MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Historical Society is cutting staff and raising admission prices to most state-run historic sites and museums.

The society said Wednesday it is eliminating 19 full-time staff positions. It also is raising general admission by $1 starting Dec. 1.

The state agency says the changes are in response to a $1.6 million cut in state government funding.

The higher admission applies to such attractions as the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, historic Fort Snelling and the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis.

Tour guides at the state Capitol also will begin encouraging voluntary donations for the free public tours.

The society operates 26 historic sites and museums as well as a library, several collections and state archives.

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