Friday, July 10th, 2020 Today’s Weather Outlook - (7-10-20) - Quiet conditions have returned to the state early this Friday morning. Light winds and patchy fog has developed over areas that received rainfall Thursday afternoon and evening. Temperatures have cooled off over most of the region. Across the north temperatures in the lower 60s are common with readings in the upper 50s to mid 60s elsewhere. Skies remained generally clear to partly cloudy. A quiet and pleasant day will round out the week today, though warmer temperatures will return to the state. Highs today will reach the lower 80s over the northeast while central and western areas warm to the lower 90s by afternoon. Tonight a strong weather system will be approaching from the northwest. This will spread strong to severe thunderstorms over the Northern Plains, Nebraska and possibly into portions of northern and western Iowa. The storms are expected to linger over the region early Saturday morning with more thunderstorms redeveloping over northern Iowa in the afternoon. Lows tonight will drop into the 60s to around 70 statewide with highs Saturday in the lower 80s north to the upper 80s south. Sunday will once again be quiet with slightly cooler and less humid weather returning to Iowa. Next week will see some active and eventually very warm to hot weather again as the week progresses. Thunderstorms return late Monday into Wednesday as highs warm from the 80s earlier in the week to the 80s and 90s again by Friday.
Covid -19 News US Coronavirus cases top 3 million as infections surge in California, Texas and Florida.
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: 7-10-20 Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: Positive-118 | Recovered-105 | 10-Positive Serology Myrtue Test Results: Negative-573 | Pending-4
Iowa COVID-19 Update - (7-10-20) - 10 am DES MOINES, Iowa --Iowa Department of Public Health data shows positive coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are trending upward. The state also set another record for testing Thursday. As of Friday at 10 a.m., IDPH reported 744 new positive cases and 3 additional deaths. IDPH reports a total of 33,756 positive cases and 742 deaths in Iowa. IDPH reported Iowans have been tested for COVID-19, while 25,750 have recovered. There were 7,972 Iowans tested Thursday, another new single-day record. One of 9 Iowans have been tested for the virus and 1 of 94 have tested positive. Thursday's positivity rate is listed at 7.5% Iowa’s hospitalization rates have been increasing since the beginning of July after a long period of decline. IDPH reported 169 current patients with COVID-19, up from 168 the previous day. There are 54 patients listed in intensive care, up from 49 the previous day. There are 26 patients on ventilators, equal to the previous day. There were 19 patients admitted in the last 24 hours, down from 32 the previous day. IDPH reported approximately 3,150 inpatient beds available in the state, with 472 ICU beds and 775 ventilators available. There are coronavirus outbreaks in 15 of Iowa’s long-term care facilities. IDPH reported 282 positive cases in those facilities, with 87 recoveries. IDPH reports 392 of Iowa’s COVID-19 deaths have been in long-term care facilities. County-by-County COVID-19 cases, and the number of person who have recovered: Cass: 27 (19) Adair: 16 (12) Adams: 8 (8) Audubon: 16 (15) Guthrie: 72 (57) Montgomery: 11 (8) Pottawattamie: 789 (654) Shelby: 118 (105)
Update from Shelby County Public Health: (7-9-20) - COVID-19 Mitigation Guidance for Shelby County Residents With the current surge of COVID-19 cases that Shelby County is experiencing, it is important that everyone in the county continues or begins to practice mitigation standards and follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Local Public Health offices follow direction provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health in applying preventative mitigation standards and isolation or quarantine actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Review of recommendations Practice social distancing: By keeping six feet between yourself and others, you are staying outside the droplet spray range of infected people when they cough, sneeze, or talk. Social distancing is a primary method of reducing the spread of COVID-19 because it keeps droplets from infected people from reaching your face. Wearing masks: By wearing facemasks, you reduce the droplet spray range when YOU cough, sneeze, or talk. Wearing masks primarily protects others; the more people who wear masks—cloth or surgical masks---the more you can reduce the spread of COVID-19 if you are infected with the virus. Hand hygiene: Frequently washing your hands or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% or more) reduces the germ load on your hands. Germs on your hands can be transferred to your mucous membranes when you touch your face, providing an infectious pathway into your body. These few simple adaptations are evidenced-based preventative measures that will protect you, your family, your workplace, and community from an overwhelming surge of COVID-19. When Prevention Fails When prevention measures are not followed, the virus that causes COVID-19 begins to spread and infect people. Once you show symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate from others to prevent the spread of illness to your family, workplace, and community. At this time, you should call the clinic at 712-755-5130 and talk to a nurse regarding your symptoms to determine if a COVID-19 test is recommended. If you have symptoms or test positive, you will need to stay home until: • After 3 days have passed with no fever AND • Your symptoms have improved AND • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared or since your positive test. Isolation keeps others around you from becoming ill. People infected with COVID-19 can easily transmit this illness to those they have had close contact. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more. Close contacts should self-quarantine from other members of their family, workplace, and community to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. Because the incubation period of COVID-19 is 14 days, you will need to stay home for 14 days after your LAST contact with a person who has COVID-19. Isolation and quarantine are effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 from becoming an outbreak within a family, business, or community. Temporarily removing ill or exposed people from the community reduces the burden of circulating coronavirus and protects others in the community, including those who are most at-risk for serious illness. Compared to the three simple prevention mitigation standards, isolation and quarantine involve a more restrictive means of controlling the spread of COVID-19. Please do your part to protect your neighbor, your loved ones, your workplace, and your community by practicing prevention. If you become ill with COVID or are exposed to persons who are sick due to COVID, please follow isolation and quarantine measures to stop the spread of this illness. We all have a part to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and stopping the surge of COVID-19 illness.
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Parents and Guardians of Harlan Community School Students: (7-9-20) - Harlan Community School District sent you an email via school messenger that contained a survey seeking information regarding your family needs as they continue their planning process for the 2020-21 school year. They would appreciate it if you would check your email and complete the survey. Some people have indicated that this message went to their "junk mail", so you may check there as well. Thank you.
CHAMBER SCAM ALERT – (7-10-20) - Shelby County businesses, please note this scam alert from the Harlan Golf & Country Club: It has been brought to our attention that there has been a woman named Brianna calling from an Arizona number to try to sell GPS Golf Shot Trackers. She claims to be with the Harlan Golf and Country Club and she is not. Please do not purchase anything from this seller as we are not aware if this is a legitimate company or not. Along those same lines there is a company called Direct Fairways calling business owners and asking for money ($500+). The callers name is usually Nick who claims he has spoken with the Shelby County Golf Course to provide the course with new course guides. This is also untrue. Please do not give Direct Fairways any money.
Harrison County Community Celebrations that have been cancelled – (7-6-20) The Woodbine Saddle Club has cancelled the rodeo that was originally scheduled for July 10th and 11th in Woodbine as well as the parade on Saturday, July 11th.
38th annual Old Soldier’s Reunion in Griswold will still be held on July 11th - (7-1-20) The 138th annual Old Soldier’s Reunion in Griswold will still be held on Saturday, July 11th. The theme this year is Hometown Heroes. They’re asking everyone to participate responsibly, they ask that you practice social distancing on your own via your personal preferences, there’ll be plenty of room to spread out down Main Street to watch the parade. Events for the day include a Tractor Show on Cass Street from 8 am to 2 pm, the Legion Auxiliary Membership Drive at the Legion Building from 9 to 11 am, The Cass County Historical Museum will be open on Main Street from 10 to 6 and the military road march will start at the Creighton Retreat Center in Griswold at 4:15. Any EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement are welcome to join the road march. The route is 4 miles long, so they do take breaks. Those who want to participate in the road march can meet at the Griswold High School north parking lot between 3:30 and 3:45. The Old Soldiers Reunion Queen Contest is at 4:30 p.m. The lineup for the parade begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Griswold School parking lot. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at the High School, goes down Harrison Street and then down Main Street. The gates open for the Street Dance on Montgomery Street next to East of Omaha at 7:00 p.m. The band is Shoot to Thrill, an AC/DC tribute band. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The band starts at 8:00 p.m. East of Omaha will be open so people can go inside if they need some air conditioning or a cold drink. The Harlan City Wide Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 11th.
