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Jim Uphoff, left, unplugs his camper and talks with Sibley State Park Assistant Manager Gary Bullemer briefly before leaving the state park near New London. The camper belonging to Jim and Audrey Uphoff of St. Joseph was the last to leave just before the park closed Thursday afternoon in preparation for the state shutdown which began at midnight. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

No deal: Shutdown talk becomes reality in Minnesota

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ST. PAUL -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators when they took office at the first of this year shut down state government today.


A judge who ordered some state programs to continue operating called the situation a "constitutional crisis."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.