The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office recently put up a sign near the city limits of St. Ansgar with an unusual message for drug dealers.
The sign, located along Foothill Avenue, reads, "Attention Drug Dealers -- Report Your Competition."
It also lists the number for the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Greg Beaver got the idea when he saw a newspaper article about a similar sign posted by a South Carolina Sheriff a few months ago.
He said he thought posting signs like that in Mitchell County would send "a pretty unique message to the people we deal with on a daily basis."
Beaver ordered three signs from Iowa Prison Industries.
He said he plans to put one near Osage on Lancer Avenue once the paving project there is finished.
The third will be placed somewhere in the Riceville area.
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Beaver said if the signs are well received, he will order more to place near other communities in the county.
During the June 4 Mitchell County Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Stan Walk said an individual in Stacyville would like one for that town.
County Engineer Rich Brumm said he heard one negative comment on the sign.
"People don't want to think there's a drug problem," he said.
Brumm said he tried to tell the individual who didn't like the sign that it employs "a little bit of humor" to deal with the reality of drugs in the county.
Beaver said if people are using or dealing drugs, they have three choices: get treatment, move out of the county or get arrested.
He said he would prefer drug users go through treatment and become productive members of society.
However, they usually don't do that unless they are ordered to do so by the court, and treatment isn't as effective if it is involuntary, according to Beaver.