Battleground Blog: 10 Things you didn't know about Iowa
A 'ghost player' in a vintage Chicago White Sox baseball uniform emerges from a cornfield as he re-enacts the scene at the baseball field created for the motion picture 'Field of Dreams,' which was filmed in Iowa.
November 2nd, 2012
06:01 AM ET
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Battleground Blog: 10 Things you didn't know about Iowa

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here, CNN Correspondent Poppy Harlow lists 14 things you may not have known about the state of Iowa, the battleground state she is covering this week.

1. John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa

2. Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa

3. Iowa is the biggest producer of corn, soy beans, pork and eggs in the nation and produced one-fourteenth of the nation's food supply.

4. Ashton Kutcher is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

5. Buddy Holly died in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa.

6. Dubuque, County Iowa is home to the Field of Dreams.

7. Le Mars, Iowa is the Ice Cream Capital of the world.

8. Des Moines, Iowa is home to the $250,000 World Food Prize.

9. The Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa boasts the largest base payout of any triathlon in America.

10. Olympians Lolo Jones and Shawn Johnson were born in Iowa.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Let Detroit go bankrupt...idiot mitt the twit. Shut down on FEMA., mitt the twit.

    November 2, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  2. Dan

    Iowa is also a leader in wind energy.
    They believe in producing their own energy and doing everything they can to protect their farms and businesses from global warming.

    November 2, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |