Organization claims KKK contact listed in Vermont

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An organization that tracks hate groups across the country says the Ku Klux Klan has listed contact information in Rutland and Hardwick.

According to a report in the Rutland Herald, no official in Rutland or Hardwick has detected the presence of the KKK in the areas.

Mark Potok of the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center says the KKK was active in the Rutland area in 2006. The KKK was linked to Rutland through a local post office box.

Rutland Detective Sergeant Kevin Stevens says he’s unaware of the organization being in the area.

Hardwick Police Chief James Dziobek says he hasn’t heard of anything in his community, either.

But Potok says authorities are frequently surprised to find what he calls a hate group operating in their town.

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