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.

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!

Plus, you can win the "Iowa State Parks" prize package in our latest "Iowa Treasure Hunt". We've hidden a key in a public park somewhere in the state and provide a new clue each issue. Find the key, and it'll open a treasure chest that includes a $1,000 check to be gifted to the state park of his or her choice, a 2-night stay in a modern, comfortable cabin at one of Iowa's state parks, a steak fry for up to 20 family and friends at a state park shelter of the winner's choice and more!

Sneak a Peek Inside this Issue...

Then and Now.
The three sons of Valerie Van Kooten of Pella re-create a scene from their childhood in 1992 when they were anything but jolly for Christmas.

Linemen Restored Power and Mom Fed the Crew.
A hot meal warmed the hearts of cold REA linemen during a Lee County ice storm in the late 1940s.

Heartwarmers: A Boy of Many Gifts.
A spirited Charles City teen leaves a legacy of life after a tragic accident abruptly ended his own.

The Prettiest Farm in Iowa.
Nothing symbolizes our state like proudly primped and painted farmsteads. Take a tour of the Doug and Barb Black farm in Ottumwa.

Cherished Holiday Memories Live On.
Ah, those were the days! Good times devoted to family, friendship and fellowship. Readers share unforgettable tales.

Can You Tell a Good Christmas Tale?
We start the story...and you finish it...in our 13th annual holiday writing contest.

Hidden Treasure Still Unclaimed!
We've hidden another key...and this time we're going to reward both the finder and an Iowa state park.

Most Interesting Town: Come Visit, Snow or Shine!
Whether it's barbeque season or winter weather, it's always a wonderful life in Denison.

Amish Farm Wife's Diary
"I guess it's time to set up the kitchen stove again."

Show Us Your Snowman!
There's no better way to pack a little fun into a winter than to join the kids or grandkids to build an old-fashioned snowman.

2020 Photo Contest: Best Entry of the Year!
The "Corn-Fed Kids" photo topped 'em all in our Focus on Iowa Photo Contest.

Here Comes Santa Claus, Right Down Santa Claus Lane!
A reader shares her mother's Christmas Eve tale.

In Every Issue

From the Editor

Let's Talk Weather

Iowa Eye-Catchers

Cartoon Capers

Io-Ways…Photos Along Our Byways and Backroads

The Big Picture

Look What You Can Win from Advertisers/And the Winners Are

Just for Laughs

From the Mouths of Little Iowans

Why I Came Back to Iowa

What I Miss Most About Iowa

Iowa Rewind

County Roundup/Meet Our Hawk-Eyes

My Favorite Ma & Pa Restaurant

Recipes They’re Proud to Share

Cristen's Kitchen: Cooking Tips and Time-Savers You Can Use

High on the Hog

We Hear Ya!

 

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