Region 4 and State Covid-19 Update - 5-7-21 - The Iowa Department of Public Health’s latest data shows 53 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Region 4 from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, to 5:30 a.m. on Friday, May 7. The Department reports 28 additional positive cases in Pottawattamie County, 12 additional positive tests in Crawford County, four additional positive cases in Cass County, three additional positive tests in Page County, two additional positive cases each in Montgomery and Adams Counties, and one additional positive case each in Harrison and Fremont Counties. The Iowa Department of Health reports two additional deaths in Pottawattamie County, one additional death in Page County, one additional death in Mills County, and one additional death in Audubon County. In RMCC Region 4, there are 14 patients hospitalized, three are in ICU, four admitted in the past 24 hours, and two patients on ventilators. Across Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public health reported 459 new COVID-19 positive tests, and 18 additional deaths, including one in each of Audubon, Mills and Montgomery Counties, and two in Pottawattamie County. This latest round of recorded COVID-related deaths bring the statewide total for the pandemic, to 5,980. The health department reports 397,132 total positive tests since the start of the pandemic. The state’s 14-day positivity rate is 3.8%, and the seven-day positivity rate is 3.7%. COVID hospitalizations across the state are nearly steady. As of Friday, there were 189 hospitalized, 43 persons in an ICU, 44 people were admitted, and 16 were on a ventilator. There have been more than 2.4-million doses of a COVID vaccine administered in Iowa, with 1.14-million persons having completed their respective vaccination series.The state reports there are now two Long-Term Care Facility Outbreaks. Those are at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center in northeast Iowa, and Urbandale Health Care Center. Combined, they have 22 positive cases among residents and staff, with 18 total recoveries. The state reports 2,323 care facility deaths since the pandemic began.
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Cass County Sheriff's Report - 5-7-21 - 29 year old Nathan Drew Simington of Griswold was arrested on Friday April 30th by Cass County Sheriff’s deputies. Simington was arrested for OWI-1st offense. He was cited and released. On Saturday, May 1st, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 29 year old Shialea Kay Cozad for driving while barred. Cozad was transported to Cass County Jail and was later released on her own recognizance. Also on Saturday, 31 year old Marshall Brandon Fischer of Atlantic was arrested on charges of driving while barred and assault with bodily injury. Fischer was transported to Cass County Jail and also later released on his own recognizance. Sunday, May 2nd, 59 year old Myron L. Flathers of Bridgewater was arrested on a Cass County warrant for violation of probation. Flathers was transported to Cass County Jail. Upon arrival at the jail, he was found to be in possession of drug contraband. He subsequently was assessed with an additional charge of possessing contraband and was being held on $7000 bond. And on Wednesday, May 5th, 53 year old Charles Jonathan DeJong of Manning was arrested on two Cass County warrants for Failure to Appear. DeJong was transported from the Carroll County Jail to the Cass County Jail and later released on his own recognizance.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Report 5-7-21 - 38 year old Marlen Martinez-Solares of Omaha was arrested at 8 pm Thursday night by the Pottawattamie County Deputies. Martinez-Solares was arrested following a traffic stop at Highway 6 and Hackberry Road. She was taken into custody for OWI-1st offense, with bond set at $1,000. She was also cited for Failure to Maintain Control of a Motor Vehicle, Littering upon the Highway and Open Container by Driver. 47 year old Jerry Lee Dawson was arrested Thursday afternoon at the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, after he turned himself in on a warrant for Violation of Probation. After the warrant was confirmed, Dawson was transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail and turned over to Corrections staff. And at 9:25 Thursday morning, 36 year old Daniel Jason Kennedy of Council Bluffs, an inmate at the Pottawattamie County Jail was presented with a warrant for Criminal Trespass – 2nd offense. Once he acknowledged the warrant, Kennedy was returned to the custody of jail staff.
Gas Prices up Slightly this week – 5-7-21 – Gas Prices in Iowa rose one penny this past week, according to AAA. As of Wednesday, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.80 across Iowa, which is $1.22 higher than one year ago. The national average price of a gallon of gasoline on Wednesday was $2.93, up 4 cents from last week’s price. Wholesale ethanol rose 11 cents and is currently priced at $2.44. Retail diesel prices in Iowa rose 1 cent this week with a statewide average of $3.02. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $2.17 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 7 cents less than the national average of $3.09. Natural gas prices fell 2 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently priced at $2.94/MMBtu.
