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No-show Reinke stiffs Fillmore County Fair along with five others


Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Edward A. Reinke of Anoka, Minn. has been taking some communities for a ride of carnival proportions. Owner and operator of Minnesota’s Magic Midway, Inc. or E.A.R. Carnival Company might as well change the name of his business to the “No-Show Carnival” because that’s how he has been operating all throughout the state of Minnesota.

And, it’s been a pretty good deal for Reinke. He has collected thousands of dollars from town festival committees and county fair boards without ever making an appearance at their event. With all the revenue and zero expenses, this business model has a 100% profit margin!

Well, thankfully, through a collaborative effort of multiple organizations communicating with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Edward A. Reinke and his company were served papers to appear in court.

You may recall this past summer of 2015 when the Fillmore County Fair presented free bounce house entertainment for families instead of their usual carnival rides. That wasn’t part of the plan several weeks prior.

The Fillmore County Fair Board had signed a contract and provided a down payment of $2,000 to Reinke and his company to bring his carnival rides and games back to the 2015 fairgrounds. Prior to the event, the owner claimed of health problems and never refunded their $2000 down payment.

So, with this unexpected surprise, the Fillmore County Board had to act fast to provide some additional family entertainment. They contracted with another local company to provide bounce house entertainment for families at a price tag of $4,000.

All said, the Fillmore County Fair Board experienced some unexpected setbacks with this whole ordeal that completely related back to Reinke not following through on his end of the deal.

According to Attorney General Swanson, in total, Reinke received up to $21,000 in down payments to run summer carnivals in which he never appeared.

“The local fair is a quintessential part of summer in Minnesota. This company not only dampened the fun, but took limited resources from small counties and towns throughout the state,” said Swanson.

According to Kathy Tesmer, a member of the Fillmore County Fair Board, they have made numerous phone calls to Edward A. Reinke, along with sending a letter from their lawyer asking for a refund.

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2016 Tax season opens January 19 for nation’s taxpayers

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Following a review of the tax extenders legislation signed into law last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. The IRS will begin accepting individual e ..... 
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New Year resolutions

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Features

It is a New Year and for many of us, this is the time to partake in the tradition of the New Year’s resolution. Invigorated by the thought of a fresh start we resolve to: quit smoking, start an exercise routine, clean the clutter from our home, pr ..... 
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Minnesota Neighbor Weekend - Free admission to Owl Center January 16 & 17

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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Residents of Winona, Fillmore, and Houston Counties, including college students, are specially invited to visit the International Owl Center for FREE on January 16 and 17. The Owl Center is located in Houston, Minn., just 30 minutes south of Winona. ..... 
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Drugs stolen from Sterling drug Harmony location during burglary

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries that happened in the city of Harmony. On the morning of December 30, 2015 at approximately 5:13 a.m., the Sterling Drug Store and Boutique on Main were burglarized. The suspect t ..... 
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Winter safety alert: Keep furnace vents, meters clear of snow

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Minnesota Energy Resources reminds customers to avoid the dangers of snow and ice buildup on exhaust vents and natural gas meters. These areas often are overlooked when buried under several inches of snow. Snow and ice accumulation on furnace ven ..... 
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Cougar basketball

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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By Tannor Fairchild The football season went by in the blink of an eye, and now we’re almost halfway through the basketball season. Where has the time gone? The Cougars have had a rough season so far, starting out 0-4, and then went on a thre ..... 
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Preston suffers huge loss on first day of 2016

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Features

At 5:42 a.m., a call came into the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department. A woman passing by the B and B Bowl & Restaurant saw flames in the window of the kitchen area that faces south toward Highway 52. “I’m driving by in Preston, here, on m ..... 
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Christmas

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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By Delanie Davis Christmas this year is not going to be like any previous Christmases. Christmas nowadays is so much different than in past years. When I was a kid, I got toys, and coloring books, and things that brought me outside to be a normal k ..... 
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