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Pine Co. Sheriff Discusses Legality of Panhandling

Panhandling is one of those innocuous activities that evoke a strong response from community members.

During last week's Sheriff's Report, Pine County Sheriff Jeff Nelson took time to discuss the legality of panhandlers within city limits.

"People have the right to be on private property with permission, and people have the right to be on public property because its public," said Sheriff Nelson. "Unless they're interfering with traffic flow unless they harass people that interfering with normal travels they have a right to be there."

Nelson went onto explain that it is up to individual cities to put in place an ordinance against panhandling, and if there is no ordinance, it is fair game.

Picture taken from the Pine City Community Facebook page.

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