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Caleb Smith, a 2016 graduate of Iowa Falls-Alden High School, recently placed first in the Maryland National Guard's Bes...
04/13/2022
IF-A alumnus wins military competition

Caleb Smith, a 2016 graduate of Iowa Falls-Alden High School, recently placed first in the Maryland National Guard's Best Warrior Competition's Officer Division. Read more about the competition's physical and mental challenges - and Smith's path to the Maryland National Guard - at the link below.

http://www.timescitizen.com/news/if-a-alumnus-wins-military-competition/article_510ec27a-ba8d-11ec-9d9f-b33b6532939e.html

Multiple members of Caleb Smith’s family preceded him in the military, so a similar path awaited him when he graduated from Iowa Falls-Alden High School in 2016.

After bids for reconstruction of Eldora's 11th Avenue came in 25 percent higher than project estimates, the city council...
04/13/2022
Eldora street project bids come in high

After bids for reconstruction of Eldora's 11th Avenue came in 25 percent higher than project estimates, the city council is planning to meet again next week to review its options before deciding on a path forward at a special meeting on April 26.

The Eldora City Council voted unanimously to adjourn consideration for the 11th Avenue reconstruction project to a special meeting on April 26 due to bids coming in higher than expected.

Iowa Falls Police Chief Wade Harken will end a nearly-three-decade career in law enforcement this week. On Tuesday, the ...
04/13/2022
Iowa Falls Council appoints interim police chief

Iowa Falls Police Chief Wade Harken will end a nearly-three-decade career in law enforcement this week. On Tuesday, the Iowa Falls City Council voted to appoint Sgt. Blake Munro, a four-year member of the department, to serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement can be found.

After 29 years in law enforcement - the last four of which were spent as chief of the Iowa Falls department - Wade Harken is leaving the profession.

Alumni from Iowa Falls-Alden High School's basketball program met in the gym last weekend for a tournament that included...
04/12/2022
2022 IF-A Alumni Basketball

Alumni from Iowa Falls-Alden High School's basketball program met in the gym last weekend for a tournament that included nearly 50 players, from the class of 1992 to the class of 2021. The Alumni Tournament started in 2018 as a way to get former players back to Cadet Gym and to raise money for the Cadet Basketball Club youth program. Find photos of the tournament at the link below.

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If you live in Hardin County or you're interested in following Hardin County news, you should be subscribed to TC Daily,...
04/12/2022

If you live in Hardin County or you're interested in following Hardin County news, you should be subscribed to TC Daily, the Times Citizen's weekday newsletter. Today's TC Daily includes the following:
- 4 news stories
- 4 public meeting announcements (with agendas)
- 11 recaps of area prep sports competitions
- Call logs from the Eldora and Iowa Falls police and Hardin County Sheriff
- A schedule of upcoming community and sports events
- Today's weather (complete with a severe weather alert briefing
- The latest obituaries
- A look back at today's headlines from 2014-2021
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Of the Iowa Falls School District's 192 employees, only 92 qualified for Gov. Kim Reynolds' $1,000 teacher retention bon...
04/12/2022
Iowa Falls district will extend bonuses to all school employees

Of the Iowa Falls School District's 192 employees, only 92 qualified for Gov. Kim Reynolds' $1,000 teacher retention bonus program this spring. On Monday, the school board voted to use district money to provide bonuses for the 100 employees who didn't qualify for the state bonuses. Click below to read more about the school board's decision and how much it will provide.

The Iowa Falls School District will spend tens of thousands of dollars to provide bonuses for employees who were left out of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ teacher retention bonus program this

Mary Rose Brown is proving that you're never too old to find a new hobby. The 96-year-old Iowa Falls resident recently t...
04/11/2022
Brown bushes up new painting hobby

Mary Rose Brown is proving that you're never too old to find a new hobby. The 96-year-old Iowa Falls resident recently took up painting, and she's been prolific with the brushes. Half the fun is creating a piece, the other half is choosing someone to receive the art. Read more about her hobby and how she's using it to brighten others' days.

