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Talking Points: Rep. Paulsen On Divided MN GOP

The government shutdown may be over but there are real questions about whether Congress can reach an agreement on a budget and the debt ceiling in coming months.

10/27/2013

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Talking Points: Klobuchar On A Possible 2nd Gov’t Shutdown

The government shutdown may have ended but there is already concern that another shutdown could happen in just a few months. Congress now faces deadline starting in January to achieve budget and debt ceiling deals.

10/20/2013

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Minnesota’s Klobuchar Assumes More Visible Role

Seeking an opportunity to slice through the political bitterness clouding Washington, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar did what felt natural a few weeks ago: She organized a bipartisan potluck at her apartment. All but a few of the 20 female senators came.

10/20/2013

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Superior National Forest Returning To Normal

Operations in the Superior National Forest are getting back to normal with the end of the federal government shutdown. Forest spokeswoman Kris Reichenbach says some campgrounds had to be closed due to the shutdown, and some forest roads were closed while roadwork was suspended.

10/19/2013

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Furloughed Employees Head Back To Work After Shutdown Ends

Thousands of Minnesota’s federal employees who’ve been furloughed during the government shutdown are back on the job. Offices and programs providing federal services, affected by the shutdown, reopened Thursday morning for the first time in 16 days.

10/17/2013

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Bill To Reopen Government Clears US Senate

Legislation to reopen the federal government and avoid a threatened national default has passed the U.S. Senate on an 81-18 vote. The legislation that passed the Senate Wednesday now goes to the U.S. House where a vote is expected later Wednesday.

10/16/2013

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News Click: Grade Our Lawmakers on Shutdown

10/16/2013

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8 St. Paul Bars Offer ‘Any Beer, Any Time’ To Furloughed Workers

As the government shutdown enters day 15 with some progress on a deal, eight bars and restaurants in St. Paul are doing what they can to help furloughed employees. And what better way than with free beer.

10/15/2013

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Shutdown Cuts Funds To SD Farmers Dealing With 20K+ Cattle Death

Two 20-foot-deep disposal pits opened in western South Dakota on Monday to help ranchers dispose of tens of thousands of livestock carcasses piling up since an early October blizzard decimated herds. Up to 4 feet of snow fell in the Black Hills area during the storm, killing at least 10,000 to 20,000 head of livestock, state officials say. The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association estimates this part of the state lost at least 5 percent of its cattle, which is mostly raised for beef. Normally, the federal government would provide financial assistance to ranchers in a crisis of this magnitude, but the farm bill expired during the government shutdown.

10/14/2013

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Ex-Gov. Jesse Ventura Speaks On Shutdown With WCCO

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is rarely short on opinion, and he weighed in on the federal government shutdown with WCCO’s Nina Moini on Sunday. Ventura was at the Mall Of America, signing copies of his latest book.

10/14/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Government Shutdown Pain

Today I got an email from a furloughed federal employee from Lakeville, Minn., who, along with her co-workers, has not been able to collect unemployment because the state of Minnesota is demanding information from her employer, which she obviously can’t get because the government is shut down.

10/12/2013

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Federal Lands Closed To Minn. Pheasant Hunters

Minnesota pheasant hunters will find less land available when the season opens Saturday. Due to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed 13 national wildlife refuges and eight wetland management districts in Minnesota, totaling more than 489,000 acres of land.

10/10/2013

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Amid Gov’t Shutdown, What’s Open And What’s Not For Vets?

While the shutdown lingers across the nation, local veterans affairs offices are off-limits to the public. “Veterans obviously are wondering, ‘Where do I go?’ It’s continuous,” Tom Hanson said.

10/09/2013

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Minn. Sends Furlough Notices To 105 Workers

State officials have notified 105 Minnesota Department of Health workers that they might be laid off because of the federal government shutdown. The employees are in positions that are partially paid for by federal funds.

10/07/2013

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Former Gov. Ventura Likens Gov’t Shutdown To Terrorism

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has compared the federal government shutdown to an act of terrorism and he’s pushing a petition for people to voice their displeasure.

10/07/2013

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