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Duluth begins tearing down blighted properties

One of the blighted properties in Duluth slated to be demolished
One of the blighted properties in Duluth slated to be demolished

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- The city of Duluth is moving forward with plans to tear down at least 12 blighted properties.

As many as 30 other properties could also be razed unless significant repairs are made.

City spokesman Daniel Fanning says the city tries to work with homeowners to bring properties up to code. He says the city only condemns them for demolition when other remedies for timely repair have been exhausted.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness says blighted properties have been bringing down property values.

But homeowner Jason Lindelof, whose house was condemned in 2009 after a house fire, says he doesn't want his house torn down. He says he's been trying to get it repaired quickly, and tearing it down would be a ''waste.''

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