Monday, July 6th, 2020 Today’s Weather Outlook - (7-6-20) - Calm and typical summer night conditions prevailed across the state overnight. Temperatures fell into the mid-60s to low 70s under partly to mostly clear skies. A thunderstorm complex had surged south out of southwest Minnesota and will move into northwest and north central Iowa this morning. The storms are expected to gradually dissipate as they continue south and east. The threat for severe weather is low, but should bring some beneficial rain to those areas. Additional storms are possible in northern Iowa later this evening and into tonight. Otherwise expect another warm day with highs in the upper 8-s to low 90s. Main weather highlights through the end of the week will be hot conditions on Wednesday, followed by hopefully more widespread beneficial rainfall. Heat and humidity on Wednesday will combine to push afternoon heat index values into the mid to upper 90s, possibly even into the triple digits in some areas. Thankfully the heat wave looks to be short lived as thunderstorm chances return to the area Wednesday night through Friday. Multiple rounds of storms may cross through the area, so hopefully the drier parts of the state will see some needed rainfall.
Covid -19 News
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: 7-6-20
Iowa COVID-19 Update - (7-6-20) - Iowa has reported another 368 coronavirus cases, for a total of 31,611 to-date. The state Department of Public Health reported no new deaths, so that total stands at 721. 508 of those had a pre-existing condition. Health officials report also 24,952 coronavirus patients have recovered; 840,934 assessments have been completed, 334,679 people have been tested; 302,550 tests came back negative for COVID-19. Long-term Care Facility data show 151 hospitalized with COVID-19, 41 are in an ICU, 4 more people were admitted to a hospital and 15 were on a ventilator. RMCC data for western and southwest Iowa is unchanged from Saturday where 4 people were hospitalized, 2 were in an ICU, no one was admitted and no one was on a ventilator. Carroll County’s numbers have risen to 99 positive cases. The age group with the highest numbers in the county are those 18 to 40 years of age at 38%, followed by the 41 to 60 year olds at 32%, 73 of the 99 cases have recovered and Carroll County has had one death. As of this morning, Crawford County is reporting 678 positive cases, Guthrie County has 66, Sac County 64, and Audubon County now has 16 positive cases. Pottawattamie County 714 positive cases, Woodbury County 3,186, Harrison County, 53 and Shelby County had 117 positive cases as of Friday. State officials on Friday reported 2 more cases of COVID-19 in Cass County, bringing their total to 21 - an increase of 4 since June 21st. 857 people have been tested with at least 43% between the ages of 18-40 and 38% 41 years old and older. General News -
Shelby to hold special election tomorrow – (7-6-20) - The City of Shelby will hold a special election tomorrow, Tuesday, to fill a vacancy on their city council. The city’s vacancy came after the unexpected death of Councilman Donavan Dontje. Rick Kiesel and Patty Welsh are the two candidates on the ballot. Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 am to 8 pm at the Shelby Community Hall.
Body of Missouri man found in Missouri River – (7-6-20) – The body of a man who disappeared last Wednesday afternoon, following a boating incident was recovered Saturday in Fremont County. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the man, whose name has not been released, was said to be from out of the area. He had entered the Missouri River to try to swim to shore after the boat he was in ran out of gas in Mills County. The man’s companion made it to shore, but the victim got lost and likely drowned, or had a medical issue. His body was found about two miles south of the Bartlett landing Saturday afternoon.
