ST. PAUL (AP) - The Minnesota Historical Society plans layoffs and the closing of three historic sites because of expected state budget cuts and the recession.
The society says 94 full- and part-time employees would be laid off July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. In addition, 223 employees would have their hours reduced. Combined, the cuts would affect 46 percent of the society's employees.
Because of the job cuts, three of the society's historical sites would close July 1: Historic Forestville in Preston, the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City and the Charles Lindbergh home in Little Falls.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget calls for a 15 percent cut in the society's operating budget.
Society officials also project a 20 percent shortfall in income, because of a drop in admissions, charitable gifts and investments.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.