A look at the government shutdown in Wisconsin

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:22:12 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 02 2013 09:44:03 AM CDT
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Many federal offices in Wisconsin closed Tuesday as part of the partial government shutdown affecting the nation. A few examples of programs and services that have been affected:

The Wisconsin National Guard has furloughed 840 non-essential technicians, but spokesman Maj. Paul Rickert says 210 employees who work in fire and rescue, protective service and key maintenance jobs are exempt from the shutdown. The Guard is keeping military honors personnel on duty to perform services at military funerals this week.

About 900 civilian employees at Fort McCoy, a sprawling training installation between Sparta and Tomah, have been furloughed. However, spokeswoman Linda Fournier says the fort's annual deer hunt for disabled people will take place this weekend because it is being run by contractors and training for a South Dakota Army National Guard unit that just arrived will go on as scheduled. The fort's campground remains open.

— The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin have closed, along with all national parks. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest spokeswoman Megan Healy says firefighters and law enforcement officers will stay on the job, but campgrounds, boat rentals and other facilities are closed.

— U.S. Geological Survey equipment that keeps tabs on water flow and levels in Wisconsin rivers and streams is operating, but other data collection handled by the USGS Water Science Center in Middleton has stopped. This includes samples taken to monitor water quality. The center works with numerous universities and municipalities on water issues.

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildife and Fish Refuge offices in Winona and La Crosse are closed. All public activities are cancelled, but fish and wildlife managers will continue “limited functions," such as those necessary to respond to emergencies, perform essential functions and to protect human life or personal property.

News 8 reached out to several Wisconsin lawmakers to ask what happened, and how they will move forward.