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Chad Ross carries a shell from a television set across his property on Pine Street in Brainerd, Minn., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Ross leaves jail on work release every day to pick up the debris on his property. Ross has been in jail for almost a month because he refused to clean up his property. BRAINERD DISPATCH/Steve Kohls

‘Illegal flea market’ slowly being cleared in Brainerd

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By Jessica Larsen

BRAINERD, Minn. -- An “illegal flea market” is slowly dwindling in size as owner Chad Ross picks away at the items in the few hours each day he’s released from jail.


Ross has been in jail for almost a month because he has refused to pick up the items cluttering up his Pine Street yard.

Not thousands of dollars in fines, not formal charges, not even the threat of time behind bars persuaded Ross to clean up the property.

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