From Store Owners To Truckers, Minnesota Shutdown Impacts Many

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The Government shutdown in Minnesota entered day 13 on Wednesday, impacting everyone from business owners to cigarette smokers.

Hundreds of stores, as well as restaurants and bars in Minnesota are unable to replenish beer and other alcohol supplies because they cannot renew their state-issued alcohol purchasing cards.

Cigarettes smokers may face a similar shortage, and the state has also stopped issuing hunting and fishing licenses.

The list of closed services includes highway rest stops, the state's 66 parks, 26 historical sites and museums, racetracks, state lottery sales, driving tests, and offices for professional licenses.


  • Candy Bass, a trucker who is impacted by the rest stop closures
  • Tom Scheck, reporter with Minnesota Public Radio

This segment aired on July 13, 2011.


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