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Leave storm debris out of right-of-way, county asks public

The Crow Wing County Highway Department is asking for the public's assistance to not pile storm debris from private property in roadway ditches and right-of-ways.

The Crow Wing County Highway Department is asking for the public's assistance to not pile storm debris from private property in roadway ditches and right-of-ways.

The continued piling of private property debris is interfering with the overall cleanup and in several instances creating safety concerns, a news release states. Cleanup progress has been slow for the highway maintenance department due to the amount of debris from both the roadways and private property.

It is illegal to obstruct a road right-of-way, including a ditch, in Minnesota. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Any injury to person or property caused by an illegal activity can subject the violator personally to a suit for damages.

The county landfill is still accepting debris and a number of private contractors are doing so as well.

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Contact the county highway department at www.crowwing.us or at 218-824-1110 with questions.

Related Topics: CROW WING COUNTY
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