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      Long Branch State Park's beach is open for the season

      If you're the type that likes to lay out in the sun on the beach, there are some locales in Northeast Missouri that might strike your fancy.

      The beach at the Long Branch State Park in Macon County is open for the summer. Several moms spent Mother's Day there, sunbathing in the sun while their children played in the lake.

      "Oh, it's awesome," said Kristin Cook, a mother of three who recently moved to Macon from Springfield, Mo. "The sunshine, soaking up the sun, and it's fun. "

      Long Branch State Park is one of eight state parks in Missouri to open their swimming areas Friday. The others include Cuivre River State Park in Lincoln County, Lake Wappapello State Park in Wayne County, Pomme de Terre State Park- Hermitage and Pittsburg beaches- in Hickory County, St. Joe State Park- Monsanto and Pim beaches- in St. Francois County, Stockton State Park in Dade County.

      Thousand Hills State Park will open its beach area Memorial Day Weekend.