Northlanders react to end of Federal Government shutdown

By KBJR News 1

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - People in the Northland have been following the back and forth political battle on Capitol Hill for weeks.

While many Northlanders say they're relieved a deal has been reached, some say while the deal avoids a default, more than two weeks of damage have already been done.

With Wednesday's deal ending the partial government shutdown, many Northland services could be restored later this week.

The doors at the Lake Superior Maritime Center could reopen this week in addition to employees placed on furlough including more than 180 federal employees with the 148th Fighter Wing being called back to work.

And while the news of federal services being restored is welcomed, some say the two-week shutdown should have been avoided all together.

"I think it was a waste of time and it was a panic caused artificially. I don't think that it was worth it, they could have done it 15 days ago, they could have done it two months ago. There is no reason why it had to come to this right now," said Brad Robinson.

"It's a lot of ridiculousness. I look at the story with my own sister, she's now actually home because she got furloughed, she got skunked out of a months pay because she was working for the government in Michigan working at a federal job. She had been doing firefighting and wildland work and they said we're shutting down and now she lost a month's pay because of it," said Kristen Adams.

The Minnesota Management and Budget Office reported as many as 3,000 Minnesota state employees paid with federal dollars were affected by the shutdown.

It is expected that many furloughed employees will receive back pay from the October 1st shutdown.

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