To the Editor:
On Sept. 2 (Labor Day weekend), I discovered and photographed two illegal Camp Ripley open house advertisement signs in the north and southbound lanes road right of way of Highway 371, close to the Camp Ripley exits.
Objects along roadways pose hazards for drivers and maintenance crews. Minnesota Statute, Section 160.2715, says it is unlawful to place any object within the limits of any state highway. Their permit requires the signs be placed back by the fence at the edge of the highway.
A Minnesota Department of Transportation official moved the signs back close to the fence where they should have been placed, after I reported the violation. It is unacceptable that the Camp Ripley staff that erected these two signs violated the state permit. Why didn’t any of the countless state troopers and Morrison County deputies that passed by these two obvious violations report this and have them removed, as state law requires.
How many other years were both of these signs erected illegally and overlooked by enforcement officials. This appears to be an abuse of power by Camp Ripley. — Robin Hensel, Little Falls