Iowa ranked #5 in study of child well-being – (7-6-20) - The fourth annual study by the non-profit group “Save the Children” has ranked Iowa 5th in the nation for child well-being. The report found Iowa’s rankings for child food insecurity and high school dropout rates improved from 2018, while rankings for infant mortality, teen births, suicides and homicides stayed the same. Mark Shriver, a senior vice-president at Save the Children, says top-ranked states like Iowa invested in high quality early childhood education. The report found just 9% of Iowa’s kids didn’t graduate on time. This improves the state’s rank from 2018 and makes Iowa first in the nation for high school graduation rates. Nikki Gillette, a researcher with Save the Children, says this year’s report broke down data at the county level for the first time. The report found Dallas, Warren, Grundy and Bremer counties were among the top 50 in the country for children. It ranked Lee County as the worst in the state.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report – (7-6-20) Earlier today, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office released a report on arrests and incidents dating back to June 25th. Beginning with the most recent: At around 2:24-a.m. Sunday, 40-year old Bradley Shea Eaton, of Booneville, MS., was arrested following a report of a possible burglary and criminal mischief in progress at Arrowhead Campground, site 33. A Deputy met with the victims and took a report. Authorities say four tires were “slashed” on a GMC Yukon. Witnesses said the suspect, identified as Bradley Eaton, allegedly tried to enter a camper through the bunkhouse emergency exit window. A records search indicated Eaton was wanted. He was taken into custody for Burglary in the 2nd Degree; Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, on a warrant for being a Fugitive from Justice, interference with official acts, and Felony Theft in the 2nd Degree. His bond was set at $5,300. Late Saturday night, three 17-year old’s (2 male, 1 female), were cited at 31581 Elmtree, for Possession of Alcohol as a minor. Saturday evening, 27-year old Dylan Zachary Russell, of Atlantic, was arrested for Driving While Barred/Habitual Offender, after a Pottawattamie County Deputy stopped to offer assistance to a motorist. Bond was set at $2,000. Friday night, 36-year old Jonathan Timothy Bunten was arrested for Driving While Barred/Habitual Offender, following a traffic stop on a pickup with no registration plates. Bunten was also cited for failure to have a driver’s license. At around 2:30-a.m., Friday, 36-year old Allen Gerard Hug, II was arrested for OWI/1st Offense, following a traffic stop for excessive speed. Thursday afternoon, 64-year old Timothy Joe Smith was arrested for Interference with Official Acts and Disorderly Conduct, when a Pott. County Deputy tried to serve a Temporary Protective Order against Smith. At around 9:15-p.m. on July 1st, 33-year old Emily Frances Wickman was arrested for making a False Statement on a Gambling Application. She was taken into custody following a traffic stop near Underwood. On June 29th at around 8:20-p.m., 30-year old Cornelius Cooper Stanley, III, of Council Bluffs, was arrested near Shelby, for: Child Endangerment; Domestic Abuse Assault/1st offense causing injury, and for being a Fugitive from Justice. Bond was set at $2,000. On June 28th, 54-year old Todd Michael Walker was arrested in Hancock, for Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault. 34-year old Jacob Dale Bussing was arrested June 28th at the Underwood Truck Stop, for being an employee who allegedly provided tobacco/vapor product to a minor. The incident took place in cooperation with the I-Pledge Program. June 27th: 48-year old Robin Lee Narmi was arrested for Driving While Barred/Habitual Offender, following a traffic stop on a motorcycle, in Council Bluffs; 23-year old Lorne J. Hart was arrested in Crescent for Disorderly Conduct and Interference with Official Acts,following an investigation into an incident whereby a man jumped out of a vehicle and was bleeding. On June 26th, 34-year old Ryan Dean Beckwith, JR., of Council Bluffs, was arrested for Violation of Probation, after he turned himself-in to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say on June 25th, 58-year old Clayton Wade Schmitt, of Atlantic, was arrested following a traffic stop near Walnut. Schmitt was being held in the Pott. County Jail on a Felony charge of Intent Manufacture/Deliver Meth Over 5g Under 5kg, and Possession of Controlled Substances/2nd or subsequent offense w/enhanced penalties. And, 29-year old Terrance Nathaniel Allen, of Council Bluffs, turned himself-in to the Pott. County Sheriff’s Office June 25th, on a warrant for Violation of Probation.
