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...

Most Interesting Town in Iowa.
Joins us on a trip to proud Osage—"City of Maples"—in this new series exploring the state's intriguing small municipalities.

My Favorite Teacher.
A former Iowan celebrates a bond that stood the test of time.

The Prettiest Farm in Iowa.
Nothing symbolizes our state like proudly primped and painted farmsteads. This issue, the corn and soybean rows run long and the roots deep at Jeff and Rhonda Roberts' farm in Hardin County.

What I Miss Most About Iowa.
Despite her heritage and diligent efforts, this former Iowan just can't grow a tomato in Georgia.

Iowa Works: Caution, Handle with Care.
A cool head and steady hands are required for a scientific glassblower.

Bluebirds Are Back...Big Time!
Our "Iowa Bluebird Boosters" campaign resulted in hundreds of new houses and a great deal of "There they are!" success.

Meet Baler Bill.
He gets a kick out of making hay with machines that were a marvel back in their heyday.

Amish Diary:
"In spite of our dry spell, the crops look promising."

Why I Came Back to Iowa: Couldn't Miss Another Moment of Home.
Tired of being absent from family events big and small, this reader knew she needed to return to her roots.

Looking Back a Bit: Memories of Illegal Liquor Still Linger.
The legend lives on as stories of Prohibition whiskey improve with age.

My Favorite Ma & Pa Restaurant
Unique lunchtime dining on the Old Lincoln Highway is the special every day at Mill Creek Cafe in Clarence.

Butterfly Hitches Long Ride to Iowa.
Here's a story of hope and determination.

In Every Issue

From the Editors

Let's Talk Weather

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

Focus on Iowa Photo Contest

Iowa Rewind

County Roundup

Recipes They’re Proud to Share

Cookin’ with Karen

Where's the Beef?

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