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More than 200,000 Minnesotans receive 'hero pay' denial notice

Those who were denied have until Aug. 31 to appeal the decision or amend their application


August 18, 2022

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune file

The state originally estimated 667,000 Minnesotans would apply for the program, but the number of applicants was nearly double that amount.

More than 200,000 Minnesotans have received denial notices for bonus checks through the state's "hero pay" program this week, marking the beginning of a two-week period for people to appeal that decision.

Nearly 1 million Minnesotans are still in line for a check through the program, blowing past original estimates of how many would apply for a slice of the $500 million set aside for frontline workers at the height of the pandemic.

Kirk Klocke was one of 214,209 people - roughly 18% of all applicants - who were denied. Klocke estimates he worked 35 to 40 hours a week in the produce department in the downtown Minneapolis Target in 2020.


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