Our Iowa Magazine
Welcome ...

It's fun! Upbeat! And different from any magazine you've ever seen! Welcome to Our Iowa, the magazine that celebrates all that's great about living in Iowa.

Basically, Our Iowa allows Iowans to "talk to each other". Reading each issue is like sitting at your kitchen table and chatting with new friends over coffee, all of whom have interests similar to yours.

There are jaw-dropping photos of our beautiful land as well as some in-depth features. But the bulk of each issue is conversational, light-hearted "Here's what I think..." contributions shared by Iowans... people just like you.

Plus, you can win some great prizes…like the use of an Amish-built log cabin in the heart of beautiful northeast Iowa for the entire summer of 2016! Follow the clues in each issue and locate the cabin key we’ve hidden in a public park somewhere in the state.

Also be sure to enter our Lucky I Contest and win thousands of dollars in prizes given away by advertisers each issue. It’s almost like getting paid to read the ads!

Sneak a Peek Inside this Issue...

Iowa Was Their Land of Opportunity.
"Orphan trains" brought homeless children by the thousands from big-city orphanages in the East to Iowa, where they were adopted.  Were you, or a relative, an orphan train rider? 

The Search Is On for the Key to This Cabin!
We've hidden another key in a public park...and this time the winner gets the use of a "cabin in the woods" for the entire summer!

Road Trip!
The scenery is spectacular...and there's also a lot of Iowa history behind those beautiful scenes in Allamakee County. 

Win $400 for Your Church's Kitchen Fund.
Enter your favorite church cookbook chocolate recipe at the Iowa State Fair. 

The Case of the Careening Commode.
The Fourth of July was a blast...until things backfired and a potty went pell-mell.     

Dad Taught Me About Life...40 Rods at a Time.
Lessons learned building fence with my father taught me the value of doing things the "right way". 

The Flying Lesson.
Watching a finch teach her young to fly made a reader think of his own children about ready to leave the nest. 

I Walked a Lot Taller That Summer Day.
What a satisfying moment as the sun set on my first day of baling hay. 

Amish Farm Wife's Diary:
"It's fun to be cleaning the house.  Last fall we skipped our turn to host church services.  So it's been over a year since our house has had a thorough cleaning for church company."

Grandma and Grandpa's Best Advice. 
Thanks to a lifetime of experience, grandparents often have the wisdom of Solomon.  What's the best advice they've shared with you? 


In Every Issue

The Prettiest Farm in Iowa

Iowa Eye-Catchers

Why I Came Back to Iowa

Country Characters

Cartoon Capers

Io-Ways…Photos Along Our Byways and Backroads

Look What You Can Win from Advertisers!

Let's Talk Weather

Just for Laughs

From the Mouths of Little Iowans

What I Miss Most About Iowa

Focus on Iowa Photo Contest

Iowa's Most Beautiful Barns

Iowa Rewind

County Roundup/Meet Our Hawk-Eyes

Recipes They’re Proud to Share

Cookin’ with Karen

Where's the Beef?

My Favorite Ma & Pa Restaurant

We Hear Ya!


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