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Minn. Historical Society To Reopen Sites Saturday

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Historical Society plans to reopen its museums, historic sites and library to the public Saturday after the state government shutdown ends.

The Historical Society says the reopening schedule depends on the Minnesota Legislature approving — and Gov. Mark Dayton signing — a budget deal. Dayton called a special session Tuesday for lawmakers to vote on the deal.

The Minnesota Historical Society was closed during the nearly three-week-long state shutdown and unable to serve more 40,000 visitors during that time. State funding makes up more than half of the Historical Society’s operating budget.

Among the historic sites and museums reopening are the Minnesota History Center, Historic Fort Snelling, and the James J. Hill House, all in St. Paul; Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors; and the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site in Little Falls.

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