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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The state of Minnesota received half of the $2.1 billion allotted from the federal government’s Coronavirus Relief Fund on Wednesday.

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Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday evening that $1,090,413,660 of the funding, that was made possible through the CARES Act, is now in Minnesota’s hands.

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“The state is providing critical funding to hospitals, public health departments, and first responders as we work together to keep Minnesotans safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Walz said.

The remainder of the money, which is expected to arrive before the end of April, will be distributed to local governments within the state.

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