Street preachers file lawsuit for access to Duluth holiday festival

Two men have filed a lawsuit in federal court to be allowed to preach during Duluth's holiday lighting festival. The men say police ordered them out of the display last year -- violating their First Amendment rights.
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Two men have filed a lawsuit in federal court to be allowed to preach during Duluth's holiday lighting festival. The men say police ordered them out of the display last year -- violating their First Amendment rights.

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