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Pa00e 10 Calendar Thursday, January 20, 2011 Tri-County News. Kimball, MN Community Saturday, Jan. 29, 4-8 p.m., Spa- Thursday, Jan. 20, 6"-7:30 p.m., ghetti dinner and silent auction St. Cloud VA Health Care System benefitforSommarWeber(5-year- "family and reintegration semi- old recently diagnosed with leu- nar" at St. Cloud Public Library; kemia), at Kimball Legion Club; (320) 255-6453. (320) 761-8571. Thursday, Jan. 20, 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Lutheran Social Service Minne- Omelet breakfast at Holy Cross sota Adoption meeting; &lt;www. School in Marty (Pearl Lake); $7 minnesota'> adults, $5 children, includes sausage, Friday, Jan. 21, 8:30 p.m.- hash browns, rolls and beverage. 12:30 a.m., St. Cloud Singles Dance Saturday, Feb. 5, 1-3 p.m., 23rd at Waite Park American Legion; annual Kingston Lions fishing (612) 716-4766 or www.stcloud contest, on NW side of Lake Fran- cis; see ad on page 3 for details. Saturday, Jan. 22, 9th annual Saturday, Feb. 5, Tenth annual Vegas Night Social sponsored by AlumniBasketballTourneyatKAHS. Kimball Area Chamber of Com- Saturday, Feb. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, merce; advance tickets required, "Many Gifts One Spirit" at Kim- contact a Chamber member. ball United Methodist Church (on Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m.-3 Hwy. 55); free clothing, household p.m., Winter Fun Day at Lake items, and more; (320)398-6696. Maria State Park; <www.mnstate->. overnment E d.catton Wednesday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m., Kimball school board meeting, in Friday, Jan. 21, Early Childhood board room in Kimball Area High Screening at KES; call Becca at School; (320) 398-5585. (320) 398-5425 ext. 205. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Kimball Friday, Jan. 21, End of third City Council meeting at City Hall; quarter (Kimball Schools). (320) 398-2725. Monday, Jan. 24, NO SCHOOL for Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Maine Kimballstudents(teacherworkshop). Prairie Township meeting at Kim- Monday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., KAHS ball Area Fire Hall; (320)398-2905. Financial Aid Night, open to all Thursday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m., Wat- KAHS seniors and juniors (and kins City Council mtg. at City Hall. their parents); see story on page 5. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, 7-8 p.m., Boy Kimball school board meeting, in Scout meeting at KAHS; new mem- board room in Kimball Area High bers welcome! (320) 398-5523. See School; (320) 398-5585. article on page 5. Kimball Cubs EV-Watkins Eagles Boys' Basketball Fri., Jan. 21, 6 pro, at Rockford Fri., Jan. 21, 6 pro, at Holdingford Sat., Jan. 22, 3 pm, at NYA (JVat 1:30) Thu., Jan. 27, 6 pm, at Pierz TUE., JAN. 25, 6 PM, V. ROYALTON Fri., Jan. 28, 6 pro, at Paynesville THO., JAN. 27, 6 PM, V. HL-W-W TUE., FEB. 1, 6 PM, V. BBE THE., FEB. 1, 6 PM, V. MAPLE LAKE Fri., Feb. 4, 6 pro, at Kimball Girls' Basketball Sat., Jan. 22, 4:30 pm, at NYA (IV at 1:30) THU., JAN. 20, 6 PM, V. HL-W-W Tue., Jan. 25, 6 pm, at BBE SAT., JAN. 22, 6 PM, V. ROCOR! FRI., JAN. 28, 6 PM, V. EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS Tue., Jan. 25, 6 pro, at Maple Lake Mon., Jan. 31, 6 pro, at Dassel-Cokato Fri., Jan. 28, 6 pro, at Kimball Thu., Feb. 3, 6 pro, at Holdingford Sat., Jan. 29, 9 am, 9th gr. Litchfield Tournament Wrestling THU., |,N. 20, 5 PM, V. DELANO, Thu.,'J'an. 20, 5 pm, at Rockford Triangular MONTGOMERY-LONSDALE Fri., Jan. 21, 3:30 pin, at NewLondon-Spicer Tourn Tue., Jan. 25, 6 pm, at Eden Valley-Watkins dual TUE., JAN. 2S, S:30 pM, V. KIMBALL Your complete source for local news in your community. Renew by mail (P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353) or on-line at www.TriCountyNews.MN __ FREE 2-month trial (new sub's only} u FREE active military subscription __ one-year Minnesota subscription, $36 one-year out-of-state subscription, $46 __ SENIOR* Minnesota subscription, $26 __ SENIOR* out-of-state subscription, $36 (* Seniors are 62 and older) (3-, 6- and 9-month subscriptions are available; ask us!) Name: Address: City/State/Zip: __ Check enclosed OR Charge my: __ Visa __ MasterCard __ Discover Card #: - - - exp. / (320) 398-5000 s 70 S Main St., Kimball www.TriCountyNews.MN sgt. 0000hysP00d0000o. : . Children's challenging What's the law on headlights? behavior workshop Feb. 12 Raising a child or adolescent with challenging behaviors can be difficult. Learn the five essential tasks to build confidence in your skills, improve the relationship with your child and create bal- ance in your life. This free, all-day workshop, called Children's Chal- lenging Behaviors, is for parents and caregivers of school-age chil- dren. Presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota, the workshop will be held in St. Cloud from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Clara's House, 1564 Co. Rd. 134. To regis- ter, call Suzette at (651) 645-2948 ext.102. Dear Trooper Kathy: I Got a question. What are the STATE LAWS regarding use of headlights? SO how can these cars that are newer than my car go down the road without having any headlights on? I thought that was an automatic when you start the engine? Is there any pen- alty/fine for this happening? With the crappy weather we have had this December, it makes me angry when there are stupid people just disregarding the safety meant for all of us. TROOPER KATHY SAYS: Thanks for your comments. All vehicles are required to have headlights on during inclem- ent weather, sunset to sunrise, and anytime that visibility is impaired. Another misconception from the general public is that all head- lights are AUTOMATIC now and are ALWAYS on. Many of the new vehi- cles have different optional settings and are automatically set accord- ing to: a. Dusk to dawn b. Cloudy or foggy c. All the time d. Parking lights only Many people DO NOT REALIZE that just because you have "auto- matic" headlights, that during day- light hours, they MAY NOT be on. Another problem may occur on some vehicles. This occurs when the automatic headlights go on, the taillights may not be set to on. Make sure you check this out. Remember, as a defensive driver, it is very important to BE SEEN. The best way for this to happen is to reach down and make sure your headlights are on. If you have any questions regarding traffic safety and/or traf- fic laws, please e-mail her at <kathy.