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A lot more open than closed in South Dakota


Sioux Falls S.D. (KELO AM) – The state of South Dakota is diverse in it's mixture of business and tourism. The government shutdown has affected some areas of South Dakota, but when you look at the whole package, more of South Dakota is open than closed.

Mayor Mike Huether suggests that people planning trips to the National Parks should consider taking time out and discover the Sioux Falls area.

"Don't get me wrong, I love national monuments and parks like everyone else, but I wanted to be sure to let all of America know, that if you are looking for a fun and vibrant place to visit, and create some incredible memories along the way, please check out Sioux Falls, South Dakota,” said Huether. “We take 'South Dakota Nice' to a whole new level because we want you coming back again, and hope you bring Grandma and Grandpa and nieces and nephews with you next time! Our town is open for business."

The Sioux Falls Stampede invites fans to go on to KELO.com and get a 5-dollar ticket and cheer for the them tomorrow night.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism published a statement encouraging residents and visitors to the state to enjoy the vast majority of what is still open:

As a result of the federal government shutdown, the following national parks, memorials, monuments and recreational areas are closed: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and the Missouri National Recreational River.

Despite the temporary closure of these units, we want you to know that the grandeur of Mount Rushmore can be still be viewed from U.S. Highway 16A.

South Dakota has SO much to offer our visitors along with these amazing National Park Service units. Here is just a small sampling:

The crown jewel of the South Dakota State Park system, Custer State Park (the nation’s second largest state park)

Incredible Black Hills caves

Beautiful hiking and biking trails

Gorgeous fall foliage in Spearfish Canyon, Sica Hollow State Park, Newton Hills State Park and the George S. Mickelson Trail

Historic Deadwood

The center of the nation in Belle Fourche

The Wild Horse Sanctuary and the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs

The world famous Wall Drug Store

The world’s largest mountain carving-in-progress at Crazy Horse Memorial

Native American culture and history on nine South Dakota Indian Reservations

The power and beauty of the mighty Missouri River, which traverses the state from north to south

Pioneer history at the Ingalls Homestead and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet

Amazing art galleries and museums along Interstate 29, such as the National Music Museum in Vermillion

Unique wineries

Pristine glacial lakes

Shopping, arts and culture in South Dakota’s largest city, Sioux Falls

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area in Yankton

The World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell

The Terry Redlin Art Center in Watertown

Storybook Land in Aberdeen

The State Capitol, museums and memorials in Pierre

KELO AM recommends going to the State of South Dakota website at: