A Mankato man is facing a Felony charge of Wrongfully Obtaining Assistance after local Police received a fraud tip in March. According to the report, 29-year old Lionel Maurice Arnold was receiving SNAP and MA benefits through Blue Earth County but did not report that he was employed at Grizzly's Restaurant beginning in July of 2017. Investigators say he fraudulently obtained nearly 8-thousand 700 dollars in public assistance. A warrant has been issued for Arnold's arrest.
It could be a critical year in 2018 for farmers with a new Farm Bill to be taken up this year. The current Farm Bill will expire on September 30, meaning this will be the last crop season to be covered by the bill along with assistance benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Conservation Reserve Program. Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says there is urgency to pass another Farm Bill. Farm Management Analyst, Kent Thiesse. "As we all know with Farm Bills, there is permanent legislation that goes back to like 1949 that kicks in if they [...]