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

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    April 3, 2014 | 12:50 pm
    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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