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Frazee, Minn., Cracking Down on Dirty Properties

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Clean up or face a fine. That's what people in Frazee, Minnesota are dealing with.

A "clean property" ordinance has been in place in the city for a couple of years but this year the city is being more aggressive in catching violators in hopes to bring more new people to the area.

One look at Everton Marshall's property in Frazee and you can see that he has a green thumb.

"These are cherries," says Marshall.

Marshall says he enjoys taking care of his home's landscape and gets angry, when his neighbors don't feel the same way.

"You should take pride where you live," says Marshall.

He says it's time they clean up their mess.

Everton is not the only one who cares if their neighbors clean up or not. The city sent 63 letters to people who were in violation of the blight ordinance and if they don't clean up they could be fined.

"Some of the ordinance includes older vehicles in the yard, to tall of grass, piles of junk," says Police Chief Michael Johnson.

Chief Johnson says those who don't clean up after they warned, could find themselves in court.

"We had one guy a few years ago that ended up in jail time until he cleaned up his yard," says Chief Johnson.

Because Johnson says a clean property equals a clean town.

"We just want everyone to make it a little better," says Johnson.

Everton Marshall is just happy people are starting to clean things up.

Chief Johnson says the city is willing to work with people who may have gotten a letter. He just wants to have a nice looking city as Frazee works on ways to attract more people to live there.

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