January 9 news

MINNESOTA – Reports poured in Wednesday night about a text message sent to cell phones referencing Wells Fargo Banks, but according to Wells Fargo, the message was not really from them. The message, which asked phone owners to call Wells Fargo, is a scam. Worthington Wells Fargo Officials said they are now aware of the message and advised people to ignore and delete it.

Any time an unsolicited text, email or call advises a person to call, then asks for personal information, your best bet is to either ignore the communication or contact the company directly, using their direct phone number and not the number in the message.

Most people who received the call reported receiving the same number to call, which originates in California. The number is not a toll-free one – one hint that the message was a fake.

A look at the website CallerCenter.org shows the same number was used yesterday to ask people to call either Wells Fargo or “The Achievement Center.” One person who received the text called the number and was immediately asked for a social security number and told their debit card would be shut off if the information was not received.
Local law enforcement has been made aware of the scam.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met Wednesday to go over a few items. They unanimously approved the replacement of cameras in the city’s police squad cars. Public Safety Director Mike Cumiskey said the cameras were not due for replacement until 2015, but the DVD players installed in the vehicles are regular players, not built for the weather variables or rigors of bouncing around in a vehicle. More than $2,700 has spent on repairs to the cameras in the last four years, Cumiskey said.

Cumiskey came to the meeting with a comprehensive plans for funding the new cameras which includes monies put aside by the department for that purpose, funds saved when radar units were paid for with a grant, forfeiture reserve funds and equipment accounts. Total cost for the camera replacements in all squad cars is just over $71,000. Installation could be complete by April.

The council also authorized the city attorney to approach the holder of the E.O. Olson Trust, which is the First National Bank of Minneapolis, to seek their willingness to transfer the land from the old pool site for use as a possible Nobles County Library site.

There had been some assumption that the heirs of the trust would need to relinquish their rights, but the city attorney believes those rights need to be approved by the bank. With the council’s authorization, the attorney can begin discussions with the bank, but that does not mean a transfer would be made. According to City Administrator Craig Clark, a referendum would still need to take place before any such transfer could occur.

The council also approved contributions for the employee Health Savings Account plan.

JACKSON – Jackson County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the transfer of ownership of a 192-acre tract of land from the Nature Conservancy to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The land is located on the northwest shore of South Heron Lake. The acquisition request was made by area DNR Manager Randy Markl, who said that while the non-profit conservancy was paying no property taxes on the land it has owned since 1988, under DNR ownership the land would generate ‘in’ lieu-of-tax’ payments for the county.

JACKSON - AGCO-Jackson Operations has officially signed a three-year lease with Ferrara Candy Co. to use the former Farley’s and Sathers facility in Round Lake for warehousing parts as it moves deeper into its three-year, seven-phase and $40 million-plus Jackson Fast Forward initiative.

With seven new full-time employees, operations began this week, and the move consolidates several former out-of-state warehousing spaces to a single location less than 30 minutes away from the manufacturing center, managed for the first time by a dedicated logistics company, G and D Integrated.

SIBLEY, Iowa – A collision Tuesday between a 2002 Pontiac and a Peterbilt semi caused no injuries, but resulted in $12,000 damage to the vehicles. According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Marie Pedersen, age 42, of Sibley, IA was driving the Pontiac southbound on L40. She was stopped at a stop sign at Hwy 9 and failed to see Robert Oliveira, age 59, of Tonasket, WA heading westbound on Hwy 9 in a 2012 Peterbilt owned by Western Provisions of Sioux Falls, SD. Pedersen pulled out in front of the Peterbilt causing a broadside collision. The Pontiac had $2000 damage and the Peterbilt sustained $10,000 damage. Pedersen was cited for No Driver License, Failure to Yield and No Registration.

SIBLEY, Iowa -- The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors has awarded a $49,000 grant to Hope Haven, Inc. to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of a home in Sibley that will provide affordable rental housing for four persons with disabilities. The funding is through the State Housing Trust Fund's Project-Based Housing program which provides financing for the development of affordable single-family and multi-family housing units.

Hope Haven, Inc. Executive Director David VanNingen says the project will provide housing integrated in the community for four adults with intellectual disabilities who are eligible for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver.

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