Monday, August 2nd, 2021 Air Quality Alert for all of Iowa until Noon Air Quality Alert for all of Iowa until 12 PM Monday… The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued an Air Quality Advisory until noon Monday for all of Iowa. The smoke plume from the Canadian wildfires that entered Iowa last Thursday afternoon, continues to impact the state. The most persistent smoke had been in northwest portions of the state. Until the plume clears around noon on Monday, fine particulate levels over the EPA health standard are expected, and sensitive groups should take precautions. 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. Keep track of current air quality conditions at fire.airnow.gov
CDC reports substantial to high COVID-19 transmission in most Iowa counties – 8-2-21 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports substantial or high levels of COVID-19 transmission in most of Iowa. A county-by-county map of Iowa shows high transmission levels in multiple Iowa counties, including, locally: Cass, Adair, Audubon, Guthrie, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Ringgold. Adams, Fremont, Dallas and Madison Counties report a substantial rate of COVID-19 transmission. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports more than 150 patients being treated for COVID-19, up from 100 last week. Thirteen percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are under age 30, and 3% are under age 18. Red - high transmission levels; Orange - substantial transmission levels; yellow - moderate transmission levels; blue - low
2021 Cass County Fair is underway in Atlantic – 7-30-21 The 2021 Cass County Fair continues today in Atlantic. Along with all the 4-H and FFA activities, don’t forget to visit the commercial booths open from noon – 9 pm Monday. 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
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 lifeservebloodcenter.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.
Harlan City Council Meeting set for Tuesday evening – 8-2-21 - The Harlan City Council will meet Tuesday evening, August 3rd, at 5:15 in the City Council Chambers at Harlan City Hall. Among items on the agenda is the renewal application by the Old Westside Lounge for a Class C Liquor License, Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales and a renewal application by Cyclone Lanes for a Class C Liquor License, Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales. In other business, Matthew Lee with SWIPCO will give a Community Development Block Grant Housing Project Status; Ordinance No. 2021-03 – an ordinance amending the code of ordinances of the city of Harlan amending chapter 63 pertaining to speed regulations on 12th Street – 2nd reading; and review AGRP Grant Application for Airport Federal Assistance in the amount of $32,000. There will also be the City Administrator’s Report and the Mayor’s Report, which will include the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Update, Harlan Municipal Utilities Update, appointment of Alison Manz for a 3-year term to expire May 16, 2024, re-appoint Chance Goddard to a 2-year term to expire May 16, 2023, and any public comments.
Special Ward 1 election in Denison on Tuesday. – 8-2-21 – A Special Election for the Ward 1 seat on the Denison City Council will take place on Tuesday, August 3rd. Only residents of ward 1 will be able to vote. Voting will take place at Boulders Conference Center in Denison. Dustin R. Logan is the only person who filed for the seat by the July 9th deadline. He is the individual who was appointed on June 15th to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat that was vacated by David Loeschen who resigned effective May 1st, due to moving to Lincoln, NE. Loeschen’s term ends on December 31st. Regardless of the appointment or special election, the Ward 1 seat will be up for election for a four year term at the regular municipal election on November 2nd. The special election was requested by a petition filed with the Denison city clerk on Friday, June 25th, which was within the 14-day limit allowed by Iowa Code after a council appointment is made.
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.
Grain bins destroyed and buildings heavily damaged by strong winds near Persia – 8-2-21 – Friday, was an interesting day weather-wise, due to poor air quality and the threat for severe weather. And Mother Nature did not disappoint! The strongest storms fired up Friday evening but were isolated in nature. More widespread showers and storms moved in overnight; these storms stayed below severe limits and brought most of us much needed rainfall, gusty winds and frequent lightning. One of the isolated storms that fired up Friday evening briefly produced strong straight-line winds that ripped through portions of Harrison County and into Pottawattamie County. That storm was located 3 miles south-southwest of Persia in Harrison County. Emergency management reports thunderstorm winds just before 8 pm. There were reports of three grain bins destroyed and blown off their foundations and two buildings completely destroyed with up to 100 mph wind gusts estimated by the National Weather Survey of video footage and photos provided by local emergency management. There was also a report of a semi in that area blown over on its side. Also reports of 2 semis blown over on Interstate 80 between Shelby and Minden. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was triggered for this particular storm once it crossed I-80 into Pottawattamie County.