Four people injured following chase from Council Bluffs into Omaha – (7-10-20) - Four people were hurt in a head-on crash Thursday evening, including two children who were ejected from a car. The crash occurred near 13th Street and Missouri Avenue. Authorities said the driver of a Cadillac took off during a traffic stop in Council Bluffs, near south 35th Street and Ronald Road, then crossed into Omaha and collided with a Nissan Murano. Officials said speeds reached more than 100 miles per hour prior to the crash. Omaha police said the driver of the Cadillac, 23 year old Raymundo Silva-Gomez of Bellevue, NE, suffered a fractured leg. Police said they cited Silva-Gomez for reckless driving, no registration and no proof of insurance. Police said the driver of the Murano, 18 year old Rosa Espinosa of Omaha, suffered a fractured arm. Paramedics also took a 12 year old girl to Nebraska Medicine with a fractured clavicle. A 9 year old boy suffered a fractured arm and collarbone. The front-seat passenger, 17 year old Denice Garcia suffered minor injuries. Council Bluffs police said warrants have been issued for Silva-Gomez.
Crawford County Law Enforcement Report – (7-10-20) - The Crawford County Law Enforcement Center has released their latest activity report. On Thursday, July 2nd, two vehicles were backing up on North Main Street in Denison. The accident happened at about 5 pm when 16 year old Miranda Ann Meyer of Denison was driving a black 2012 Kia Optima and 21 year old Juan Alejandro Garcia of Denison was driving a gray 2012 Ford Focus. Meyer was backing from a driveway on the west side of North Main and Garcia was backing from a driveway on the east side. Meyer stated she had been backing out first and that Garcia backed out after her and hit her vehicle. Garcia stated the opposite. No evidence or impartial witnesses corroborated either side of the story. Family members of both drivers said they saw the accident and that their respective family members driving was not the driver at fault. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued. Garcia’s vehicle received $2,000 damage and Meyer’s vehicle received $1000 damage. On July 4th, at 2:04 am, 39 year old Miguel Angel Figureroa of Denison was arrested and charged with OWI, 1st offense on south 15th Street in Denison. At 7:56 pm, 24 year old Emily Rachel Gierstorf of Arion was arrested for operating while intoxicated. The arrest occurred during a traffic stop on High 30 near Arion. At 1:50 am, on Sunday, July 5th, 18 year old Taya Larae Hinkeldey of Schaller was arrested and charged with OWI, 1st offense, during a traffic stop on Highway 59. During a traffic stop at 2:24 Sunday afternoon, Robert Boll was cited for no valid license, no insurance and operating a non-registered vehicle. His vehicle was towed to impound. And at 11:35 Sunday night, 20 year old Jasmin Liseth Galdamez and 21 year old Justo Garcia, Jr. of Denison were arrested for violating a no-contact order between them.
Death on the East Nishnabotna River - KJAN - (7-9-20) - The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports Deputies and numerous rescue crews responded to a call for help early this morning, about a man who was floating on the East Nishnabotna River who had become unresponsive. The 9-1-1 call to the Page Comm Dispatch Center came in at around 1:12-a.m., from a 44-year old female. The woman said she had been floating with a 53-year old man on the river since 8-p.m. Wednesday. She said that they were north of Essex. Numerous agencies were dispatched to this large area. It was determined from the phone calls that the female and the male were on the East Nishnabotna River between the bridges on 110th ST and D Avenue, north of Essex. Due to accessibility issues associated with the area, the rescue operation took some time, as there is no boat access within several miles. When the woman and her companion were located at around 3-a.m. Thursday, the man was deceased. The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the search /recovery effort by the Essex Fire & Rescue, Red Oak Fire & Rescue, Corning Fire & Rescue, Mt. Ayr Fire & Rescue, Clarinda Fire & rescue, Shenandoah Police Department, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County EMA, Page County EMA, Midwest Regional Dive Team, Iowa DNR as well as local citizens with knowledge of the river in the area. The incident remains under investigation at this time. The name of the male was being withheld pending notification of relatives. More information will be released at a later date.
