As part of National Consumer Protection Week, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) turns its attention to the favorite tool of many scammers: the telephone.
Each and every day, shady operators work the phones to defraud consumers and business owners. Though there’s no way — short of disconnecting the phone — to protect completely from phone scams, there are things people may do to reduce the risk of becoming the next victim.
Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners
Meets 9 a.m. Tuesday
County Board Room, Third floor, Historic Courthouse, Brainerd
The agenda has been published as shown below but is subject to change to include such business as may come before the Board.
1. 9 a.m. call to order and Pledge of Allegiance
2. Open Forum
3. Review and Approve Feb. 25 Regular County Board Meeting Minutes
4. Review and Approve March 11 Regular County Board Meeting Agenda
5. Approve Consent Agenda
5.2. Personnel Actions
Brainerd City Council
Meets 6 p.m. Monday
Brainerd City Hall
Special Notice - Alderman Pritschet will be using Skype to participate and vote in this meeting, he will be located at 50 Park Plaza, Arlington Street, Boston MA 20716, room 308 which will be accessible to the public.
1. Call to Order.
2. Roll Call.
3. BPU – Request to approve Second Amendment to Hydrodam Acquisition
4. Election of At-Large Council Seat Replacement
Pequot Lakes woman injured in crash
NISSWA — An 81-year-old Pequot Lakes woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash reported at 10:09 a.m. Friday on Crow Wing County Road 18 and Highway 371 in Nisswa, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.
Irma Zimmerman was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for unknown injuries. Information on her conditions was unavailable Friday afternoon.
Zimmerman was driving a Ford Fusion southbound on Highway 371 and Eugene Patch, 89, Nisswa, was driving a Jeep westbound on County Road 18 when the vehicles met at the intersection and hit broadside.
■ Disability Day on the Hill is set for March 18
Roughly 180 gallons of diesel fuel spilled Friday morning when a Chevrolet truck and a semitrailer crashed along Highway 371, south of Brainerd near Fort Ripley.
Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said slippery road conditions were a factor in the crash. Stunek said when the truck hit the semitrailer it ruptured the two saddle tanks that hold roughly 120 gallons of fuel each. Firefighters, using their Hazmat equipment, were able to stop the spill and salvage around 50-60 gallons. The diesel fuel was contained within 50 feet of where the truck and semitrailer collided.
With less than a month to go before the final open enrollment deadline, MNsure announced it is making sure consumers have access to people who can help them sign up for private health insurance plans, MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance.
The state health insurance marketplace posted a list of locations where Minnesotans can go to get face-to-face assistance with enrollment. By the end of the month there will be more than 650 enrollment opportunities across the state, MNsure reported.
■ Teen driver seminar scheduled
BAXTER — A teen driver seminar will be held
from 5-8 p.m., March 20, at Brenny Funeral Chapel Community Room in Baxter.
Pizza will be served at 5 p.m. by Brick House Pizza, with the presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Speakers include Matt Cordes, North Memorial Ambulance; Sgt. DJ Downie of the Crow Wing Sheriff’s Office; Darrell Pulak, Baxter Insurance Group owner; and Joe Brenny, Brenny Funeral Chapels owner.
The event is free and open to the public.
Freckles the cow was near death when she was brought into a northeast Brainerd garage.
Pregnant and suffering from a severe case of pneumonia, the 1-year-old, 600-pound Holstein Angus cross needed shelter from the extreme cold sweeping over the area.
The cow’s owners, Lisa Nebel and her husband, usually keep their cattle on Nebel’s mom’s farm a few miles outside of Brainerd. But when Freckles fell ill, unable to walk, Nebel needed a place to give the cow 24-hour care.
So she brought Freckles to her house on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue Northeast about a week ago.
A treasure has laid hidden in Brainerd for far too long. Winding through the heart of town, the Mississippi River should be showcased, not hidden.
At least that’s what some city and state leaders think.
