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Published October 26, 2012, 05:04 PM

Illegally placed political signs are causing problems in Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota Senate race is growing hotter by the day, now with illegally placed political signs taking over streets in Fargo.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota Senate race is growing hotter by the day, now with illegally placed political signs taking over streets in Fargo.

The signs put in by a super PAC popped up overnight on public boulevards, attacking democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp.

Just this morning north of downtown Fargo on Broadway, the street was lined with these signs. Most of them supporting Rick Berg, and a few connecting Heidi Heitkamp and Obama. All causing quite the work overload for city employees.

This morning many people living in Fargo woke up to new yard signs in front of their homes- all illegally put there before election day.

Jerome Miller/Deputy Inspection Manager: "It was pretty chaotic up here. We had been taking a lot of calls, 30-40 calls in the first hour or so."

The right wing signs violate Fargo's city sign code.

Jason Loos/Fargo Asst. City Attorney: "Political signs are not allowed on any city property, the main reason being the city can't endorse, and doesn't endorse, and political candidates or groups."

Miller: "We got our people together and went out and responded to the calls and complaints and started confiscating them."

The signs placed mainly in North Fargo now pile up at the city's inspections department.

Miller: "Our concern is really from a life safety standpoint of it because we had signs in the middle of roads where they had medians in the middle so they were out blocking traffic, vision for people coming to corners, around schools where kids are being dropped off."

City attorneys and inspectors now teaming up to figure out who exactly put them in. The signs say they were paid for by a Kansas City based super PAC called Now or Never Inc, not affiliated with either Berg or Heitkamp's campaigns.

Loos: "If we find out who is placing the signs they could potentially face criminal prosecution."

Miller: "We have to do our job. It's unfortunate that we spend our time having to clean up like this."

Both Berg and Heitkamp's campaigns could not go on camera, but say they are in no way tied to this super PAC, and say they always comply with city ordinances.

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