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"State of Shutdown: Judge Rules Minnesota Zoo Can Reopen"

Post  The Specialist on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:13 pm

Just passing this along.

Source: http://applevalley.patch.com/articles/judge-rules-zoo-can-reopen
Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled Saturday afternoon that the Minnesota Zoo can remain operational during Minnesota’s government shutdown.

She also ruled, however, that Shakopee’s Canterbury Park and Forest Lake’s Running Aces may not operate until the state’s budget debate is resolved.

In her zoo decision, Gearin used a standing appropriations rule to determine that fees garnered from parking, concessions, admissions, donations and memberships should be returned to the Apple Valley facility.

Gearin’s ruling read: “The statutes regarding zoo special revenue funds do not appear to the court to require a decision by the legislature before they can be appropriated.”

The zoo is scheduled to reopen to the public at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The Minnesota Zoo receives approximately 29 percent of its revenue from the state and—because it was deemed non-essential in Gearin’s June 29 ruling—those funds will be unavailable for the duration of the shutdown.

Gearin’s ruling on the ponies went the other way.

On Saturday afternoon, she denied petitions from Shakopee’s Canterbury Park and Forest Lake’s Running Aces harness racing track, saying the Minnesota Racing Commission must request state funding. Without a biennial budget in place, no requests for funding can be made.

Like the zoo, neither track was considered an essential function in Gearin’s June 29 ruling.

In contrast, Gearin said she ruled in favor of the zoo because she “was unable to find any bills from the 87th legislative session” dealing with appropriations to that facility.

According to the Star Tribune, Canterbury Park laid off 1,000 employees in the lead-up to the July 1 government shutdown while Running Aces laid off 600 workers.

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Post  Seranda7 on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:16 pm

YESH! ^^
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Post  sparky_wolf on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:37 pm

This is great to hear~! Although, WolfQuest may or may not be back up, because it's connected to the MN Zoo, but it's also not. It's rather hard to explain, but we shall just have to wait c:

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Post  Seranda7 on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:38 pm

Kinda too good to be true...
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Post  Mina Almighty on Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:33 am

Let's hope for the best on Wolfquest's online status. Hopefully something good will come out of this.
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Post  Silverness on Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:05 am

That sounds pretty awesome! I do hope it's true~<3
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Post  SilverHybrid on Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:50 am

Nice to hear ^^ Hopefully something shall prove itself as a benefit for WolfQuest ~

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Post  Hestia on Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:52 am

This is truly great to hear! Now that the zoo will be open WolfQuest just might also be opened! Thank you for posting this.
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Post  Zethra on Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:58 am

Sounds totally awesome! Hopefully this will also affect WolfQuest. Thanks for sharing this with us. ^^
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