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Please suggest a good bike for commuting: Iowa edition.

I am shopping for a new bike which I will use for a daily commute in Iowa City, and I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Can anyone identify this... Thing?

One of the kiddos in my Cousin's class found this: rando nature doodad Data points - she is located in Iowa. She describes it as being squishy and the white bit feels kind of like a hard boiled egg. Any ideas?
posted by sleepykitties on Jun 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Searching for a slim book of odd Iowa humor from the 80s

Back in the early or mid-eighties, my grandparents had a book of offbeat Iowan humor. I'd love to find that book again. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on May 22, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me adjust to (or tolerate) the Midwest...

I grew up and attended university on the East Coast. I don't know what I was thinking when I matriculated at a graduate program in the Midwest-- perhaps I thought that having lived in diverse settings would be a good life experience or something (?) ... Well, what's done is done, and I'm here for the next three years. Please help me better deal with this culture shock! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2014 - 60 answers

Looking for RAGBRAI advice

What charter service would you recommend to both shuttle me to and from the airport, and to provide support during the ride itself. [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Nov 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Christmas mother-daughter road trip in America

My mom and I are hoping to get away over Christmas and explore the States a little bit. GIve us good ideas for where to go and what to do? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Nov 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Where should I live?

Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 14, 2013 - 50 answers

Visiting Des Moines & Omaha this weekend - recommendations?

This weekend, a friend and I are going to spend 48 hours visiting Des Moines (Iowa), Omaha (Nebraska) and the places in-between. Do you have any recommendations for events this weekend we shouldn't miss? Or spots to visit? And any recommendation for the best steak restaurant along the route? Thanks!
posted by apennington on Oct 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Zoom! Enhance!

What does this say? Trying to make out the characters in the second line of text here: Stoneware Jar. Also, is there a third line?
posted by cjorgensen on Oct 5, 2013 - 6 answers

How to find short but not too short term accommodations in Iowa City?

I'll be in Iowa City from March 25 to the end of April. I'll need a place to stay for a month and a week. Do you all have craigslist out there? If not, what are the best resources for finding lodging for this duration at something more like rental rates than hotel rates? Thanks!
posted by eviemath on Feb 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Birth Options in Iowa City

I'm looking into having a midwife assisted birth in the Iowa City area in March. Anybody have any suggestions? I am completely unfamiliar with the options available there. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Aug 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me plan a road trip with kids.

Road trip! My wife and I are taking our two kids on our first real road trip, from the mid-Atlantic to the Midwest. I’d like advice on routes, activities, and must-see stops along the way. Lots of details and specific questions after the jump. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Can I make gifts to my spouse to equalize our taxable incomes?

My wife and I file our federal taxes jointly but our Iowa taxes separately. She works part-time and has a fraction of my income. It appears that we would pay lower state taxes if our income was split more evenly between us. Can I make gifts to her (of cash or perhaps shares), deduct them from my taxable income, and add them to her taxable income?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Apr 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Awesome my trip! [Sioux City Edition]

In Sioux City, IA, this weekend. What to do and where should I stay? AirBnB fails--Yelp is anemic--the center does not hold. I like weird bnb's, actual humans, small towns, couch surfs, glbt stuff, sci-fi. Enjoy rural life just fine :) Happy to spend money. (Me: 30s, male, if it matters!)
posted by gregglind on Apr 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Iowa State or Marquette University?

I've gotten my college picks down to Marquette University or Iowa State University. I can't decide where I want to go, several variables to consider...HELP!!! [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Mar 5, 2012 - 23 answers

Iowa/Omaha over Fourth of July

Road trip filter: Three friends in Iowa and Omaha over Fourth of July long weekend. What to see, where to eat (Omaha steak and otherwise) and how to celebrate Independence Day? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Jun 24, 2011 - 16 answers

How to Drink in Davenport

I know virtually nothing of bars. How do I know which bar to visit that would be a good fit for me? [more inside]
posted by Green With You on May 21, 2011 - 10 answers

The Road to RAGBRAI

Suggestions for a RAGBRAI newbie? Mid-forties male, experienced bicycle rider, working on getting into shape for the ride. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on May 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Cold Lampin' With Flavor

What's the address of Flava Flav's new eatery in Clinton, IA? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jan 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Is it appropriate to thank a judge?

