Petal Pusher: Talking Flowers with Holly

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Hello! I’m Holly Robertson of Five R Farm located in rural Reinbeck. I’m a late-blooming flower farmer and by no means an expert! I’ve been growing flowers and veggies for five years for both CSAs (weekly or bi-weekly veggie and/or flower share deliveries) and the Reinbeck Farmer’s ...

On Nature: Good News for Migratory Birds

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Congress recently passed and President Joe Biden has signed the Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Enhancements Act that will provide funding throughout the Americas for partnerships to benefit migratory birds and their habitats. This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes and ...

Building Strong Communities from Strong Foundations


To all of Tama County, I want to express my heartfelt THANK YOU! It was on July 3, 2023, that I started this campaign with the goal of becoming the next Tama County Sheriff, and what an incredible journey it has been! I am truly grateful for the words of encouragement and amazing support I have ...

Letter to the Editor: John Anderson

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Congratulations to Ms Wrage for winning* the 53 District Primary. And also to Mr Hexter who came in second. Finishing with 63 votes against such strong primary candidates, I consider it a personal win in my column. Representative Fisher is probably sweating bullets right now. Thanks for voting ...

Dengler Domain: Picture Perfect

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Picture perfect is a cliché term. It has been referred to many times in moments which may not actually be the best definition of picture perfect. This is where subjectivity comes in, but there is one picture perfect setting. It is often taken for granted. This is the Iowa landscape. Living ...

Dengler Domain: Kolaches

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When traveling around the country or the world, it is always important to try new foods. Each part of the country has their own specialty like the South and barbecue, New York City and pizza, or coastal regions and fish. No matter where else one has these foods, it always tastes better in these ...