Federal shutdown may trip up Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener plans


The shutdown of the federal government could put an inadvertent crimp in the Gov. Mark Dayton's plans for the Minnesota Deer opener, The Associated Press reports.

Among the things planned for the Nov. 8 opener in Fergus Falls are activities at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. The center, however, is run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is closed during the shutdown.

A representative with the Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau is reportedly looking into a "Plan B" in the event that the government dispute isn't resolved in time for the opener.

Jean Bowman tells KBRF-AM that alternate ideas will be discussed next Monday. Among the options is moving the Prairie Wetland Learning Center activities to the Otter Tail Fairgrounds, which is nearby.

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