Monday, November 11th, 2019 Today's Weather Outlook - Accumulating snowfall has moved from north to south across virtually all of Iowa overnight, excepting the southeast corner where the snow has not yet arrived. Accumulations have generally been in the one to three inch range so far. Skies have been cloudy, with brisk north winds of 15 to 20 mph and gusty blowing the snow around and pushing temperatures into the mid teens northwest to upper 20s southeast. The snow will taper off from north to south this morning, ending by around midday in southeastern Iowa. Thereafter it will be very cold for the next couple of days, with temperatures falling this afternoon and wind chill values remaining in the single digits all day. Temperatures will plummet further overnight, dipping below zero across parts of northern Iowa and into the single digits above elsewhere. A slow, but modest warming trend will set in from Wednesday onward, but will begin with another shot of snow mainly across northern and eastern Iowa on Wednesday into Wednesday night. By the end of the week temperatures will rise into the upper 30s and 40s in most areas on Friday and Saturday.
The Harlan Community Schools Veterans Day Program will be held Monday, November 11th, at 10 am at the Harlan Community High School Gym. All veterans, current military and their families are welcome to attend. Following the program, refreshments will be provided in the High School Library.
Military Exhibit Hall to Open Next Month at Shelby County Historical Museum The Shelby County Historical Society will hold a grand opening for their newly-renovated Military Exhibit Hall today. According to a press release, the Military Exhibit Hall explores the strengths and sacrifice of Shelby County’s servicemen and women throughout our nation’s various wars. It includes hands-on activities and interactive elements designed to engage museum guests of all ages. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the new exhibit hall will be November 11th and will be followed with several related events into early December. The museum will be open late that day - until 7 pm.
The Harlan Public Library will be closed Monday, November 11th for the Veteran's Day Holiday.
November activities at the Harlan Community Library - Tuesday, November 12th - 12 noon, Library and Lunch Book Club - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Book Worms and Libraries on the Go
The 3rd annual Santa Claus is Coming to Town Chamber Event will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th. Help them reach their goal of $1,500 to cover the cost of the toy-filled Christmas stockings for each of the Shelby County Communities and travel arrangements for Santa. As a sponsor, you will be included on all advertising and flyers. If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, call the Chamber office at 755-2114.
The Shelby County Christmas tree has been found!!!!! Remember to mark your calendars for November 30th for the Annual Christmas Lighting ceremony!
You can sign up now for the 2019-2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from West Central Community Action. They will be helping to qualify low-income Iowa homeowners and renters to pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing. When applying, please bring proof of income, Social Security Number, and a copy of your most recent heating and electrical bills. Applications are taken by appointment only, Monday through Friday 9 to 1 and 2 to 3. Call West Central Community Action at 755-5602 to schedule an appointment.
Hy-Vee to host annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Monday - On Monday, November 11th, Hy-Vee will host its annual Veterans Day breakfasts with a complimentary meal for veterans and active-duty military members in recognition and thanks for their service. More than 90,000 meals are expected to be provided at Hy-Vee’s more than 265 stores across its eight-state region. During the event, Hy-Vee and Hallmark will also offer free cards to customers with the opportunity to express appreciation to current men and women serving overseas. In cooperation with the nonprofit organization “A Million Thanks”, Hy-Vee’s goal is to collect 100,000 cards, or 100,000 thanks. In addition to the free breakfast, veterans will receive 10% off their grocery total when they shop Hy-Vee on Monday, November 11th.
I-80 WB right lane to be closed east of the Highway 173 exit from 9-a.m. until Noon - The Iowa DOT reports the right-hand lane of Interstate 80 westbound, just east of the Highway 173 interchange (Exit 54), will be closed from 9-a.m. until Noon today, due to a crash and removal of the vehicle or vehicles involved.
