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October 20, 2014 The Star Page 3 Stop in at Roy's TV and compare prices before you buy anywhere else/ NEW Selections of Blow-out Prices on all Appliances Beautiful Furniture Arriving Daily! Wealthy giving less to charity; North Dakota's goodwill decreases Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to char- ity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, ac- cording to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Chronicle, a leading source of news coverage of the nonprofit world, said in a report being released Mon- day that Americans who earned $200,000 or more reduced the share of their income they gave to charity by 4.6 percent from 2006 to 2012. Those earning less than $100,000 do- nated 4.5 percent more of their in- come, the report said. The Chronicle's analysis was based on tax returns filed by Ameri- cans who itemize their deductions, in- cluding their charitable gifts. Rankings were compiled for states and metropolitan areas based on the ratio of contributions to adjusted gross income. According to the report, changes in giving patterns were most pronounced in major cities, where the percentage of income that residents donated dropped markedly between 2006 and 2012. In Philadelphia and Buffalo, New York, the share of income given to charity fell by more than 10 percent; there was a 9 percent drop in Los An- geles, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Washington, D.C. Tami Phillips of the Midnight Mis- sion, a Los Angeles charity serving homeless people, credited gifts from low- and moderate-income people, for helping sustain its programs during the recession. Canola-crushing of customers, Killam says. "It hits closer to home," said Phillips. "Any day, they too could be- come homeless." The Chronicle's editor, Stacy Palmer, noted that wealthy donors, overall, were more oriented toward support of the arts and higher educa- tion than lower-income donors, and less oriented toward support of social- service charities. At the state level, residents of Utah were the nation's most generous, do- nating $65.60 to charity for every $1,000 they earned. One factor is Utah's large presence of Mormons, whose church practices call for them to give at least 10 percent of their in- come to charity. Mississippi, Alabama and Ten- nessee -- also with high proportions At the bottom of the list was New Hampshire, where residents gave $17.40 for every $1,000 they earned. Its neighbors, Maine and Vermont, were the next lowest. Palmer suggested that the low rankings for northern New England stemmed in part from low rates of church attendance, but also from res- idents' "independent streak" and a tra- dition of self-reliance. Nevada was the state with the fastest-growing rate of donations as a share of income, jumping nearly 13 percent from 2006 to 2012. Its major metropolis, Las Vegas, was the fastest-growing city in terms of gen- erosity, rising 21 places since 2006 in a ranking of the country's 50 largest urban areas. of loyal churchgoers -- were next in North Dakota experienced the the rankings, biggest decline in giving. Residents plant operating again plant in Munich. When that didn't For more information on selling A crushing plant that reopened here this summer under new man- agement is doing as well as can be expected and could be expanded, its general manager says. "I think the plant is doing fairly well for the start-up we had, taking a plant that was down (out of opera- tion) for so long," says Robert Kil- lam. "We have a positive crush margin, and we're always interested in expansion," which could come in several forms, he says. Crush margin is how much a plant earns or loses when it processes a raw product. The Northwood plant, which had been closed since 2009, resumed op- erati0hS"thi:s Summer under Prairie Premium Oit management. Initially, the reopened plant crushed old-crop canola, or canola harvested in 2013. Now, with the 2014 harvest under way, the plant is crushing new-crop canola, too. Because the plan t was out of op- 'eration for roughly five years, em- ployees checked every piece of equipment to make sure it still oper- ates properly. One challenge is the plant's aging computer software, which might need to be updated, Killam says. The plant can crush up to 7,000 tons of canola a month. The plant is now running at about 94 to 95 per- cent of capacity. Canola seeds -- similar in size to poppy seeds -- are crushed to pro- duce oil, which has a reputation for being healthy, and meal, generally fed to cattle and pigs. So far, the plant has shipped out about 5,000 tons of product. "The feedback from all our customers, on the oil and the meal side, is that the quality is just excellent;' Killam says. The plant already has contracts to sell canola oil and canola meal through the spring of 2015. Both meal and oil from the North- wood plant are sold to a wide range work out, they began investigating the defunct plant in Northwood. The plant opened in 2007 and ini- tially crushed soybeans, later ex- panding into canola, sunflowers, corn germ and flax, with a daily output of 200 to 300 tons. North Dakota is the nation's leading producer of canola, sunflower and flax, and soybeans and corn are increasingly popular in the state. The plant, which cost $10.2 mil- lion to design and build, closed in 2009 after running into financial dif- ficulties. A Nebraska businessman bought the plant for $1.1 million at a public auction in Northwood on Nov. 26, 2012. Prairie Premium Oil I is ' leasing the plant fromimnoW : Ideally, the plant would be based in North Dakota's Cavalier County, which leads the state in canola pro- duction, Killam says. But the plant is attracting the raw canola it needs, he says. Some of its products are shipped by truck, some by rail. On the day that Agweek visited, the plant shipped out four trucks, each carry- ing about 26 tons of canola oil. The plant operates around the clock, with a staff of 20. Most em- ployees live within 30 miles of Northwood, a farm town of 950 that's 35 miles southwest of Grand Forks. Killam, who has 35 years of in- dustry experience in Canada, the U.S., China and Europe, says he's a Canadian citizen who lives in Poland with his family. The investment group involved in Prairie Premium Oil asked him t0 exaluate the North- wood plant when it was still shut down. Prairie Premium Oil, which con- sists largely of investors from Sarles, Munich, Rolla, Rock Lake and Lang- don, all in North Dakota, once hoped to establish a new canola crushing [lit'- FALL ;.; C L00ANKU P . [ November ] through November 8, 21)14 has been designated as Fall Clean-Up Week in the City of Dunseith For further information or assistance, feel free to contact Kurt at 244-5596. The Rolette Ambulance in cooperation with the Rolette County Soil Conservation District invites everyone in the area to the 61st annual Pancake & Sausage Supper Wednesday, October 29, Serving starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Rolette Memorial Hall ii Bring the family, friends and neighbors for FREE pancakes and sausage on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014! Entertainment provided at 6:30 P.M. by Pat Peltier , sponsored by the Rolette County' Soil Conservation District ! A free will offering will be taken for a high school scholarship The 2014 Conservation award will be presented to Chuck & Gail Tastad and Matt & Cynthia Tastadprior to the entertainment canola to the Northwood plant, visit The Northwood plant has the ca- pacity to crush a number of crops. For now it's focusing on canola, but the company doesn't rule out ex- panding into other crops eventually. The canola oil produced and sold now by Prairie Premium Oil is what's known as "canola super degummed," which Killam describes as "not finished oil. It still has to be bleached and deodorized." His company is interested is going a step further and moving into the "RBD" market, or "refined, bleached, deodorized oil," which can be can be used ina large variety of edible oil products. reduced the share of income they do- nated by nearly 16 percent, contribut- ing $24 for every $1,000 earned on average. The Chronicle said that dip could have serious implications, given the increasing demand for social serv- ices as newcomers stream in to take advantage of the state's oil boom. Among the 50 largest cities, Salt Lake City had the most generous res- idents, giving away 5.4 percent of their incomes. It was followed by Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, and Nashville, Ten- nessee. In sixth place was Jacksonville, Florida -- which trailed only Las Vegas for the biggest growth rate in giving between 2006 and 2012. The report detailed how Jack- sonville donors had rallied behind a campaign to improve the region's pub- lic schools via a Quality Education for All fund launched in 2005 with a goal of raising $50 million. The effort has borne fruit, with Duval County's grad- uation rate rising from 53.5 percent in 2008 to 72 percent in 2013, and a new campaign is underway focusing on 37 of the district's historically lowest-per- forming schools. 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