At 12:01 Friday, after six months of debate and seven days of negotiation, the Minnesota government was shut down for the second time in six years.
At its root is a fight over how to close a projected $5 billion budget deficit. The Democrats wanted to raise taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of state residents. The Republicans wanted to increase spending cuts.
About 20,000 state workers are officially laid off as a result of the shutdown, and the state parks will be closed for the holiday weekend at an estimated loss of $12 million. Here are scenes as the minutes counted down to the disappointing end result for both sides: