Business Briefs 03-24-20


Rural water system cancels meeting

WHITE – The Brookings-Deuel Rural Water System annual meeting scheduled for April 7, at the McKnight Hall in White, has been canceled.

EDWDD office temporarily closed

BROOKINGS – Since March 21, the East Dakota Water Development District Office has temporarily closed to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. District staff will remain accessible on a limited basis and may be reached by calling the main office at 688-6741. 

Weisbeck earns Modern Woodmen honor

BROOKINGS – Robert L. Weisbeck, Brookings, a representative of Modern Woodmen of America, has been named to Modern Woodmen’s President’s Cabinet. 

This distinction recognizes Weisbeck’s high achievement in the sales of financial products to meet families’ protection, savings and retirement needs. Weisbeck ranks among the organization’s top representatives nationwide.

The local Modern Woodmen office is located at 305 Fourth St., Ste. C, Brookings. Contact Weisbeck at 697-7118 for more information.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal financial services organization offering financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

BBB alert: Watch out for stimulus check fraud

SIOUX FALLS – The United States Treasury Department could soon start issuing relief checks to American families and businesses. Right now – the proposal includes sending two large checks to many Americans and devoting $300 billion toward helping small businesses avoid mass layoffs.

Scammers are already using the relief money to find new ways to trick you into giving it to them.

If you receive a text, e-mail or even a phone call from someone claiming to be from the government with a check for you – beware.

People are already reporting this. These fake messages will claim to be able to deposit $1,000 or more directly into your bank account and will likely ask for your banking information. Do not, under any circumstance, give away your personal information via text, e-mail, or phone.

“This is all a scam. None of it’s true. What’s going to happen is, as soon as you open that text or email or give them information, you’re in a world of hurt for months and years to come, because it’s a rip-off and a scam,” said Jim Hegarty, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa.

If you see this scam make sure you report it to your State Attorney General’s Office and help alert others by using the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker. For more information, visitt BBB.org/coronavirus.

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