Cass County Sheriff's Report - (7-9-10) - The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests. On Wednesday, during the investigation of a vehicle stolen from Pottawattamie County, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36 year old Ryan Joel Castle of Griswold, on a charge of Theft 2nd Degree a class D Felony. Castle was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond. 20 year old Tyron Lee Franks of Council Bluffs, was arrested Wednesday on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Franks was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Report – (7-9-20) - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests. 25 year old Joeli Mariene West of Council Bluffs turned herself in this morning on a warrant for Harassment – 3rd Degree – False Reports. 30 year old Brittany Savanna Nicole Hedges of Council Bluffs, turned herself in Wednesday on a warrant for Child Endangerment and Abandonment. 26 year old Darrell Jerome Boyer of Neola was arrested Wednesday for Driving While Barred – Habitual Offender and Fugitive from Justice. 43 year old Jason Fisher was arrested following a traffic stop on Monday. Fisher was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance – marijuana – 1st offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Second felony charge for man who threw keys at a child – Carroll Broadcasting (7-9-20) - 55 year old Thomas Patrick McManigal of Manning, the man arrested in June for allegedly throwing his keys at a child’s face, now faces another felony charge. According to Carroll Broadcasting, prosecutors have filed trial information on two counts of child endangerment, class C felonies, against McManigal. The initial charge stemmed from an investigation by the Manning Police Department. Authorities say that near the end of May last year, McManigal threw his keys with such force that it caused laceration to a child’s top and bottom lips and chipped a tooth, causing the tooth to die. An additional investigation revealed another incident causing injury occurred between December 15th, last year and January 5th of this year, resulting in the second felony charge. His arraignment hearing has been scheduled for Monday, July 13th. A class C felony in Iowa carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Home damaged by fire in Red Oak – (7-9-20) - Firefighters from Red Oak responded to a house fire Wednesday afternoon. The call went out at 4:25 at 1002 Eastern Avenue in Red Oak. A neighbor heard a small explosion, then look outside. They spotted the fire towards the back of his neighbor’s residence and called 9-1-1. Firemen contained the blaze to the exterior of the home. The resident had turn on the grill, while preparing food inside. No one was injured. The preliminary investigation indicates the possibility of a mechanical failure to the grill mechanism. The malfunction started a fire inside the grill and the radiant heat transferred to the home’s exterior. Damage to the home is estimated at $10 to $15 thousand dollars.
West Central Community Action needs to restock their shelves – (7-8-20) - West Central Community Action needs your help. They need to restock their shelves with toiletries and food. Items to donate include canned fruit, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, canned meat, body wash, deodorant and shampoo and conditioner. Hy-Vee and Fareway will be the sites for community members to drop off the items. There is a blue barrel at Hy-Vee and a shopping cart will be designated at Fareway. The Shelby County Wellness Alliance is sponsoring the food drive in order to help the food insecurity some people may be feeling due to COVID, unemployment and having kids home from school so long.
Update from West Central Community Action – (7-8-20) - West Central Community Action is now accepting clothing donations by appointment only. Call ahead at 755-5602 to schedule a day and time to drop off your donation. Donations will be limited to one bag or box per appointment due to limited space. Please follow the WHO guidelines for washing the clothing before donating. Also if you or a family member has lost income due to the COVID 19 pandemic, you may be eligible for nutritional and breastfeeding support from WIC. WIC provides health foods that pregnant and postpartum women, babies and young children need. West Central Community Action WIC Program is now enrolling new WIC clients over the phone, so you do not need to come into the clinic. Call 800-338-4129 to contact your local clinic.
Iowa Board of Regents to offer special ACT testing sessions – (7-8-20) - The Iowa Board of Regents has added special ACT testing dates at Iowa Western Community College to provide timely opportunities for students to take the test. A lot of those other testing dates and locations didn’t happen because of the COVID, so they were trying to provide some more opportunities for students to take the test. Testing will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 7, 8 and 14 in Dodge Hall at Iowa Western Community College’s Council Bluffs Campus, 2700 College Road, she said. To be eligible for the special testing sessions, a student must be an Iowa resident attending an Iowa high school planning to graduate in winter 2020 or spring 2021 and must be taking the test for the first time. Scores from the special testing sessions will be valid and accepted only by the three State of Iowa Regent institutions - University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa. All test takers will be required to wear face masks at ACT check-in and throughout the exam. Social distancing practices will be in place throughout the test day. All test takers will be screened at check-in before entering the testing area. Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms will be denied entry: Fever (temperature higher than 100 degrees F), Shortness of breath, Muscle pain, Sore throat, Chills, Cough, Difficulty breathing, Headache, and/or Loss of taste or smell.
