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Local Columns

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 ...

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

One day she was here and the next she was gone. We’d been taking care of our grand daughter during the weekdays since September. And although getting up early in the morning to care for her was a bit of a yawn, our dear grand daughter was anything but. We thought we’d have her with us ...

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-Thoughts on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching - again. Last year, I had one of my best ever. I had a new granddaughter to hold and love. All my kids, who are grown or nearly so were on hand to help celebrate. I give thanks for them nearly every day. I am lucky and blessed. (Not necessarily in that ...