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Minnesota legislators organize volunteer stint at homeless shelter

Legislators will volunteer Tuesday at the Higher Ground Shelter in Minneapolis.

A group of elected state representatives from both parties will volunteer Tuesday at the Higher Ground Shelter in Minneapolis.

State Reps. John Ward (DFL-Baxter), Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) have organized a bipartisan group of House members to help out at the Catholic Charities shelter.

They plan to assemble “daily-living bags,” with toothpaste, toiletries and other items handed out to people coming to the 165 Glenwood Ave. shelter.

They’ll also get a tour of the facility — which provides emergency shelter, connection to services and opportunities as well as supportive housing. The event will run 8:30-10 a.m.

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The “Legislators Uniting to Volunteer” initiative started last year with a volunteer event at the Dorothy Day Center. The organizers are planning another event next week.