Morris Police Chief Ross Tiegs retires on Dec. 28. An open house retirement party for Tiegs will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at the Stevens County Courthouse. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Businesses and residences in Morris received an email yesterday indicating that a bomb was present inside their business or home and that if money was not paid by Bitcoin by a certain deadline the bomb will explode. The Morris Police Department issued a statement believing this to be a scam, as similar language was being used in emails throughout the U.S.

The police advised businesses NOT comply with the request to send money, nor should any employees respond to the email. Similar reports in other Central Minnesota counties received the same email scam.

The Swift County Sheriff’s Office reported that such a threat was received by Appleton Area Health Services yesterday. Responding to that threat were the Appleton Police Department, the Swift County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota DNR. The entire facility was cleared, including Apple Ridge Estates, Appleton Nursing Home, Appleton Clinic and the Appleton Hospital.

If you have received such an email threat, contact your local police agency so you can forward a copy of the email you receive. Area agencies are coordinating their efforts to determine the originator of these messages.

Morris Police Department number is 320-208-6500. Appleton Police Department number is 320-289-2356.

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