Monday, April 6th, 2020 Today's Weather Outlook - WOWT We're going to be parked under the clouds pretty much all day along with a few areas of mist and drizzle passing through. We're not expecting a lot but just enough to be a nuisance. We'll still be able to reach the mid 60s for highs but 70s would be possible if it weren't for the clouds. South winds at 10-20 mph will help us warm some but they'll also bring in some smoke and haze from fires in the Flint Hills in Eastern Kansas. Don't be surprised by a smoky smell in the air at times. Tuesday will likely be the warmest and best day of the week. Highs will reach the lower 80s even with a northwest wind. Enjoy it because it trends colder for the rest of the week. Highs in the 50s are likely by the end of the week with 40s possible over Easter. A chilly middle of April is in store.
Covid -19 News The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a number of cancellations and postponements. We here at KNOD are striving to keep you updated on all of them. In order to keep these announcements in one place, we ask that you go back to the top of our news page and click on the drop down box of Cancellations and Postponements. You will find all COVID-19 related items on that page. For ease of location, the announcements are listed in alphabetical order. Thank you for your understanding.
By the Numbers Monday, April 6, 2020, 11:00 AM Number of Iowa cases reported: 946 Number of Iowa deaths: 25 Total Number of People Tested in Iowa: 10,653
Three more deaths, 78 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa Monday - The Iowa Department of Public Health reports an additional three deaths and 78 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa Monday. That bring the total to 25 deaths and 946 positive cases in 75 Iowa counties. The IDPH said the deaths reported are one older adult in Linn County and two elderly adults in Tama County. The IDPH reports 680 negative cases Monday, for a total of 10,653 negative cases. Ninety-nine Iowans are currently hospitalized, while 284 have recovered. Full numbers are updated on the IDPH website each day. New Iowa cases: Linn County, 1 older adult (61-80 years) Tama County, 2 elderly adults (81+) According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 78 individuals include: Allamakee County, 1 adult (18-40 years) Benton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years) Cedar County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years) Cerro Gordo County, 2 older adults (61-80 years) Chickasaw County, 1 adult (18-40 years) Clinton County, 1 older adult (61-80 years) Crawford County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years) Dubuque County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years) Franklin County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years) Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years) Jackson County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years) Johnson County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years) Linn County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+) Louisa County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years) Marion County, 1 older adult (61-80 years) Marshall County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years) Muscatine County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years) Page County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years) Polk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years) Pottawattamie County, 1 adult (18-40 years) Scott County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 7 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80), 1 elderly adult (81+) Tama County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80), 3 elderly adults (81+) Wapello County, 1 adult (18-40 years) Warren County, 1 adult (18-40 years) Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80) Winnebago County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
Governor Reynold's Updated list of businesses/gatherings prohibited under Iowa’s COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation – (4-6-20) - To encourage further social distancing and mitigation efforts, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’proclamation orders additional closures effective at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7th until Thursday, April 30th. That includes: Malls Tobacco or vaping stores Toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie, or adult entertainment stores Social and fraternal clubs, including those at golf courses Bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks Museums, libraries, aquariums, and zoos Race tracks and speedway. Roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks Outdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers Campgrounds In addition, all unsolicited door-to-door sales are prohibited. The following establishments and behaviors that are already prohibited: Mass gatherings as outlined in the proclamation below… Restaurants and bars limited to carry out. Fitness centers Swimming pools Salons: All salons, including all establishments providing the services of cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, nail technology, manicuring, and pedicuring, all as defined in Iowa Code § 157.1, shall continue to be closed. Medical spas Barbershops Tattoo establishments Tanning facilities Massage therapy establishments Theaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or motion pictures are shown shall continue to be closed. Casinos and gaming facilities: Other nonessential retail establishments outlined in the proclamation: Bookstores; clothing stores; shoe stores; jewelry stores; luggage stores; cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores; florists; and furniture and home furnishing stores shall continue to be closed. These establishments may still serve the public through online or telephone sales, delivery, or curb-side pick-up. This closure order does not affect other retail establishments, such as discount stores, grocery stores, or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods. Senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities: All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed. Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers Livestock auctions of food animals with more than 25 people and all other auctions with more than 10 people are prohibited.
