Shutdown drags on, 13 wildlife refuges in Minnesota closed


The ripple effects of the federal government shutdown in Minnesota continue to wash over the state.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it halted operations nationwide. In Minnesota, 13 national wildlife refuges, eight wetland management districts, one ecological services office and the Midwest Regional Office are now shuttered, the Associated Press.

In total, more than 489,000 acres of land in Minnesota are now off-limits for hunting, fishing, environmental education or public events, the AP notes.

The shutdown affects many of the Minnesota's 18,000 workers and an array of government operations in the state. National parks are closed and federal highway contracts are on hold, WCCO noted.

The shutdown is entering its second week, and negotiations to end it Monday morning remain at a stalemate. House Speaker John Boehner told ABC News that he did not have the votes in the House to approve a "clean" bill that would re-start federal government operations. House Republican leaders first want concessions from Democrats on the nation's health care law. Boehner said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that he didn't know when the standoff might end.

This is a crucial week at the Capitol. Congress also confronts an Oct. 17 deadline to increase the nation's borrowing power or risk default, which would be a first in history, the Chicago Tribune notes.

CBS News takes a look the paths that lawmakers could take to end the shutdown.

The Washington Post examines who are the "losers and the not-quite losers" in the shutdown standoff. The Post also examines the shutdown by the numbers, including one: 138 members of Congress (of 535), including most of Minnesota's delegation, who say they are refusing their paychecks during the shutdown.

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