Ten years ago this week we used this space to call our collective Hardin County community together to rally around Eldora. On Aug. 9, 2009 a hail storm packing wind speeds of more than 70 mph, and hailstones the size of baseballs pummeled our county seat. It shattered windows, ripped holes i… Read more


Iowa Falls is one of best towns I have ever lived in and I have lived in quite a few. Although born in Webster City (my grandfather was a doctor) I really started life in Des Moines. Dad, an assistant city attorney in Des Moines and World War I pilot, left Des Moines in the late 1920s, soon … Read more

I have been using my last days of summer vacation puttering in the house and setting things in order again, something you never have time to do when you are working every day. Closets, kitchen counters, just small chores that are usually neglected in lieu of the larger cleaning chores in a home.  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.

A wise friend of mine believes we’re wrong to talk about work/life balance. Balance, she argues, implies that there are two sides and that they can be separate and equal. But most of us know that’s not possible. Inevitably, if I’m giving parenting my best effort, I feel like I’m slacking at … Read more

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.