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Open government advocates achieved a victory in Iowa last week when Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 2322 into law. The bill, which passed the Iowa House and Senate with unanimous votes — a rarity these days — seeks to protect Iowans from exorbitant fees related to obtaining public documents.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if the solution to every problem was simple? Too many young people are moving away? Build a new restaurant. There aren’t enough well-paying jobs in town? Bring a new manufacturer to town. Unfortunately, those issues — and the others facing Hardin County and its towns — ar…

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Last week, the Iowa Falls School Board followed the lead of more than 100 Iowa school districts when it voted to pay bonuses to all of its employees — not just the teachers who qualified for Gov. Kim Reynolds’ teacher retention bonus program.

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The Iowa Falls Fire Department’s all-volunteer crew has been a standard bearer for other such departments across the state for decades. This fall the IFFD will have an opportunity to showcase the community that’s supported it over the years, hosting the first of two consecutive state convent…

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We don’t always agree with the opinions or support the actions of our legislators, but when they do something that so clearly puts their constituents above their party’s interests, they deserve our thanks.

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Anyone who’s in the market to buy a home or rent an apartment knows a thing or two about the availability of housing in Hardin County. Houses that are put up for sale often have multiple offers the same day — some thousands over asking price.

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There’s a common theme repeated here in the Times Citizen’s weekly editorials. Whether we’re writing about what we wish our elected officials would do (or, on occasion, praising them for what they have done), sharing our opinions about a government proposal, or pushing all of you to get invo…

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The most read stories on TimesCitizen.com aren’t the reports about breaking news or arrests. Yes, those attract attention, but the stories that elicit the most audience engagement — comments, clicks and shares on social media — are stories about businesses in Hardin County.

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Voters’ rejection one year ago this week of a bond that would have funded construction of a new elementary school and expansion of the high school in Iowa Falls didn’t end discussion about the district’s infrastructure needs. And now, district leaders are asking residents of the district — w…

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By the time you read this, the coronavirus will have stopped being an emergency worthy of a governor’s disaster declaration. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced two weeks ago that she would allow her latest proclamation to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 15, an action that frees up resources that …