Northfield resident will challenge Bly
A Northfield resident has entered the race for House District 20b representative. Aramis Wells is a machinist at Bilken Industrial. He’s been a firefighter with NAFRS and is now the Captain of the Rescue Squad. When asked why now he said it’s been something that he and his wife have been talking about for quite a few years and this happens to be the right time. He added that it’s a good time to have someone, “that brings a little more fiscal responsibility, individual freedoms and such. He said, “I think people know best how to run their lives and I don’t think St. Paul needs to be telling them how to do it”. Of those themes fiscal responsibility is his main focus, “I think everyone in our district sits around the kitchen table every week and tries to figure out how to best spend their money and make it last till the end of the month”. I asked him what he would do with the budget surplus, “I don’t think it’s their money to spend. That was last year’s budget and if they didn’t spend it, it should either go back to the people who gave it to them or it should be used to pay off some of the State’s debt”. His wife, Tiana is his campaign manager. She was also the campaign manager for Brian Wermerskirchen who lost to democrat David Bly who was reelected for a 2nd term in 2014. Wells said his family has been very active in the Republican Party since 2007.
Scammers get nasty
Online and on the phone, scams abound. Of late, it’s the IRS supposedly calling to tell you you owe them money. Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson says, no matter the type of scam, when it comes in via phone, “we tell people that if it doesn’t sound right, if the hair on the back of your neck goes up, trust your instincts”. Some have found that even if they hang up, the scammer will call back and even after telling them they’re calling the police, “we’ve literally had people receive the call while they were reporting it to our officer and they handed the phone to our officer and the person almost always starts making these crazy threats that they’re from some branch of the FBI that you’ve never heard of”. Nelson says there’s your clue. If they start asking for any kind of bank information it can be even worse than a credit card because they can start buying things right away out of your bank account. Don’t confirm any numbers. Nelson said call his office, if nothing else they can document it. He added there are IRS scams where people will file your taxes before you do and essentially take your tax return and then “messes up” your ability to file taxes that year. There are resources to report to the Federal Trade Commission and the BCA as well. I have a link on our website to an article with reporting information and links. Click below:
Hwy 3 and 3rd street project on Council agenda
The Northfield Council meets for a work session tonight. There are a number of items on their consent agenda including formal approval of the contract with new City Administrator, Ben Martig. His starting salary is $126,623 with a start date of May 2nd. The only item on the Regular agenda is the Hwy 3 and 3rd street project. The meetings are streamed live on the City’s website. Mayor Graham will be in studio tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a recap.
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