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Midwest Messenger

Burmeister Publishing

October 2011

The Many Marvels of the Midwest Written by: Mrs. B’s 4th Grade Class

The Midwest is home to the oldest professional baseball team. The Midwest had the thickest layer of ice 18,000 years ago. The Midwest is the flattest region because glaciers flattened us like a pancake. The Midwest is the largest producer of popcorn. The oldest Ferris Wheel was built by George Ferris in 1843 and was at the World’s Fair in Chicago. The largest building made of corn is the Corn Palace in South Dakota. The Jewel Cave in South Dakota is the longest cave. The roughest land in the United States is the Badlands in South Dakota. The largest sculpture in the world is Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The fastest car race in the world is in Indianapolis, Indiana. The state with the most lakes is Minnesota.

The largest corn producing state is Iowa. The biggest area of sand dunes is in Nebraska. The world’s largest indoor mall is located in Minnesota. Kansas is highest in wheat production. The oldest city in the Midwest is located in Illinois. Wisconsin is known as the largest producer of milk. The tallest building in the United States (1,454 feet) is the Sears Tower in Chicago. More cars and trucks are made in Michigan than any other state.

Iowa By: Niall and Chloe Iowa is a unique state because it has 99 counties, and 949 cities. Iowa has 2 senators, and 5 U.S. representatives, also the flag was designed by Dixie Cornen Gerbert in 1917. The flag was given to Iowa when it was 75 years old. Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River on the East, and on the West of Iowa is the Missouri River and the Big Sioux. The state bird is the Eastern Goldfinch; the state fossil is the Crinoid.

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The state flower is the Wild Rose, the state tree is an Oak. The state rock is a Geode, and the states soil is Tama. The pretty sunset cast a pink glow in Iowa’s every day evening sky.

Illinois By: Courtney and Nathan Chicago is famous for its aquarium, its 2 zoos, the Sears Tower, and its museum. Illinois is an interesting state because it was the 6th most populous state in the country. There are 11,846,544 people in Illinois. On Saint Patrick’s Day they paint the Chicago River green. Also, before Abraham Lincoln was elected president he practiced law in the capitol, Springfield. The name Illinois comes from a Native American word meaning superior people. Illinois is the Prairie State. Illinois became a state on December 3rd, 1818. You can also visit the biggest hills in Illinois called Charles Mound. You can even visit the public library with over than 2 million books. Illinois has 102 counties. Illinois is a great state.

Indiana [The Hoosier State] Written by: Emily& Alex The state of Indiana [or the Hoosier State] is great, but there is lots of traffic so get ready for the long drive. If you go there you might see people doing construction and looking for lime stone because there is a ton. Also if you’re lucky you might see the state river, The Wabash River. The glaziers left most of Indiana flat so bring your camera to see the beauty of the cardinal and peony flower. Even during the winter the cardinal stays there. Want to know something interesting? Most band instruments come from Indiana. In Indiana the tulip tree can become furniture, baskets, and boxes gets from the wood. Indiana limestone from open pits called quarries. Indiana has another nickname “Mother of Vice Presidents” because they had 5 presidents from there. Abraham Lincoln was 7 when he moved to Indiana.

KANSAS THE LAND OF OZ! Written by Lauren and Annika Kansas is a great place to be trust me! It took so many culters and guoups to make what is

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now…………. Western Kansas. Oh and you’ll never guess what the population is! 2,694,641 that’s a lot of people and the state nick name is the Sunflower state. It became a state in Jan.29, 1861. The state bird is : Western Meadow Lark. In 1900 farmers made 33 million loafs of bread. In Lucas, Civil War Veteran S.P. Dinsmoor used over 100 tons of concrete to build the Garden of Eden. Spanish explorer Francisco, Decobodo was considered the first to explore. Also, Topeka is the capital. Kansas has the largest butterfly/sun flower garden. That’s the state of Kansas.

miles of its borders. Michigan is the only state that borders 4 out of the 5 great lakes. The glaciers in Michigan melted 14,000 years ago. Michigan is the eleventh largest state in the U.S.A. Michigan is 58,216 square miles long. Michigan’s minerals are copper, iron, gold, silver, gypsum, slate, salt, coal, and limestone. Lake Erie is 572 ft (or 174 ml) long. Forestry is important in Michigan. The forest industry was in full swing in the 1840s. Lansing is the capital of Michigan.

Minnesota {Land of 10,000 Lakes}

Michigan By: Lincoln, Sam, and Christgen

There are no wolverines in Michigan even though Michigan is the Wolverine State. A lot of people in Michigan have a hobby of sledding. Michigan has at least 11,000 lakes and rivers and streams that stretch at least 3,600

Written by: Maverick and Cryssi Minnesota became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858. Minnesota is the 12th largest state. It is approximately 86,943 square miles; so there is plenty to explore. You can even see Fort Snelling or Minnesota’s highest mountain Eagle Point. Minnesota’s population is 5.3 million. There are many people to meet. Minnesota has more then 20,000 lakes. Minnesota’s nickname is Land of 10,000 Lakes. People love to visit Lake Superior Minnesota’s Page 3


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northeast border. Minneapolis, Minnesota became one of the world’s leading cities for making flour. Minnesota is one of the world’s leading iron ore productions. Minnesota is famous for its natural recourses and lakes.

