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Published June 13, 2012, 09:33 AM

St. Anthony city council rejects Islamic Center

ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (AP) — The St. Anthony City Council has rejected a plan to locate an Islamic Center at the former Medtronic headquarters.

ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (AP) — The St. Anthony City Council has rejected a plan to locate an Islamic Center at the former Medtronic headquarters.

Dozens of people packed into a meeting Tuesday night where center supporters asked council members to approve plans for a congregation of about 200. Sadik Warfa told councilors that "we are all Americans" and that the center would serve the needs of the community.

The Star Tribune reports some who spoke against the center made disparaging comments about the Muslim faith, although Mayor Jim Faust tried to discourage the remarks. The council voted 4-1 against the center, citing zoning concerns. The only member to vote in favor, Jim Roth, said he was "embarrassed" and "stunned" by the disparaging remarks made by some residents.

Ali Garushi says Muslim leaders will consider filing a lawsuit over the council's decision.

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