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Just as one size does not fit all, one kind of educational experience doesn’t work for everyone. Many of us grew up in the days when there was one way to teach math, one kind of extracurricular activity to participate in, one way to pursue a future career. But just as many of us suspected - …

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With messages like “We’re All In This Together,” the COVID-19 pandemic seemed like it was going to be a unifying force for Americans during an election year that was shaping up to be our most divisive yet. But what started as a singular mission – to slow the spread of coronavirus – has becom…

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There are so many question marks these days. How many people will be lost to COVID-19? How long will we have to maintain social distances? What long-lasting effect will this have on our children, our communities and our way of life? How will the pandemic affect businesses, and will they recover?

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This time of self-isolation and social distancing hasn’t been easy for most of us. We want to be able to go to the store when we need something. We want to host parties with friends, attend athletic events and shop and dine to our heart’s content. And, for goodness’ sake, we’d like a profess…

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You’ll notice big slabs of the middle of today’s Times Citizen and Ackley World Journal editions are dedicated to something simple we hope will bring some spirit to windows throughout Hardin County. You don’t need kids in your home to get a little zen out of coloring these pages and tacking …

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Many of the issues that occupy the time and attention of our communities and our leaders today are tied to population. Our cities buy land, the county signs development agreements, they improve roads and committees build trails and improve playgrounds. All of it is done with the hope that th…

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The last week has felt to many of us like it must have been at least a month long. School was canceled, restaurants were closed, stores ran short on in-demand supplies. And the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa has grown - with warnings from government leaders and public health p…

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Staring down the barrel of at least a month of, best case scenario, total irregularity, is pretty daunting. It isn’t the month for holing up- it’s the month for emerging from our winter hibernation and celebrating spring.

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Six years ago next month, Hansen Family Hospital opened its doors to patients. The road to a new hospital began almost five years before that, with studies, community meetings, a capital campaign and a countywide referendum.