Government shutdown spreading pain as it takes hold in Minnesota

  • Article by: Kevin Diaz and Randy Furst , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: October 2, 2013 - 6:19 AM

Parks, offices and services quickly shut down. Aid programs and tribes prepared to lose funding very soon.

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jayman1816Oct. 1, 13 9:50 AM

Wildlife Refuge? Here's a budget cut item.

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elle2008Oct. 1, 1310:09 AM

The Republican's outdid themselves on this one. Not only did they want a one year extension on Obamacare, they demanded that the Keystone Xl pipeline be approved, Paul Ryan's Budget instituted, Increased Military spending, increase Off shore Oil drilling and they want to dismantle SS and Medicare. If that isn't holding this country hostage, I don't know what is.

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theagonybhoOct. 1, 1310:18 AM

jayman1816, dont forget the panda cam is now down too.

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shweezeyOct. 1, 1310:52 AM

jayman 1816 Have you ever been to the Wildlife Refuge? It is a beautiful place to hike especially at this time of year. I am sad to see it closing at this time of year.

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honeybooOct. 1, 1311:23 AM

I laughed when it was reported that 88,000 federal "workers" would be affected today. I don't know anyone in federal government aside from my mailman, and postal service isn't even on the federal books. The media will have to look far and wide to find anyone truly affected by the shutdown. Oh the suspense!

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jd55604Oct. 1, 1311:54 AM

Why would the refuge have to close just because bureaucrats aren't there processing paperwork? I don't need most of these people around to enjoy the outdoors.

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lendleasezOct. 1, 1312:40 PM

At least not handing out sociual security cards will cut back on fraud if even for a short time.

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buttlesOct. 1, 1312:55 PM

honeyboo "I laughed when it was reported that 88,000 federal "workers" would be affected today. I don't know anyone in federal government aside from my mailman, and postal service isn't even on the federal books. The media will have to look far and wide to find anyone truly affected by the shutdown. Oh the suspense!" == One of my coworkers husband is a FBI agent. He is expected to continue working - but he won't be getting paid. I'd say the whole family will be affected by that.

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luzhishenOct. 1, 1312:59 PM

"I laughed when it was reported that 88,000 federal "workers" would be affected today." - Caring Conservative Exhibit "A". Oh, and you need those bureaucrats at the wildlife refuge so some freedom-loving ATV rider doesn't trash the place.

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peoplewatchrOct. 1, 13 1:25 PM

Hundreds???? Really??? I was there two years ago to get a new SS card and I was the only person in there. Well besides the 10 govt workers standing around the coffee maker talking.

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