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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The budget compromise reached Thursday means 22,000 state workers will have a paycheck again, lottery tickets will soon be printed, horse jockeys will be busy and beer will be on the shelves.

The Ugly Mug in downtown Minneapolis is one of the hundreds of venues around town with expired state-issued buyer’s cards, meaning there’s no way to replenish their liquor.

Several patrons at the bar told WCCO-TV they are happy to know the beer supply is no longer in jeopardy.

“The fact that Governor Dayton has actually come to the table and said, ‘Listen, we need to get people back to work’ says a lot about his character,” said Erik Forseberg, owner of the Ugly Mug.
Also soon to be out of hibernation: lottery tickets.

“That’s a lot of money that could be being made to help the economy, that’s not,” said Minneapolis resident Edward Determan.

Also, as far as business blows go, Canterbury arguably suffered one of the biggest, with a 1,000 laid off employees.

“Like most of us, they’ve been paycheck to paycheck, to go two weeks now without one, it’s going to be a great relief for them,” said Canterbury Park spokesman Jeff Maday. “Once we’re given the OK, can open the card club in probably five to six hours, and racing — we can do that in 24 hours.”

However, even though this shutdown lasted a little more than two weeks, by the time this is all said and done, several of the business owners and employees told WCCO the effects will last far longer. For many of them, this was a loss in thousands of dollars in revenue.

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