TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A couple who planned to hold their wedding reception on an excursion boat cruising down the St. Croix River could wind up tethered to the dock because of the federal government shutdown.
Instead of a two-hour cruise on the river surrounded by fall colors, Kristianne Neeser, David Boroski and their wedding guests will likely remain docked at Taylors Falls Friday night because of the political bickering in Washington.
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is managed by the National Park Service which notified the owners of Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours that it must keep their boats off the river due to the government shutdown.
The bride is taking it all in stride.
"Either way, we're getting married," Neeser said. "Our family will be there. Friends will be there. It will be fine."
Scenic Boat Tour owner Amy Frischmon said she assumed operations would continue because they launch the boats from a private dock, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/1hoAmea ).
Frischmon said she can't risk having her permit pulled, so all boat tours have been canceled and some employees have been told not to report to work. It's the first time the family-run business, which also runs Wild Mountain Ski Area in Taylors Falls, has laid off an employee in its 107 years.
"On a busy fall weekend, we have thousands of people who come out on the river," Frischmon said. "This weekend alone, we had a wedding booked, we had a full dinner cruise booked, we had two history cruises in the morning for two middle schools. It's just absolutely tragic."
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com