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For the second summer in a row, Lake Bemidji State Park has transported members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area to the park once a week for 12 weeks in order to teach youth about the natural world.

These classes are now canceled due to the closing of all state parks from the government shutdown.

According to Leonore Potter, director of the club in Bemidji, for the last six years, the club has received funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, which funds opportunities for youth to learn more about careers, jobs and higher education.

Potter is concerned that because the state budget has not been resolved, she does not know if the club will receive revenue from DEED in the future.

"At this moment, 9 percent of our annual revenue at the (Club) is unknown," she said. "Funding could be reduced or eliminated."