Ranger stations and Grand Portage Monument closed due to shut down

The federal government partial shut down shows no signs of easing, leaving much of the federal government closed, with lawmakers from both parties ominously suggesting that the partial shutdown might last for weeks.

The shut down affects the U.S. Forest Service and Tofte and Gunflint stations are closed. This will not affect BWCAW permits, since the self-permitting, no fee season started Oct. 1. Gravel and timber permits for Federal land, however will not be available.

Grand Portage National Monument and the heritage center are closed to visitors.

Only government personnel deemed as "essential" will be on the job for the duration of the shut down.

Airport security and air traffic controllers are working, so are border and customs employees. 

The shut down affects only federal workers.  State parks and offices remain open as usual.