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Yesterday the city of Plymouth released a reminder to residents that you must pick up your dog's poop. If you don't, the city is encouraging residents to call 911 on you. Is this the right thing to do or dramatic?

In the city of Plymouth's news release, they say:

For the safety of the community, residents who observe violations of the above animal ordinances or any other public safety concerns are encouraged to call 911 immediately so that a community service officer or police officer can respond.

The 'above animal ordinances' they're referring to are the ones about picking up your own dog's poop and also that you have to have your dog on a leash at all times.

Telling someone to call 911 sounds dramatic but I also think it's good to get someone else involved when someone doesn't pick up after their own dog. First of all, that's nasty if you just leave your dog's poo everywhere for everyone to look at and smell. Yuck. Second of all, dog poop is really bad for the water in the area. The city of Plymouth writes, "Dog waste contains harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses that pollute water bodies and can cause illness."

To dog owners here in Rochester and all of southeast Minnesota, please pick up after your dog for the sake of everyone and our water.

Actually, speaking of Plymouth, did you know they ranked as one of the 25 best places to live in Minnesota? Keep scrolling to check out the other towns/cities on the list.

The 25 Best Places to Live in Minnesota

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Minnesota using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.