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July 14, 2011 Here's a Minnesota government shutdown problem many people probably didn't see coming: sellers of beer and alcohol in the state are running out of stock.The state workers who renew the licenses retailers need to sell alcohol have been laid off, of course, because of the two-week old shutdown.
Behold, The State's Final Beer? A vendor hawks his wares at a Minnesota Twins spring training game against the Orioles. Let's just say that beer and hyperbole are not strangers.
July 13, 2011 Bars and restaurants with no booze; stores with no cigarettes: that's the picture coming into focus in Minnesota, as the effects of the state's government shutdown ripple outward. One bar saw its liquor license expire on the first day.
July 6, 2011 Families of victims of London's 2007 bombing may have had their phones hacked by investigators working for News of the World.
Fort Snelling historic site in Minneapolis has been closed by the state government shutdown.
July 5, 2011 July 4 parades took on some political overtones as state lawmakers passed by and voters told them what they think. Democrats and Republicans can't agree on how to fill a $5 billion budget gap.
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