For those local high school juniors and seniors who were stoked for some serious ethics workshopping on March 12, Eh? is sorry to disappoint you, but you’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer.
The ethics training will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 24 at the Kitchi Gammi Glub.
The daylong training session is intended to give students realistic scenarios they might face in the corporate workplace. The students will work together to craft fair and ethical solutions to the problems.
There is no cost for the students to attend.
Two things are certain in life, death and taxes. But, for some reason, death has been replaced by laughter, because some of these tax rules can only be laughed at.
As part of its annual tax survey, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants asked its CPA members to share examples of the more quirky sales and use tax rules in the state.
MNCPA member Scott Kadrlik, a CPA who also works as a stand-up comedian, offers a lighthearted view of some of the examples CPAs shared:
Twix or Snickers?
Candy bars containing flour are not taxable, while those that do not contain flour are taxable.
Labor to repair computer equipment or reinstall software is not subject to sales tax. Labor to set up your computer and/or to install new software is taxable.
Attending class in person?
Workers in Minnesota won’t pay sales tax when they attend a continuing professional education seminar or class in person. Learn the same material online via a webcast or webinar? It’s taxable.
What’s that fabric for?
Fabric purchased to create a garment is not taxable. Fabric purchased to create anything else? Taxable.
Men don’t accessorize
Men’s belts fall into the category of “clothing” and as such are not taxable. Belt buckles sold separately, however, are considered “accessories” and are taxable.
The Lake Superior Squadron 101 Commemorative Air Force is set to launch a benefit dinner and silent auction to benefit the restoration of a World War II PBY Catalina aircraft.
The event will be at West Duluth Legion Post 71 on Grand Avenue on March 15. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6.
One guest speaker, Wayne Johnson of Silver Bay, already has been lined up to share his experience as a Flying Tiger in China during World War II.
The PBY Catalina served many functions during the war. Known as an amphibian, the aircraft was able to take off and land on water. Catalinas were used for scouting and, during the battle of Midway, were responsible for locating the Japanese Carrier group.
The squadron hopes to raise about $500,000 to fully restore the PBY, a project that has been in the works for nearly six years. The PBY restoration is the first aircraft restoration taken on by the Lake Superior Squadron 101 Commemorative Air Force.
Tickets for the dinner depend on food preference: For steak or shrimp, tickets are $20; for lasagna, tickets are $15.
To buy a ticket, call Kevin Parks at (218) 384-4593.
The Duluth Superior Eco Rotary and Duluth Rotary Club 25 are offering a free ethics workshop to area high school juniors and seniors.
The all-day event is March 12 from 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m. and will give students the opportunity to learn skills related to ethical decision-making and practice the skills learned by working through scenarios in a small group setting.
Preregistration is required. To register or receive more information, contact Jena Hart at (218) 348-7884.
A free patient education program for people with seizure disorders and their families will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Lake Michigan Room of the Holiday Inn and Suites, 200 W. First St.
Dr. Richard Kanoff is presenter of the program on treatment options for people with difficult-to-treat epilepsy. It’s sponsored by Cyberonics, a Texas-based medical devices company. He will talk about refractory epilepsy, available treatment options and vagus nerve stimulation therapy.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Reservations are not required but are appreciated. To register, call Krystal at (800) 332-1375, Ext. 2729.
If you’re unemployed and looking to invest in yourself, you might consider an information session at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Duluth Workforce Center, 402 W. First St.
You’ll learn about Certified to Work, a coordinated series of work-skills classes that will be offered this spring. Participants who complete the program will earn at least four certificates designed to improve job prospects.
The certifications come from Community Action Duluth’s Common Cents financial management and home buyer education class, the STEPS work-skills class and the Duluth Workforce Center’s National Career Readiness and Northstar Digital Literacy programs.
Some participants will qualify to take Lake Superior College’s 200-hour machine operator short course.
The Duluth Public Library is going to seed, but that’s a good thing.
The library will inaugurate its Duluth Seed Library with a grand opening at 1 p.m. Saturday in, appropriately, the Green Room of the main library. This will be the first chance for people to sign up for the seed library and borrow pea, bean and tomato seeds.
But wait, there’s more: Local chef Arlene Coco Buscombe will offer bean dishes for tasting. Why beans? Because the bean is this year’s Duluth Vegetable of the Year. The Duluth Community Garden Program and several master gardeners also will be on hand to provide gardening advice and information.
Jamie Harvie, one of the organizers of the effort, who works with the Institute for a Sustainable Future, said it’s not just seeds, it’s what the library offers.
“There’s a wealth of experience, and how do we connect to those new to gardening to those who have experience,” Harvie said. “There’s an art and a science to gardening.”
There will be resources available for those who are looking to start living off the land, including the wealth of experience from a partnership with the Duluth Community Garden Program.
The Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference 2014 is scheduled to take place March 1 at the St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd., in St. Paul.
There will be a day’s worth of educational information and support by recognized experts. Topics will include strategies for caregiving, legal and financial planning and the latest research. There will also be exhibits and displays with books available at the conference bookstore.
There also will be a number of breakout sessions and keynote speakers.
To learn more and to register, go to alz.org/mind or call (952) 857-0548.
You can be among the first to meet the Duluth East Daredevils’ latest robot during the team’s annual open house Thursday.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Duluth East library with refreshments and an overview of this year’s robotics challenge, “Aerial Assist.” The robot and its name will be unveiled, and the students will demonstrate its skills around 6:45 p.m. in the school’s mezzanine.
KUMD-FM 103.3 will air “Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio” at 7 p.m. Monday to celebrate Black History Month. The two-hour documentary examines the legacy of black radio — specifically the legendary WDAS in Philadelphia. Starting in the 1950s, black radio stations featured music that wasn’t being played on mainstream radio and kept listeners abreast of the civil rights and black power movements. The documentary includes interviews with disc jockeys, radio personalities, record company execs, musicians, journalists, scholars and a 1964 interview with Malcolm X.