Our Iowa Magazine


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!

Sneak a Peek Inside this Issue...

Then and Now. The derecho of 2020 prompted six young cousins to climb aboard a fallen tree to re-create a similar pose from years earlier.

Treasure from Dad’s Wallet. A reader made a sentimental discovery while she was cleaning out her dad’s heirloom desk.

Prettiest Farm in Iowa. Farmalls, flowers and vintage structures from the old days give this farm near Silver City delightful color and history!

She Was One Determined Duck. When a stray fowl decided this family’s farm was home, nothing was about to “quack” her resolve!

Enriching Lives Through Letters. A young girl from Dubuque sought to alleviate loneliness during the pandemic by breaking out pen and paper.

He Nurtured the View from His Window. A father’s stay at assisted living was brief, but the cheer he planted will long be remembered.

“How ’Bout We Take a Drive?” Inspired by a book showcasing Iowa barns, a father and daughter hit the road to take a look for themselves.

Amish Farm Wife’s Diary. When deer come by the yard, they’re a joy to watch, but our diarist fears they could become a garden nuisance.

Puttin’ Up Hay the Small Bale Way. Sure, the job was hot and dirty, but memories of working with family are priceless.

Fishing Photo Holds a Mess of Memories. A weeklong summer trip to the lake in the ’50s was family time that Dad always treasured.

Enjoy a Cup of Joe by the River. There’s a scenic seat waiting for you at a cozy coffee shop on the banks of the Mississippi in Lansing.

Also in This Issue

From the Editor

Let’s Talk Weather

Artly Cloudy

Growing Sweet Corn in Lava Land

Iowa Barn Foundation Tour


A Gift Box from Aunt Bessie Love

Cartoon Capers

Io-Ways…Backroads and Byways

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

What’s Cooking in Iowa?

Cristen’s Kitchen

State Fair Recipe Contest

Iowa Tours—We’re Heading West!

Will It Rain Today?

Just for Laughs

From the Mouths of Little Iowans/ They’re Pen Pals for Life

Photo Contest: “Iowa Humor”

Iowa Rewind

Memories Across Iowa

High on the Hog

We Hear Ya!


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