Minnesota workers can apply for 'hero pay' starting Wednesday

Checks will go out after the 45-day application period closes


Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune file

Gov. Tim Walz signed the frontline worker bill in a public ceremony in May after months of negotiations with legislators.

It took more than a year, but Minnesotans who kept going to work in person at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic can start applying Wednesday for bonus checks as recognition for their work.

The state's online portal to apply for "hero pay" goes live at 8 a.m. Wednesday and will stay open for 45 days to allow time for the hundreds of thousands of the state's workers who are eligible for the checks to apply. Gov. Tim Walz said he expects a rush of people to apply right away.

"It's not first-come, first-served, it's 45 days. You can sign up any time in those 45 days," Walz said one day before the launch. "If we have learned [anything] from [the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System] and vaccinations, every person in Minnesota will sign up at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the exact same time."



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