On Tuesday, voters removed three Iowa judges from office after they legalized same-sex marriage. I'd like to write those judges, thanking them for their service and their brave decision. Is this appropriate?
posted by Sfving on Nov 4, 2010 - 21 answers

What happens when you're moving and a car breaks down?

I'm stuck in Adair, Iowa (pop 800) with a probably unfixable car which was towing a trailer hauling all my possessions. OMG help. [more inside]
posted by zug on Sep 1, 2010 - 38 answers

Help me make Nebraska and Iowa interesting

Stuffing a 7, 5 and 3-year-old into the backseat of a Corolla and driving from Colorado Springs through Nebraska and Iowa to Madison, Wis. Happy to take the trip over two days and stop frequently to maintain sanity; any recommended pit stops? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Aug 23, 2010 - 15 answers

Twain-esque Road Trip

Road trip filter: what should we see on our trip up the Mississippi between St Louis and Iowa City? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Aug 17, 2010 - 9 answers

A coronal mass ejection question.

What are the odds that I'll see the northern lights? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Aug 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Moving to the Quad Cities, IL/IA. Recommendations?

My husband and I are moving to the Quad Cities, Illinois/Iowa and we need some recommendations. He grew up there, so we are familiar with general geography and institutions like Jim's Ribs, Whitey's ice cream, and Maid-Rite. But he hasn't lived there since high school-- we need a realtor, neighborhood suggestions, doctors, etc. My Google-fu has given me plenty of lists but I'd like info from real people. [more inside]
posted by scarnato on Jul 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Iowa - "the shining star of radicalism"?

Is it true that Ulysses S. Grant said that Iowa was the "shining star of radicalism"? [more inside]
posted by dd42 on Jul 8, 2010 - 7 answers

What is income limit for Iowa Medicaid Health Insurance?

What are the income limits for a family of three (child six year old).... for the child and/or family to be covered under medicaid. (State of Iowa). Any info you have, or websites you know, will be helpful. Thanks.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 15, 2010 - 2 answers

Did Iowa's beer ABV limit change?

Did something change with Iowa's ABV limits on beers? [more inside]
posted by cellphone on Dec 31, 2009 - 7 answers

Interesting, spooky, out-of-the-ordinary roadtrip stops within driving distance of Iowa?

Interesting, spooky, out-of-the-ordinary roadtrip stops within driving distance of Iowa? [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger on Jul 30, 2009 - 28 answers

live in Iowa?

Do I want to live in Iowa? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jul 5, 2009 - 27 answers

Where in Iowa is this golden dome?

Please help me find the location of this free-standing golden dome in Iowa! [more inside]
posted by jordanlewis on Jun 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Where should I live in Ames, Iowa?

My wife, baby daughter, and I are moving to Ames, Iowa this summer for work -- I'm just finishing grad school and am starting a job at ISU, and she's going to stay at home with our daughter for a while. We care about schools down the road but not immediately. We're open to renting or buying and would prefer a house but an apartment would be fine. I'd like to live biking distance from the university if possible, but not in a college-student-type rental house. Any advice would be great. Thanks!
posted by calcalcal on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Camping, hiking, backpacking suggestions for a beginner in the Midwest?

Summer isn't THAT far off . . . already trying to come up with camping/hiking spots in the Midwest for once it gets warm. Help! Looking for specific recommendations for spots in the IL/IA/WI area, plus whatever other random camping and backpacking tips you want to throw my way. Bonus points for places I can bring my dog, although I don't mind leaving her with my parents for a week either. [more inside]
posted by lblair on Feb 12, 2009 - 18 answers

Desert Driver in the Snow

Is a desert-dweller crazy to plan to drive between Kansas City, Missouri and Eastern Iowa in February? If I'm not crazy, what do I need to know or be prepared for? [more inside]
posted by reader-writer on Jan 10, 2009 - 15 answers

A weird Iowa weed

What is this weird plant? [more inside]
posted by sararah on Sep 29, 2008 - 5 answers

Things for Chinese visitors to do while in one of the Flyover States?

