The people of Offenburger.com
We are Chuck and Carla Offenburger, and we thank you for taking time to visit us here on one of Iowa’s oldest Internet news and opinion sites.
We come to you from our “Simple Serenity Farm” on three acres near Cooper, Iowa, a town of about 30 people located nine miles south of the Greene County seat of Jefferson – or about 55 miles west and north of Des Moines. We also like to tell people that we’re “just northwest of Jamaica and straight north of Yale,” and you can check the maps to verify that!
This site made its debut in March, 2001, as chuckoffenburger.com, to showcase and archive the writing of Chuck. He is a mostly-retired journalist who spent most of his career as a columnist for the Des Moines Register and has written for several other Iowa-based publications.
With its total redesign and expansion in January, 2003, it became Offenburger.com, reflecting the increased involvement of Carla. She is director of community relations for Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.
From the beginning, we have had terrific webmasters doing the creation, design, operation and enhancements on our site. The first was our son Andrew Offenburger, followed by Andy Upah, then the company G.Rafics Inc., of Adel, Iowa, and now Emily Brewer.
We’ve had generous contribution of photos and columns from many friends. Of special note, Offenburger.com for years has published knock-out photographs of Iowa that are taken by Don Poggensee, of Ida Grove, in the northwest part of the state. For three years, we actually employed Christie Vilsack as a columnist while she was serving as First Lady of Iowa. She now serves as senior advisor on international education for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
We’re able to operate Offenburger.com from our small farm because of the excellent high-speed Internet service we buy from Jefferson Telecom, which is the local agent of it for Iowa Network Services, based in West Des Moines.