Falling Victim to Border Wall Dispute

BEATRICE — The shutdown of federal government offices remains.  One entity falling victim to the lack of agreement to fund the government is a National Park, near Beatrice.

Signs are up at the Education and Heritage Centers of the Homestead National Monument of America, detailing the closing of the centers because of a lack of an appropriation of funds.

The park service attraction that calls attention to the Homestead Act of 1862 had only empty parking lots following Christmas, as the budgetary stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress persists.

The shutdown began at midnight last Friday.

The shutdown is due to disagreement over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Some 800,000 government workers nationwide are affected by the shutdown.

Locally, those wanting to see the indoor exhibits at the Homestead National Monument of America will have to be patient and pick a future date.  Parking lots remain open for persons wanting to use the monument’s tall grass prairie trail system.

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