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Local Columns

Dengler Domain: Giving Thanks

Considering Thanksgiving was last week, I am late with this article. After the pandemonium of celebrating the holiday, I finally had time to sit down and give thanks. In no particular order, here are a few things for which I am thankful. 1. United States of America We might not be ...

On Nature: Ice Doesn’t Lie

Sea ice is rapidly declining in extent and thickness, especially in the shallow coastal waters of the Arctic Ocean. The ice is telling us that the arctic is warming rapidly, caused almost certainly by the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. As a result, the southern Beaufort ...

Dengler Domain: Population

As I reflect on my grandmother’s life – born in 1923 – it got me thinking how much the world has changed. She experienced a world war, the farm crisis, and the internet coming of age. In light of the recent election, I also thought about how many U.S. House of Representatives members Iowa ...

Dengler Domain: Football

There has been no final decision to drop from eleven-man football to eight-man football, but if it does happen, the North Tama Redhawks will probably be successful. When the Redhawks dropped from Class 1A to Class A – North Tama was competitive. When I entered high school, we became one of ...

Dengler Domain: Medical Care

One of my favorite times of harvest is being in Tama County. Traveling through Traer and Dysart, I am flooded with wonderful memories. Unfortunately, a recent experience saddened me about the state of rural Iowa. Late one night, I noticed my right eye was very red. It was pink eye which I get ...

On Nature: Inflation Reduction Act – the Conservative View

Although the Inflation Reduction Act passed Congress along party lines, according to information from republicEn.org, there are parts of it that conservatives can support. For example, the expansion of tax credits for wind and solar projects, green hydrogen, and electric and hydrogen-fueled ...

Dengler Domain: Harvest

Harvest is coming up, so this means fieldwork begins. Combines move, trucks haul, and dryers cook. With harvest, comes reflection for those in agriculture and those not in it. If not treated as reflection part of the year, it should be. While New Year’s Eye is looked at as a time of out ...

On Nature: Agriculture and Climate

The mechanism that can cause climate change has been known for over a hundred years. It is the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Today greenhouse gas concentrations are increasing, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels. Although in the past the effects of ...

Dengler Domain: Division

“America is more divided than ever.” This common sentiment is shared across people from all different political stripes. One reason for this sentiment across the United States is the death of local news, specifically newspapers. I apologize in advance if this is too much of tooting ...