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Tobacco Bonds In MN Budget Come At Hefty Price

The budget deal that ended Minnesota’s government shutdown comes with a hefty price: It relies heavily on borrowing $640 million against money from the state’s 1998 tobacco settlement, but might cost that same amount in interest — plus a substantial annual revenue loss for years to come.

07/24/2011

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Afton State Park, Canterbury Back Open After Shutdown

As the state works to slowly but surely get back to business after a three-week government shutdown, state parks — and Canterbury Park — are on their way to pre-shutdown operations.

07/21/2011

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Reality Check: Minn. Budget Bill’s State Workforce Cuts

Minnesota’s laid off state workers are back on the job after the governor and legislature reached a budget deal, but they face more cuts with the compromise to end the 20-day shutdown.

07/21/2011

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Minnesota State Employees Returning To Work

State employees began returning to work in Minnesota Thursday after a new budget agreement ended a government shutdown of nearly three weeks.

07/21/2011

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GOP Senators Aim To Prevent Future Minn. Shutdowns

A group of Republican state senators hope to prevent future Minnesota government shutdowns through a plan to continue spending even if politicians can’t agree on a budget.

07/21/2011

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Lottery Sales Resume Without A Drastic Increase

Lottery ticket sales are now back to normal after the government shutdown, but so far sales haven’t picked up dramatically.

07/21/2011

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DNR Commissioner Greets Employees With Cookie

Department of Natural Resource Commissioner Tom Landwehr welcomed several hundred employees back to work after the longest government shutdown in decades.

07/21/2011

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MnDOT Restarts In Stages Following Gov’t Shutdown

The Minnesota Department of Transportation began restarting its operations Thursday following a government shutdown of nearly three weeks.

07/21/2011

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Minn. Government Reopening After 20-Day Shutdown

Minnesota’s government is reopening for business after a nearly three-week shutdown closed state parks, laid off some 22,000 public workers and demonstrated the wide reach of state agencies.

07/21/2011

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Shutdown’s Over, But When Do Services Return?

Now that a budget deal has been reached, you might be surprised to find out that reopening after the shutdown is, in some cases, much harder than you might think.

07/20/2011

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End Of Minn. Shutdown Brings Relief, Frustration

Minnesota’s state government shutdown ended Wednesday after 20 days, millions in lost revenue and frustration on the part of residents and politicians.

07/20/2011

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Canterbury Park To Reopen Thursday

With the Minnesota government shutdown over, Canterbury Park in Shakopee plans to reopen Thursday morning.

07/20/2011

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State Parks Could Re-Open For Day Use Friday

The end of Minnesota’s government shutdown will bring the re-opening of state parks, one of the most visible casualties of the budget impasse, starting as early as Friday.

07/20/2011

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End Of Minn. Shutdown Comes As Relief To Workers

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

07/20/2011

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Minnesota Historic Sites Reopen Saturday

If you’re planning a weekend visit to one of Minnesota’s historic sites or museums, you’re in luck.

07/20/2011

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Lawmakers Convene To Vote On Ending Gov’t Shutdown

An end to Minnesota’s nearly three-week-long state government shutdown came into view Tuesday, when Gov. Mark Dayton called the Legislature into a special session to vote on a budget deal.

07/19/2011

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Special Session On, Minn. Lawmakers Move Quickly

Both chambers of the Legislature went into floor sessions about 6 p.m. Tuesday and passed five of nine budget bills in less than two hours.

07/19/2011

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Charter Schools Facing Budget Cuts Due To Shutdown

ith the shutdown coming to an end and the budget moving into special session, many organizations, especially schools, are realizing there will be less money available from the state.

07/19/2011

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Minn. Agencies Have Post-Shutdown Recall Plans

The administration of Gov. Mark Dayton says state employees idled by the shutdown can check a state website to know what day to come back to work.

07/19/2011

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Minn. Historical Society To Reopen Sites Saturday

The Minnesota Historical Society plans to reopen its museums, historic sites and library to the public Saturday after the state government shutdown ends.

07/19/2011

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Still No End To Minn. Shutdown; Budget Not Done

Minnesota’s state government shutdown slid toward the three-week mark on Monday as key Republican legislators and members of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration scurried to translate a handshake budget deal into bills that can pass the GOP-controlled Legislature.

07/18/2011

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Closed Minn. Capitol To Open For Special Session

The Minnesota Capitol will be open to the public when lawmakers return for a special session to end the state’s government shutdown.

07/18/2011

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Reality Check: MN Legislators’ Private Shutdown Meetings

Not only are Minnesota lawmakers writing the bills behind closed doors, they are writing the bills inside the State Capitol, which is closed and locked to the public.

07/18/2011

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No Shutdown Relief For Minn. Liquor Sellers

The judge who oversees the Minnesota government shutdown is refusing to let the liquor keep flowing.

07/18/2011

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Closed Door Meetings But Still No Special Session

This is Day 17 of the state government shutdown and despite a weekend of negotiations, there is still uncertainty about when it will end. What is known is that the special session will not start on Monday.

07/17/2011

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