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Leading his staff, Gov. Mark Dayton marches into budget negotiations Sunday. The governor and lawmakers face a Thursday deadlne to pass a budget or state government could shut down. (Don Davis / FORUM COMMUNICATIONS CO.)

Minnesota budget talks suddenly end

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota budget talks mysteriously ended Sunday afternoon, and negotiators refused to say why they broke off as the state faces a potential Friday government shutdown.

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"Until we have come to completion on the budget," those involved will not talk, said House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove.

Republican spokesmen said they knew of no further meetings planned among Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders.

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