End of the shutdown brings relief to North Dakota
The end of the government shutdown is being met with cheers locally. Federal employees are heading back to work and agencies dependent on government funding don't have to worry about cutting services. The tangible effects of the shutdown weren't catastrophic for many local agencies, but that doesn't mean there isn't relief that things are returning to normal. Military furloughs actually ended last week for technicians at Camp Grafton. Officials say they expect their soldiers to get back pay for their time missed.
US fish and wildlife sites like Sullys Hill opened back up Thursday. Funding for federal programs like head start and WIC are returning, insuring services won't be interrupted. Kristi Hall-Jiran with Community Violence Intervention Center says her agency would have had to cut back services in two weeks if the shutdown continued. Many agencies spent the day scrambling to get back to normal after being closed or having their funding cut.
With the budget issue still needing to be decided by January 15th, local agencies here say they hope they don't have to go through the whole shutdown crisis again in just a few months.