Mary Rose Brown’s artwork is proof that you’re never too old to start a new hobby.

The weekend's almost here - time to make some plans. We've put together a list of five things you could do this weekend ...
04/08/2022
Get out in the Greenbelt this Weekend

The weekend's almost here - time to make some plans. We've put together a list of five things you could do this weekend without leaving Hardin County. From community meals and an open house at Greenbelt Humane Society of Iowa Falls, to a performance by River City Kids. Find it all at the link below.

http://www.timescitizen.com/kifg/get-out-in-the-greenbelt-this-weekend/article_4621106a-b41c-11ec-9202-cf042f50686f.html

Another weekend is upon us. COVID-19 infection rates are still low, but have ticked up from their all-time low last week. The CDC is no longer recommending masks, as long

In honor of National Public Health Week, the Times Citizen took a closer look at everything Greenbelt Home Care-Hardin C...
04/08/2022
Hardin County Public Health about more than healthcare

In honor of National Public Health Week, the Times Citizen took a closer look at everything Greenbelt Home Care-Hardin County Public Health does. Spoiler: It's a lot.

It’s easy to recognize the work that Greenbelt Home Care/Hardin County Public Health does on the surface — things like in-home health care and vaccination clinics. But there's more to

The electronic sign at the corner of Washington Avenue and River Street in Iowa Falls got an upgrade this year. Donation...
04/08/2022
Grant, donations fund new electronic sign

The electronic sign at the corner of Washington Avenue and River Street in Iowa Falls got an upgrade this year. Donations and a grant replaced the 15-plus-year-old sign that announces community events. Read more about it - and find out how to get your event added to the sign - at the link below.

Some passers-by may not have noticed, but the electronic sign in front of Iowa Falls City Hall recently got an update. No, it’s not the base of the sign —

UDPATE (4:30 p.m. Thursday): According to a Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson, "Shortly after noon today, at about 12:...
04/07/2022

UDPATE (4:30 p.m. Thursday): According to a Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson, "Shortly after noon today, at about 12:15 p.m., two Union Pacific cars filled with sand derailed in Iowa Falls." The derailment happened west of South Oak Street. No one was injured. Work is underway to clean up, clear and repair the track, which is currently closed to train traffic. Five railroad crossings have been closed due to the incident. They're expected to reopen later this evening. The incident remains under investigation.

ORIGINAL POST (2:22 p.m. Thursday): A train is stopped on the tracks across several crossings in the Iowa Falls area with no update about when it may be moved. The Iowa Falls Police Department reports that crossings on the following roads are blocked: Park Avenue east of Oak Street; Sherman Street; and Rocksylvania Avenue. Vehicles are advised to use 115th Street to get around the train.

River City Kids - a local theater troupe for students in grades 4-8 - will put their months of rehearsals to the test th...
04/07/2022
River City Kids present 'Comic Book Artist'

River City Kids - a local theater troupe for students in grades 4-8 - will put their months of rehearsals to the test this weekend when they take the stage at Iowa Falls-Alden High School to present "Comic Book Artist".

The River City Kids are back again this year, and this time they’re super.

Do you subscribe to TC Daily? The Times Citizen's daily newsletter includes news and sports headlines, community and mee...
04/07/2022

Do you subscribe to TC Daily? The Times Citizen's daily newsletter includes news and sports headlines, community and meeting announcements, sports schedules, public safety logs, obituaries, weather and a look back at past years' headlines, all delivered to your inbox five days a week for free! Want to start receiving it tomorrow? Sign up here: https://www.timescitizen.com/site/forms/subscription_services/tcdaily/

After last week's record-setting low, the Hardin County COVID-19 infection rate has ticked back up. Read more about it i...
04/07/2022
Local COVID infection rate ticks up

After last week's record-setting low, the Hardin County COVID-19 infection rate has ticked back up. Read more about it in this week's Times Citizen COVID-19 report.

