Dense Fog Advisory for the KNOD listening area - A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 9 am this morning for Shelby, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties. You could experience visibility of less than a quarter of a mile this morning. Hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility and freezing fog. If driving, slow down, use your low beam headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of your.
Upcoming American Red Cross Bloodmobiles - January 23rd - Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan - 8 to 2 Exira REC Center - noon to 6
Connections Area Agency on Aging offering online workshops - (1-23-23) – Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an online educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself, especially if you are a family caregiver. If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one. As a participant you will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings balance your lire, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Powerful tools for Caregivers is brought to you by Connections Area Agency on Aging in Cooperation with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach starting Thursday, January 26th from 6:30 to 8 pm or Tuesday, January 31st. Classes consist of six, 90 minute sessions held once a week. Class size is limited so registration is required. Contact Jan Schnack at 800-432-9209 Ext 8116.
Deadline Reminder for Shelby and Harrison County Spring Grant Programs - (1-13-23) - The Shelby and Harrison County Community Foundation reminds Shelby and Harrison County nonprofits that the deadline to apply for grant funds is Wednesday, February 1. Applications are currently being accepted online for the spring grant cycle with approximately $130,000 available to support Shelby County nonprofit organizations and community projects and $130,000 available to support Harrison County nonprofit organizations and community projects. Full application details, a fact sheet, and a link to the application form can be found online by selecting Shelby County or Harrison County under County Listing at www.swiowafoundations.org. Applications will only be accepted through the online system.
Walsh-Rosmann named 2023 Iowa Mother of the Year - (1-23-23) – Ellen Walsh-Rosmann of Harlan was selected as the 2023 Iowa Mother of the Year. She is the 74th woman in Iowa history to hold this honor. Walsh-Rosmann farms alongside her husband and his family and helps small farms aggregate and deliver their products to wholesale markets. She owns and operates a local food hub and a farm-to-table restaurant that serves produce from their farm and area producers. Walsh-Rosmann, along with honorees from states across the United States, will be recognized during the 88th National Convention of American Mothers, Inc. this April in Omaha. Since 1935, American Mothers, Inc. has had the honor of searching for and selecting the Mother of the Year in every state, district and territory in the country.
Harlan students compete in Large group district speech competitions - Harlan Community High School Speech Team under the direction of Ms. Lisa Hagemeier competed on 1-21-23 at the Iowa High School Speech Association's large group district competition. Our team traveled to Thomas Jefferson in Council Bluffs where Daniel Anderson, Laura Seifert, and Anna Blake competed in the category of radio broadcasting. They created a 5-minute radio broadcast that included local and international news, a special interest story, weather, and an original commercial set in 1959. They used historically accurate news stories to design their broadcast and to weave a cohesive program. After writing their program, they recorded it as though it would be heard through the radio. Daniel, Laura, and Anna earned a division I rating and will be advancing to the state competition at Waukee High School in Waukee on February 4th.
2 critical, 1 serious after shooting at Des Moines outreach center (1-23-23) – (KCCI) - Des Moines police officers were on the scene of a shooting Monday where multiple people were injured. The shooting was reported at about 12:53 p.m. at Starts Right Here, a non-profit organization focused on helping at-risk youth. The outreach center is located at 455 Southwest 5th St. According to police, three people were injured. Two people were taken to the hospital with critical injuries. A third person was transported to the hospital in serious condition. Two students and one staff member are among the injured, police reported. The ages of the students are unknown at this time. Twenty minutes after the shooting, and two miles away from the scene, police detained multiple suspects following a traffic stop. The Public Information Officer spoke to the media about the shooting at 3 p.m. This is a developing story.
