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What's Open or Closed During Government Shutdown
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Here's a list of what will stay open or be closed due to the government shutdown:

Child Care Assistance
Low-income parents aren't getting funding to cover cost of day care.

Colleges and Universities
State colleges and universities will remain open, as will the University of Minnesota.

Courts
Courts will remain open at all levels because they are considered an “essential service.”

Driver’s Licenses
People can renew licenses at driver's license agent offices, but driver tests will not be available. Tabs and license plates can be obtained from city, county, and privately-owned offices.

Education
State funding for K-12 schools will continue, but much of the state Education Department will be closed.

Fishing and Hunting Licenses
Hunting and fishing licenses will not be issued, but the Department of Natural Resource officers will continue to enforce the use of licenses.

Health and Human Services
Still functioning are Medicaid, MFIP/DWP, General Assistance & Minnesota Supplemental Aid and refugee cash assistance, Group Residential Housing, MinnesotaCare, food support, MN Food Assistance Programs and adoption assistance.

Health Inspections
Health and safety inspections of health care facilities will continue.

Historical Sites
Twenty-six Minnesota Historical Society sites and museums will close. This includes the History Center, Mill City Museum, Historic Fort Snelling and Split Rock Lighthouse, among others.

Hotline for Seniors
Seniors in need of housing, help with health insurance or other options won't be able to use the hotline.

License Plates
State Driver and Vehicle Services Division will be closed. You will be able to get vehicle tabs and plates at deputy registrar locations in the suburbs during a shut down, but getting a new driver's license will not be possible.

Lottery
The state lottery will close. Drawings will continue for Powerball, Mega Millions, and Hot Lotto, but tickets can’t be purchased in Minnesota.

Marriage Licenses
Marriage licenses will still be available at county service centers.
      
Nurses and Doctors
They can't renew their licenses and may be unable to see patients if their licenses expire.

Public Safety
State Patrol will not be shut down. A majority of the state prison system’s employees will remain employed, especially those who work directly with criminals.

Racetracks
Canterbury Park and Running Aces will close as of now. Check back for updates because the Canterbury officials are working to fight this.

Rest Stops
Highway rest stops will close, but waysides that partner with other organizations will stay open. The places that will remain open include the Brainerd Lakes Area Welcome Center on Highway 371, which is operated by the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce; the Park Rapids Area Welcome Center on U.S. 71, which is operated by the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce; and the Floodwood Rest Area on U.S. 2, which is run by the City of Floodwood.

Services for the Blind
A radio reading program, training to walk with a cane, and services to provide magnifiers are halted.

Services for the Deaf
Programs, such as one that provides special telephones to hearing or speech impaired, stopped.

State Capitol
Closed to the public.

State Parks
State parks will be closed.

Stillwater Lift Bridge
The Stillwater Lift Bridge will remain open because its services affect life and health.

Taxes
The Minnesota Department of Revenue will continue to process tax payments during the state government shutdown, and all tax laws and deadlines remain in effect. No refunds will be processed or issued at this time, and the department will have no one to assist taxpayers by phone or email until normal operations resume.

Transportation
Most state-funded road construction projects will stop, except for emergency repairs. Metro Transit buses, Hiawatha light rail and Northstar commuter rail will continue to operate. In addition, Metro Mobility, Transit Link dial-a-ride and regular-route contracted transit services operated by the Met Council also will continue to operate.

Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment benefits will be paid.

Veterans
Veterans homes will remain open, as will critical assistance programs. Tuition reimbursements claims stop, as do veterans' outreach claims.
 

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