State Government Shutdown: What’s Open and What’s Closed [UPDATED]

Here’s a quick summary of what’s open and what’s closed under the state government shutdown:


    • Courts at all levels
    • Drivers license renewals, license tabs and plates are available at county offices
    • K-12 schools, MnSCU and the University of Minnesota
    • Medical Assistance, Minnesota Care, food stamps, welfare payments, child support payments, and child protective services
    • DNR enforcement of hunting and fishing laws
    • Veterans homes
    • State Patrol and the State Prison System
    • Stillwater Lift Bridge
    • Unemployment payments
    • [UPDATE 7/2]  The Minnesota Zoo has won the right in court to stay open during the shutdown.  The Zoo will reopen on Sunday, July 3.


  • New drivers license applications and driving tests
  • Child care assistance
  • Services for the deaf
  • Senior and disability linkage lines
  • Criminal background checks
  • State-supported food shelves
  • Most professional licensing
  • Highway rest areas
  • Historical sites operated by the Minnesota Historical Society including Fort Snelling and the Mill City Museum
  • Issuance of hunting and fishing licenses
  • Military tuition reimbursement
  • Veterans outreach offices
  • Canterbury Park and Running Aces Harness Park
  • State Lottery
  • State Parks
  • Tax refunds
  • Road construction

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