State shutdown coverage

  • A budget impasse between Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP led to a shutdown of state government in Minnesota.

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  • In some corners, what shutdown?

    Article By: MIKE KASZUBA ,Star Tribune Publish July 12, 2011 2:00 AM / Update July 12, 2011 1:31 PM

    "I think we ought to shut down the government for a year," said the former Marine, standing at the Elks Lodge bar on bingo night. "It really hasn't had any impact."

    There are lots of towns like Hutchinson across Minnesota, scarcely touched so far by the shutdown, now in its 12th day. Court-ordered spending has kept money flowing to enough bedrock services -- from schools to courts to health programs -- that many here hardly worry whether the shutdown will continue.


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  • Schools face shutdown hassles

    Article By: NORMAN DRAPER , Star Tribune Publish July 11, 2011 2:00 AM / Update July 10, 2011 11:50 PM

    Summer testing dates and teacher licensing are jeopardized, and some schools had to dip into reserves.

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Barriers in front of Capitol.

Removal of invasive Millfoil from Lake Calhoun by weed harvester. In...

John Knoll of Edina, left, made a video statement calling for his stat...

On July 7th, 2011 at Central Presbyterian Church, the bulletin board e...

Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz is the Special Master in Temporary...

Gov. Mark Dayton

Canada geese goslings feed on vegetation with a parent near a pond in...

The rest area along westbound I-94 in Woodbury has been closed.

Taunting message.

Sen. Geoff Michel

Walter Mondale.

Gov. Mark Dayton.

Vince Montgomery, president of architectural firm TKDA, has had three large highway projects come to a halt since the state shutdown began last week.

With the shutdown of state parks, Minnesotans are flocking to Wisconsi...

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton talked about the shutdown of the state...

Rhoda Nelson talked with a sign interpreter about how she teaches diff...

If Minnesota's government goes into shutdown, the Minnesota Zoo will c...

Nick Wright of New Hope packed up his family's campsite at William O'Brien State Park minutes before the scheduled 4 p.m. closing of the park due to a government shutdown Thursday.

Mike Allen of St. Paul picketed at the Capitol Friday. He said he supports Gov. Dayton, “because the people who will get hurt the most don’t have a voice.”

  • No holiday from the impasse

    Article By: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune Publish July 2, 2011 2:00 AM / Update July 2, 2011 10:01 PM

    Minnesotans look ahead with worry, disgust as budget talks break for the weekend. After the acrimony of an unraveled accord, legislators "hit the refresh button."

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Heidi Mendiola, left, discussed weekend plans with her husband, Mike, while Heidi’s son, Jace Edington, 6, ate at their home in Coon Rapids on Friday. Mike’s job at the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety was cut as a result of the shutdown. Heidi said that though it’s convenient for him to be home for Jace and their 2-year-old, Caden, “the loss of income far exceeds any benefit.”

Former Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz presides over a hearing in St. Paul on Friday as Minnesota residents and groups with money in limbo during the indefinite state government shutdown pleaded with her to keep their programs afloat.

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