Pursuit ends in crash in Pottawattamie County Sunday morning – (7-6-20) - A wild pursuit that began Sunday morning at the 37 mile marker of I-80 westbound, ended after the vehicle crashed on 280th Street. The chase wound through gravel roads, along with a corn and soybean field. An Iowa State Patrol trooper attempted to stop a red Mazda Tribute with Califonia plates but the driver refused to stop and at one point flipped off the Trooper. The chase ended after the SUV went off a dead-end road at 280th and Magnolia. The chase went back and forth through a bean and corn field, with the vehicle flying over a field terrace at one point. The vehicle then crashed on 280th street where the driver, who was injured, tried to run, but was tasered. He was taken into custody around 8 am. No other details are currently available.
Man sentenced after illegally re-entering the country without registering as a sex offender – (7-6-20) - 36 year old William Noeli Santamaria-Rodriguez of El Salvador was sentenced on June 25th to 2 years in federal prison. Santamaria-Rodriguez is a sex offender who was previously deported from the United States who illegally reentered the country and failed to register as a sex offender for more than 10 years. He received the prison term after a July 26th, 2019 guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon and a December 19, 2019 guilty plea to one count of Failure to register as a sex offender. Santamaria-Rodriguez came to the attention of immigration authorities after his July 5, 2019 arrest in Crawford County for driving without a license. In a plea hearing held on July 26, 2019, Santamaria-Rodriguez admitted he was illegally in the United States after being deported as an aggravated felon to El Salvador on May 16th, 2008. His deportation was the result of a June 15th, 2006, conviction of two counts of assault with intent/sex abuse in Crawford County. Santamaria-Rodriguez was required to register and knowingly failed to do so. Santamaria-Rodriguez was sentenced in Sioux City to 24 months imprisonment. He must also serve a 5 year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. He is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
Crawford County Law Enforcement Report – (7-6-20) - A few arrests and two accidents were reported by the Crawford County Law Enforcement Agency. On June 26th, 30 year old Brenna Allyn Schafer of Woodbine was arrested and charged with theft in the fifth degree for shoplifting merchandise from Walmart in Denison. The items taken were cosmetics and dog treats and were valued at $285.88. Schafer was also arrested for theft 5th Degree and given a citation for driving under suspension. This incident occurred at Ettleman’s in Dow City. At 10:35 pm, Friday, June 26th, Shawn Freeman was cited for driving under suspension and warned for equipment. The incident happened at Highway 30 and Dunlap Street west of Dow City. And on June 28th, at 2:11 am, Paul Muhlbauer was arrested for OWI, 1st offense. The incident took place in southeast Crawford County. A 2-vehicle accident happened at 5:34 pm on June 24 at South Main and Highway 30 in Denison. 21 year old Melvin Alfredo Reyes Revelo of Denison was driving a red 2014 Jeep Patriot and was stopped on Highway 30 at the intersection. He was waiting for motorcycles to turn left at the intersection when a blue 2006 Jeep Liberty struck his vehicle from behind. The Jeep Liberty was being driven by 20 year old Chelsea Taylor Fishback of Manning. Fishback and Veronica Reyes, a passenger in the Jeep Patriot, were taken to Crawford County Memorial Hospital by ambulance for suspected minor injuries. Fishback was cited for following too close and failure to provide proof of financial liability. Her vehicle received $1,200 damage to the front driver side corner. Reyes Revelo’s vehicle received $500 damage to the rear middle. And a backing accident occurred at Casey’s General Store on Highway 30 in Denison shortly after 9 pm, Saturday, June 27th. 15 year old Marissa Perez Ocampo of Denison was backing a white 2007 General Motors Yukon from a parking space and backed into the side of silver 2009 Pontiac G6 that was at a fueling station. The Pontiac received $1,500 damage to the middle driver side. Perez Ocampo’s vehicle was not damaged. On June 30th, a vehicle and pedestrian accident occurred in the parking lot at Walmart in Denison. 60 year old Leisha Fae Kragel of Schleswig was driving a sliver 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and was pulling out of the parking lot when a pedestrian, 41 year old Abraham Akec of West Des Moines was crossing the road. Kragel did not see the pedestrian and slowly moved forward. Akec stated that she yelled and pushed on the vehicle, with her arm stopping it. Akec claimed feeling pain in her shoulder from stopping the vehicle with her arm. She was checked by EMS, which stated they didn’t see anything abnormal, but advised Akec to be seen at the hospital for x-rays.
