Friday, September 18th, 2020 Today's Weather Outlook - (9-18-20) - Quiet conditions continue over Iowa this morning. A few clouds are passing over the region as light northeast winds of 5 to 15 mph continue to pull cooler air into the state. Temperatures range from the lower to mid 40s northeast to the lower 50s over the far south. Cool Canadian high pressure centered over Wisconsin will move east into the eastern Great Lakes by this evening. Today will be mostly sunny a few clouds this morning and then passing smoke aloft will lead to filtered sunshine through the afternoon. Saturday will be another pleasant day with increasing south winds over the west during the afternoon hours. Highs today and Saturday will reach the 60s east to the lower to mid 70s central and west. Over western and northwest areas of Iowa Saturday and Sunday, stronger winds gusting to 30 to 40 mph combined with dry conditions will lead to an elevated fire danger for grass fires. The overall dry weather will persist into next week with little if any rainfall expected as west southwest flow aloft continues to draw dry air from the southwest US into the Central Plains. Tuesday through Thursday highs will be in the 70s northeast to the lower to mid 80s central and west. Covid-19 News
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: 9-18-20 As of 8 am on September 18th, there were 2 additional cases of COVID-19 reported in Shelby County for a total of 235. 224 individuals have been released, and 11 individuals are currently being monitored. As of the last report, there are 8 tests pending results. Shelby County is reported to have a 14 day positivity rate of 5.7%.
Iowa COVID-19 Update - (9-18-20) - updated 10 am At 10 am today, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Coronavirus website said there were 1,259 new COVID-19 cases reported since 10-a.m. Thursday, for a total of 78,227. Officials said also ten more death was reported, for a total of 1,248 to-date. Officials say 6,381 lab results have been processed since Thursday. The data show of those: 5,641 came back Negative and 729 were positive. A total of 724,00 Iowans have been tested for the virus, with recoveries amounting to 56,452 since the pandemic began. For a positivity rate of 10.8%. The 14-day statewide positivity rate is 8.5%. Of those who died, 864 had a pre-existing condition, and 661 of the deaths took place at a Long-Term Care (LTC) facility. One new positive test result was reported in Adair, Guthrie, Shelby and Harrison Counties. There are two new cases in Union County, 4 more positive tests in Audubon County, 28 new cases in Pottawattamie County, five more cases in Madison County, and six more in Mills County. In western/southwest Iowa, hospitals report 12 people are hospitalized with COVID-19; 8 are in an ICU; One person was admitted to an area hospital with symptoms, and one person remains on ventilator. The number of LTC outbreaks remains at 39, with 929 patients/staff testing positive for COVID-19, and 466 have recovered.Here are the latest positive case numbers for southwest/western Iowa: Shelby County - 235 cases (224) - 1 death Adair - 60 cases (42) -- 1 death Adams - 27 cases (23) Audubon - 53 cases (32) - 1 death Cass - 126 cases (113) - 2 deaths Guthrie - 209 cases (156) - 5 deaths Harrison - 165 cases(152) - 2 deaths Madison - 196 cases(151) - 2 deaths Mills - 159 cases (114) - 1 death Montgomery - 84 cases (79) - 5 deaths Pottawattamie - 1,916 cases (1,582) - 37 deaths
Carroll County COVID Positive Cases At 617 Friday Morning – Carroll Broadcasting – (9-18-20) Carroll Broadcasting reports positive COVID-19 case numbers are continuing to jump by double-digit numbers in Carroll County on a daily basis, reaching 617 by 6 a.m. this morning. The two-week positivity rate is now at 18.1 percent, fourth among all 99 Iowa counties. The majority of positive cases fall in the mid-range age categories with 36 percent 18 to 40 and 31 percent 41 to 60 years old. Those 61 to 80 comprise 16 percent of the positives while 14 percent are zero to 17 and just three percent over 80. There is one nursing home outbreak reported in Carroll County, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, where there are now 16 positive cases with five recovered. There are currently 284 COVID cases listed as recovered in the county and five deaths, leaving 328 active cases. Crawford County is reporting 954 positives, ranking sixth in the state at 17.8 percent, with 778 cases recovered and four deaths.
