Odens

(Willmar MN-) Kandiyohi County officials say there has been a rash of road sign thefts in the last couple months. County Public Works Director Mel Odens says 13 signs have been taken in the last week, and 20 over the last two weeks. Odens says 4 county roads have been hit so far...

...Odens says the most concerning is when traffic control signs are taken. He says the lack of certain signs could lead to accidents, injuries and death...

...Odens says some of the signs require ladders to get them down, and all require tools. He asks people to call the sheriff's office if they see anyone taking down a sign, and if they find one, bring it to the county highway department or give them a call. The signs cost, on average, 100 to 150 dollars each to replace, which he says is relatively cheap compared to the loss of life or a hospital bill from a traffic crash injury...