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The Dengler Domain: One Town, One School

July 3, 2015 North Tama, BCLUW, and IKM-Manning have a common thread. They are a collective of little towns spread out across farmland coming together as a school. more »»

Soil and Water Quality

July 3, 2015 Iowa’s agriculture industry is critical to the economy of our state. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Telephones

June 26, 2015 Cell phones are the rage and everyone wants to have the new model. To have the newest is to be ahead of the pack. more »»

Slices of Life - The stress of vacation

June 26, 2015 I just got back from vacation, and I hate to complain, but the pressure of it is enough to get to a person. The decision-making alone nearly put me over the edge. Day after day. After day. more »»

Honor Old Glory and Celebrate America

June 26, 2015 The sights, sounds and smells of summer evoke a distinctive taste of Americana for friends and families in neighborhoods across the country. more »»

School Funding Compromise Breaks Gridlock, Ends Session

June 26, 2015 The Legislature closed out the 2015 session with Senate Democrats opting to end five months of gridlock on school funding. more »»

Slices of Life - Summer metamorphosis

June 19, 2015 They are waiting to become frogs. Except they don’t know it yet. They probably never will. The change will be so gradual they won’t even sense they are changing at all. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Family farms only!

June 19, 2015 Dear Editor, What we need in Iowa is only family farms. I encourage everyone to write, call or email Branstad, Mr. Gipp, the DNR director, and your reps in congress to change laws for the DNR. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Music Battle Royale

June 19, 2015 Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Dengler Domain Music Battle Royale. Two number one Billboard singles from two different decades are pitted against each other. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Traer a special place

June 19, 2015 After 57 years away, Traer is still a special place ….. I live in New York but my roots are in Traer. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Gauchos

June 12, 2015 They could be skirts, but the legs are separate. They could be pants, but they do not stretch to the ankle. They could be shorts, but they are not as baggy. more »»

Slices of Life - Imperfect parenting of imperfect kids

June 12, 2015 This message goes out to the young mom with three boys who recently apologized about not being able to stifle her energetic brood - and to the parents of all kids who have ever acted out in public,... more »»

Student Achievement, Quality Schools Remain Sticking Points

June 12, 2015 Adam has made it through another year at Iowa State with great grades. He is now studying journalism and media. He was able to apply for and got an internship with the Times-Republican. more »»

Biofuels Under Attack: Same Old Story

June 12, 2015 It’s been a familiar few weeks for biofuels. First, chain restaurants and chicken producers blamed ethanol for raising food prices. more »»

The Dengler Domain: The Internet

June 5, 2015 I am writing for the Traer Star-Clipper because I want to figure out how the old days match up with today’s society. I want to relive the past and see its impact. more »»

Slices of Life - Discord in the bedroom

June 5, 2015 My husband and I have been wrestling with an issue that affects most happy couples at one time or another. It’s the between-the-sheets secret that causes irritation, frustration and sleep deprivation. more »»

New Laws Benefit Those Who Served and Sacrificed

June 5, 2015 Memorial Day was last Monday, May 25. That’s the day we remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Force. more »»

Class of 2015: Live With Purpose

June 5, 2015 Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Leaving high school or college certainly brings mixed feelings. Remember, closing one door opens an opportunity to knock on another one. more »»

Slices of Life - It's a small world

May 29, 2015 I don’t go to the mall much. It hasn’t always been this way. I used to be an experienced and proficient shopper. Hobnobbing at the mall was one of my main talents and preferred hobbies. more »»

Progress Toward Trade Expansion

May 29, 2015 Legislation to expand international trade is moving forward in the Senate. I voted in favor of debating a bill to restore Trade Promotion Authority for the executive branch. more »»



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