This week the Times Citizen — in collaboration with 11 other media organizations across seven states — published “Seeking a Cure: The quest to save rural hospitals,” a project that explores the pressures that are squeezing rural health care, and how some hospitals and clinics have reacted. Read more


A few weeks ago I suggested in my column that the sport of soccer is rapidly growing in popularity in the United States. As if to substantiate my observation, the Sept. 20 Des Moines Register burst forth with a front page spread and a four column double-headline asking, “What’s the score on … Read more

I volunteered to watch my grandkids over the weekend, which is not unusual in itself, but normally we just sit around the house, or maybe hit the Coffee Attic or take a walk. For some reason, this time I decided we’d do something fun, so I loaded them in their car seats and headed to an appl… 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.