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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 - 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 »»

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 »»

The Dengler Domain: Superstitions

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

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 »»

Q&A: Protecting Your Online Information

November 11, 2016 Q: Why is it a big deal for consumers to get serious about cyber security? A: Technology opens infinite opportunities for innovation and communication in the 21st century economy, from the way we... 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 »»

The Dengler Domain: Terrible Cars

November 11, 2016 In previous articles, I wrote about taking certain old cars out for a spin. more »»

Slices of Life - Losing your groceries and other marital adventures

November 4, 2016 My husband and I recently adopted the exciting habit of team grocery shopping - together. We don’t go for many items at one time; I think that would be too much for our relationship to bear. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Spoons

November 4, 2016 A deck of cards is like the universe; anything is possible. more »»

Vote on November 8

November 4, 2016 Our most fundamental rights as Americans come from the ability to choose our representative form of government. It is up to us, we the people, to defend and maintain these rights. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Kucera

October 14, 2016 Dear Editor, I am going to vote to re-elect Dennis Kucera for Tama County Sheriff and here are a few reasons why: -He has made it possible for his Deputies to provide training in Tama County School... more »»

Slices of Life - The clock reader

October 14, 2016 I have a friend who reads clocks. Not reads in the typical sense of noting the time, but reads as in looking to see patterns in the numbers. more »»



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