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Woman Dies En Route To Homeless Shelter

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A woman died in Minneapolis while she was walking to a homeless shelter.

Representatives with the Salvation Army Harbor Light shelter did not identify the woman, and said Friday morning that she died sometime within the last 24 hours.

Though the woman's death has not definitively been tied to the cold weather, a worker at the Salvation Army said brutal cold like that currently affecting the state affects the homeless the most, as they are on foot and not properly dressed for the conditions.

Temperatures overnight dipped well into the negative teens. The cold led to a homeless man being transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center. The man suffered blisters on his feet from frostbite.

Harbor Light is currently close to capacity. There are about 200 men staying there, as well as about 100 women.


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