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Local Columns

Petal Pusher: Talking Flowers with Holly

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

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 ...

Dengler Domain: Picture Perfect

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

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 ...

Dengler Domain: Memorial Day

With May ending, it is time to remember why the last Monday of the month is a holiday. Memorial Day is a time to remember all those United States military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. While it might be a day off for many, this holiday should mean the most ...

Pastor’s Column: A Woman’s Place…

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s recent commencement speech at a small Catholic college in northeast Kansas has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. Although Butker took swipes at all sorts of traditionally marginalized groups, including everyone who falls under the “diversity, ...

Dengler Domain: Wealth

“Kids these days do not remember a time before the internet.” “They do not know what it is like to not have a device in their pocket which connects them with the world.” “Kids are too addicted to YouTube.” These are paraphrased quotes I have heard from time to time to describe the ...

On Nature: Combat Climate Change with a Carbon Tax

Taxing carbon pollution is a favored way to combat climate change because it is easy to apply. Put a tax on the carbon emitted by a manufacturing process and let the market decide whether the extra cost of a product is worth it. A carbon tax is also fair. Manufacturers should pay for the ...

Dengler Domain: Rain

This year’s weather feels different. With farming, paying attention to the weather is key. Three tabs are open on my phone’s web browser with weather related information which does not include also checking the weather app. The previous two years were so easy. Look at the forecast, see no ...

Pastor’s Column: Who Would Jesus Vote For?

A few years back, Reverend Mark Stringer, who later became the Executive Director of Iowa’s ACLU, came to preach at a church I worked for. It was another politically charged era, and many of the members of our left-leaning congregation were having trouble navigating families and communities ...