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Minn. lawmakers encourage students to apply for pandemic assistance


December 22, 2020

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Minnesota Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove speaking at a press conference last May. ] GLEN STUBBE •

Minnesota high school students celebrated their eligibility for pandemic-related unemployment assistance on Monday as Gov. Tim Walz encouraged more to apply for the benefits.

"I was super happy, I jumped out of my bed like, 'Ma, look, we got these benefits,' " said Rahma Farah, 17, who has worked since age 14 to help her mother with bills - but had no recourse when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and she lost her job.

"She was excited with me. We were all super grateful," said Farah, a student at Minneapolis South High School.


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