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Branstad announces funding for eastern Iowa parks

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DES MOINES (AP) -

Gov. Terry Branstad says that nearly $2 million in state funding will go to enhance parks and recreation offerings in three eastern Iowa counties.

Branstad announced Monday that the Grant Wood Mississippi River Region will be the pilot project in a long-term effort to enhance Iowa's parks. The region -- which includes Jones, Jackson and Dubuque counties -- will come up with a plan to improve the four state parks in the area, as well as the county and municipal parks. They plan to seek about $6 million in private contributions, both monetary and in-kind donations.

Officials said improvements could include building cabins or developing an additional park. The plan for the region will be ready in early 2015.

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