Here are some ways the strike by Minnesota state government employees will affect the public:
--State parks, trails and public lake access points are open, but with fewer programs.
--Fall hunting seasons continue as planned and DNR conservation officers remain on duty.
--National Guard troops are assisting at regional treatment centers, group homes, sex offender facilities, state nursing homes.
--Classes continue in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, but MnSCU workers involved in groundskeeping, janitorial upkeep, food service and administrative services are on strike.
--University of Minnesota workers are not on strike because they bargain separately from other state employees.
--The Health Department is reserving resources for the most critical functions, such as disease outbreaks, and may not have enough staff for all restaurant and food safety inspections.
--The ability to process evidence at Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime lab is slowed.
--The Division of Driver and Vehicle Services, which handles driver's license testing, renewals and auto registrations, has reduced services.
--State troopers and BCA investigators are not on strike. Private security guards will be hired to replace striking Capitol Security workers.
--State prison guards are prohibited from striking.
--Road construction projects are privately contracted and aren't affected, but routine maintenance such as mowing along highways is being curtailed.
--Most available Revenue Department personnel are being diverted to tax collections. Payments to local governments, charities, nursing homes and the like might be delayed.
--Jobless Minnesotans can file unemployment insurance claims via the Internet (http://www.mnwfc.org) or automated phone lines (651-296-3644 or 1-877-898-9090) and receive benefits, but job placement services are limited.
--Department of Agriculture food, dairy and meat inspections will continue, along with responses to pesticide spills and other emergencies, but perhaps at reduced levels.
--The Minnesota Zoo is closed, with managers caring for animals.
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