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26 arrested as low-wage workers march in St. Paul

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say 26 people were arrested as hundreds of low-wage workers marched along University Avenue in St. Paul to demand higher pay.

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KARE-TV reports the Friday march stretched for blocks down University Avenue — on a day when many people are concentrating on their holiday spending spree. It coincides with other demonstrations including walkouts by retail workers at a Brooklyn Center Walmart and cleaners at the downtown Minneapolis Target.

Police spokesman Howie Padilla says about 400 people participated in the march.

WCCO-AM reports the arrests happened after a group linked arms and blocked the intersection of University and Snelling Avenues. Groups collaborating on the protests include Service Employees International Union Local 26, TakeAction Minnesota, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and other labor groups. They say workers deserve higher wages.

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