Many come out for Anoka County Senior Expo

Exactly 500 people ventured to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Ramsey Saturday morning for Anoka County’s 13th annual Senior Expo.

According to Anoka County Human Services Division Manager Don Ilse, 452 people came to the expo last year.

Jeanne Thompson, a housing adviser with Cloverleaf Courts in Blaine, talks with Mary Molstad of Osseo about the features the city of Blaine-owned facility has. Photo by Eric Hagen

Jeanne Thompson, a housing adviser with Cloverleaf Courts in Blaine, talks with Mary Molstad of Osseo about the features the city of Blaine-owned facility has. Photo by Eric Hagen

Visitors were able to learn about existing and upcoming senior housing projects, methods to help them stay in their home, services the county provides specifically for seniors and much more.

Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo provided tips on how to avoid scams.

“Con artists want you to act right now,” Palumbo said.

A legitimate business will give people time to make a decision, he said.

Many cities require door-to-door salespeople to have permits, so people should ask to see their permit and call police if they do not have it, according to Palumbo.

Your odds to win a sweepstakes are the same whether or not you buy something such as a magazine subscription,” Palumbo said. “All mailings on sweepstakes must state your odds of winning.

“Watch out for people who say they have leftover material and can offer a lower price.”

There was a story on television last week about a person going to an Oak Grove home claiming they had extra fill from a project and could repave the driveway for cheap, Palumbo said.

The material was just packed fill sprayed with waste oil, but thankfully the homeowner stood her ground and did not pay anything, he said.

One resident told him that a person went through their neighborhood offering to sell leftover steaks, Palumbo said.

If the sales person only offers a verbal quote and demands cash, that is a bad sign, he said.

Whenever they needed some nourishment, expo visitors could dine on free pancakes and listen to musical entertainment.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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