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Davison County office gets creative during government shutdown

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It is business as usual for the Davison County Conservation District, but in a very unusual place.

Because of the government shutdown, the district was forced out of their office in the Federal Government Building and into the district's maintenance shed.

"I'm used to a big desk and my computer and everything around me and I get to look at machinery all day," said Debbie Bartscher, administrative secretary.

Located out at the county fairgrounds, this is a far cry from where the district employees were just a couple of days ago -- no bathroom and it's harder for customers to find.

However, District Manager Jim Lehi said this came as no surprise.

"I guess we kind of expected it so we just packed up our stuff that we had and could function with and moved out here," said Lehi.

In Lehi's 13 years at the conservation district, this is his first time he's had to move locations. Although not ideal, it is still business as usual.

"I'm just really thankful that we have a place to come that we can continue operating. I am thankful for that but I'm just hoping it doesn't last long," said Bartscher.

District employees said they hope Congress can come to a decision in the next few days so they can go back to a sense of normalicy.

"We'll just have to wait and see what happens but it would be nice if it would be a short term situation," said Lehi.

"Very unusual, but it works for now," said Bartscher.


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