Partial government shutdown leaves icy paths to Mount Rushmore

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MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (KOTA TV) - It is now day 17 of the partial government shutdown. While some federal employees are still working Mount Rushmore National Memorial is without most federal workers. Tourists are still visiting the National Memorial where they're finding a slippery surprise.

Despite the partial government shutdown people can still visit the memorial, but there are still no federal workers at the information desks. With some open amenities run by concessionaires tourists are still eager to visit the memorial even though it might not be a walk in the park. Very few federal workers means there's no one to clear out the ice and snow which makes for a slippery trek up to the Grand View Terrace.

"Yeah actually it's really awesome to come here and see this. This is my first time here. I mean it would be nice to have all of this clean because it is slippery, but I am very glad that I can come here and take pictures and come with my family to see this place," says Alexander Kushnirenko, a tourist from Pennsylvania.

Other people who were there expressed similar thoughts. They hope the partial government shutdown ends soon, but everyone was just happy they could see Mount Rushmore.