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MORRIS -- Visitors to the North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory in Morris are now greeted by locked doors and a simple sign: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture office is closed, due to the lapse in federal government funding. The office will reopen once Congress restores funding.”


A call to the Farm Service Agency office in Morris gives a similar message.

Thanks to the federal government shutdown, the Morris Wetland Management District is also closed.

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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.