Monday, January 18th, 2021 Today's Weather Outlook - 1-18-21 - The sky is partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures ranging from the upper teens to upper 20s across the state. There was an area of light snow that moved through central Iowa and is now over eastern Iowa. Winds are calm or light from the northwest. Additional chances for light snow are expected today into Tuesday. Each round should generally have under an inch of accumulation, but a few, isolated higher amounts are possible. It will be seasonable with limited sunshine these two days as well. Wednesday will offer sunshine and milder conditions as temperatures peak in the middle 30s to middle 40s, which will be about 10 degrees higher than highs on Monday and Tuesday. Colder air will filter back into the state a little on Thursday and more so on Friday into Saturday. The next round of wintry precipitation is expected to arrive this weekend and may bring travel impacts to some parts of the state. Covid-19 News
Iowa COVID-19 Update - (1-18-21) - updated 10 am - The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 428 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death Monday. As of 10 a.m., the health department reported 305,279 total positive cases, 266,454 total recoveries and 4,324 total deaths since the start of the pandemic. After closures due to Friday's storm and Martin Luther King Jr. Day closing testing sites on Monday, the IDPH says virus numbers may be affected in the following days. Health department data shows 1,422,939 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19. Iowa’s 14-day positivity rate dropped from 13% to 12.9% overnight. The seven-day positivity rate stands at 9.2%. State data shows 35 of Iowa’s 99 counties report a 14-day positivity rate greater than 15%. That’s down from 36 a day earlier. There are seven counties reporting a rate greater than 20%. COVID-19 hospitalizations increased slightly from 474 to 483. There were 58 patients admitted in the last 24 hours, down from 61 the previous day. The health department reports 84 patients in intensive care and 38 patients on ventilators. Iowa reports 76 long-term care facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks. There are 1,938 positive cases and 1,002 recoveries reported among residents and staff within those facilities. There have been 1,761 deaths reported in Iowa’s long-term care facilities. Here are the numbers from the surrounding counties: Shelby County - 1013 cases - 883 recovered - 26 deaths Audubon County - 412 cases - 355 recovered - 8 deaths Cass County - 1,126 cases - 955 recovered - 41 deaths Crawford County - 2,285 cases - 2,006 recovered - 22 deaths Harrison County - 1,547 cases - 1,322 recovered - 62 deaths Pottawattamie County - 8,942 cases - 7,803 recovered - 112 deaths
Shelby County Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Update on Phase 1B – 1-14-21 - On January 12th, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine priority populations for Phase 1B. These guidelines are based on recommendations from the Iowa Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) and accepted by Kelly Garcia, IDPH Interim Director. As a point of clarification, the Phase 1A priority population group included healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff. To date, Shelby County has been allocated 500 COVID-19 vaccine doses and all have been given to healthcare workers. Long Term Care facilities, locally and throughout Iowa, have been receiving vaccine through the Long Term Care National Pharmacy Partnership Agreement. Iowa’s Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) has reviewed data and priority group recommendations issued by the CDC’s advisory group, the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP), to develop guidance that addresses both risk for severe illness and those who work in positions essential for societal functioning. Those listed below meet the criteria for the next phase of immunization administration, Phase 1B: • People age 75 and older • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings whom are dependent on attendant care staff and their attendant care staff. • Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated, including state, city or county operated facilities. • Staff of and individuals living in congregate settings including shelters, sober living homes, behavioral health treatment centers, and detention centers. College dormitories are not included in Phase 1B. • Where public health data indicates outbreaks or clusters of diseases among food, agriculture, distribution, and manufacturing workers whom work or live in congregate settings that do not allow for social distancing. • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers. Sub-prioritization should consider persons who work with younger and at-risk children in care, to better ensure child well-being and mitigate impact to parent workforce. • First responders including firefighters, police officers, and dependent adult abuse and child welfare social workers. • Inspectors responsible for health, life, and safety, including those in hospital and long-term care settings, child, and food production safety. • Government officials, including staff, engaged in state business at the Iowa Capitol during the legislative process. Additionally, IDPH directs that 50% of vaccine allocated to the counties will be given to the 75 and older population and 50% will be dedicated to remaining Phase 1B priority populations. Allocations from IDPH shall be based on available US Census population data proportionate to the county. Community members that meet Phase 1B criteria can call Public Health at the following phone numbers to reserve your spot:
