Hills, to see Mount Rushmore," said Keystone town council president Sandi McLain. "I don't think the rest of us would really exist if it weren't for Mount Rushmore."news."
The national memorial, closed since the federal government shut down Oct. 1, will welcome visitors again as a result of a deal between Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the National Parks Service.
Businesses around Mount Rushmore have been devastated by the memorial's closure, on top of a catastrophic blizzard and, on Friday, floods.
The state has lined up private partners who each have agreed to sponsor a day with a $15,200 donation. As of Friday afternoon, 15 donors had agreed to make such a contribution.
McLain, who also owns a tourism related business in the area, said traffic is down about 70 percent from last year. Mount Rushmore reopening, she said, is "fantastic Puma Shoes Black And Gold
"If anybody should step up to the plate, I feel that we should, and do what we can to get the park open again," said Ted Hustead of Wall Drug.
The 14 sponsors came together in just a few hours Friday afternoon after South Dakota reached an agreement with the federal government to reopen Mount Rushmore. Multiple members of Daugaard's staff, including Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, called potential donors seeking support.
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The sponsors won't receive any sort of special signs at the memorial on their sponsored day.
South Dakota has agreed to pay the full daily cost of operating the facility, $15,200.
But at least at first, taxpayers won't be covering the cost.
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"I'm very pleased that we could find a way to get Mount Rushmore open," Daugaard Puma Offer Shoes said late Friday afternoon. "It has been a tough week for a lot of people . It's nice to have some good news on which to end the week."
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