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Steve Fullerton, a resident of the San Marco Apartments, said he would get drunk when he was homeless so he could sleep at the Duluth Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment when it was too cold to sleep outside. The center averages about 2,500 admissions a year. (Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune)

For many homeless in Duluth, 'Detox' a refuge from cold

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DULUTH -- About 7 p.m. on a cold January night, 45-year-old Joseph Howard of Duluth says he has been drinking all day and doesn't know where he'll sleep. He was kicked out of the city's only homeless shelter a week before and now has to find a place outside.

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Though he has a backpack with a blanket, he knows, even though he's extremely drunk and his breath exudes the smell of alcohol, he's in no condition to endure the cold.

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