3 vehicle collision near Massena injures 1 – (7-2-20) - One person was injured during a collision just east of Massena, late Wednesday morning. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, just before 11-a.m., Deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident at Highways 148 and 92. An investigation determined a 2002 Chevy Cavalier owned and driven by 22-year old Travis Wade Purdy, of Creston, was traveling south on Highway 148, and had attempted to cross the intersection with Highway 92, when it was struck by an eastbound 2018 Dodge Ram. The pickup was owned and driven by 69-year old Alan Edward Grobe, of Oakland. Following the collision, Purdy’s car struck a 2018 GMC Sierra owned and driven by 40-year old Cody Lee Platt, of Massena, which was stopped at the northbound stop sign on Highway 148. Purdy was transported to CCMH by Massena Fire and Rescue. Damage to Grobe’s vehicle is estimated at $8,000 and damage to Platt’s vehicle is estimated at $1,000. Damage to Purdy’s vehicle is estimated at $4,000. Purdy was cited for Failure to Obey Sign and Failure to Yield Upon Entering Through Highway.
2020 Clay County Fair Postponed until 2021 - (7-2-20) - The Clay County Fair Association announced today that the 2020 edition of “The World’s Greatest County Fair” will not be held and will be postponed to September 11-19, 2021. The decision, announced following a vote by the Fair Executive Committee, was made amid concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After weeks of exploring various options, it became clear that the Fair could not protect the health and safety of fairgoers, staff, volunteers, 4-H/FFA youth, exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, and entertainers during the nine-day event. Despite the postponement of the Fair, 4-H/FFA livestock competitions will be held this fall. Details will be available soon from Iowa State University Extension Clay County. This marks the fifth time in the 103-year history of “The World’s Greatest County Fair” that the Fair will not be held. From 1942-1945, the Fair was suspended due to World War II. The 2021 Clay County Fair will be September 11-19.
Harrison County Community Celebrations that have been cancelled – (7-6-20) The Woodbine Saddle Club has cancelled the rodeo that was originally scheduled for July 10th and 11th in Woodbine as well as the parade on Saturday, July 11th.
Shelby County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning – (7-2-20) = The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning July 7th. Among items to be discussed is a hearing for a grant received by Iowa Community Kitchen, Todd Valline will give an update from the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Supervisor Committee Reports, Pets in the Courthouse Policy, Master Matrix application by Handlos Farms, discussion on the Sheriff complex roof, Brandon Burmeister will give a report on secondary roads, grant for primary elections and any pandemic related topics.
Harlan City Council to meet Tuesday evening - (7-2-20) - The Harlan City Council will meet Tuesday evening at 5:15 pm. Among items on the agenda is Ordinance 2020-03 - a ordinance amending Chapter 75 of the Code of ordinances for the City of Harlan, pertaining to all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, by removing definition - off-road utility vehicles - 3rd and Final Reading. Ordinance 2020-04 - an ordinance creating Chapter 78 to the Code of Ordinances for the City of Harlan pertaining to Off-Road Utility vehicles - 3rd and final reading. Resolution No.2402 - resolution setting the date of July 21st at 5:15 for a public hearing regarding the proposed sale of city-owned property, lot 24 in G.H. Christiansen subdivision to Ethel Swanson; also a review of Harlan Parks Monetary donations and Gifts Policy. There will also be a City Administrator's Report, and Mayor's Report including the appointment of Dan McElwain to the Library Board for a term to expire December 31st, 2024 and the appointment of Paul Simpson to the Library Board for a term to expire December 31st, 2024.
