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Sheriff reminds citizens of safe driving, burglary prevention

By Staff | Apr 18, 2014

Pierce County Sheriff Matt Lunde is urging area residents to be aware of trailers carrying anhydrous ammonia as spring farm work gets underway.

Lunde said farmers hauling anhydrous have a 25 mph speed limit. Other motorists should keep that in mind when approaching farm vehicles and adjust their own speeds accordingly.

“It’s such a volatile chemical and can cause serious injury or death,” Lunde said. “Please be careful. We want a safe spring and work season.”

Motorists in violation of the speed limit face a $250 fine and more penalties from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

He stressed the importance of contacting the authorities if a leaking or discolored anhydrous tank is spotted.

Lunde also is urging caution as burglaries have risen in the area. Residents are encouraged to alert the sheriff’s department if suspicious vehicles and activity is seen. Lunde said thefts are up in Pierce, Bottineau, Benson and McHenry counties, as a result of the state’s increasing population.

“Make sure everything is locked and secured,” he said. “It isn’t small-town North Dakota anymore.”

– Tribune Staff Report

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