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Lake Bemidji State Park employees Barb Magnuson, left, and Sue Olin were cleaning the outside of the tourist information center early Thursday morning after a 20-day hiatus. The state park employees will begin by cleaning the day-use portion of the park along the beach area, and then concentrate on turning the water back on and getting the camping sites back in order. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

State government reopens: Most functions expected to resume by early next week after 20-day shutdown

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ST. PAUL -- "Open" signs began to appear around Minnesota state government Thursday, with most functions expected to resume by early next week after a 20-day government shutdown.


"The guys are out mowing the campground," Jay Cooke State Park manager Eunice Luedtke said. "We have to flush out the water lines. ... Then we have to get the hot-water heaters going."

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