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THPD steps up stop sign enforcement

The Two Harbors Police Department has increased stop sign enforcement at intersections, including Seventh Street and Fourth Avenue, across from Minnehaha Elementary School. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)

The Two Harbors Police Department has been focusing on stop sign enforcement the last few weeks.

Chief Rick Hogenson said the effort started as a goal for the THPD due to officers' observations on patrol and complaints from concerned residents. Some motorists were rolling through stop signs in downtown without even hitting the brakes.

Nearly 60 stops were made over the past two weeks, including 24 on Aug. 23 alone. While traffic stops have increased, the THPD has yet to issue a citation for a stop sign violation. The strategy seems to be working.

Hogenson noted that despite all the stops, no one has been stopped a second time during the heightened enforcement period.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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