These phone lines will be covered from January 14 through January 22nd from 8 am to 4 pm. We anticipate receiving a large number of requests during this time. Once we have vaccinated those that sign up during this initial reservation timeframe, we will open reservations back up again. Even though you may reserve your spot, vaccination will not be scheduled until vaccine supply is received. All calls will be taken by Myrtue’s Public Health Department and vaccine administration scheduled on a first come, first-served basis. Another option to reserve your vaccine is to email Public Health at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, date of birth, address, phone number and essential worker designation in the email. Vaccine supply is currently limited. The goal is for everyone in Shelby County to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available. It is anticipated that Phase 1B will begin on or about February 1, 2021, when Phase IA is nearing completion and vaccine allocations can be used for the Phase IB priority groups as directed by IDPH. Until vaccine is widely available, it is critical that Iowans continue to practice the mitigation measures that can slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
• Wearing a mask or face covering • Practice social distancing with those outside your household • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water • Stay home if you feel sick General News -
No winners in weekend Powerball or Mega Millions drawings - 1-18-21 - The Powerball jackpot will grow to an estimated $730 million after there were no winners Saturday for the lottery’s top prize. The numbers drawn in Saturday evening’s drawing of the “Powerball” game were: 14-20-39-65-67, Powerball: 2, Power Play: 3. The results come as there was also no winner of the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday. That top prize is now estimated at $850 million. It’s been nearly two years since a lottery jackpot has grown so large. The Powerball’s $730 million top prize would be the fifth-largest ever if a lottery player strikes big in Wednesday’s drawing. The Mega Millions’ $850 million jackpot would be the third-largest ever for the drawing on Tuesday.
Council Bluffs woman wanted on a Mills County warrant, arrested last month for prostitution - 1-18-21 - 32 year old Jessica Lynn Pedrin of Council Bluffs is wanted for charges related to prostitution and delivery of methamphetamine. Pedrin was arrested during a prostitution sting in Glenwood on December 3rd. She allegedly agreed to commit sexual acts with an undercover law enforcement official in exchange for money. Pedrin was arrested on that date and booked into the Mills County Jail on unrelated charges and later released. If you have any information on her whereabouts, call the Mills County Sheriff's Office at 712-527-4337.
Carroll man sentenced to federal prison – Carroll Broadcasting – 1-18-21 – 30 year old Kyler Colten Cook of Carroll was sentenced last Wednesday to more than seven years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography. He entered a guilty plea to the charge on September 23rd, 2020. According to Carroll Broadcasting, in a plea agreement, Cook admitted that between February 8th, 2019 and December 3rd, 2019, he knowingly received visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. While released pending trial, Cook was caught sending graphic texts and visual images to a female and was then detained in federal custody pending trial. Cook was sentenced in Sioux City to 93 months’ imprisonment and fined $3,000. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Cass County Sheriff’s report – 1-18-21 - The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three accidents occurred over the past two weeks. At around 5:30-p.m. on January 5th a single-vehicle accident occurred on I-80 at the 56 mile marker. Authorities say an eastbound 2012 Chevy Equinox owned and driven by 41-year old Tiffany Brown, of Papillion, NE, reportedly swerved to avoid something in the roadway, before her vehicle struck the cable barriers. A passenger in the vehicle, 25-year old Deszirick Ramone Hopskie, was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment of suspected minor injuries. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000. At 11:15, Wednesday, January 13th, Cass County deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on Glacier Road. Officials say a 2007 Kenworth T-800 with a trailer, driven by 56-year-old Jeffry Dean Leinen, of Panama, was making an eastbound turn onto Glacier Road from Marne Road, when the vehicle overturned into the south ditch. The driver reported minor injuries but refused medical transport. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $35,000. And, on Thursday, January 14th, at 7:49 p.m., deputies in Cass County responded to a single-vehicle accident on Lincoln Drive, in Atlantic. Officials say a southbound 2003 Dodge Durango owned and driven by 41-year-old Misty Dawn Ross, of Atlantic, lost traction on the snow-covered road and left the roadway before striking a tree. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3,500. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office also reports that on Thursday, December 31st, Cass County deputies brought 53-year-old Rex Dean McDermott, of Atlantic, to the Cass County Jail on a court ordered hold. McDermott was released four-days later on $22,000 bond. Two other people were arrested Dec. 31st, also: 24-year-old Aurelio Shawn Sempek, of Ames, was arrested on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Assault Causing Injury. Sempek was brought to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on $2,000 bond; and, 24-year-old Brittany Marie Ruhr, of Griswold, was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Ruhr was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on her own recognizance. On January 6th, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 48-year old Jason Edward Pierce, of Council Bluffs, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Pierce was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $20,000 bond. And on January 6th, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle stolen from the well fields at 62180 Great River Road, Atlantic. The vehicle was later located and stopped in Anita. The driver, 32-year-old James David Geopfert, of Rockwell City, was arrested on a Class-D Felony count of Theft 2nd Degree. Goepfert was taken to the Cass County Jail and was transferred two days later to Calhoun County on their outstanding warrant.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Report – 1-18-21 - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports multiple arrests. On Thursday, January 14th, 23 year old Andrew Deshong was arrested after deputies were called to the 41,000 block of Industrial Road for an assault call. Deshong was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury or Mental Illness. 75 year old Gary Lee James was arrested Thursday for Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense and Preventing the Apprehension of a Person. 49 year old Jim Wayne Metzger was arrested in Crescent on Tuesday, January 12th on a US Marshal’s warrant. 38 year old Damien Joseph Keairns was arrested during a traffic stop on Monday, January 11th on a hold for another Iowa Agency. 40 year old Tina Shannon turned herself in on Thursday, January 14th, on a warrant for Fraudulent Practice 2nd degree. And four juveniles, 2-15 year old females, a 15 year old male and a 7 year old male, were charged with Possession/ Purchase of Alcohol by a person under 18 after deputies were dispatched to the Treynor High School on January 12th.
Montgomery County News – 1-18-21 – The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest a little before 5:30-p.m., Saturday, of 35-year-old Brandon Daniel Phelps, from Red Oak. Phelps was taken into custody for Driving While Revoked. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on $1,000 bond. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Denison woman on Saturday morning. At approximately 6:40 a.m. Deputies arrested 55-year-old Amy J. Ross of Denison on a charge of Driving While Revoked. Ross was arrested following an investigation into a reported car in the ditch at Ironwood Avenue and 180th Street. A check of Ross’ driving record indicated that her privelege to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Iowa was revoked. She was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond. An attempt to stop a vehicle in Red Oak for a traffic offense early Sunday morning, escalated into a pursuit, and the arrest of a man from a man from Pottawattamie County. Red Oak Police say officers tried to stop 32-year old Kirk Kencaid Kinser, of Oakland, at around 12:21-a.m. Kinser sped-off and took officers on a chase through Red Oak until he lost control at the T-intersection of W. 4th and W. Coolbaugh Streets. The vehicle he was driving struck a fire hydrant, and became disabled. No injuries were reported. Kinser was taken into custody without further incident. He faces charges that include Driving While Barred, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Eluding, and Reckless Driving. He was also arrested on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County for Contempt of Court. Kinser was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail. Red Oak Police were assisted during the incident by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies. Also on Sunday, Police in Red Oak arrested a Council Bluffs woman for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 20-year old Madison Jane Franzen, was taken into custody at around 9:23-p.m. and transported to the Montgomery County Jail. Her bond was set at $300.
