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Don’t let your summer getaway open the door to fraudsters


Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Burnsville, Minn. – Summer is a great time for getaways, but while you’re on vacation, criminals are still hard at work. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns consumers that they can find themselves tripped up by their own vacation plans if they don’t first take some precautions.

“Scammers never stop thinking, so consumers have to be looking ahead too,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “The stakes are always high.”

According to Javelin Research’s 2014 Identity Fraud Study, more than 13 million Americans had their identities stolen last year, and it cost an average of $3,500 to fix related problems. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), ID theft has surpassed drug trafficking to become the most prevalent crime in the nation.

BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota advises consumers to be on the lookout for fraud in all of its forms, particularly technology-based schemes. Here are steps people setting out on vacation can take to protect themselves:

Keep an eye on your credit cards – When standing in line at a ticket counter or restaurant, don’t leave your credit card in plain view. Someone can snap a photo of it over your shoulder and use the information fraudulently.

Copy vital cards and documents – It’s a good idea to keep a record of your credit card, passport and other important numbers – in a safe place – in case your wallet or purse is lost or stolen. Leave identity documents and cards that you don’t need at home. Make sure you keep a record of customer service numbers in case you run into a problem while you’re out of town.

Check receipts during vacation and after – When you get home, go through your bank and credit card statements to look for any unauthorized charges. If something is amiss, contact your financial institution immediately.

Manage your mail and newspaper delivery online – Before leaving town, visit www.usps.com/manage-your-mail to have your mail held while you’re away. It’s a good idea to do the same thing with the daily newspaper and ask a neighbor to collect any packages shipped special delivery.

Be careful with social media – Make sure nobody in your family announces that you’re going away for an awesome vacation. If your account settings .....
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Whats going on in the garden?

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Judy Lacey, Extension Ag Assistant When we vegetable and flower garden, this is the busy time of the year. I’ll visit with you on a few things that need to be done. Strawberries are about done now. We need to think about next year’s berri ..... 
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Recycling 101 7.21.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

There continues to be questions concerning what is and what is not recyclable in Fillmore County. Each county in Minnesota has different lists of what can be recycled in their county. That is not to say that one way is much better than another. Re ..... 
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Recycling 101 6.30.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

In a few short weeks, the Fillmore County Fair will be upon us. The dates of the fair are July 22 through July 26. A great number of Fillmore County residents attend the fair and hundreds participate by exhibiting 4-H and open class projects. Man ..... 
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More events scheduled for Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Home & Garden

The upstart market, now in its second season, has seen a surge of interest. The 25-vendor market is continuing to grow in size and offerings. The product list now includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, wild edibles, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, bre ..... 
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More events scheduled for Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Home & Garden

The upstart market, now in its second season, has seen a surge of interest. The 25-vendor market is continuing to grow in size and offerings. The product list now includes fruit, vegetables, herbs, wild edibles, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, bre ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 6.9.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

I started writing this article in January when information concerning the bottle bill often made the news and was discussed at length. Since then, several groups throughout the state have voiced their opinions, for one reason or another, against suc ..... 
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“Little changes add up to big savings” in summertime home cooling

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

As we all look forward to warmer days and the May flowers, there is no doubt that we will probably go from one extreme to another in the coming months of our Minnesota climate. Late April snow will morph into warm, sunny days. While it might be a cur ..... 
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Recycling 101: Fillmore County gears up for spring Household Hazardous Waste Day

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

This past January, I shared some information with you concerning Household Hazard Waste and mentioned there would be another article appearing a few weeks prior to the 2014 spring collection date. Here it is. As usual, Spring Household Hazardous Wa ..... 
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