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Branstad Pardons Iowa Turkeys Before Thanksgiving

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Des Moines, IA -

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

Branstad granted the reprieve during a ceremony 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.