Friday, July 30th, 2021 Air Quality Alert for the KNOD listening area – 7-30-21 - An Air Quality Alert is in effect until 4 pm today for a number of counties in the KNOD listening area including Shelby, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Harrison, Audubon, Guthrie, Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Montgomery, Adams, Fremont and Page. Northerly winds behind a cold front are bringing smoke from wildfires out west and in Canada into Iowa. Smoke is expected to remain across much of the state through much of Friday. During this time, fine particle levels are expected to be in the Orange AQI category, a level that is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Fine particle levels will begin to improve around noon on Friday. By mid-afternoon Friday, air quality should improve below alert levels statewide. Sensitive groups include the elderly, those with respiratory or heart disease and children. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recommends that individuals in these sensitive groups limit prolonged outdoor exertion until air quality conditions improve.
2021 Cass County Fair is underway in Atlantic – 7-30-21 The 2021 Cass County Fair gets underway this Wednesday in Atlantic. Along with all the 4-H and FFA activities, don’t forget to visit the commercial booths open from noon – 9 pm Friday through Monday; and Kendra Sorum – Live painting daily Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Taking a look at the Friday Schedule: 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M …………………………Beef Weigh–In 8:00 A.M…………………………………………..Rabbit Show 9:00 A.M………………………………………. Horse Show 10:00 A.M……………………………………….4–H/FFA Exhibits Open 11:00 A.M………………………………………..Dog Show 3:30 P.M…………………………………………Clover Kids Animal Show 5:30 P.M…………………………………………Share–the–Fun/Style Show 6:30 P.M………………………………………….Mutton Busting 8:00 P.M…………………………………………Bull Ride Saturday Schedule - 8 am - Sheep Show, 4-H/FFA Exhibits Open 8:30 am - Her Dog Trials 10 am - Pet Show 11 am - Meat Goat/Dairy Goat Show 12 noon - Working Exhibits, Educational Presentations, Extemporaneous Speaking 3 pm - Livestock Judging Contest 4 pm - Youth Water Fights 6 pm Tractor Pulls Sunday Schedule - 7:30 am - Swine Show 8:30 am - Tractor Ride 10 am - Poultry Show, 4-H/FFA Exhibits Open Noon to 4 pm - Decorator's Showcase Noon - 3 pm - Tractor Display 3-3:30 pm - Feeder Calf Weigh-in 4:30 pm - County Fair Church Service 5:30 pm - Cow/Calf Show 6:30 pm - Horse Fun Show 7 pm - Golf Cart Races Monday Schedule - 8 am - Beef Show followed by Beef fitting Contest 8 am - 4-H/FFA Exhibits Open 9 am - Best of Iowa 11 am - Rotary Watermelon Feed 1 pm - Cass County Cattlemen's Kids Cattle Clinic 2 pm - Dairy Cattle Show 4 pm - Building Awards 5:45 pm - Parade of Champions, Bucket of Junk, Fundrasing auction 6:30 pm - Grand Champion Beef Selection 7:45 pm - Livestock Released Tuesday Schedule 8 am - Livestock Auction 8-10 am - Static Exhibits released And, the Grand Champion Beef Selection takes place 6:30-p.m., Monday.
