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The Minnesota Legislature's top two Republicans, Sen. Amy Koch and Rep. Kurt Zellers, tell reporters Wednesday that Democratic Mark Datyon made a "very disappointing" offer to solve the state's budget impasse. (Don Davis / FORUM COMMUNICATIONS CO.)

MINNESOTA SHUTDOWN: Lawmakers pessimistic about quick shutdown

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ST. PAUL - Count many Minnesota legislators among those who expect a long government shutdown.

"My gut tells me that if this goes two weeks, it will go until January," Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker said.

Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, added that a quick end to the shutdown is not likely. "I'm not real optimistic at the moment. I'm always hopeful, but my optimism is fading."

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