Man convicted of killing ex-girlfriend sentenced to prison – 1-18-21 - 31 year old Jordan Henry, the man who killed his one-time girlfriend in a Sioux City hotel room before setting it on fire has been sentenced to 75 years in prison. The Sioux city Journal reports that Henry was sentenced Friday in Woodbury County District Court to 50 years for second-degree murder and 25 years for arson. The sentences are to be served one after the other. Henry was convicted of the counts in November for the January 2019 strangulation of 40 year old E Lizabeth Buckholt of Hinton. Firefighters found her unresponsive January 24th, in a Wingate Hotel Room and she was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
Subway robbed in Council Bluffs – 1-18-21 - At 3:40 Friday afternoon, Council B luffs police officers were dispatched to the Subway restaurant located at 2008 E. Broadway on a report of a robbery that had just occurred. Officers were given a description of the suspect – a black male, wearing a black hoodie, light colored pants with a light mask who displayed a handgun. They were given a direction of travel. Within minutes officers located the suspect in a white Chevy Impala with paper plates in the general area of the business. A traffic stop was made on the vehicle and the single occupant was detained. Officers reviewed the surveillance video from the business and matched up the offender of the robbery to the male who was detained. Upon a search of the suspect vehicle, elements of the robbery were discovered. The employee of the business told officers that the male entered the business, displayed a handgun, made threats and demanded cash. The male took an undisclosed amount of cash from the business and fled the area on foot prior to officers making the traffic stop. The male, identified as 30 year old Tyrees Brown, a transient, was arrested for Robbery in the 2nd Degree and Harassment in the 1st degree. No one involved in this incident was injured. There were no other witnesses to this crime. The male was transported to corrections and booked in on the charges.
ATM Break-In at Farmer’s Trust & Saving Bank in Earling (1-15-21) - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reports they are asking for your assistance in helping to identify two individuals who were involved in an ATM break-in late Thursday night or early this (Friday) morning, at the Farmers Trust and Saving Bank, in Earling. The burglary occurred between 11 PM Thursday and 1 AM today (Friday). The first suspect wore a black hoodie or coat and grey sweatpants with black on the lower leg, and white tennis shoes. The second suspect was wearing a camouflage coat with a grey hoodie. Both suspects covered their faces.
Information on new residence damage sought by Harlan Police – 1-14-21 - Officials with the Harlan Police Department are asking for your help in solving a crime. A person or persons unknown caused thousands of dollars damage to a new residence being built on Gary Scull Drive. Information leading to an arrest or arrests and conviction(s) in this case, will be eligible for a financial reward. You can report any information concerning the incidents and remain confidential. Please call the Harlan Police Department at 712-755-5151 if you have any valid information concerning those who damaged the residence on Gary Scull Drive, in Harlan.
