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Published July 12, 2011, 07:16 PM

Clay County may have to pick up slack during shutdown

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -If the Minnesota Government Shutdown doesn't end soon, Clay County may be paying almost 100 thousand dollars a month to Social Service programs.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

If the Minnesota Government Shutdown doesn't end soon, Clay County may be paying almost 100 thousand dollars a month to Social Service programs. At the County Commission meeting, the Social Services Director laid out what programs she thinks they should continue... shutdown or not. She says Social Services has been getting calls from families worried funding will be cut. One of the most expensive programs provides mental health help to children, and without funds from the state, could cost the county up to 15 thousand dollars a month. The county has money to cover costs, but just for this month.

Grant Weyland – Clay County Commissioner: "The time is approaching where as a board we are going to have to make some real tough decisions as far as the impact for some of our employees that are funded by state and federal dollars."

Commissioners say they're hearing reports the shutdown may last until at least January.

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