Bill sets new penalty for fatal wrecks involving excessive speed – Radio Iowa – 5-7-21 - The Iowa House and Senate have unanimously voted to create a new crime for driving at an excessive speed and causing someone else’s death. Representative Jon Thorup of Knoxville, a state trooper, was the bill’s floor manager in the House. He says this bill increases the penalty for speeding 25 miles per hour or more in cases where such speeding results in the death of a human being. The penalty would become a Class C felony. According to the Iowa Sheriffs and Deputies Association, it’s difficult to appropriately charge a speeding driver involved in a fatal accident if prosecutors cannot prove the driver was intoxicated or intentionally targeting someone. The bill passed the House unanimously on March 23. It passed the Senate Wednesday on a 48-to-zero vote. The Iowa State Patrol issued 85% more tickets to drivers caught going 25 miles an hour or more over the speed limit in the first six months of last year compared to the previous four-year average.
Carroll Woman Arrested On Multiple Charges – Carroll Broadcasting – 5-7-21 - Carroll Broadcasting reports 38 year old Jennifer Lynn Stricker of Carroll was arrested Wednesday on a number of charges following a reported disturbance. Officers with the Carroll Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of East 7th Street in Carroll Wednesday afternoon shortly after 4 pm. Authorities say Stricker assaulted two victims and used a metal signpost to damage a door and destroy a child’s motorbike. Law enforcement attempted to subdue Stricker and take her into custody, but she resisted arrest, resulting in injuries to both officers. She was restrained and transported to the Carroll County Jail where she was charged with two counts of assault on a peace officer causing bodily injury, aggravated misdemeanors, interference with official acts causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor, and two counts of assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief, simple misdemeanors. Stricker was released on her own recognizance after appearing before a magistrate with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 27th.
The Iowa Aviation Museum has announced their 2021 Hall of Fame inductees – 5-6-21 - Kris Schildberg of the Iowa Aviation Museum has announced their 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees and both are from Western Iowa. First is Denison alumni John F. Langer. He holds numerous aeronautical licenses and ratings, has logged more than 24,000 hours of accident and violation –free flight time and piloted 111 individual aircraft types. The second inductee is T. Lowell Weir of Bedford. At age 15, Lowell took his first flying lesson on Christmas Day, sparking a lifelong passion for aviation. After graduating from Bedford High School in 1956 and obtaining his pilot license, he became a flight instructor, a charter pilot, and served seven years in the Air National Guard. Our congratulations to both of these gentleman.
Formal Charges Filed Tuesday Against Coon Rapids Woman - Carroll Broadcasting - 5-6-21 - Trial information was filed Tuesday in Carroll County District Court against a Coon Rapids woman accused of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. According to Carroll Broadcasting, 25-year-old Kori Anne Scott faces a single count of failure to report a personal injury accident, a serious misdemeanor. Authorities say Scott was operating a 2003 Chevrolet Impala on Timber Avenue near Glidden on the evening of April 11 when she lost control of the car and crashed. A passenger in the vehicle sustained injuries as a result of the accident. Scott’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 13.
Denison Police Report – 5-6-21 – The Denison Police Department is reporting a pair of traffic accidents and one arrest from earlier this week. A motor vehicle incident occurred on Tuesday at around 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of North 16th Street and 8th Avenue North. The 16-year-old female driver of a 1999 Buick Century was traveling northbound on 16th approaching the intersection. Police say the Buick driver failed to properly stop in time and rear-ended a 2019 Chevrolet Malibu stopped at the intersection. The Malibu was being driven by a 16-year-old male. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued. The report estimates $800 worth of damage to the Malibu with none assigned to the Buick. Another collision took place on Monday at around 5:15 p.m. on Donna Reed Road. Police say 48-year-old Cindy Borkowski of Denison was southbound in a 2013 Ford Taurus and stopped behind a vehicle that was waiting for oncoming traffic to clear before turning left into a driveway. The report states that 51-year-old Hope Brown of Manilla was also southbound in a 2005 Dodge Dakota and failed to stop before rear-ending the Taurus. Brown was cited for failing to stop in assured clear distance but no injuries were reported. The repair cost is estimated to be $3,000 for each vehicle. An arrest happened at just before 9 p.m. that same night. The public release states that police arrested LaQuesha Webster of Omaha, Nebraksa at Denison Job Corps. The 21-year-old female was charged for Interference with Official Acts.
