St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis has taken to social media to respond to a New York Times article written about the city. The piece titled “These People Aren’t Coming From Norway: Refugees in a Minnesota City Face a Backlash” was published last Thursday.

“It saddens me so much when I see in an article hate. When I read on social media hate or emails. I denounce that with every fiber in my being.”

Kleis went on to say we’re spending too much time talking “about” people when we should be talking “with” people. He says he talked for a long time with the New York Times reporter, but they didn’t give a whole picture of what St. Cloud is.