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A year later, Minnesota still has billions in federal pandemic relief dollars to spend

American Rescue Plan money has already gone to everything from police to sewers


March 31, 2022

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

Kayla Schintz of Lakeville holds her daughter Emma up to see a river otter as it frolicked around its enclosure at the Minnesota Zoo, one of many entities that got a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act dollars.

In the year since the federal government allocated $1.9 trillion to a pandemic stimulus package, Minnesota has used some of the cash on everything from the expected - supporting hospitals and students - to boosting participation in the Girl Scouts and providing financial aid to crime victims.

And there's more to spend.

State government has yet to decide how to use more than a third of its $2.8 billion. Cities, towns and counties have until the end of 2026 to spend their $2.1 billion.


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