Monday, October 26th, 2020 Today's Weather Outlook - (10-23-20) - Our latest round of early season snowfall is beginning to wind down over the state. Some light to occasionally moderate snowfall still lingers over portions of central and southern Iowa, but this activity should be diminishing during the morning hours. Snowfall totals thus far have ranged from 2 to 4 inches over western into northern Iowa, and amounts of generally around an inch closer to the central tier of the state. The snow departs, but a very cold airmass is left behind which will keep temperatures below normal today into Tuesday. Northwestern Iowa may even lows dropping into the single digits tonight, and other areas may see daily cold temperature records broken. Temperatures steadily moderate over the latter half of the week. Expect a return to near average conditions by the weekend as highs climb back into the 50s. Some light rain is possible across southern into eastern Iowa on Thursday, but otherwise the majority of the extended forecast is dry. Covid-19 News
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: 10-26-20 - Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: Positive - 361 Recovered - 325 Active Cases - 36 Pending - 5
Iowa COVID-19 Update - (10-26-20) - updated 10 am - Iowa’s Coronavirus dashboard as of 10 am this morning, reported 1 more death bringing the state’s total to 1,635. 1,080 deaths have been attributed to pre-existing medical and health conditions. There are 677 new Positive cases of COVID-19. There have been 116,452 positive tests in Iowa with 87,966 recovered. The individual positivity rate is 12.4% and the statewide 14-day rolling average is up to 10.6%. There have been 59 additional positive cases of COVID 19 in Region 4 since Sunday morning. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 15 additional positive cases in Pottawattamie County, 12 additional positive tests in Mills County, nine additional positive cases in Cass County, nine additional positive tests in Page County, four additional positive cases in Harrison County, three additional positive cases in Crawford County, two additional cases in Adams and Fremont County and 1 additional positive case reported in Audubon County. In Region 4 - southwest and western Iowa - 40 patients are hospitalized, 12 are in an ICU, three have been admitted in the past 24 hours and one person is on a ventilator. Here are the surrounding county numbers: Shelby – 361 – 326 – 1 death Audubon – 142 – (84) – 1 death Cass – 390 – (269) – 3 deaths Crawford – 1,355 – (1,085) – 14 deaths Harrison – 653 – (268) – 11 deaths Pottawattamie – 3,235 – (2,346) – 44 deaths
Carroll County Coronavirus Numbers rise by double digits last week – Carroll Broadcasting – (10-26-20) - From Monday through Friday of last week, Carroll County COVID-19 positive cases rose by double digits. The week started with a reported increase of 21 on Monday. According to Carroll Broadcasting, that was followed by 22 on Tuesday, 29 on Wednesday, 16 on Thursday and 31 on Friday. As of 8 am this morning, Carroll County is reporting 1,146 positive cases with 679 recovered and 12 deaths. That gives them 455 active cases. The 2-week positivity rate has dropped down to 18.7%, placing the county 10th in the state. There are also three reported outbreaks in area long-term care facilities. Regency Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Carroll has 12 positive cases with zero recovered as of yet. In Denison, the Denison Care Center has 38 cases with four recovered and Eventide Lutheran Home has 22 positive cases with seven of those recovered.
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Harlan Community School Board to meet Monday, October 26th - The Harlan Community Schools Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 pm, Monday, October 26th in the Media Center at Harlan Community High School. Among items to be discussed is the Superintendent Search by Grundmeyer; New ESSA per pupil expenditure report and early retirement program; action items include the employment of Alexis Sherer for Elementary Food Service, and Mallie Boell as Elementary Special Education Associate; approval of the board goals for 2020-21, approval of the consent agenda and the policy review. They will also discuss virtual parent teacher conferences, IA-SB virtual conference and the State Cross Country Meet.
GriefShare Seminar/Support Group will meet from 5 to 6:30 pm Monday at First Baptist Church in Harlan. This is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. For more information call 755-2711.
NAMI Connection - National Alliance on Mental Illness Recovery Support Group - In-Person support group will meet Monday, October 26th, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the SCCO Building - Hero's Attic - at 1105 8th Street in Harlan. For more information call 712-1542-7904.
