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Slices of Life - Vacation foibles

January 20, 2017 We’d been looking forward to the week for months. We planned and packed and prepared to play. more »»

Blum reflects on first term in Congress

January 20, 2017 As I begin my second term as your Representative in Congress I want to take this opportunity to review the progress we made the last two years as well as discuss some of the opportunities we have in... more »»

The Dengler Domain: Dogs

January 13, 2017 Woof! Woof! This is the sound of my favorite pet. Sorry cat, gerbil, or rock, but dogs are my favorite pet. Their excitement around humans is unmatched. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Only in America

January 13, 2017 Dear Editor, Since my retirement from chairing the Tama County Museum I have been going through all the things I have found and researched. Here is one of them. ONLY IN AMERICA; 1. more »»

Q&A: RFS Drives Clean Energy Economy

January 13, 2017 Q: Are you satisfied the incoming administration will stand strong for the Renewable Fuel Standard? A: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the law of the land. more »»

Expanded trade opportunities are critical for Iowa

January 13, 2017 Iowans proudly lead the nation in the production of many agricultural commodities – corn, soybeans, eggs, pork, ethanol and biodiesel. more »»

Slices of Life - Greetings!

December 23, 2016 Like the Terminator, we are back! You may have missed our holiday letter last year because we didn’t send one. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Desserts

December 23, 2016 With cold weather comes warm desserts, it is a joyful time of year. I love eating fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, or chocolate brownies. more »»

Q&A: Counterfeits Spoil Gift-Giving

December 23, 2016 Q: Are counterfeit goods a bigger risk during the holiday gift season? A: Americans work hard for their money and look for ways to stretch their dollars, especially when household expenses go up... more »»

Slices of Life - Oh topiary, oh topiary

December 16, 2016 Each year at about this time I find myself face to face with an issue. It has to do with one aspect of the holidays. In two words - the tree. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Music Battle Royale #9 (Christmas Edition)

December 16, 2016 Snowflakes have fallen, and the air is colder. Days are shorter, and Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror. Christmas time is here, and nothing is better than the cheer. more »»

The seasonal bells are tolling again

December 16, 2016 The sound of bells signals that The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is once again in full swing. more »»

True Holiday Spirit

December 16, 2016 Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. more »»

Slices of Life - Out of order

December 2, 2016 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle I strive for an orderly life. It’s less chaotic that way. Besides, with order comes power. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Superstitions

December 2, 2016 Superstitions have been around a long time, and they are a funky phenomenon. more »»

Regulations, low commodity prices are key challenges for Iowa ag

December 2, 2016 As the nation’s leading producer of pork, corn, soybeans, and eggs, Iowa’s agriculture industry has an enormous impact on the country and the world. more »»

Slices of Life - Becoming a citizen

November 18, 2016 We are all citizens - of various entities: a classroom, workplace, family, neighborhood, world and the nation. We are a country made up largely of immigrants. more »»

We can't let ISIS get away

November 18, 2016 As the United States supports our allies and continues the fight for Mosul, we cannot ignore where ISIS will spread nex. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Sports Logos

November 18, 2016 There are two things I love about sports. One, the competition. Two, the logos. Sports teams’ logos are always a curious presentation. Each logo possesses an overt meaning and hidden meaning. more »»

Slices of Life - Events worth celebrating

November 11, 2016 Life is a series of events, and they seem to be multiplying. I’m not referring to events like loading the dishwasher or combing your hair or walking the dog. more »»



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