As of 2:30 PM, April 3rd, there are 5 reported cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Shelby County. There have been 30 negative tests in Shelby County and the results of 7 tests are pending. Statewide, there are 699 positive cases with 65 counties affected. 80 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of the 699 positive cases, 453 individuals are under the age of 60. Eight children (age 0-17) are affected. Eleven deaths have been reported in Iowa. IA Dept of Public Health is reporting 8,764 negative tests for COVID-19 in Iowa.
UPDATE: Today, thanks to the efforts of the Shelby County Public Health Nurse and the Shelby County Board of Supervisors, Shelby County was notified that they will be receiving a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from Iowa Economic Development to support the efforts of the Iowa Community Kitchen. Great news – thanks to everyone who made this happen.
UPDATE: During her 2:30 press conference yesterday, Governor Reynolds announced that she has signed a proclamation that extends the business closures, social distancing guidelines, and school closures through April 30, 2020. Additional information regarding this proclamation will be added to the daily update once the press release from the Governor’s office is available.
NOTE: Age is a strong risk factor for severe illness. Starting at age 60, your risk of severe illness doubles or triples between decades of life. Underlying medical conditions also increase your risk of severe illness, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disease, or cancer. All age groups are vulnerable to the 2019 novel coronavirus andEVERYONE needs to practice social distancing measures.
UPDATE: UPDATE FROM SHELBY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Effective immediately, Shelby County is under an Extreme Fire Danger. NO PRESCRIBED BURNS ALLOWED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This includes all outside burning.
UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF SHELBY: PARK CLOSING NOTICE Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, Shelby City Park is closed Effective April 01, 2020 until further notice. An advisory is hereby given that none of the park features, including the playground equipment are being sanitized and IS NOT Sanitary; therefore, contact with these features is not recommended. Parents are advised to not allow their children to play in the city park.
URGENT: Please do not flush anything down a toilet other than toilet paper. Flushing any other items (paper towels, wash cloths, wipes of any kind, feminine hygiene products, etc.) WILL damage and possibly shut down our sewer systems. Cooking Grease is prohibited from being disposed into the sewer system. Please place cooking grease into an approved container or jar and dispose in the garbage.
UPDATE FROM HARLAN POLICE DEPARTMENT: If you need to make a police report, call the Harlan Police Department at 712-755-5151. Please do not come into the lobby. If you have an emergency, call 911.
UPDATE: The Shelby County COAD Grocery Shopping Service received 60 orders on Wednesday (April 1) evening. This service is for Fareway customers to place grocery orders and HyVee customers to order grocery delivery. The order line will be open again on Saturday evening (April 4) from 6 pm to 8 pm. Call toll free 833-356-8189. THANKS to all community members that are using this service and doing their part to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community. Everyone who can take advantage of this service makes a difference for the community!!
VOLUNTEERS: To volunteer to help with the Grocery Shopping Service, contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry and you will be referred to the Shelby County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster).
REMINDER: The Harlan Senior Center will be closed until further notice. They will be delivering frozen meals to the home bound every Tuesday and will continue until they are opened again. If you need meals, call 755-3779 and leave a message.
REMINDER: From the City of Harlan - Playground equipment in City of Harlan Parks is closed to the public. Restrooms and Shelter Houses in the City of Harlan parks are closed. If you are using the parks, please practice safe social distancing.
UPDATE: Shelby County State Bank announced effective Wednesday, April 1st that they will limit their operations to four (4) of their seven locations in Shelby County. The Harlan Downtown, Elk Horn, Panama and Shelby offices will continue to operate in “drive thru” mode only. These locations will be open 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday and 8-11 am Saturday. The Irwin, Portsmouth, and Harlan West branches will be temporarily closed including the night depositories. Call SCSB at 755-5112 for all questions.
UPDATE: Shelby County Public Health Department – it is strongly suggested that if you choose to pleasure travel, or travel for extended business, outside of the State of Iowa you should self-quarantine upon return for two weeks. This does not include commuter travel to the Omaha Metro Market.
