Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, second right, along with wife Patty Landwehr, right, and niece Mandy Landwehr, 11, left, welcome workers back with greetings and homemade ... more 
Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, second right, along with wife Patty Landwehr, right, and niece Mandy Landwehr, 11, left, welcome workers back with greetings and homemade cookies after the state government shutdown ended Thursday, July 21, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn. State employees began returning to work in Minnesota Thursday after a new budget agreement ended a government shutdown of nearly three weeks. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Genevieve Ross
Thu, Jul 21, 2011 11:02 AM EDT