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Willmar notebook: KRA among tracks caught in a tax pickle


If it does dry up in May, the KRA Speedway will hold a Test-n-Tune on May 8 with the green-flag dropping May 15. There will be a season.

True, these are troubling times for the volunteer-fueled, non-profit. The track is saddled with a state tax debt of around $40,000 for non-payment of sales tax on admissions from 2003-2009. KRA is not alone among Minnesota stock car ovals the state insists overlooked the tax code regarding a sales tax on tickets.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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