Gov. Terry Branstad pardons 2 turkeys as part of Thanksgiving tradition


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DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad has pardoned two turkeys as part of a Thanksgiving tradition.

Branstad read an official proclamation Monday for the pardon of the birds, named Cranberry and Cinnamon, at Terrace Hill.

Officials say the turkeys, from a farm near Ellsworth, will now live at Living History Farms in Urbandale instead of possibly becoming cold cuts.

Branstad has been pardoning turkeys around Thanksgiving for years. The Des Moines Register reports ( ) Monday's ceremony included his grandchildren.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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