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Page 10 itlr Cal da ..ursaay,,une0000,00O,, Comm',] l, r Tri-County News, Kimball, MN Government Thursday, June 23, 2-2:30 p.m., Congresswoman Michele Bach- mann's mobile office will be at St. Augusta City Hall for "office hours" with her staff. Thmsday, June 23, 4-5:30 p.m., Congresswoman Michele Bach- mann's mobile office will be at KimbalCity Hall for "office hours" with he: staff. Tueslay, June 28, 7 p.m., Maine Prairie "ownship meeting at Kim- ball Arei Fire Hall; (320) 398-2905. Wedmsday, June 29, 7 p.m., Special Kimball City Council meeting at City Hall; see notice on page 8. Tuesday, July 5 (NOTE DATE CHANGE), 8 p.m., Fairhaven Township, EH. Town Hall. (320) 251-3425. Saturday, June 25, St. Mary Help of Christians Parish Festival in St. Augusta. See their ad on page 3. Saturday, June 25, I0 a.m.-5 p.m., Quilts & Wines at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery. (Portion of admission will go to Kimball Food Shelf.) See their ad on page 3. Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10, Pearl Lake Festival in Marty (Pearl Lake). Sunday, July 31, St. Wendelin's Parish Festival in Luxemburg. Saturday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m., Kimball Community Playhouse "KCP Revue," at KAHS Cafetorium. Sunday, Sept. 18, St. Anne's Fall Festival in Kimball. iW at a residence on County State Aid Highway 17, Watkins. Tuesday. lune 14 2:26 .m. the Sheriffs Office dis- patched Eden Valley Rescue and Wat- kins An-oulance to a medical in Stea- ms Comty on Hutcheson Avenue East, Eden Valey. One individual was trans- ported t( St. Cloud Hospital. 6:37 a.m. the Sheriff's Office receiveda report of a one-vehicle acci- dent with no one around on 732nd Ave- nue, Kirrball. Deputies responded and were able to locate the owner and driver of the vehicle. The driver had sustained non-serious injuries and was okay. 11:50 a.m. the Sheriffs Office assisted the public at a residence in the WatkinsTrailer Park. Adeputystoodby while property was exchanged. 4:13 p.m. the Sheriffs Office took a report of an assault at a residence on County State Aid Highway 27, Kings- ton. 4:55 p.m. the Sheriffs Office received a request to check the wel- fare of an individual at a residence on County State Aid Highway 27, Kings- ton. 6:11 p.m. the Sheriffs Office assisted an individual at a residence on 365th Street, Kimball. 10:26 p.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- patched Kimball Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on 360th Street, Kimball. One individ- ual was transported to St Cloud Hospi- tal. Monday. Iune 13 11:51 a.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- patched Eden Valley Rescue and Wat- kins Ambulance for a medical on Meadowlark Lane, Eden Valley. One individual was transported to the Paynesville Hospital. Crime/From page 9 2:34 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a report of cows on 375th Ave- nue, Eden Valley. A deputy contacted the owner andhe rounded up the cows. Thursday. Iune 16 3:15 a.m. a Sheriff's Deputy came upon suspicious activity at a resi- dence on MN Highway 24, Litchfield, The deputy checked the area and all appeared to be okay. 7:10 a.m. the Sheriff's Office took a report of harassment/stalking from a residence on 3rd Street North, Dassel. 4:14 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a dog complaint at an address on Western Avenue South, Watkins: The deputy transported two dogs to the pound. 4:59 p.m. the Sheriffs Office received a report of suspicious person in the area of the Watkins Trailer Park. A deputy located the party and deter- mined he had permission to be there. 7:51 p.m. the Sheriffs Office responded to a report of an animal complaint at a residence on 312th Street, Kimball. The deputy made con- tact with the caretakerwho advised the animals were back on the property and not a road hazard. 11:30 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of suspicious activityin the areaofChurch Street and St Anthony Avenue, Watkins. The dep- uty checked and found that the individ- uals had left prior to arrival. Wednesday. Iqne 15 4:36 p.m. the Sheriff's Office assisted Eden Valley Police with arrest- ing Amanda Kristina Larson, age 19, of Eden Valley on a Meeker County war- rant for failure to appear. 5:27 p.m. the Sheriffs Office received a report of suspicious activ- coupon savings special sections valuable advertising classifieds conversation starters Your complete source for local news in your community. Renew by mail (P.O. 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Friday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m., EV-W Class of '76 35th reunion, at Great Blue Heron in Cold Spring; Nancy (651) 497-7804 or evw76@ comcast, net. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 4-7 p.m., KES Open House. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-7 p.m., KAHS Open House. Tuesday, Sept. 6, FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Community Thursday, June 23, 5-9 p.m., Family Fun Night (Valley Daze and 125th anniversary kick-off party) in Watertower Park in Eden Valley. Friday-Sunday, June 24-26, Val- ley Daze in Eden Valley. (page 12) Friday, June 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Home Stretch Workshop at St. Cloud Federal Credit Union; $25 per household, registration required; Stacy Esboldt at Central Minn. Housing Partnership, (320) 259-0393. Friday, June 24 (NOTE DATE CHANGE), 10:30 a.m., West Cen- tral Dairy Days cattle show, at Kandiyohi Co. Fairgrounds; (320) 222-5269 or wade.gustafson@ridge water.edu. (See story on page 20.) Friday, June 24, 3-6 p.m., Kim- ball Area Farmers' Market, at KUMC parking lot. GRAND OPEN- ING; see page 2 for details. Saturday, June 25, 12-5 p.m., Eden Valley Business Expo at E.V. Community Center (formerly Ruhland Hardware); call Randy Hanson at (320) 453-8311 x125, or Dan Thielen at 453-3525. Saturday, June 25, Fair Haven Old Settlers' Picnic. See story on page 3. See page 1 for queen can- didates, and page 12 for schedule; see also their ad on page 3. Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m., Cele- bration of 107 years of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston. This will be their final service, as the church is closing. (See story on page 6.) Sunday, June 26, Kimball Church of Christ 3rd annual "Out- door Worship" and pot-luck pic- nic at Veterans Memorial Field in Kimball (the ballfield in Willow Creek Park); all are welcome! Monday, June 27, 6:30 p.m., Watkins Lioness dinner meeting at Watkins VFW. Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m., Kim- ball Area Historical Society pres- ents: Sou Line Railroad special event; at Kimball City Hall; free and open to all; refreshments fol- low. Thursday, June 30, 8 p.m., Wat- kins Lions meeting at skating rink. Tuesday, July 5, 7:30 p.m., Wat- kins American Legion meeting. Thursday, July 7, 7:30 p.m., Wat- Kim-Valley VFW and Auxiliary meeting. Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m., Kim- ball Area Friends of the Library meeting, at Kimball City Hall; new members always welcome! Saturday, July 30, South Haven Days. Beware of Internet classified scams From Lori Swanson Minn. Attorney General While the Internet may offer convenience, it can also enable scam operators to defraud buy- ers and sellers. Fraudsters can use cheap technology and free clas- sified services on advertisement websites such as craigslist.com or Ebay.com to dupe individuals looking to buy or sell items such as furniture, cars, ATVs, boats, or other merchandise, or those look- ing to rent an apartment. Don't let this happen to you. Most Internet classified scams are predicated on convincing a victim to send money to someone who is not who they pretend to be, often through a money wiring, escrow, or Internet payment ser- vice. Many perpetrators of Inter- net scares operate in countries outside of the United States, com- plicating law enforcement actions and attempts to retrieve money. Citizens who are asked to wire or otherwise submit payment to a party in another country who they do not know should exercise great caution, as this is a primary red flag for potential Internet classi- fied scams. Internet buyer seam In the Internet buyer scam, a potential buyer expresses interest in an item posted for sale at an online classified site, such as craigslist.com or Ebay.com. The buyer is then typ- ically contacted, often by e-mail, by the supposed "seller" (or in some cases, a party claiming to represent the seller as an escrow agent), who asks the buyer to submit payment. Oftentimes the "seller" asks the buyer to send payment through an Internet pay service such as PayPal, or other pay services purported to be offered by Ebay.com or Google. com. The information that the "seller" provides for these pay ser- vices is fraudulent, and may be doc- tored with official-looking logos, trademarks, and seals to make it appear legitimate. Scammers use cheap technology and copying ability to recreate look-alike web- sites and pay systems that mask the true nature of the fraud, so that the buyer is unaware that he or she is not actually on PayPal or other well- known Internet payment sites. In other cases, the seam "seller" may ask the buyer to send the payment via money wire. Once the payment is made, the "seller" disappears and the item is never delivered. "Adam" wants to buy a used vehicle online, and responds to an advertisement on craigslist.com to purchase a truck. The supposed "seller" contacts him and suggests that they process the sale through what he claims is "E-Bay Motors." "Adam" subsequently receives an e-mail containing a fake replica of E-Bay's trademark seal and copy- right information, with directions to wire $9,000 to an "E-Bay hold- ing account." He completes what he believes to be his end of a legitimate transaction. The "seller" does not transfer the truck to 'Adam," how- ever, and after a time, ceases con- tact with him, leaving him out the money, and with no truck. Internet seller scam The Internet seller seam is a type of Advance Fee Scam, a form of fraud that has been around for many years. The seam artist capi- talizes on advancements in cheap technology, which allows the seam artist to buy a printer, ink, and paper and create very authentic- looking counterfeit checks (often- times cashier's checks or money orders) at low cost. The seam art- ist then contacts people who have an item for sale on the Internet, or who are renting an apartment or looking for a job on the Inter- net. The seam artist uses various appeals to persuade the victim to deposit the fraudulent check in the citizen's bank account and wire the "overpayment" to the supposed buyer or a third person. Typically, the seam artists may suggest that the "overpayment" is meant to cover shipping costs or other fees, or perhaps to cover the fees of a third-party "agent" hired to transfer the property or assist in the transaction in some other way. By the time the counterfeit check bounces, the victim's money has already been wired to the seam artist. Fake cashier's checks and money orders are not secure It has long been ingrained in us that cashier's checks and money orders are more secure than other forms of payment and that their funds are somehow guaranteed. This is not the case if the docu- ment is fake! A check is not worth the paper it's printed on until the bank it was issued from releases the money. Federal rules require banks to make deposits "avail- able" to consumers quickly, often the following business day. A check takes considerably longer to clear the bank it was issued from, however, before the funds can be "collected" by your financial insti- tution. It may take a bank weeks to discover that the deposited check was fraudulent! The bottom line is that while the funds may be avail- able in your account within days of your deposit, the check may take weeks to clear, or bounce. Seam artists prey on those who mistak- enly believe that once the funds are available, the check is legiti- mate. Furthermore, once a victim wires funds onward from such a check, he or she may be liable to the bank for the amount wired. Typically the bank will not cover the loss, and expects the victim to pay the difference. Seamming businesses Another variation of the seam targets small businesses. After making contact with a small busi- ness to request its services or products, the seam artist will send a fake cashier's check or money order for an amount over the agreed-upon price. The seam art- ist will then claim that the check was actually meant for another business and that he or she should cash the check and wire the dif- ference directly to the other busi- ness. These requests will often be accompanied by stories designed to evoke sympathy. Scams/To page 12