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Published July 15, 2013, 09:32 PM

New York Mills residents say police are taking authority too far

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- No one ever likes getting a ticket. But people in New York Mills say the police force is taking its authority too far.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- No one ever likes getting a ticket. But people in New York Mills say the police force is taking its authority too far.

Now, they claim it's affecting business.

Business owners I talked with today tell me this is a problem they've been dealing with for months.

Customers claim they're too afraid to come through town because they're afraid of getting ticketed.

So, they're simply going elsewhere.

Mills Lanes has been on County Road 84 for the last 13 years.

Dolly Tumberg- Mills Lanes: "Business has been really good for us."

And without any competition, sales have been great. Except for last few months.

Tumberg: "Man new york mills, that's where they're giving all the tickets out."

Small business owners, like Dolly say traffic is so slow through town, but it's all because of the police.

Tumberg: "Right through here it's about 45 miles an hour. And 30 in town. And 30 going the long way out of town."

Too many tickets,

"And people have been stopped for going 31 miles an hour."

Too many violations. And not just for speeding. Seat belt tickets, parking tickets and more.

Tumberg: "We've got a lot of police officer for a little town like this."

We spoke with an officer today who says New York Mills pays four full time policeman, and about 5 more part-timers. That's 9 patrolman for a town with about 12 hundred people.

Dennis Swenson- Owns NY Mills laundromat: "They've been driving business out of town."

Dennis Swenson owns a local laundromat. He's so tired of the tickets, he's drawing up a petition.

Swenson: "All they do is write tickets. They've chased everything out of town. We've got to have a new chief."

Dolly says it's not all bad.

Swenson: "We hire them to protect and serve us."

But something simply has to be done.

"There has to be, it can't go on like this."

Today, we reached out to the police station for comment. The chief wasn't available. We stopped into city hall and called 6 council members. No one returned our calls.

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