According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office, a number of people have reported getting phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, asking for them to call a number or be subject to arrest. Some people have gotten more than one call. Police say that it is a scam, the IRS does not call asking anyone for money or
make threats. You should hang up on them without giving out any information. Authorities went on to say that you do not have to call them about the scam. They are aware of it.

More good news for travelers around the area. Westbound 1-94 between the Evansville and Garfield exits reopened yesterday. The section of the freeway had been under construction since last May. There may still be some intermittent left lane closures as crews start to remove some of the temporary material that was put in place. Eastbound traffic may encounter alternating lane closures as striping, guardrail and other work is wrapped up. MnDOT reminds people to drive with caution through the road work going on between the split north of Willmar on highway 23 north to New London. Grooves cut into the road in preparation for resurfacing is causing vehicles to drift a bit, and in some cases, an orange barrel or three has been knocked over. Highway 23 road work will hopefully be done by the end of October weather permitting.

Farm Bureau chief economist John Newton maps out farm income by state, and says that according to USDA data, farm income in Minnesota was $1.85 billion last year, 51  lower than the ten year average. Newton said that many states have seen billion dollar erosions in net farm income compared to the ten year average. Minnesota along with Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska were all $2 billion less than the ten year average. He says that this year is likely to be more of the same for farmers in Minnesota and the other states.

A poll released by AARP Minnesota shows a large number of undecided 50 plus voters with less than two months to go until Election Day. The poll surveyed 808 voters over the age of 50, and found that 19 were undecided in the race for Minnesota Governor, and 21  undecided in the open U.S. Senate race. Voters over 50 have a track record of showing up at the polls in high numbers in off-year elections according to records in Minnesota. Those responding to the poll said that they feel the candidates are taken them for granted compared to other age groups, and not speaking on issues that matter to them.

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