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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tight budgets led to the longest state government shutdown in U.S. history and Mother Nature rarely left Minnesota’s headlines in 2011.

When the Legislature met last January, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican House and Senate leaders faced a $5 billion budget shortfall. He refused to cut as deeply as they wanted and they wouldn’t pass his proposed income tax hikes.

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