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"I hope the city has second thoughts about kicking us out of here," said Mitchell Hall of Duluth, who's been homeless since June. He lives in the tent camp under the freeway and considers the people there his family. At left is Tom Jarvis, who lives in the camp about 80 percent of the time. At right are Joel Kilgour, outreach worker for Loaves and Fishes, and Deb Holman, street outreach worker for CHUM. Bob King, Duluth News Tribune

Homeless 'family' living under freeway in Duluth want to stay put

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DULUTH, Minn. - Members of an encampment of homeless people who have taken shelter in makeshift tents pitched under the freeway overpass in downtown Duluth organized an impromptu news conference Monday afternoon, calling on authorities to refrain from threatened plans to break up their settlement.

“We’re like family,” said Nate Briese, a 38-year-old man living in the colorfully painted gathering spot that locals call Graffiti Graveyard. “We all look out for each other.”

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