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Hundreds of north Minneapolis homes remain unfixed after tornado

City inspectors tell MRP about 500 properties still have damage. City officials say they have more than $1 million in state and local funds available to assist property owners fix their homes before the snow flies.
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City inspectors tell MRP about 500 properties still have damage. City officials say they have more than $1 million in state and local funds available to assist property owners fix their homes before the snow flies.

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