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Minnesota Senate Passes Bills to Ease Shutdown Pain

The Minnesota Senate has passed bills that would keep state parks open and the State Lottery operating in future state government shutdowns.

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Horse Tracks to Stay Closed During Shutdown

Canterbury Park and Running Aces horse tracks will remain closed during the Minnesota government shutdown.

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Two Rivers Campground in Royalton Offers Camping in the Midst of Government Shutdown [VIDEO]

There's at least one campground in the area that's not feeling the weight of the government shutdown. Two Rivers Campground and Tubing in Royalton is a privately owned and operated park with campsites along the Mississippi River that's seen an uptick in business since the shutdown.

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Shutdown – Beer And Liquor Sales Could Run Dry

The state government shutdown is starting to affect beer drinkers. State officials have told the Miller-Coors company it has to stop selling it's 39 brands of beer. Officials with Bernick's in Waite Park says they haven't been told anything yet.

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Governor Dayton Comes To Apollo High School, Talks Shutdown with Residents [VIDEO]‬‏

Governor Mark Dayton made at a stop at Apollo High School in St. Cloud this morning and participated in a town-hall style meeting.

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United Way of Central MN Assists Local Programs During Shutdown, but CEO Fears it Will be Harder in Coming Months [AUDIO]

It's day 12 of the state government shutdown, and many area nonprofits are feeling the crunch. Noreen Dunnells with the United Way of Central Minnesota spoke with WJON this morning.

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State Travel and Information Center on Highway 10 south of St. Cloud (Jim Maurice)
State Travel and Information Center on Highway 10 south of St. Cloud (Jim Maurice)
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Judge Says Rest Stops Should Stay Closed

A Minnesota judge says state-run highway rest stops that were closed in the July 1 shutdown should remain closed because they're not a core function of government.

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Long Shutdown Could Affect More Patients [AUDIO]

As the state government shutdown drags on, more patients at St. Cloud Hospital are being affected. Dave Borgert is the Director of Communications and Government Relations for CentraCare. He says most patients have not seen a disruption in services yet. However, some services require pre-authorization.

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Mondale-Carlson Group Weighs in on Minnesota Shutdown

A commission convened by former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Gov. Arne Carlson says Minnesota should raise cigarette, alcohol and income taxes to end a week-old government shutdown.

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Area Road Construction Work Will Be Halted in Government Shutdown, Says Mayor Kleis [AUDIO]

If Republicans and Governor Dayton do not reach a budget compromise, a number of services will be interrupted, including construction work on the West Metro Corridor.

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