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Local Columns

Pastor Column: Smash Your Smartphone Part I

Some call it digital minimalism. I call it digital monasticism. What started as an annual Lenten fast from social media slowly shaped my desires and called me to the desert. After COVID, I finally deleted my social media accounts. My wife and I ditched the smartphones and both use the Light ...

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: Harvest

Harvest is coming up, so this means fieldwork begins. Combines move, trucks haul, and dryers cook. With harvest, comes reflection for those in agriculture and those not in it. If not treated as reflection part of the year, it should be. While New Year’s Eye is looked at as a time of out ...

On Nature: Agriculture and Climate

The mechanism that can cause climate change has been known for over a hundred years. It is the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Today greenhouse gas concentrations are increasing, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels. Although in the past the effects of ...

Dengler Domain: Division

“America is more divided than ever.” This common sentiment is shared across people from all different political stripes. One reason for this sentiment across the United States is the death of local news, specifically newspapers. I apologize in advance if this is too much of tooting ...

Restricting access to public notices poses a threat to the public

Iowans want to know what their local governments — county supervisors, city councils, school boards — are up to. They always have. The very first newspapers in many of the state’s counties regularly published local public notices, paid for by local governments. It’s an American ...

Iowa Outdoors By Brett Reece State Conservation Officer

This year, at the end of April, my family and I were in our backyard enjoying the stars when we observed something shocking coming out of the northwestern night sky. It was a string of very bright lights that took our breath away. Upon realizing that they were satellites, I went to the internet ...

Slices of Life By Jill Pertler-Small changes – big changes

This year, at the end of April, my family and I were in our backyard enjoying the stars when we observed something shocking coming out of the northwestern night sky. It was a string of very bright lights that took our breath away. Upon realizing that they were satellites, I went to the internet ...

Looking Back ~ From the Archives of the Reinbeck Courier-By Laura Beard

TEN YEARS AGO May 27, 2010 Eric Peters was selected for the Don and Beth Dirks Lincoln Savings Bank Foundation Scholarship award. Local student, Rachel Bearden, from G-R High School was honored as Best of Class by Channel KWWL. Kim Niederman and Mark Vavra plan their wedding on Sept. 11 at ...