Sioux City teen sentenced to 50 years for shooting death – 8-2-21 - 18 year old Anthony Bauer of Sioux City has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the shooting death of a woman at a New Year’s Eve Party in Sioux City. Bauer was sentenced Friday morning after he pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder. In his plea, Bauer admitted that he and others fired several shots into a home where people were gathered for a New Year’s Eve party, killing 18 year old Mia Kritis and wounding three others. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped his original charge of first-degree murder. Under the plea deal, Bauer must serve 35 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. Bauer was one of four people charged in the shooting. 20 year old Christopher Morales was sentenced earlier this month to 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and three counts of reckless use of firearm in the fatal shooting. Morales’ brother, 18 year old Carlos Morales, is set to face trial on August 24th on a charge of first degree murder. 20 year old Liliana Gutierrez faces trial in August on charges of reckless use of a firearm and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Police say she drove the other defendants to and from the house.
3 arrested in Shenandoah after the smell of marijuana coming from a shed – 8-2-21 - A call Saturday night about the smell of marijuana coming from a shed in Shenandoah resulted in the arrest of 39 year old Joshua Edward Wynn of Shenandoah, 21 year old Tyler Eugene Brazeal of Red Oak and 18 year old Phoebe Rachelle Faye Johnson of Shenandoah, all on drug charges. Shenandoah Police responded to the call at about 7:45 pm. Wynn and Brazeal were arrested for possession of marijuana and gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used. Johnson was arrested for gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used. Wynn and Brazeal were both taken to the Page County Jail and held on $2,000 bond each, while Johnson was released after posting a $1,000 bond.
Iowa Board Of Nursing Reports Increase In Scam Calls To Licensees - Carroll Broadcasting - 8-2-21 - The Iowa Board of Nursing reports a recent increase in scam phone calls to their licensees. Carroll Broadcasting says the scams tend to follow similar patterns. The call appears to come from the Board of Nursing’s main phone line and shows up as such on caller ID. The scammer then attempts to impersonate a Board staff member and claims the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has identified the licensee as a person of interest related to drugs seized in Texas in an attempt to obtain personal information. Best practice when you are not sure of a call’s authenticity is to hang up and call the agency directly to sort out the stated problem. Nurses who have received one of these scam calls can report them to the Iowa Board of Nursing at 515-281-3255.
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.
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 -
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.
Myrtue Medical Center's Department of Public Health is offering a Back-to-School Vaccination Clinic, 2 to 6 pm, Wednesday, August 4th for Vaccines for Children (VFC) eligible children. All childhood immunizations will be available to meet your child's healthcare needs. Appointments can be scheduled online and select Public Health Immunization Clinic. Walk-ins are also welcome at their location at 2712 12th Street in Harlan. If you have questions, please call Shelby County Public Health at 755-4422.
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.
Grief Classes, sponsored by Myrtue Medical Center Hospice will start on Tuesdays: August 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st and September 7th and 14th, from 9:30 to 11 am in the Myrtue Board Room. Please use the Business Center Entrance. Pre-registration is needed by Thursday, August 5th, by calling Cathy Jensen at 755-4424. This class is provided at no cost.
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.
The town histories of Irwin and Kirkman will be discussed Wednesday, August 18th, at 2:30 pm at the Shelby County Historical Museum in Harlan. Come join the Irwin and Kirkman class of 1959 to learn about the history of these two important Shelby County towns. The public is invited to this free event.
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 Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield will hold its 28th annual Wings Fly-In/Drive-in and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for 2020 and 2021 on Saturday, August 28th. An omelet breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 11 am. At 10:30 am, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held for Burns M. Byram, Philip Larry Turner, John F. Langer and T. Lowell Weir. The cost of $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12, includes admission to the museum. For more information call 641-343-7184 or email email@example.com.
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. Helping You Stay in Touch with what is Newsworthy
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