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Federal government shutdown impacts services nationwide

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Washington D.C. may be more than 1200 miles away but the shutdown caused by this congressional tug of war can impact all of us in one way or another.

We can already feel the effects of the halt in federal services right here at home.

It's October 1st, 2013 and Americans will remember this as the day their government shutdown.

Marge McClanahan said "it would really be good if our government would work together and that there wouldn't be this great divide. I'd like to see both parties compromise and come to a solution that's good for the American people."

Want to take a trip to see Mount Rushmore, well it's closed, but you can visit the social security office for some services, as well as the V.A. Hospital.

Sioux Falls V.A. Healthcare System acting director Sandra Horsman said "everything is operating, business as usual, we have our normal operating hours, all of our clinics are open our staff are on board here to ensure that we take care of them, so we're maintaining their appointments during the furlough, everything is business as usual."

Want to complain to someone in Congress? Senators Tim Johnson and John Thune's offices are open for business.

But over here at congresswoman Kristi Noem's Sioux Falls headquarters, a sign on the door advises constituents to call her Watertown office.  Due to the government shutdown, this office has been placed on non-active, unpaid leave.

And if you want to go online and help yourself at the U.S.D.A., good luck.  Even some government web sites went down for the shutdown. But even in the midst of a shutdown, the military is still looking for a few good men and women.

Marine recruiter Sgt. William Campbell said "as you see our sign on the door when you walk in, seven days a week, 24 hours, if they call us and set up an appointment on a Sunday or Monday, or Saturday or Sunday, we'll be here."

There are some government websites still up and operating.

The Social Security, V.A and the IRS websites are functioning.

You can check these if you have specific questions about what services are still available during the shutdown.

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