ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (WCCO) — As Minnesota’s shutdown enters its eleventh day, an Alexandria couple is feeling the effects of the stalemate.

Recently, Greg and Christi Bohl adopted their first child but are unable to bring her home. The couple is stuck in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with their 2-week-old daughter, Brooklyn.

The adoption was completed just after the Fourth of July, however the paperwork necessary to complete the adoption, allowing them to return home with their daughter, is on hold.

“We are kind of stuck here in Iowa due to the shutdown. We just want to come home,” said Greg Bohl.

The couple says they’re hoping to get special consideration so the necessary paperwork can be completed.

“(The Attorney General’s Office) said it could happen either today or tomorrow, they weren’t 100 percent sure,” said Greg Bohl.

If it wasn’t for the shutdown the couple would have returned home just after July 4th.

Greg Bohl said it’s the unknown that is the most difficult part: “We’re so close, yet so far away.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Adam Carter Reports

Comments (4)
  1. Rico Suave says:

    If this shutdown is so horrible, why do I continue to be so thoroughly underwhelmed by the daily stories of its victims? Oh the carnage! And those brave public employees. This media narrative has gotten real boring real fast. I think I’m suffering from shutdown sympathy burnout. Yawn…..

  2. Sam I am says:

    Do they find the most pathetic stories to exploit. My god.

    Its not the end of the world. Good lord.

  3. Lisa says:

    Anger & apathy? Our new state motto???? I feel for this family and all families impacted by a group of politicians holding the entire state hostage. Let’s blame the victimizers, NOT the victims…..

  4. Princess Meal Ticket says:

    The cause on Dayton’s side is real and unfortunately if you want to slow the government procedures down, fighting the wrong doing’s of others is the way to do it. Simply said, if he is willing to have his whole family taxed for their annual earnings from target and knock down some big boys in the process, I say kudos and keep it shut down until the republicans can get their heads out of their a**** and stop bartering for votes that DON’T directly affect the budget. But getting over it is hard to say if you’re not the one with a loss in pay.

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