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Minnesota legislators debate eviction ban 'off-ramp' as tenants fear homelessness


March 15, 2021

Lovetee Polahn, who lost her job last year, is worried that she'll have to abandon plans to be a nurse in order to pay the rent when the eviction moratorium ends.

John Nelson was unimpressed when he first toured the spooky century-old building south of downtown Minneapolis. Twenty years later, the one-bedroom apartment with high ceilings and elegant woodwork has become his "castle."

He tends flowers in his front yard. He knows his neighbors. And he hasn't been able to pay rent for more than a year.

Most Minnesotans who lost their income during the pandemic have not lost their homes, as Gov. Tim Walz froze evictions and foreclosures. Now legislators are debating how to end that moratorium. Tenants like Nelson, uncertain about what help is on the horizon, are bracing for the worst.


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