Cass County Royalty named Thursday night - 7-30-21 - The 2021 Cass County Fair named its royalty on Thursday night. Emily Plagman was crowned 2021 Cass County Fair Queen and Craig Alan Becker was crowned King. A total of 3 King candidates and 9 Queen candidates participated. Mr. Congeniality was awarded to Garrett Reynolds and he was also named Prince. Miss Congenialty was awarded to Taylor McCreedy. Princess went to Caroline Pellett. Becker is a member of the Benton Franklin 4-H club and Atlantic FFA. He is the son of John and Abby Becker. Plagman is also a member of the Benton Franklin 4-H club and the CAM FFA. She is the daughter of Mike and Kristi Plagman. The Little Miss and Mister contest was held before the King and Queen contest. Children 5 to 8 years old can enter the contest and winners are chosen by a drawing. The 2021 Little Miss went to Adalyn Hanson and Little Mister went to Ethan Retallic. Photo courtesy of KJAN
Westfair in Council Bluffs starts this week – 7-30-21 - Westfair 2021 is here….so come to one of the largest county fairs in Southwest Iowa. There will be free parking and free admission to the main part of the fair. At the heart of Westfair are the 4-H and FFA exhibits featuring livestock shows, static exhibits, presentations, apple pie auction and more. Sunday at noon, the Best of the Southwest Shootout, where Grand Champions in all livestock species from 11 counties go for supreme Southwest Iowa district champion. Taking a look at the schedule for Friday, July 30th: 7:30 am - Swine Show 8:30 am - Rabbit Show 12-1 pm - Entry/Vet check feeder calf/Cow-Calf/Bucket-Calf 3 pm - Breeding Heifer Show, Cow-Calf/Feeder Calf/Bucket Calf show, Feeder Calf Show-n-go 7 pm - 4-H Pizza Party Saturday Schedule - 7:30 am - Market Beef Show 5 pm - Livestock Sale Deadline 5:30 pm - Dog Show Sunday Schedule - 10 am - Cloverbud Pet Show 2 pm - Share the Fun and Style Show 4:30 pm - Scholarship Presentations 5 pm - Apple Pie Auction 7 pm - Release 4-H building exhibits, rabbits, poultry and non-auction livestock Monday Schedule Noon - Livestock Auction featuring 4-H Champions Nightly arena events include: Friday, July 30th – Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull – 6 pm Saturday, July 31st – Figure 8 races – 7 pm Sunday, August 1st – Westfair MX Race – 10 am Demo Derby – 6 pm
Vorthman crowned 2021 Westfair Queen – 7-30-21 The crowning of the 2021 Westfair Queen was held on Wednesday night with Ashlyn Vorthmann taking the honors. Vorthmann is a member of the Silver Keg Feeders 4-H club and has been in 4-H for 8 years. When she’s not handing out ribbons this Westfair, she’ll be showing off livestock. Vorthman shows sheep, market hogs, breeding heifers and feeding calves as well as market calves. She’s also participating in apple pie baking on Sunday and has 4-H static exhibits, too. She is the daughter of Kelby and Jennifer Vorthmann and will be a senior at Treynor High School this fall. Pearl Huddle, a 2021 Tri-Center High School graduate, was runner-up followed by second runner-up Sara Hudgell, a senior-to-be at Treynor High School. Treynor graduate Stella Umphreys was named Ms. Congeniality and Underwood senior Sierra Fox was named Ms. Citizenship.
Walnut's 150th celebration will be held July 30th through August 1st. Opening ceremonies and donkey baseball, July 31st, a parade at 10 am, slow pitch tournaments, bounce houses, water fights, bed races and a beer tent, and on Sunday, August 1st, there will be breakfast at the fire station, a community church service, a 5K run/walk, annual Antique City Car Show, 1971 Fashions show and helicopter rides. Most events will be held at the Walnut Park.
Shelby County Special Olympics now has delegation for athletes 18 and older - 6-17-21 - Shelby County and the surrounding area now have a Special Olympics delegation for athletes 18 years of age and older! The Shelby County Special Olympics delegation will focus on one sport this year, bowling, with plans on adding more sports as the group grows. Bowlers will start practicing in August and participate in the October regional competition in Council Bluffs. Winners at the fall competition will then be able to compete at the State level. To be eligible to compete in Special Olympics as an adult, athletes must be 18 years of age or older and have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay or a developmental disability. Interested athletes should contact delegation managers, Jennifer and Joey Hansen at 712-579-9351 or email email@example.com to get information and the necessary paperwork. All forms need turned in by July 31st, 2021. Practices and competitions cannot happen without volunteers. This is a rewarding opportunity to get to know the athletes! If anyone is interested in volunteering, please use the contact information above to get more information.
Join us for some kayaking at Prairie Rose State Park on Saturday, July 31 beginning at 10:00 a.m. weather permitting. Fifteen kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be available to use. All levels of experience are welcome. We will meet on the east side of County Road M47. Then learn about mammals that now live and used to live here in Iowa on Saturday, July 31 at 7:00 pm. This program will feature furs and skulls. We will meet near the playground/shower house.
