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As deadline approaches, nearly 1 million Minnesotans have applied for hero pay

The application period closes on July 22, but not everyone who applies may be eligible


Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

The state originally estimated 667,000 eligible Minnesotans would apply for the program.

Minnesota is rapidly approaching 1 million applicants to the state's hero pay program for frontline workers, blowing past original estimates of how many people might sign up and potentially shrinking the size of individual bonus checks.

Gov. Tim Walz said more than 901,000 applications have been received from Minnesotans seeking a piece of the $500 million pool for those who worked in person during the height of the pandemic. That number is expected to grow with more than two weeks to go until the application period closes July 22.

"These workers went [to work] every single day to protect us, to serve, to help feed us, to take care of our children, take care of our parents," Walz said Wednesday. "This effort to get this hero pay - while it's real, it's tangible and puts money back in the hands of folks - it's also symbolic of protection of workers."


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