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Local Columns

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 ...

Dengler Domain: Soil

If you are a farmland owner and you have not had a discussion about cover crops on your land with your farmer, it may be in your best interest. Most family land is more than likely going to be passed down to the next generation so why not ensure it is in the best shape? The best way to protect ...

Dengler Domain: Consolidation

There are plenty of old wives tales like if it rains before seven, it is done by 11. Another agriculture one is, which I did not believe was true at first, when farmers start making money, everyone else in the ag industry makes good money. I am also a numbers person. I was phenomenal with ...

Dengler Domain: Do Something

Do something. This mantra has been stuck in my head since I read Gabe Brown’s book, “Dirt to Soil.” It is about the regenerative agriculture movement which gives a unique perspective on agriculture. It should not be taken as gospel, but it provides different viewpoints. While talking ...

On Nature: Climate Models Do Work

Climate change is complicated science, and climate models bear that out. Relationships are not a smooth line and there is much variability in the projections. This variability is often seized on by climate deniers instead of looking at the overall picture. When you do, it is clear that carbon ...