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Iowa (/ˈwə/ (listen)) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States, bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west. It is bordered by six states: Wisconsin to the northeast, Illinois to the east and southeast, Missouri to the south, Nebraska to the west, South Dakota to the northwest, and Minnesota to the north.

During the 18th and early 19th centuries, Iowa was a part of French Louisiana and Spanish Louisiana; its state flag is patterned after the flag of France. After the Louisiana Purchase, people laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt. In the latter half of the 20th century, Iowa's agricultural economy transitioned to a diversified economy of advanced manufacturing, processing, financial services, information technology, biotechnology, and green energy production.

Iowa is the 26th most extensive in total area and the 31st most populous of the 50 U.S. states, with a population of 3,190,369, according to the 2020 census. The state's capital, most populous city, and largest metropolitan area fully located within the state is Des Moines. A portion of the larger Omaha, Nebraska, metropolitan area extends into three counties of southwest Iowa. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest U.S. states in which to live. (Full article...)

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Berkley Warren Bedell (March 5, 1921 – December 7, 2019) was an American Democratic Party politician and businessman who served as the U.S. representative for Iowa's 6th congressional district from 1975 to 1987. After starting a successful business in his youth, Berkley Fly Co., he ran for Congress in 1972, but was defeated by incumbent Wiley Mayne. In 1974 however, Bedell beat Mayne and was elected to the U.S. House.

He was known for his support of representative democracy and his populist style. For example, he would hold town halls and let constituents vote on motions to decide what he would do in Congress on their behalf and these meetings helped Bedell understand the problems of his constituents; as a result, he backed issues that were important to his farming constituency, such as waterway usage fees and production constraints. (Full article...)
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  • ... that Iowa Hawkeye Leo Jensvold played starting quarterback alongside his twin brother in 1930?
  • ... that the Aurelia Star, an Iowa newspaper, has changed ownership at least 11 times?
  • ... that reporter O. Kay Henderson, who has interviewed U.S. presidential candidates, is considered by national media to be an Iowa political authority?
  • ... that the Wapsipinicon Almanac was started "to silence anyone who thinks Iowa doesn't have a literary culture"?
  • ... that Iowa radio station KTFC was partially powered by a wind turbine that the owner had bought from an Arizona wind farm?
  • ... that Major Byers wrote "The Song of Iowa" after being inspired by hearing Confederate soldiers playing "Maryland, My Maryland" outside his prison cell and used the same tune?

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  • Image 18Iowa annual rainfall, in inches (from Iowa)

    Iowa annual rainfall, in inches (from Iowa)

  • Image 19The Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing at Iowa State University, Ames (from Iowa)

    The Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing at Iowa State University, Ames (from Iowa)

  • Image 20Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport is the first school of chiropractic in the world. (from Iowa)

    Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport is the first school of chiropractic in the world. (from Iowa)

  • Image 22Iowa in 1718 with the modern state area highlighted (from Iowa)

    Iowa in 1718 with the modern state area highlighted (from Iowa)

  • Image 23The Iowa Supreme Court, across from the capitol, is the state's highest court. (from Iowa)

    The Iowa Supreme Court, across from the capitol, is the state's highest court. (from Iowa)

  • Image 24Amana Colonies were founded by German Pietists. (from Iowa)

    Amana Colonies were founded by German Pietists. (from Iowa)

  • Image 25Iowa 2020 Population Density map (from Iowa)

    Iowa 2020 Population Density map (from Iowa)

  • Image 26The Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, completed in 1886, is the only state capitol in the United States to feature five domes, a central golden dome surrounded by four smaller ones. It houses the Iowa General Assembly, comprising the Iowa House of Representatives and Iowa Senate. (from Iowa)

    The Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, completed in 1886, is the only state capitol in the United States to feature five domes, a central golden dome surrounded by four smaller ones. It houses the Iowa General Assembly, comprising the Iowa House of Representatives and Iowa Senate. (from Iowa)

  • Image 27Skyline of Des Moines, Iowa's capital and largest city (from Iowa)

    Skyline of Des Moines, Iowa's capital and largest city (from Iowa)

  • Image 28Wood-heated floating sauna on the farm pond (from Iowa)

    Wood-heated floating sauna on the farm pond (from Iowa)

  • Image 29Vice President Henry Wallace (from Iowa)

    Vice President Henry Wallace (from Iowa)

  • Image 30President Herbert Hoover (from Iowa)

    President Herbert Hoover (from Iowa)

  • Image 32Ruins of historic Fort Atkinson (from Iowa)

    Ruins of historic Fort Atkinson (from Iowa)

  • A large brick stadium with many round windows on the bottom and many rectangle windows in groups of four line the top of the stadium. The words Modern Woodmen Park are displayed above the door

    Modern Woodmen Park is home to the Quad Cities baseball team. (from Iowa)

  • Image 35Ethanol plant under construction in Butler County (from Iowa)

    Ethanol plant under construction in Butler County (from Iowa)

  • Image 36Topography of Iowa, with counties and major streams (from Iowa)

    Topography of Iowa, with counties and major streams (from Iowa)

  • Image 37Köppen climate types of Iowa, using 1991–2020 climate normals. (from Iowa)

    Köppen climate types of Iowa, using 1991–2020 climate normals. (from Iowa)

  • Image 38Excavation of the 3,800-year-old Edgewater Park Site (from Iowa)

    Excavation of the 3,800-year-old Edgewater Park Site (from Iowa)

  • Image 40Harvesting corn in Jones County (from Iowa)

    Harvesting corn in Jones County (from Iowa)

  • Image 42South End Zone of Iowa State University's Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, IA. (from Iowa)

    South End Zone of Iowa State University's Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, IA. (from Iowa)

  • Image 43Riverside's "favorite son" (from Iowa)

    Riverside's "favorite son" (from Iowa)

  • Image 45Central Iowa cornfield and dairy in June (from Iowa)

    Central Iowa cornfield and dairy in June (from Iowa)

  • Image 46Old Capitol, Iowa City (from Iowa)

    Old Capitol, Iowa City (from Iowa)

  • Image 47Historic Fourth Street, Sioux City (from Iowa)

    Historic Fourth Street, Sioux City (from Iowa)

  • Image 48Iowa Territorial Seal (from Iowa)

    Iowa Territorial Seal (from Iowa)

  • Image 49Bellevue along the Mississippi, 1848 (from Iowa)

    Bellevue along the Mississippi, 1848 (from Iowa)

  • State Facts

    1. Abby Finkenauer (D)
    2. Dave Loebsack (D)
    3. Cindy Axne (D)
    4. Steve King (R)


    State Symbols

    State flag:
    Flag of the State of Iowa
    State seal:
    Great Seal of the State of Iowa
    State motto: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
    State nickname: The Hawkeye State
    State bird: Eastern Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
    State flower: Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa pratincola)
    State grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata)
    State tree: Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
    State rock: Geode
    State soil: Tama
    State song: The Song of Iowa
    State tartan: Iowa State Tartan
    Commemorative
       U.S. coin
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    2004 U.S. quarter-dollar Iowa


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