Budget Impasse Shuts Down MN Government

Judge rules the state must continue care for prison inmates, treatment centers and nursing homes; state troopers continue to patrol and state universities remain open

A budget stalemate forced a virtual full shut down of the Minnesota government on Friday and left only a limited array of state services in operation over the busy holiday weekend. Visitors won't be able to go to the state parks or the zoo, and travelers will find the highway rest stops shuttered. Road construction projects will cease, as will licensing for teachers and businesses.

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