38th annual Old Soldier’s Reunion in Griswold will still be held on July 11th - (7-1-20) The 138th annual Old Soldier’s Reunion in Griswold will still be held on Saturday, July 11th. The theme this year is Hometown Heroes. They’re asking everyone to participate responsibly, they ask that you practice social distancing on your own via your personal preferences, there’ll be plenty of room to spread out down Main Street to watch the parade. Events for the day include a Tractor Show on Cass Street form 8 am to 2 pm, the Legion Auxiliary Membership Drive at the Legion Building from 9 to 11 am, The Cass County Historical Museum will be open on Main Street from 10 to 6 and the military road march will start at the Creighton Retreat Center in Griswold at 4:15. Any EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement are welcome to join the road march. The route is 4 miles long, so they do take breaks. Those who want to participate in the road march can meet at the Griswold High School north parking lot between 3:30 and 3:45. The Old Soldiers Reunion Queen Contest is at 4:30 p.m. The lineup for the parade begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Griswold School parking lot. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at the High School, goes down Harrison Street and then down Main Street. The gates open for the Street Dance on Montgomery Street next to East of Omaha at 7:00 p.m. The band is Shoot to Thrill, an AC/DC tribute band. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The band starts at 8:00 p.m. East of Omaha will be open so people can go inside if they need some air conditioning or a cold drink. LifeServe Blood Centers is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming blood drive. There will be a blood drive in Denison at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital from noon to 5 pm on Monday, July 13th. There will also be the Schleswig Community Blood Drive at the Schleswig Community Building on Monday July 20th, from 2 to 6 pm. Appointments are required. Call 800-287-4903.
Harrison County Fair cancelled this year – (6-25-20) - The Harrison County Fair Board announced that the 2020 Harrison County Fair is cancelled. All fair activities, including entertainment, vendors, displays and grandstand events will resume in 2021. Harrison County Fairboard has permitted the use of their facilities to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Harrison County program to proceed with 4-H and FFA shows and exhibits. These shows and exhibits will be limited to the families of the participants. Additionally, the Missouri Valley Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the Harrison County Fair Parade this year.
Limited Summer Activities Offered by Shelby County Conservation Board A limited version of summer camps will be offered by the Shelby County Conservation Board beginning at the end of July. These camps will be limited to eight kids and will only involve activities where kids can social distance and any equipment used will be easily disinfected. All activities will be completely outside. The activities will only be two hours in length except for river kayaking. The river kayaking will be for three hours. Kids that want to river kayak must either attend one of the other kayaking sessions at Manteno or Nishna Bend or have attended kayaking camp in a previous year. These camps will be located at different parks and will completely free this year. Preregistration will be required. You can call Christina at 744-3403 to sign up beginning immediately. The options are as follows:
July 20 at Manteno Park: 9 a.m to 11 a.m. fly fishing for 9 through 14 year olds 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Kayaking for 12 through 16 year olds
July 22 at Nishna Bend: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. fly fishing for 9 through 14 year olds 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 5 to 8 year olds
July 27 at Nishna Bend: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kayaking for 12 through 16 year olds 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Canoeing for 11 through 16 year olds
August 11: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. River kayaking (parents will drop off kids in Harlan and pick kids up at Nishna Bend). For 12 to 16 year olds. Prior experience required.
August 11 at Oakridge ( on F58 halfway between Corley and M47) 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Hike and creek stop for 5 to 11 year olds.
August 14 at Elk Horn Creek Recreation Area (The Grove). 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 9 through 12 year olds. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 5 through 8 year olds.
August 17 at Nishna Bend. 9:00 to 11 a.m. Fishing for 8 through 11 year olds.
August 17: Noon to 3:00 p.m. River kayaking (parents will drop off kids in Harlan and pick kids up at Nishna Bend). For 12 through 16 year olds. Prior experience required.
