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Local Columns

Dengler Domain: Education

I did not plan to write another Iowa education article, but with the opening of the Iowa legislative session last week, the changes to the recent bill are worth noting. If the bill passes, it will fundamentally change how education will work in Iowa. According to the Iowa Capital Dispatch, ...

Local Lunacy: Jan. 20, 2023

Story on the first baby of the year born at Grinnell Regional Medical Center to Tama couple Ashley and Nichole Eubanks can be viewed here.

Dengler Domain: Upcoming

This upcoming Iowa state legislative session will be one of the most consequential ones in years. This may be hyperbole, but the potential impact this session could have on public education in Iowa indicates otherwise. Iowa has long been the face of public education. For Pete’s sake, our ...

Dengler Domain: Happy New Year!

It is the end of the year and time to reflect on what the year was. Learn from the good and the bad to make next year a different one from the past. It is cliché, but why not make some new year’s resolutions? I have never been one to make firm and hard resolutions, but they can be a good ...

Dengler Domain: Holidays

I hope you can enjoy this holiday season. Take some time to relax and reflect on this year. Appreciate the time you spend with one another throughout the holiday season. It can be busy driving from one celebration to the next but find time to take a breather and cherish the moments. Life ...

Date of Christmas

Many people wonder why Christmas is celebrated on December 25. The key to determining the date of Jesus’s birth lies in the date of his death at Passover, for which information was available. Around 200 AD, Roman theologians calculated that the day Jesus was crucified according to the ...

Dengler Domain: Season of Giving

Consider giving this holiday season. While giving to one’s family is important, if one celebrates Christmas, anyone who has the means should participate in the season of giving. A special feeling comes from either donating time or money. Most people should get the chance to have the good ...

Dengler Domain: Clutier

Clutier holds a special place in my heart. Many years of my youth were spent around this town whether it be visiting my grandma or attending the annual Clutier celebration during the first week of August. Every time I drive around this quaint town, I always wonder what the now closed school ...

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 ...