Minnesotans feel effects of federal government shutdown


After lawmakers in Washington failed to approve a temporary spending bill by their midnight deadline, the government went into shutdown mode Tuesday, putting thousands of federal employees in the state on indefinite furlough.

Among them are roughly 1,200 military technicians that support the Minnesota National Guard who were told Tuesday that they are out of work until further notice, the Associated Press reports.

FOX 9 says the shutdown could also delay military pay for more than 2,500 civilian workers in Minnesota.

National Parks and areas managed by the National Park Service in the state have been closed, including the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway where thousands flock in the first half of October to view the fall colors, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Chris Stein, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway's superintendent, told the Star Tribune that cities and towns near the park could lose about $7,000 in visitor spending each day the shutdown continued.

Visitors using overnight campgrounds and other facilities have 48 hours to vacate.

In Minneapolis, hundreds of people seeking Social Security cards were turned away in Minneapolis, the newspaper reported.

However, MPR says life for Minnesotans won't change that much: airports will still be open, federal food safety and inspection programs will continue, the Post Office will still deliver mail and Social Security and Medicare benefits will still be there.

Federal courthouses in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Fergus Falls will continue normal operations for about 10 business days into the shutdown, the Associated Press said. After that, employees deemed "nonessential" would be furloughed.

USA TODAY has a story on furloughed federal jobs that might surprise you.

The standoff in Congress that caused the shutdown continued Tuesday with Senate Democrats voting for a fourth time to reject a spending plan by House Republicans that sought to defund or dismantle Obamacare, CNN reported.

See reactions on the shutdown from members of Minnesota's congressional delegation.

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