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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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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…

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A couple of months ago a person on the Times Citizen’s Facebook page, incensed that we pushed back against his use of the term “Chinese virus” in reference to the novel coronavirus, lashed out at the newspaper.

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Last week, when I was putting my son to bed, he got chatty, as children do when they’re being coaxed into doing something they don’t want to do. A few days into fourth grade, he was finally ready to talk about it (after days of me prodding him with questions about his teacher, his classmates…

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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.

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I had an idea last year. But it, like many of my ideas, got pushed to the side when more pressing issues took up my available time.

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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.