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Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers brief reporters Tuesday on budget talks aimed at avoiding a government shutdown. (Don Davis / FORUM COMMUNICATIONS CO.)

Shutdown chances increase as budget talks break up late

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ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota government shutdown became more likely Wednesday with each tick of the clock.

Budget talks ended late Wednesday without a deal to avert the shutdown.


"We do not have a deal," Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel, R-Edina, said just before 10 p.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton went home, but his staff remained to work on the budget. Legislative leaders and experts in some budget areas also met well into the night.

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