Top state officials are urging high school students to apply for pandemic-related unemployment benefits after the state Court of Appeals ruled they’re eligible despite a 1939 law to the contrary.   17-year old Rahma Farah from Minneapolis says many people believe high school students use hard-earned money for things they want…

…”but the reality for a lot of students is that we use it to pay for bills.   We use it for food on the table for our families.”

Governor Tim Walz praised students’ efforts to change state law:

“In so many students’ cases, mine included, I had a parent who was ill with cancer, and we help out.”

State Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove said he expects 15- to 20-thousand high school students to apply for unemployment benefits.   Grove says it will not take money away from heads of households seeking jobless benefits.