PIERRE, S.D. – As Congress and the President work to reopen government following the shutdown over the weekend Governor Dennis Daugaard fielded questions about how it could affect South Dakota.  During his weekly legislative conference call, Daugaard said the concern isn’t as great this time year for tourist attractions like Mount Rushmore…

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That being said, Daugaard says there are private contractors that operate some of the features that a visitor would encounter at federal landmarks…

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Daugaard says, however, park security, forest service superintendents, and other such features will be affected. He says the tourism impact, as a whole, should be minimal.