A.C. Kulak, 80, a victim of an overseas scam ring, decided to fight back and stopped the checks and contacted police. According to the Investor Protection Trust, one of every five Americans older than 65 has been victimized by a financial swindle. Photo by Ackerman + Gruber

By David Hawley The man who contacted A.C. Kulak on an Internet chat site claimed to be a stressed-out American surgeon working for the United Nations in war-torn Syria. But in reality, he was a member of an overseas scam ring. “I felt sorry for him, and that’s how he really got me,” said Kulak, 80, a retired clerical worker from the Minneapolis area. Over a period of months, the “surgeon” and other members of the scam ring bombarded Kulak …

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It’s time to recognize and celebrate the possibilities and contributions that come with age. You don’t have to be under forty, thirty, or twenty to blaze a trail or shake things up. That’s why AARP Minnesota and Pollen joined together to launch a new program called “50 Over 50”—a list of fifty incredible individuals over the age of 50 from across Minnesota who are making an impact and show no signs of slowing down. They don’t adhere to the belief …

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The AARP state office and Pollen, a nonprofit organization that promotes community building, are seeking nominations for a new statewide 50 Over 50 list to honor Minnesotans 50 and older who are making a difference. Ten honorees will be chosen from each of five categories: nonprofit organizations, arts and culture, community building, business, and age disruptors. AARP will announce the honorees in August, and Pollen will post their profiles at pollenmidwest.org between August and December. “Aging is not a negative, …

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Make plans to attend the Fargo-Moorhead Scam Jam 2016 from 9 a.m. to Noon on Tuesday, June 7, at the FARGODOME. The Minnesota and North Dakota AARP state offices are teaming up to offer you this half-day program to help you avoid fraudsters and their scams that could bilk you out of your hard-earned money, A range of presentations will be held throughout the morning. The opening session by North Dakota Assistant Attorney General Parrell Grossman will feature the “Top …

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When it comes to landing a job, you can’t just be a little better than the competition — you have to stand out from the crowd! Our interactive webinar Beat the Competition, Stand Out from the Crowd & Land Your Next Job, will help you learn dynamic ways to write cover letters and resumes that get noticed. Plus, learn how you can make an impression that helps you move from job seeker to employee. Get the details here. [Photo credit: …

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Are you a family caregiver running on an empty tank? Don’t miss our interactive webinar that will help you learn how to take care of yourself as you care for a loved one. We’ll share practical advice and firsthand experience on how you can balance your physical, mental and emotional health! Register now for details. [Photo credit: i-stock.com/Cathy Yeulet]

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You’re Invited to Our Virtual Viewing Party: Staying Competitive with Work & Jobs! Register and watch our online lessons on your computer or mobile device. As a thank you, everyone who registers will receive a free stainless steel travel mug! Watch the videos – which will teach you how to use Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, YouTube and more to stay competitive in the job market.  You can take a short quiz for a chance to win our grand prize – a $250 …

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One of things that makes the Twin Cities unique is a world class performing arts scene. This Spring AARP in the Twin Cities is excited to announce special ticket prices for AARP members and their guests at two of these venues. Superstitious Thriller: A Jazzy Tribune to Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson Capri Theater, Minneapolis AARP Members and their guests will receive $5 off the single-ticket price of $25 for performances on April 23 and 24. Tickets can be purchased …

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SAINT PAUL—AARP Minnesota has announced the appointment of Kate Schaefers as its new State President– the highest state-level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has nearly 660,000 members statewide. Schaefers, a licensed psychologist and consultant, will begin the two-year role immediately. As AARP Minnesota State President, Schaefers will work with AARP members, volunteers, staff, legislators, and state residents on key issues facing the 50-plus population and all Minnesotans. These issues include building a strong financial future for individuals …

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By Laura Ledray More than 100,000 children in the Twin Cities live in food insecurity; meaning they are not sure where their next meal will come from. This is a statistic that Rob Williams repeatedly shares when he explains the mission of The Sheridan Story. For children who are food insecure, school offers them a nutritious breakfast and lunch option, but when school ends on Friday hunger returns. Williams is the Executive Director of The Sheridan Story, a non-profit organization …