U.S. 59 south of Denison to temporarily close Thursday, July 16 - (7-7-20) - The Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 3 office reports a project to replace a reinforced concrete box culvert on U.S. 59 south of Denison in Crawford County requires closing the roadway to traffic beginning on Thursday morning, July 16, until November 2020, weather permitting. During this closure, motorists will be directed around the work zone using U.S. 30, Crawford County Road E-59, and U.S. 59. Midwest Contracting, LLC is the prime contractor of this $805,159 project. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts. LifeServe Blood Centers is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming blood drive. There will be a blood drive in Denison at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital from noon to 5 pm on Monday, July 13th. There will also be the Schleswig Community Blood Drive at the Schleswig Community Building on Monday July 20th, from 2 to 6 pm. Appointments are required. Call 800-287-4903.
Changes for the 2020 Shelby County Fair – (6-10-20) - As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the Shelby County Fair Board is making changes to the 2020 fair. The fair will be limited to 4-H and FFA shows and activities. Unfortunately, there will be no open class exhibits, commercial exhibits, or entertainment on the grounds. There will be limited concessions. Sanitation practices will be completed by the board along with various other means to help promote health. Social distancing will be encouraged. They are asking participants and family members to use their best judgement regarding who needs to attend the activities of the fair. As a reminder, older adults, and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions could be at higher risk for severe illness if the COVID-19 virus is contracted. Also, if you are not feeling well, please do not come to the fairgrounds. The Shelby County Fair runs July 15th through the 19th.
St. Mary's in Portsmouth holding Cash Raffle Drawing - The 2020 St. Mary's Picnic in Portsmouth is cancelled for this year, but they're having a cash raffle drawing on Sunday, July 26th! Raffle tickets are $50 each, with a 500 ticket limit. Grand prize is $5,000 cash. To purchase your tickets, send a check to St. Mary, PO Box 98, Portsmouth, Iowa 51565. The Ticket stub will be mailed to you!.
Harrison County Fair cancelled this year – (6-25-20) - The Harrison County Fair Board announced that the 2020 Harrison County Fair is cancelled. All fair activities, including entertainment, vendors, displays and grandstand events will resume in 2021. Harrison County Fairboard has permitted the use of their facilities to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Harrison County program to proceed with 4-H and FFA shows and exhibits. These shows and exhibits will be limited to the families of the participants. Additionally, the Missouri Valley Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the Harrison County Fair Parade this year.
Westfair mostly 4-H and FFA activities for this year – (7-6-20) - Westfair, which will be held July 18-26 will see a number of changes this year in an effort to still have a fair amid the COVID-19pandemic. Things that have been cancelled this year at Westfair is the carnival, fair queen competition, food vendor booths, commercial vendor booths, green space entertainment, figure 8 races, and the demolition derby. The tractor pull will still be held on July 23rd, as will the motocross races on July 26th. The motorcross races will be held on July 26th. Livestock exhibits will only be at the fair the day of their showing. Static exhibits will not be open to the public. 4-H students will be dropping off their entries and they will be judged without the competitor there. There will also be a food and nutrition competition, but judges can’t taste the entries. The annual livestock auction will also be changed. The livestock sale committee is asking previous buyers to donate to a premium fund and then the money will be allocated to participants by species and by ribbon.
