GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Minnesota impact, what's open, what's not - KMSP-TV

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Minnesota impact, what's open, what's not

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With a federal government shutdown now in effect, plenty of uncertainty remains as Americans question which services they'll still be able to access.

About 800,000 federal workers reported to work Tuesday for a few hours to tie loose ends before scheduling their out of office auto reply emails, but non-federal workers are still wondering how a shutdown impacts their lives.

Some services do remain open, like air control, border patrol and even key parts of Obamacare will launch, which is the main issue of contention among lawmakers.

MINNESOTA IMPACT

Among the larger impacts, the shutdown could delay military pay for 2,527 civilian workers in Minnesota. There's 19,735 service members in the state who would remain on duty.

Checks for Social Security benefits would still go out during a shutdown, but applications for new benefits would be delayed and services for seniors could be shorted.

The shutdown could put 18,000 federal employees in Minnesota out of work.

WHAT'S OPEN, WHAT'S NOT

Several agencies have posted 2013 contingency plants in the event of a shutdown.

Full list: http://bit.ly/1bmA072

VA HOSPITAL + VETERANS BENEFITS

All Minneapolis VA medical centers and clinics will remain fully operational and will continue to provide health care services during the government shutdown. VA health care appointments will not be affected.

HEAD START

The director for Minnesota's Head Start programs told FOX 9 that Minnesota children will not be affected by the federal government shutdown. But if the shutdown lasts too long, that could change.

FT. SNELLING IS OPEN

Run by the Minnesota History Center, Fort Snelling is open for business and has school tours scheduled all week.

934TH AIRLIFT WING SENT HOME

About 1,200 military technicians who work with the Minnesota National Guard are being furloughed during the shutdown.

Members of the 934th Airlift Wing were furloughed on Tuesday and told the base has been closed indefinitely. That closure impacts approximately 300 civilian workers.

FREE BEER IN ST. PAUL

According to St. Paul's convention and visitors bureau, several St. Paul bars are pouring free beer for shutout government employees.

From 4 to 6 p.m., workers who show a valid government ID can get a free domestic draft or bottle at the Liffey, Burger Moe's, Tom Reid's and Eagle Street Grille.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman appears to be endorsing of the idea, and took to Twitter to announce the afternoon special, tweeting "Beer is essential to dealing w the shutdown"

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