Harlan Community Schools reports COVID-19 cases – Harlan News Advertiser – (9-17-20) - The first cases of COVID-19 has been reported among the students at Harlan Community Schools. The Harlan News Advertiser reports that last week a letter was sent to parents at the elementary school level stating that a student had tested positive for COVID-19 and all parents who had a child identified as being in close contact with the individual who tested positive have been contacted. If you did not receive a separate phone call from the school, then your child has not been identified as a close contact. It has been reported that there have been as many as six cases in total in the district, but this is unofficial. Harlan Community Schools have said they will not notify the community at-large of positive cases in the schools, but will notify close contacts and cohort groups.
Public Health and Riverside Confirm One Student Tests Positive for COVID-19 - (9-17-20) - Dr. Tim Mitchell, Superintendent of Riverside School District reported that Pottawattamie County Public Health and Riverside Community School District have confirmed that one student in the Middle/High School Building has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Mitchell stated that contact and location tracing has been completed by the district and Public Health and limited exposure has been determined. Any students and staff identified as having primary exposure have been notified and appropriate measures as identified by the Center for Disease Control, Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education have been instituted. The district, according to Mitchell continues to utilize all recommended mitigation measures at school to provide a healthy and safe environment for the students and staff.
Positive COVID-19 test results in Atlantic Community School District - KJAN - (9-17-20) - Sister station KJAN reports Atlantic Community School District Superintendent Steve Barber, issued a statement to Staff and Parents of students in the District. The statement said “We were notified last evening that we had positive COVID test results from individuals in the school district. We are following our Return to Learn plan and Cass County Public Health procedures in regards to quarantine. Individuals affected by these positive cases have been communicated with, which is our process.” Barber says “We continue to follow mitigation strategies of social distancing, handwashing, mask usage, disinfecting, and other strategies. Although we have experienced a low positive case analysis rate, we must continue to follow our plan with fidelity.” Mr. Barber said if there’s any new information with regard to cancellations of games or events due to student/staff exposure, that information will be disseminated through the media and other sources. But as of today, there are no activities impacted by the positive test results.
No football this Friday night for Logan-Magnolia and Exira-EHK – (9-18-20) - The Logan-Magnolia v Ridgeview Football game for tonight has been cancelled. Exira-EHK will not be taking to the football field this Friday night. The Spartans hope to be back in action next week. A letter from Superintendent Trevor Miller stated that the Exira-EHK Community School District has learned that there are four individuals in their school district that have been exposed to COVID-19 and have been placed in quarantine for 14 days. The administrative team and nurses have reached out to Local Public Health with contact tracing and have notified the individuals who have been exposed and are using the 14 days quarantine guidance from Public Health for exposure. The decision has been made to cancel their game with Woodbine on Friday, September 18th. They have calculated that they should be able to return to action Friday, September 25th against West Harrison. General News -
Coronation at Harlan Community Schools - (9-18-20) - The crowning of the 2020 Harlan Community Schools Homecoming King and Queen took place this afternoon in the High School Auditorium. Crowned Homecoming King was Trey Gross and Kennedy Kjergaard was crowned the Homecoming Queen. They will be introduced at tonight's football game against Denison Schleswig. Following tonight's game, there will be a movie - Black Panther/Avengers at the Harlan Theater.
IKM-Manning Homecoming this week – (9-18-20) - IKM-Manning’s Homecoming is scheduled for this Friday, September 18th with the theme of “Quarantine 2020”. They are making changes to their homecoming festivities this year, specifically with our community pep rally and parade. The pep rally and coronation will be outdoors at Forman Field on Friday beginning at 1:45. Only high school staff, students and a limited number of guests of the Homecoming court will be able to attend the pep rally in person. The general public will not be allowed to attend but the event will be live-streamed for those that wish to watch. All those attending the pep rally will be expected to wear face coverings throughout the event. All high school staff and students as well as guests of the Homecoming Court will be seated in designated areas. School will be dismissed early on Friday – Irwin at 2:10 pm and Manning at 2:25/2:30. IKM-Manning will not have the community-wide parade this year. In addition, there will not be a homecoming dance following the game. The IKM-Manning wolves will take on West Monona Spartans in the Homecoming football game starting at 7 pm. Homecoming Royalty will be recognized in a pregame ceremony beginning at 6:40 Friday night at Forman Field.
