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Youths engaging in "destructive behavior" in southwest Minnesota town

The City of Cottonwood says damage is being reported across the town.

A town in southwestern Minnesota says it's experienced a rash of destructive behavior by local minors.

The City of Cottonwood issued a statement Wednesday after receiving reports that residents "have witnessed and confronted minors participating in inappropriate and destructive behavior around town."

The latest of those incidents happened at Central Park, where "railroad spikes and other various pieces of heavy metal" and were used to damage slides, ladders and "out-look Plexiglas."

"It has also been reported that minors are purposefully urinating down slides for others to unknowingly slide through," the city added.

It notes that it has reported the behavior, along with surveillance footage, to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office in an attempt to identify those "engaging in this indecent behavior."

"These acts have now cost the City time and funds to repair and clean equipment to ensure the continued health and safety of the general public," the city added.

Cottonwood, which has a population of just over 1,200 people, is located about 20 miles northeast of Marshall.

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