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At the Movies with Mona

“Addams Family 2” Held over this weekend at the Traer Theatre is the new animated family movie, “Addams Family 2.” Everyone's favorite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel, “Addams Family 2.” In this all new movie we find Morticia and Gomez distraught that ...

Dengler Domain: Halloween costume tips

The beginning of October means “spooky” season is here. As a child, Halloween is a fun holiday. It means a night of endless candy and costumes. While the trick or treating goes away as one gets older, the costumes stick around. Whether it is for a party, work, or a fandom of Halloween, ...

Dengler Domain: Buy Local

Spending money is not something one enjoys doing unless it is on a vacation or delicious ice cream. Spending on utilities, groceries, or anything else in between is not fun. Watching the greenbacks leave the wallet and never come back is not a fulfilling feeling. An important part of spending ...

Dengler Domain: Sept. 16

Looking out for each other is the best action one can do in society. Trying one’s best to help the greater good is the best one can do. It is hard. Self-interest is the easiest and most comfortable route but volunteering or giving service to the community rises the community’s tide. ...

Dengler Domain: September 2

Labor Day is here. This marks the end of summer, and fortunately, the end of the heat. There might be near-unanimous agreement for the heat to be gone. Unfortunately, Iowa autumns are as rare as bears in Iowa. Once in a blue moon, one comes, but more than likely, it stays in hiding. The worst ...

Dengler Domain: Aug. 26

Going back to school is not an experience I have had for over five years for college and over ten years for high school. While having all the time in the world to hang out with friends to experience summer was great, it was the worst to step back in the school halls after this glorious period. ...

Dengler Domain: August 19

I am afraid to admit it, but the old ladies out played me in bingo. I was not hunkered down with a hat and sunglasses like a true bingo fanatic for the entire festival, but winning was for my grasp. One game felt like someone got bingo within the first ten balls. Besides this disappointment, ...

Dengler Domain: August 12, 2021

The Winding Stairs are back! What a beautiful sentence. I have been looking forward to this event for the last two years. It is a time of celebration and good times in the town of Traer. If you have not been, I recommend it. Due to going to North Tama, but I am biased, this is the best ...

Dengler Domain: Fad or No Fad

Middle of winter, the pandemic is not ending. Being hunkered up, waiting for the vaccine to start normal life. It has been a while, and sometimes, longer than I thought. I’m praying to the heavens it is time to start up the super scientific analysis gizmo. I sit in my office chair waiting for ...

“Stormy Outbreak!”

As a kid, our family vacationed in northern Minnesota; and the fishing was GREAT! Once, I rented my own boat. But heading out on the lake one beautiful day, a sudden storm kicked up white capped waves and I thought my boat was going to flip over.I believe life shows several kinds of ...