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...

Food for Thought on Independence Day.
At a military cemetery in Normandy, an Iowan discovers a touching story of a cousin he never knew.

Only in Iowa!
Where else would folks offer their truck, pasture, home and hospitality to people they'd just met?

Find the Hidden Key and Grill Like a Pro!
We've hidden another key in a public park...and the finder will win a "smokin' hot" prize package, including a coveted Big Green Egg outdoor cooker—perfect for the summer grilling season ahead.

The Prettiest Farm in Iowa.
Nothing symbolizes our state like proudly primped and painted farmsteads. This issue you'll find greenery galore in Crawford County, on the eastern edge of the picturesque Loess Hills.

Iowa Works: Eagle Eyes.
Viewers can't stop watching a no-frills nature video in Decorah, where reality TV is real and birds write their own scripts. The arrival of three freshly born hatchlings fuels more excitement.

Highway Signs Yield Miles of Smiles.
Drivers chuckle while reading our roadside signs posted in every county in Iowa.

Putting Up Hay the Sand Prairie Way.
Making loose hay was grueling work for his dad, but for this young farm boy it was a whole lot of fun.

Amish Diary:
"My plants soaked up today's sunshine."

Looking Back a Bit: "What Arrow?"
"Really? There's an arrow on all those FedEx trucks?"

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

A Night Red-Faced Pastor Won't Forget.
An unwelcome visit by a "weasel" created quite a stir in Winterset.

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

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