Last week was a big one for political junkies in Hardin County. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — both veterans of national political offices — stopped in the Scenic City to share the messages that they hope will win over voters and propel them forward as they… Read more


'Tis the season for being nice, especially for the little ones who want Santa to bring them gifts. And as Iowans, we have an overall reputation for being “nice,” but I’ve seen my share of naughty, especially this holiday season. Read more


A native Iowan, Sara Konrad Baranowski has been editor of the Times Citizen since 2007. She’s a wife, mom to twins and news junkie who appreciates a good waffle as much as a good story. Follow her on Twitter @skonradb.

Assistant editor and sports editor at the Times Citizen. He grew up on a farm in Alden and has worked at the Times Citizen since 2002. Opinions are his own. Follow him on Twitter @Twinkieites.

Tony Baranowski is Director of Local Media for Times Citizen Communications. He believes smaller is better when it comes to media, but bigger when it comes to beer. He’s a connoisseur of both. Dad to twins, fan to Cubs. Follow him on Twitter @tonyapb3.

Born and raised in Michigan, graduate of the University of Iowa. She’s a reporter (mostly sports, with some news and features thrown in) for the Times Citizen. Follow her on Twitter @mvanwingen.