Hours for voting in Shelby County – (10-20-20) - The Shelby County Election office wants every eligible voter in Iowa to know they have until 5:00 PM Saturday October 24th, to request an absentee ballot by mail. There are no exceptions allowed. Also, in person voting is available thru November 2nd at the Courthouse. Please consider one of these methods to decrease the exposure to election workers and voters on election day. The Courthouse is open for voting on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday. The courthouse will be open for voting this Saturday October 24th from 8:AM to 5:00 PM for all voting services and Saturday October 31st from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Atlantic High School Senior injured in Sunday afternoon accident – (10-26-20) - 17 year old Steele McClaren, an Atlantic High School Senior, is in critical condition with a severe head injury at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, after he fell out of the back of a moving pickup Sunday afternoon. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2007 Chevy Silverado, driven by another 17 year old male from Atlantic was driving northbound on 740th Street near Anita shortly after 2:30 Sunday afternoon when the accident occurred. McClaren was transported by Cass County Rescue to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies and Anita Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. McClaren’s father reported late Sunday night, Steele made it through surgery, but will be sedated for several days while his condition is monitored.
Disturbance Saturday night leads to 2 arrests – (10-26-20) - 25 year old Matthew Allen Ray Nicholson of Elliott and 23 year old Kyle Andrew Nicholson of Red Oak were arrested following a call around 11:30 Saturday night in regard to an altercation. Officers responded to an address on E. Valley Street and after investigation, arrested Nicholson for simple assault and Nicholsen for Public Intixication and Interference with Official Acts. Both men were transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond each.
Traffic Stop ends with person being airlifted - KDSN - (10-26-20 )- A press release from the Sac County Sheriff's Office states that on the morning of Saturday, October 24th just before 1 a.m., a Sheriff's Deputy on patrol stopped a car just south of Sac City for an equipment violation. During the stop, the deputy received consent to search the car. As the deputy approached the passenger side and asked the passenger identified as 46 year old Christian Garret of Rockwell City to step out of the car, Garret began to scream. According to the release Garrett was acting irrationally, and talking about dying, and told law enforcement that he had eaten about an ounce of Methamphetamine. Sac County Ambulance transported Garrett to Loring Hospital in Sac City. Garrett was airlifted to a Sioux City Hospital. As a result of the stop, 31 year old Matt Olson of Breda, who was the driver of the vehicle was charged with fraudulent use of registration. Sac City and Lake View Police assisted at the scene.
Carroll man pleads guilty to felony drug possession – Carroll Broadcasting - (10-26-20) - 41 year old Bradley Donald Booher of Carroll has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in Carroll County District Court on the accusation of felony drug possession. Booher filed his written plea last Thursday to one count of third or subsequent offense possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class D felony. In exchange for the guilty plea, Booher’s five year prison sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for 3 years to the Iowa Department of Correctional Services. Nearly $1,800 in fines and surcharges were also suspended. The charge stems from a February 3, 2020 incident in which Carroll Police Department officers located a baggy containing methamphetamine on his person while he was being booked into the Carroll County jail for driving while revoked.
Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Mills and Shelby Counties – (10-26-20) - Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected in Mills and Shelby Counties for the first time. The invasive, tree-killing pest was collected from trees in Glenwood (Mills County) and Shelby (Shelby County). EAB is a significant threat to all species of ash trees, infesting and killing both stressed and healthy trees. The destructive wood-boring pest tunnels just beneath the bark in the vascular tissue, interfering with the transport of water and nutrients. Infested trees generally die within two to four years. Ash trees with low population densities of EAB have little or no external indicators. Infested trees may exhibit canopy thinning, woodpecker damage, leafy sprouts shooting from the trunk or main branches, serpentine (“S”-shaped) galleries under the bark, bark splitting, and 1/8 inch D-shaped exit holes. At this calendar date, the window for all preventive treatments is closed. If a landowner is interested in protecting a valuable and healthy ash tree within 15 miles of a known infestation, he or she should have landscape and tree service companies bid on work, review the bids this winter, and treat beginning spring 2021 (early April to mid-May).
Open enrollment for Medicare now underway – (10-26-20) - Open enrollment for Medicare is now underway. The administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, says it’s time to review your plan. You can stick with the traditional program if you’d like or you can make changes. What’s interesting about this year is that over the last few years, the president has been really working to strengthen and modernize the program so they are seeing significant price decreases. One of the new programs is for insulin. Verma says if you are taking insulin, you can get it for 35 dollars a month. Other options include a ride to the doctor’s office, housekeeping and meal services even a ramp to help with getting up and down stairs. Everything can be done online. It will let you enter the medications you take into the system and it will tell you if the plan covers those medications.
