Iowa Police Stop Drivers to Boost Tourism

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Tourists traveling through Kalona, Iowa, were in for an unexpected surprise when they found themselves targeted by the town's police.
    
Last week, police pulled over cars with out-of-state license plates -- and offered the passengers an all-expenses-paid visit to their small town. 
    
Ron and Cheri Cunningham of Missouri were one of several people "taken into custody."
    
They were given gift baskets, and even had a meeting with the mayor. In addition, they received free food and scored a complimentary night's lodging. 
    
The city is hopeful this tourism gimmick will bring attention to their small town's charm.

*Originally published September 22, 2009

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