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Tis the season. For fraud.
Certainly's looking that way from the perspective of La Crosse police after collecting a couple of reports of significant fraud in just the last few days. There's the one guy who appears to be out three grand after buying an ATV with a snowplow on Craigslist from Montana for a "too good to be true" price. The ATV, of course, never showed up. And then the owner of a recycling company in La Crosse who shipped ten thousand dollars worth of computer parts to a place in West Bend only to get, in return, partial payment in the form of a bounced check. Both are still under investigation.
Heed these holiday mailing deadlines to ensure your Christmas cheer arrives at its destination within the United States by December 25th.
Pete Nowacki with USPS says it is always recommended that you get those holiday cards, letters and gifts sent as early as possible.
Deadlines for Parcel Post: December 15th, Letters and Cards December 20th, Priority Mail: December 21st and Express Mail: December 22nd.
Some letters and parcels sent shortly after these holiday shipping cut-off dates still might arrive before Christmas, if normal holiday conditions prevail. Even so, do yourself a favor and get your holiday mailing done early this year.The USPS places all Air/Army Post Office and Fleet Post Office zip-coded mail on special charter flights, commercial airlines, and military aircraft to reach armed service personnel as quickly as possible.
All military mail, regardless of destination, is sent by domestic mail rate. International rates do not apply to military mail delivery.
A solider whose family lives in Tomah is dead and an incident in Iraq has the Department of Defense still investigating. 36-year-old Staff Sgt. Loleni Gandy died November 19th in Balad, Iraq, in what the Department of Defense calls a non-combat related incident.
Gandy was formerly stationed at Fort McCoy.
Here’s some scary food for thought: to gain five pounds from now to the end of January, all you have to do is eat an average of 200 calories per day more than you need -- an ounce of fudge here, an ounce of gravy there, some pecan pie. If you need to ‘get a grip’ on eating splurges, the winter holiday months are key to your long range planning.
Dietitian Jennifer Wood of Gunderson Lutheran says the holidays typically encourage people to indulge in high-fat, high-calorie foods that are low in nutrients, and this is also the time we’re most likely to make excuses for skipping exercise.
She says you should keep up your regular exercise during the holidays and accept no excuses. When endorphins are high, you’ll cope better with stress, and regular exercise boosts endorphins.