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Published September 30, 2013, 03:58 PM

National Guard bracing for sting of budget battle

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota National Guard officials say about 430 of its employees will likely be told to go home because of the looming government shutdown.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota National Guard officials say about 430 of its employees will likely be told to go home because of the looming government shutdown.

Adjutant general Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk says he plans to meet with Guard workers Tuesday morning to talk about staffing.

The Guard has about 1,150 full-time employees who are paid by the federal government.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says the shutdown will force his department to operate with about half of its 43 full-time employees. He says there could be "real consequences" from the budget battle.

State Budget Director Pam Sharp says that some departments that receive federal funding, like Department of Transportation and Job Service, should be able to function normally if the shutdown doesn't last.

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