Quick list: What's open, what's not

Posted at 6:08 PM on July 1, 2011 by Paul Tosto (5 Comments)

MPR's Molly Bloom pulled together this quick list of what we know is open and what we know is closed.

Know something else that's open or closed because of the shutdown? Post below or shoot me an email: ptosto@mpr.org


Science Museum of Minnesota

Hennepin County Service Centers (where you can get marriage licenses, etc.)

Residential custodial care services (nursing homes, treatment centers, etc.)

Medical assistance and welfare programs

Summer school

MnSCU schools

University of Minnesota

Metro Transit (including buses, Metro Mobility, Transit Link)

DVS license tab renewal and driver's license renewal


State Patrol


Corrections facilities

City and county services (trash removal, fireworks, police, fire, etc.)

City and county parks

Secretary of State's office

Como Zoo

Public libraries


MN Zoo

DVS driver's exams, car inspections, commercial vehicle registration

DNR licensing

State parks (park trails and grounds are available to people for day use only)

Highway rest areas

MN Historical Society museums, library and sites (including History Center and Split Rock Lighthouse)

Many state department websites

State capitol

FIRST trucks

Giants Ridge

MN Lottery

Canterbury Park

All state departments except for Dept. of Agriculture

Comments (5)

Visiting at all DOC facilities (except for MCF-Redwing) has been suspended until further notice. Visitors should check the DOC web site before they travel to a facility to visit an offender, as should volunteers -- services provided by volunteers have also been suspended.

Posted by Hillart | July 2, 2011 7:45 AM

I'm surprised and not at all pleased at the amount of things still open or operating. In my opinion, there are things on the "open" list which are not critical and should be closed.

I am disappointed that the parties cannot work together, but I am pleased the "government" has shut down. I would like to see a long shut down with a phased in approach toward bringing funding back to ONLY those critical services.

Run the government with "purpose" and not by entitlement or threats from lobbyists. Tax the richest 2%, and eliminate offices and departments which do not add value. Determine a set of criteria to define those items which state government MUST be responsible for and measure all the services against that list of criteria.

I am retired and living on a low fixed income (less than $20K a year). I do no need, nor do I take advantage of additional government services. My heart goes out to those who are not able or willing to take care of themselves.

Posted by rose | July 2, 2011 8:39 PM

I cant believe canterbury is closed. Has to be the only "service" that is making money

Posted by Will | July 3, 2011 8:39 AM

Does anyone know if TCF Stadium will be open for U2's concert on July 23?
I assume it will be, but I don't know what the U of M considers essential, and how long they can operate on their budget.

Posted by Mark | July 3, 2011 6:15 PM

I cant confirm for sure because nothing has been released, but it wouldn't make sense for the university to close the stadium when they receive a great deal of money when they have shows there.

Posted by Steven | July 4, 2011 2:21 PM

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