Reminder to remove illegal hay bales from the right of way

The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds landowners that hay remaining in highway ditches after today, Oct. 1, is deemed illegal.

Any person wishing to claim ownership of illegal bales must obtain a permit from the South Dakota Department of Transportation. Those permits are issued on a first-come first-served basis and allow permit holders to take ownership of any illegal hay bale.

Permits are available at Department of Transportation area offices in the following communities: Aberdeen, Belle Fourche, Custer, Huron, Mitchell, Mobridge, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Winner and Yankton. Phone numbers can be found at

The Department of Transportation will remove or authorize the removal of any hay bales remaining in the public right of way after Oct. 31.

For more information, contact Jason Humphrey at (605) 773-3571.

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