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Government shutdown would cause State Parks to close


LEROY, Minn. (KTTC) -- Governor Mark Dayton's veto of the Republican budget and tax bills could mean a possible government shutdown.

That's if Governor Dayton and Republican leaders can't come to an agreement by July 1.

The shutdown would mean all Minnesota State Parks, like Lake Louise State Park in LeRoy, would be closed during the busiest time of year.

"There's just a lot to do here and the prices are reasonable and the staff is always friendly and they take real good care of the park," Camper Dale Mackereth said.

Dale and Anne Mackereth drove from South Minneapolis to spend the week at Lake Louise State Park.

The shutdown would come just three days before July 4, the busiest time of year for Lake Louise.

Camp Host Gareld Stockdale remembers last year's Fourth of July saying, "It was full. Everything was full. Everything was that we had booked, was full. Memorial weekend, everything that was reservable was full. We had just five empty spaces."

Campers also bring in revenue for LeRoy.

"A lot of the people who camp here at Lake Louise, use the restaurants, the grocery store and the gas stations of course," Stockdale said.

But campers like the Mackereth's are hoping leaders at the Capitol can work it out.

"There's always hope. There's always hope if there's some flexibility on one side or the other, so we're hopeful," Anne said.

Also, this week about 800 Minnesota state employees will start getting layoff notices due to this possible shutdown.

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