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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 …

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Last month was a big one for Hardin County. Not only did our communities host their traditional annual festivals – Riverbend Rally, the Hardin County Fair, Radcliffe Days and Pine Lake Festival – but we saw thousands of visitors come here as part of two bicycling events: Iowa’s Ride and RAGB…

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By this time next week, things will be returning to normal in Iowa Falls and Hardin County. The tents will be gone, the RAGBRAI cyclists, support crews and vendors will have moved on, and if the mess hasn’t already been cleaned up, the effort to get it picked up will be well underway. Before…

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The last thing we want to come here to talk with you about today is the coronavirus pandemic. For more than a year, it dominated the news and our lives. It dictated our movements, our work schedule and practices, and how – or even whether – our children attended school. It affected incomes, …

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Hardin County is knee-deep in summer festivals and fairs. With several community celebrations behind us, and many still to come, we’re taking a moment to think about how our towns appear to visitors – both first-timers, and those who are returning after an extended absence.