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F SENTINEL TRIBUNE ON RECORD Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Page 2 Shannon Cohrs grand champion From page 1 Cohrs has had a cou- ple of fur coats made from beaver and coon that he has trapped. He commented, "Go Green, Wear Fur," it is a renewable resource! Cohrs said, "back in the 1800&apos;s the Hudson Bay Fur Co had a buy- ing depot located on the south side of Buffalo Lake north of Dovray." Beaver are used in fine hat making. "They take the fur and trim it into fine particles and mix it with glue to make hats -- a 20x beaver Stetson hat can bring as high as $600," he said. "The scent glands from beaver are called castor -- they use it for lure making, and for essence in perfume, chewing gum, and soda pop," said Cohrs. In annual compe- tition, the only thing Cohrs didn't enter was martin, fisher, and gray fox. Cohrs usually goes up north for a week to trap martin and bobcat in the beginning of the season. "I really like trapping bobcat because it is real- ly a challenge to match wits with them," he said. Cohrs has a couple of them he kept for mount- ing. His second love is snaring, he sets snares to trap coyotes. It has only become legal in the prai- rie in recent years. It has been tough snaring the past couple of years due to all the snow, but three years ago he man- aged to snare 63 of them all within seven miles of Dovray. Today's ways have changed from past years. Years ago trappers shared very little of their knowledge and methods -- today they share a lot with other trappers also the equipment has become much more refined over the years. "The bottom line is, you have to take the time and effort to be suc- cessful, traps hanging in the shed don't catch ani- mals," he said. Cohrs has a shed that he bought from his neighbor for finishing his pelts. He makes a lot of his own equipment for skinning and stretching the pelts. He can skin and stretch a muskrat in about ten minutes, coy- otes take about a half hour, then it takes from a day to three or four days to complete the dry- ing. At any given time in the winter he has from 30 to forty pelts drying. He ships most of his pelts to the North American Fur Company in Toronto. People from all over the world come there to bid on the pelts. At one auction they sold 46,000 coon pelts. Of the 46,000 pelts there are forty coon pelts in the top lot. Last year he had 3 pelts in the top lot, and a friend of his from Worthington had 5 of them, between them they had one fifth of the top lot. They brought $57 dollars each, but two years ago they brought $135. Two years ago a western bobcat brought $1,800. That is why he likes trapping bobcats. At the Minnesota Trappers Association pelt handling contest Cohrs received top hon- ors first place Grand Champion award. The competition is between hunters and trappers across Minnesota for their Fur Processing abil- ities. He entered 13 of 16 animals to be judged. He took first place with 7 of them, 2nd place with 4 of them and 3rd place with 2 of them. He garnered 26 points overall, he held off the second place per- son with 12 points. The animals he submitted for judging were: bobcat, otter, beaver, red fox, raccoon, mink, muskrat, skunk, possum, weasel, red squirrel, and badger. It is safe to say Cohrs will no doubt be a factor in future contests. Shannon Cohrs with one of his mounted bobcats. Shannon Cohrs held a pelt in his shop where he prepares pelts for drying. BBB lists Top 1 0 Scams and Rip-Offs of 2010 Job hunters and financially- strapped families are targets of scams in tough economy The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) released a list of the top 10 scares and rip-offs of "2"010 today. Job hunters and those struggling 'to get out of debt were common targets of fraudsters, hack- ers and deceptive offers in this tough economy. "With the economy still on the mend, scammers had a field day targeting strug- gling families who were looking for work and try- ing to make ends meet," said Dana Badgerow, presi- dent and CEO of the BBB. "While some of the most popular seams are perennial problems that have always plagued consumers, some new additions to the list are signs of our challenging economic times." Following, in no particu- lar order, is the BBB's list of top scams and rip-offs that took advantage of con- sumers and small business owners across the U.S. in 2010: Job Hunter Scams - Scams targeting job hunters vary and include attempts to gain access to personal information such as bank account or Social Security numbers, and requirements to pay a fee in order to even be considered for the job. Debt Relief and Settlement Services - The BBB warned consumers in 2010 to seriously evaluate claims made by companies offering debt relief and settlement services. These companies often require upfront fees and potentially leave the consumer drown- ing in even more debt. According to tentative year- end estimates, complaints to the BBB regarding debt relief services increased by approximately 30 percent in 2010. Work from Home Schemes - Some work from home schemes promise to teach the secrets to mak- ing money online, others claim you can make money assembling items at home or get paid to be a mystery shopper. Some victims even found that their opportunity to work from home was a job to fence stolen goods. The