Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - This week’s unseasonably cold weather has forced Rochester’s homeless to find a place to stay warm. Some have returned to the city’s downtown skyways.

Several were in the skyway near the 3rd St parking ramp on Thursday, with some still in their sleeping bags at 9:30 AM.

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The City Council recently decided not to adopt an ordinance that would prohibit sitting and lying in the skyways. The proposal was made as a way to deal with increasing complaints about the behavior of some of those who sleep and hang out in the skyways.

The city is planning to begin closing the skyways during the overnight hours but will wait until a new warming center is open.

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