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Normally, I do not advocate for things on this column for reasons that I usually keep my thoughts and stories as neutral and interesting as possible. But this column should force many of us ... Posted on 3/20/12 at 5:30 AM
Fargo police Deputy Chief Pat Claus said spring is the department’s busiest time for fielding complaints about graffiti. Over the years, graffiti has evolved from basic lines and obscenities scrawled on public spaces to increasingly elaborate tags, or stylized signatures.
The Grand Forks Police Department has received five more reports of vandalism to above- ground swimming pools in the past week. On Friday, the department received five initial complaints of damage done to pools between North Washington Street and North Columbia Road, north of University Avenue.
Robin Purcell had a mystery on his hands. Every day for nearly a month, he would arrive at Memorial Park Cemetery to a scene of vandalism — flowers pulled out and laid next to the vases that once contained them. The aptly nicknamed “Flower Bandit” looked every bit the part down to his dark mask, beady eyes and…bushy tail? The criminal was not a juvenile delinquent, but rather a raccoon.
Roland Riemers said he believes he is the victim of political backlash. The Grand Forks police and fire departments aren’t so certain, but they are investigating incidents of vandalism and fire to family property of Riemers, a candidate for Grand Forks School Board and Libertarian candidate for governor.
Vandals struck the newly renovated and constructed Duluth East High school at 301 N. 40th Ave. E. early Friday morning with spray paint, eggs and toilet paper, in what has turned into a felony-level offense because of costs associated with the damage.
About two dozen stainless steel letters were found to be torn from the Remembrance Garden memorial, which was just dedicated Monday — the fourth anniversary of the collapse that killed 13 people and injured 145 others. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said the city believes the letters were intentionally removed.
Vandals went wild at abandoned Minnesota state parks over the holiday weekend, wrecking buildings and driving around closed gates as the government shutdown drags toward its second week. With the run of vandalism and trespassing since the shutdown, the DNR now must turn many of its 186 officers from its "normal role" of enforcing hunting and fishing regulations to security.
Hastings might soon install a late-night sound-blaster to keep teenagers out of one of its parks. The gizmo emits sounds audible only to young people - sounds that can't be detected by older people with less-sensitive hearing.
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