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State rangers face evictions from Iowa-owned residences

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Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is set to evict hundreds of park rangers and other state park employees from state-owned homes because it will cost $1 million to fix and maintain the homes.

The agency determined that it would cost $341,000 to bring the 26 residences on state park grounds up to code, and another $556,000 for maintenance, which would include replacing windows, roofs, and central air and heating systems, as well as replacing doors and windows.

Another $100,000 per year would be needed for maintenance and repairs. If the plan goes through, rangers would have to leave the park where they live rent-free, leaving the public to wait longer for help in an emergency.

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