Hennepin County: OccupyMN costs sheriff’s office nearly $300,000

The protests in downtown Minneapolis began on October seventh. Sheriff’s deputies have made eight arrests and issued thirty-five trespassing notices.
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The protests in downtown Minneapolis began on October seventh. Sheriff’s deputies have made eight arrests and issued thirty-five trespassing notices.

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