Shelby County Trap and Skeet Range invites you to their Drive-In movie this Sunday, August 1st at the range located at 1303 Ironwood Road, Westphalia. From 10 to 2 that day they will have open trap shooting and then at 4:30 they will show the movie "Trolls: World Tour" and at 8 pm "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." The cost is a free will donation with all proceeds supporting the Harlan Trap Team. Concessions will be open at noon serving hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, walking tacos, popcorn and drinks.
The Harlan United Methodist Church Bible School will not take place August 1st through 5th as previously scheduled.
Cass County Sheriff’s report – 7-30-21 - The Cass County Sheriff’s office reports on Thursday, July 29th , 25 year old Tyler Ray Osborn of Council Bluffs was arrested on a Cass County warrant for violation of probation. Osborn was transported to Cass County Jail where he is currently being held. 19 year old Dante James Watkins of Atlantic was arrested Thursday on a Cass County warrant for violation of probation. Watkins was transported to Cass County Jail where he is currently being held. And 29 year old Anthony Rey Asay of Atlantic was arrested Thursday for possession of a controlled substance. He was transported to Cass County Jail and later released on Bond. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 28 year old Robert Paul Joens of Exira on three Cass County warrants on Monday, July 26th. The warrants were for violation of probation. Joens was transported to Cass County Jail where he is currently being held on Bond. 31 year old Jeffrey Scott Rowland of Council Bluffs was arrested July 26th, on a Cass County warrant for ongoing criminal conduct, theft 2nd and unauthorized use of credit cards. Rowland was transported to Cass County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. Sunday, July 25th, 42 year old Anthony Ryan Karns of Wiota was arrested for violation of a no contact order. Karns was transported to Cass County Jail and was later released on his own recognizance. Karns violated the no contact order that same day after his release and was arrested again by Cass County Sheriff’s deputies. Karns posted bond the following day and was released. Karns was arrested again on July 27th, for violation of a no contact order. He was later released after posting bond. Cass County Sheriff’s officials report one person suffered minor injuries during an accident at around 2-p.m. on July 24th. Mitchell William Benes, of West Des Moines, was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries that happened during a collision at the intersection of Olive Street and Boston Road. Authorities say Kevin Ray Anderson of Sanford, MI, was driving a 2016 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer westbound on Boston Road, and came to a stop at the intersection. Benes was driving a 2020 Chevy Blazer was also traveling westbound on Boston Road. His vehicle failed to stop at the intersection, and struck the rear of semi.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report - 7-30-21 - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports 37-year-old Rudolph Jashawa Lucero, of Omaha, was arrested July 29th on warrants out of Iowa and Nebraska. In addition to being a Fugitive from Justice, Lucero was believed to be in possession of a stolen robotic lawn mower. During the investigation, the mower was recovered and Lucero was charged with Theft 3rd. 37-year-old Corey Thomas Hunt, of Council Bluffs, was arrested July 29th for Violation of a No Contact/Protective Order and Contempt of Court. And, 30-year-old Codey Dean Dwayne Schafer turned himself-in July 29th . He was wanted on a warrant for Violation of Probation.
Shelby County Courthouse News – Harlan Newspapers – 7-30-21 - 33 year old Joshua A. Derengowski of Shelby has been charged with domestic abuse/assault. According to the Harlan Newspapers, Derengowski allegedly put a victim in a choke hold until the victim was unconscious on July 3rd. The victim sustained a head laceration and was allegedly kicked and thrown to the ground. Derengowski faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail with an additional $5,000 fine if convicted of the class D felony charge against him. He is scheduled for trial on September 14th. 37 year old Brad Michael Young of Council Bluffs has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, marijuana, failure to affix drug tax stamp, prohibited acts and operating while intoxicated first offense. Young was cited after a traffic stop on July 8th. Marijuana, pipes, a scale and baggies allegedly were discovered. Young faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in jail and an additional $14,000 in fines if convicted of the class D felony, aggravated misdemeanor and serious misdemeanor charges against him. And 27 year old James Andrew Eugene Cross of Elkhorn, NE has been charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a prescription drug - alprazolam and possession of a controlled substance - marijuana, first offense. Cross was cited July 6th after a traffic stop. Court documents allege he didn't have a valid driver's license, and during a search of the vehicle, methamphetamine, alprazolam, a scale, baggies, grinder, a BB gun pistol and rifle were seized. Cross faces a maximum sentence of eight years in jail with an additional fine of $9,500 if convicted of the Class D felony and serious misdemeanor charges against him. Young and Cross are scheduled for September 14th trials.
