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Rancher finds a creative use for old political signs

Thursday, November 26th 2020, 3:18 pm - The signs are built to last for years but in reality, most are thrown out after a month or so.

The U.S Presidential election is long over, but some of the political signs that were used are getting a second life, thanks to the creative thinking of a Colorado rancher.

Kerry Donovan tells CNN she got the idea to recycle old campaign signs after taking a look at some of the leftovers sitting in her office that were used during her campaign for state senator, a position she has held since 2015.

Donovan, a part-time senator and a full-time rancher, tells the news outlet that she put the call out on Twitter, asking locals to donate their unused barn signs.

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She's found a lot of different ways to use them, including attaching them to fences to act as a windbreaker for her bull.

"We had a calf that came very unexpectedly and a big storm was coming," she tells CNN.

"[We] put a little straw down [and] made a little windbreak house out of a sign. We use them as temporary dams sometimes. They're just so invaluable."

While political signs typically adorn lawns for a month to six weeks, they can last much longer than that. Standard signs are made from corrugated plastic, which can withstand at least a couple of cold, harsh winters. Inside, corrugated plastic signs could last up to 20 years.

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