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Spray paint vandalism hits city, county parks

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Someone sprayed graffiti on signs, benches, buildings and trails in at least nine different park areas in and near Carroll early this week.

“It’s just unfortunate,” said Jason Christensen, director of Carroll County Conservation.

The spray-painted words and symbols first were noticed Monday morning at Swan Lake State Park, just southeast of Carroll, and in several city parks. The vandalism of four further city parks happened overnight Monday, Carroll Police Chief Brad Burke said.

It might cost up to $800 to remove the city graffiti, Parks and Recreation Director Jack Wardell said. The city hired a Glidden company to do the work.

Christensen said his workers used chemicals to remove the graffiti from park signs, but that the paint on the Sauk Rail Trail is trickier. They planned to use power washers to clean them but might have to hire help.

It’s possible the same vandal or vandals are responsible for all of the graffiti.

“I’m guessing,” Christensen said. “From the pictures that the city had, some of it looks pretty similar.”

The county has posted trail cameras — which are motion-sensitive and designed to record wildlife — in different areas of the park to help identify future perpetrators.

“You hate that it has to come to that,” Christensen said.

Those who have information about the crimes can call the Carroll Police Department at 712-792-3536 or the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 712-792-4393.

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