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Dayton, Republicans To Meet For Minnesota Budget Talks

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders plan to resume budget negotiations on the fifth day of Minnesota's state government shutdown. The two sides return to the bargaining table at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after budget talks fell apart late Thursday, prompting the state's second closure in six years.

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Dayton Hopes To Return To Budget Talks

Gov. Mark Dayton plans to call legislative leaders Tuesday and ask that they return to negotiations on a state budget compromise as soon as possible. Many lawmakers spent the holiday weekend in their districts listening to constituents who are frustrated with the budget stalemate that has closed many state functions.

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Minnesota Government Shutdown Hits Senior Services

A state hotline that helps seniors is one of many casualties in Minnesota's state government shutdown. The Senior Linkage Line is a resource for older people and their caregivers on things like finding housing options and untangling health insurance and drug plans. But callers now get a recording that invites them to leave a message but warns there's no telling when it will be returned.

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Food Shelves Worry Shutdown Threatens Supply

The Minnesota government shutdown is threatening delivery of some 700,000 pounds of food due at the state food shelves in the next two months. Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, says the food comes from a federal program. Moriarty says its delivery depends on a single state employee who can work in a certain data management program.

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Shutdown – DFL Claims Policy Issues End Budget Negotiations [AUDIO]

DFL State Representative Larry Hosch of St. Joseph was on WJON this (Friday) morning. He says Governor Mark Dayton offered to take a tax increase off the table, but then Republicans started making demands on policy issues.

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Governor Dayton, GOP Leaders Quarrel As Shutdown Begins [VIDEO]

Hours into Minnesota's government shutdown, a fight is brewing about who's to blame for the budget impasse. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders blame each other for the shutdown. Talks fell apart late last night.

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Shutdown – Lottery Tickets Pulled From Shelves

Don't plan on buying a Powerball, Gopher 5, scratchoff, or any other lottery ticket today (Friday). The state's lottery department is considered not an essential service and is part of the shutdown.

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Loggers In Court To Continue Timber Harvest

Loggers have gone to court in an attempt to keep harvesting timber in the wake of Minnesota's state government shutdown. Three members of the Minnesota Tiber Producers Association are asking a Koochiching County District Court judge to issue a temporary restraining order that would allow them to continue their work.

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West Metro Corridor To Continue During Government Shutdown

Work on the West Metro Corridor project will move forward despite the government shutdown. Assistant Stearns County Engineer Jodi Teich says they didn't have the luxury to shut down the project.

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Stearns County License Centers To Stay Open During Government Shutdown

Stearns County officials want to let residents know the License Centers will remain open during the state government shutdown. County residents will be able to pick up license tabs, renew licenses and transfer titles.

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