$40,033 granted to Shelby County Community Projects – (10-23-20) The Shelby County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that grants totaling $40,033 were awarded to Shelby County nonprofit organizations and community projects. With these grants, the Shelby County Community Foundation has distributed over $3.3 million in grants and scholarships over the last 23 years. The following organizations were awarded grants by the Shelby County Community Foundation Advisory Board. Concerned Inc. Stop the Bleed Equipment $1,500 Corley Community Club A/C and Heating Units $2,500 Country Care Center Pandemic Isolation Area Updates $1,500 Defiance Fire And Rescue Equipment Update $1,500 Earling Fire and Rescue Communication Equipment Replacement $3,500 Elk Horn Fire SCBA Bottle Replacement $3,500 Elk Horn Public Library Education Resources $1,500 Harlan Community Library Take and Make Library Programs $2,400 Irwin Community Bldg Community Building Chair Replacement $1.000 Petersen Family Wellness Equipment Replacement $4,000 Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Firefighter Protective Turnout Gear $3,500 Shelby Co Conservation Nishna Bend River Access and Boat Dock $4,000 Sh Co Emergency Management Shelby Co Mobile Command $3,500 Sh Co Trails Board Ballpark to ballpark trail $4,000 Shelby Fire and Rescue Multi-gas detectors $1,633 Time For Tots Outdoor classroom $500
$82,900 granted to Harrison County Community Projects – (10-23-20) The Harrison County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that grants totaling $82,900 were awarded to Harrison County nonprofit organizations and community projects. With these grants, the Harrison County Community Foundation has distributed over $3.4 million in grants and scholarships over the last 23 years. The following organizations were awarded grants by the Harrison County Community Foundation Advisory Board. City of Modale Modale Park Revitalization $6,455 City of Mondamin City Park Walking Trail $7,200 City of Pisgah Personal Protective Gear for Fire $8,900 City of Woodbine Outdoor Sirens $7,500 Dunlap Fire and Rescue Replace obsolete defibrillators $20,275 Harrison County Conservation Murray Hill Scenic Overlook $2,000 Harrison County Genealogical computer/Printer/Software Purchase $2,960 Loess Hills Youth Shooting Sports Phase II Container Interior Preparation $4,600 Logan Public Library Elevator Upgrade $7,120 ModalePublic Library Ceiling, Lighting and Insulation Project $4,200 Rand Community Center Infrastructure Repair or Parking Lot $10,000 Woodbine Saddle Club Water Line Replacement & Freezer $1,690
Audubon County Sheriff’s Report – (10-23-20) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests. 23 year old Brandon Henderson, of Harlan, was arrested October 12th on two outstanding warrants for Violation of Probation and Interference with Official Acts. He appeared before the magistrate and was released on his own recognizance. And 40 year old Donald Wanser, of Manning, was arrested October 22nd for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense. He was released on his own recognizance and will appear before the magistrate at a later date. Wanser’s charges stem from a traffic stop on Highway 71 near 250th Street.
Harlan Police Department reminds you to put your building number on your house – (10-16-20) The Harlan Police Department is reminding all residents to make sure that you have your building numbers or address numbers on your house. City code 150.02 requires this. The numbering is extremely important. Without these numbers there can be a significant delay in getting emergency services to your house. Fire, ambulance and Law Enforcement rely on numbering to get you the quickest emergency services possible. A delay in not being able to locate the correct house has the potential to be disastrous. It is every homeowner’s responsibility to have the numbers clearly visible from the street. If you are a renter, check your house and contact your landlord if the address numbers are missing. Let’s work together to give you the best, quickest service when you need it most.