Bridgewater woman arrested on animal neglect charges - (1-23-23) - 57 year old Michelle Renee Evans of Bridgewater was arrested January 16th in Adair on two Adair County warrants. Evans was taken into custody at a restaurant in Adair on a warrant pertaining to an Order Revoking her pre-trial release that was filed on August 26th last year and a warrant file July 8th, also last year, charging her with Failure to have a Pre-Sentence Investigation interview. The warrants are associated with six counts of animal Neglect with Serious injury or Death. The complaint was filed in Adair County on March 24th, 2021. According to court records, Evans’ sentencing hearing is set for February 3rd at 10 am. She remains in the Adair County Jail o a $20,000 cash-only bond. photo courtesy of Des Moines Register
Red Oak Police arrest Council Bluffs man on Shelby County Warrant - (1-23-23) – 35 year old Richard Dean Pierce III of Council Bluffs was arrested by the Red Oak Police Department on Friday night. He was arrested on a valid Shelby County Warrant for Theft 2nd Degree. Pearce was taken to the Montgomery County Jail. He was held on a $5,000 bond awaiting extradition by Shelby County.
Valentine’s Day Trial set for Carroll woman - (1-23-23) – (Carroll Broadcasting) – Carroll Broadcasting reports 32 year old Nicole Renee Sanchez of Carroll is scheduled for trial next month after being accused of stealing over $3,000 worth of items from a vehicle in Des Moines. Sanchez is charged with second-degree theft, a class D felony. A Carroll Police Department affidavit alleges nearly $3,200 in reportedly stolen items were located at her home. Police tracked the missing items using a GPS device included in the stolen materials. Sanchez pled not guilty to the charge in November and had previously waived her right to a speedy trial. She then withdrew that waiver, and a judge signed an order scheduling her jury trial to begin February 14th. The Class D felony in Iowa carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and $7,500 in fines.
Atlantic Police report - (1-23-23) The Atlantic Police Department arrested 29 year old Benser Mark of Atlantic on Saturday, January 21st. He was arrested on a Cass C ounty warrant for Failure to Appear. Also on January 21st, 25 year old Ason Pisalil of Atlantic was arrested on a Cass County warrant along with Public Intoxication. On January 11th, 28-year-old Nicholas Renner, of Atlantic, was arrested on Cass County warrants for Violation of Probation (2 counts). And on Jan. 8th, 39-year-old Larry Oles, of Kimballton, was arrested on an Audubon County warrant for Simple Assault. The Atlantic Police Department reports a number of people being arrested for Public Intoxication. They included: Today, January 23rd and January 14th, 23 year old Tarek Bunan of Atlantic was arrested for Public Intoxication. Others included on January 21st, 19 year old Tarzan Kochiro, and on January 8th, 43 year old Kierstian Takis was arrested twice, at 2:02 am and 9:15 pm. On January 21st, 33-year-old Benjamin Sonish, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault. One day earlier (Jan. 20th), Atlantic Police arrested 31-year-old Cody Pleis, of Atlantic, on charges of Harassment in the 1st Degree, Simple Assault, and False report to public entity. On January 15th, Atlantic Police arrested 29-year-old TR Takauo, of Atlantic, for OWI/1st offense. The Atlantic Police Department reports two people were cited and released for different, alleged offenses: On Jan. 10th, 59-year-old Debra Frazier,of Atlantic, was cited for Theft in the 4th, in connection with an incident that occurred in Dec., 2022. And, 24-year-old Allen VanAernam, of Atlantic, was cited for Simple Assault.
Amazon running Council Bluffs facility at limited capacity - (1-23-23) – A 270,000 square foot Amazon facility in Council B luffs that was expected to create jobs for around 500 people is only employing 70 at this time. Currently it acts as a location to further supply their facilities and help deliver the goods their customers have ordered within their markets. They’re happy for it to currently serve as supplemental fulfillment center to help deliver items in the region. With regards to what it may be down the road, they do not speculate on future plans or future footprint of their facilities. The center at South 24th Street and Veterans Memorial Highway, which was Amazon’s seventh facility in Iowa, opened for the 2022 holiday season to help with the heavy holiday volume. The company had previously said it would open in July as a sortation center and had begun posting job openings by summer. Council Bluffs Mayor, Matt Walsh, said the city was notified last year that the facility would open for the holidays but might close again until 2025. The repurposing of the Council Bluffs facility and fewer than expected jobs at it and several other facilities, reflect the changes in online shopping that have occurred with the sudden onset and eventual waning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The surge created a wave that led the shipping giant to add 500,000 employees in 2020, including 1,500 in Iowa. As stores re-opened, it caused a drop in the demand for Amazon’s services. The company began laying off employees late last year and is expected to trim about 18,000 from its payrolls.
