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What's open, what's closed on Veterans Day

Check before you head out to run errands on Monday.

The last Veterans Day of the decade is here.

Falling on Monday this year, the federal holiday will mean a three-day weekend for many government and bank employees, but there may be some other closures as well. 

Here's a brief guide to what's open and what's closed, in case you need to run any errands on this Veterans Day.

Government offices: Most federal, state, and local offices will be closed on Monday, including the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. court buildings.

Banks: Wells Fargo and US Bank locations are among the major banks staying closed on Monday (though individual locations may vary); however, TCF Bank will have regular weekday hours.

Liquor stores: This will be on a case-by-case basis, as whether liquor stores stay open is up to them. Call ahead or check online before you head out.

Malls and stores: Virtually all malls, stores and restaurants will be open Monday, with many offering special deals and discounts for veterans and current members of the armed services. 

Schools: Sorry, kids... most public schools, including those in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts, will be open as usual on Monday, and same goes for the University of Minnesota.

Metro Transit: City buses and the Blue and Green lines will be operating as normal both days. The only reduced service happening in November will be on Thanksgiving.

Parking meters: A couple of breaks coming your way in terms of public parking. Neither St. Paul nor Minneapolis will be checking their meters on Monday. 

Garbage collection: If you're in Minneapolis or St. Paul, there is no change to service if Monday is your usual collection day.

Veterans Day events: Since the holiday is all about honoring veterans past and present, here's a few ways you can pay your respects on Monday.

A replica Liberty Bell will be rung at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol, following an 11-mile walk by a group of veterans to mark the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. 

Chapter 15 of the 173rd Airborne Brigade will have a program at 11 a.m. at the Vietnam Memorial. Includes a presentation of colors, band performance, and speakers

A gathering will be held at the Stillwater Veterans Memorial at 11:30 a.m. According to the Pioneer Press, a number of events are scheduled for the ceremony, including "a presentation of colors, a remembrance of veterans and a keynote address by Major Justin Bradshaw." However, according to the event's website, the program has been shortened somewhat due to cold weather. 

For a more thorough list of Veterans Day events, check out the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs' website. 

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