News Quiz: U.S. President Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover, the 31st U.S. president, grew up in West Branch, Iowa until age 9, when he was orphaned and sent to live with relatives in Oregon. He served as president from 1929 to 1933. Test your knowledge on his Iowa roots and influence worldwide.

News Quiz: Iowa Fairs

State and county fairs have existed in Iowa since the mid-1800s. Iowa’s State Fair was first held on October 25 to 27, 1854 in Fairfield, Iowa, and county fairs existed before that. As of 2014, there were 106 state, county, and regional fairs in Iowa.

News Quiz: Iowa Flooding

According to a 2014 White House National Climate Assessment report, an analysis of rainfall patterns in Iowa shows a significant increase in the number of days with heavy rainfall, despite no increase in total annual precipitation. Major cities across Iowa have suffered multi-million dollar losses from floods over the past two decades. Do you know some of the history and facts behind flooding in Iowa?

News Quiz: Fireworks in Iowa

Fireworks have long been associated with the celebration of the Fourth of July. However, Iowa still holds a ban on most types of fireworks, not including some sparklers and snakes that have been legalized. How much do you know about the history of fireworks, both in Iowa and across the United States?

News Quiz: Iowans in Space and Aviation

There are a number of native Iowans who have gained fame and popularity over time, but only a select few have made a significant impact on the field of aviation and the exploration of space. Do you know the names of these three Iowans, famous for their influence in space and aviation?

News Quiz: Iowa’s Bird Flu Outbreak

On Thursday, Gov. Terry Branstad requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for four Iowa counties due to the bird flu outbreak that, according to the governor’s press release has affected 77 sites and over 33 million birds in Iowa. The outbreak has raised concerns about the potential impact of the virus. Test your knowledge of the avian flu with these few questions.

News Quiz: Draining Iowa’s Farmland

For over a century, drainage tiles have played a significant role in Iowa agriculture. But tile systems have also been targets of criticism from environmentalists who point to tiles’ environmental impact. How much do you know about Iowa’s drainage tiles?

News Quiz: History of Iowa Legislative Sessions

With the 2015 Iowa legislative session set to end this week, the House and Senate reached a budget agreement last week and leaders are saying adjournment is right around the corner. How much do you know about the history of past Iowa legislative sessions? Test your knowledge with three quick questions.

News Quiz: Civil Rights Struggles, Milestones In Iowa

We have watched racial tension in Baltimore and other places in the United States in the past few months while also hearing about the historical reasons behind this unrest. But what about race relations in Iowa? This news quiz, which we originally published in January, will test your knowledge.

News Quiz: Newspapers in Iowa’s History

For as long as Iowa has existed newspapers have recorded the events and people shaping communities, informing current residents but also leaving a history for future generations. But you might not be aware of a few things found in the history of Iowa newspapers.