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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (AP) -
The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is among the places in Michigan affected by the partial federal government shutdown.
MLive.com reports the refuge near Saginaw is closed to the public and all public activities are cancelled Tuesday.
In downtown Saginaw, about 20 people waited in line outside a Social Security Administration office just before the doors opened Tuesday morning. The office was operating on a limited basis.
Meanwhile, the partial government shutdown is affecting hundreds of Michigan National Guard members.
Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais is director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard. He says a suspension of operations is expected that could affect about 900 military technicians.
Vadnais says training and other duties could be cancelled, affecting thousands.
Selfridge Air National Guard Base says about 650 military technicians and civilian workers were sent home Tuesday after conducting an orderly shutdown of operations at the base in Macomb County's Harrison Township. About 150 active duty members of the 127th Wing remain on duty.
On Monday, Vadnais said the Michigan National Guard plans to continue to support key military operations regardless of a government shutdown.
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