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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Mount Vernon's body language cried out for mercy, and the Mustangs finally received it when Jenny Wibholm's kill touched the floor, ending Monday's 3A Regional Final. Read more

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Marcos Vila has scored over 50 goals during his only high school season, while produced plenty of eye-popping numbers that have made those outside of Hardin County take notice of the Iowa Falls-Alden boys soccer program. 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.


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With no sports to cover in recent months and empty pages, the sports staff has been racking our brains with ideas for content. I saw on social media other writers posting their sports inspirations. We thought it would be cool to ask our area coaches to answer a few questions about their spor… 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.

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Two months ago I pledged to our readers – to our community, really – that no matter what happened with the coronavirus pandemic, the Times Citizen would be here for you. Read more

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If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard the phrase “unprecedented times” in the last week I’d have . . . not quite enough to buy a package of toilet paper. Read more


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.

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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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Two weeks ago I spent some time wandering around the square and off into residential areas of Eldora and Pine Lake State Park. It was a pretty wonderful way to spend a Thursday afternoon. Read more

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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

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I’ve never been to a game the Chicago Cubs lost. I think I’m up to six or seven now, every one of them with some circumstance that made it a notable, if not remarkable, win. Home runs. Extra innings. Near no-nos. Read more