REMINDER: The City of Shelby is starting a donation program for people who have self-isolated in their homes and need groceries and could use some help paying for them. Please call City Hall for more details - 712-544-2404 If you would like to donate to this program to help our neighbors or buy groceries, drop them off at the old Shelby City Hall, 419 East Street, we will leave door open during regular business hours. Monetary donations can be sent to City Hall at 417 East Street. Your donations are greatly appreciated! 100% of donated funds received go to the grocery’s assistance program.
REMINDER: The Shelby County Landfill is now open to the public again. The office will remain closed. Individuals dropping off items should use the mailbox on the wall to drop off payment.
REMINDER: As of Tuesday, March 31st at Noon the Harlan Community Library has discontinued their curbside service. The library is encouraging everyone to stay home and access their online resources. For information, call the library at 755-5934.
REMINDER: If you are making surgical masks for Myrtue Medical, there is a limited supply of elastic available at the Shelby County Chamber. Some of the elastic available is 1/2” wide. If using this donated elastic, cut the 1/2” wide ribbon in half to create two 1/4” wide ribbons for use. Thank you to Variety Distributors and Rusty’s Shoe Repair (Roger Rust) for the elastic donated!
FACE MASKS FOR MYRTUE MARCH 2020
Use cotton fabric. No need to prewash as the mask will be processed after arriving at MMC.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric 8.5 inches long and 8 inches high.
Sew right sides together along the 8.5-inch side. Turn fabric pair right side out and press.
Sew a 5/8-inch seam from one sewn edge (on the 8.5-inch side) to create a “pocket” which will house a nose clip once the mask is processed at MMC.
Finish the raw edges along each 8-inch side/ends making sure to leave the 5/8-inch pocket open. Zigzag the raw edge or serge if you have a serger.
If you can find thin elastic (1/8, 1/4 or ½ inch), sew a 6-inch length to each end top and bottom taking care to secure it firmly. This creates a loop that will fit around the ears on each side so be sure the elastic is not twisted. Again, do not sew over the 5/8-inch opening where the nose clip will be inserted. You may also cut open a large elastic hair tie if elastic is not available.
Place completed masks in a paper bag and drop off in the lobby outside the Shelby County Chamber office 1901 Hawkeye Ave. Harlan
If you have begun making masks using a different pattern than the one posted, please continue and donate those also.
REMINDER: The Shelby County Courthouse is now closed to the public. Departments are answering phones. Please call 755-3831 and select the department you wish to speak to from the menu. Please call 755-3831 option 6 for an absentee ballot for the June primary to be sent to you. Additional details regarding the Court System may be announced later.
REMINDER: From the Shelby County Auditor: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has issued a directive that the June 2nd Primary will not be cancelled or postponed. The Shelby County Auditor’s Office will begin mailing absentee ballots on April 23rd or possibly later depending on when they are printed and available. Mark Maxwell, Shelby County Auditor, is encouraging everyone to request an absentee ballot. You may request a ballot by calling 712-755-3831, ext. 6 and providing your name, address, telephone number, and the number of ballots needed for your address. If you call after hours, please leave a detailed voice mail message with this information. West Central Community Action Food Pantry is open by appointment only. If you would like to donate food, gift cards from local businesses, or need to pick up food from the pantry, you must call first: 712-755-5602.
REMINDER: Pantry items are needed for the HCSD Feed the Children Program. Needed donated items: bread, mac & cheese, fresh vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, tuna, cereal, canned goods, etc. Donated items may be dropped off at FarmTable Delivery (1901 Hawkeye Avenue). Additional volunteer drivers are needed for the Feed the Children program. If you can assist, please email Ellen Walsh-Rosmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
REMINDER: Links for business assistance and unemployment claims are available on the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry website – exploreshelbycounty.com – under the Shelby County COVID-19 Daily Updates and Resources button.
REMINDER FROM MYRTUE MEDICAL CENTER: Patients coming to Myrtue Medical Center are discouraged from bringing more than one visitor with them unless necessary. This limitation should be one healthy adult, no children. This includes one healthy visitor with a patient for doctor appointments, testing, and hospitalization. For our OB patients and their families’ safety, Myrtue is limiting Birthing Center visitors to one healthy adult during the entire stay. Children may visit in the OB waiting room but not in the locked OB corridor. The visitor limitation will not apply to our Hospice patients.
