Minnesota to review offer for reopening national parksMinnesota officials say they'll review an offer from the Obama administration to let states use their own money to reopen national parks that have been closed by the federal government shutdown.
By: Associated Press, Associated Press
ST. PAUL — Minnesota officials say they'll review an offer from the Obama administration to let states use their own money to reopen national parks that have been closed by the federal government shutdown.
A spokesman for Gov. Mark Dayton, Matt Swenson, said the administration will review what it would cost, and how much revenue it would bring in, then make a decision based on that assessment.
Minnesota has one national park — Voyageurs National Park on the Canadian border. The National Park Service also runs the Mississippi and St. Croix national scenic river areas in Minnesota, and Grand Portage National Monument in Cook County.
Governors in at least four western states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is shying away from the federal government's offer. Wisconsin has two national parks — the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. DNR spokesman Bill Cosh said the state would have to evaluate whether it could afford to run both parks.
He noted the state already is running parts of seven state parks that operate with federal funds. He said the DNR's primary goal during the shutdown is making sure those parks stay open.