Gov. Mark Dayton has released an initial list of recommended critical services, as prepared by the Statewide Contingency Response Team. The numbers and other specifications will no doubt change as the process moves forward, but it's worth a look (if only as a reminder of all that the state does in its daily operations).
The Pawlenty administration released a similar document in the early stages of shutdown preparations in 2005. I dug that document up at the Minnesota Historical Society and you can read it here.
One thing Pawlenty included that Dayton did not is show the full workforce of each agency, which provided the sense of scale necessary for understanding the full impact of the shutdown. I've pulled those numbers from the Department of Management & Budget's 2010 Workforce Report and listed Dayton's estimated number of critical employees next to the total number of employees at each agency in the table below.
A note on these employee counts: Dayton's list estimates critical employees not by head count, but by full time equivalent (FTE), so that's the measure I used as well.
Here are the administration's estimated critical positions in context (and again, this isn't a head count we're talking about, but full time equivalent positions):
TOTAL FTE 2010
DEED and Public Facilities Authority
Housing Finance Agency
Iron Range Resources
Labor and Industry
Management and Budget
MN Zoological Gardens
Ombudsman for Mental Health and Dev. Disab.
Perpich Center for Arts Education
Pollution Control Agency
Public Utilities Commission
Sentencing Guidelines Commission
* The number in Dayton's document, 5,165, is an error. An internal DHS email has been sent out to correct the number.