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MnDOT closes Cedar-Riverside homeless encampment in Minneapolis

With a day's notice to vacate, the homeless occupants of the Samatar Crossing encampment in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood packed their belongings in garbage bags and evacuated the snowy clearing overlooking Interstate 94 where many had lived for months.

The encampment was located on Minnesota Department of Transportation land adjacent to Currie Park and the Cedar-Riverside light-rail station. The lack of bathroom facilities caused hygiene issues for weeks.

Then on Jan. 12, 27-year-old Adnan Mohamed Ali was shot to death inside the encampment, prompting City Council Member Jamal Osman to demand the state work with the city to close it immediately.


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