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I“: 'm Medora makeovers Renovations or repairs at a number of Medora businesses have been progressing well due to the mild weather. Steve Welch of T.K. Olson Construction of Brainerd, Minn., is shown lev- eling concrete below new steps at the Joe Ferris General Store. Chad Renicker of Heritage Inc. of Dickinson checks on the Ievelness for one of the new doors being added to the Little Mis- souri Saloon. (Photos by Richard Volesky) 'Hop Into Health' WIBAUX"? ont. With the theme of r'lHop In 0 Health," the 28th Annual Wibaux Health Fair will be held on wednesday, March 23, at the Wibaux County High School Gym. The Health Fair will be open to the public from 7 am. to 1 pm. Glendive Medical Center will be providing the blood profile tests which will be available from 7 am. to 1 pm. No appointments are nec- essary. Please note the time pe- riod. The blood profiles will include a CBC (complete blood count -.without WBC differential), lipid profiles with "good" and "bad" cholesterol, 3 TSH thyroid test, and the chemistry profile. The cost of the blood profile will be $30. For accurate results, blood profiles do require a 12-hour fast- ing period. A person should not eat or drink anything except water 12 hours prior to testing - with the ex- ception of people on prescribed medications who will need to take their medication. Males may choose the optional PSA (a screen- ing test to detect prostate disease) for an additional $25. New this year will be an “express line” for those needing to get through the line quickly to get to work by 8 am. This line may also be used for those with medical issues or the eld- erly who cannot stand in line for a long period of time. The line will be marked with signage throughout the gym. If this does not apply to you, please follow the line that goes past the stage in the gym. Local businesses and individuals have sponsored a continental break- fast of juice, coffee and snack for those attending the Health Fair. Local businesses, as well as organizations exhibiting at the Health Fair, have donated items for drawings to be held throughout the event. The Comer Market is sponsor- ing a poster contest for grades K-6 with the theme of "Hop Into Health." The posters will be exhib- ited at the Health Fair and prizes given for first, second and third place entries in the divisions of kinder- garten through sixth. vNo appointments are necessary and there is no charge for admission. We’re A Part Of This Community - Our bank is run by people who live here and know this area. We provide a safe place to keep your money. We make loans to help our community grow and prosper. l \l’\ Ill-3811 mers change their taCtics yet again Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals imperson- ating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of ; scammers calling under the guise l; of verifying tax return information over the phone. i The latest variation being seen {in the last' few weeks tries to play ’off the current tax season. Scam artists call saying they have your tax return, and they just need to verify a few details to process your return. The scam tries to get you to l give up personal information such :2 as a Social Security number or per- 5‘ sonal financial information, such ._ as bank numbers or credit cards. ‘ “These schemes continue to " adapt and evolve in an attempt to catch people off guard just as they are preparing their tax returns,” gle Commissioner John Koskinen gsaid in a prepared statement. f“Don’t be fooled. The IRS won’t be calling you out of the blue ask- : ing you to verify your personal tax information or aggreSsively threat- ening you to make an immediate payment.” The IRS reminds taxpayers to . guard against all sorts of con games that continually change. The IRS, the states and the tax in— dustry came together in 2015 and launched a public awareness cam- paign called Taxes. Security. To- gether. to help educate taxpayers about the need to maintain security =‘3‘e‘5nline and to recognize and avoid “phishing” and other schemes. The IRS continues to hear re- ports of phone scams as well as e- mail phishing schemes across the country. “These schemes touch people in every part of the country and in every walk of life. It’s a growing list of people who’ve encountered these. I’ve even gotten these calls myself,” Koskinen said. This January, the Treasury In- Mayor: By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter The Beach City Council on March 7 reviewed a letter from Olson Con- struction Law of St. Paul, Minn., which is demanding payment of a $173,936 bill for its client Meyer Contracting. Meyer Contracting worked on a new cell for the city’s sewage la— goon last year. As the lagoon proj— BELFIELD Members of North Dakota's American Legion posts of the Eighth District and their Auxil- iary will be gathering in Belfield at the Legion Hall at 107 2nd Ave. NE for their 2016 Spring District Meet- ing on Wednesday evening, March 30, starting at 7 pm. The social starts at 5:30 pm. followed by a din— ner at 6 pm. District Commander Alan Fehr of Dickinson Post 3 will preside over the session. Department Com— mander Harold “Bud” Goldsmith and other Department officers will be traveling to attend. Legionnaires will be brought up- to—date on upcoming youth activities such as American Legion Boys State to be held June 12-17, on the North Dakota State School of Science Campus in Wahpeton and the 2016 turns.” spector General for Tax Adminis- tration (TIGTA) announced they have received reports of roughly 896,000 phone scam contacts since October 2013 and have become aware of over 5,000 victims who have collectively paid over $26.5 million as a result of the scam. Just this year, the IRS has seen a 400 percent increase in phishing schemes. Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire trans- fer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via a phishing email. They’ve even begun po- litely asking taxpayers to verify their identity over the phone. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money. Scammers often alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legiti- mate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official. Here are some things the scam- mers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never: “These schemes continue to adapt and evolve in an attempt to catch people off guard just as they are preparing their tax re- John Koskinen - Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call abouttaxes owed without first having mailed you several bills. Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for per— sonal and financial information. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or email. Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-en- forcement groups to have you ar- rested for not paying. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money or to verify your identity, here’s what you should do: If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do: Do not give out any informa- tion. Hang up immediately. - Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366—4484. Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Com- plaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes. If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax: Callthe IRS at 800—829- 1040. IRS workers can assist. City won't pay ect progressed, a number of change orders to the original contract were made. But a problem later arose with a change order for additional excavation, which the city says wasn’t submitted prior to the work being completed, nor was the change order approved by the City Council, according to a February letter that the city sent to its KLI engi— neer Thomas Schmelzenbach. at March 23 event District meeting for Legion set for March 0 American Legion Baseball Season. Representatives will elect a new district commander and a district vice commander for the coming, 2016-2017 Legion year. Joining the members of the district will be area Department committee members, Department vice vommander and candidates for various Legion of- fices seeking support at the 2016 De— partment Convention held in Fargo, June 24-26. The North Dakota Department of the American Legion encompasses about 15,000 Legionnaires, 7,000 Auxiliary and 800 Sons of the Amer— ican Legion throughout posts in 214 North Dakota communities. Char- tered by Congress in 1919, the Le-' gion serves as a patriotic, mutual-help, wartime veterans’ or- ganization. In November, the council decided to enter into mediation for the $173,936, but the Olson law firm has since said it was opposed to that and argued the city and its engineer au- thorized the work that Meyer Con— tracting did. ‘ Mayor Walt Losinski said on March 8 that the city will continue to dispute the bill, and it may be a situation in which Meyer may be filing a lawsuit. Legion District Commander Alan Fehr First State Bank Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 Beach 872-4444 www.fsbofgo|va.com ATM in Beach Medora lobby Member FDIC