Open government advocates achieved a victory in Iowa last week when Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 2322 into law. The bill, which passed the Iowa House and Senate with unanimous votes — a rarity these days — seeks to protect Iowans from exorbitant fees related to obtaining public documents. Read more


It has been a long time since yours truly has written a book review, and I’ve missed it. Here is an older book title, so in my opinion, easier to get for yourself. It is nature related since that is my refuge. Any nature lover who comes quietly upon a wild animal while walking in the woods, … 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 Co-Publisher 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.

If I’d been to the Iowa Capitol Building before chaperoning last week’s Rock Run Elementary fifth-grade field trip, it had been long enough that I’d forgotten pretty much everything about it. So after Sara and I had put off deciding which of us would fall on the grenade until 12 hours before… 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.