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Secretary of State Mark Rtchie, left, and Gov. Mark Dayton sign budget bills into law Wednesday, putting 22,000 state employees back to work and spending $35.7 billion in the next two years. (Don Davis / Capitol Bureau)

Shutdown ends, but restart not immediate

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Gov. Mark Dayton this morning signed a two-year budget into law, ending a government shutdown and beginning a process of state employees returning to work and state services restarting.

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In the governor's reception room, Dayton signed nine bills that fund various areas of government, much of which has been idled since he and Republican legislative leaders failed to agree on a new budget before the old one ended on June 30.

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