Carroll Man Accused Of Felony Drug Possession And Weapons Charges Pleads Guilty – Carroll Broadcasting – 7-30-21 - A Carroll man arrested in March on felony drug possession and firearm charges has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. According to Carroll Broadcasting, 28-year-old Dustin Duane Hill was arrested by the Carroll Police Department after they were called to a duplex in the 900 block of Woodland Drive last December in response to a reported gunshot. Authorities searched the home and located Hill with a pistol that had been reported stolen from a nearby residence, a scale and 9.25 grams of methamphetamine. On Wednesday, Hill filed a written plea to one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a class C felony, and acquisition of a pistol without a permit, an aggravated misdemeanor. A presentencing investigation has been ordered, and Hill’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Friday, July 30. The charges carry a combined maximum penalty of 12 years in prison.
Shenandoah man arrested for probation violation – 7-30-21 - Sheriff’s Deputies in Page County arrested 38 year old Aaron Duwayne Childs from Shenandoah, Thursday. Authorities say Childs was arrested on a Page County Warrant for Violation of Probation. The original charge for the probation stems from a conviction of Receipt, Transportation, or Possession of a Firearm by a felon. Childs was taken into custody about eight-miles northeast of Essex, in the 1300 block of K Avenue, rural Page County. He was transported to the Page County Jail, and was being held on a $5,000 cash-only bond, pending further court proceedings.
Minden Doctor running on Democratic ticket for US Senate - 7-30-21 - A western Iowa doctor and city councilman is running for the Democratic U-S Senate nomination next year. Glenn Hurst of Minden announced his candidacy Thursday for U-S Senator Chuck Grassley’s seat. The 87-year-old Iowa Republican hasn’t decided whether to run for another six-year term. Hurst says the impact of health care on his community is a driving force behind his run. He said in a statement that “Iowans deserve better. We deserve Medicare for All.” Hurst is the third Democrat seeking the 2022 U-S Senate nomination. Former Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and Crawford County farmer Dave Muhlbauer also hope to win Grassley’s seat.
Iowa’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday this coming weekend - 7-30-21 - A reminder from the Iowa Department of Revenue: Iowa’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday is the first Friday and Saturday of August. The annual break from sales tax is the perfect time to save on clothes, shoes, or advanced shopping for the holiday season. In general, select clothing and footwear are tax exempt – meaning no state sales tax will be collected, but there are restrictions. Not interested in leaving the couch? Internet sales are included if they are ordered and paid for during the exemption period. Visit the Sales Tax Holiday page for full details.