August 19 at Schimerowski Park in Earling. 9 to 11 a.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 5 to 8 year olds. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aquatic and insect netting for 9 to 12 year olds.
Woodbine Applefest canceled for this year – (6-25-20) – Woodbine’s Applefest has been canceled this year. Scheduled for September 26th, the organizers made the announcement on their Facebook page. Vendors who paid their fees have the option of a refund or can roll that over to next year’s Applefest, which is now scheduled for September 25th, 2021. The festival has been traditionally scheduled for the last Saturday of September and draws about 13 to 15 thousand people.
Iowa State Fair to host ‘special edition’ for FFA and 4H members - (6-26-20) Due to COVID-19, the Iowa State Fair will not go on this summer, but something called the 2020 Fair Special Edition is now on the schedule. The state fair’s website says the special edition will be held at the fairgrounds in Des Moines over three weekends in August. It’ll be an opportunity for only FFA and 4-H members to showcase their animals. The site says the edition will focus on the superior showmanship, hard work, and determination of Iowa’s youth. Each club will have the traditional categories, including cattle, horses, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. The fair says it will follow all recommendations for social distancing, hand washing and sanitization.
Blood Donations Needed - Upcoming donation opportunities include: Tuesday, July 21st - 11:30 to 5:30 - Veteran's Memorial Building, Harlan Friday, July 24th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Sacred Heart Church in Manning Saturday, July 25th - 8 am to 1 pm - American Legion Building in Avoca Saturday, August 1st - 7:30 am to 12:30 pm - Shelby Community Building Wednesday, August 5th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patricks Parish Center in Audubon Tuesday, December 29th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
RAGBRAI announces ride in October – (6-19-20) - Organizers of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI announced today that it will host a new, two and a half day bike ride set for the fall. According to the organization’s social media page, RAGBRAI will host “The Great Iowa Fall Ride” October 2nd through 4th. The ride will begin in Iowa Falls, but additional information regarding the ride route has not been shared. RAGBRAI said it plans to share additional information on June 25th – the final day of its ongoing virtual ride. In May, RAGBRAI confirmed it would not host its 2020 ride due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Audubon’s T-Bone Days Cancelled Due To COVID-19 – (6-17-20) - The Audubon Operation T-Bone celebration has been cancelled. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by the Audubon Chamber of Commerce and T-Bone planning committee. The annual event dates back to the early 1950s and celebrates Audubon’s strong ties to the cattle industry. T-Bone days has grown into a community-wide event that is the highlight of the summer for many current and former residents. They hope to have the celebration in 2021.
APPLICATIONS NEEDED FOR CDBG HOUSING GRANTS – (6-11-20) - Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) is seeking applicants for a housing rehabilitation program in the City of Harlan. Up to $24,999 in home repairs per home, with additional money for lead abatement, is available in the form of a five-year forgivable loan. Applicants must live in the target area, be income qualified, be the homeowner of record, and live in the residence. SWIPCO staff is available by phone and email to help all homeowners through the application, income qualification, and rehabilitation process. If you would like more information about this topic or an application, please contact Ann Anstey at 712-243-4196 ext. 260 or email at Ann.Anstey@swipco.org. Applications are also posted on our website: https://www.swipco.org/housing-swihtf/programs-and-grants/ and available by calling Harlan City Hall 712-755-5137.
Free Outdoor Concert in Harlan - (6-8-20) - Fresh Encounter Church at 1003 Tarkington Street in Harlan invites you to join them Tuesday, July 7th, at 7 pm for an outdoor concert by Seventh Day Slumber. This is a free outdoor event open to the entire community. Bring your family and friends, your lawn chairs or a blanket to sit and enjoy a night of music. There will be several food trucks for great food and drinks, too
Changes for the 2020 Shelby County Fair – (6-10-20) - As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the Shelby County Fair Board is making changes to the 2020 fair. The fair will be limited to 4-H and FFA shows and activities. Unfortunately, there will be no open class exhibits, commercial exhibits, or entertainment on the grounds. There will be limited concessions. Sanitation practices will be completed by the board along with various other means to help promote health. Social distancing will be encouraged. They are asking participants and family members to use their best judgement regarding who needs to attend the activities of the fair. As a reminder, older adults, and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions could be at higher risk for severe illness if the COVID-19 virus is contracted. Also, if you are not feeling well, please do not come to the fairgrounds.
