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Swastika carved into putting green at Twin Cities golf course

The symbol was found at Crystal Lake Golf Course early Monday as mowers cut the greens. Courtesy: Golf.com/REDDIT USER MAXI120

LAKEVILLE, Minn. - The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas has condemned the Swastika carved by unknown vandals into a putting green at the Crystal Lake Golf Club earlier this week.

Mowers at the Lakeville course noticed the Nazi symbol early Monday, according to www.golf.com, and the damage was documented, reported to the police and repaired before the club opened, according to a statement by the club.

“Perpetrators of these types of incidents are intent on spreading a message of hate and challenging the openness and respectful atmosphere of our community. Collectively, we reject these chilling acts and the hate they represent,” the council said in a prepared statement Thursday.

Club officials issued a statement saying they were “hurt and saddened” someone would vandalize the club. “We, in no way, stand for anything remotely related to that symbol, and we hope that swift justice is brought to the perpetrator(s) of this crime.”

The Lakeville police department said in a statement this week that it was actively investigating the incident and will pursue all applicable charges to anyone responsible.

“This hateful message does not represent the views of Lakeville residents and will not be tolerated,” the department statement said.

Police asked residents to be on the lookout for anyone causing damage and to call investigators with any information at 952-985-2800.

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