Weapon Permits – 1-14-21 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office will be taking new applications and renewal applications for weapons permits by mail. Please visit the State of Iowa Weapons Permit page at https://dps.iowa.gov/.../administrative.../weapons-permit to acquire the proper forms. Renewal applications can be submitted 30 days prior to the expiration of the current permit or within 30 days after the expiration of the permit. The application: 1. Must include completed application for : NEW permit to carry; RENEWAL permit to carry and ACQUIRE permit. 2. Must include copy of the certificate of completion of training (for NEW carry permits), for RENEWAL permit please include a copy of your current permit. 3. Must include a COLOR copy of photo ID/DRIVER'S LICENSE with correct Shelby County address. 4. Must include payment: cash or check $50.00 for new permit, $25.00 for renewal, $25.00 for acquire permit Mail to: Shelby County Sheriff's Office 612 Court St Harlan, Ia 51537 Any questions please call the Sheriff's Office 712-755-5026 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Friday Your Permit will be mailed to the applicant from the Department of Public Safety
Iowa Farm Bureau $2,500 renewable scholarship applications due February 26th - 1-14-21 As spring approaches, future high school graduates are finalizing their college plans, but it’s not too late to apply for Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s (IFBF) $2,500 scholarship, awarded to 27 eligible Iowa high school seniors and renewable for four years for a total of up to $10,000. Eligibility is reserved for current Iowa Farm Bureau members or their children in good standing with the organization. Those wishing to become members should visit www.iowafarmbureau.com. To be considered, the graduating high school senior must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, be involved in extra-curricular activities and accepted into an accredited higher education institution, including community colleges and technical schools. To apply, students must demonstrate their leadership and community involvement and submit a typewritten essay detailing how they would use a scholarship award to support Iowa Farm Bureau’s mission of creating a vibrant future for agriculture, farm families and their communities. Applications are due to the student’s local county Farm Bureau office, postmarked on or before Feb. 26, 2021. Contact the IFBF Community Resources office at 515-225-5460 with questions. Upcoming events -
Test Iowa sites closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday - 1-18-21 - The five state-operated Test Iowa drive-thru sites and the State Hygienic Lab will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. The sites include:
Black Hawk County — 4121 Alexandra Drive, Waterloo
Linn County — Windstar Lines, 5755 Willow Creek Drive SW, Cedar Rapids
Polk County — 4475 NE 3rd Street, Des Moines
Pottawattamie County — 3236 Nebraska Ave., Council Bluffs
Scott County — North Park Mall, 320 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport
All sites will reopen for testing as usual on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals who wish to be tested at any site must first complete an online assessment at testiowa.com, and schedule an appointment. Locations and hours of operation for all test sites can be found at testiowa.com or coronavirus.iowa.gov.
Exira-EHK School Board meeting Monday evening – 1-14-21 - The Exira-EHK Community Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session Monday, January 18th, starting at 6 pm in the Conference Room in the Elk Horn Building. There will be administrative reports from Mrs. Harris, Mrs.Bruns and Mr. Miller. New business will include discussion on the Sharing Agreement, set the time and date for the 2021-22 calendar hearing; approve the Audubon and Shelby Counties Conference Board representatives; the Return to Learn Plan, FFCRA Leave; Approve revisions to board policies, reading of board policies; approving personnel hires, transfers, and resignations including the hiring of Emily McDermott for long term English Teacher Substitute and the resignation of Linda Petersen as Librarian and David Anderson as a bus driver.
Audubon School Board to meet Monday night - 1-18-21 - The Audubon School Board will meet Monday night, January 18th, at 7 pm in the Audubon High School Board Room. After plans by the Board to award bids for the Building Project fell through during their meeting last month, the Board tonight will discuss and possibly act on rejecting their Building Project bids, to include: General Contractor; Electrical; Mechanical and Fire Suppression. In December their plans for the Project were stalled by significantly higher than anticipated quotes. He said they were trying to work with the low bidders to figure out where they can maintain efficiency without compromising quality. Work on the restroom asbestos abatement project was postponed until they Board knows where they stand on the other projects. In other business, discussion and action is expected with regard to: Vehicle purchases; A VW grant for the purchase of a bus; a possible mower purchase, and, renewing a Sharing Agreement with the Coon Rapids-Bayard School District. In his report to the Board, Mr. Trager will provide an update on the Building Project and other matters.
Griswold School Board to hold a hearing on the School Calendar at meeting tonight. - 1-18-21 - A public hearing will be held this evening during the Griswold School Board meeting. The hearing is with regard to the 2021-22 School Calendar, following a presentation of the proposed calendar. Later on in their session, the Griswold School Board will consider approving the calendar, as presented. In other business, the Board will consider, and likely approve, entering into a closed session to discuss and possibly act on a personnel matter. The Griswold School Board will discuss and act on requiring remote learners to return to onsite learning, as well as approval of the 2021-22 School Calendar. Their final order of business is a closed session for the purpose of discussing and acting on a negotiations strategy with a Certified Bargaining Unit. The meeting takes place in the Griswold Schools Conference Room, beginning at 5:30-p.m.
