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No one's declared war, but all signs point to a friendly little feud between Michael and Teri Dinnell and Todd Dorny.

Eight signs, to be exact, and still counting.The Dinnells own two homes tucked away in the trees at 4290 N. University Ave. They live in one home and rent the other, just a stone's throw away, to Dorny and three other students. Dorny works for Bob Bennett, who's facing Joe Cannon in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.

And that's where all the trouble started.

Dorny placed two small Bennett for Senate signs along a fence in front of his half of the property. People started asking the Dinnells if they support Bennett. They don't.

The Dinnells back Cannon. So one night, just for the heck of it, Teri Dinnell sneaked across the yard and plastered a Cannon for Senate bumper sticker right over one of Dorny's signs. The sticker covered Bennett's name perfectly.

"I thought, `That's odd. Who'd go to all that trouble?' " Dorny said. He figured the culprit stopped along University Avenue, climbed a small hill and leaped across the ditch between the hill and the fence.

Dorny quietly took the sign down.

The Dinnells then put up two small Cannon yard signs to match Dorny's two small Bennett signs.

"This is our property, this is America," Michael Dinnell says the couple decided. "We'll do what we want."

Some time later, Bennett's Provo campaign office - unbeknownst to Dorny - placed two large Bennett yard signs along the fence in front of his home.

That caught Teri Dinnell's eye. Not to be outdone, she went down to Cannon's Provo headquarters and got two large Cannon yard signs.

"Their TV ads run back-to-back. You hear one, then you hear another. Why not with our signs," Teri Dinnell said.

The big Cannon signs now grace the fence in front of her home. It's hard for passers-by to tell who's for what, particularly since at first glance it looks as if there's only one home back in the trees and all the signs are getting mixed in together.

"Whoever wins, the other person will take their signs down," Teri Dinnell said. "Or, the renters will move out." She's jesting.

So far, the feud's been limited to signs.

Teri Dinnell likes Cannon because "he still wears polyesters," he comes across as a good leader, he's young and he's upbeat.

Dorny likes Bennett because he realizes "we need to attack the Congress problem first in order to attack other problems." He said he's also attracted to Bennett's integrity and honesty.

The sign battle promises to escalate. Dorny has an 11-foot-by-17-foot Bennett banner he's trying to figure how to hang in the trees facing University Avenue. That's bound to steam Teri Dinnell.

But she's prepared to retaliate. If Cannon loses, Teri Dinnell plans to put up Wayne Owens for Senate signs.