Shutdown brings furloughs, inconvenience in Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Furloughed federal workers in Minnesota say they’re disgusted by the political impasse that will cost them in the pocketbook.

Many nonessential employees have been idled by the partial federal government shutdown that began early Tuesday. It’s anyone’s guess how long it will last.

Dustin Hawkins is an electrician and civilian Department of Defense employee now out of work. He says each day is likely to cost him at least $200 in pay given his $29 per hour wage. He says political leaders in Washington seem more interested in making a point than properly running the government.

Elsewhere in Minnesota, the shutdown has had more minor inconveniences. Federal parks are closed. And federal agency service lines and Web sites have automated messages warning of slowed services.

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