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Michelle Ness, executive director of the PRISM food shelf in Golden Valley said her clientele increasingly can and does work, but their jobs don't pay very well. She said the food shelf is still very busy and serves about 500 families a month. Illustration

Minnesota’s economy improved but many need food stamps

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Minnesota's economy is in much better shape than it was a few years ago. Housing prices are rising, and the state's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in April – the same as it was a decade earlier, well before the Great Recession.


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