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Four bars in downtown St. Paul are offering a badly needed beer to furloughed workers, as a result of the partial federal government shutdown.

The Associated Press reports that the four bars, The Liffey, Burger Moe's, Tom Reid's and Eagle Street Grille are offering to pay for the first round for affected government workers with a proper ID, on the first day of the shutdown (Tuesday).

The event was set up by Visit St. Paul as a way to show appreciation for the federal government workers idled by the impasse.

St. Paul Mayor, Chris Coleman is also promoting the give away.

Minnesota has more than 18,000 federal employees, the exact number that were told to stay home is unclear.

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