Esme's Blog: Government Shutdown PainToday 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.
Minn. Contracts May Have Domestic Partner Benefits Same-sex domestic partner health benefits are in play as part of Minnesota state employee contract talks, reopening a debate that raged at the Capitol a decade ago.
Layoffs Could Affect One State Employee's HealthGarry Schindler choose to build his life in rural Minnesota to escape the stress of the city. But, as a state worker, his two hour separation from St. Paul isn't enough to spare him any worry.

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