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North Minneapolis Shelter Opens After Tornado

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 150 people have arrived at a Minneapolis shelter after a deadly tornado ripped through the city’s north side.

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon visited the shelter Sunday and said the tornado couldn’t have hit a worse neighborhood. She says it’s a distressed neighborhood in the first place, and the families are “suffering a tremendous loss.”

Mayor R.T. Rybak says many people are concerned about getting to work in the morning. The damage has also forced five Minneapolis schools to be closed Monday, including Lucy Craft Laney, Cityview, Nellie Stone Johnson, Hmong International Academy and the Plymouth Youth Center.

The city will distribute food in at least three locations Monday. Cub Foods will host a dinner for people in the neighborhood.

A joint city-county team will be at the shelter Monday to assess emergency housing needs.

The tornado killed at least one person and damaged at least 100 homes in a residential portion of Minneapolis Sunday.

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