Our Iowa Magazine
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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.

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!

And we are starting another "Iowa Treasue Hunt" contest—this time for our "Grill Like a Pro" prize. We've hidden another key in a public park, and the lucky finder will win a "smoking hot" prize package, including a Big Green Egg cooker.

Sneak a Peek Inside this Issue...

Iowa Works: Nuns Make Heavenly Confections.
The sisters at an abbey near Dubuque operate a thriving Monastery Candy business.

Warm Reflections of Christmas on the Farm.
A reader fondly recalls simpler times.

How 'Bout We Get Together?
Old memories flowed the day these first-grade classmates met for a fun-filled afternoon.

The Prettiest Farm in Iowa.
This issue you'll find dazzling flowers and landscaping in Madison County.

Can You Tell a Good Christmas Tale?
We start the story...and you finish it...in our 11th annual holiday writing contest.

Most Interesting Town in Iowa: Pumped About Pumpkins in Anamosa.
There's a lot more than jack-o'-lanterns in this town!

Sunny Side Up.
A "crop report" on giant sunflowers grown around Iowa. 

Show Us Your Snowman!
Readers share fun winter creations.

Where, Oh Where, Can That Little Key Be?
In our annual "Iowa Treasure Hunt", the finder will win a Big Green Egg, tools to "grill like a pro"...and more.

They Were Young and in Love...
But with no heat, no air and bobcats in the barn, their first homes weren't honeymoon suites.

Amish Diary:
"After devotions, the girls brought out an old songbook."

Looking Back a Bit.
Small-town cartoonist draws on laughs.

Earning Her Dough at the Bakery.
From selling pies to walking a cheetah, our readers recall their first jobs.

Big Things Are Happening in Iowa's Small Towns.
Public buildings freshly painted...tree planting projects...new park equipment. What's happening in your town?

Rounding Up a Pony for Mike.
A reader tells her favorite Christmas memory to second graders.

In Every Issue

From the Editors

Let's Talk Weather

What I Miss Most About Iowa

Iowa Eye-Catchers

Country Characters

Cartoon Capers

Io-Ways…Photos Along Our Byways and Backroads

The Big Picture

Just for Laughs

From the Mouths of Little Iowans

Why I Came Back to Iowa

Focus on Iowa Photo Contest

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?

Mailbox Is Crammed with Letters...and We Love it!

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