After graduating from Mount Mercy University in 2012, Cynthia Petersen decided she wanted to start a newspaper in Hiawatha.
Although Hiawatha had a newsletter that was distributed to the residents of Hiawatha monthly, Cynthia knew that the people of Hiawatha needed something more, a publication that would help them stay informed of what was happening in their community, to bring them together and build better realtionships with each other.
So she created the Hiawatha Advocate, a bi-weekly newspaper, which she publsihed for nearly a year. Although it was apparent many residents liked the newspaper, Hiawatha was still not big enough to sustain it.
Flash forward a few years: Corey Munson, editor of the Marion Times asked Cynthia to help him start a new paper in Hiawatha, and the Hiawatha Today was born. Cynthia wrote for the paper and reported the happenings in Hiawatha.
In December 2018, the Marion Times ceased its publication of the Hiawatha Today. Cynthia was sad to see it go, but she knew that it wasn't really the end; that's when Hiawatha News was created.
Hiawatha News is an online newspaper, which promotes Hiawatha events, and reports about what is happening in the community, as well as stories about the people who live and work in Hiawatha.