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Tourists often can be seen roaming the Minnesota Capitol, but most of the Capitol is quiet due to a government shutdown. Some state employees and the media have access to the building during the shutdown. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Government shutdown Day 5: talks to resume


ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders meet this afternoon to restart budget talks and end the state government shutdown, but there was no hope of quick deal.

Dayton asked for the meeting and Senate Republicans confirmed the invitation has been accepted.

In the meantime, some former Minnesota government leaders suggested forming a committee of ex-policymakers to work out a budget deal.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.