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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Today another police shooting of an unarmed man is in the news. For the sake of this blog post and all of our sanity, let us dispense with the majority of the controversy that surrounds the seemingly increased frequency of these events.

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My affection for microbrewed beer is becoming a little more public and well-chronicled. Lori at Hy-Vee and Jason at Fareway have both gone out of their way to accommodate me at times. Local bartenders don’t see much of me, but Sean at Highland often has something tucked under the counter for…

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A weekend that began with so much excitement for Iowa college basketball fans ended pretty abruptly Sunday night. It’s difficult to not be disappointed; Iowa, Iowa State and UNI all had pretty favorable positions in the bracket, especially following a couple upsets along the way. But it was …

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I was paged to the front desk here at the Times Citizen last week. For years I sat within shouting distance of the front desk so I had a head up if someone was, you know, actually shouting at the front desk. Now I’m upstairs and it any time I get that call I regard it as pretty much a coin toss as to what I’ll be greeted with.