USDA designates 10 Iowa Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas – (9-18-20) - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 10 Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Buena Vista, Hamilton, Harrison, Ida, Madison, Monona, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, and Story counties who suffered losses caused by the recent drought may be eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency emergency loans. This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. Producers in these contiguous counties are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. Locally they include Shelby, Adair, Cass, Crawford, Guthrie, Mills, and Montgomery. The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is May 10th, 2021. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
Crawford County Event today and Monday for Political parties – (9-18-20) Both the Crawford county Republicans and the Crawford County Democratic Party will be holding events this weekend. To start off the weekend, the Crawford County Democratic Party’s unveiling of their new county office at Center Street today at 5 pm. Sheriff Jim Steinkeuhler, who is running for re-election, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. There will also be speeches from Iowa House candidate Damon Hopkins, who is running against State Representative Steve Holt, Iowa Senate District 6 candidate CJ Peterson, running against Republican candidate Craig Williams and Dave Muhlbauer, who is running for re-election as Crawford County Supervisor, will introduce the Democratic Candidate for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District JD Scholten. Manilla will be the site for a parade of County Conservative Candidates on Monday, September 21st, from 5 to 7 pm at Band Shell Park. The event was organized by the Crawford County Republican Women and those who go to the event are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and listen to Crawford County Supervisor Candidates, Jean Heiden and Ty Rossburg, as well as Ray Ohl, who is running against Jim Steinkuehler for Crawford County sheriff. The event will also include a light meal, music and adhere to distancing guidelines.
Myrtue Medical Center Influenza Clinics – (9-10-20) - Myrtue Medical Center will be offering Influenza Clinics. Appointments are requested at the Harlan Clinics and the Ayzlee Drive Up Clinic in Elk Horn. Masks are encouraged and you are asked to wear clothing that will allow a shot, such as a short-sleeved shirt. Drive up clinics will be held: Friday, September 18th – 3 to 7 pm at Community Health in Harlan Tuesday, September 22nd – 10 am to noon – Avoca Public Library Wednesday, September 23rd – 9 to 11 am – St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Panama Saturday, September 26th – 9 am to noon – Community Health in Harlan Monday, September 28th – 5 to 8 pm – Ayzlee’s Clinic at the Elk Horn School (this is a Drive-thru Clinic) Wednesday, September 30th – 9 am to noon – Irwin Community Building Thursday, October 1st – 3 to 7 pm – Community Health in Harlan Friday,October 2nd – 9 to 11 am - MMC Earling Clinic Friday, October 9th – 3 to 7 pm – Ayzlee’s Family Night, Community Health in Harlan (Walk-thru Clinic) Wednesday, October 14th – 9 am to 1 pm – Community Health in Harlan Saturday, October 24th – 9 am to noon – Community Health in Harlan For an appointment call 755-4422 or go to shelbycountyclinics.com.
Greenridge cancels this years event - (9-9-20) - Greenridge Steam & Gas Engine Antique Show scheduled for September 19 and September 20, 2020 has been canceled this year. They look forward to seeing you next year, September 18 & 19, 2021.
7th Annual Southwest Iowa Art Tour this Weekend – (9-14-20) - The Southwest Iowa Art Tour will take place in a modified form for their annual event this Saturday, Sept. 19th. As with everything this year, COVID-19 has brought a new set of challenges to the Seventh Annual Southwest Iowa Art Tour, but organizers and artists will be exercising proper precautions to safely continue it at a limited number of locations as a one-day event on Saturday, September 19th from 10 AM to 6 PM. Gathering Places will be exercising additional precautions including outdoor venues, social distancing measures and extra sanitizing to ensure the health and safety of our artists and participants. Masks will be recommended at all Gathering Places, and required at some locations.The Southwest Iowa Art Tour is now in its seventh year connecting southwest Iowa communities through art. The first year included nine participating communities and thirty artists. The success of the Southwest Iowa Art Tour grew to its peak last year for the sixth annual event to twelve communities, sixteen Gathering Places, and more than ninety local artists. This year, with COVID-19 concerns the event has scaled back to 7 communities, 9 Gathering Places and 50 artists. The self-guided tour allows participants to begin and end where they would like, come and go from location to location at their leisure, and explore diverse art forms – including fiber art, sculpture, pottery, painting, metal works, jewelry, glassware and much more from over ninety artists. The nine unique stops will be located in Harlan, Avoca, Council Bluffs, Glenwood, 3 locations in Macedonia, Malvern, and Red Oak .
