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Minnesota reset: State government powers up after 20-day shutdown, some services back now
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ' Minnesota's government is reopening business after a nearly three-week shutdown closed state parks, laid off some 22,000 public workers and demonstrated the wide reach of state agencies.
Most state employees were told to start reporting to work at 7 a.m. Thursday, a day after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a budget deal that ended the nation's longest state government shutdown in a decade.
It also cost Minnesota millions of dollars in lost revenue.
Not all services will resume quickly, and the work backload is expected to be large. But the recalled workers will restart a slew of services from the lottery to enabling licensing for drivers and anglers.
The budget deal resolved the Democratic governor's long impasse with Republican lawmakers, though neither side was fully satisfied with the result.