Atlantic Middle School will not be used in the foreseeable future – KJAN – 7-29-21 – Sister Station KJAN reports students and staff of the Atlantic Middle School will be “Unable to occupy [the building] for the foreseeable future,” according to Atlantic School District Superintendent Steve Barber, while mitigation strategies related to a fire that occurred Tuesday, are under way. That was the consensus among mitigation inspectors following a fire that caused an estimated $875,000 damage to the roof that was under repair, and water damage to a good portion of the building. The price mentioned was the bid for Phase I mitigation from FirstOnSite Property Restoration, which the School Board approved during the emergency session. Phase I includes the removal of the water and deodorization of the structure. The District’s deductible is $5,000. The School Board held an Emergency Meeting 8-p.m. Wednesday, to act on bids for the mitigation of fire-related damages. They heard from EMC Insurance Corporate Loss Specialist Scott Signor, who said he and Precision Roofing was on site Wednesday and walked the roof lines of the building, especially what they called “The area of origin.” He said they are developing what are being called “Temp repairs.” Signor said something has to be built around the area of origin, and that “An area of subrogation may be possible as far as why the loss started.” He said several companies must first be put on notice and complete an inspection by several entities. The structure would have to be constructed over and above the affected area and then temporary repairs conducted over the entire area where it had burned. That section was in the process of being replaced when the fire broke out. The temporary repairs would at least limit any future interior migration from rain that is expected in the next few days, and get the rain moving in the direction of the drains.Signor said mitigation is just the first phase, and has nothing to do with repairs, the price of which will be significant. Signor said there were only four-to six rooms without apparent damage from the fire, smoke and water. Those rooms are located he said, in the southwest corner of the Middle School. “All other rooms are affected either substantially or less substantially,” according to Signor.Barber and Middle School Principal Josh Rasmussen will organize a Google Document that will be a schedule of when personal items remaining in the building may be retrieved. If those items are damaged or destroyed, they will have to be identified by their owner and a general price provided, as allowed by the insurance policy. Signor echoed the sentiments of Mr. Barber, and the District’s local insurance agent Kip Harris, in saying that the quick response from Atlantic and other area fire departments, and the fact there was a thick concrete roof underneath the lining, saved the building from much more severe damage. He said firefighters “Did an outstanding job.”
IKM-Manning Board Calls for Bond Vote for September 14 – 7-29-21 - At its last board meeting, the IKM-Manning Board of Education voted unanimously to call for a bond vote for September 14, 2021. Voters will now have the opportunity to decide on the $19,950,000 General Obligation Bond. If approved, the district will be able to address a series of facilities needs in both Irwin and Manning. Also at the meeting, the board heard the results of a community-wide survey, through which 81 percent of respondents indicated that they agreed or strongly agreed that the district should address its most pressing facility needs as soon as possible. If approved, the bond would have a tax rate impact of an additional $9.88 per month ($0.33/day) on a home with a $100,000 assessed value. For agricultural properties, the impact would be between $2.63 and $3.16 per acre annually, depending on the location of the property. Residents can learn more about calculating the tax impact by visiting www.ikmmanningbond.org/taximpact. The proposed projects include a new middle school addition with new STEM, SPARK, science classrooms, maker spaces, library, activity commons, gym and locker rooms. The district would also renovate the existing middle school spaces in Manning and complete renovations at the high school, including career and technical education, ag and general classrooms, restrooms and a new media center. The proposed projects would include possible renovations in band, vocal and art classrooms, as well as gymnasium and locker rooms. District administrative offices would be consolidated into one location in Manning, while Irwin Elementary School would remain open. The district would also implement a long-term maintenance plan and install new roofing over the entire existing building in Manning. At Irwin Elementary, the district would move ahead with HVAC improvements, restroom ADA/accessibility renovations and playground renovations. Additionally, the bond issue would fund upgrades to electrical, sprinkler, lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems throughout the district. There would be a new bus loop and additional parking on the north side in Manning, along with safety and security upgrades across the district’s buildings. Over the next several weeks, the district and board will hold a series of public meetings to allow community members to learn more about the proposed solution and offer their feedback on priorities.
2 More Iowa Counties Become 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries - KSOM - 7-29-21 - Two more Iowa counties have become Second Amendment sanctuaries. Tuesday votes by the Board of Supervisors at both Cedar and Madison counties mean there are now four Iowa counties where sheriff’s offices won’t be enforcing state or federal gun laws that conflict with the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Adams County is also considering a similar resolution at its August 2nd meeting, but all that is pending is a discussion, so far.
