restrictions on the use of the herbicide dicamba in Minnesota for the 2018 growing season. Dicamba is primarily used for controlling post-emergence broadleaf weeds. The new restrictions are in addition to those announced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October. The affected formulations are XtendiMax by Monsanto, Engenia by BASF, and FeXapan by DuPont. The decision follows the MDA’s ongoing investigation and an informal survey last summer into reports of crop damage from alleged dicamba off-target movement.   

In an effort to prevent dicamba-related complaints in 2018, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson thoroughly reviewed the new EPA label restrictions, the MDA's survey results, peer reviewed literature, and sought extensive input from the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Drift Task Force, University of Minnesota Extension weed scientists, and the pesticide manufacturers on the underlying causes of damage. Based on the review, the Commissioner set forth these additional protocols for dicamba use for the 2018 growing season:

Cutoff date:
Do not apply after June 20. Setting an application cutoff date of June 20 is expected to help reduce the potential for volatility (movement). The majority of Minnesota soybeans are still in the vegetative growth stage by June 20 and research has shown that plants in the vegetative stage are less affected than those in the reproductive stage.

Cutoff temperature:
Do not apply if the air temperature of the field, at the time of application, is over 85 degrees Fahrenheit or if the National Weather Service’s forecasted high temperature for the nearest available location for the day exceeds 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Research has shown that dicamba volatilization injury increased with an increase in temperatures.

“Dicamba is an important tool for soybean growers to manage weeds and I believe these additional restrictions will minimize the off-target movement,” Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson said. “I want to thank University of Minnesota Extension, and in particular Professor Jeff Gunsolus, for his research report on dicamba, and the Minnesota Soybean Growers for their input on this important issue. We will be closely monitoring the herbicide’s performance with these restrictions in 2018.”

In Minnesota, the XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan formulations of dicamba are “Restricted Use Pesticides” for retail sale to and for use only by Certified Applicators.