Botna Bend Park Pancake Feed - (9-4-20) - Every year in early spring Ranger Jon Fenner and his staff tap the silver maple trees that call Botna Bend Park home & collect their sticky sweet sap to make their own special maple syrup. Join us on September 19th to taste the fruits of their labor, social distance style! Register online & pick-up your very own to-go breakfast at beautiful Botna Bend Park. Each breakfast box will include grilled pancakes, grilled sausage, butter, & real maple syrup for the perfect breakfast treat. Enjoy your breakfast under a canopy of trees at the park or head home to savor this tasty treat. Pre-registration is requested & registration is free, free will donations are gratefully accepted at your pickup & will be used to fund projects & improvements at Botna Bend Park. Pickup times are available every 30 minutes from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Guests may arrive any time during their 30-minute window to pick up their breakfasts. We will be able to accommodate a limited number of drop-in customers throughout the morning but registering online is greatly appreciated. Please visit www.pottconservation.com to register for your pickup time. Due to COVID-19 the format for this annual event has been changed. Online pre-registration is requested, please choose a 30-minute pickup window & register for the number of breakfasts you wish to pick up. Breakfasts will be pre-packaged with cutlery included, & will be delivered to your vehicle by park staff. We will not be providing any covered & congregated seating options. Pancake feed guests are welcome to remain at the park to enjoy their breakfast if they like, picnic tables are available throughout the park. Guests are reminded to observe social distancing recommendations of at least 6’ between groups during their time at the park. For questions not answered online please call Botna Bend Park at 712-741-5465.
Shelby County annual Free Cleanup Crew Event – (9-10-20) - The Shelby County Area Solid Waste Agency is sponsoring their annual Free Cleanup Crew Event for residents wishing to dispose of household hazardous waste from their homes. The event will be held on Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Shelby County Secondary Roads Department at 1411 Industrial Parkway in Harlan. The Cleanup Crew event is free to any household in Shelby County and no appointments are necessary. Residents attending the event will be served on a “first come, first serve” basis. Leave all products in their original containers and place in trunk for safe delivery. What kinds of materials are accepted at these events? Hazardous waste can be found in the garage, shop area, basement and under your sinks. According to Brandon Burmeister, Director for the Agency, “to identify a hazardous product, check the label for words such as toxic, corrosive, flammable or “keep out of reach of children. These materials are considered hazardous waste and DON’T BELONG in your regular trash. Properly disposing of these items benefits everyone – including the environment”. Examples of such materials which will be accepted at the event include stain, varnish, paint remover, rechargeable and button batteries, lawn and garden chemicals, oven cleaner, oil based paint and others. Burmeister reminds residents that latex paint will not be accepted at the event. “Residents can take care of latex paint by opening the lid, stirring in a bulking material such as kitty litter or oil dry, and putting the can in the sun to dry. When the paint is no longer a running liquid, the cans can be thrown away with your regular household garbage. Other items which will not be accepted include ammunition, explosives, asbestos, radioactive materials, and non-hazardous waste. Residents bringing any of the unacceptable materials listed above will be informed about proper disposal options. If you have any questions, please call the Engineer’s office at 755-5954.
Cass County Sheriff’s Report – (9-18-20) - The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 60 year old Daryl D. Armstrong of Anita was arrested Monday, on two Sheriff’s Office warrants. Armstrong was taken into custody on the warrants for Violation of a No Contact Order. He was released from the Cass County Jail the following day, on $6,300 bond. At 6 am Saturday, Sept. 12th Cass County Deputies responded to a reported accident in Wiota. Authorities say a 2001 Ford F250 was located on the north side of North Street in a ditch with damage to the pickup, a street sign, and a MidAmerican Energy pole. No one was in the vehicle when it was located. Upon further investigation, 35-year old Jeffrey Ford Lillard, of Wiota, was arrested on a charge of False Report to Public Entity. Lillard was booked into the Cass County Jail on September 17, 2020, and released later that day on $1,000 bond.
