Around MN: government grinds to halt

Posted at 5:30 AM on July 1, 2011 by Michael Olson

The Minnesota state government has shutdown for the second time in 6 years after Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders failed to reach a budget agreement.

Here's a quick look at what news organizations around the state are reporting on the initial fallout from the shutdown:

Hike-in for state park day use
Anyone wishing to visit area state parks still can, but they have to hike in, and rentals and amenities won't be available (Marshall Independent).

Flandrau Park closes gate
In anticipation of a government shutdown, Flandrau State Park closed its gates Thursday afternoon.No camping, swimming or driving motorized vehicles into the park until a state budget is agreed upon (New Ulm Journal).

MRCI to pare employees, clients
MRCI planned on furloughing about 90 employees and 467 of its clients today because of an expected state shutdown (Mankato Free Press).

LGA call a win for cities, counties
Cities and counties across the state of Minnesota won a battle in the midst of an ugly war this week when Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin ordered that Local Government Aid must be paid regardless of a government shutdown (Marshall Independent).

Minnesota government shutdown: What's open, what's not
Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program, run by the Minnesota Department of Health: Shut down (Duluth News Tribune).

County parks could see more use in state shutdown
Beltrami County's parks could see more use if state parks and recreational areas close from a government shutdown (Bemidji Pioneer).

Exodus of campers leaves Minnesota state parks as gates close
Two little girls wore sad faces Thursday afternoon at the Jay Cooke State Park campground near Duluth. Little Katie Wigen, 4, and her sister, Kasi, 5, couldn't figure out why their family had to leave its campsite sooner than they had planned (Duluth News Tribune).

Shutdown rains on weekend activities
For those who didn't plan ahead, a state shutdown could make this weekend's activities a bit dull (Saint Cloud Times).

SMSU to stay open during shutdown
Up until 10 days ago, Ron Wood was dreading his first official day as interim president at Southwest Minnesota State University. Had a clearance from the executive branch not been granted, Wood's first action would have been to close down the institution today (Marshall Independent).

State shuts down: Impact to hit home
Locally, the Faribault County Human Services offices will be open, but there are still questions of what services can be provided. New applicants for services will likely be allowed, but getting that information to the state level for processing is iffy (Fairmont Sentinel).

Deadline passes, Minnesota enters shutdown
Indecision between top Republican lawmakers and Democratic Governor Mark Dayton will likely lead to hardship for thousands of Minnesotans (KAAL).

Families hit hard by loss of day care assistance
Subsidies pay for child care for lower income households so parents can work (New Ulm Journal).

Pawlenty suggests government shutdown may be good
Pawlenty blames Democrats for the shutdown and praises Republicans for standing firm and not agreeing to tax increases (KSTP).

Additional coverage on the shutdown can be found on MN Today. Have other shutdown stories you want added? Tweet or email MN Today.

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