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By now, we all know the current state of the coronavirus in Iowa. We know that the surge that began a month ago is showing no signs of abating. We know that case numbers are up and hospitalizations are up. We know it’s bad and getting worse. 

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We’ve never been shy about our belief in the importance of local media, especially in local newspapers. Some may call us biased in that belief, but it’s not about self-preservation; it’s about community preservation.

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It’s election season, but if you’ve turned on a television or radio, or checked the mail in the last month, you’re well aware of that fact. Maybe you’re even trying to avoid it. But there’s no avoiding this election, just like there’s no denying its importance.

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Whether or not you support Iowa’s decision to reopen schools for in-person education while the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, it’s impossible to argue that our students and educators haven’t risen to the challenge.

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Reliable and complete information is vital to making decisions. Data and metrics are what Gov. Kim Reynolds said she and public health advisors have been using to decide when and where to open or close bars and other establishments in the age of COVID-19. But when certain data and metrics ar…

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In March this year, the Hardin County Board of Supervisors approved a new commercial tax rebate policy. Through the program, businesses that increase the value of their property and add jobs can receive tax abatements. In announcing its creation, county Economic Development Director Angela D…