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Litter in ditches is an issue in Eureka

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Eureka township supervisor Mark Ceminsky is talking trash these days, and it’s not something he likes to do.

More specifically, Ceminsky is talking about the trash that seems to keep landing in the ditches along roads in the township. Eureka’s back roads, it seems, have become something of an illegal dumping grounds for all kinds of garbage.

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“We are getting a lot of trash dumped in the township, and we’re working hard to catch and prosecute the people who are doing it,” Ceminsky said. “It costs us a lot of money to clean it up, so we want to catch those who are doing the dumping and make them pay for it.”

Ceminsky monitors the condition of the township’s roads as part of his role on the Eureka Board of Supervisors. As such, he’s always seen some trash floating along in the ditches, but lately, the amount of trash has become a serious issue.

Bigger things like furniture, televisions and tires are being dumped in the ditches lately, he said. Last spring, quite a few televisions stripped of usable wiring were dumped in the ditches. The littering tapered off over the summer, but it has picked up again this fall.

“One ditch we had almost a whole house full of furniture in it,” Ceminsky said.

The Dakota County sheriff’s department is aware of the extreme littering. Deputies were able to retrieve some possible identification information from some of the recent litter, but the issue is still under investigation.

Ceminsky hopes to find out who is doing the dumping, and to make sure they are properly fined.

“If we catch them, it’s going to cost them quite a bit of money,” he said.

Residents who see someone dumping items into the ditches are asked to call the sheriff’s deputies by dialing 911, or call Ceminsky at 612-819-1334. Ceminsky cautions resident not to approach the person or persons doing the littering but to write down license plate information or take photos, if possible.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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