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Who is Playing at the Tri-State Rodeo?

Some big names in country music are coming to the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison this year! This year’s concert mainstage features THREE national artists (up from two in years past). A full concert lineup is below:

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New Federal Budget Proposes Cut Of Amtrak Subsidies
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Amtrak Train Serving the Tri-States Derails

One of the Amtrak trains that serves the Tri-State area, The Southwest Chief, was involved in a derailment today west of Ft. Dodge, Kansas shortly after midnight central time.  

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The Oldest Restaurants by State

Here's something I've never really thought about, but it's pretty neat. ThrillList.com has done a bunch of research and tracked down the oldest continuously operating restaurants for each state, and Washington D.C. 

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Natallia Hudyma

Strange Town Names in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa

There are a lot of strange places in America, and there are a lot of weird town names. Maybe you've heard of Intercourse, Pennsylvania? What about Santa Claus, Indiana, Hell, Michigan or Friendly, West Virginia? Every state has at least a handful of town names that raise eyebrows. Here are a few crazy town names from Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.

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Crazy Laws in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa

There are a lot of crazy, weird and unusual laws still on the books in every state in America. Most of these laws were passed years and years ago in a very different time, and they simply have never been taken off the books. Upon looking at many of them, it's a real good thing these laws aren't still enforced.

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Five Famous Movies Filmed in Iowa

The State of Iowa is famous for, among other things, presidential caucuses, agriculture, the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones, Captain James T. Kirk, and Herbert Hoover. Movies doesn't usually come to mind, but there have actually been a number of well known films shot in the Hawkeye State.

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The Most Instagrammed Places in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa

A website called busbud has released a list of the most often Instagrammed places in each state and Canada. Here are the most popular places in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa... and a few more.

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Where do Illinois, Missouri and Iowa Rank Among Most and Least Happy States?

A new study published by WalletHub reveals where each state in America ranks on a scale of happiest to least Happy. Illinois, Missouri and Iowa all placed far apart in the rankings.

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Western Catholic Union Photo

Mark Wiewel Keeps Pedaling for Food Pantries [Interview]

Mark Wiewel, the President & CEO of the Western Catholic Union, is zeroing in on raising a quarter of a million dollars with his "Bike for Food" fundraising ride. In the previous nine years, Wiewel has raised $203-thousand for food pantries in Quincy, Alton, Hannibal, Palmyra, Canton and Ft. Madison.

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Slate Assigns Porterhouse, Spare Ribs and Loose Meat as ‘Official’ Meats of the Tri-States

If each state in America had an "official" meat, what would those state meats be? That's the question Slate Magazine attempted to answer in the article 'The United Steaks of America.' Slate's effort is impressive. Meats were not allowed to be used twice, only mammal meat qualified for the list, and stews and sandwiches were not necessarily eligible. Here's what was decided for Illinois, Missouri and Iowa:

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