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The view of Painted Canyon is shown from the Visitors Center overlook on Aug. 8, 2010. The site was expected to open April 19, but will stay closed until further notice because of federal budget cuts.

Fighting to open Painted Canyon: Hoeven works with Park Service to keep Badlands overlook site from staying closed


One of North Dakota's highest-ranking officials is throwing his weight behind an effort to open the Painted Canyon Overlook.

After Theodore Roosevelt National Park officials announced earlier this week that they planned not to open the popular overlook along Interstate 94 just east of Medora, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., entered the fray with a statement Thursday morning offering his office's support to find a way to keep the site open.

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Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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