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Thousands of people showed up at Showers Plaza in Bloomington for the reopening of the Community Farmers’ Market – including Schooner Creek Farm, the vendor with alleged ties to white supremacist group Identity Evropa.

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The City of Bloomington announced Tuesday it will reopen the Community Farmers' Market this weekend, after a two-week suspension due to threats of violence and amid weeks of unrest over a vendor with alleged ties to a white supremacist group.

In a news release, the city says the market will include some new safety measures, including security cameras, increased presence of police and other public safety officials, "market ambassadors" and clearly marked flyering and expression areas. 

Courtesy City of Bloomington Facebook Page

Bloomington’s mayor says the city is considering several options when it comes to addressing rising tensions at the farmers’ market over the presence of a vendor with alleged white supremacist ties, but he didn’t mention any specifics. 

The city won’t announce plans for reopening the farmers’ market after a two-week suspension until Tuesday, but did take questions about the market during a Facebook discussion.

The phone number listed on the bottom of a Ku Klux Klan flyer distributed throughout Bloomington Monday is linked to a lawsuit filed by a man who was injured while protesting the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville.

Court documents say Bill Burke of Athens, Ohio was among 35 people injured after James Fields Jr. drove his car through a crowd of protestors. One woman died during the attack.

Courtesy of No Space for Hate Bloomington / Facebook

The Bloomington Police Department is investigating after they say residents found neighborhood watch flyers claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan on Monday. Captain Ryan Pedigo says they received 10 reports of flyers being located in the city so far.

The flyers include the image of a hooded figure and say, “Do your part to keep white communities safe and report suspicious activity. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”

Police say they are investigating who is responsible for the flyers and whether they are affiliated with the KKK.

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Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton defended his decision to cancel the city-run farmers’ market on August 3 and August 10 during a public press conference at City Hall Wednesday.

The mayor made the decision after a tense confrontation near an alleged white supremacist’s booth at the market led to the arrest of a protestor.

Courtesy Dina Okamoto

The City of Bloomington is suspending the Community Farmer's Market for two weeks citing a concern for public safety after recent protests and an arrest over suspected ties between a market vendor and a white nationalist group. 

A Monday press release says the city has identified "increasing threats to public safety."

Residents in a Bloomington neighborhood suspect pollution from a nearby salvage yard is washing onto their soil during heavy rains. The city council wants the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to test the soil and find out if the concerns are valid. 

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Brandon Smith

The Indiana House rejected an attempt Monday to raise the cap on rental fees cities can charge to landlords.

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Brandon Smith

Rental property owners in Bloomington and West Lafayette can no longer charge rental fees greater than $5 per tenant.

That’s after a state Supreme Court ruling Friday.

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