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...

Homesick GI Made It Home for Christmas.
He only had a 3-day pass, but it was one of the most memorable Christmases ever.

Let's Talk Weather
Fuzzy forecasters are indicating near normal temperatures for winter.

We Have a Winner - So Stop Looking for the Key!
"We found it!" Says an Osceola couple. They win a cabin in the woods to enjoy all of next summer in our latest "Iowa Treasure Hunt."

The Prettiest Farm in Iowa.
Nothing symbolizes our state like proudly primped and painted farmsteads. Few are prettier than "Angus Acres", where cattle graze the rolling hills of Dubuque County.

Road Trip!
Pull off the four-lane and join us as we explore th etreasures of Buchanan County ... including a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Can You Tell a Good Christmas Tale?
We start the story ... and you finish it ... in our ninth annual holiday writing contest.

In Search of Love and a Home
More heartfelt stories of children sent to Iowa during the decades-long orphan train movement.

Ready for One Whopper of a Fish Story?
Step aside, cattle and hogs. These Blairsburg farmers are rocking the boat to make Iowa a leading fish producer in the nation.

Whiteout on Snow Prairie
Whoops ... we mean "Sand Prairie". But the blizzard that blew through the area had residents questioning the name.

Amish Farm Wife's Diary:
"We had a rodeo when the neighbor's cows got out! One charges Jacob, pinning his leg against the silage chopper.

My First Job.
One reader was a door-to-door salesman at the age of 9. Another picked raspberries for a penny a pint.

What in the World Does Nishnabotna Mean?
Many places in Iowa have Indian names. You might find their meaning interesting - and surprising.


In Every Issue

Two Men and a Magazine

Let's Talk Weather

Iowa Eye-Catchers

Country Characters

Why I Came Back to Iowa

Cartoon Capers

Io-Ways…Photos Along Our Byways and Backroads

Just for Laughs

From the Mouths of Little Iowans

What I Miss Most About Iowa

Focus on Iowa Photo Contest

Rustic Roads

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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