Federally funded services reopen in the Northland

By KBJR News 1

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 7:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The 16 day government shutdown has come to an end.
But the effects will be felt for a while as federal workers return to their jobs.

As the government starts funding "non-essential" services once again, people are returning to parks, monuments, and museums.
The Lake Superior Marine Museum in Duluth is one of many federally funded attractions that have reopened.

"This is my job. I enjoy my job. We're here for the visitors that come into the visitors center, so I felt bad for people coming to the door and we weren't able to be here for them" said Director of the Lake Superior Maritime Museum, Denise Wolvin.

But questions remain unanswered.
One - when will federal workers will be paid.
Another question revolves around whether funding will ultimately be impacted in the longer term.

"Our funding is based on our visitation and we're near closed for two weeks then that does have an impact if there's no adjustments made at the upper levels of the government." Said Wolvin

Businesses that rely on federally funded functions to stay open like the gift shop inside the Maritime Museum also took a loss..

"Because our gift shop is housed inside the museum, there's no point of us being open because there are no customers. So we're like collateral damage." Said Sales Clerk at the LSMM Gift Shop, Anita Goellner.

Meanwhile, the Apostle Islands experienced minor loss due to the timing of the shutdown.
Since the weather wasn't ideal in October and during Bayfield Apple Fest, the park service reported that many visitors skipped the trip this year.

And while people are happy that the shutdown is over, many are a bit skeptical as The deal will fund the government for just three more months and extend the borrowing limit for less than four months.