How are residents and business leaders in Hardin County changing the game? The Times Citizen and Ackley World Journal news staff set out to answer that question with this year’s Progress special section. That section — all 36 pages of stories, photographs and advertising — is inside today’s … Read more


I got the satellite bill and was enraged because once again, it had increased. I immediately called the company and demanded they remove all of their equipment at their earliest convenience. I was tired of paying too much money for a satellite dish when we watched more Netflix and Amazon Pri… 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.

I was born three days before the 1970s ended. That has meant a couple of things: a) with a birthday so close to Christmas, I often got cheated out of gifts – lots of “combination” presents – and b) calculating my age is a snap. An added – and long-unappreciated – bonus is that every 10 years… 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.

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

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.