A $250 reward is being offered to help solve a billboard vandalism case.
A Crow Wing County billboard along Highway Business 371 near Barrows was one of five billboards designed to draw attention to the lakes area methamphetamine crisis. The Barrows area billboard was vandalized sometime during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Billboard sign messages include "Around here, we turn in meth labs and dealers 825-3422" and "Meth doesn't just cost lives. It costs local taxpayers $1.8 million. Turn in meth labs and dealers. 825-3422."
The meth billboard project is funded in part by the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation and Crow Wing County.
Terry Sluss, Crow Wing County Board chairman and meth prevention coordinator, said the culprits needed ladders and spray paint to deface the billboard with profanity. He said the reward is offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals.
The Brainerd Noon Rotary Club, which sponsored a community forum at Forestview Middle School in Baxter to raise awareness of meth earlier this fall, put up the reward fund.
The billboard sign near Barrows will be replaced.
Those with tips in the vandalism case are asked to contact the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division at 825-3422, or the meth prevention hotlines at 822-METH or (877) 822-METH.
RENEE RICHARDSON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5852.
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