1. BACK TO THE GRIND

    Minnesota Close to Ending Shutdown

    Bi-partisan smiles were visible during a news conference outside Gov. Mark Dayton's office as GOP leaders Sen. Amy Koch, middle,  and Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers, left, joined Dayton, right, in announcing a special legislative session and possibility of getting a budget passed Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, David Joles)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT

    David Joles, Star Tribune / AP Photo

    The budget crisis that has crippled Minnesota for more than two weeks will soon be over. Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, agreed to deal with Republicans late last week, and legislators will return to Minneapolis to approve the deal that will close the $5 billion deficit. The shutdown—one of the longest government shutdowns in American history—crippled state services and even dried out some of the state’s bars. State employees will go back to their jobs soon after legislators pass fast-tracked legislation and Dayton signs it.

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