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16. Irish Democrat: Located on one of the main streets running through CR, this popular spot easily located by its forest green exterio...  
17. Hippie HyVee: i thought that one was just called "Ghetto Hy-Vee"?  
18. Tree of Five Seasons: The Tree of Five Seasons, a sculpture downtown, is the Cedar Rapids symbol for its "City of Five Seasons" nickname....
19. Cedar Rapids Flood of 2008: Also considered the Iowa Flood of 2008 because of its damage across the state, the Cedar Rapids Flood devastated th...  
20. Cedar River: Main river that runs through Cedar Rapids, named after the red cedars along its banks.  
21. Mt. Trashmore: The waste facility in town that appears to be more of a mountain of garbage instead of anything productive  
22. May's Island: Island in the Cedar River, part of downtown, which has some of the major city buildings  
23. Field of Dreams: Built in 1988 for the movie "Field of Dreams" starring Kevin Costner, the field is one of the most popular tourist ...  
24. Wood, The: Referring to The Greenwood Lounge, one of Des Moines' oldest and most beloved dive bars. An Ingersoll institut...
25. Whippy Dip: Seasonal ice cream shop with in walking distance of Luther College frequented by college students due to the cheap ...  
26. Vesterheim Museum: Museum featuring artifacts from Norway and early settlers of the area from Norway as well.  
27. uff duh: Norwegian phrase used to express annoyance. Much like the jewish phrase oy ve.  
28. CR: Common nickname and shorthand for Cedar Rapids.  
29. City of Five Seasons, The: The fifth season more accurately is "time to enjoy the other four," reflecting a leisurely pace of life.
30. Freedom Festival: the best time of the year. Last day fireworks.  
 
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2. The New Orleans version of a county.

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