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Branstad again pardons 2 Thanksgiving turkeys

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has spared two turkeys named Carmel and Apple as part of the annual Thanksgiving pardon.

Branstad granted the reprieve during a ceremony Monday at Terrace Hill in Des Moines. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and officials with the Iowa Turkey Federation were in attendance.

Carmel, a hen, and Apple, a tom, walked around freely as Branstad delivered the pardon.

They will be sent to Living History Farms in Urbandale.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) Branstad has pardoned two turkeys each November that he's been in office.

Monday marked his 19th year of clemency to a set of birds.

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