- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A statue of Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug will be installed in the U.S. Capitol next month, Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday.

Branstad said he and other state officials will attend the official installation on March 25, which is the 100th anniversary of Borlaug’s birth.

“This is significant and it is a rare occasion in our state’s history,” said Branstad, noting that the two statues currently on display for Iowa were installed in 1910 and 1913.

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In 2011, Iowa officials agreed to replace a statue of Sen. James Harlan at the U.S. Capitol with one of Borlaug. Borlaug was a Cresco native who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his role in combating world hunger. He died in 2009 at age 95.

Branstad said the installation event will be a celebration of Borlaug’s “life and career.”

South Dakota artist Benjamin Victor created the sculpture, which is finished and is in Aberdeen, South Dakota, awaiting transport to Washington, said Kenneth Quinn, who serves as president of Borlaug’s World Food Prize Foundation and chairs the statue committee.

Quinn said the statue was funded with private contributions and will cost about $268,000.

Each state can display two sculptures in the Capitol. The Borlaug statue will replace one of former senator and Interior Department secretary James Harlan. The Harlan statue will be moved to Mount Pleasant Iowa, where Harlan served as president of Iowa Wesleyan College from 1853 to 1855.

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