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ST. PAUL -- State troopers and prison guards will remain on duty, and most state-funded health-care programs will continue during a state shutdown, but parks and most state child-care programs would close.


Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin of Ramsey County District Court Wednesday ordered the state to follow a list presented two weeks ago by Gov. Mark Dayton that would keep more than a third of the state's nearly 40,000 workers on the job even without a budget.

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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.