Man dies at temporary homeless shelter in Minneapolis

People were moved to the shelter from the tent city encampment, where several died from ODs.
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A man has died at the temporary homeless shelter set up for those who were staying at the "tent city" encampment in Minneapolis.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says that Todd Weldon, a 47-year-old Native American, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center from the Navigation Center on Cedar Avenue.

Weldon was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

No cause of death has been listed at this stage, as it's pending additional investigation, but his fiancee told MPR News that he overdosed in his bed. She said he started using heroin last year.

He becomes the latest person to die while staying at the homeless encampment that was initially made up of tents at the intersection of Hiawatha and Franklin Avenues.

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Residents were moved last month to the temporary location on Cedar Avenue, which was opened by the City of Minneapolis and Red Lake Nation to keep them out of the cold until more permanent housing solutions are found.

At least three opioid overdose deaths were reported at the tent city since it sprang up last summer.

WCCO reports that the Navigation Center currently houses 148 people. The City of Minneapolis says its capacity is 135.

Since it opened, 73 people have been placed in permanent housing, the TV station notes.

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