- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck man’s joke sign indicating he planned to put pigs on his land spurred concern among neighbors and ultimately caught the attention of local officials who say he’s run afoul of flood damage mitigation regulations.

The sign reading “Pigs coming soon” caused several of Brandon Schock’s neighbors to contact Burleigh County, the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/27LHCOl ) reported. It turns out, Schock was joking. He actually wants to level the land, put in topsoil and plant corn this year.

“I put that (sign) up because nobody can mind their own business, so I figured if people wanted something to talk about, they could talk about pigs,” he told the newspaper.

Calls from concerned neighbors prompted Ray Ziegler, Burleigh County building official, to investigate. Ziegler said he found an issue regarding the movement of soil on the property. Ziegler sent a violation notice to Schock and Lincoln City Attorney Justin Hagel.

Hagel also sent a notice to Schock saying he isn’t in compliance with the flood regulations. Changing the drainage could expand the size of the flood plain and could cause flooding to occur more frequently, Hagel said.

Schock said he took out a hill and gave the dirt to his neighbor, breaking rules he didn’t know existed. He said he hopes to sort out the issues in time to get corn planted for the season.

If the delays do prevent Schock from planting, he joked to the newspaper, he may “go get a bunch of pigs” after all.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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