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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Since January 2010, the Karma night club in Minneapolis has been the source of 165 police calls for service. Now, the City of Minneapolis is pursuing action against the club.

On Friday, the City recommended to Karma’s owners that they immediately close the club for 90 days. Karma’s application for renewal of its liquor license will also be reviewed by the City.

On May 7, Karma was served with a Notice of Public Nuisance, which requires Karma to correct the problems and abate the nuisance within 30 days. Karma representatives have until June 7 to respond to the City’s plan.

Crimes reported to have been committed in and around the club, located at 315 First Avenue North, are felony and misdemeanor assaults, including assaults against officers, and robberies, according to officials.

Despite the calls for service in and around Karma, downtown Minneapolis remains safe overall and violent crime is dropping, according to city officials.

At Karma’s closing time, the Minneapolis Police Department routinely dedicates 12 patrol officers and 4 to 5 mounted officers to ensuring the safety of patrons and pedestrians nearby.

The police will continue to monitor Karma closely this weekend.

Bars, restaurants and parking ramps throughout downtown have been asked for their assistance in recognizing and immediately reporting any developing fights or disputes.

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