REMINDER: The City of Harlan announced that effective Monday, March 23rd the City Hall Office is closed to the public. If you need to speak to the City of Harlan, please call (712) 755-5137.
Visit your local church social media pages and websites for updates on service broadcasts during this time. Many will record services/messages that will also be broadcast on FMCTC and HMU - check those websites for schedules.
From the Shelby County Public Health Nurse: All Shelby County residents: Unless you must go out for essential supplies or services, please stay home. This recommendation is even more critical for those over 60 with underlying health conditions as seniors are more likely to have severe symptoms associated with COVID-19 infections. Social distancing makes a difference when we all do our part by staying home and reducing potential exposures. Anyone who is sick, please stay home. (This is always good advice, but particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic). If you are mildly ill, please rest and recover at home. If you need to see a health care provider, call ahead. Everything we do to reduce exposure individually is a victory for our community. If you are mildly ill with respiratory illness or fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher), stay home and isolate from others until you have gone 72 hours without these symptoms without the use of over the counter medications and 7 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and your respiratory symptoms have resolved. If you are seriously ill with respiratory illness or fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher), call ahead to (712) 755-5130 and speak directly to a nurse at Myrtue Medical to screen your needs. If you decide to go to the Emergency Room, call ahead to let them know you are coming if possible.
Please Practice Social Distancing at All Times – when considering going out for shopping, please do not make this a family outing. Have one individual from the household do your shopping.
Monitor local information at the Shelby County Chamber website and the Myrtue Medical Center website.
Purchase weekly groceries and supplies—purchasing large amounts of needed items limits exposure to others. Shop when the store is less busy and practice social distancing while in the store. Always keep six feet between yourself and other shoppers or workers. Use available hand sanitizer at the checkout counter or bring your own to use while you shop and after checking out.
Use credible sources for information to reduce gossip and fear. Credible sources include the Iowa Department of Public Health or the Center for Disease Control webpages. At the local level, please follow Myrtue Medical Center’s webpage and social media and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Weekly newspaper articles also provide information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay calm and be thoughtful. We are all in this together and want to make sure we are all able to have the resources and support we need to stay healthy, have essential needs met, and receive medical care as needed. For those of you who are choosing to practice social distancing to protect your family, yourself, and our community—Thank You! If you haven’t begun social-distancing practices, please start now.
Myrtue Medical Center Shelby County COVID-19 Updates - Shelby County COVID-19 Cases as of 4/5/2020: Positive – 7 Myrtue Medical Center reminds you that if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, before visiting PLEASE CALL 712-755-5130 to talk to a nurse. If you think you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19), DO NOT go directly to the ER, hospital or doctor's office. Call first. Our healthcare providers will evaluate your symptoms and explain your best course of action. Do not go to work, school or social gatherings if you have symptoms. Visitors NEW - Starting March 31, cloth masks will be given to all visitors and clinic patients. The cloth masks will be located at the main entrance and ER. Please have visitors and patients place the mask in the linen basket as they leave the building. Symptomatic patients will still be given a surgical mask and taken to a procedure room for further evaluation. Patients coming to Myrtue Medical Center are discouraged from bringing more than one visitor with them unless absolutely necessary. This limitation should be one healthy adult, no children under the age of 18. This includes one healthy visitor with a patient for doctor appointments, testing, and hospitalization. For our OB patients and their families’ safety, Myrtue is limiting Birthing Center visitors to one healthy adult during the entire stay. Children may visit in the OB waiting room but not in the locked OB corridor. Hospice visitation will be evaluated by the Hospice nurse on a case-by-case basis. All patients and visitors will continue to be asked screening questions. Postponements, Cancellations and Closings - please check back frequently for updatesDr. Ramos - Plastic Surgery Clinic - April 7 - Cancelled Dr. Mukherjee - Pulmonology Clinic - April 8 - Cancelled Dr. Music - Neurosurgery Clinic - April 8 - Cancelled Non-emergent Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and Cardiology appointments are being evaluated on an individual basis to determine if a face-to-face appointment is necessary. You will be notified by your outpatient medical team if your appointment needs to be rescheduled. Prenatal Sneak Peek Ultrasounds - Cancelled until May 