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The bold sign says it all. The Minnesota Capitol closed Friday to all but employees after the state's budget expired. The public only will be allowed in the Capitol if there are legislative committee meetings until the government shutdown ends. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Shutdown Notebook: Closed parks first place people see shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- The most noticeable impact of Minnesota's government shutdown was predictable: state park users on a holiday weekend.

"We're 400 miles away from home," said one father at the entrance to Gooseberry Falls State Park Friday as his children piled out of a van to walk down to the falls.

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