When it comes to optics, no election compares to a presidential election. For months – even years – we field phone calls and recycle eye-catching mailers. We watch well-staged debates aired in prime time, and we follow the rise and fall of politicians so famous they seem like celebrities. Read more


My grandfather, Pop, was a tough, old Norwegian. Loving his family in a fiercely protective way, he was not one for coddling his three daughters, Marguerite, Audrey and Patty. As my mother Marguerite related, there were no understanding little talks from their father, rather terse declaratio… Read more


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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.

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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.

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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.

My wife and I are not the kind of people who have lamented our kids growing up. The truth is, Sara and I were on the fence about having kids at all until about a decade ago it kind of smacked us upside the head- if we were going to have the ‘full human experience,’ parenthood should be a par… Read more

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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.