1 Cardiac Rehab - Closed until further notice Elective surgeries are cancelled starting Monday, March 23, 2020. We are communicating with patients who may be affected. Wellness Center - Closed until further notice Cafeteria Seating Area - Closed until further notice What You Need to Know Limited Entrances - Myrtue is limiting the access points that patients and visitors can use to enter our buildings starting Friday, March 13. This is to ensure that everyone who enters our buildings has been screened. Here is a listing of open entrances: Main Clinic Entrance—1220 Chatburn Ave, Harlan Monday – Thursday – 6:30 AM–8:00 PM Friday – 6:30 AM–6:00 PM Saturday – 6:30 AM–12:00 PM Emergency Room—1213 Garfield Ave, Harlan 24 hours – 7 days a week Visitor Parking - We encourage visitors to use the ER parking lot and the available street parking by the ER entrance. Screening Questions - At these two entrances, screening questions will be asked of each person entering the facility. The screening questions include: Do you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath)? Have you traveled outside of Iowa or Omaha in the last 14 days? Do you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19? Have you been on a cruise in the last 14 days? Masking and Hand Hygiene - The public may notice the increased number of Myrtue staff wearing masks in order to protect our community. You will also notice extra signage and supplies throughout the facility to encourage masking, hand hygiene, and other preventive measures. Current COVID-19 Testing Framework for Iowa (Updated 3/25/2020) All hospitalized patients (of any age) with fever and respiratory illness Older adults (>60 years of age) with fever and respiratory symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing) and chronic medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, or chronic kidney disease). Persons of any age with fever or respiratory illness who live in congregate setting (i.e., long term care facilities, dormitories, residential facilities, correctional facilities, treatment facilities) Healthcare workers, essential services personnel, first responders and critical infrastructure workers with fever or respiratory illness (ex. healthcare workers, fire and EMS, law enforcement, residential facility staff). Reminders and Additional Resources Everyday prevention methods are very important:
Wash your hands frequently. Stay home if you are ill. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash. Keep children home when they are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Perform routine cleaning:
Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with the cleaners typically used. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label. Use credible sources for information to reduce gossip and fear:
Iowa Department of Public Health Find up-to-date information on Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 in Iowa In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 211. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC: About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) CDC: What is the Coronavirus Fact Sheet CDC: What to do if you suspect you are infected by the Coronavirus Information can also be found on our website and our social media pages (facebook and twitter) For up-to-date, county-wide information please follow the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.
A message fro Superintendent Lynn Johnson Dear Students and Families, As you may have heard, Governor Reynolds announced yesterday that schools in Iowa should remain closed through April 30 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. While we are disappointed knowing that it will be several more weeks before we see our students, the safety of our community and state comes first. Next week, our board will review options outlined by the Iowa Department of Education for continuing learning during the closure, and consider which is the most appropriate path forward for our students, families, and staff. We want to ensure that we have the ability to provide high-level teacher and learning experiences in a virtual environment, and that all students have equitable access to devices and the Internet. It is our hope to announce a specific plan by April 10, 2020. We know that you have many questions. Some students have conveyed to me that they believe that they may have to repeat this school year because of the closure or that online learning is now 'required'. Neither of those assumptions are accurate. Rest assured that as soon as we have more specific information about how we will move forward with learning, we will share it with you. Please know that when developing our plans to move forward we will do so with an intent to position students as positively as possible. We are committed to ensuring that all students in the Harlan Community School District receives the education that they deserve. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions and expect an update next week. Stay safe and well. Respectfully, Lynn Johnson
3 new COVID-19 cases in Crawford County - Officials with the Crawford County Home Health, Hospice & Public Health Department said late Friday evening, that COVID-19 test results have been confirmed in three county residents. The Iowa Dept. of Public Health reported to the County one of the cases is an adult between the ages of41-and 60. Two are adults ranging in age from 61-to 80. The cases are the result of “Community Spread” occurring within the county.
