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Government shutdown has consequences for anglers


KELLOGG, Minn. (KTTC) -- There are several places where politics typically have no place. One, some would say, is out on the water. But the government shutdown is costing more time and money for those looking just to spend a day on the river.

"I finally got a rain day so I wanted to go fishing, and now I cant," said Dan Marcotte as he parks his truck, towing his boat, in front of a locked boat landing gate in Kellogg.
The signs are clear on all boat landings run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: closed until further notice. 
"This is where I usually come fishing, but with the government shutdown, they've locked all the gates and there's no access," Marcotte said.
The boat landing at Halfmoon in Kellogg was just one of many closed due to political battles in Washington. 
"It's gonna be an inconvenience for everybody because nobody knows until they show up there at the landing, and they're all locked," Marcotte added.  
As predicted, when Marcotte came to the next landing, 23 miles away, it was closed as well. Dan had to end up paying at the Minnesota City Boat Club, a private boat harbor, to get his boat in the water. 
The Minnesota City Boat Club does offer access to non-members, but the upcoming duck season may add further challenges.
"When duck hunting opens back up again and we have a lot of hunters around, then there's a possibility of having an overrun," said the club's owner, Bob Schei.
But although boaters will have to go to great lengths until the shutdown is over, Dan is happy to leave politics on land, and get out on the water. 
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