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Theodore Roosevelt park closure threatens town’s tourism

December 22, 2018

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of a popular western-themed North Dakota tourist town is worried about a lengthy federal government shutdown.

Medora is located at one of the entrances to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Mayor Todd Corneil says he hopes Congress reaches a budget agreement soon.

The park is the state’s biggest attraction, and the mayor says many area businesses depend on tourists.

Officials announced Saturday that the park will “remain as accessible as possible” but warned “emergency and rescue services will be limited.”

Roosevelt ranched in the region in the 1880s and is known for his advocacy of land and wildlife conservation.

The park in western North Dakota’s badlands is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from prairie dog towns to wild horses and bison.

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