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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and in the spirit of the holiday, we wanted to run down a list of just a few of the things we at the Times Citizen are thankful for this year.

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Hardin County businesses – like many employers across Iowa – often struggle to find employees. In September this year, the state unemployment rate sat at 2.5 percent. Here in Hardin County, it was 2.3 percent. Most of the people who want a job here, have one. But that doesn’t mean prospectiv…

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It seems like lately we’ve been inundated with stories of people helping others. Maybe it’s because it’s November and Thanksgiving’s nearly upon us. Maybe it’s because we’ve grown weary of the fights we’re seeing in national politics. Maybe it’s just because this is who we are. Whatever the …

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Take a moment and think about all of the work that’s done by volunteers in your community. Plantings and decorations that beautify the business district. Committees that plan festivals and free local events. Church dinners. Student mentoring and coaching. Food pantries. Historical societies.…

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Rep. Pat Grassley, whose Iowa House District 50 includes the northern half of Hardin County, will be the next Speaker of the House at the Capitol in Des Moines. The New Hartford farmer was elected to the leadership role by his Republican colleagues last week.

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Last month, the Ackley Volunteer Ambulance Service picked up its new ambulance. At $145,000, it’s not an insignificant purchase for the community, which has about 1,500 residents. It’s an even bigger deal when you consider that more than half of that cost was funded by donations (the rest is…

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This week the Times Citizen — in collaboration with 11 other media organizations across seven states — published “Seeking a Cure: The quest to save rural hospitals,” a project that explores the pressures that are squeezing rural health care, and how some hospitals and clinics have reacted.

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A city grants permission for a state agency to build an emergency communications tower on its property. The state hires a contractor to build the tower. The contractor makes a mistake, causing permanent damage to public natural resources and costing the city thousands of dollars. Who’s to bl…

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If any part of your childhood was spent in Iowa Falls in the last 50 years, chances are good that the Scenic City Kiwanis touched your life. The service club, which was founded in 1966, will dissolve at the end of this month, ending a 53-year tradition of giving back to area kids.