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'Numerous' street signs being stolen in west-central Minnesota

This is creating a public safety issue because motorists don't know where to stop or are unaware that there's a curve ahead.

It's not just political yard signs being stolen around Minnesota, now at least two west-central Minnesota counties are dealing with a rash of stolen street signs. 

"Numerous" street signs, including stop signs, yield signs and bridge ahead signs, have been stolen over the past few weeks in Kandiyohi County, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

This is creating a public safety issue at intersections when these signs (traffic control devices) are missing. 

"Motorists may not know they have a curve ahead, should stop for the intersection or have to yield to traffic at an intersection," the sheriff's office said. 

The sign thefts have mainly been happening in the northeastern part of the county, and the sheriff's office says Meeker County, its neighbor to the east, has experienced similar issues

Earlier this month, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office reported people have been stealing and vandalizing political yard signs. Similar incidents involving political signs and Black Lives Matter signs have been reported in other areas of Minnesota.

Anyone with information about the signs or who has seen any suspicious vehicles or people "lingering" around intersections is asked to call the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office at 320-235-1260.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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