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Mount Rushmore to Re-open Monday

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Governor Dennis Daugaard announced Friday that he has reached an agreement with the National Park Service to re-open Mount Rushmore for the duration of the federal government shutdown.

The National Park Service will charge the state $15,200 per day to operate the monument. The monument will re-open Monday morning at 8 a.m. local time at the latest.

Currently, Mount Rushmore is the only National Park to be re-opened under the agreement.  Governor Daugaard says the Shrine to Democracy is the attraction most people want to see.

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Additionally, the State of South Dakota will not bear the entire cost.  Governor Daugaard assembled partners from across South Dakota to “buy a day” of operation of Mount Rushmore.  The initial list includes,  The Mount Rushmore Society,  Rapid City CVB / BID Board,  Black Hills Central Reservations,  West River Foundation,  Lawrence & Schiller,  Lantis Enterprises, Inc.,  Neiman Enterprises, Inc.,  J. Scull Construction Service, Inc.,  Avera Health,  First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard,  MDU Resources,  Sanford Health,  ISIS Hospitality,  Wall Drug, and One anonymous donor.


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