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Continued: Shutdown impact: Those near St. Croix park uneasy, optimistic

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 3, 2013 - 3:48 PM

But the mural — with paint provided by the National Park Service — would be nixed. Several performances would move. And the closing reception? Gone.

But “a wealth” of activities remain, said Catherine Veith-Bruno, executive director of the Falls Chamber of Commerce, which promotes the two cities. “The businesses are here, and they’re open.”

Centers, campgrounds closed

Not the Park Service campgrounds, though. Or their interpretive centers.

On a leisurely trip to Minneapolis, Terry Baker, 67, and his wife, Sue Saxhaug, 63, saw a sign for a St. Croix National Scenic Riverway center. So the couple, from Eagle River, Wis., stopped.

But as they approached the door, they saw the sign: “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed.”

It wasn’t a stop they planned on, so it was no big deal, Baker said. Lunch, instead. “We just like to go,” he said, throwing his hand in the air.

They wondered about another stop, the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, and whether that, too, would be closed. It remains open.

But they didn’t plan to check beforehand. If it’s closed, Baker joked, “we’ll just climb the fence.”


Staff writer Kevin Giles contributed to this report.

Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168


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