$4.3M paid to get rid of billboard? Yes, it's true

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Reporters see lots of news releases every week, with most getting only a cursory glance. But there was one I received the other day with a headline that caught my eye: “Minnesota taxpayers spend $4.3 million to remove billboard.”

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whsuksFeb. 20, 14 8:17 PM

That's why I love Vermont. NO billboards and strict size limits and lighting on store front signage with no blinking. It's wonderful.

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viqueenfailFeb. 21, 1410:20 AM

But I can't put up a huge sign on my property. Heck, my church on isn't allowed to have even a minimally downlighted sign. But Clear Channel can put these monstrosities anywhere they want. Money talks.

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gmischkeFeb. 21, 1410:23 PM

It IS more complicated. Ask Clear Channel where the digital billboard that was taken down in St. Paul is now sitting (hint: Minneapolis, and making CC more money).

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LandsharkFeb. 22, 14 9:55 AM

Well Minnesotans. We need to to spend at least $5 million less with clear channel next year. Vote with your wallet.

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