All News in April, 2012

Kyle Blanchfield of Woodland Resort wins the 2012 Travel Industry Leader Award

Tourism leaders honored with Governor’s Travel and Tourism awards

Outstanding leaders in North Dakota’s tourism industry were recognized yesterday at the 2012 North Dakota Travel Conference in Bismarck. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson presented nine Governor’s Travel and Tourism awards.

“North Dakota’s tourism industry is an important contributor to our strong economy and a big reason why our state is the envy of the nation,” Gov. Dalrymple said. “Today’s award recipients represent the outstanding work that is occurring across the state to grow North Dakota’s tourism industry and provide visitors with a legendary experience.”

Kyle Blanchfield, Woodland Resort, Travel and Tourism Industry Leader. Blanchfield has been involved with the tourism industry as an advocate of and tourism operator in North Dakota’s outdoor recreation for more than 20 years. As the owner of Woodland Resort on the shores of the ever-expanding Devils Lake, Blanchfield has had to move his resort twice. But he hasn’t given up; he just keeps expanding his resort. Most recently, Blanchfield built an 80-slip marina to accommodate anglers and local boaters, and he continually maintains his beach shoreline, which is the only swimming beach on the lake. To give anglers and hunters a one-stop-shop for their vacation, Blanchfield accommodates two local guiding services and books their services with lodging accommodations. A constant advocate for North Dakota’s tourism industry and outdoor recreation, Blanchfield regularly contributes local fishing reports. In addition, he maintains a continuous marketing presence by supporting local and state efforts, and stays abreast of legislative issues that impact tourism.

Kyle Blanchfield accepts award

Join the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau and Kyle on Monday, May 7th (during Tourism Week) at 4:30 pm for a ribbon cutting for the updated Visitor Center. Cake will be served in honor of Kyle for winning this prestigious award. Make sure to stop by and say congratulations. The Visitor Center is located at 208 West Highway 2.

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Fong Offers Tips to Taxpayers

Bismarck, N.D. – As taxpayers work to prepare their income tax return, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong today offered filing tips to help taxpayers avoid a few common errors. 

“There are some simple steps that taxpayers can take to avoid a few of the common errors we find on income tax returns,” said Fong.  “Most of these errors are found on paper filed returns.”

1.      Double-check your entries.  This includes checking to be sure that all W-2 information is entered correctly, social security numbers are right, and that the math calculations are accurate.  Errors slow down the processing and could cause delays in receiving a refund.

2.      Paper filers need to attach a copy of their federal return.  This includes all W-2s, 1099’s or other forms showing North Dakota withholding.

“One of the most common errors taxpayers make is forgetting to attach a copy of their federal return and other supporting documents,” said Fong. 

If a return does not include a copy of the federal return, the Tax Department will consider it an incomplete return and will send it back to the taxpayer.  This could result in late charges if the return is received back by the Tax Department after the due date.

3.      Remember to sign the return.  An unsigned return is considered an incomplete return and will be sent back to the taxpayer.  And, if it is a joint return, both spouses must sign the return.

4.      Paper filers need to be sure they mail the paper return to the correct agency.  Each year a number of taxpayers mail their North Dakota return to the wrong agency.  Taxpayers can find the Tax Department’s mailing address on the form. 

“These errors can be easily avoided if the taxpayer uses e-file,” said Fong.  “E-file reduces the chance for math errors, it automatically includes the taxpayers’ signature, and it sends the return to the correct agency.”

5.      Taxpayers should check their return to be sure they provide their correct mailing address on the return.  Each year refund checks with incomplete or invalid addresses come back to the Tax Department as undeliverable.

“Taxpayers can avoid refund delays by using Direct Deposit,” said Fong.  “For over a decade taxpayers have been using e-file and direct deposit.  Taxpayers using these electronic services have found them to be fast, easy, and safe.”

For more information about e-file and free e-file, visit the Tax Department’s web site at or connect with the Tax Department on Facebook and YouTube.

Additional Tax Tip Messages on YouTube

Lake Region Heritage Center New Director & Updates!

Kristin Wood was recently hired as the Director of the Old Post Office Museum. Eunice Davidson will still serve on the Board of Directors and be involved.

Kristin has several events planned including Mondays at the Museums with historical presentations given by the staff and board members. The first Monday at the Museum will be held April 16th at 7:00pm and will be open to the public! Join them that evening in honor of National Holocaust Memorial Week. On that same day, the museum will host Yamma Ensemble a group of Israeli musicians that tour with the Arts Midwest Worldfest Organization. They will be available at the museum for a meet & greet.

They also have a new website, that they will use to post information about upcoming events in order to keep members and the public informed!

The museum will be opening April 3, 2012 full tiem to welcome all visitors.

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