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Tree trimmer releases video that he says backs up his point

Mike Haege, the Hastings tree trimmer who was kicked out of the tornado zone in north Minneapolis recently, released cell phone video this week that he says backs up his story.

Haege has said that a city inspector and police kicked him out of the disaster zone because he wasn't licensed and because they didn't believe he was doing the work for free.

The City of Minneapolis has said the reason he was removed from the area was because he was operating in zones that were unsafe and hadn't been cleared of downed power lines.

Haege was later fined by the city for trimming trees without a license.

Haege admits he was not licensed to trim trees in Minneapolis, but thought that since he had signed up to volunteer with Urban Homeworks that the licensing matter was moot.

The video shows a streetside meeting with police, who are seen telling Haege and another man that they are being removed because of a licensing matter.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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