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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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I can’t remember exactly what I expected from Iowa Falls when I arrived here in 2006. Probably not much. I’d never lived in a small town, and I had preconceived notions about the kinds of people and stories I’d find here. I thought the days would be slow and the news predictable. Boy was I wrong.

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A little piece of local history is due to be removed in the very near future, and it’s got me thinking about our past, present and where we’re headed.

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I’ve always really liked the motto, “We can do hard things”. I’ve heard it from teachers as an encouragement for students to stick with a lesson when it’s difficult. I’ve used it on my kids when they’re struggling to learn a new piece of music or get through a far-too-ambitious family hike. …

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One thing we’re all lacking these days is an opinion, right? (I thought I’d start this column with some humor.)

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Never in human history have there been as many ways to communicate as there are today. My friends and family can reach me at multiple phone numbers, two email addresses, and on at least four social media platforms, to say nothing of the U.S. Postal Service or a knock on the front door.

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I don’t know if it’s the twinkly lights or the sound of Bing Crosby’s voice, but it’s impossible for me – and many of you, I’m sure – to get through this month without thinking of holiday seasons gone by. Maybe it’s something Hollywood films have programmed us to do – like George Bailey look…

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I feel sorry for the people who left Iowa Falls to avoid RAGBRAI. I get why they did it – at one time, I envied their plans – but I’m disappointed that they didn’t get to experience Iowa Falls that day.

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Two years ago I started a document on my computer that I called “Things I wish people knew about journalists.” I added to it from time to time – mostly when I had discussions with people about how the Times Citizen newsroom operates, or when I was frustrated about a reader’s criticism of my work.

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Last month I attended a meeting where the topic of communication came up again and again. The Iowa Falls School Board, members of the district’s Facilities Study Committee and the public gathered to talk about a bond referendum that would have raised taxes to build a new elementary school. T…

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I’ve spent some time in the last week thinking about this time last year. If my social media newsfeed is any indication, I’m not the only one. The novel coronavirus pandemic had arrived in Iowa, schools and businesses were closing, and most of us were doing our best to stay home, uncertain a…