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When it comes to optics, no election compares to a presidential election. For months – even years – we field phone calls and recycle eye-catching mailers. We watch well-staged debates aired in prime time, and we follow the rise and fall of politicians so famous they seem like celebrities.

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With years in a job comes knowledge. And familiarity. And information that can’t be duplicated, no matter how meticulous the files. When someone in your office, school business has 20-plus years on the job, they know the ins and outs of the workplace. And that’s valuable.

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Every year since 2013 the Barlow Family Foundation has brought interesting, worthy local projects to the public’s attention as part of its Community Challenge. And this year’s challenge – going on now through Oct. 26 – is no different. Six new projects are going to spend the next week and a …

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When the thing you’re doing isn’t working, it’s time to try something different. The way many Hardin County residents are going about their days amid a continuing global pandemic isn’t working. For weeks we’ve seen our county’s infection numbers climb and now we find ourselves in the middle …

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We were pleased (and maybe even a little surprised) to see the lengthy list of Hardin County residents who turned in nomination papers to run for city councils and school boards this fall.

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The only disappointing aspect of the Iowa Valley Community College District board’s vote last week to name the new Ellsworth Community College residence hall after Duane and Phyllis Lloyd is that the couple – two of the Iowa Falls school’s most ardent supporters – didn’t live long enough to …

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There are myriad opinions about almost everything that happens in small towns. From the local high school’s mascot and colors, to plans for future growth and development. When it comes to the buildings that surround us, some people believe the original should be preserved, while others want …