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Rural North Shore residents oppose proposed Black-owned wellness sanctuary

A group of Lake County residents have filed a lawsuit to stop a wellness retreat aimed at people of color

DULUTH - A Black-owned North Shore wellness sanctuary that aims to offer respite and healing for people of color faces pushback from neighbors worried about traffic, trespassing and noise disrupting their "way of life."

More than 30 neighbors of the rural Silver Creek Township property 35 miles northeast of Duluth filed an appeal in district court recently against a Lake County planning commission's decision to grant a permit to the nonprofit. Signs with crudely drawn black stick figures that some liken to a hangman and saying "No Clark Road resort" have popped up, inaccurately saying it wouldn't pay taxes.

To Rebeka Ndosi, the signs represent coded racism. Ndosi is the Black wellness practitioner behind the Maji ya Chai Land Sanctuary.


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