My wife and I are new empty nesters, and are considering moving to Des Moines, Iowa. What is it like to live there? What are the pluses and minuses? We are hoping to find a friendly, welcoming community with some larger city amenities. Ideally, we'd also find other non religious, politically moderate-to-liberal folks. Will we find it there?
We are set to spend a week in July at Lake Okoboji with my in-laws. We have a toddler. Any tips? [more inside]
Mr. Songs_About_Rainbows is interviewing for a job in Des Moines. What will we love about being in a Midwestern paradise? What should we be prepared to not like so much? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
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!
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?
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!
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]
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]
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?
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!)
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]
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]
I know virtually nothing of bars. How do I know which bar to visit that would be a good fit for me? [more inside]
Suggestions for a RAGBRAI newbie? Mid-forties male, experienced bicycle rider, working on getting into shape for the ride. [more inside]
What's the address of Flava Flav's new eatery in Clinton, IA? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Road trip filter: what should we see on our trip up the Mississippi between St Louis and Iowa City? (more inside) [more inside]
What are the odds that I'll see the northern lights? [more inside]
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]
Is it true that Ulysses S. Grant said that Iowa was the "shining star of radicalism"? [more inside]
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.
Did something change with Iowa's ABV limits on beers? [more inside]
Interesting, spooky, out-of-the-ordinary roadtrip stops within driving distance of Iowa? [more inside]
Do I want to live in Iowa? [more inside]
Please help me find the location of this free-standing golden dome in Iowa! [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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!
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???
I feel the same frustration every presidential primary season. This time around, I'd like to do something about it. [more inside]
Where can I find a rental cabin(s) in east Iowa or west Illinois around New Years for 20-25 people? [more inside]
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]
Des Moines, Iowa. Sunday Brunch. My google-fu fails me. Is there any nice place out there for Sunday Brunch? [more inside]
Going on an impromptu road trip to Des Moines. What do we do once we get there? [more inside]
"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.
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]
GasFilter: Why are gas stations in central Iowa selling premium gas cheaper than regular gas? [more inside]
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]
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