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Government Shutdown Could Force Taylor County Restaurant to Close


While the government shutdown has had a major impact on everyday life in the nation's capitol, the effects can also be felt much closer to home. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, which has been closed down as a result of the budget battle.

Steve Kalmon is the owner of the Mondeaux Dam Lodge. It is a small eatery located inside the forest. The lodge is contracted to him through the Forest Service, meaning he will soon have to temporarily close it down if a budget deal is not reached in Congress.

"Once the forest service comes out here and hands me my letter, I have 48 hours to stop serving the public and lock my doors. No one will be allowed to use this facility. " Kalmon says.

While he does not know when the eatery will be shut down, Steve does know that it comes at the worst possible time. He counts on business from hunters as well from tourists looking to get a glimpse of the fall colors.

With closures taking place in other areas of the Chequamegon National Forest, he has already seen business dip.

"They already shut down the campgrounds so all the campers won't be here this weekend and the leaf goers probably won't be around either." Kalmon complains.

The Forest Service says they will give the restaurant 48 hours notice before they must close. At this point the only way a closure will be avoided is if a budget deal can be reached by the government.


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