Shelby County Community Chest Kicks Off Annual Fund Drive- (10-14-20) - Shelby County Community Chest (SCCC) has kicked off its annual fund drive to support a variety of area non-profit agencies. Since 2004, Shelby County Community Chest has served as a collection basket for community organizations by seeking donations from area residents which are then disbursed as grants to local non-profits to help them fulfill their missions. This year, the Community Chest is also introducing its new slogan, “Growing Community Through Giving.” Whether giving to local parks, schools, and libraries, or to public health and wellness initiatives, the Community Chest focuses on keeping local donations local, making the Shelby County community stronger for all residents. The SCCC board will conduct a direct mail campaign to Shelby County residents and local businesses starting in October. Tax-deductible donations can be dropped off at any Shelby County State Bank location. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 527, Harlan, IA 51537. Recurring, online donations can also be made via the Community Chest’s website at https://shelbycocc.wixsite.com/mysite.
The Iowa Community Kitchen at 1325 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan will be open Tuesday evenings from 4 to 6 pm. Here's their menus: October 27th - ground beef and rice casserole, green beans, bread and dessert.
Blood Donations Needed - Upcoming donation opportunities include: Tuesday, October 27th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Tuesday, November 17th - 8 am to 2 pm - Logan Community Center 7:30 am to 1:30 pm - Conductix in Harlan Wednesday, November 18th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church 11 am to 5 pm - St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia Thursday, November 19th - 12 noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Tuesday, November 24th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan Friday, November 27th - 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Templeton Center in Templeton Tuesday, December 1st - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - United Methodist Church in Denison Wednesday, December 2nd - 12 noon to 6 pm - American Legion Hall in Avoca Friday, December 4th - 8 am to 2 pm - Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan Saturday, December 5th - 7:30 am to 12:30 pm - Shelby Community Building Thursday, December 10th - 12 noon to 6 pm - Rand Community Center in Missouri Valley Friday, December 18th - 12 noon to 6 pm - Sacred Heart Church in Manning Wednesday, December 23rd - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Tuesday, December 29th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
Grab-n-Go Grill-out at Salem Lutheran Home – (9-28-20) - The Salem Lutheran Home Grab-N-Go Grill-out will be held Thursday, October 27th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The meal will include hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and a cookie. A free will donation will be accepted. Its your last chance to purchase raffle tickets - $10 per ticket or 6 tickets for $50. Prizes include a nursing home floral subscription, quilt, home canned goods plus dessert a month for a year, containers of peppernuts and an Elk Horn Creek Camping package. All proceeds will go towards a new call light system.
Shrine Circus now cancelled in Sioux City – (7-29-20) – The 70th annual Shrine Circus in Sioux City that was postponed from the spring to late October has now been cancelled. David Krogh, spokesperson for the Shriners in Sioux City said they just want to make sure that their community stays safe. For more than two decades, the Shriners in Sioux City have had a contract with Carden International, the family-owned company that tours with the animals and circus act. Last week, the firm announced all its circuses for the rest of 2020 are cancelled. Organizers will now shift their focus on preparing to host the circus in mid-April of 2021.
No Trick-or-Treating in Audubon this year – (10-13-20) - There will be no sanctioned Trick-or-Treating in Audubon this year. Mayor Barb Jacobsen made the proclamation at Monday’s City Council Meeting. She said that recommendations from their Public Health Department and the Iowa Department of Public Health said that it shouldn’t be done so they are following those guidelines. She did admit she had a difficult time making the decision, that it was taking the fun out of being a kid, but numbers continue to go up in Iowa and Audubon County so she thinks it’s the best decision for them.
Atlantic Trick-or-Treating set for October 31st - (9-17-20) - Atlantic Mayor Jones has designated Trick-or-Treating for Saturday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Due to COVID-19, the mayor requests participation in the following guidelines for 2020 Halloween: Keep your family and children in a group and don not mix or mingle with other children or families. Maintain a 6-foor distance if waiting to approach a house. Candy should be handed out, not presented in a container for everyone to put their hands in and choose from. Alternatively, participating households could set out individualized plastic or brown paper bags for children to tak individually. Masks or face coverings should be worn when approaching houses to accept candy being handed out and should be worn by those handing out candy, or when within 6 feet of those outside your family or social circle. Houses that wish to participate should turn their outdoor lights on.
Farmer's to Families Food Box distribution - (10-26-20) - The Farmer's to families food box distribution will be held 1 to 2:30 pm, Saturday, October 31st, at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 1901 Hawkeye Avenue. No requirements or signups. This is FREE to all households. The box will contain protein (Pre-cooked chicken and pork), vegetables, fruit, dairy and a gallon of milk. The Forgotten Art - the Artists - (10-26-20) - The 13th Annual The Forgotten Art - The Artists will be at 2 locations - Brick Wall Gallery in Harlan and in the building on the NE corner of the square at 6th and Market, the former Wild Willies. There will be over 20 artists featuring multiple type of art media - pottery, silversmithing, pastels and acrylic paintings, wood carvings and metal works.