4 day school week being looked at Griswold Community Schools - (1-23-23) – A 4-day school week is being looked at by the Griswold Community Schools. Back when the school board set their goals in November, one goal was for staff recruitment and retention and open enrollment. Then in December the board held a work session to develop a plan towards those goals and also a possible 4 day school week as a way to attract new members. A survey will be put together and they will try to get it sent out as soon as possible. If patrons like the idea of a four day school week and it is approved the earliest it could be started is the 2024-25 school year.
Fatality in Carroll County Friday morning - (1-20-23) – 34 year old Michael Snyder of Audubon died when the pickup he was driving failed to stop at a controlled intersection and was struck by a 2019 Mack truck registered to the Farmer’s Co-Op in Arcadia. The crash happened at the intersection of Highway 141 and Eagle avenue, east of Manning at around 6:45 am this morning. The Iowa state Patrol says Snyder was traveling north on Eagle Avenue when his vehicle was struck by the Mack Truck as it was eastbound on Highway 141. Following the collision, the pickup came to rest on the eastbound shoulder. The other vehicle came to rest in the north ditch. Snyder was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene. 53 year old Craig Gruhn of Manning was the driver of the Mack truck. He was not injured in the collision. The accident remains under investigation.
Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund can help with home ownership - The Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund is seeking applicants for its Homeownership Assistance Program. The program is made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Iowa Finance Authority to the Housing Trust Fund which is administered by Southwest Iowa planning Council of SWIPCO. Over the past 5 years, this program has assisted more than 100 homebuyers secure $8 million in home mortgages that would have not been able to happen without this program. The Iowa Finance authority provides grants and low-interest loans through several programs, many of w hich are available to southwest Iowans who wish to purchase a home but may otherwise struggle to obtain resources. The program can assist potential homebuyers of new and existing housing with down payment assistance. The grant can fund up to 7% of the purchase price, up to $8,000. The first $5,000 is a 5 year forgivable loan, forgiven at 20% per year. The remaining amount is a 1% loan for up to 5 years. To apply, homebuyers must have a signed purchase agreement in effect and have a mortgage application in process with a lender. Please allow a minimum of two weeks from application submittal for final approval prior to closing. For more information, contact SWPICO at 243-4196.
Audubon County Sheriff’s Report - (1-20-23) – Sheriff Todd W. Johnson of Audubon County says the office arrested 30 year old Courtney Cooper of Exira on a Domestic Abuse Assault – 1st charge on January 15th. She appeared before the magistrate and was released on her own recognizance. And 37 year old Payton Watzke of Audubon was arrested on Thursday, January 19th, on a Bench Warrant for Violation of a Pre-Trial Release. He is currently being held on a $25,000 cash only bond.
Riverside Community Schools raising money for improvements - (1-20-23) – (Daily Nonpareil) – The Riverside Community School District has launched Riverside Pride Capital Campaign to raise money for improvements to parking areas, landscaping and the Charles L Pigneri Athletic Complex. The cost of the 3-phase upgrade has been estimated at about $1.5 million and would be funded with a combination of district funds, private donations and foundation grants. About $745,000, almost half the amount, has already been pledged. The district chose not to request a bond election for the project to avoid a tax increase. District voters approved a $15.1 million bond issue in June 2013 for construction of a new Junior-Senior high school which opened in August 2016. School Officials and potential donors felt the project would lend itself to a fundraising campaign. Revenue from the district’s physical plant and equipment levy and the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education one-cent sales tax will make up a portion of the funding. Phase 1 will include a Riverside welcome sign, a digital marquee, parking lot improvements, repairs to baseball and softball fields, construction of a retaining wall and landscaping for a Safe Room and possible installation of a well for irrigation. An additional water source is being sought because water restrictions implemented during the past two summers make it hard to keep the athletic fields in good condition. Phase 2 would include replacement of the football field’s artificial turf with grass and a sand base, work on the visitor’s section at the football field and construction of a satellite concession stand with restrooms for the baseball and softball fields. Grass is being considered for the football field because donors and foundations felt buying artificial turf was an unneeded expense. Phase 3 would be the construction of a 300-seat amphitheater/outdoor classroom between the football and softball fields at the Athletic Complex.
Reports of smoke at Red Oak residence - (1-20-23) – The Red Oak Fire Department responded to reports of smoke at a Red Oak residence Thursday afternoon. The call was received at about 5 pm, including reports of the house, located at 201 Elm Street in Red Oak, filling up with smoke. The tenants, including one adult and four children, thought there was a fire in the basement and evacuated the residence. The Red Oak Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after and identified the cause of the smoke was a malfunctioning furnace. No injuries or damage was reported other than the smell of smoke throughout the residence. The landlord, Dennis Larson, arrived on scene and was making arrangements for the repairs to the furnace. Crews were cleared from the scene about 5:35 pm.
Woman with handgun at convenience store sentenced - (1-20-23) – (Carroll Broadcasting) 28 year old Jau Shay Leonna Tanshoir Battle of Carroll was sentenced last week in Carroll County District court. Carroll Broadcasting reports she had been accused of having a firearm at a Carroll convenience store in October. Battle was charged with 3 counts of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor. The incident occurred on October 5th, at the BP Country Store on US Highway 30 in Carroll. A Carroll Police Department affidavit says Battle pulled a 9mm handgun during a dispute with an employee at the store and pointed it at three staff members, including 2 minors. After reaching an agreement with prosecutors, Battle pled guilty to all three counts last week and was sentenced to up to two years in prison on each count. The sentence was suspended and Battle was instead placed on probation for two years to the Iowa Department of Correctional Services.
Master Gardener Program sign up going on through February 9th - SIGN UP TODAY FOR SHELBY COUNTY EXTENSION’S MASTER GARDENER TRAINING! IOWANS WISHING TO COMPLETE MASTER GARDNER TRAINING MAY COMPLETE THE 10 WEEK TRAINING, PARTICIPATE IN ONLINE LEARNING MODULES AND ATTEND AT LEAST 4 IN-PERSON TRAINING SESSIONS ORGANIZED BY THE COUNTY OFFICE. AFTER THAT, PUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO WORK WITH A 40 HOUR INTERNSHIP IN YOUR COUNTY. SIGN UP BY FEBRUARY 9TH. CLASS FEE IS $150 FOR MASTER GARDENER OR $550 FOR PROHORT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 755-3104 AND SIGN UP TODAY.
Shelby County Extension and Outreach offering Annie’s Project - (1-13-23) – Shelby County Extension and Outreach will be offering Annie’s Project. Annie’s Project is the agricultural business education program that empowers farm women who want to be even more knowledgeable about their agricultural enterprises. Course participants will learn effective strategies to make good decisions in the five key risk management areas of financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. Annie’s Project creates a comfortable and supportive learning environment focused on the best farm business management practices. Sign up deadline is February 16th with the six week classes starting on Thursday, February 23rd at 6 pm. For more information, contact Paulette Madsen at 755-3104. Upcoming events -
Need a ride? Southwest Iowa Transit Authority - SWITA - is now available online - swita.com. Through the website you can schedule a ride, setup your student's transportation for the upcoming school year, schedule medical transportation, schedule work routes for you employees, schedule a special trip, check rates and make payments on your account.
Upcoming American Red Cross Bloodmobiles - January 25th - St. Boniface Parish Center - Westphalia - 11 to 5
ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH IN NEOLA INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM SATURDAY, JANUARY 28TH FOR THEIR ANNUAL PARISH AUCTION, ”A WINTER WONDERLAND.” MASS WILL BEGIN AT 4 O’CLOCK, THE STALEY’S CHICKEN DINNER AND A RAFFLE WILL BEGIN AT 4:30 AND THE LIVE AUCTION WILL START AT 6. COST FOR DINNER IS 10-DOLLARS PER PERSON, $5 FOR THOSE 8 AND UNDER. COME AND ENJOY STALEY’S CHICKEN, MASHED POTATOES, COLE SLAW, GREEN BEANS, ROLLS AND DESSERTS!
