After 52 weeks of news, the Times Citizen is looking back today on the headlines that kept Hardin County talking in 2019. From the good – a new EMS service and passage of an IVCCD bond – to the not-so good – weather that damaged and challenged, and tumultuous times in Eldora – we’ve rounded it up.

When we choose the stories of the year, we’re not looking at the most popular headlines, but the news that we think will remain in our memories as we move forward. They’re the stories that sparked debate and have the power to shape our future.

Iowa Falls EMS

Iowa Falls EMS Director Corey Larson sits in the passenger seat of one of the city’s new ambulances in May 2019. The City Council approved the $230,000 purchase in December, based on Larson’s recommendation.

Iowa Falls EMS Crew

The new Iowa Falls EMS crew gathered at the fire station on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 to get fitted for all of their new gear before the crew launched on Friday, March 1. They're pictured above in front of one of their new ambulances.


Voters approved the IVCCD bond referendum by more than 62 percent in November 2019.

Thompson Hall Fire

An electrical fire in Ellsworth Community College's Thompson Hall caused an evacuation of more than 150 residents. It took weeks for contractors to repair the damage to the point that students could move back in.

Ice Jam

An ice jam on the Iowa River pushed huge chunks of ice up over the riverbanks and onto River Road in Iowa Falls in March 2019.


A storm in July brought 70 mph winds, which toppled trees and disrupted power to hundreds of residents and businesses in Iowa Falls.

Dave Mitchell

Former Eldora City Administrator Dave Mitchell and EMS Director Ryan Sutcliffe admitted no wrong doing in the settlement.

Melody Hoy

Melody Hoy

Hubbard Medical Clinic

Hubbard Community Medical Center Manager Kendra Veld talks about the new facility with USDA Rural Development State Director Gant Menke (left), Iowa Falls Area Director Brandon Shaw, Iowa Sen. Annette Sweeney (R-Buckeye), who previously served as the state's USDA Rural Development director. The officials toured the new clinic in November 2019.

Coffee Attic Corner

Melinda Ogaard makes coffee at the Coffee Attic Corner at Hansen Family Hospital in September 2019. The locally-owned coffee shop in downtown Iowa Falls struck a deal with the hospital to use a vacant corner of the hospital's lobby to open a satellite location of the coffee shop. The coffee shop and the hospital share the profits.

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