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Minnesota's budget negotiators stand grim-faced in front of the governor's office Thursday evening to announce a framework of a budget deal that could end the government shutdown. From left are House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Gov, Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. Don Davis/Forum Communications

Minnesota leaders announce budget deal 'framework'

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota government could reopen within days if what appears to be a fragile budget agreement holds up.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders emerged from a three-hour meeting to announce what Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, called a "framework" of a deal.

"It's my understanding that we have an agreement," Dayton said, leading Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, out of his office.

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