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From left, Christine Herwig adjusts the collar of her Nubian goat as her husband, Brian Herwig, helps keep the goat steady. The Herwigs have been laid off for nearly two weeks from their jobs with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. They now have plenty of time to play with their four goats on their farm east of Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Anne Williams

State government shutdown: DNR couple takes it easy as wildlife, fisheries jobs remain on hold

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Keeping an eye on ring-necked ducklings is normally what Christine Herwig would be doing on a day like today. Her husband, Brian Herwig, would typically be testing the water in nearby lakes or sampling for fish.

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