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Occupy protests test patience of some

A Hennepin County commissioner says he's hearing from downtown workers who are growing tired of protesters' belongings cluttering Government Plaza. Others worry about the costs.
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A Hennepin County commissioner says he's hearing from downtown workers who are growing tired of protesters' belongings cluttering Government Plaza. Others worry about the costs.

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