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Northern Minnesotans see the first sign of a shutdown as the rest stop on Highway 10 outside of Frazee closed on Wednesday night. All highway rest stops will close their doors if the Minnesota Legislature is unable to agree on a budget by midnight tonight and the government shuts down. Trisha Marczak/FOCUS

Shutdown arrives as Dayton, GOP lawmakers unable to agree on budget

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ST. PAUL -- Political differences separating Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislators when they took office at the first of this year shut down state government at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning.

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A judge who ordered some state programs to continue operating called the situation a "constitutional crisis."

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