More Election Results – A number of area towns had their municipal elections decided by write in votes, and we now have those numbers for you. In the City of Kirkman - Matt Nielsen was the winner with 6 votes. Terry Fiscus, Ron Heese and Mike Norris each received 1 vote. For City Council, with 3 seats available, Nancy Nielsen had 6 votes, Steve Barratt 5 votes and James Goeser getting 3 votes. Jim Baughman and Mike Norris got 2 votes, each. In the city of Panama- Larry Keane received 18 votes for mayor with Dean Kloewer and Terry Schwery each receiving 2 votes. Two seats were available for Panama City Council. Kathy Schafer got 12 votes with Steve Wegner 6 votes. Matt Schmitz and Roland Smith each got 3 votes. In Defiance - James Goetz got 12 votes for the Mayor’s seat. Allan Wilwerding had 11 votes and Jeff Theulen 4 votes. In the City Council race, there were 2 seats available, Brian Kloewer got 24 votes, Max Powers 22, MaryAnn Anastasi, 9 votes and Jeff Theulen 6. In the City of Tennant – Two were elected for 3 seats on the City Council by ballot. They were Ralph Heese with 14 votes and Mark Tearney with 10 votes. Two people were written in for the 3rd seat. They were Paula Campbell with 9 votes and Chris Buck with 2. And in Westphalia - Jerome Gross is the mayor with 19 votes. Frank Rueschenberg received 1 vote. And for City Council, Jerome Schneider received 20 votes with Brandon Eck receiving 2 write-in votes.
First Canvass of 2019 elections to be held Wednesday - The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will receive canvass of the 2019 school election on Wednesday, November 13th, at 12 noon in the Supervisors Chambers at the Shelby County Courthouse. This will certify the votes placed in Shelby County. The second Canvass on November 18th will certify the votes from Audubon, Carroll, Crawford and Harrison Counties. And the final votes included those counties for HCHS and IKM-Manning school Districts.
Body found in Page County could be missing Clarinda man - Radio Iowa A body was found in a field Saturday morning in southwest Iowa’s Page County. The body was found about one-mile north of Clarinda and the individual’s remains were sent to the state medical examiners office for an autopsy. No other information was released, pending autopsy results. The remains may be those of 68-year old Dale Allen Hodtwalker, of rural Clarinda, who disappeared from his home during the early morning hours of October 22nd. An extensive search was conducted for Hodtwalker, who has dementia, and was last seen wearing a blue or gray t-shirt, gray and black pajama pants and white socks. Family members say he left the residence without shoes or a coat.
Issues with propane availability not expected to ease anytime soon - Radio Iowa - The backup in the propane supply in Iowa is not expected to end very quickly. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says it continues to be a demand issue with farmers needing propane to dry crops and others needing it to heat their homes. “It’s not that there’s not enough propane in the country — it has to do with the logistics of getting it where it needs to go,” Naig says. He says it doesn’t look like there will be a big change in the situation anytime soon. “The things that are going to help alleviate that are getting the harvest completed and warmer temperatures,” Naig says. “I don’t think we are going to see any of those two in the immediate future.” Suppliers have had to send trucks long distances to get propane and Naig says that may show up in the price. “The price will rise to accommodate for transportation issues if there are any. We hear about some folks putting surcharges on — it’s logical — it needs to be reasonable. If a supplier is having to drive to Kansas to get the supply — they will have to pass some of that cost on to consumers,” according to Naig. “We will be watching that situation closely.” He says they would take action if they see the price being raised just to take advantage of the delays in getting propane.
Council Bluffs investigation into shots fired Friday - At 11:28, Friday, November 8th, Council Bluffs police officers were called to 1702 6th Avenue to investigate a shots fired call. Officers arrived on scene and found that the victim, Maxwell Green had found two subjects coming out of his garage and confronted them. During the incident, Green struggled with one of the suspects, Christopher Brammer. During the struggle, Brammer pulled a revolver from his pocket and fired one round. Brammer then ran from the area along with a second suspect, Trevor Myers. Myers was found a short time later and charged with Burglary 1st for his involvement in the incident. Brammer was located by officers about 9:30 Friday night and taken into custody as well for the same charge. There were no injuries caused by the round being fired from the revolver used during the incident. The weapon that was used and other items that were taken during the burglary were found and placed into police property. This case continues to be investigated by the Council Bluffs Police Department.
