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

Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune

What's open, what's closed: Your guide to the shutdown

  • July 12, 2011 - 1:45 PM

COURTS

Will remain open at all levels.

DRIVER'S LICENSES

People will be able to renew licenses at driver's license agent offices. Driver tests will not be available. City, county and privately owned offices can distribute tabs and license plates. To find one, go to mndep.com.

EDUCATION

State funding for K-12 schools will continue, but the state Education Department will largely be closed.

HEALTH/HUMAN SERVICES

Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, food stamps, welfare benefits, child support payments, county child protection services, refugee assistance, supplemental aid and some services for disabled people will continue. Child-care assistance, services for the deaf, Senior and Disability linkage lines and criminal background checks will stop. Food shelves remain open, but the state is not distributing federal commodities to food banks. Licensing for food, beverages, lodging and swimming pools could be interrupted. For details, go to the state's BeReady website at bereadymn.com.

HIGHWAYS

Electronic signs on freeways are dark, traffic cameras are off, highway helper trucks are idled. About 100 highway construction projects have been suspended, including Hwy. 169 at I-494, Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul and resurfacing of north I-35E.

HIGHWAY REST STOPS

Will close, except for three that partner with other entities: Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center, Park Rapids Area Welcome Center, Floodwood Rest Area in St. Louis County.

HISTORICAL SITES

Minnesota Historical Society's 26 sites and museums will close, including the History Center, Mill City Museum, Historic Fort Snelling, Kelley Farm and Split Rock Lighthouse.

HUNTING, FISHING LICENSES

Will not be issued. DNR officers will continue enforcement.

LICENSE PLATES

State Driver and Vehicle Services Division will be closed, but deputy registrars could renew license plates.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

Can be obtained at county service centers.

MILITARY/VETERANS

Veterans homes will stay open, along with critical assistance programs. Tuition reimbursement claims will stop, and veterans' outreach claims offices will close.

MINNESOTA ZOO

Was closed at first, but a judge's ruling Saturday allowed it to reopen.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSING

Many licensing boards for occupations from physical therapy to private detectives will close.

PUBLIC SAFETY

State Patrol will stay on. The state's prison system will keep 3,600 of its 4,200 employees, including most of those who deal directly with offenders. Local police will likely be unaffected because the state will still send local government aid.

RACETRACKS

Canterbury Park and Running Aces will remain closed in the wake of a judge's ruling this weekend.

STATE COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES

Will remain open.

STATE LOTTERY

Will close. You can't buy tickets or redeem winning lottery tickets. Drawings for Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto will continue, but no luck buying tickets in Minnesota. .

STATE PARKS

Will close.

STILLWATER LIFT BRIDGE

Will remain open.

TAXES

Taxes will be collected, but no refund checks will go out. Tax Court will be closed.

TRANSPORTATION

Twin Cities buses and rail lines will operate, as will south metro bus lines. Solo motorists can't pay to use carpool lanes during rush hours on I-394 and 35W.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Will be paid.

U OF MINNESOTA

Will remain open.

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