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Public Assistance

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Yacht Couple Charged With Welfare Fraud Arrested In Fla.

The Minnesota couple who allegedly received more than $167,000 worth of public assistance from Minnesota while living in Florida on a $1.2 million yacht have been arrested. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said that Colin Chisholm III and Andrea Chisholm were deported from the Bahamas on Monday.

04/01/2014

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MN Couple Charged With Getting Welfare While Living On A Yacht

A nationwide warrant has been issued for a Minnesota couple who allegedly received over a hundred thousand dollars worth of public assistance while living out of state on a $1.2 million yacht. Colin Chisholm III and Andrea Chisholm are charged with a one county of wrongfully obtaining public assistance over $35,000.

03/21/2014

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MSP Airport Workers Want Minimum Wage Increase

Low-wage workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are calling for an increase in Minnesota’s minimum wage. The workers say they are forced to rely on government programs to get by. It’s part of a growing debate over whether to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50 an hour. The Service Employees Union says 600 low-paid workers at Twin Cities Airport – including wheelchair pushers, cart drivers and aircraft cleaners – earn an average of $7.73 an hour, and receive millions of dollars in state public assistance.

10/28/2013

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Burnsville Man Accused Of Collecting Welfare After Winning $20K

Investigators in Dakota County say a man hit it big at a casino and continued to take in welfare checks. Jin Park of Burnsville is accused of winning nearly $240,000 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, and then took in around $7,000 in government money. Park claims he has already spent the money, but Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom says not reporting the winnings is a crime, and they will try to prosecute.

08/05/2013