STEWARTVILLE -- Two jars found by city workers at the Welcome to Stewartville sign caused a stir Monday afternoon.

Olmsted County Sheriff's deputies were called about 2:40 p.m. to the sign in the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 63, near the county line, by city workers after they found two jars of unknown suspicious items and liquid, according to Capt. Scott Behrns.

One jar was determined to be a geocache -- an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or some other positioning device to find containers.

The other jar had an unidentified white cloudy liquid and a label on top that including a curse word and the words COVID-19 and coronavirus. The Rochester Fire Department's hazmat unit was called to respond and determined the jar contained 99% rubbing alcohol and likely hand sanitizer.


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A 61-year-old Haverhill Township resident is out $7,000 after falling victim to a phone scam.

The woman reported that she received a call earlier in the month from a man claiming to be an FBI agent names Mike Johnson. The supposed FBI agent told the woman that he knew she was involved in money laundering or drug laundering and in order to take care of thse crimes, she needed to send gift cards.

The woman bought $7,000 worth of gift cards and read the numbers to the man, according to Olmsted County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Behrns.

No law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, take gift cards as a form of payment.