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End to Government Shutdown Sends Furloughed People Back to Work

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MISSOURI VALLEY, IOWA (KPTM)- The Senate and Congress agreed to fund the government late Wednesday evening, which sent thousands of workers back to work Thursday morning.

"We didn't understand when we'd be called back and there's a little bit of unknown," said Ken Block.

Block works at the Desoto National Wildlife refuge in Missouri Valley, Iowa. "We have pumps in water, fields we flood that we try to maintain these wetlands, and we wanted to get back here," said Block.

Block and thousands of other federal workers went to work Thursday morning.  President Obama signed a bill that would fund the government until January 15th and raise the debt ceiling until February 7th.

Block said it's a relief to get back to work. "For us we feel privileged to be able to come to work at a place like this."

"A national park says it all, they've picked the best of the best, they've preserved it for us, and there are just so many unique things," said Patty Ervine.

Ervine is beginning her tour of national parks, starting at the Desoto Wildlife Refuge. "We are going to go up to mount Rushmore and crazy horse," said Ervine.

She said the trip has been planned for a little over a month. "I was really upset when we heard we might not be able to go to the national park," said Ervine.

More than fifty visitors went to the Desoto Wildlife Refuge Thursday.

Block said he knows there's work to be done, and he's happy to be able to do it.


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