End Of Minn. Shutdown Comes As Relief To Workers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The end of Minnesota’s government shutdown comes as a relief to laid-off employees and people who depend on their services.

Kent Mechels expects a big backlog when he returns to the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Rochester. He says he didn’t enjoy being a pawn in the impasse, and he says all sides can share in the blame.

Guy Lommen, of Deerwood, a sales rep for the Minnesota Lottery, says the final budget just leaves a problem for the next Legislature.

Kim Leonhardt, owner of High Banks Resort on Lake Winnibigoshish, had to talk at least a dozen parties out of canceling when the state stopped issuing fishing licenses. And she hit the panic button when she found the card that lets the resort buy liquor was about to expire. Now she says she’s just glad things are getting back on track.

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