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  • Former vice president Walter Mondale announces Tuesday in Minneapolis the formation of a bipartisan committee to help Minnesota's Democratic governor and Republican Legislature put an end to the state's budget shutdown. "A spirit of compromise is necessary," Mr. Mondale said. (Star Tribune via Associated Press)

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  • "I think they are truly divided, and it's not unlike the president and the national Congress," said Mr. Kiedrowski, who served as Minnesota finance commissioner from 1983 to 1987. "It really is a microcosm in what is happening nationally. I am struck by the similarities."

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  • He said he was pleased to serve but called the divisions within state leadership significant, noting he did not see things changing in the short-term.

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