Minnesota is just hours away from government shutdown

Minn. braces for government shutdown; talks break
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Budget talks to avoid a wide-ranging state government shutdown have broken off again in Minnesota, with no word on when they might resume.
By Jason Wachter, AP

Rest areas around St. Cloud, Minn., are being closed because of the possible state shutdown.

Most of state government will close at midnight if Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders fail to agree on a budget or at least a temporary spending measure.

Top GOP lawmakers left Dayton’s office through a side door late Thursday morning after a meeting that lasted about an hour and 15 minutes.

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