After falling to an unprecedented low last week, Hardin County’s COVID-19 infection rate has ticked up slightly.

Avian influenza has been confirmed in a flock of 46,000 commercial turkeys in Hardin County.
04/07/2022
Bird flu infects Hardin County flock

Avian influenza has been confirmed in a flock of 46,000 commercial turkeys in Hardin County.

Avian influenza has been identified in a flock of turkeys on a commercial farm in Hardin County. It is the first confirmed infection in the county, and the 16th in

04/07/2022

Hardin County Solid Waste (landfill) will close today at 10:30 a.m. due to high winds.

There's a little more to planting a tree than just digging a hole. The Times Citizen sat down with DNR District Forester...
04/06/2022
Learn how to plant a tree for future generations

There's a little more to planting a tree than just digging a hole. The Times Citizen sat down with DNR District Forester Joe Herring to talk about the benefits of trees, as well as how to choose a tree and a location, and then how to plant it. The link below also includes a flyer that was inserted in all Times Citizen newspapers today explaining Iowa Falls tree-planting rules and guidelines.

Trees are perhaps the single most important piece of an urban environment. They provide everything from energy-saving shade to food. But trees can also produce problems, from the Emerald Ash

The Iowa Falls-Alden Dance Team's new coach knows a thing or two about the program. Chelsea Off was a member of the team...
04/06/2022
Off named new IF-A Dance coach

The Iowa Falls-Alden Dance Team's new coach knows a thing or two about the program. Chelsea Off was a member of the team - and contributed to it winning a slew of awards - when she was in high school. Now, she's looking forward to continuing that tradition of excellence as its new leader. Read more about her and her plans for the team at the link below.

If there's one thing Chelsea Off knows about the Iowa Falls-Alden Dance Team, it is the program's tradition of excellence.

More than 3,000 Iowa firefighters and their families will descend on the Scenic City this year for the annual Iowa Firef...
04/06/2022
Firefighters gear up to host state convention

More than 3,000 Iowa firefighters and their families will descend on the Scenic City this year for the annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention. Hosting an event like that is no small feat, but the Iowa Falls Fire Department has spent months gearing up with preparations. Read more about them - and what you should expect - at the link below.

The Iowa Falls Fire Department learned in September 2020 that it would host the 2022 and 2023 Iowa Firefighters Association Convention.

Want to know what it takes to paddle a canoe down the length of the Mississippi River? Or what goes into planning a cano...
04/05/2022
Library program will share stories of friends' paddle trips

Want to know what it takes to paddle a canoe down the length of the Mississippi River? Or what goes into planning a canoe trip north to the Hudson Bay? Local resident Anne Sherve-Ose and two of her friends - who did the Mississippi trip and are planning the Hudson trip - will be at Iowa Falls' Barlow Memorial Library this week to share stories of their adventures. Read more about them - and their April 7 program - at the link below.

Anne Sherve-Ose is itching to get out.

State Sen. Annette Sweeney broke ranks with the Republican Party last week, and voted against a bill that would have pro...
04/05/2022
Sweeney votes against school voucher bill

State Sen. Annette Sweeney broke ranks with the Republican Party last week, and voted against a bill that would have provided public money for Iowa students to attend private schools. Sweeney, of Buckeye, said "invaluable" advice from principals and superintendents influenced her decision.

With her lone Republican 'no' vote on a bill that would divert money from public schools to students to use private schools if they chose, Iowa state Sen. Annette Sweeney

Heavenly's A Creative Bakery was a mainstay in many Iowa Falls residents' and workers' lunch schedules until it closed i...
04/05/2022
Pop-up meals to help Salt & Light Youth Center

Heavenly's A Creative Bakery was a mainstay in many Iowa Falls residents' and workers' lunch schedules until it closed in 2018. But there's good news. The lunches are returning - in a limited way - as a fundraiser for Salt&Light Outreach Ministries' Youth Center. Click below to read more about the lunches, what they'll fund, and what's on the menu.

