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Natallia Hudyma
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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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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

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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How Illinois, Missouri and Iowa Rank For Summer Road Trips

Summer is a time for travel for many of us, and WalletHub has compiled rankings of where each state stands as best or worst states for travel, including Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.

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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. Here's what they found for the three states in our area: Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.

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Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, and Alabama to headline 2015 Iowa State Fair
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2015 Iowa State Fair Entertainment Lineup Includes Carrie Underwood, Reba, Alabama

Des Moines is kind of a drive from here, but a trip to this year's Iowa State Fair might be worth it for country music fans. The 2015 entertainment lineup includes country music stars like Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and Alabama and Justin Moore. 

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