Carroll Man Accused Of Drug Trafficking Pleads Guilty – Carroll Broadcasting – (9-17-20) - 49 year old Chad Michael Hess of Carroll has pled guilty to the felony charge filed against him in District Court. According to Carroll Broadcasting, Hess submitted his written guilty plea Monday to one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a class C felony. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors have agreed to withdraw second offense and habitual offender enhancements for the sentencing. An affidavit from the Coon Rapids Police Department alleges Hess sold approximately 1.5 grams of meth during a controlled buy August 22, 2019 in Coon Rapids. A hearing to accept the pleas has been scheduled for October 19th. A Class C felony carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 fine.
Audubon County Attorney resigns - (9-17-20) - Audubon County Attorney Sarah Jennings has resigned from her post. According to reports, Jennings – who has served as the Attorney for Audubon County for three-years – tendered her resignation last week so that she could be closer to her family in the southern U-S. And, while the Board of Supervisors will review and act on their options to fill the position, officials say surrounding counties have offered to have their attorneys help-out on an interim basis. Jennings had two years remaining on her term.
Crawford County Law Enforcement Report – (9-17-20) At 1:38 p.m. on Friday, September 11, the Crawford County Law Enforcement Center received a report of an issue with Jennifer Stricker involving a no-contact order. Iowa Courts Online records show that 37 year old Jennifer Lynn Stricker, was arrested on September 11 for violation of a no-contact/protective order – contempt, a simple misdemeanor. She was released on her own recognizance on September 14. At 6:23 p.m. on September 12, 50 year old Robert Lee Freeman was arrested on a valid Crawford County warrant. Iowa Courts Online records show that the warrant was for violation of a no-contact/protective order – contempt of court. He was released from custody on September 14 after posting a $300 cash bail. On Monday, September 14 21 year old Ernesto Prado Ramirez of Denison; 28 year old Bryan Gonzalez of Los Angeles, California; and 31 year old Randy Antonio Carillo-Gonzales of Denison were arrested for disorderly conduct in a public area, a bar/night club on South Main in Denison. Two vehicles collided at the intersection of North 19th Street and 1st Avenue North in Denison at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 10. 15 year old Starlyn Jesael Rodriguez of Denison, was driving a gray 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee east on 1st Avenue North, approaching the intersection with North 19th Street. 19 year old Carlos Salazar of Denison, was driving a red 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt and was southbound on North 19th Street, crossing the same intersection. Rodriguez was required to stop due to a posted stop sign. Her vehicle struck the right side of Salazar’s vehicle, causing it to strike another stop sign at the southeast corner of the intersection, breaking it off. Rodriguez then left the scene after briefly talking to Salazar. The front license plate from her vehicle was left at the scene and was collected by Salazar as evidence. Rodriguez was cited for violation of an instruction permit limitation and failure to obey a stop sign. Her vehicle received $1,500 damage to the front middle. Salazar’s vehicle received $6,000 damage to the middle passenger side. Damage to the stop sign was estimated at $200. No one was injured.
Carson City Council declares water conservation provisions – (9-16-20) - On Monday, the Carson City Council passed a resolution declaring a Public Water Conservation Warning Level 1 as a provision to produce an orderly and equitable reduction of water consumption. The order will remain in effect until further notice. Drought conditions and the public well levels will continue to be monitored. Under a Level 1 Water Warning: Outdoor watering or irrigation of a lawn is prohibited Outdoor watering of any kind is prohibited between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Watering or irrigation of flower and vegetable gardens, trees and shrubs less than 4 years old and new seedling or sod is permitted once per week with an application not to exceed 1 inch. Car washing is prohibited except in commercial establishments that provide the service. No water shall be used to fill private swimming pools, children’s wading pools, reflecting pools or any other outdoor pool or pond. No water shall be used to wash streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or building exteriors. No water shall be used for nonessential cleaning of commercial and industrial equipment, machinery and interior spaces. Water shall be served in restaurants only upon the request of the customer. User of water-consuming comfort air conditioning equipment which consumes in excess of 5% of the water circulating in such equipment is prohibited Tankload water sales have been curtailed or eliminated.
