Region reacts to gov't shutdown and reopening

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - "I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government," said President Trump in his address to the public Friday afternoon.

His words were music to millions of ears, but to an extent. The president announced an agreement on Continuing Resolution to Reopen the government, but just until February 15.

"I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly or as soon as possible," President Trump continued.

With the proposal on the floor, Black Hills FOX rounded up thoughts on the grounds of the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo.

Karla Hofhenke, executive director of the South Dakota Farmers Union, said that now is more important than any other time of the year for farmers and ranchers.

"They are unable to be signing up for the new programs under the farm bill. if they have a loan with FSA, they are not allowed to cash the checks because they are not open in which for them to be signing them ... it's just the government needs to be opening," Hofhenke said.

Others express a mix of emotions.

"We've got a lot of other issues in this country that we need to get solved. For example, health care and some other things that we need to get started working on," one man said.

"This short little time is maybe a wake up call for us. Maybe we need to be a little more alert to what we're doing, and how we're doing it and what we're spending and maybe we can cut back a little bit somewhere," said another.

"He wouldn't do this to our country if it wasn't going to be beneficial for us. I think opening up back up is going to help just for a little bit because like trying to get people like caught up or something," continued one young woman.

"I was hoping that they would have more maturity in handling this situation. Both sides are to blame on this. It's being handled in a poor manner," Hofhenke continued.

President Trump tweeted Friday evening that the decision to temporarily open the shutdown was to "take care of millions people who were getting badly hurt by the shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it's off to the races."