Late last year, the Brainerd City Council named building a riverwalk as one of its strategic goals. Since, City Planner Mark Ostgarden has been pushing the project forward.
Planning commission to meet Wednesday
The Brainerd Planning Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Anyone needing special accommodations should call 828-2309.
SEBEKA - Recently cited for driving while intoxicated, Sebeka’s police chief has decided to retire.
Eric Swenson, 48, has been a police officer for nearly 30 years and the Sebeka chief since 2007. Council members will address his retirement notice during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers. They’ll also discuss the future of the city’s police department.
BEMIDJI - A Bemidji man will serve less than two months in jail for aiming a rifle at a Beltrami County sheriff’s deputy in October.
Daniel Patrick Scamp, 43, was sentenced to 56 days in the Beltrami County Jail for felony second-degree assault and felony terroristic threats. He has been placed on five years of supervised probation.
Scamp was originally arrested on two counts of felony use of deadly force against a peace officer. Beltrami District Judge John G. Melbye handed down the sentence Feb. 24; it was filed with the court Tuesday.
ST. PAUL - Minnesotans from across the state rallied Thursday in favor of borrowing $100 million to provide housing for the homeless.
Hundreds attended the rally before the Senate public works committee heard the proposal. Gov. Mark Dayton put $50 million in his public works bill, but legislators have yet to release their plans.
ST. PAUL - A proposal to ban youths younger than 16 from using tanning beds passed it first committee.
The bill requires those 16 and 17 to have parental permission before tanning.
“This bill will prohibit minors from using indoor tanning facilities, require proprietors to hang signage to that effect and impose some penalties,” Rep. JoAnn Ward, D-Woodbury, said.
Fines of up to $300 could be assessed to businesses that do not follow the law.
MOORHEAD - Moorhead police have issued an arrest warrant for a Fargo man accused of kidnapping a teenage runaway and sexually assaulting her in a series of motels and trailers throughout the area in January.
Anthony Edward Tursso, 32, was charged Wednesday with felony kidnapping and three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct upon a person who is 13 to 15, which is also a felony.
morning on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.
Police were called to UMD at 7:17 a.m. about two people with a gun near the Kirby Plaza. Duluth Police Department spokesman Jim Hansen said the two males, ages 15 and 19, were soon in custody and an air pistol was confiscated.
UMD police they are are facing charges of disorderly conduct, underage consumption, and possession of drugs. The two are not UMD students.
They were seen in the lobby of the plaza where students come and go off city buses.
WILLMAR - A former professional wrestler has been found guilty of 12 charges of criminal sexual conduct, and a judge will weigh several factors in determining the severity of the sentence.
The guilty verdicts were returned Wednesday against Eugene Otto Zumhofe, 62, of Cyrus, in Kandiyohi County District Court. The jury found Zumhofe guilty of six first-degree and six third-degree counts of criminal sexual conduct for molesting a close female relative over a period of years. The abuse began in 1999 when she was 15.
CROSSLAKE — Firefighters, appearing as small figures high overhead on the aerial ladder, were repeatedly engulfed by billowing clouds of thick, gray smoke Thursday night.
Below flames were visible on the edges of the collapsed roof at Cross-Tech Manufacturing where a Thursday night fire ravaged part of the building. No one was reported injured.
Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller said the first sign of trouble came with multiple fire alarms at the manufacturing plant. About 9 p.m. a check of the building found smoke. Moments later, flames were already through the roof.
Just six laps around the gym in, Cara Helgeson’s arms ached as she gripped two gallons of water.
Only 21 more laps to go.
About 500 Forestview Middle School students walked 27 laps around the gym (or three miles) Thursday in effort to raise awareness for the water carriers of the world.
The water carriers, often from third-world countries, are mostly women. They are forced to walk an average of five miles a day, carrying up to 50 pounds of water home for their families.
That’s a problem, said Forestview science teacher Sandy Loney.