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1. On October 16, 2000 the Governor of Missouri died in an airplane crash. Three weeks later, he was elected posthumously to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate. What was his name?
2. 2008 saw the election of which "Saturday Night Live" alumni to one of the two United States Senate seats from Minnesota?
3. On Juned 16, 2011 over 40 people were trapped inside the top of a popular tourist attraction for over an hour. Which Midwest landmark were they held captive in?
4. In February 2005, a long and stressful battle between the Kansas State Police and the serial killer known as the BTK Strangler came to an end with the killer's arrest. What was the name of this man?
5. In 2004, The National Basketball Association's Indiana Pacers were involved in a brawl involving both players and fans, during which the worst fracas involved a player who ended up suspended for the rest of the year. What player had a stigma of instability follow him long after the suspension ended?
6. Back in the 1800s Iowa had a governor, Samuel Kirkwood, who served two different stints as the governor with a gap of twelve years in between. Now another governor has repeated the feat when he stepped back into the office in 2011 after a twelve year gap from the first time he held the office. Who is this two-time governor of Iowa?
7. On August 1st, 2007, the people of Minnesota witnessed the unsalvageable collapse of what structure?
8. In 2008, Meridian Bridge in Yankton, South Dakota was given a gross weight limit that essentially retired the bridge to normal traffic. A replacement bridge was built called the Discovery Bridge, and the original bridge was designated for pedestrian and bicycle traffic only. But what made the Meridian Bridge so unique?
9. The National Football League had never seen a team go an entire 16-game season without winning a game until 2008. What Midwest team earned their fifteen minutes of fame by being on the wrong side of the win-lose column?
10. What goes up must come down...but it usually doesn't come down this hard. Chicago's Oprah Winfrey included the book "A Million Little Pieces" on her prestigious "Oprah Book Club" in September of 2005. Upon evidence surfacing that large parts of the "autobiographical memoir" were fabricated, Oprah invited the author back to "annihilate him", as Larry King put it later. Who was this author, a Chicago, Illinois native, invited back to Chicago to be figuratively eaten alive by Oprah Winfrey?
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