Residents in a western North Dakota city are sick of talking trash. They want to get rid of it.
Officials and citizens in Dickinson say the problem has escalated from typical paper and plastic that's discarded to car batteries and mattresses, especially along roads near the Patterson Lake Recreational Area.
Patty Aijala tells the Dickinson Press that she took her son to the lake to fish and found a mess of cigarette butts, empty beer bottles, shotgun shells and other trash. She says it's "a shame and sad to see."
Officials say there's also more junk showing up within the city
Dickinson police say littering is a difficult thing to enforce because an officer has to witness the violation in order to write a ticket.