Limited Summer Activities Offered by Shelby County Conservation Board A limited version of summer camps will be offered by the Shelby County Conservation Board beginning at the end of July. These camps will be limited to eight kids and will only involve activities where kids can social distance and any equipment used will be easily disinfected. All activities will be completely outside. The activities will only be two hours in length except for river kayaking. The river kayaking will be for three hours. Kids that want to river kayak must either attend one of the other kayaking sessions at Manteno or Nishna Bend or have attended kayaking camp in a previous year. These camps will be located at different parks and will completely free this year. Preregistration will be required. You can call Christina at 744-3403 to sign up beginning immediately. The options are as follows:
July 20 at Manteno Park: 9 a.m to 11 a.m. fly fishing for 9 through 14 year olds 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Kayaking for 12 through 16 year olds
July 22 at Nishna Bend: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. fly fishing for 9 through 14 year olds 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 5 to 8 year olds
July 27 at Nishna Bend: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kayaking for 12 through 16 year olds 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Canoeing for 11 through 16 year olds
August 11: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. River kayaking (parents will drop off kids in Harlan and pick kids up at Nishna Bend). For 12 to 16 year olds. Prior experience required.
August 11 at Oakridge ( on F58 halfway between Corley and M47) 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Hike and creek stop for 5 to 11 year olds.
August 14 at Elk Horn Creek Recreation Area (The Grove). 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 9 through 12 year olds. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 5 through 8 year olds.
August 17 at Nishna Bend. 9:00 to 11 a.m. Fishing for 8 through 11 year olds.
August 17: Noon to 3:00 p.m. River kayaking (parents will drop off kids in Harlan and pick kids up at Nishna Bend). For 12 through 16 year olds. Prior experience required.
August 19 at Schimerowski Park in Earling. 9 to 11 a.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 5 to 8 year olds. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 9 to 12 year olds.
2020 Clay County Fair Postponed until 2021 - (7-2-20) - The Clay County Fair Association announced today that the 2020 edition of “The World’s Greatest County Fair” will not be held and will be postponed to September 11-19, 2021. The decision, announced following a vote by the Fair Executive Committee, was made amid concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After weeks of exploring various options, it became clear that the Fair could not protect the health and safety of fairgoers, staff, volunteers, 4-H/FFA youth, exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, and entertainers during the nine-day event. Despite the postponement of the Fair, 4-H/FFA livestock competitions will be held this fall. Details will be available soon from Iowa State University Extension Clay County. This marks the fifth time in the 103-year history of “The World’s Greatest County Fair” that the Fair will not be held. From 1942-1945, the Fair was suspended due to World War II. The 2021 Clay County Fair will be September 11-19.
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.
Iowa State Fair to host ‘special edition’ for FFA and 4H members - (6-26-20) Due to COVID-19, the Iowa State Fair will not go on this summer, but something called the 2020 Fair Special Edition is now on the schedule. The state fair’s website says the special edition will be held at the fairgrounds in Des Moines over three weekends in August. It’ll be an opportunity for only FFA and 4-H members to showcase their animals. The site says the edition will focus on the superior showmanship, hard work, and determination of Iowa’s youth. Each club will have the traditional categories, including cattle, horses, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. The fair says it will follow all recommendations for social distancing, hand washing and sanitization.
Blood Donations Needed - Upcoming donation opportunities include: Tuesday, July 21st - 11:30 to 5:30 - Veteran's Memorial Building, Harlan Friday, July 24th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Sacred Heart Church in Manning Saturday, July 25th - 8 am to 1 pm - American Legion Building in Avoca Saturday, August 1st - 7:30 am to 12:30 pm - Shelby Community Building Wednesday, August 5th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patricks Parish Center in Audubon Tuesday, December 29th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
RAGBRAI announces ride in October – (6-19-20) - Organizers of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI announced today that it will host a new, two and a half day bike ride set for the fall. According to the organization’s social media page, RAGBRAI will host “The Great Iowa Fall Ride” October 2nd through 4th. The ride will begin in Iowa Falls, but additional information regarding the ride route has not been shared. RAGBRAI said it plans to share additional information on June 25th – the final day of its ongoing virtual ride. In May, RAGBRAI confirmed it would not host its 2020 ride due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Audubon’s T-Bone Days Cancelled Due To COVID-19 – (6-17-20) - The Audubon Operation T-Bone celebration has been cancelled. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by the Audubon Chamber of Commerce and T-Bone planning committee. The annual event dates back to the early 1950s and celebrates Audubon’s strong ties to the cattle industry. T-Bone days has grown into a community-wide event that is the highlight of the summer for many current and former residents. They hope to have the celebration in 2021.
