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Jan. 8, 2013

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Fence along Hwy 10 in Sauk Rapids destroyed for second time in three weeks

Information sought on vandalism

 

 

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Crews will repair a segment of fence meant to protect motorists and pedestrians on Highway 10 in Sauk Rapids after it was vandalized twice in less than three weeks.


The fence is located along the eastbound lanes of Highway 10, approximately a half-mile north of County Road 3.


The fence was destroyed earlier this winter and repaired Jan. 21. That repair cost MnDOT nearly $500. This is the third time in four years that the fence has been torn down.


Officials believe this is occurring to allow snowmobiles access to Highway 10.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation installs and maintains fences along high-volume, high-speed roads to protect motorists from wildlife that could otherwise gain easy access and to prevent children and others from straying onto a busy segment of potentially dangerous highway.


“Aside from being illegal, we want people to understand that taking down a barrier fence like this near a residential neighborhood also creates safety problems for people and pets,” said Sauk Rapids police Sgt. Dan Falk. “We ask that everyone follow the rules of snowmobiling in Sauk Rapids and respect the property of others.”


Destruction of state property is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail, plus associated costs including court fees and restitution for repair costs.


MnDOT will continue to monitor the fence and repair it as needed.


Those with information about the fence and vandalism are asked to contact the Sauk Rapids Police Department at 320-251-9451.

 

 

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