Mills County announces first case of COVID-19 Friday - Mills County has announced their first case of COVID-19 on Friday. The Mills County case is a man between the ages of 41 and 60 years old who is in self-isolation, according to Mills County Public Health. The department said it is conducting contact tracing to identify close contacts who should monitor their health symptoms and self-isolate. "There is no additional general public guidance that would result from providing more information about the specific case. All residents are urged to stay home as much as possible, stay away from groups of people and maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals," county officials said in a release. "This is needed by everyone, regardless of a confirmed case, because we know there is community spread of COVID-19 throughout the country and Iowa."
Third Page County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 - The Iowa Department of Public Health and Page county Public Health have identified an additional case of COVID-19 in the County, bringing the total number of Page County positive cases to three. The individual is an adult (41 – to 60-years of age), and has transmitted the virus via community spread. The person is recovering at home in isolation. Page County Public Health Administrator Jessica Erdman says “As we continue to see more positive cases in our County, I can’t stress enough the importance of washing your hands often, staying home when ill, working from home if your employee will allow it, and only going to the store when necessary to get essentials. We need to all be doing our part in this to protect our community and our loved ones.”
Grand Jury hearing and criminal jury trials suspended until mid-July - The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an order suspending grand jury hearings and criminal jury trials until mid-July in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Chief Justice Susan Christensen issued the order Thursday that says trials and hearings already in progress will continue. But those that have not begun and are scheduled to begin over the coming weeks have been postponed. Non-jury criminal trials, in which a judge issues a verdict, are scheduled to resume June 1 under the order. Grand juries and jury trials scheduled through June are now pushed back until at least July 13. General News -
Crawford County Law Enforcement Report – (4-6-20) - The Crawford County Law Enforcement Center has released their latest activity report. On Wednesday, April 1st, 50 year old Michelle Smires was arrested for domestic abuse assault, a simple misdemeanor. On March 30, at about 2:20 p-m, Lyla Bruck of Vail reported the theft of several items from a machine shed. The items included a ¾-inch drive complete socket set, Homelite 3 or 4 horsepower gas-powered water transfer pump, 16 inch Stihl Easy Start chainsaw, Husqvarna chainsaw. The total value of the items was estimated at $1,000. At 4:08 in the afternoon on March 30th, Steve Mathies of Deloit reported the theft of an aqua-colored 1971 Honda SL350 motorcycle. It had been under a tarp outside his house. There were also several field fires. On March 30th, just before noon, a grass fire was reported at 1135 110th Street northwest of Ricketts. Fire departments from Ricketts, Charter Oak and Danbury were called. Also on the 30th, at 3:45 pm, a field fire was reported southeast of Charter Oak. Fire Departments from Denison and Charter Oak were called. A field fire northwest of Dow City was reported on the 30th at 7:45 in the evening. Fire departments from Dow City, Charter Oak and Dunlap were called. On Tuesday, March 31st, a grass fire at 2176 Deloit Boulevard was reported at 3:15 in the afternoon. And a field fire southwest of Denison was reported at 4:18 pm. The original page reported a structure fire. Fire departments from Denison, Dow City, Vail and Manilla and the Crawford County Ambulance were initially paged.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report (4-6-20) - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests. At around 3:50 this morning, 43-year old Joshua David Johnson, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail, on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault/1st offense. A little after 2-a.m. Sunday, 61-year old Joseph Michael Shanks was arrested after he was seen walking and pushing a bicycle, in the area of McPherson Avenue and Valley View Drive, in Council Bluffs. Shanks was subsequently arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine – 1st offense. A 16-year old male was arrested late Friday night in the Crescent area. Officials say the unidentified teen was taken into custody after a deputy conducted a traffic stop/check on a suspicious vehicle parked in the middle of 152nd Street. The teen was charged with PCS/Marijuana – 1st offense. In other news, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports 18-year old Christopher D. Reed, Jr., was transported from a jail in Nebraska to the Pottawattamie County Jail, where Reed was wanted on a warrant for Robbery in the 2nd Degree/forcible felony threat.