GriefShare and Support Group will meet Monday, January 18th, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. This is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. For more information, call the church office at 755-2711.
NAMI Connection - the National Alliance on Mental Illness Recovery Support Group - in-person Support Group will meet Monday, January 18th, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the SCCO building or Hero's Attic at 1105 8th Street in Harlan. For more information, call 712-542-7904.
LifeServe blood donations needed – 1-12-21 - LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at their upcoming area blood drive. There will be a blood drive on Monday, January 18th, from 1 - 4:30 pm at the Schleswig Community Building. Appointments are required. To schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day on Monday, January 18th. They will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 19th.
Shelby County Business and Citizen of the year awards - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be promoting the request for nominations for Shelby County Business and Citizen of the year. Forms must be in the Chamber office by Friday, January 29th at 5 pm. This year’s awards will be announced although a banquet will not be held. A Celebration will be planned for later in the year to celebrate the winners. For more information, call 755-2114. Faith Sound 2021 Concert Season has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Language classes available through Harlan Community Library - 1-11-21 - Start a new language in 2021 with Transparent Language available through the Harlan Community Library's website. All you need is your library card and an account to get started. Find Transparent Language on the library web page under Online Resources.
Shelby and Harrison County Community Foundations spring grant program now open – 12-15-20 - The Shelby and Harrison County Community Foundations are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted from organizations providing charitable services in Shelby and Harrison counties. As part of this spring grant cycle, approximately $90,000 is available to support both Shelby County nonprofit organizations and Community projects. $90,000 is also available for Harrison County. The deadline to apply for funds through the online application process is February 1st, 2021. Application details, a fact sheet and a link to the application form can be found online by selecting either Shelby County or Harrison County under County listing at swiafoundations.org. Applications will only be accepted through the online system. All completed grant applications will be considered at the March board meeting, with applicants being notified of funding decisions by the end of March.
City of Carson 21st Annual Pet Clinic – 12-17-20 - Due to COVID restrictions the Pet Clinic in Carson has been changed. All residents who live inside the Carson City Limits can get free rabies vaccines and free city pet licenses January 1st thru 30, 2021. First if the pet needs an updated rabies vaccine, Carson Pet owners need to schedule a rabies vaccine appointment with the Oakland Vet Clinic at 482-6868 between now and January 30th. Pet owners must be able to provide proof to Oakland Vet Clinic that they reside within the city limits to receive the free rabies vaccine for their pet. Also Carson pet owners need to submit the pet license application form with a copy of the current rabies certificate to Carson City Hall between January 1st and 30th. City Hall will then issue a free 2021 City Pet License via mail or they may be picked up at City Hall. Pet license forms can be found on the City website, www.carsongov.com. The paperwork may be brought into City Hall during regular business hours or left in the night deposit box.
COVID-19 Memorial - 1-18-21 - On Tuesday, January 19th, the Presidential Inauguration Committee is holding a day of Remembrance for those lives lost to COVID-19. Shelby County will be participating by having local churches ring their bells once for each life lost in the county to the pandemic.
Shelby County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning – 1-18-21- The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will meet in regular session, Tuesday, January 19th, beginning at 9 am at the CG Therkildsen Center in Harlan. Among items on the agenda will be the approval of the recorders quarterly report, A presentation of insurance options by Brent Scheve, Todd Valline, will discuss the yearly funding of $25,000, Covid policy discussion, Brandon Burmeister will talk about secondary roads and the fuel letting for calendar year 2021, Master Matrix Resolution 2021-7 consideration, Permission to sign Pictometry Contract for 6 more years, any supervisor committee reports, consider entering closed session with plans to discuss pending litigation, consider leaving closed session and any litigation agreements.