Carroll Man Charged With Drug Trafficking For Second Time This Year Sentenced Tuesday –Carroll Broadcasting – 7-29-21 - 56 year old Michael O’Hara Sherrod of Carroll has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. According to Carroll Broadcasting, Sherrod was sentenced Tuesday on one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a class C felony. The charge stems from a March 21 arrest by the Carroll Police Department on an outstanding warrant from a separate drug-related incident. When he was taken into custody, authorities located 18.5 grams of methamphetamine in individually wrapped baggies and seven pills of a schedule IV-controlled substance on his person. In exchange for his guilty plea, habitual offender sentencing enhancements were withdrawn. He was ordered Tuesday to serve 10 years in prison with the term running concurrent to a 10-year sentence handed down July 16 from a separate drug trafficking charge. An associated $1,370 fine was also suspended in the order. An Audubon man accused of breaking into a Manning business last week was taken into custody Wednesday morning. According to Carroll Broadcasting, 25-year-old Zeth Lee Petersen was booked into the Carroll County jail on a charge of third-degree burglary, a class D felony. A Manning Police Department affidavit alleges Petersen forcibly entered the Manning Service Center at 503 North Main St. and stole multiple tools and a motor vehicle. Peterson was released on his own recognizance Wednesday after appearing before a magistrate. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 12. A class D felony in Iowa carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and $7,500 in fines.
2021 Election Law Changes for Iowa voters – 7-27-21 - Changes for Voter Registration - Voters must register to vote 15 days or more before the election to appear on the voter register on election day (formerly 11 days, and 10 days for general elections). Voters may still register to vote on election day, or when voting absentee in person, with both proof of identity AND proof of residence. • A voter who has moved and has therefore been sent mail by the County Auditor to inquire of their proper address, AND who did not vote in the most recent general election (formerly the last two general elections), shall be marked inactive (unless they were not 18 years old at the time of the most recent general election). Registrations of inactive voters will not be cancelled until two more general elections pass with no voter activity. Voting at the Polls – Polls close at 8:00 pm for all elections (formerly 9:00 pm for primary and general elections). • When a registered voter is attesting to the identity and residency of a voter unable to present required forms of identification, the attesting voter must present his/her own required form of identification. • For a provisional ballot to be counted, the voter must either provide the necessary identification at the polling place before it closes at 8:00 pm, or provide it at the Auditor’s Office by noon on the following Monday. If the canvass by the Board of Supervisors will be held earlier than the following Monday (for cities with possible runoff elections), the identification must be provided before the canvass. (The post-election deadline was previously unclear.) • Employers must allow employees two consecutive hours to vote on election day, if they do not already have two consecutive hours off during the time the polls are open (formerly three hours).
ABSENTEE VOTING The first day to submit an absentee ballot request form to your County Auditor is 70 days before an election (formerly 120 days). •The first day County Auditors may mail absentee ballots to voters is 20 days before an election (formerly 29 days). • The first day to vote absentee in person at the Auditor’s Office is 20 days before an election (formerly 29 days). (If you have requested a ballot by mail prior to this, your ballot will go out in the mail on this date.) • The first day to vote absentee in person at a satellite location is 20 days before the election (formerly 29 days), and satellite voting locations may only be established by a public petition with a minimum of 100 signatures (formerly County Auditors could establish satellite locations on their own motion). • Absentee ballot requests for voting by mail must be received by 15 days before the election (formerly 11 days, and 10 days for general elections). Exception: If a voter is admitted to a health care facility, dementia-specific assisted living program, or hospital 14 or fewer days before the election, the voter may request an absentee ballot by telephone no later than 4:00 pm on election day. ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST FORMS: • Absentee ballot requests for voting by mail must be received by the County Auditor 15 days before the election (see exception on previous page). • Must include the date the request is signed. • May not be sent to voters by County Auditors unless a voter requests one. • May not be sent to voters by the Secretary of State unless directed to do so by the state legislature in the event of a public health disaster declared by the governor. • May be sent to voters by candidates, political groups, and other private organizations, but no fields on the request form may be prefilled except for type and date of election. RETURNING ABSENTEE BALLOTS: • The only people who may return a voted absentee ballot other than the voter are: ◦ Someone living in the voter’s household ◦ An immediate family member ◦ The two special precinct election officials who deliver a ballot to the resident of a health care facility, dementia-specific assisted living program, or hospital ◦ Voters unable to return a ballot due to blindness or other disability may use a “delivery agent” to deliver their ballots. See below.* • Absentee ballots may be returned via designated ballot drop boxes (unless returned by a “delivery agent”*), which if available must be located on the grounds of or within the building where the County Auditor conducts in-person absentee voting. (Auditors are not required to provide drop boxes.) Absentee ballots must be received by the county auditor by 8:00 pm on election day. (Previously, ballots were valid if postmarked before Election Day and received by the Monday following the election.) Postmarks or bar codes printed on ballot envelopes will no longer make a ballot received after election day valid, except in these cases: ◦ Ballots from participants in the Safe at Home program received by the Secretary of State in time to be transmitted to the County Auditor by noon on the Monday following the election. ◦ Ballots from uniformed and overseas citizens received by noon on the Monday following the election. • If an absentee ballot affidavit envelope is not signed by the voter, the County Auditor shall contact the voter, who may then: ◦ Request a replacement ballot and return it by 8:00 pm on election day (changed from postmarked the day before the election or earlier). ◦ Vote at the polls on election day.