Harlan City Council - The Harlan City Council will meet electronically Tuesday, April 7th, at 5:15. Among topics to be discussed is the renewal application for Mi Casa, Class C Liquor License and Sunday Sales; Renewal application for Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits for Class B Win Permit, Class C Beer Permit for carryout beer, Class E Liquor License and Sunday Sales; also the renewal application for Gussied Up for a Class C Liquor License, Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales. Pam Bormann, from the State of Iowa Office of the Auditor will be speaking on the FY20 audit review. In other business they will review the permit from the Shelby County Fair Board for a street closing for the Fair Parade. Review a permit from Roar into Harlan for a seasonal street closing; Resolution No. 2398 – a resolution approving budgeted transfers for FY19-20; Ordinance 2020-01 an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Harlan; and reviewing the Infections Disease Action Plan; there will also be a City Administrator’s Report and the Mayor’s Report.
Shelby County Board of Supervisors met last week - The Board of Supervisors of Shelby County, Iowa, met in a remote meeting via teleconference of the Shelby County Supervisors last week. Marcus Gross, Shelby County Attorney put forth a proposed plan that will set forth federal and state compliance and implementation of a Infectious Disease Action Plan. This includes protection for essential services. Gross noted that this plan can be amended or changed at any time. The seven page Infectious Disease Action Plan will be made available by calling the Auditors office. The plan describes procedures for all county employees to follow and possibly for cuts in hours if warranted by County leadership, and many avenues paved by the recent passing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. After discussion and Haake made a motion and Kenkel seconded the motion to approve the policy. Parkhurst, Haake and Kenkel all voted in favor of approving the plan, which expires December 31, 2020.
Electronic meeting for Harlan Community School Board tonight - An electronic meeting for the Harlan Community School Board will be hosted in the board room tonight at the Harlan Community High School. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm. The topic tonight will be the presentation of the 2020-2021 school budget.
Atlantic Police respond to an Incident Involving a Weapon - Atlantic Police Officers responded to the Dollar General Store at around 4:00 p.m. on Friday to investigate an incident involving a weapon. According to the Police report, one man was giving another male subject grief about the number of personal products being purchased. This led to an argument that escalated to a point where one of the subjects displayed a weapon. The male subject brandishing the weapon left the store and waited outside for Police to arrive. Both parties cooperated with law enforcement, and no one was hurt. No one was arrested and no charges have been filed at this time. The incident is still under investigation.
Learn How to Succeed with Cover Crops and No-Till in April 8 Webinar - With spring field days now postponed, Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar Wednesday, April 8, at noon, to provide information on how to succeed with cover crops and no-till for 2020. Liz Ripley, conservation and cover crop outreach specialist with Iowa Learning Farms at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Mark Licht, assistant professor in agronomy and extension cropping systems specialist at Iowa State, will share results from a variety of cover crop projects. These projects include a 10-year cereal rye cover crop study, species selection information, water quality impacts, and tips for spring termination. Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits: reduced soil erosion, weed suppression potential, reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, and increased soil organic matter. To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon on April 8: Click the following URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172. Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing: +1 312-626-6799 or +1 646-876-9923. The meeting ID is 364 284 172The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, and can be watched at a later time. Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
Cumberland woman injured in Friday morning accident - 44 year old Jennifer Lea Brisky of Cumberland was injured in a single-vehicle accident this morning. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred at 6:50 a.m. on Lansing Road. Brisky was driving a 2005 Chevy Colorado pickup westbound when she lost control due to the icy road. The pickup went into the north ditch and rolled onto its top. Brisky was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital via Medivac. No citations were issued.
MONOGRAM LOVES KIDS FOUNDATION NOW ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS - The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation, the charitable arm of Monogram Meat Snacks in Chandler, MN, will award $50,000 in 2020 to charitable organizations that sponsor programs benefiting children and their families. Registered 501(c)3 public organizations interested in applying for these grants, which will range from $500 to $10,000, should visit monogramfoods.com/values/mlkf to access the application form. All submissions must be mailed in to the address listed on the application by Friday, May 29th 2020 at 5PM CST. All applicants must be located within 100 miles of Monogram Prepared Meats, 1231 870th St. Harlan, IA 51537. A committee of team members at the Monogram Prepared Meats plant will review the grant applications from Harlan area organizations. The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation was founded in 2010 as Monogram Foods’ charitable fund to raise money for children’s charities in areas of the country where Monogram team members live and work. Between 2010 and 2019, Monogram has donated over $3 million to charities focused on children and their families.