When the idea of the Salt & Light Youth Center originally came up, Julie Bolhuis knew she wanted it to be open to every young person in the county –

Ellsworth Community College Panther Athletics announced today that Bryan Bender was hired as the new head men's basketba...
04/04/2022
Bender named ECC men's basketball coach

Ellsworth Community College Panther Athletics announced today that Bryan Bender was hired as the new head men's basketball coach. Bender takes over the Panther program after longtime coach Troy Muilenburg retired following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season

Ellsworth Community College Athletics has announced Bryan Bender as the new head Panther men’s basketball coach.

Iowa Falls' new laundromat opened this past weekend, nearly two months after the town's last laundromat closed. Tim Hart...
04/04/2022
New and needed laundromat now open

Iowa Falls' new laundromat opened this past weekend, nearly two months after the town's last laundromat closed. Tim Hartkopp has spent months working on opening Duds Doing the Suds, a 24-hour laundry business located on Railroad Street, across from The River Tap. Read more about it at the link below.

** You do not need a Times Citizen subscription to read the story linked below.

After weeks of waiting, Tim Hartkopp has opened a new laundromat in Iowa Falls. Equipment and manpower wasn’t the issue as he waited for power to be connected to Duds

A Kwik Star spokesperson confirmed that oven cleaner that was not properly cleaned was responsible for three employees b...
03/30/2022
Oven cleaner the culprit of Kwik Star evacuation

A Kwik Star spokesperson confirmed that oven cleaner that was not properly cleaned was responsible for three employees being sent to the hospital and the store to be evacuated Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning's evacuation of Kwik Star in Iowa Falls was caused by oven cleaner not being cleaned up before the oven was used.

The Kwik Star convenience store in Iowa Falls has reopened this morning after shutting down yesterday when a number of p...
03/30/2022
Cause of Kwik Star shutdown unknown

The Kwik Star convenience store in Iowa Falls has reopened this morning after shutting down yesterday when a number of people at the store felt ill and were transported to the hospital. The cause of the problem is being investigated by local and state officials.

*This story was updated at 7:25 a.m. on Wednesday

We are still collecting information, but Kwik Star in Iowa Falls will be closed until further notice due to employees fe...
03/29/2022

We are still collecting information, but Kwik Star in Iowa Falls will be closed until further notice due to employees feeling ill, being evacuated and at least two were taken to the hospital Tuesday morning.

A total of 14 employees were taken to Hansen Family Hospital in October of 2019 due to a sewer gas issue. It is unclear if a similar issue was the cause of workers feeling ill this morning.

(EDIT: This post was edited to correct an error. The issues in 2019 were blamed on a sewer leak, not a gas leak. The Times Citizen apologizes for the error.)