>. Sgt. Ped- erson will not offer advice on spe- cific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement. BBB top 10 scams and rip-offs of 2010 Job hunters and financially- strapped families are targets of scarhs in tough economy The Better Business. Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) released a list of the top 10 scams and rip-offs of 2010 Jan. 4. Job hunters and those strug- gling to get out of debt were com- mon targets of fraudsters, hackers and deceptive offers in this tough economy. "With the economy still on the mend, scammers had a field day targeting struggling families who were looking for work and trying to make ends meet," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. "While some of the most popular scams are perennial prob- lems that have always plagued consumers, some new additions to the list are signs of our challenging economic times." Following, in no particular order, is the BBB's list of top scams and rip-offs that took advantage of consumers and small business owners across the U.S. in 2010: lob hunter seams - Scams targeting job hunters vary and include attempts to gain access to personal information such as bank account or Social Security numbers, and requirements to pay a fee in order to even be consid- ered for the job. Debt relief and settlement ser- vices - The BBB warned consum- ers in 2010 to seriously evaluate claims made by companies offer- ing debt relief and settlement ser- vices. These companies often require upfront fees and poten- tially leave the consumer drown- ing in even more debt. According to tentative year-end estimates, complaints to the BBB regarding debt-relief services increased by approximately 30 percent in 2010. Work from home schemes '- Some work from home schemes promise to teach the secrets to making money online, others claim you can make money assem- bling items at home or get paid to be a mystery shopper. Some vic- tims even found that their oppor- tunity to work from home was a job to fence stolen goods. The end result is that instead of getting paid, you can end up losing hun- dreds - if not thousands - of dol- lars. Timeshare resellers - Com- plaints to the BBB about the time- share industry - including decep- tive resellers - increased by more than 40 percent, according to 2010 estimates. Timeshare owners who are desperate to get rid of their costly vacation property are being targeted by companies that claim they have an eager buyer. The company tells the seller they just have to pay up to several thousand dollars to cover fees. After pay- ing the fees, the seller never hears from the company again. Not so "free" trial offers - Mis- leading free trial offers online for diet supplements, penny auctions and money-making schemes blan- ket the Internet, resulting in thou- sands of complaints every year. The free trial offers seem no-risk, but complainants state they were repeatedly billed every month and found it extremely difficult to can- cel. Itinerant home repair/roofers - BBBs across the country received complaints from. consumers who answered a knock from a door-to- door salesman or itinerant worker who eventually failed to deliver on promises to fix their roof or con- duct other work to the home. Com- plaints to the BBB about roofing companies increased by roughly 40 percent in 2010, according to tentative estimates, due, in part, to one company that solicited door to door, American Shingle, which received nearly 1,000 complaints nationwide after going bankrupt and not providing new roofs to angry customers. Lottery and sweepstakes seams - The victim, often a senior citizen, receives a phony letter or phone call from someone pre- tending to be with Reader's Digest, Publisher's Clearing House or from a fraudulent foreign lottery. The scammer claims that the vic- tim has won millions, but must first wire hundreds or even thou- sands of dollars back to the scam- mers to cover taxes or some other bogus fee. The victim wires the money, but the prize never arrives. Identity theft - There are any number of ways a person can become a victim of identity theft. Through low-tech theft, phish- ing e-mails, vishing phone calls, smishing text messages, or even through no fault of your own, as the result of a corporate data breach, millions fall victim to identity theft every year. Advance fee loan seams - A perennial problem, advance- fee loan scams prey on consum- ers and business owners who are struggling financially. Victims are told they qualify for large loans but must pay upfront fees, often more than a thousand dollars. The vic- tim wires money to the scammers, but never receives the loan. Over-payment scams- Over- payment scams typically target small business.owners, landlords or individuals with rooms to rent and sellers on classifieds or sites like Craigsllst. The scammers 'overpay' the amount for the service or prod- uct and then ask the victim to wire the extra amount back to them or to another fraudulent entity. Ulti- mately, however, the check from the scammers proves to be no good and the victim is out any money they wired back to them. Consumers or small busi- ness owners victimized by a scam can contact theft local BBB or file a complaint at <>. Always research a business with the BBB before you sign any contracts or hand over any money. The mission bf the Better Busi- ness Bureau is to promote, through self-relgulation, the highest stan- dards of business ethics and con- duct, and to instill public confi- dence in responsible businesses through programs of education and action that inform, protect and assist the general public. Our hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the BBB 24 hours a day at <www.>, or (651) 699-1111, toil- free at (800) 646-6222.