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Shutdown impacts some federal offices in Cook County

As of early Wednesday, both the Grand Portage National Monument and Superior National Forest websites mention the government shutdown in large font at the top of their respective sites. Phone calls to both locations went unanswered at approximately 9 a.m. on Dec. 26.

These are typically working hours for the Grand Portage National Monument and the Gunflint Ranger District in Grand Marais.

In an email exchange with WTIP, Michael Crotteau, the district ranger for the Gunflint Ranger District on the Superior National Forest, said the district office is currently closed.

Isle Royale National Park is typically closed at this time of the year regardless of a government shutdown.

The shutdown began at midnight Friday, but in Cook County and other parts of Minnesota, the major effects are only now being felt with the beginning of the workweek following Christmas.