When you're exploring local, state, or even national parks, you never know what you may find. You might even come across a new, furry friend.

One state that is known for its trails, parks, and active wildlife is Iowa. Iowa has a list of critters and creatures roaming the state. But, it’s probably best to watch out for one dangerous animal because its greatest weapon is...being too adorable?

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One would assume that a venomous snake or even a mountain lion would be at the top of the most dangerous animals’ list in Iowa. While they are certainly some of the most dangerous animals someone can encounter, they are not the most surprising, like one common mammal.

Watch Out for the Deer in Iowa!

According to the Go Look Explore website, one of the most dangerous animals in Iowa is the deer. I was pretty shocked when I read this tidbit. However, the reason why deer are on the most dangerous list makes perfect sense. These docile animals have populated the state in a major way and as a result of increased contact with humans, have led to a rise in deer-related car accidents.

Furthermore, deer can be pretty aggressive during mating season. Male deer in particular can be very dangerous. They are trying to protect their families, so they mark their territories. Anyone who crosses them risks getting seriously hurt. Go Look Explore explains, "It is imperative that you take your time to review the area that you are going to explore so that you avoid accidents caused by these creatures. If you are in an accident or you are attacked by a deer, then you should seek immediate medical attention."

Deer are truly peaceful animals when left alone. So if you happen to stumble upon them when you're visiting Iowa or any state, look at them from afar. There's no need to approach these majestic animals. Just admire them.

Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

15 Free Things to Do with Kids in Sioux Falls

"What are we gonna do with these kids?" A question every parent askes, especially in the summer. And it's always better if what you do with the kids is free.

Sioux Falls is a small city full of big fun for all ages, and a lot of it is free. We have world-class parks, museums, live music and so much more. Here's a handy list of 15 free things for you and the kids to do in Sioux Falls.

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