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Hunting, fishing licenses could be sold in shutdown

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ST. PAUL - Senators voted 41-24 to keep hunting and fishing license sales going if state government shuts down like last summer.

"I saw firsthand how people were hurt by not allowing them to buy a fishing license," Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, said Tuesday about why he brought the bill.

The state lost $3 million in revenue during the 2011 shutdown, Gazelka said, but "the tourism industry lost far, far, far more than that."

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