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April welfare stats surprise county official

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Despite a lagging economy, the number of Goodhue County residents who used food stamps, welfare and government health care in April was down slightly.

At least one of the programs has seen record-high numbers in previous months, said Greg Schoener, Goodhue County Human Services director.

Schoener said he was pleasantly surprised, not so much by the decrease, but because the numbers are staying steady.

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