September is Library Card sign-up month – (9-14-20) September is Library Card sign up month – With a library card you can discover new and exciting worlds! From borrowing audiobooks to streaming movies to taking virtual Do It Yourself classes, there is so much you can access with a library card. Pursue your passions and dreams through your library’s resources and programs. Visit the Harlan Community Library’s website at harlanlibrary.org for more information.
Harlan Library holding book sale - (8-28-20) - The Harlan Community Library is having their Annual Used Book Sale. They have lots of great stuff including Adult and Children's books, puzzles, DVDs, Audiobooks and music CDS. They are running the sale for 3 full months. The sale will be open during regular library hours. Social distancing and face coverings are required in the library.
Drive-thru Mobile Food Pantry in Harlan September 21st – (9-9-20) - A Drive-Thru mobile food pantry will be at Vet’s Auditorium in Harlan, Monday, September 21st from 5 to 6:30 pm. They ask that you do NOT arrive early. You will enter from 12th Street or Chatburn Avenue and they be directed where to line up. Please, do not leave your vehicle. Food will be placed in your vehicle. The event is sponsored by the Harlan Lion’s Club and Farm Credit Services of America.
GriefShare Seminar/Support Group will be held Mondays through December 14th - (9-17-20) A GriefShare Seminar and Support Group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them will begin Monday, September 14th and run through December 14th, on Mondays from 5 to 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church at 1325 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. Form more information, call Todd Valline at 775-340-2431 or the church office at 755-2711.
Iowa Community Kitchen open Tuesday, 9/22 - (9-18-20) - The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, September 22nd, from 4 to 6 pm at 1325 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. They will be serving tater tot casserole, salad bread and dessert. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and bring a friend. There is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. All take-out meals are $3.
Blood Donations Needed - Upcoming donation opportunities include: Tuesday, September 22nd - 11:30 - 5:30 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church Wednesday, September 23rd - 11 to 5 pm - St Boniface Parish Center. For an appointment, call Judy at 627-4647 Walk ins are welcome. 8 am to 2 pm - AHSTW High School Monday, September 28th - noon to 6 pm - Exira Recreational Center Tuesday, September 29th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Harlan Veteran's Auditorium Wednesday, September 30th - 8:30 am to 1:30 pm - Boyer Valley High School in Dunlap Thursday, October 1st - noon to 6 pm - St. Peter's Parish Hall in Defiance. To schedule an appointment call Betty at 712/745-3271. Tuesday, December 29th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
AtlanticFest 2020 Cancelled – KJAN - (8-31-20) Sister station KJAN reports officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce said today, AtlanticFest, which had been rescheduled for September 26th, has been cancelled. Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bailey Smith says “With COVID-19 cases rising in our county, the extension of the State Public Health Emergency and other liability concerns, AtlanticFest isn’t feasible this year. We understand how eager everyone is to get out and about. AtlanticFest draws thousands of people every year and the health of the community is our highest priority.” AtlanticFest, presented by First Whitney Bank & Trust, is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year and has been a community staple for almost 30 years. To still offer a community event, the Chamber will be hosting a Drive-In Movie September 26th. Smith said “We wanted to be able to give everyone an opportunity to get out of the house while maintaining social distancing. We’ve had a few Drive-In movie events over the last couple years that have been a hit and we’re excited to be able to offer it again.”
Woodbine Applefest canceled for this year – (6-25-20) – Woodbine’s Applefest has been canceled this year. Scheduled for September 26th, the organizers made the announcement on their Facebook page. Vendors who paid their fees have the option of a refund or can roll that over to next year’s Applefest, which is now scheduled for September 25th, 2021. The festival has been traditionally scheduled for the last Saturday of September and draws about 13 to 15 thousand people. Dutch Oven Cooking Classes at Nishna Bend have been cancelled for September 28th.
Ernst Representative in Harlan on October 1st - (9-9-20) - A representative of Senator Ernst's office, Emily McKern, will be in Harlan at the Chamber building on October 1st from 1-2 pm as part of the traveling office. This is to assist Iowans in their dealings with federal agencies. Help is available for a range of casework issues including COVID-19 assistance, derecho recovery, Social Security, Medicare benefits, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs.