Blood Donations needed through LifeServe - (10-20-20) - Life Serve Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at the community blood drive, Monday, November 9th from 12 noon to 5 pm at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. Appointments are required by calling 800-287-4903.
Botna Bend Night Hike –(10-9-20) Experience the sights and sounds of fall at Botna Bend Park after dark on Saturday, November 14th. Our adventure begins as the sun sets at 5:00 p.m. As night falls we will listen & watch for nature's changes all around us on a guided hike through beautiful Botna Bend Park in Hancock, Iowa. This is an easy, leisurely hike but please note this event will take place outdoors & involve pedestrian travel on uneven surfaces in low light & darkness. Flashlights will be permitted for portions of the hike but will not be in use the entire time. Strollers are not recommended. Please dress for the weather. Cost is $5.00 per person & includes admission to the park, children age 3 & under are free & do not need a reservation. This event is open to participants of all ages. Online pre-registration is required as space is limited, please visit www.pottconservation.com to register in minutes. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283. Due to COVID-19 the format of this program has been adjusted. A 6-foot distance will be maintained between individuals/family groups, masks are requested while inside and when distancing is impossible outside, staff will wear masks when indoors or when proper distancing is not possible. We have also moved this event outdoors so please dress for the weather. All event attendees must sign an activity waiver before participating. This event is not pet friendly. Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge. 2020 Programs Sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.
Julefest scheduled for November 27th and 28th - Julefest in the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton is set for November 27th and 28th. Enjoy warm hospitality as the villages celebrate the arrival of the Christmas season. Taste traditional holiday treats and browse the shops for giftware, crafts and antiques. The Danish Windmill, Museum of Danish America and Bestemor's Haus will be decorated for the holidays and open for tours.
Applications being accepted for health care educational grants - (10-22-20) - Applications for healthcare educational grants from the Endowment for Education are now being accepted. The grants are made available through the Lucille Petersen Endowment Fund, which was established in 1988. The funds will be distributed to selected applicants seeking short or long-range educational assistance to pursue healthcare occupations. A November 30th deadline has been set for applications to be submitted for the spring 2021 semester. The funds will be distributed as grants—loans that will be forgiven if the recipient is employed within a 20-mile radius of Harlan in his or her specialized healthcare occupation following completion of courses. If a recipient cannot fulfill the service terms under which the loan will be forgiven, the money is subject to a five percent interest rate and repayment of principal. Application forms and more information are available by contacting Ruth Pitkin, Myrtue Medical Center, 1213 Garfield Ave., Harlan, IA, 51537, phone 712-755-4316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The grants can be for new, entry-level, or advanced training or certifications.
Annual Cookie Walk and Lunch - (10-1-20) The Harlan United Methodist Church will have their annual Cookie Walk and Lunch this year - COVID-style. The theme this year is "A Cheery Covid Christmas", to be held December 9th, 2020 from 11 am to 1 pm. They will have pre-boxed cookies to go - No "walk" - a take out choice of soup and dessert - there will be no seated dining - and a walk-through cupboard. There will be lots of hostesses to guide you through your "walk"/ Masks will be required. Please listen to KNOD or watch Harlan C able on Facebook for future details. Make plans to join them for their Cheery COVID Christmas Cookie non-Walk and Lunch, December 9th at the Harlan United Methodist Church.
Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers class – 10-21-20 Connections Area Agency on Aging is pleased to offer Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers, which is an evidence-based class starting on January 12th to benefit Family Caregivers. Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers provide caregivers with tools and strategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face. The classes meet online by way of Zoom once a week for six weeks starting Tuesday, January 12th and ending Tuesday, February 16th. Classes are held from 1:30 to 3 pm or 6:30 to 8 pm. It is for caregivers of adults with chronic conditions. The class size is limited and registration is required by January 4th. For more information, contact Jan Schnack, Family Caregiver specialist at Connections Area Agency on Aging at 800-432-9209, ext. 8116.
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