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Wright County Sheriff issues scam warning

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has issued a scam warning to retailers throughout the county, stating in a press release that fraud, scams, and identity theft continues to be a growing problem, evident by reports being filed in the county and surrounding communities.

Many people reporting scams to the sheriff’s office have either fallen victim to or have been targeted by scammers. Many other victims do not report becoming a victim of a scam because they may be embarrassed that they fell for a scam in the first place.

Suspects committing these crimes are many times not only outside of Wright County, but outside of the United States, making the investigation into these crimes extremely difficult. Suspects often use untraceable phone numbers and email addresses, and have become more and more creative in covering their tracks.

These scams have many commonalities. One of the most common ways a scammer requests to be paid is via gift cards because they are not easily traced and can be used anywhere, including online. These cards can vary between prepaid debit cards to cards for online merchants such as iTunes, Amazon, and Google. Many victims of scams will often be directed by the suspect to purchase several thousands of dollars worth of gift cards and then send the gift card numbers as payment. The use of gift cards is not just limited to scams but also the most common form of purchase by persons utilizing fraudulent credit cards. Many times suspects utilizing fraudulent or stolen credit cards will purchase large amounts of gift cards using several different cards until one is accepted.

The sheriff’s office is asking all retailers to remain aware of these criminal activities and to report any suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office or local police department. If retail employees notice someone purchasing a large amount of gift cards, they may be dealing with a victim of a scam. Oftentimes, victims are members of the older population. Many of the victims do not realize they are victims until after they have made payment to the suspect and, by then, it is often too late to help them get their money back.

Members of the public should not be afraid to ask questions or call law enforcement if needed. All employees should be given this information and reminded they may be able to help a victim of a scam by simply asking them if their purchase of gift cards is being made willingly or directed by someone else. If an individual feels there may be a victim or a scam in a store and is not comfortable asking them these questions, he or she may call the sheriff’s office or local police department.

The sheriff’s office appreciates the public’s assistance regarding this very important matter.

New doctor joins Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Dr. Noah Retka, Hutchinson Health’s newest family medicine physician, loves helping families get well and stay well.

He and his wife both grew up in rural Minnesota and are happy to return to a rural lifestyle.  They have two young children and are excited to raise their family here.

In his free time, Retka enjoys working on home improvement projects, wood working, and being outdoors.

Retka studied chemistry at St John’s University. He was then a laboratory technician at the Mayo Clinic for a number of years. Seeking challenge, he attended medical school at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. He participated in the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP), spending the third year of medical school in Duluth. He then did his residency in family medicine in St Cloud.

Retka enjoys caring for patients of all ages.  He does many in-office procedures, including vasectomies, joint injections, skin biopsies, IUD placement/removal, and Nexplanon placement/removal. Wellness exams for patients of all ages, as well as sports physicals, are some of the many aspects of his practice.  He has also been working in Urgent Care.

“I chose family medicine for the breadth and variety,” he said. “I enjoy caring for all members of the family and believe that an awareness of family relationships leads to more comprehensive care.  My philosophy is that patients are best served by being active participants in their care and that my role is to make recommendations to help my patients reach their goals; I am not here to nag, but want my patients to understand the recommendations that we make.”

Hutchinson Health is one of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota. Services include primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, and specialty programs. To learn more, go to www.hutchhealth.com.

Dr. Noah Retka cares for patients of all ages at Hutchinson Health.

Howard Lake woman hurt in crash

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – A woman from Howard Lake was hurt in a two-vehicle crash in Rockford this morning (Sept. 12), according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The report stated that Luann Lorraine Ryks, 62, of Howard Lake, was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country east on Highway 55, attempting to turn left onto Main Street in Rockford just before 6 a.m.

As the Chrysler entered the intersection, it collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado that was westbound on Highway 55. The Chevrolet, driven by Dennis Ryan Fogarty, 38, of Plymouth, went off the road to the right and struck a pedestrian post at the semaphore.

The airbags of both vehicles were deployed, and both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

Ryks was transported the North Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The report stated that Fogarty also had non-life threatening injuries, but was not taken to a health care facility.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Allina Health, and the Rockford Fire Department assisted at the scene.

2 Days Left for DISCOUNTED TICKETS to the St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival in Winsted

SPONSORED POST: One final reminder that there are only 2 Days Left for DISCOUNTED TICKETS to the St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival in Winsted. Order online through the afternoon of Friday, Sept., 8th and get General Admission Tickets for $25 ($35 at the Gate).PLEASE PRINT YOUR ORDER EMAIL AND PRESENT AT THE GATE.

For a chance to sample beer, wine, & spirits from more than 20 local and national vendors, look no further than the St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival in Winsted. In addition to the sampling, food will be served at the event including burgers, brats, pork chops, pizza, bottled water, & pop.

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This 4th annual event will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Winstock Country Music Festival grounds. Gates will open at 2 p.m.

Only those 21 and older, with a valid ID, will be allowed to enter. Participants will receive a commemorative mug to use for the 2-ounce beer and wine samples, and they will be able to vote for their favorite beverage.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.stmarysbrewfest.com, St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, or at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted.

Early bird tickets will be $25 through Sept., 8th 2017. At the gate, tickets will be $35 each. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each, and include a mug and non-alcoholic beverages.

There is no charge for parking.

What happened to the front page of the Herald Journal?

WRIGHT, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the newspaper industry in Minnesota.

We joined nearly 200 newspapers across the state in running front pages with no news this week to get attention and make the point: “What if there was no local newspaper?”

The media landscape is constantly changing, but new media does not replace what existed.

Radio did not replace newspapers, TV did not replace radio, and although the internet and social media significantly changed the game, the others are still in place.

Technology allows the new media forms to make many things instant, even to the point of livestreaming crimes in progress.

At the same time, it allows many people a voice, which can create problems, including:

• overload: there is such an avalanche of media messages coming at us every day in so many forms that one must learn to block much of it out and find ways to key in to those that really matter.

• abuse: anybody can say almost anything and present it in a manner to suit their purpose – thus “fake news” is born.

So what’s a person to do?

Well, when something important is taking place, who are you going to turn to? Whether it’s a foreign country launching missiles at us, or the city council preparing to raise property taxes, who are you going to believe?

It’s the trusted media outlets that have over time established their credibility by presenting the “true news” as well as possible.

By the way, the real front page and everything else you’d expect this week is in the paper, just not on the front page.

Minnesota "Whiteout"
Minnesota “Whiteout”

Red Cross Disaster Action Team needs volunteers

HUTCHINSON – The Red Cross Disaster Action Team is looking for volunteers in our area. A training event is planned for Saturday, Aug. 26  from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the  Hutchinson Public Library.

At this event, you will meet other volunteers while training to help your community by bringing healing and hope after a home fire or other disaster as a Red Cross volunteer. Lunch will be provided.

The Hutchinson Library is located at 50 Hassan Street SE in Hutchinson. For more information, or to reserve your spot, email angie.schull@redcross.org, or call (507) 387-6664, ext. 1504.