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Dengler Domain: Saint Wenceslaus

During the seldom off times of harvest this last fall, exploring Tama County was a goal. One hidden gem I finally visited on a rainy day was the Saint Wenceslaus Church and cemetery west of Clutier. Until a year or two ago, I never knew this place existed despite spending plenty of time in ...

Dengler Domain: Vaccines

I wanted to originally write about my resolutions, but after looking at last year’s column, vaccines were a theme, and this year they should still be a theme. The resolutions are at the end of the column. Thank you as always for reading, and I appreciate you being a reader and subscribing to ...

Dengler Domain: Christmas Traditions

What makes Christmas one of the best holidays is not the gifts, not the eerily similar meal to Thanksgiving, but the traditions. Of all the holidays, everyone has a variety of traditions they do as a group or individual. Whether it is the Christmas spirit or seeing old friends and family, it ...

Dengler Domain: Snow

Every year it comes. I swear it will not bother me, and I am wrong every time. The snow comes. It does not matter if it sticks or not. When the snow comes, it ruins the day. Believing this to be the year winter will be more exciting, yet the snow shows up and my attitude goes from ...

Traer Time Machine: Giving Thanks

An editorial from an edition of the Traer Star-Clipper published on Friday, August 28, 1953, caught my eye this past week while searching through our archive books for stories on the late LeRoy Kopriva — 1954 Traer High School graduate, Redhawks starting quarterback, and great-uncle to this ...

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 ...