Local Wildlife Refuge Closed Due to Shutdown
Employees at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge center spent Tuesday morning putting up closed signs and locking gates. They have no idea how long the Federal Government shutdown will last or when they will see a paycheck again.
Jeanne Holler is not new to the shutdown game. She has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department since 1991 and experienced the last shut down. "It's kind of a day-by-day thing, or at least that's what we have to tell people," Holler says.
Twenty of the 25 employees at the center will be furloughed because of the shutdown. They are just a few of the 800 who work in Minnesota. Most of those employees work at the regional hub for the federal department in Bloomington.
In addition to the lost paychecks, there will be hours of lost education. The center has had to cancel 30 field trips and 10 classroom visits through Oct. 12.