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Local refuge feeling effects of Gov't shutdown

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Day 3 of the Government shutdown and many people in the area have had to get used to some changes.
A local refuge has had to cancel one of it's biggest events of the year.

"I was planning to go duck hunting an my favorite lake, but that's been put on hold as well," says Mark Geihl, avid hunter.

Geihl says he had to shoot out his original plans for the day, after showing up to the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, just north of Detroit Lakes, to signs simply stating the place is closed.

"I was surprised. I thought the refuge would be open," says Geihl.

The 45,000 acre refuge is one of several places closed since Tuesday's Government Shutdown.

"We've been functioning with minimum staff," says Neil Powers the Project Leader at the Refuge.

Powers says since the refuge is off limits that means no fishing, hiking, gazing, or even hunting.

"They have to get this resolved," says Geihl.

This gravel road is normally decorated by cars on a daily basis but now there's none around. This weekend, the refuge was set to host one of the biggest festivals that takes place all year bringing in hundreds of more visitors but now that's even changed.

"It's our fall festival. It usually attracts 600 people. Unfortunately, we had to cancel it this morning because of the shutdown," says Powers.

Just another bullet to the refuge that visitors hope is targeted to open back up as normal soon.

"We can't let it go much longer," says Geihl.

Powers says they have also had to cancel all environmental education programs  for the month of October which normally brings 1000 school kids to the refuge for a hands on lesson.

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