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Septuagenarian couple Patricia Miller and Leo Jackowick must routinely contend with the piles of tumbleweeds that collect in front of their home on Walleck Ranch Drive.

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Elderly couple seeks help with tumbleweeds

Patricia Miller and her husband Leo Jackowick can always tell when there have been heavy winds. All they have to do is take a look at the front of their house on Walleck Ranch Drive.If there's a huge pile of tumbleweeds that means it's been windy."It isn't a one-time thing, it's every time," Miller said. "My house, it's like a wind tunnel."Tumbleweeds are hardly a new phenomenon to Kingman residents, or to the Southwest in general. Ever since the salsola plant genus first hitched a ride to America in the mid 19th century, their dried up remnants have proven a consistent nuisance to ranchers and suburbanites alike.