Demonstrators opposed to a state shutdown deliver signs to Sen. Amy T. Koch's office at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday morning. A wide-ranging state government shutdown bore down on Minnesota on Thursday, threatening to shutter state parks on the brink of a holiday weekend and furlough thousands of workers if a budget deal wasn't struck by midnight. (Star Tribune via Associated Press)

Demonstrators opposed to a state shutdown deliver signs to Sen. Amy T. Koch's office at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday morning. A wide-ranging state government shutdown bore down on Minnesota on Thursday, threatening to shutter state parks on the brink of a holiday weekend and furlough thousands of workers if a budget deal wasn't struck by midnight. (Star Tribune via Associated Press)