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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Reopens

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The 16 day government shutdown is over and things can finally start getting back to normal for workers in North Dakota.

Stephanie Scheurer travels to Medora to check-in with those getting back to the daily grind.

It's a brisk, sunny October day at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

"The park is open and we're back to welcoming visitors and we hope people come in to enjoy the beautiful fall weather," says Eileen Andes, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs, TRNP.

The park covers 110 square miles of breathtaking vistas in the beautiful North Dakota Badlands... and during the government shutdown, only its wildlife were free to explore it.

Now, visitors aren't hesitating to venture out and take in the sites.

"We were quite fortunate that it was open this morning because our fellows and daughter that are with us are from Texas," says tourist.

"I just took a long drive today. I'm from Minneapolis and I took a long drive yesterday. Stopped in Bismarck and spent the night and thought if they ended the shutdown I'd go check out the park and they did so I did," says tourist.

Even though the government shutdown happened during Medora's off season, the impact was still felt at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and in the town of Medora.

"Medora is mainly a summer town but we are open year round and we rely on tourism traffic, you know, for our livelihood 12 months a year and so the shutdown had an effect," says Doug Ellison, Mayor of Medora.

Now that the barriers are down and 'we're open' signs are back up, workers are anxious to get back to doing their jobs.

"It's just nice to have everything up and running again," says Ellison.

"It's a relief and we're all excited to work and start serving the people again. This a job that we all love and we were anxious to get back," says Andes.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park was one of 401 national parks that closed during the shutdown.

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