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...

Love Letters: A Romance Revealed.
Hidden in an old corncrib, an affectionate tribute engraved in wood was discovered and preserved just in time.

10 Years? No! Really? Can That Be True?
Yes, this is our 10th-anniversary issue. To celebrate with a big bang, we've hidden a tiny firecracker somewhere in this issue. Ten lucky finders will win a timely prize.

Giant Sunflowers Tower Over Iowa.
Once planted, it didn't take long for "Russian Mammoth" seeds to take root and start climbing for the skies.

The Prettiest Farm in Iowa.
Nothing symbolizes our state like proudly primped and painted farmsteads. This issue, you'll find eye-poppin' red-and-white farm buildings in Linn County.

The Most Interesting Town in Iowa: Ida Grove Boasts Eye-Opening Architecture.
Complete with castles, drawbridges and knights in shining armor, this town is like finding King Arthur's home among the cornfields.

What I Miss Most About Iowa: The Best Place for a Soul Ride.
After her father's death, this reader came home and took a tour of her memories with Dad.

Iowa Works: HorsePower.
He sold his first horse when he was 12. Now he breeds and trains prized Clydesdales and Percherons admired around the world.

Mending Fences.
Volunteers from Iowa brought hope to a Kansas ranch family who suffered losses in last spring's historic wildfires.

There's No Other Calendar Like This.
The 2018 Our Iowa Calendar is filled with reminders and fascinating facts...and its scenes are like "wall art".

Amish Diary:
"All the work involved in gardening is tenfold repaid when you gather in the fruits of your labor!"

Round Barns.
Most of these barns aren't around anymore.

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

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?

We Hear Ya! Reading Mail's Like Having Coffee with Readers

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