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      Governor Budgets $1.7 Million for State Parks Upgrade

      Maureen Wurtz

      OMAHA (KPTM)- A big boost for some Nebraska state parks, that's at least what Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, wants.

      That's why he announced in a press conference Thursday, he wants to set aside $1.7 million dollars of the 2013-2015 budget to upgrade Mahoney State Park and Lake McConaughy.

      For McConaughy, the money would be used to improve campgrounds. Some upgrades would include water and sewage hook-ups, electrical sites, and new equestrian accommodations.

      One million dollars of the money would be spent on 3 six-bedroom cabins for Mahoney State Park. Nebraska Game and Parks official, Greg Wagner, said these will be almost like mini-lodges. "There is tremendous demand."

      If the budget is approved, Wagner said construction for the new cabins could begin as early as summer 2013.

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