I check the Las Vegas odds from time to time and right now they seem to be hovering around 50-50 that Donald Trump will weather the storm of Democrats and win election to a second term as president of the United States. As for the Democrats, Darwin’s evolutionary theory of natural selection … Read more

My mom and brother are coming during the Fourth of July week and I view their visit as a giant alarm clock - a deadline to get a certain home project done before their arrival. This year that alarm clock rings on June 30 and I have been talking about this newest renovation for a year or bett… 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.

Some of my earliest memories are of my hometown library. Sorting through the plastic bags that held books on tape. Competing in the summer reading challenge. Sitting in the 1980s-modern chairs to leaf through a book and decide whether it was worth taking home. 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.

I admit it - I was a little leery of jumping into the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program at Pineview Elementary in Iowa Falls. After joining my kindergartner twins for lunch and recess on their birthday, I wasn’t sure I could survive an entire day in the eye of that storm. 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.