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Minnesota to Review Offer for Reopening National Parks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota officials say they’ll review an offer from the Obama administration to let states use their own money to reopen national parks that have been closed by the federal government shutdown.

A spokesman for Gov. Mark Dayton, Matt Swenson, says the administration will review what it would cost, and how much revenue it would bring in, then make a decision based on that assessment.

Minnesota has one national park -Voyageurs National Park on the Canadian border. The National Park Service also runs the Mississippi and St. Croix national scenic river areas in Minnesota.

Governors in at least four western states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.

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