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Kristin Weeldreyer of Woodbury, with daughters Sophia (right) and Grace, look at a governor's portrait Tuesday shortly after the state Capitol reopened after a government shutdown. On the left, journalists await the announcement that a special session would begin later in the day. Don Davis photo

UPDATE: Special session starts today, shutdown ends soon

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature begins voting on budget bill this afternoon, setting up the end to the state's longest government shutdown.

Late this morning, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a proclamation calling lawmakers back into special session to pass the state budget.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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