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Golden Valley neighbors to learn more about sex offender moving to halfway house

Clarence Opheim will be the first patient released from Minnesota's sex offender program in more than a decade. Police say their public meeting is not meant to spread fear, but to educate the public about the terms of Opheim's release to a halfway house.
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Clarence Opheim will be the first patient released from Minnesota's sex offender program in more than a decade. Police say their public meeting is not meant to spread fear, but to educate the public about the terms of Opheim's release to a halfway house.

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