MISSOURI Written by: Brody and Jacob

America first daylight bank robbery occurred on February 13, 1866 in Liberty, Missouri. Bandits stole more than 60,000 dollars from the Clay County Saving Bank and Loan Association. The case was never solved but many people believed Jesse James staged the robbery. Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri has a shoreline that runs 1,375 miles (2,212 km). That’s longer than the Pacific coast of California. The first people to taste hot dogs and ice cream cones were visitors at the St. Louis Worlds Fair in 1904 in Missouri. Missouri is surrounded by eight other states. Only one other state Tennessee has as many neighbors. By 1500s more than 30,000

Indians lived in Cahokia. Its location is on the Mississippi River made it a trading center. In the 1600s the lives of both the Mississippi plains and Missouri Indians were destroyed. Among Missouri’s early settlers was Daniel Boone, the famous woodman and pioneer. On August 10, 1821 Missouri became the 24th state, a slave state. Missouri’s river highways and the states history as a trading center led to another major industry transportation. St. Louis and Kansas City are hubs for trucks, railroads, airline, and river barge traffic. Many products are shipped by barge from St. Louis to other U.S. ports. The grain loaded in St. Louis or Kansas City may end up almost any where in the world. Earthquakes also occasionally rock Missouri. In 1811 a major quake hit New Madrid in the state southeastern corner. Overall Missouri’s weather is gentle enough to allow many plants and animals to thrive. One third of the state is covered with stands of hardware trees. Oak, hickory, and walnut trees provide food for the white-tailed deer and wild turkey’s that live in the Lush forest. Missouri’s state bird is the Bluebird.

Nebraska The Corn Husker State By: Andy and Hannah

Omaha is the biggest city in Nebraska. About 400,000 people live and work

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there. Actually 89.6 % of the people living in Nebraska live in Omaha. The major rivers in Nebraska are the Missouri River, Niobrara River, Platte River, and Republican River. Major lakes in Nebraska are Lewis and Clark Lake, Harlan County Lake, and Lake C.W. McConaughty.

North Dakota

Written by: Christabel and Rebekah

North Dakota is shaped like a rectangle. North Dakota’s nickname is the Peace of Garden State. North Dakota has many sunflowers. North Dakota’s name comes from the North Dakota band of Sioux Indians. North Dakota has streams, lakes, and rolling hills where people like to fish. North Dakota produces enough soybeans to make 212 billion crayons each year. North Dakota also

produces enough sugar beets make enough sugar to sweeten more than 2 billion gallons of cool aid. The Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickson holds the world’s largest triceratops scull; it weighs 1,500 pounds. North Dakota is very good for farming; you can grow beans, sugar beets, barley, and sunflowers there. North Dakota is 70,704 square miles long. North Dakota is the home to the oldest rodeo (1884 years old).

Ohio Written by: Hunter and Ashley

Ohio is known as the buckeye state from their state tree. Ohio is a Native American word that means “Great River”. Ohio adopted its flag in 1902. Thomas Edison was born in Page 5


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Ohio. The Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional baseball team in 1869. Arkon was the first city to use police cars. In 1877 Cleveland became the first city to be lighted with electricity. Cleveland also had traffic lights in 1914. Cincinnati had the first professional fire department and the first ambulance service. Ohio claims the first chewing gum in 1869 and the first hotdog in 1900’s. Ohio was the birthplace of many U.S. presidents including Ulysses grant, Rutherford Hayes, James A .Also Benjamin H, William M, William H, and Warren G. Ohio’s last president was William McKinley.

South Dakota Written by: Skye and Sirriniti South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and the Niota. The Jewel Cave is the 3rd longest cave in the world. More than 120 miles of passages have been surveyed. Calcite Crystals that glitter when it is illuminated give the cave its name. South Dakota’s nickname is The Mount Rushmore State. South Dakota’s population is 754,844. American buffalo are slowly making a comeback. The U.S.S. South Dakota was the most decorated battleship during World War II. South Dakota became a state in 1889. Eastern South Dakota is in the central time zone while western South Dakota follows Mountain Time.

Wisconsin Written by: Jacob and Brody The capital of Wisconsin is Madison. Wisconsin became the 30th state in the U.S. on May 29, 1848. People from France first came to Wisconsin in the1600’s. An explorer named Jean Nicolet landed on the shore of Bay in 1634. Two other men, Louis

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Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette also came to Wisconsin. They explored the land and rivers in 1673. The state also has a thick green forests, most of which grow in the north. Glaciers formed most of the state’s beauty. The highest point is Tim’s hill. Tim’s hill rises 1,951 feet (595 meters) above sea level. Wisconsin has long cold winters. The summers are short and warm. The state receives about30 inches (762 millimeters) of rain each year. The amount of snow the state receives during winters varies.

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