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After 2 deaths, Linn Co. agrees to stop signs


Some intersections don't see a lot of cars, but some people who drive on rural Linn County roads say that doesn't matter when it comes to safety.

"It doesn't matter if there's not enough traffic in that particular area," said Ann Boss. "How much does it cost to save a life? To prevent any further accidents anywhere?"

People who live near the intersection of Hills Mill and Upper Boulder roads near Prairieburg have been fighting for stops signs since Margaret Holub was killed in July 2012.

Last week 20-year-old Nick Aberle died at the intersection.

On Monday, the Linn County Board of Supervisors finally agreed to have stop signs put up, despite saying no in the past.

"I can't say that I regret the decision," said John Harris, a Linn County supervisor. "I look back on it and think we could have decided differently."

Friends of the two victims, including Boss, are still fighting. Now, they want to see every Linn County intersection become a controlled intersection.

On Monday, they turned in a petition with more than 200 signatures to the Linn County Supervisors.

"Nobody needs to go through this," said Jim Greif, a family friend. "It's just tragic, what happened, but it possibly could have been prevented if we had a stop sign there."

Supervisors say they will consider the proposal.

"It would be prudent to study some of the similar intersections that we have in the county," said Harris.

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