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Maplewood homeless encampment disbanded

Officials said the situation deteriorated over the last two weeks following an increase of serious assaults
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MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Maplewood city officials have ordered those living in the homeless encampment to leave.

Gov. Tim Walz ordered encampments should not be disbanded during the pandemic unless they posed a threat to the health, safety, or security of residents, or alternative living arrangements were made.

The City of Maplewood said the situation in the encampment was becoming increasingly "unsafe and unsuitable for both the people in the encampment and those in the surrounding community."

Maplewood’s Public Safety, Public Works and the Health Inspector, along with Ramsey County, conducted delivered, food water and sanitation materials when they first became aware of the encampment.

Officials said the situation deteriorated over the last two weeks following an increase of serious assaults, trash and debris and someone drowning in the pond next to the encampment.

Residents were given a 24-hour notice.

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