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Workers and family members affected by the Minnesota state shut down hold a rally in Crookston, Minn. on July 7, 2011. (CHRISTIAN RANDOLPH/Grand Forks Herald)

MINNESOTA SHUTDOWN: 'We want to work for Minnesota'

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CROOKSTON - Robert Goosen said he's been in this situation before.

"I guess I'm kind of used to getting laid off," he said. He chuckled as he recounted his 17 years as a construction worker, often getting let go during the winter.

This time is different. Goosen, 47, is now a heavy equipment mechanic for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and has been without work for seven days, since the Minnesota government shut down.

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