The shutdown grew out of months of disagreement between the DFL Governor and the Republican controlled legislature.
The protestors used their cell phones to call legislators from the steps of the Capitol and plead with them to stop the stalemate.
The anguished crowd was loud and boisterous for several hours. Capitol security did not interfere with the angry crowd. After a noisy group had demonstrated in front of the Governor’s office and in his reception room, the crowd quietly dispersed at the request of security.
The fears of state shutdown were realized when Governor Dayton announced at 10:00 PM that there was no agreement and the state government would shutdown.