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Austin mother fights uphill battle living on the current minimum wage

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- Home is where your story begins.

"You got your rent, you got your utilities, you've got kids to raise, being a single mother is hard," explained Paulette Hansen of Austin.

She does the dishes, cleans the house, and goes to work, all while living on the minimum wage.

"You know, there are things they really want and mom can't afford it," Hansen said. "I'll always try to tell them; well I'll sooner or later get it for you, you just have to be patient."

She is the mother of two little boys, Kolten and Kenny, and just like all the other kids they have their needs.

"I want a new bike because the one on the porch is broke," said Kolten Hansen.

It's a constant battle that even a raise in minimum wage won't fix for her.

"It's not going to change too much, not compared to what I'm making right now," explained Hansen. "It's not going to change too much."

While it's hard enough for her to juggle her children and work, she throws school in there too.

"There were things in my life that held me back. Everything is clear, where I can go and shoot for it. I kept pushing myself saying, I can do this, I can do this, I can do this," said Hansen.

She recently graduated from the health care academy, making her one step closer to being a certified nurse in spite of all her set backs.

"She studies for her CNA classes, and if we aren't quiet she can't study," said Kolten Hansen.

She is a mother trying to give her kids all the things, and just trying to be the best at all costs.

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