APPLICATIONS NEEDED FOR CDBG HOUSING GRANTS – (6-11-20) - Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) is seeking applicants for a housing rehabilitation program in the City of Harlan. Up to $24,999 in home repairs per home, with additional money for lead abatement, is available in the form of a five-year forgivable loan. Applicants must live in the target area, be income qualified, be the homeowner of record, and live in the residence. SWIPCO staff is available by phone and email to help all homeowners through the application, income qualification, and rehabilitation process. If you would like more information about this topic or an application, please contact Ann Anstey at 712-243-4196 ext. 260 or email at Ann.Anstey@swipco.org. Applications are also posted on our website: https://www.swipco.org/housing-swihtf/programs-and-grants/ and available by calling Harlan City Hall 712-755-5137.
Audubon County Fair postponed until July 2021 – (6-17-20) - The Audubon County Fair has been postponed. For several weeks, the Audubon County Fair Board, ISU Extension and Outreach Audubon County, and the local FFA chapter advisers have been working hard with one goal in mind: how to host a safe county fair amid the uncertainties and regulations put in place due to Covid- 19. This year, Audubon County Fairboard has decided to postpone the typical Audubon County Fair until July 14-18, 2021. Due to the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the extensive precautions to ensure the health and safety of fair-goers, volunteers, and exhibitors, they feel they are unable to host a typical fair. The Fair Board reports also, that since they value youth and all the hard work they have put in with their animals and static projects this year, the Fair we will be hosting a 4-H/FFA livestock show in a modified format with specific guidelines in place. Shows are as scheduled: Wednesday, July 15- Dog & Pet Show Friday, July 17- Sheep & Goat, Horse, and Rabbit Show Saturday, July 18- Swine and Poultry Show Sunday, July 19- Beef Show & Support Auction Specific details regarding livestock arrival times and stalling information will be sent out to exhibitors who have submitted their fair entries on or before the deadline. Officials ask that the arena seating for the livestock shows be reserved for relatives and/or those with a special interest in an exhibitor’s project. The Board says “This will allow us to practice safe social distancing. We will be working on ways to live stream the shows for others to view this year.” No livestock will be sold at an auction at the fair. Youth should talk with your species superintendent for specifics if you still have a need to sell your market animal. Instead, there will be a Support Auction for all our 2020 market livestock exhibitors. Each exhibitor has worked hard with their projects and a support auction allows the community to show their support for the exhibitor. Static Judging will also look different this year. Exhibitors will be required to drop off their projects at the Agri-Hall on Tuesday, July 14th for judging. Due to social distancing concerns, there will be no face-to-face judging with static projects for this year. Exhibitors will be capped at 10 static projects. After judging on Wednesday, the projects will be showcased in the Agri-Hall. There will be safety precautions in place to allow the public to view the displays throughout the fair dates. There are plans to have some sort of a concession stand at the horse arena and the livestock pavilion. Details are still being worked out. Plans are also being drawn up to have a Clover Kid Day on August 8th. Look for more information to come from the Extension Office on details for this day.
Harrison County Fair canceled – (6-19-20) - The Harrison County Fair Board announced Thursday that the 2020 Harrison County Fair is canceled. All fair activities, including entertainment, vendors, displays and grandstand events will resume in 2021. Input was gathered from Harrison County Home & Public Health, Harrison County Emergency Management and CHI Health Officials before the decision was made. Harrison County Fair Board has permitted the use of their facilities to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Harrison County program to proceed with 4-H/FFA shows and exhibits. The Harrison County Extension office is looking forward to giving youth the opportunity to exhibit their projects, showcasing their hard work and skills. Shows and exhibits will be limited to the families of the participants. For more information, visit the Harrison County Extension website or contact Fair Board President Rodney Plath at 712-269-2961.
