The expense of replacing stolen signs popular with area vandals will not result in a name change for Stoner Avenue -- at least not immediately.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Bemidji City Council has put on hold plans to change the name of the street.

The situation is one that is easy to chuckle at, but the city's problem is a serious one in tight financial times. Some 15 street signs along Stoner Avenue disappear each year and city officials estimate they've probably spent close to $20,000 replacing the signs over the past decade.

At a public hearing this week Stoner Avenue residents convinced council members to table the issue, complaining that changing the name would be a hassle for the more than 40 property owners who live along the street.

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