Home child care providers excluded from “hero pay”


Adam Duxter at WCCO spoke to Cyndi Cunningham, board director for the Minnesota Childcare Provider Information Network, who says the organization had worked to make sure the estimated 8,000-9,000 home childcare providers would qualify for hero pay — but language within the program ended up excluding them: “If you’re going to ask us to stay open, put everything on the line, be essential and then us be excluded from something that we’re supposed to be included in, that is a failure on the legislative process. It’s kind of a slap in the face.”

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Rebecca Omastiak at KSTP is reporting Northern Tier Bakery, LLC, a St. Paul Park-based company, is recalling roughly 905 pounds of ready-to-eat salad mix due to a listeria concern.

Alex V. Cipolle at Sahan Journal interviews artist Leslie Barlow, the first Black woman and woman of color to create the Minnesota State Fair’s commemorative artwork.

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