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In 2013 when we started Santa's little helpers-Hardin County Iowa and surrounding areas, we never could have imagined how big this little idea of ours would become. Bri and myself keep getting all of the credit, but that definitely is not the case. Almost 200 children and nearly 100 nursing home residents are smiling this Christmas because of the kind hearts and the generosity of the many people in this group. If it weren't for the dozens and dozens of you reaching out to help a stranger, this group would not exist. I honestly can not thank every person and business that has come to the aid of these families, without leaving someone out. This year was unbelievable and it was a success because of you. You put smiles on the faces of care center residents (and many of the employees that were there to see them) and joy to their hearts. You put warm clothes on children and provided them with presents for Christmas. In some cases you even provided food and beds for them. You did not judge those that were in need. You opened your hearts and you helped without question. Many of you helped with delivering gifts, and believe me that was a huge relief for me. Trying to deliver to 67 families alone would be impossible. Anna especially thank you for delivering my last 4 out of town families so I could finish up the locals. In a year when everything seemed to be upside down and backwards, and so many people have been struggling, you all helped shine a light of hope into so many people. So thank you for being who you are. Thank you for caring like you do..and thank you for showing love and compassion in a world so full of anger and judgement. From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Stay healthy my friends, Johnny Schipper Bri Meints Jacob Tori Kyzer Brandt and TBD (we really should name him, he's almost here)
Santa's little helpers-Hardin County Iowa and surrounding areas has accepted and helped 197 children this year for Christmas this year. We also took on providing a secret Santa gift for almost 100 residents of local care facilities. We are still looking to help about half of them at this time. If you feel like helping out a resident please let me know. I'll post the list. Any of them with a
Just reaching out to thank Corey and the Times citizen for the article in today's paper. We are very proud of where our group has gone and thankful for everyone involved. With that being said, we have recently added many more families. At last count there were over 170 children this year. Anyone looking to help out a stranger, visit us and we will be happy to connect you. Thank you again, and merry Christmas. Santa's little helpers-Hardin County Iowa and surrounding areas
My Christian friends who support Trump, I am confused. The following are the words of Christ who we profess to follow. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, (humble)" "I know more than the experts." Trump "Blessed are they who mourn," When his older brother died he went to the movies. When his younger brother died he went golfing. Blessed are the meek. "I have the best brain" Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, Really? Righteousness? Blessed are the merciful, He screwed his own brother's children out of their inheritance, and cut off food to poor children, caged children at the border. Blessed are the pure of heart, He cheated on all three wives. Twenty-three women have accused him of sexual assault or r**e Blessed are the peacemakers, He has purposefully divided our entire country. My question is how do you justify these things and call yourself a christian?
Dear Editor, My family arrived in America in the tailwinds of the Mayflower some 400 years ago. We were some of the first settlers in Iowa, and though I have retired in Europe where I can afford medical care, most of my family still live there. I am enormously proud of my Iowan heritage. With enormous dismay, I have watched President Trump dismantle the America for which my ancestors risked their lives and fought in every war. Every American value has been trampled, and farmers in particular have been sacrificed for Trump’s tariff wars. Not once has Senator Joni Ernst challenged Trump’s policies on behalf of Iowans. At every step she’s enabled him to bring America to the lowest point in its history. That’s not building a future for our country that any of us want to experience. Please vote for Joe Biden in November. He is a decent man—and a true family man—with impeccable credentials, and none of that can be said about Trump. Mr. Biden also needs a Congress he can work with to rebuild America, not further Trump’s corruption, so I urge you to vote for Theresa Greenfield for Senator. Let’s vote for a government that truly believes in “We the People” and will work to improve the lives of all Americans. Thank you. Timothy Smith (originally from Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa)
There are a lot of things people can do to “pay it forward” for vets who risked their lives for their country. For instance, you can contact your congressmen and make sure they are fighting the current administration’s push to privatize the VA and cut its benefits to vets. Currently the government is trying to make it easier to deport active duty soldiers and their families. Budgets put forward by the current president would cut health care drastically over the next ten years. He has proposed cutting medicaid and medicare which service veterans and their families. Millions of vets rely on those programs, and more rely on the ACA which reduces the uninsured rate for vets, and which the current administration wants to abolish. The budgets of this administration would cut Social Security by $24 billion in the next ten years, and has already cut SNAP which services millions of veterans and their families. On the homeless front, after the last president cut veterans’ homelessness by half, this administration’s budget would cut HUD rental assistance programs by $3.5 billion in 2021. The current adiministration has also suggested cutting benefits to disabled vets with service connected disabilities. Here’s a hint: It is one thing to support the military which uses up goods and buys more, and it is quite another to support veterans who cost the government money. How can you pay the sacrifices of vets forward? Tell your congressmen and women to fight this nonsense, and then go out and vote for someone who cares about veterans and their families, who doesn’t think it is a great idea to cut support for their home, food, health care. Vote Blue.
Great editorial in today’s paper.
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Thank you all for your feedback of our HUNT FOR JOY challenge. I am going to extend the hunt for two more weeks. Many new items will be hidden throughout this two week period. Paintings, jewelry, Key Rings, and some surprises as well. Please enjoy Your hunting and remember: PLEASE STAY SAFE.