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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.

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Iowa Falls-Alden Superintendent Dr. John Robbins signed off on a 30-year career of leadership in the Iowa Falls and Alden School districts last week. As good leaders do, he deflected praise of his accomplishments to the people who surrounded him. He’s right, our schools are chock full of car…

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Let’s take a trip back in time. It’s June 2014 and the City of Iowa Falls owns Ellsworth Municipal Hospital. Hansen Family Hospital opened two months ago, and now the pressure’s on to figure out whether the old facility can be repurposed. A developer has stepped forward, willing to convert a…

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There’s more to economic development work than meets the eye. The daily work of the people who spend their careers trying to build a community’s economic base is largely unseen. We assume the ins and outs of their job are fairly simple: talk to businesses and convince them to expand, relocat…

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Iowa Falls has been blessed with the company of an Italian, immigrant, juggler for the past 54 years. Rocky Lavalle was all of that, and his departure from this world leaves an empty place in the Scenic City’s heart.

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Quality care for women and children should be a non-controversial, inalienable right. And yet, in rural areas of this country, women have to travel an hour or more to deliver a baby, and families struggle to find reliable care for their children.

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Students at South Hardin Middle School need not worry what they’ll do if the weather turns rainy and they’ve forgotten a jacket. Or what they’ll eat if there wasn’t enough food at home. Their fellow students have come up with a way to help everyone — no matter the need.

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It’s National EMS Week, and here in Hardin County we have a lot to be thankful for.