This from the Shelby County Emergency Management - Effective immediately Shelby County is under an Extreme Fire Danger. No prescribed burns will be allowed until further notice. This includes ALL outside burning.
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.
Applications for healthcare educational grants from the Endowment for Education are now being accepted. The grants are made available through the Lucille Petersen Endowment Fund, which was established in 1988. The funds will be distributed to selected applicants seeking short or long-range educational assistance to pursue healthcare occupations. An April 30th deadline has been set for applications to be submitted for the summer 2020 semester. Application forms and more information are available by contacting Ruth Pitkin at Myrtue Medical Center, 1213 Garfield Ave, Harlan, IA 51537, call 755-4316 or email email@example.com. The grants can be for new, entry-level or advanced training or certifications.
Shelby County Relay for Life Luminaria bags are now available! Each bag represents a loved one lost to cancer, or brings support to those affected by it and honors survivors! Get your luminarias now – they are only $5 through May 21st and $10 from May 22nd through June 5th. There are caregiver bags available too! Luminarias are available from any Relay for Life Team Member, Julie Ziola at 813-245-4851 or Cindy Schechinger at 579-1212. They are also available online for $10 with decorating included at relayforlife.org/shelbycountyia. The Luminary lighting ceremony will be held during the Shelby County Relay for Life Event on June 5th at Merrill field in Harlan.
GriefShare Seminar and Support Group will meet Mondays now through March 23rd from 5:30 to 7 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. For more information, call the church office at 755-2711.
Seeds of Hope, support group for people with mental illness diagnosis, will meet Mondays, 6:30 – 8 pm, Shelby County Community Outreach.
Blood Donations Needed - Upcoming donation opportunities include: Saturday, April 11th - 8 am to 2 pm - Shelby Community Building 9 am to 3 pm - Harrison County Home and Public Health Friday, April 17th - 7:30 am to 1 pm - Conductix-Wampfler in Harlan Monday, April 20th - 8 am to 2 pm - Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan Monday, May 4th - 7:30 am to 1:30 pm - Harlan High School Tuesday, May 12th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Veteran's Memorial Building - Harlan Thursday, May 14th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Tuesday, May 19th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Wednesday, May 27th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia Wednesday, June 3rd - 12 Noon to 5 pm - Manilla Memorial Hall 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Ceenter in Audubon 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
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. St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs invites you to the Roaring 2020's Annual Benefit Auction, Saturday, March 28th, at St. Albert High School Gymnasium. at f pm, the evening will start with cocktails, hors d'oeurves and a silent auction. A welcome, blessing and dinner at 7 pm, and a live auction at 7:30. Don't forget your raffle tickets for a chance at $10,000.
The Carson Fire and Rescue presents their 2nd annual Fish Fry, Saturday, March 28th, from 5 to 8 pm (or while supplies last) at the Carson Community Building. The cost is a free will donation. All proceeds will go to benefit the Carson Fire and Rescue Department. ----- An Immunization Clinic for Children will be held on Wednesday April 1st, from 2 to 6 pm at Community Health. Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations including Hawk-I, please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-4516 to schedule an appointment there. Appointments are recommended to save time, but are not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Make appointments by calling 755-4422 or at shelbycountyclinics.com. Please ask for Cathy Buman if you have questions or need to make an appointment for a different day or time.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet every month at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm. The monthly meetings will be held on: Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th ------ Upcoming events - Defiance Parish Picnic - June 13th - dinner only - June 14th Panama Parish Picnic - June 19-20 Westphalia Parish Picnic - July 3-4 Earling Parish Picnic - July 10-11 Shelby County Fair - July 12-20 Portsmouth Parish Picnic - July 25-26
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