Severe blood shortage continues – 7-26-21 - Officials with the Nebraska-Iowa Region of the American Red Cross report, as uncertain as the past year has been, one constant has been the need for lifesaving blood. Patients rushed to emergency rooms, those battling sickle cell disease and mothers with complicated childbirths rely on the generosity of volunteer donors to help receive the blood transfusions they rely on. And right now, the blood supply has fallen to critical levels. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries. Patients need the help of the American people, who can make a difference by making an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. In thanks for helping meet patient needs, all who come to give between now and July 31st will receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year – a $5,000 value – and a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Additional information and details are available at rcblood.org/fuel. If you donate between August 1st and 15th, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win and exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival. And those that come to give throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email.
Guidelines for School Lunch and Breakfast Program released – 7-22-21 The Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and the Afterschool Care Snack Program. To acquire an application call or email Harlan Community School Food Service Department at 235-6319, go to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are also posted on the school website. Households may be eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits one of four ways: Households whose income is at or below the levels on the table are eligible for reduced price or free meals if they complete an Application of Free and Reduced Price School meals. Households may complete one application listing all children and return it to your child’s school. Food Assistance households, children receiving benefits under the Family Investment Program – FIP – and children in a few specific Medicaid programs are eligible for free or reduced price meals with most qualifying automatically. Some Food Assistance and FIP households will receive a letter from the Department of Human Services which will qualify the children listed on the letter for free meals. And Food Assistance or FIP households receiving benefits that do not receive a letter from DHS must complete an application with the abbreviated information as indicated on the application and instructions.
Alzheimer’s Assoc. invites Council Bluffs & Harlan area residents to join 2021 Walk to End Alzheimers – 7-12-21 - Registration is open for the 2021 Council Bluffs Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Council Bluffs area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by starting a team and walking on September 25 at River’s Edge Pavilion. Harlan area residents can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by starting a team and walking on September 18th at Pioneer Park. On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease. While plans are moving forward to host the Walk in person, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities as decisions are made about event details. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Iowa alone, there are more than 66,000 people living with the disease and 73,000 caregivers. To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit: alz.org/walk. Upcoming events -
LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to give blood to help patients in local hospitals this summer. Appointments are required so schedule a blood donation online at lifesevebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903. There next blood drives will be: Monday, August 2nd 9:30 am - Noon Charter Oak Community Library 12:15-5:30 pm Crawford County Memorial Hospital Monday, August 9th 1-6 pm Manilla Community Center
The Harlan Lions Club will be sponsoring the Mobile Drive-Thru Food Pantry, Monday, August 2nd from 5 to 6:30 pm at Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan. You will receive 2 boxes per vehicle until the food is gone. They plan on helping 200 households. You can receive 1 box of non-perishable foods, 1 box of produce, 1 loaf of bread plus frozen meat. The goal of the food pantry is to provide food where there is a high need but limited resources. The mobile pantry is available to you free of charge.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities - Tuesday, August 3rd 11:30 to 5 pm - United Methodist Church in Denison Wednesday, August 4th 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon 9:30 am to 3 pm - Community Center in Anita Tuesday, August 10th 12:30-5:30 pm - American Legion Hall in Arcadia 11 am to 5 pm - Dewitt Community Building in Macedonia Wednesday, August 11th 10 am to 4 pm - West Harrison High School in Mondamin
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: August 3rd and August 17th.
