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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.

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Most of us, from time to time, consider the legacy we’ll leave behind when we’re gone. We instill values in our children, we give of our time to make our community a better place, or we choose careers that make a difference in others’ lives.

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One of the great misconceptions of newspaper work is journalists love reporting on bad news. On the contrary, when we hear a call for a fire or accident, or worse, we cringe as much any anyone. Bad news for the communities on which we report is bad news for Times Citizen Communications. Extr…

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Ten years ago this week we used this space to call our collective Hardin County community together to rally around Eldora. On Aug. 9, 2009 a hail storm packing wind speeds of more than 70 mph, and hailstones the size of baseballs pummeled our county seat. It shattered windows, ripped holes i…

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At the risk of turning some of our readers away, we want to remind you that elections are coming. We’re not talking about the caucuses – we realize it’s difficult for any Iowa resident (or visitor) to forget that the Iowa caucuses are mere months away.

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The crowd that welcomed Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 locomotive to Iowa Falls last week was impressive. Visitors’ cars streamed into town from the south, where the train had been before it made its way to the Scenic City. Former railroad workers, local business people and young families …

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Iowa’s county fairs may not have the big-name concerts, a sky glider or the fried-food-on-a-stick smorgasbord of the Iowa State Fair, but what they lack in tourist attractions they more than make up for with heart and hard work.