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Amended nuisance ordinance targets distressed Newport homes

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Newport might soon be in for its own kind of city-wide spring cleaning.

The City Council is amending its nuisance ordinance to impose stricter penalties upon homeowners of properties deemed distressed.

Blighted homes riddled with code violations have been a longstanding problem throughout the city, a debate that resurfaced earlier this year after several residents complained about the lack of citations issued.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
(651) 459-4629
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