On Tuesday, August 3rd, The Shelby County Historical Museum and Harlan Community Library will host Growing on the Farm from 5:30 to 7:30. Join them as they celebrate the opening of their youth interactive agriculture spaces. First, stop by the Harlan Community Library to visit their Interactive Barn Space and start crafting your fam. Then, head over to the Shelby county Historical Museum to visit their interactive 4-H MakerSpace and finish crafting your farm.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, August 3rd at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving Sloppy Joes, salad/veggie and dessert. The meal is sponsored by Fairth Family Church. The menu is subject to change. 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 $5 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn is resuming its monthly, in-person Brown Bag Lunch programs. On Thursday, August 5th at noon, this summer's Prairie Intern, Wren Klump, will share about observing animal and plant ecosystems to understand the effects some changes can have on the organisms living there. Wren will also explain the ease of keeping your own records and how you can share them with the environmental community. The luncheon is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation.
The Iowa Community Kitchen in Earling will be open 4 to 6 pm, Thursday, August 5th, at St. Joseph's Hall in Earling. They will be serving Sloppy Joes, Corn on the Cob, Sliced tomatoes and watermelon. The meal is sponsored by the Foxhoven Family. The menu is subject to change. 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 $5 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
St. Mary's Parish Picnic will be held in Panama Friday, August 6th and Saturday August 7th. On Friday, enjoy Bingo from 7 to 9:30 pm and music provided by Taxi Driver from 8:30 to 12:30. Mass will start at 4 pm Saturday, the chicken dinner will be held from 4 to 7 with carry outs available. there will be bingo from 6 to 9:30 and the auction starts at 7 pm. Plus the drawing for $7,500 on Saturday evening too. Both days you can enjoy kettle corn, fancy work, the paddle stand, beer garden, hamburger stand, numerous games, screamer slide and bounce house, too. THE AVOCA CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALES WEEKEND IS SET FOR FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH. THERE’S 30 INDIVIDUAL SITES. MAPS AND SALE ITEM LISTS CAN BE PICKED UP AT TILLIE’S BOUTIQUE, FRED’S BAR, THE AVOCA GOLF COURSE AND CLUBHOUSE, THE HAIR FACTORY AND AVOCA CITY HALL. THERE’S SAVINGS THROUGHOUT THE TOWN…..AND JUST IN TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL! THE AVOCA CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE WEEKEND AUGUST 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH. DON’T MISS OUT ON THE BARGAINS!
Myrtue Medical Center's 2021 Blood Analysis Screening will be held August 10th through 20th - no Mondays - from 6:30 am to 11 am. The Earling Clinic will be held Wednesday, August 25th, from 7 am to 8:45 am. The Elk Horn Clinic will be held Tuesday, August 31st from 7 am to 8:45 am and the Shelby Clinic will be held Wednesday, September 8th, 7 am to 8:45 am. Schedule your appointment at 755-4288 from 8 am to 4 pm. Results will be available on your MyChart Patient Portal at myrtuemedical.org. Results will be mailed only if you bring a self-addressed stamped envelope.
The SCCO Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held Tuesday, August 10th. This is a 9 hole-4 player scramble. The cost is $35 per person. Shotgun start is at 6 pm. For more information, call 235-7226.
Beyond BOW - Women, Water and Wine - 5-10-21 - Registration is now open for Beyond BOW (becoming an outdoors woman - Women, Water and Wine). The event will be held between Nishna Bend Recreation Area and Prairie Rose State Park on August 27th to 29th. On Friday evening, we go over kayaking basics and paddle at Prairie Rose. That evening they will have a bonfire and encourage participants to bring their favorite bottle of wine. Saturday morning they will begin the day paddling the Nishnabotna River. They will pack lunches and take their lunch break on a sandbar. That evening they will be making butterfly wing earrings. Sunday will be a day of hiking, wild edibles and Dutch oven cooking. They will end the event after lunch. You can check it out and sign up at constantcontact.com/register/event.
The Concerned Inc Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, September 29th, at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. It is a 4 person Best Ball Format. The cost is $200 per team. Registration will start at 8:30 am with a shotgun start at 9 am. For more information contact Shilo at 755-5834.
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