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Morrison County sheriff 

warns against tax scam

LITTLE FALLS — Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel is warning area residents of a new scam associated with the income tax season.

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In a news release Wetzel said according to information obtained from other law enforcement sources scammers are sending people emails stating that the person’s income tax return has a problem and that the person needs to fill out a form to correct the problems and fax it back to a phone number — typically, an 866 number. The email looks like it was sent from irs@irsonline.gov.

Victims who fill this form out and fax it in are providing vital information such as social security numbers, PIN numbers, and adjusted gross income — all of which are crucial pieces of information that the IRS ordinarily uses to authenticate tax payers.

Wetzel said it is important to understand that the IRS may communicate with people via email, but only in response to a query from that person. They do not initiate email contact with an individual nor do they request personal information by email.  Wetzel urges residents not to send any personal information in response to requests similar to this. In addition, any unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS should be reported to phishing@irs.gov or to the Internet crime complaint center at http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx. 

Temporary forest trail closures announced on forest lands

Due to vulnerable trail surfaces during the spring thaw, selected forest trails administered by the Crow Wing County Land Services — Public Land Management will be temporarily closed to motorized vehicles.

Closure signs will be installed at each trail to inform the traveling public.

Trail conditions will be periodically monitored by forestry staff. When appropriate the closures will be lifted.

The county asks for assistance in protecting vulnerable forest trail surfaces and minimize maintenance costs in the future by not traveling on forest trails temporarily closed.

The townships and cities where trail closures exist are identified on the Crow Wing County website at www.co.crow-wing.mn.us.  

For more information, see Temporary Forest Trail Closures in the News & Highlights or contact the Crow Wing County Land Services Department — Public Land Management at 824-1115.

Military Family Fun 

Day planned for May 28

Memorial Day is just around the corner and Cragun’s resort near Brainerd is planning its second annual Military Family Fun Day on May 28.

Activities planned include a silent auction. Last year, about $33,000 was raised and Camp Ripley supplied support and fun for resort guests with Humvee rides, rock climbing walls and more.

The Brainerd VFW honored soldiers with a full Color Guard, Taps and 21-gun salute and Patriot Guard Riders lined the parade route. Avon was a major donor with thousands of products for military members and their families.

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Matt Erickson
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