Audubon County Fair postponed until July 2021 – (6-17-20) - The Audubon County Fair has been postponed. For several weeks, the Audubon County Fair Board, ISU Extension and Outreach Audubon County, and the local FFA chapter advisers have been working hard with one goal in mind: how to host a safe county fair amid the uncertainties and regulations put in place due to Covid- 19. This year, Audubon County Fairboard has decided to postpone the typical Audubon County Fair until July 14-18, 2021. Due to the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the extensive precautions to ensure the health and safety of fair-goers, volunteers, and exhibitors, they feel they are unable to host a typical fair. The Fair Board reports also, that since they value youth and all the hard work they have put in with their animals and static projects this year, the Fair we will be hosting a 4-H/FFA livestock show in a modified format with specific guidelines in place. Shows are as scheduled: Wednesday, July 15- Dog & Pet Show Friday, July 17- Sheep & Goat, Horse, and Rabbit Show Saturday, July 18- Swine and Poultry Show Sunday, July 19- Beef Show & Support Auction Specific details regarding livestock arrival times and stalling information will be sent out to exhibitors who have submitted their fair entries on or before the deadline. Officials ask that the arena seating for the livestock shows be reserved for relatives and/or those with a special interest in an exhibitor’s project. The Board says “This will allow us to practice safe social distancing. We will be working on ways to live stream the shows for others to view this year.” No livestock will be sold at an auction at the fair. Youth should talk with your species superintendent for specifics if you still have a need to sell your market animal. Instead, there will be a Support Auction for all our 2020 market livestock exhibitors. Each exhibitor has worked hard with their projects and a support auction allows the community to show their support for the exhibitor. Static Judging will also look different this year. Exhibitors will be required to drop off their projects at the Agri-Hall on Tuesday, July 14th for judging. Due to social distancing concerns, there will be no face-to-face judging with static projects for this year. Exhibitors will be capped at 10 static projects. After judging on Wednesday, the projects will be showcased in the Agri-Hall. There will be safety precautions in place to allow the public to view the displays throughout the fair dates. There are plans to have some sort of a concession stand at the horse arena and the livestock pavilion. Details are still being worked out. Plans are also being drawn up to have a Clover Kid Day on August 8th. Look for more information to come from the Extension Office on details for this day.
Harrison County Fair canceled – (6-19-20) - The Harrison County Fair Board announced Thursday that the 2020 Harrison County Fair is canceled. All fair activities, including entertainment, vendors, displays and grandstand events will resume in 2021. Input was gathered from Harrison County Home & Public Health, Harrison County Emergency Management and CHI Health Officials before the decision was made. Harrison County Fair Board has permitted the use of their facilities to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Harrison County program to proceed with 4-H/FFA shows and exhibits. The Harrison County Extension office is looking forward to giving youth the opportunity to exhibit their projects, showcasing their hard work and skills. Shows and exhibits will be limited to the families of the participants. For more information, visit the Harrison County Extension website or contact Fair Board President Rodney Plath at 712-269-2961.
Railroad Days cancelled for this year - The annual Railroad Days event has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint press release issued this morning, officials from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, RailsWest Railroad Museum, Historic General Dodge House, Lauritzen Gardens and The Durham Museum, said they made the "difficult decision to cancel the event for the safety of the community." Given the size and reach of the event, they felt it was the responsible decision to make in order to keep everyone safe.The next Railroad Days is set for July 10-11, 2021.
