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Mount Rushmore reopens, is funded for 10 days

Mount Rushmore reopens, is funded for 10 days
FILE - This April 22, 2008, file photo, shows the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The National Park Service is reopening to tourists a highway pull-out area that can be used to view Mount Rushmore, amid complaints that the agency is intentionally blocking viewing areas. The national memorial has been closed because of the partial federal government shutdown. Park Service regional deputy director Patricia Trap says the Park Service is opening a popular pull-out area that officials believe sparked most of the complaints. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
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KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — Tourists are once again flocking to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of western South Dakota.

National parks have been closed since Oct. 1 because of the partial government shutdown, but South Dakota and several corporate donors worked out a deal with the National Park Service to reopen the iconic landmark beginning Monday.

Spokeswoman Maureen McGee-Ballinger says about 3,000 people visited the site on Monday — typical for a cold, snowy October day.

McGee-Ballinger says the site is funded for 10 days, through Oct. 23. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Park Service is charging the state $15,200 per day.

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