Griswold School Board will conduct additional interviews for Middle School/High School Principal 5-6-21 – The Griswold School Board will meet in closed session on May 10th to interview three new candidates for the Middle School/High School Principal position. Three applicants went through the interview process on April 28. Griswold Schools Superintendent Dave Henrichs says after the interviews on April 28, the Board decided to continue the search. Henrichs says three new candidates will be brought in for interviews on Monday, May 10. The district received some additional applications and they did reach out to some folks, and they have three new individuals they’re bringing in for the first time for an interview on May 10. The interview process will be somewhat different this time around. The Administration, staff, and community members will consolidate into one group. Each candidate will interview for 60-to-90 minutes, along with a tour of the facility. Dave Henrichs hopes the job will be offered to a candidate on May 11, and for School Board approval at the meeting on May 17.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report – 5-6-21 - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports 38-year-old Albert Edward Joseph, of Council Bluffs, turned himself-in to authorities, Wednesday morning. Joseph was wanted on a warrant for Violation of Parole. He was transported to the Pott. County Jail and turned over to Corrections staff. Other individuals were transported Wednesday from various jurisdictions to the Pottawattamie County Jail, to be held on local and/or State charges. They include: 24-year-old Victor Antonio Inigo, of Omaha, who was being held on $10,000 bond on felony offenses that include Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, and Eluding. 27-year-old Sterling Svend Holley, of Grand Island, NE., was being held in the Pott. County Jail on $2,000 bond, for Operating a Motor Vehicle without Consent. 61-year-old Frank Cappellano, of Council Bluffs, was transported to the Pott. County Jail under a State of Iowa felony warrant for Harassment in the 1st Degree by threatening. Bond was set at $2,000. And, 22 year old Sarah Jeanette Croson, of Council Bluffs, was transported from Douglas County Corrections in NE. to the Pott. County Jail, with regard to a State of Iowa warrant for Violation of Parole.
"Water Watch" Being Implemented by HMU Monday - 4-23-21 Harlan Municipal Utilities is implementing a Water Watch effective Monday, April 26th, in an attempt to limit the depletion of its water supply. In a statement Friday, HMU CEO Ken Weber says they’re asking customers take the following measures regarding potable water: * No watering of lawns, shrubs, trees, flower or vegetable gardens between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. * No washing of streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or building exteriors, cleaning of equipment, machinery, or interior spaces. * Washing of vehicles/equipment is prohibited except in commercial establishments that provide a washing service (eg. Commercial car wash). * Water should be served at restaurants only upon the request of the customer. * The use of fire hydrant meters is prohibited. Anyone who needs a personal swimming pool, hot tub, or other recreational structure that needs filling is asked to contact HMU to schedule a time.
Registration now open for Summer Iowa Games – Radio Iowa – 4-7-21 - Registration is now open for the majority of sports in the Summer Iowa Games, which will be held in the Ames area and at Iowa State University in late July and early August. Cory Kennedy, a spokesman for the games, says the pandemic has forced a few changes, but organizers are thrilled to be moving forward with this year’s events. While the 2020 edition of the Summer Iowa Games was abbreviated due to COVID, this year’s version will see competition in more than 50 sports. Some of the popular sports for teams are soccer, baseball, and softball. Individual sports, track and field is a large sport, archery is an up-and-coming, growing sport, and another large sport that is continually growing is pickleball. The main weekend of the games is scheduled for July 29th through August 1st, with 27 sports and competitions. Some events will start on July 10th, while others will begin in just a few weeks. They will host a high school trap-shooting event in May, as well as their annual Big Fish Classic fishing tournament. Billed as Iowa’s premier multi-sports festival, the event will attract thousands of participants from across the state. The Opening Ceremony will be held virtually this year on July 30th. Learn more and register at www.iowagames.org. Upcoming events -
Monogram Loves Kids Foundation is now accepting grant applications. The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation will award over $350,000 to charitable organizations that sponsor programs benefitting kids. For more information, contact Sally Vaughan - Communications Coordinator at email@example.com or call (901)681-9873.
