As the battle over the budget continues in Washington, the ripple effects could soon be felt right here in KELOLAND and beyond.
"I think there is a potential for billions of dollars in financial impacts if this goes an extended period of time," Economics professor Michael Roach said.
Roach is an Economics professor at the University Center in Sioux Falls, and he suggests that since the shutdown is so new, the immediate effects may not be that apparent.
"I don't think the run-of-the-mill citizen is going to be impacted by this government shutdown. If you're a federal employee who has been furloughed, who has been sent home, yes, you're going to be impacted, but for the most part, that's a very, very small percentage of people in the country and in the state," Roach said.
The group of people in KELOLAND who may feel the strain the most are on South Dakota's reservations.
"A lot of the Native American tribes in the state who rely on a much-greater level on federal dollars and federal intervention," Roach said.
A decision on raising the national debt ceiling could be what brings the first big hit to everyone beyond government employees.
"Any type of outstanding debt they have, whether it be home mortgages, student loan debts, car loans. Whatever the case may be, we're going to see interest rates go up dramatically," Roach said.
Just like much of KELOLAND, Roach has his eyes glued on what Congress will do next.
Roach added that during the government shutdown in 1995, little to no impact was felt on an individual level.
The debate over raising the debt ceiling could take place in the next two weeks.