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‘Scamming’ in the spring PDF Print E-mail

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By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

It’s spring and another crime on the rise is scamming. It’s time to take a closer look at this way into your private life and, perhaps, your bank account.
A local resident informed me last week of a telephone call she received. Our resident elected to remain anonymous.
The call came from a young man who claimed to be her grandson. It was the typical, “Hi, grandma, how are you?”
When the resident asked who was calling, the scammer claimed it was “her favorite grandson”.
When our resident answered “I don’t have a favorite grandson” there was a bit of quiet on the other end of the phone.

Scams are going around PDF Print E-mail


byronhigginBy Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

Most of us can handle a harmless prank or two on April Fools’ Day, but being a victim of a scam is no laughing matter.
Recently I got an email from CenturyLink warning folks about scams that some of their customers have falling into to and it’s not pretty.
CenturyLink in their release tells us of a few:
U. S. Census Scam
Someone calls you claiming to be from the Census, the IRS or other “trusted” organization and asks you to divulge personal financial information, donations, and/or Social Security numbers.
In addition, fraudsters now have devices that can make Caller ID display any number or name they choose such as "U.S. Census" or a similar identifier.

A family you call Minneota wrestling PDF Print E-mail


By Jeff Meyer, Pelican Rapids Press Publisher

Family is what I felt this weekend, even though I’m not from Minneota.
When I arrived at the NYWA youth wrestling tournament I was greeted by Tim DeVlaeminck and Jeff Buysse. We talked for quite a while about wrestling, about Minneota, and about the paper.
I couldn’t have been more proud. They talked about my step dad, Byron Higgin, and what a perfect fit he was for Minneota. I told them he was like a kid in a candy store. He loves every minute of it.
A few dads, “I’m thinking,” asked Byron if he was going to head to Rochester to cover the state youth wrestling tournament. As much as he would have loved to, and I know he wanted too, he couldn’t.

Crime Wave hits Minneota PDF Print E-mail


By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor

gaylevanvoorenTo say that I enjoyed the Minnesota Crime Wave  coming to town last week would be putting it mildly.
I didn’t really know what to expect and went because “it was part of my job” to cover this event.
Instead, it was a real treat to be there.
In many events of this sort, an author will dig out one of his or her favorite books and read from it.
While this is entertaining, I always feel a little cheated for I can certainly read the book, myself. It’s much more fun to hear the author’s ideas and stories.
William Krueger, Carl Brookins and Ellen Hart were here to promote their own books, but they did it in such a way that you wanted to purchase books without knowing much about the content.

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