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Group nears goal for former Des Moines library

DES MOINES (AP)--The World Food Prize plans to begin work this summer to transform the 106-year-old former downtown Des Moines library into a museum and monument to agriculture and environmental pursuits.

The organization announced Monday it has received two grants totaling $110,000 from the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, bringing fundraising to $21.1 million.

Spokesman Justin Cremer says planning is under way for the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates, and the group hopes to begin the first phase of exterior work in late-June. Completion of the nearly $30 million project is expected in 2011.

The building overlooks the Des Moines River in the heart of Des Moines and served as the main library from 1903 to 2006.

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