Ellison: Effort to curb crime at troubled Minneapolis intersection has paid off


Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

The Winner Gas station at W. Broadway and Lyndale Ave. N. in north Minneapolis, with Merwin Liquors in the foreground.

Efforts to curb violent crime at an infamous intersection in north Minneapolis have led to a significant reduction in incidents, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Thursday at a news conference.

Ellison announced in September that his office would investigate whether Merwin Liquors and a Winner Gas station across the street "are maintaining or permitting an unlawful public nuisance on their properties," responding to community complaints over open-air drug dealing and violent crime outside the businesses.

The city, state and Hennepin County threatened to file a lawsuit against the stores at West Broadway and Lyndale Avenue N. But because there have been no serious incidents since the announcement Sept. 15, officials have not been able to file a complaint, Ellison said.



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