The Irwin Community Building fundraiser will be held Sunday, January 29th, from 8 to noon at the Irwin Community Building. Enjoy biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and ham, toast, orange juice and coffee, plus a bake sale, all for a free-will donation. The fundraiser helps with maintenance and expenses at the Community Building.
Shelby County Catholic School Pancake Breakfast and Open House will be held Sunday, January 29th, from 8:30 to 11:30 am. They will be serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, coffee and juice. A free-will offering will be accepted. This event will be held in the Rosman Parish Center at 2005 College Place in Harlan.
A Soup and Learn will be held at 6 pm, Thursday, February 2nd, at Hansen House Senior Living in Harlan. The program will be presented by Mindy Shaffer, Director of Hansen House. To register, contact Mindy at 833-870-5182.
The Congregational United Church of Christ in Harlan presents Nicole Bianchi, keynote speaker and author of the book, "Small Brave Moves: Learn Why Little Acts of Bravery are the Key to Life-Changing Leadership." This presentation will take place at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Harlan on the 2nd, from 11:30 to 12:30 pm with a book signing to follow. Tickets for the event are $15 each which includes lunch catered by Main Street Catering. For tickets call Jeff Branstetter at 402-616-6086 or text firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Food Workshop to be held - (1-18-23) – A local food workshop will be held from 1 to 4 pm, Saturday, February 4th, at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. The workshop is for anyone who sells or is interested in selling foods including produce, meat, eggs, honey, jams, jellies, syrups, salsas, baked goods, prepared food, including food trucks and more. Speakers and information on various topics including food safety and business licensing, how to sell food at farmers markets, grocery stores and more. This is a free workshop. No registration is required but RSVP’s are appreciated to Golden Hills RC&D Local Foods coordinator @ Jamie.email@example.com.
The Shelby County Cattlemen Annual Banquet will be held Saturday, February 4th at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Panama. Social hour will start at 5 pm with a New York Strip Steak Dinner at 6. Trophy and scholarship fund auction to follow. Doors open at 5 pm. The cost is $20 per person. Tickets are available at the door or from any board member.
Private Pesticide Continuing Instruction Course - (12-13-22) – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Shelby County Office, will be offering two opportunities to attend the Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course, led by Extension Field Agronomist, Mike Witt. The first session is scheduled for February 7th at 9:30 am at the Therkildsen Center in Harlan. The course will be offered again on February 7th at 6:30 pm at the Therkildsen Center in Harlan. Preregistration is not required. The course will run for approximately 2 ½ hours including check-in and breaks. The registration fee is $30. To obtain additional information, contact the Shelby County Extension office at 755-3104. The course will fulfill 2022-23 recertification requirements for private pesticide applicators. Topics to be covered include: Personal protective equipment Safe handling Storage of pesticides Pests, pest management and pesticides.
Myrtue Medical Center's 2023 Blood Analysis Screenings will be held February 7th through the 17th from 6:45 to 10:45 am at the Myrtue Medical Center Lab Department Clinic Entrance in Harlan. Appointments are required by calling 755-4288 from 8 to 4 pm. Walk-ins or add-ons to services will not be available the day of service.
Understanding Your Grief is a support and education program for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. These grief classes will be held Tuesdays - February 21st and 28th and March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th from 9:30 to 11 am in the Myrtue Medical Center Board Room. Registration is required by February 15th. Call Cathy Jensen at 755-4424. This class is provided at no cost.
Join the Shelby County Historical Museum and the Danish Windmill for Trivia Night! The event will take place at the Shelby County Historical Museum in Harlan starting at 7 pm on Friday, February 24th. Grab a friend and test your knowledge of Danish Culture, American history and of course, Shelby County history. Teams are encouraged, but not required. Snacks, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and a fun n ight out will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.
The Fun China Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 26th from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. They are looking for individuals, groups and businesses to decorate tables. If interested call the Chamber office at 755-2114.
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