end result is that instead of getting paid, you can end up losing hundreds - if not thousands - of dollars. Timeshare Resellers - Complaints to the BBB about the timeshare industry - including deceptive resell- ers - increased by over 40 percent, according to 2010 estimates. Timeshare own- ers who are desperate to get rid of their costly vacation property are being targeted by companies that claim they have an eager buyer. The company tells the seller they just have to pay up to several thousand dollars to cover fees. After paying the Lottery and Sweepstakes Seams - The victim - often a senior citizen - receives a phony letter or phone call from someone pretending to be with Reader's Digest, fees, the seller never hears Publisher's Clearing House fromfhe company. gain. or from a fraudUlent for- NotSo,,F/ee,,fialoffers. ::eigh: lbttery, iThe scammer - Misleading free trial offers online for diet supplements, penny auctions and money making schemes blanket the Internet, resulting in thou- sands of complaints ever year. The free trial offers seem no-risk but complain- ants state they were repeat- edly billed every month and found it extremely difficult to cancel. Itinerant Home Repair/ Roofers - BBBs across the country received com- plaints from consumers who answered a knock from a door-to-door salesman or itinerant worker who even- tually failed to deliver on promises to fix their roof or conduct other work to the home. Complaints to the BBB about roofing compa- nies increased by roughly 40 percent in 2010, accord- ing to tentative estimates, due in part to one com- pany that solicited door to door, American Shingle, which received nearly 1,000 complaints nationwide after going bankrupt and not pro- viding new roofs to angry customers. Notice to Walnut Grove & area subscribers & readers A drop box for various news items is located at the... Oleson s Mercant,le 507-859-2600 next to the Walnut Grove Post Office. Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For your convenience there is a toll-free number at our Westbrook Office 1-800-410-1859 If you have questions or would like to place an ad or order printing please call the above number. claims that the victim has won millions but must first wire hundreds or even thou- sands of dollars back to the scammers to cover taxes or some other bogus fee. The victim wires the money, but the prize never arrives. Identity Theft - There are any number of ways a per- son can become a victim of identity theft. Through low-tech theft, phishing emails, vishing phone calls, smishing text messages, or even through no fault of your own as the result of a corporate data breach, mil- lions fall victim to identity theft every year. Advance Fee Loan Scams - A perennial problem, advance fee loan seams prey on consumers and business owners who are struggling financially. Victims are told they qualify for large loans but must pay upfront fees - often more than a thousand dollars. The victim wires money to the scammers, but never receives the loan. Over-Payment Seams Over-payment seams typi- cally target small business owners, landlords or indi- viduals with rooms to rent and sellers on classifieds or sites like Craigslist. The stammers 'overpay' the amount for the service or product and then ask the victim to wire the extra ' amount back to them or to another fraudulent entity. Ultimately, however, the check from the scammers proves to be no good and the victim is out any money they wired back to them. Consumers or small busi- ness owners victimized by a scam can contact their local BBB or file a complaint at <http://> . Always research a business with the BBB before you sign any contracts or hand over any money. Area news briefs Fulda Free Press - Fulda Elementary School first grade student, Abel Piper, was awarded a "Super Reader" award following his achievement of logging 2,000 minutes of read- ing at home. Abel is the son of Karsten and Shelly Piper. His favorite books are the Matt Christopher Sports Books. Lamberton News - Dawn Giese began her new duties as Executive Director of Valley View Manor Nursing Home, January 3. She has worked in long term care for thirty-three years. Dawn was recently assistant to the administrator at the Canby health facility. She has rented an apt. in Lamberton and wilt maintain living in Canby. Her husband, Lyndon, is an over the road truck driver. Murray County News - Murray County Central students attended a creative writing seminar and during the opening presentation listened to MN author, John Coy, and then each student attended three sessions geared to improving their creative writing skills, the sessions ranged from Extreme Sports, Storytelling, Illustrating, Making Your Own Comic to Poetry, Get Paid to Make People Laugh as well as having Fun With Voices. Tracy Headlight Herald - Audrey Koopman's 28-year tenure as Tracy City Administrator will end this summer. Koopman, City Administrator/Clerk since April of 1983, gave a written notice of her intent to retire on August 1, to the council this past week. She lqas been a City of Tracy employee since 1976, when she was hired as a deputy city clerk. Windom Citizen - The Windom school board unanimous- ly approved a new three-year contract for superintendent Wayne Wormstadt, running through the 2013-14 school year. 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