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House Speaker Kurt Zellers tells reporters Wednesday that he suggested that he, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and Gov. Mark Dayton lock themselves into a room Friday and Saturday and not come out until they have a budget deal. Dayton and Koch agreed. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Lock-in may stop shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's three key budget negotiators hope two days locked in a room together can produce a deal that they could not reach in the last six months.

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The Friday and Saturday lock-in will provide an answer to how locked in the two sides are on their budget proposals, and may tell Minnesotans whether their state government will shut down on July 1.

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