Red Oak Building destroyed by fire on Saturday - Firefighters from Red Oak were called to the Growth Unlimited building in Red Oak Saturday morning. The blaze was reported at around 3:30 in the morning. Flames were shooting through the roof of the building as crews arrived on the scene. Upon arrival, it was reported that the fire had gone through the roof of the building. Crews were on scene for about 2 hours and no injuries were reported. The flames were out of control for about 45 minutes. The building was a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
IKM-Manning Schools to hold Facilities Master Planning Meeting Tuesday - The IKM-Manning school district asks their patrons and friends to come to a Facilities Master Planning Meeting for the IKM-Manning Community School District, 5:30 pm, Tuesday, November 12th, at the Memorial Hall in Manilla. The meeting will kick off with a review of the initial steps of the assessment and planning process. Options to the district will then be presented. The options will allow the district to start prioritizing the next steps in their Master Planning Process. The Options were created from the data collected from surveys, Estes Facility Assessment, feedback and meetings. Once the presentation is completed, they will break into groups to discuss and provide feedback on the information and options. The feedback will provide the data and information necessary for the team to help determine their next steps in the long term facility planning as a district.
Bubba Sorensen to speak in Atlantic - Ray “Bubba” Sorensen will present a program at the Atlantic American Legion Building on Sunday, November 17th at 2 pm. Sorensen is known throughout the world as the creator of the Freedom Rock. Bubba has recently applied his artistic skills in another way by illustrating a book of poems honoring veterans. He also has been elected to the Iowa House of Representatives for District 20 which includes Adair, Guthrie and parts of Cass and Dallas Counties. The Atlantic History Center, Military Museum and Military Library will be open for viewing. Books may be checked out at the Library and refreshments will be available.
Iowans to get more money on payday starting January 1st - The Iowa Department of Revenue is updating its income tax withholding tables for 2020 to comply with recent tax law changes. Revenue spokesman John Fuller said employers will be trimming the amount of Iowa tax withheld from employees' paychecks starting January 1st. Fuller stated that there is a withholding calculator where they can get some information in and see where they might end up. It’s hard to say how much everyone will see on their paychecks because everyone’s situation is different. If you marked zero on your withholding you may consider raising that to a one or two. And while it may seem like a nice reward to get a fat tax refund check every spring, Fuller says many Iowans like to adjust their earnings to come out closer to the break-even point. The Iowa legislature enacted sweeping tax reforms in 2018 and the changes are being put in place gradually for the 2019 and 2020 tax years. You can find the new tax tables and the withholding calculator at the Iowa Department of Revenue website: tax.iowa.gov.
Certified Crop Adviser Test Prep Available Online - Iowans who want to become a certified crop adviser should take note of upcoming exam dates, as well as an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online training course intended to help them prepare. The next certified crop adviser exam is Feb. 7, and registration for the exam continues through Dec. 13. The online review course is divided into the four major exam competency areas, with a total of 26 modules and nearly eight hours of recorded programming. Each module includes a practice quiz of up to 10 questions, randomly selected from a pool of questions. A practice exam covering information from all modules is also available, and consists of 100 randomly selected questions. The practice quizzes can identify a person’s weak areas and allow them to focus on subjects where they need to improve. The online course is an ideal way for participants to prepare, because it compiles all of the necessary information into one place, in a way that allows participants to review and refresh their understanding of current standards. The online course is available through the ISU Extension and Outreach Store and is offered at a cost of $100. This does not include registration for the actual exam.
