Minnesota Workers, Businesses Start to Feel Sting from Federal Government Shutdown

As one of many impacts across the state, the shutdown has disrupted federally funded U of M research.

At the University of Minnesota, two research buildings—a cereal disease lab and a major regional research center—have closed on the St. Paul campus because they operate on funding from the USDA. Some employees have relocated to other facilities, but the shutdown has nonetheless caused “substantial disruption” to the U’s agricultural research, said spokesman Devin Henry. Some 1,300 federal research awards have been affected.

In addition, U researchers have accrued $10 million in unreimbursed research expenses since the shutdown began—a number that climbs by half a million dollars a day.

Read the full story in the Star Tribune.