It's kind of the opposite of questions that have been asked in the past: What activities can you recommend for an American host to arrange for some Chinese Visitors? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid on Mar 19, 2008 - 18 answers

iowa appreciation day

forget nyc, it seems that today Iowa is the new askme destination of choice! what should i know to best experience Iowa City and Davenport? mostly this is a quest to know the local area and what should be appreciated here. i have 3 days (may, weekend), and a car. also, what must i buy/eat? anything else you feel urged to write on the topic is also welcome!
posted by n y my on Feb 29, 2008 - 23 answers

Des Moines Public Golf Courses

I'm looking to plan a golf trip to Des Moines this summer and I need some advice on where to play. I'm looking to spend around $40 to $50 per round. I'm looking for public courses pretty close to downtown. Any advice???
posted by rme014 on Feb 29, 2008 - 3 answers

Let's never have another 2004

I feel the same frustration every presidential primary season. This time around, I'd like to do something about it. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Dec 6, 2007 - 36 answers

Good Iowa Rental Cabins?

Where can I find a rental cabin(s) in east Iowa or west Illinois around New Years for 20-25 people? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen on Sep 27, 2007 - 6 answers

throwing people into an Iowa asylum

Iowa & mental health: What can someone do if they're threatened with being admitted for psychiatric reasons against their will? What happens? Does it really only take two other people signing a document? Is threatening someone with this a crime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2007 - 18 answers

Sunday Brunch in Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa. Sunday Brunch. My google-fu fails me. Is there any nice place out there for Sunday Brunch? [more inside]
posted by davereed on Sep 11, 2007 - 6 answers

Interesting things to do in Des Moines

Going on an impromptu road trip to Des Moines. What do we do once we get there? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on May 17, 2007 - 13 answers

What are the lyrics to Meredith Wilson's "Iowa, It's a Beautiful Name"?

"Iowa, It's a Beautiful Name" by (I think) Meredith Wilson. Does anybody know the lyrics or a songbook that contains it? It was published around the time of WWII. Thank You.
posted by davereed on Sep 29, 2006 - 3 answers

Is there such a thing as a midwest US vacation?

Help me with the impossible vacation. I am in southern Iowa and have four days to share a meaningful vacation with my husband and two of our children, ages 11 and 13. [more inside]
posted by justlisa on Aug 12, 2006 - 13 answers

Bass Ackwards Gas Prices?

GasFilter: Why are gas stations in central Iowa selling premium gas cheaper than regular gas? [more inside]
posted by ArbiterOne on Jul 29, 2006 - 20 answers

Songs about Western and Midwestern States?

Mixtape filter: I need songs that reference any of the states of California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah. [more inside]
posted by sarahnade on Jun 28, 2006 - 70 answers

Des Moines, Iowaaaa

Anything going on in Des Moines, Iowa on the cultural scene? Art museums, galleries, music, best kept secrets, restaurants, even shopping etc. Spending 3 days in August...yikes.
posted by lois1950 on Jul 11, 2005 - 10 answers

Satellite DSL or Other Ways of Speedy Internet in Rural Iowa?

I live in rural Iowa, and can't get landline DSL. I'd like to hear of any success stories with satellite DSL. I'd also like to hear the horror stories.

And if there are other ways of getting fast Internet in the sticks, I'd love to hear about that, too.
posted by bricoleur on Feb 7, 2005 - 11 answers

road trip advice going through San Francisco and Seattle

On a whim, I'm driving from Milwaukee to San Francisco to Seattle and back to Milwaukee again. I'll be going through WI, IL, IA, NE, CO, UT, NV, CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, SD, and MN and am looking for some tips on sights I shouldn't miss. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bakiwop on Aug 7, 2004 - 20 answers

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