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F-M homeless shelters work together to make sure no one is turned away

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Mattresses are brought out when the Churches United for the Homeless shelter in Moorhead reaches capacity.2 / 2

MOORHEAD — The bitterly cold temperatures are affecting homeless shelters in the Fargo-Moorhead area, with all of them at or over capacity.

The shelters do a good job working together so that no one who needs shelter is turned away, said Sue Koesterman, executive director of Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead.

If no room is available in extreme conditions like this, the shelter will let people sleep on extra couches and mattresses, she said.

"So far, we've been fortunate this year, Koesterman said. "We've been able to make sure everyone is sheltered. We've not had any deaths from exposure this year."

The shelter is collecting warm weather gear, hand warmers and lip balm to help its patrons.

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