Gov. Terry Branstad Set to Return Monday from a European Trade Trip.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad addresses the Linn Eagles at the Cedar Rapids Country Club on Friday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Ben Hoppenworth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is set to return Monday from a European trade trip.

Branstad traveled to Germany, Italy, Kosovo and Switzerland during the 10-day journey.

Iowa has established a sister-state relationship with Kosovo. Branstad said last month that Iowa and Kosovo have developed a unique partnership due to more than 700 Iowa National Guard soldiers who have served there on peacekeeping missions since 2003.

The agreement marks Iowa's ninth sister-state relationship.

The European trip was estimated to cost about $17,000 for Branstad and his wife, Chris. Those costs will be covered by Iowa Economic Development Authority Foundation funds, not state funding.

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