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Faces of the shutdown: Timberly Christianson

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Bemidji Pioneer
Faces of the shutdown: Timberly Christianson
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Timberly Christiansen and her mother, JoAnne Fallis, own Finn-N-Feather Resort, a four-generation, 20-cabin family operation.

They saw the state government shutdown looming and on June 28 and 29 called their July guests, particularly those from out of state, to warn them to hurry up and apply for fishing licenses online.


"Most of them hadn't heard about (the shutdown)," Christiansen said.

As a result of their pro-action, none of their guests booked for July cancelled.

"If it goes to August, we'll be in trouble," she said.

Christian-sen said she has heard from other resorters that they have had cancel-lations because the inability to buy fishing licenses.

When visitors are informed that, although they can't buy licenses, license infractions will be cited and the law will be enforced.

"People are not happy about that," she said.

And, even though the government is shut down, she said she has to pay sales tax or be fined.

Pioneer staff reports