November activities at the Harlan Community Library - Tuesday, November 12th - 12 noon, Library and Lunch Book Club - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Book Worms and Libraries on the Go Wednesday, November 13th - 10:30 am, Story Time: Transportation Thursday, November 14th - 6 pm, Saving Shelby County From Dangerous Obstacles Saturday, November 16th - 10 am, Babies and Books - Baby Storytime Monday, November 18th - 4 pm, Young Writers Group Tuesday, November 19th - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, November 20th - 10 am, Classic Movie: About Schmidt - 10:30 am, Story Time: Pets - 7 pm, 5 )'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, November 21st - 5 pm, Adult Creative Writing Group - 6:30 pm, Let's Paint Saturday, November 23rd - 10 am, Make your own Thanksgiving placemat - Saturday morning kids' craft Tuesday, November 26th - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, November 27th - 10:30 am, Story Time: Thankfulness Thursday, November 28th and Friday November 29th - Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Farm Succession Workshop to be held - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a 2-night Farm Succession Workshop. The workshop will be November 12th and 21st from 6 to 9 pm, with a meal provided at 5:30 each night at the Four County Fairgrounds in Dunlap. Registration fee is $50 per person or $150 for a family of 4. To register, call the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office in Logan at 644-2105 or in Onawa at 423-2175. Registration is due by November 8th. Speakers include Tim Christensen, Iowa State University Farm management Specialist in West Central Iowa and Matt Minnihan, Attorney at Minnihan Law Office.
The Harlan Community High School Jazz Program in conjunction with the UNO Jazz Studies Program will host world-class jazz trombonist, recording artist and educator Andy Martin and the UNO Jazz Combo at Harlan Community High School for a day of clinics followed by a free public performance at the Harlan Community Schools High School Auditorium on Tuesday, November 12th. The concert, featuring performances by Andy Martin, the UNO Jazz I Combo and the Harlan Community High School Jazz Experience will begin at 7 pm that evening. The Harlan Community High School Jazz Experience has qualified and attended the Iowa Jazz Championships since its inception in 1976, has 9 State Championships and 12 runner-up finishes.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, November 12th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving chili and crackers, a sandwich and dessert. The First Baptist church will volunteer. A free will donation will be accepted.
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, November 14th Thursday, December 12th Thursday, January 9th Thursday, February 13th Thursday, March 12th Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th
The Viking Vendor and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, November 16th, from 9 am to 3 pm at the AHSTW High School Cafeteria. There's all different vendors and crafters, plus the After Prom committee will be serving lunch. Be on the lookout for limited edition viking merchandise, many items made by the AHSTW Engineering class as well as limited edition Viking and Lady Viking homemade soap.
The Shelby Community Feather Party will be held Saturday, November 16th, with Bingo starting at 6 pm at the Shelby Community Building. Come play bingo and win a turkey! Food will be available during the evening.
The Iowa Community Kitchen Breakfast Fundraiser will be held 7 to 11 am, Saturday, November 16th, at the American Legion Building in Harlan. The cost is $10 for adults, kids 4 to 8, $5 and 3 and under eat free.
The SCCO Pancake Brunch, Bake Sale and silent Auction will be held 8:30 to noon Sunday, November 17th, at the harlan High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, November 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving their Thanksgiving meal. The Congregational Church will volunteer. A free will donation will be accepted.
The Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca will host their Aebleskiver and Sausage Supper Thursday, November 21st from 4 to 7 pm. Call-in carry out orders will be taken from 1 to 5 pm at 343-2518, no call in, carry out orders after 5 pm, with a limit of 2 dozen aebleskiver and 1 dozen sausages. There will also be a group bake sale.
Blood Donations Needed - As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross if urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well. Upcoming donation opportunities include: Thursday, November 21st - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Wednesday, December 4th - 8 am to 2 pm - AHSTW High School in Avoca Friday, December 20th - 12 noon to 6 pm - Sacred Heart Church in Manning Thursday, December 26th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Friday, December 27th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be closed on Tuesday, November 26th so their volunteers may be home with their families.
----- The Shelby County Public Health Department has an Immunization Clinic scheduled for Wednesday December 4th from 2 to 6 pm at Community Health in Harlan. 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 appoint there. Appointments are recommended to save time but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Make appointments by call 755-4422.
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