By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Recently the Conrad Police Department has been flooded with calls concerning phone scams. Over the past few months they have received an average of two to three calls a week regarding scams of all kinds.
One scam in particular involves a person calling from somewhere in Canada requesting that a grandparent send money to a grandchild because of reasons ranging from legal troubles to a broken down vehicle.
In the past few months at least three area residents have been called with this scam. The scam artists usually contact a female resident with a grandson.
The caller will identify himself by the grandson’s name. The caller then usually states something like the following.
BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE — Angkor Wat looms in brightening violet dawn, monument to a powerful ancient civilization of long ago. I-O Photo Courtesy of Cindy Peterson
Special to the I-O by Cindy Habets Peterson
I am often amazed at huge swaths of world history and peoples I simply know little or nothing about.
I recall learning about the Roman Empire, ancient Egypt, the Incans and the Mayans. The histories of Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Napoleon are tucked away somewhere in the recesses of my high school knowledge. But standing in front of the Angkor Wat temple, center of the large and powerful Khmer empire, I can drudge up no memories of this fascinating and mysterious civilization.
Was I asleep through that part of 9th grade World History (sorry Mr. Makelky), or did this society simply fade in and out of the pages of history without a significant mention?
Sunrise comes early near the equator. In Siem Reap, Cambodia, the alarm is set for 4:30 a.m. We stumble out to meet our tuk-tuk driver, and wake him from a half dose. Never much of a talker, he mumbles “Ready?” in heavily accented English and we zoom off toward Angkor Wat Park. For the moment we relish the cool jungle air whipping by, in a few short hours we will be hot, sticky and searching for shade.
NUMBER ONE – Shane Larson, first place winner in the recent VFW Patriot Pen contest, reads his winning entry at the VFW awards ceremony.
Post 7655 Veterans of Foreign Affairs and Auxiliary held their annual awards banquet on Feb. 22 to honor the winners of the Voice of Democracy contest and the Patriot Pen.
The guests were welcomed by Post Commander Bert Rigby and Auxiliary President Donna Sorlie. Guests were introduced and present were District 2 Commander Merrill Hawley, CHS teach Kendall Griggs and UMS teacher Tara Thielmann. All recited the Pledge of Allegiance and musician Bernice Paisley led us in the National Anthem, followed by the table prayer led by Post Chaplain George Erickson.
Voice of Democracy Chairman Marilyn Waite explained the contest and this year’s theme, “Does America Still Have Heroes.”