• Past state government shutdowns: what can we expect?
    Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey in 2006 signed an executive order shutting down the state's government, for the first time in its history. Today, we speak to journalist Richard G. Jones about what Minnesotans can expect, based on past shutdowns.July 5, 2011
  • Lawmaker gets earful along parade route
    Republican Sen. Dave Senjem heard yells of "get back to work" at a parade yesterday in the southern Minnesota community of Blooming Prairie.July 4, 2011
  • Who voters will hold responsible for shutdown
    State government has been largely shut down for four days now. If the shutdown drags on, there may be severe consequences at the polls for some political leaders.July 4, 2011
  • Sting of reduced gov't. services being felt
    Families are learning they can't visit state prison inmates. Campers have been shut out of state parks. Fourth of July programs at Fort Snelling and other historical sites have been canceled. Even on a holiday, the effects of the shutdown are beginning to penetrate daily life across Minnesota.July 4, 2011
  • In Minn. budget mess, 2 sides have some options
    As intractable as the budget mess that led to the Minnesota government shutdown seems to be, there is a way out. For all their rhetoric, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders have shown hints they could compromise, and in some cases offered small clues on how.July 4, 2011
  • Fire inspector called back to help New Ulm investigation
    An state fire inspector who was laid off during the government shutdown was called back to help investigate a fire Saturday in New Ulm that killed six people.July 4, 2011
  • Is this what the founders had in mind?
    Minnesota state government is shut down and the federal government is threatening to default on its debts. On Independence Day, Midday discusses the quality of our government. What would make the government work better? Do we have the leadership we deserve?Midday, July 4, 2011
  • Employers in private sector prepare for hit
    Businesses in the private sector are also expecting trouble in the wake of government shutdown.July 4, 2011
  • Marking July 4th during a government shutdown
    The state shutdown is hitting home for many Minnesotans who haven't paid attention to the impasse at the state Capitol until now.And, after weeks of anticipating a potential shutdown, the reality of the situation sunk in for state employees.July 4, 2011
  • Why a budget deal didn't get done
    A look at the budget proposals shows that both sides were willing to move on their long-standing positions, but they weren't willing to fully give in to the other's demands.July 1, 2011
  • Largest layoff in state history; 22,000 workers added to unemployment pool
    Today this is the first day of what's undoubtedly the biggest layoff in state history, with 22,000 state employees out of work.July 1, 2011
  • Minn. politicians face the consequences of government shutdown
    Now that the wide-ranging state government shutdown is in place, state legislators should expect to face angry constituents who will demand they return to work with the governor and finish the job, say former state lawmakers who dealt with similar budget stalemates.July 1, 2011
  • Central Corridor construction to continue in shutdown
    Construction is continuing on the Central Corridor light rail project between Minneapolis and St. Paul, despite a state government shutdown.July 1, 2011
  • Ag department open, but hampered, in shutdown
    On this first day of a government shutdown, most state agencies are operating with only essential staff — the lone exception being the state Department of Agriculture.July 1, 2011
  • Special Master hears appeals to re-open some state services
    Hearings were under way Friday morning at the the Minnesota Judicial Center. Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz is considering whether parts of Minnesota state government should be re-opened.July 1, 2011
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