West Branch Feels Effects Of Government Shutdown

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By Aaron Hepker

WEST BRANCH, Iowa - The government shutdown is having a negative impact on the local economy in West Branch, according to one local business owner.

“Things are much quieter around here,” said Laura Rierson, owner of Reid’s Beans Coffee Shoppe and Café in downtown West Branch.
Rierson said her business, located about a block from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, was down about 50 percent last week.

The museum remains shutdown while the government continues to negotiate a budget in Washington D.C. Tuesday will mark one weeks since the shutdown began.

“It’s disappointing,” said Tom Tokunaga, a tourist from California who stopped by the grounds Monday morning. “I knew it would be closed, but still wanted to see what I can.”

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