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Published July 20, 2011, 07:14 PM

End of shutdown welcome to some business owners

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - This is needed news for the 22,000 state workers laid off since July 1ss, but also significant to businesses. The historic shutdown forced some private companies to lose money.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

This is needed news for the 22,000 state workers laid off since July 1ss, but also significant to businesses. The historic shutdown forced some private companies to lose money.

The summer season is usually a terrific time to cool down with an ice cold beer. Of course, big business in Minnesota.

Rodney Helming – Oasis Owner: “I had enough to get through 4th of July weekend but then after that it kind of fell off.”

But after nearly three long weeks, the signs of the government shutdown are obvious. Empty beer coolers, waiting to be stocked.

Helming: “It's been rough.”

Rodney Helming has owned Oasis in Moorhead since March. He has a liquor license, but no buyers agreement. That means he can't re-supply any alcohol.

Helming: “State governments got to get stuff put together. I mean they just can't keep spending money.”

The annual agreement ended just before the historic shutdown.

Helming: “It hurts.”

By the time Helming paid the 20 dollar fee and got paperwork prepared, it was too late.

Helming: “It's slowed it up quite a bit as far as cash flow coming in.”

Estimates show the state of Minnesota losing one million dollars a day during the 20 day shutdown. Much of that from the lottery.

Craig Branby – M&H Supervisor: “It's been kind of hard on business. We've lost a lot of traffic because of it.”

Regular gamblers at M & H have fled to North Dakota to buy lottery, leading to a loss of about 50 thousand dollars at just this one store.

Branby: “And I don't think it's going to take much, hopefully, we can get them back right away.”

Machines will be up and running again tomorrow. These business owners feel lucky they'll soon get their livelihoods back on track.

Helming: “I'll make it through this.”

Helming thinks he'll be able to stock alcohol again in two to three weeks.

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