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Tim Olson, who was laid off from a printing plant southwest of Minneapolis, tells a House committee Monday that many of his co-workers fell through the cracks, not receiving state aid they were due after they became unemployed. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Jobless complain about shabby state treatment

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ST. PAUL -- Members of Jack Thronson's union are struggling, and not just because many have lost jobs.

Thronson told a Minnesota House committee on Monday that they face trying times just dealing with agencies that are supposed to help them get unemployment insurance payments and other state help.


"People are getting frustrated going through the answering machine," he said.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.