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Iowa's state parks show signs of budget cuts


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says state parks won't be as maintained as years past.

Iowa's state parks are showing the effects of two years of state budget cuts.

The issues are mostly minor. They include broken doors at restrooms, longer grass and litter on beaches.

Kevin Szcodronski is the head of Iowa's state parks. He says one of the big issues is keeping up with maintenance.

This summer crews are budgeted to work 90,000 hours. That's down from about 140,000 in 2008.

Some longtime campers, including Ruth Krutsinger, have taken notice.

For three decades, she's been to Red Haw State Park. She says there are fewer services available, like concessions or lifeguards.

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