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Proposed amendment would create tool to curb unwanted homecoming pranks

WILLMAR -- A proposed amendment to Kandiyohi County's nuisance ordinance would give law enforcement a tool to respond to unwanted homecoming pranks.

The Kandiyohi County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to hold a public hearing on the amendment at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1.

If approved, it would be put in place just prior to the homecoming season this fall.

Violators could be charged with a petty misdemeanor of trespassing for the purpose of littering, which carries a fine of up to $300.

"We don't want to ruin everybody's homecoming fun," said County Attorney Boyd Beccue. But he said the sheriff's department needs a "tool" to deal with complaints.

The amendment is in response to a homecoming-gone-bad case last year in rural Willmar that drew national attention.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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