Virtual Outdoor Cooking Series – (8-25-20) - The Iowa becoming an Outdoors Woman Program is hosting outdoor cooking classes virtually where participants are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. Classes will be held October 5th and October 19th. Workshops are geared toward adults but are open to everyone. Participants under 18 are welcome with an adult present. Classes begin at 5:30 pm and last about 90 minutes. Participants will receive an ingredient list ahead of each session and are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. The relaxed format will allow for participants to ask questions during the class. The sessions will be led Christina Roelofs, Naturalist for the Shelby County Conservation Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Shawnell Richter and Lydia Goehring both Dutch Oven enthusiasts and instructors. Classes are Simple Campfire Recipes, Sandwich Makes and Dutch Oven Cooking. To register go to register-ed.com./events.
The Skate Park in Harlan located adjacent to the Stamp Aquatic Center is temporarily closed for repairs. Signs are posted and the area is fenced off.
The Shelby County Conservation Board is in need of four or five people to fill vacant spots for our Halloween event at Nishna Bend the weekend of October 10. This year will be a little different. We still want people to camp and decorate their campsites, but this year we do not want anybody handing out candy. We are going to make it a drive thru event. The Nishnabotna Conservation Foundation will provide candy, which they will package up and hand to vehicles as they pull in. Then people will drive around to look at the Halloween decorations and leave (and not get out of their cars). If you are interested in a site, please call Christina at 712-744-3403. There will be 1st and 2nd places prizes for decorations.
2020 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival canceled for October - (7-17-20) The Madison County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors says it has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival that was to be held October 10-11. We are saddened by this outcome and will miss the joy of coming together and making memories with family, friends, and guests to our community.
Arrowhead Park Chili Fest – (9-10-20) - Enjoy autumn at Arrowhead Park & join us for our annual Chili Fest this year done “Social Distance Style”. Pick up a tasty chili dinner at the park on Saturday, October 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. & have dinner at the park or take home to enjoy. Chili dinners include a large serving of tasty chili & crackers, all prepackaged & ready to go. Dinner is free but free will donations are gratefully accepted at the pickup window & will be used to support further improvements & low-cost programming at Arrowhead Park. No pre-registration is required. Due to COVID-19 the format for this annual event has been changed. Meals will be pre-packaged with cutlery included. Guests will enter Breezy Lodge, place their order & then proceed to the pickup station to retrieve their food. We will not be providing any covered & congregated seating options & we will not be hosting our traditional campground trick or treat, pumpkin painting, or hayrack rides. Chili Fest guests are welcome to remain at the park to enjoy their dinner if they like, picnic tables are available throughout the park. Guests are reminded to observe social distancing recommendations of at least 6’ between groups during their time at the park. Masks are recommended during pickup at Breezy Lodge. For questions not answered online please call Arrowhead Park at 712-485-2295.
Shrine Circus now cancelled in Sioux City – (7-29-20) – The 70th annual Shrine Circus in Sioux City that was postponed from the spring to late October has now been cancelled. David Krogh, spokesperson for the Shriners in Sioux City said they just want to make sure that their community stays safe. For more than two decades, the Shriners in Sioux City have had a contract with Carden International, the family-owned company that tours with the animals and circus act. Last week, the firm announced all its circuses for the rest of 2020 are cancelled. Organizers will now shift their focus on preparing to host the circus in mid-April of 2021.
Atlantic Trick-or-Treating set for October 31st - (9-17-20) - Atlantic Mayor Jones has designated Trick-or-Treating for Saturday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Due to COVID-19, the mayor requests participation in the following guidelines for 2020 Halloween: Keep your family and children in a group and don not mix or mingle with other children or families. Maintain a 6-foor distance if waiting to approach a house. Candy should be handed out, not presented in a container for everyone to put their hands in and choose from. Alternatively, participating households could set out individualized plastic or brown paper bags for children to tak individually. Masks or face coverings should be worn when approaching houses to accept candy being handed out and should be worn by those handing out candy, or when within 6 feet of those outside your family or social circle. Houses that wish to participate should turn their outdoor lights on.
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