Railroad Days cancelled for this year - The annual Railroad Days event has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint press release issued this morning, officials from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, RailsWest Railroad Museum, Historic General Dodge House, Lauritzen Gardens and The Durham Museum, said they made the "difficult decision to cancel the event for the safety of the community." Given the size and reach of the event, they felt it was the responsible decision to make in order to keep everyone safe.The next Railroad Days is set for July 10-11, 2021.
Changes for the Pottawattamie County Fair in Avoca – (6-11-20) - The Pottawattamie County Fairboard has made the decision to postpone all non-4-H/FFA contests and events for the 2020 Pottawattamie County Fair in Avoca. There will be no ATV/Snowmobile races, mud races, tractor pull or open class events at this year’s Pottawattamie County Fair. It was a tough decision to make, but the health and welfare of the community comes first. The youth will be able to exhibit the work they have done on their projects with a different format. They will be live streaming the livestock shows and posting pictures and results of all the youth contests on their website and Facebook pages. They hope to see you in 2021.
Bill Riley Talent Search cancelled this season - The Bill Riley Talent Search announced Friday that its 2020 season is postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing threat of COVID-19. And, on Monday, singer Chris Stapleton cancelled his appearance at the Fair this year, but rescheduled for 2021.Regular vendors at the Iowa State Fair said they are waiting to hear if their biggest events will go on as planned.
Iowa State Fair cancelled – (6-11-20) - Officials with the Iowa State Fair have reported the Fair will not be held this year. Officials on their social media page says they have made the decision to not have the fair due to concerns with COVID-19 and the many thousands of people who come to the fair each year. They hope to see everyone August 12-22, 2021. For more information, go to their webpage at iowastatefair.org.
2020 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion cancelled - (6-30-20) - For the first time in 69 years, there will not be a Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant. The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers board of directors has decided to cancel the event, held for five days every year, always ending on Labor Day. The Reunion draws thousands of people from all over the United States and around the world. Expense estimates were going up and up every day as they navigated through necessary health precautions they’d have to take to hold the event. Plans are now focused on the 2021 Old Threshers Reunion.
Neola Hoo Doo Days cancelled – (6-11-20) - Neola's Hoo Doo Days — a celebration that began in 1946 to celebrate the return of soldiers from World War II — has been canceled due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Committee member Bobbi Munch announced the cancellation Wednesday. At the forefront of public safety, Munch said the committee considered students from Tri-Center and area schools who would return to classes days before the celebration. Neola's Labor Day weekend brings nearly 5,000 people into the area, congregating along the parade route and making "social distancing impossible," she said. "Students are integral to the celebration, from Tri-Center FFA doing set-up and take-down, high school and junior high bands marching and performing, and younger kids chasing treats tossed from parade floats," Munch said. "The risk of a COVID-19 outbreak spreading to school and community, potentially forcing another school closure at a time when students and parents are finally returning to normalcy was too much to bear."
38th Annual Carstens Farm Days postponed (6-29-20) - The Board of Directors of Carstens 1880 Farmstead has decided to postpone Farm Days this year until September 11 & 12, 2021. This is due to COVID-19 safety considerations. The Board met last week and considered what the two-day event’s postponement means to the community. The difficult decision about postponing Kids Day was also made. They want to keep the health and safety of their youngest and oldest visitors and volunteers to the farm a priority. One part of Farm Days that people like will happen this year - the Staley’s Chicken Dinner will still be held at the farm on Saturday, September 12, 2020. It will begin at 5:30 pm. Public Health guidance will be followed to assure social distancing is available. Tables will be added so there will be more room for the crowd. This dinner typically draws over 300 as they enjoy the meal and community spirit of the Farm Days Show.
Urgent Notice from the City of Harlan - Do NOT flush paper towels, wash cloths or baby wipes (of any kind, no matter what the packaging says) into the City Sewer Systems. These items cannot be processed and will clog the pumping systems, eventually SHUTTING DOWN our systems. If you must use these items, dispose of them into a waste basket and throw them out with the rest of your trash. PLEASE - THIS IS URGENT. The only flushable items are toilet paper and facial tissue.
AS a preventative action, the Carson Fire Department has postponed the Fish Fry Event that was scheduled for March 28th. It has been rescheduled for September 12th.
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