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Minnesota Survives A Cold Near-Beer Experience

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Minnesota Survives A Cold Near-Beer Experience

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SCOTT SIMON, Host:

Cold beer is on tap in Minnesota this weekend. But it was almost the casualty of the two-week shutdown of the state government that may have come to an end. MillerCoors, which holds brand label registrations for 39 beers, including Miller, Coors, Blue Moon Pale and Hamm's - almost 40 percent of the beer sold in Minnesota - sent in their renewal notice on June 15. But the state Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Agency said that MillerCoors overpaid their registration fees; they refused to stamp their paperwork. MillerCoors sent another check immediately.

J: Twenty-two thousand state workers who were laid off during the shutdown may soon be able to return to work. I think I know how they might celebrate.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER")

UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (Singing) In heaven there is no beer. That's why we drink it here. And when we're gone from here, all our friends will be drinking all our beer.

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