Harlan City Council to meet Tuesday, January 19th – 1-18-21 - The Harlan City Council will meet in regular session at 5:15, Tuesday, January 19th. Among items to be discussed will be the consent agenda, a review change to the Employee Handbook regarding sick leave to vacation conversion upon retirement. The City Administrator’s report and the Mayor’s Report, including the appointment of police chief Derrick Yamada.
Upcoming American Red Cross Bloodmobiles - 1-7-21 - January 19th - 1 to 5 pm - Elk Horn - Elk Horn Lutheran Church. 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Harlan - Vet's Memorial Building - appointments, call Sue at 755-5725. January 20th - 11 am to 5 pm - Westphalia - St. Boniface Parish Center - appointments, call Judy at 627-4647. January 21st - Noon to 6 pm - Logan - Logan Community Center January 25th - Noon to 5:30 pm - Exira - Exira REC Center January 27th - Noon to 5:30 pm - Lewis - Lewis Community Center January 28th - Noon to 6 pm - Halbur - Halbur Community Center February 5th - 8 am to 2 pm - Myrtue Medical Center Auble Room - appointments call Ruth at 755-4316 February 6th - 7:30 am to 12:30 pm - Shelby - Shelby Community Building - appointments call Katie at 4-2-238-8044.
Shelby County Board of Supervisors to hold special meeting Wednesday - 1-18-21 - The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will meet in special session Wednesday morning, at 8:30, in the City of Harlan Council Chambers. Among items to be discussed in closed session will be pending litigation pursuant to Iowa Code and consider any litigation agreements.
The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:50 pm.
Learn to snowshoe at Hitchcock Nature Center – 12-21-20 - Learn the basics of snowshoeing with a hands on program Saturday, January 23rd at Hitchcock Nature Center. They will be offering 2 sessions of the program, at 10 am and 1 pm. The cost is $5 per person, participants must be 5 years of age or older. Your admission fee includes admission to the park and snowshoe rental. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited. Register at pottconservation.com. If you have questions call 545-3283.
The Shelby County Conservation Board and Iowa DNR will be hosting a series of outdoor cooking classes over the next few months. All classes will be done through Zoom. They will all be about breakfast foods and begin at 9 am. The class on February 6th will be on Dutch ovens. Participants are encouraged to cook along with the presenters and interact with the presenters. Ingredient lists and any prep work instructions will be sent out prior to class. Preregistration is required. Links for registration can be found on the Iowa Becoming an Outdoors Woman Facebook page or Shelby County Conservation Board Facebook Page. Everybody is welcome to attend. If you have any questions, contact Christina at 744-3403.
Healthy Relationship Education Training Will Be Virtual in February – 12-18-20 - Professionals who work with children and families can gain additional tools to help couples build healthy relationships during a virtual training in February. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering Healthy Relationship Education Training on Feb. 11, 2021, via Zoom. During the one-day program, professionals will learn how to use relationship education as a strategy to meet the safety, permanency and well-being needs of children. This program uses a research-based curriculum that is being implemented across the country to help professionals encourage the development of healthy couple relationships. Research shows that when parents have more supportive and less conflicted couple and co-parenting relationships, the entire family is better equipped to handle stressors, which helps maintain family cohesion, child safety and permanency. The all-day class consists of eight modules, which are based on the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model. Professionals who participate will gain an understanding of the important aspects of couple relationship education. Healthy Relationship Education Training is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There is a $50 fee for the program, which includes a curriculum manual and tools. For more information or to register, go to https://bit.ly/3a4qg86 or contact Malisa Rader at email@example.com or 515-708-0622. Iowa social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors should contact their licensing board to determine course approval for continuing education contact hours. ISU Extension and Outreach will offer 6.00 professional education contact hours for social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors.
Kirkman Fire Department cancels controlled burns and Palm Sunday breakfast - 1-14-21 - Kirkman Fire Chief Mike Norris has announced that the Kirkman Fire Department will not be conducting controlled burns this year. The Palm Sunday Breakfast has also been cancelled again this year.
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