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Lisa Runnquist, who was homeless in Duluth most of her life, now lives in the San Marco apartment complex. Behind her is a portrait of an American Indian warrior painted by her boyfriend. (Bob King/Duluth News Tribune)

Even without shelter, many homeless prefer to stay in Duluth

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DULUTH -- David Hopkins said he's been homeless in Gary, Ind., and is now homeless in Duluth. Despite receiving the same amount of government assistance in each city, he said he'd rather be homeless in Duluth -- even if it means having to survive outside.

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"Where else would I go?" he said. "This is my home. Why can't I choose to be where I want to be?"

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