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What does the government shutdown mean to you?

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As of midnight on Tuesday the government shutdown. It's the first government shutdown in 17 years. When we all woke up that morning, we woke up to a different country. But what are the changes to our daily lives here in central Wisconsin?

Many people in the Northwoods are enjoying the fall colors. So, I headed up to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. My first stop was the supervisor's office in Rhinelander. But when I got there the doors were locked and a sign hung on the window saying, "due to the lapse in government funding the office was closed until further notice."

But what about the forest? When I pulled in, I got my answer. The forest was closed and only a few government employees remained on site wrapping up their duties.

Forest officials say they're working on signs to put up at every entrance saying the forest is closed. That means the campsites will be empty.

The government shutdown has closed all national parks and forests and with them more than 2,100 employees furloughed. Thousands more, like cleanup crews and concession employees, are left without pay.

The affects of the shutdown continue.

Here at Newsline 9 we tried to update our agriculture numbers for our brand new 11:00 show. But, when we logged on to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website, this is the message we got, "due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available."

Even some U.S. senators have closed their offices. When we called democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin's office and no one answered. A message on her website said her office is closed.

So parks closed, government websites down, and some U.S. Senators unavailable, this is just day one. Government officials say day two, three and beyond will bring added challenges.

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