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Authorities remove another round of items from OccupyMN protesters

Hennepin County officials say they discovered the items when crews tried to clear snow from the area. Despite having their tents confiscated last week and now this latest seizure -- Occupy Minnesota protesters say they won’t be going anywhere.
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Hennepin County officials say they discovered the items when crews tried to clear snow from the area. Despite having their tents confiscated last week and now this latest seizure -- Occupy Minnesota protesters say they won’t be going anywhere.

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