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Jay Benson gathers up tents Thursday afternoon as he and several others comply with the police order for Occupy Duluth to remove tents and other structures from the Duluth Civic Center grounds. The protesters have a midnight Sunday deadline, when all but one structure must be removed. (Bob King /rking@duluthnews.com)

Duluth City Hall sets deadline for Occupy encampment

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No movement in talks could mean the end of the Occupy movement in Duluth.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said in a news conference Thursday afternoon that the Occupy group at Civic Center Plaza has until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to remove its tents and other items.

Ramsay said talks with Occupy members have gone nowhere and the camp has "become a major distraction at City Hall" that was also taxing the police force. "It can't continue," he said.

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