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Many features of Iowa Falls contribute to making it “The Scenic City.” The Iowa River’s twists and turns and the limestone cliffs that stand high above the water, historical buildings like the Met Theater and the Carnegie-Ellsworth Building, and our plentiful parks and public greenspaces.

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In the last month, we’ve seen national headlines about two major ransomware attacks that didn’t just disrupt individual business’ operations, but affected supplies of fuel, in one case, and food in the other. As our governments, businesses and lives have moved increasingly online, and bad ac…

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The news last week that Zalmay Niazy, the Iowa Falls resident who risked his life as an interpreter for American troops in his native Afghanistan, has been denied asylum by the U.S. government felt like a punch to the gut.

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It’s graduation season, which means it’s time for our annual congratulations and good luck message to the graduates and the people who’ve raised and supported them. But this year’s graduation – like everything else – looks different from past years, and so should our message.

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week across the U.S. Most of us have appreciated teachers for years, whether it’s memories of our own years in school, or as a parent. But the last 14 months have proven to us just how integral they are to our children’s and our families’ success.

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The wider distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and the easing of the virus’ grip on our movement has signaled a return of the public to boards’ and councils’ meetings across the county. Times Citizen reporters have seen people returning to spaces that for more than a year have been largely vacant.

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We tip our hats to the group of volunteers who took it upon themselves earlier this month to collect four dumpster loads of trash – as well as tires, oil drums and other detritus – from a six-mile stretch of the Iowa River.

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Iowans take pride in our first-in-the-nation caucuses. We defend them by touting our residents’ willingness to show up at candidates’ events to shake their hands and ask them hard questions. But it doesn’t stop with the presidential candidates. We do the same with our state and local represe…

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Maybe it’s the calm after the surge. Maybe it’s the expansion of vaccine eligibility. Maybe it’s the governor’s repeal of the state’s partial mask mandate. Maybe it’s the warm weather. Whatever the reason, the mask discussion is back. Specifically, the debate over whether school districts sh…