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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The lines are longer at licensing centers as Minnesotans try to beat the possible suspension of many state services scheduled for 12:01 a.m. Friday.

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One block from the state Capitol, the Driver and Vehicle Services office is packed. Jennifer Greunzer of St. Paul rushed to renew her drivers' license which is set to expire in a few weeks. And she had plenty of company. Branch manager Katie Orth says drivers' license renewals hit a record this week. She says many people are worried their licenses may expire during a possible government shutdown.

The Department of Driver and Vehicle Services isn't on the list of essential state offices that will remain open during the shutdown. But, Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/lhDQPi ) reports limited services, such as license renewal or a state ID application, will be provided during a possible closure.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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