Harlan Pool Passes are now available online at cityofharlan.com/ParksRecreation.htm. The cost is $131.25 for families and $75 for singles. The price is good through May 28th.
The Harlan Kiwanis club will be holding their Mother's Day Roses Sale in the entry way of Harlan Hy-vee Friday, May 7th from 4 to 8 pm, Saturday, May 8th, from 8 am to 3 pm and Sunday, May 9th, from 8 am to 12 noon. The cost is $20 for a dozen roses.
A Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution Drive-thru will be held Saturday, May 8th, from 10 am to 11:30 am at 1235 870th Street south of Harlan. Off Highway 59, turn east at Monogram Prepared Meats, follow the signage to the Western Engineering Building. The drive is free to all households, no income level requirements.
The Shelby City-Wide Garage Sale will be held Saturday, May 8th. Maps are available on the city website. Sign up at Shelby City Hall. The cost is $3 for advertising and to be put on the map.
Shelby County Swine Jackpot show will be held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds May 8th and 9th. It's two days with two shows. Entry fee is $30 per pig. The show starts at 10 am both days. Contact Cindy Hanson at 712/304-0316 or Darren Goshorn at 712/269-0123 for details.
Willow Lake 'Bike or Hike' Outdoor Day Set for May 8th - 4-22-21 Harrison County Conservation Board, Loess Hills State Forest, and the Friends of the LHSF have partnered to offer an Outdoor Day event on Saturday, May 8th from 10 a.m.-Noon. The Willow Lake Outdoor Day has been modified with COVID-19 restrictions so participants can choose either a Bike or Hike event. Bicyclists will start from the Willow Lake Nature Center/HCCB Office to ride Easton Trail on the Share the Road trail to the CREW Center in Woodbine. Hikers can explore part or all 8 miles of Brent’s Trail starting at the Murray Hill Scenic Overlook near Little Sioux. For both of these events, there will be staff at the beginning to answer questions and provide maps, however, they will not be guided and participants are responsible for setting up their own carpooling to pick them up. There is no cost or registration. Campers at the Willow Lake Recreation Area will receive Saturday night camping free-look for a coupon at the registration booth, newsletter, or online. For more information, visit HarrisonCountyParks.org.
NAMI Connection - National Alliance on Mental Illness Recovery Support Group = In-Person Support Group will meet 6:30-8 pm Monday, May 10th, at the SCCO Building - Hero's Attic- at 1105 8th Street in Harlan. For more information call 712-542-7904.
LifeServe Blood Center will hold a blood drive Monday, May 10th, from 11:15 -4:15 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. Schedule an appointment on line at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
Kayaking will be held at 6:30 pm, Monday, May 10th, at Prairie Rose State Park in Harlan. Meet on the east side of the lake. Fifteen kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be available to use. All levels of experience are welcome. All kids under the age of twelve must be accompanied by an adult
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, May 11th at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving turkey gravy over mashed potatoes, corn, bread and dessert. The menu is subject to change. Masks are required and meals will be served at your table. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and bring a friend. Due to the rising cost of food and supplies, there is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities - Tuesday, May 11th 11:30-5:30 pm Vet's Auditorium in Harlan For an appointment, contact Sue at 755-5725. Thursday, May 13th 12 Noon - 6 pm YMCA in Atlantic 11 to 5 pm - Central Church of Christ in Griswold Monday, May 17th 12 Noon - 6 pm - Exira REC Center Tuesday, May 18th 12 Noon - 6 pm - Woodbine High School Wednesday, May 19th 12 Noon-6 pm - Logan Community Center Thursday, May 20th 12 Noon- 6 pm - Rand Community Center in Mo Valley Monday, May 24 12:30-5:30 pm - American Legion Hall in Arcadia Tuesday, May 25th 11:30-5 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church Wednesday, May 26th 11-5 pm - St Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Thursday, May 13th at St. Joseph's Parish Hall in Earling. They will be serving meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, vegetable and dessert. The menu is subject to change. Masks are required and meals will be served at your table. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and bring a friend. Due to the rising cost of food and supplies, there is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
There will be a plant and Bake Sale, Saturday, May 15th, 8 am to noon at the Congregational United Church of Christ at 19th and Durant in Harlan.
Shelby's Craft and Vendor Market - Spring 2021 will be held from 9 to 3 pm Saturday, May 15th at the Cardinal Lofts at 304 Western Avenue in Shelby. Booths will be located in the gym, south of the old school. Some vendors might be located outside on the pavement across the street. Masks will not be required but are encouraged. Food will be available along with a bake sale. All proceeds from the booth rentals will go toward the City of Shelby's 150th Celebration in June. Food sale proceeds will go to the Shelby Fire and Rescue Hotspots to support the events they will be sponsoring during the 150th celebration.
Lifeserve Blood Center will hold a blood drive Monday, May 17th, from 1 to 4:30 pm at the Schleswig Community Building. Appointments are required. Make your appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
Have you or someone you know wanted to visit the Shelby County Historical Museum in Harlan, but couldn’t find the right time? Well, now you can! This summer the museum is extending their hours every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 8 am to 8 pm. Stop by the museum to experience hands on interactive exhibits, find out what life was like in the past and to learn more about the unique history of Shelby County! Extended hours once again are 8 am to 8 pm the 1st and third Tuesday of each month including: May 18th, June 1st, June 15th, July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd and August 17th.
All families with children under 12 years of age are invited for some fishing fun, Tuesday, May 18th, from 5:30-6:30 pm at Nishna Bend Recreation Area. A sack meal will be provided for all and there will be prizes for children! Each adult planning to fish must have a valid 2021 fishing license. Learning for Life will reimburse $20 towards the cost of a fishing license. There is a limit of 2 fishing licenses per family. Pre-registration is required by May 14th. For more information, or to register, please call 755-4422 or go to shelbycountyclinics.com and click on 2021 Fishing for Fun Day.
LEGO contest to be held during Tivoli Fest - 4-30-21 - The Elk Horn Public Library invites LEGO builders to enter the 2021 Tivoli Fest LEGO contest. The Tivoli theme this year is “Tivoli Lite.” Entries may be taken to the Elk Horn Library from Wednesday, May 19th until Thursday, May 27th. They will be on display at the Library from noon to 3 on Saturday, May 29th during Tivoli Fest, where the Library will also be hosting other children’s programming, including many giant outdoor games! Entries can be made using LEGOS at the library or at home in 2 categories – freestyle or kit. A person can have 1 entry in each class. Teams of no more than 2 can enter. The contest is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded to winners in a variety of areas.
A Virtual Brown Bag Lunch Program "Square Stories from Danish author Louis Jensen" will be presented by Lise Kildegaard, professor of English at Luther College Thursday, May 20th, starting at 12 noon. Please join on the museum's Facebook and YouTube pages at noon to watch the free, monthly presentations as they premier. These programs are sponsored by Danish Sisterhood Donning Margrethe Lodge #15 Milwaukee, WI.
Roar Into Harlan Bike Night - On the Historic Downtown square in Harlan will be held 6 to 9 pm, Thursday, May 20th. There will be live entertainment, food, fun and prizes. For additional information and weather-related notices, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First ever Gallery of Artisans event will be held over Tivoli Fest weekend on Main Street in Kimballton. On Friday, May 28th from 4 to 9 pm, there will be wine tasting and a pottery demonstration. On Saturday, May 29th from 8 am to 5 pm, there will be coffee and artists at work with pottery, macrame, leathercraft and basketry demonstrations. Plus jewelry, paintings, photography and more on display.
Mark your calendars for the Harlan Community Library Foundation annual Grill Out, Thursday, June 3rd. The event will be held 4:30-6:30 pm and will be a "Grab and Go" style this year. The meal will include a hotdog, chips, cookie and a drink. They will be serving in the alley on the north side of the library. The annual event is the Foundations way of saying thank you for continuing to support the Harlan Community Library.
8-Ball Aviation Club's Flight Breakfast will be held 7 to 11 am, Sunday, June 20th at the Harlan Municipal Airport. More details to come.
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