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Continued: Maple Grove council member reflects on life in workhouse

And the vulgarity. “I wasn’t there to judge anybody. I got along with them fine. When they did swear, they’d look at me, ‘Sorry, Mom.’ ”

Sargent read many books. A few times, she did “suicide watch,” keeping an eye on inmates at risk of hurting themselves.

On July 5, Sargent said goodbye to her fellow inmates, some of whom were bound for Shakopee for much longer stays. They hugged her and thanked her for asking them to watch their language. “I basically said, ‘Eventually, you’re going to get out of here. You’re going to want to get a job. That type of language isn’t going to win you any Brownie points.’ ”

And with that, Sargent emerged from the workhouse and noticed that the trees had turned lush and green. The next Maple Grove City Council meeting is scheduled for Aug. 4.

 

Contact James Eli Shiffer at james.shiffer@startribune.com or 612-673-4116. Read his blog at startribune.com/fulldisclosure.

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