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   The first and busiest Ronald McDonald House in the St. Louis area is open again after a five-month, $1.5 million renovation.  

   The 20 bedroom mansion on West Pine in the Central West End opened its doors in 1981.  It provides lodging for families who live more than 50 miles from the hospital where their seriously ill children are being treated. Families are asked to contribute $5 a night.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the three St. Louis area Ronald McDonald Houses served nearly 1,700 families last year, with almost half staying at the West Pine home.

   According to the charity, major renovations at the West Pine house include: rehabbing both kitchens and most bathrooms, adding new carpet and furniture in the bedrooms, and replacing the entire HVAC system.

   More information about the house, and Ronald McDonald Charities of St. Louis can be found on their website: www.rmhcstl.com.  

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