The Harlan City Wide Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 11th.
Changes for the Pottawattamie County Fair in Avoca – (6-11-20) - The Pottawattamie County Fairboard has made the decision to postpone all non-4-H/FFA contests and events for the 2020 Pottawattamie County Fair in Avoca. There will be no ATV/Snowmobile races, mud races, tractor pull or open class events at this year’s Pottawattamie County Fair. It was a tough decision to make, but the health and welfare of the community comes first. The youth will be able to exhibit the work they have done on their projects with a different format. They will be live streaming the livestock shows and posting pictures and results of all the youth contests on their website and Facebook pages. They hope to see you in 2021.
Bill Riley Talent Search cancelled this season - The Bill Riley Talent Search announced Friday that its 2020 season is postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing threat of COVID-19. And, on Monday, singer Chris Stapleton cancelled his appearance at the Fair this year, but rescheduled for 2021.Regular vendors at the Iowa State Fair said they are waiting to hear if their biggest events will go on as planned.
Iowa State Fair cancelled – (6-11-20) - Officials with the Iowa State Fair have reported the Fair will not be held this year. Officials on their social media page says they have made the decision to not have the fair due to concerns with COVID-19 and the many thousands of people who come to the fair each year. They hope to see everyone August 12-22, 2021. For more information, go to their webpage at iowastatefair.org.
2020 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion cancelled - (6-30-20) - For the first time in 69 years, there will not be a Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant. The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers board of directors has decided to cancel the event, held for five days every year, always ending on Labor Day. The Reunion draws thousands of people from all over the United States and around the world. Expense estimates were going up and up every day as they navigated through necessary health precautions they’d have to take to hold the event. Plans are now focused on the 2021 Old Threshers Reunion.
Neola Hoo Doo Days cancelled – (6-11-20) - Neola's Hoo Doo Days — a celebration that began in 1946 to celebrate the return of soldiers from World War II — has been canceled due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Committee member Bobbi Munch announced the cancellation Wednesday. At the forefront of public safety, Munch said the committee considered students from Tri-Center and area schools who would return to classes days before the celebration. Neola's Labor Day weekend brings nearly 5,000 people into the area, congregating along the parade route and making "social distancing impossible," she said. "Students are integral to the celebration, from Tri-Center FFA doing set-up and take-down, high school and junior high bands marching and performing, and younger kids chasing treats tossed from parade floats," Munch said. "The risk of a COVID-19 outbreak spreading to school and community, potentially forcing another school closure at a time when students and parents are finally returning to normalcy was too much to bear."
38th Annual Carstens Farm Days postponed (6-29-20) - The Board of Directors of Carstens 1880 Farmstead has decided to postpone Farm Days this year until September 11 & 12, 2021. This is due to COVID-19 safety considerations. The Board met last week and considered what the two-day event’s postponement means to the community. The difficult decision about postponing Kids Day was also made. They want to keep the health and safety of their youngest and oldest visitors and volunteers to the farm a priority. One part of Farm Days that people like will happen this year - the Staley’s Chicken Dinner will still be held at the farm on Saturday, September 12, 2020. It will begin at 5:30 pm. Public Health guidance will be followed to assure social distancing is available. Tables will be added so there will be more room for the crowd. This dinner typically draws over 300 as they enjoy the meal and community spirit of the Farm Days Show.
Urgent Notice from the City of Harlan - Do NOT flush paper towels, wash cloths or baby wipes (of any kind, no matter what the packaging says) into the City Sewer Systems. These items cannot be processed and will clog the pumping systems, eventually SHUTTING DOWN our systems. If you must use these items, dispose of them into a waste basket and throw them out with the rest of your trash. PLEASE - THIS IS URGENT. The only flushable items are toilet paper and facial tissue.
AS a preventative action, the Carson Fire Department has postponed the Fish Fry Event that was scheduled for March 28th. It has been rescheduled for September 12th. ------
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