Thursday, November 14th, 2019 Today's Weather Outlook - Skies have ranged from mostly clear to mostly cloudy across much of Iowa through the overnight hours as areas of low clouds have continued to move across the state. Winds generally range from light and variable to the northwest at around 5 to 10 mph. Early morning temperatures range from around 10 to 20 degrees in areas with clear skies to the upper 20 to low 30s where the clouds have stuck around all night. An area of high pressure will be in control of the region today with a colder airmass remaining in place. Highs will top out into the upper 20s and 30s across much of the state. The large area of high pressure will dominate the region through the end of the week with a gradual warming trend expected into the weekend. A weak upper level disturbance will move through the region late this weekend which could bring some chances for light rain or snow at times Saturday night into Sunday. Much warmer air is expected to build into the state for next week which will send temperatures back toward the seasonal averages or above for mid to late November.
November activities at the Harlan Community Library - Thursday, November 14th - 6 pm, Saving Shelby County From Dangerous Obstacles
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet every month at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm. The monthly meetings will be held on Thursday, November 14th.
Saving Shelby County from Dangerous Obstacles will be held 6 pm, Thursday, November 14th, at the Harlan Community Library. It will be presented by the Shelby County Emergency Management Disaster Assistance Saw Team. This presentation will discuss risk assessment, tree hazards and hazard removal for both businesses and home owners.
A message from the Harlan Police Department - 2020 dog licenses are now available for purchase. The cost for the license will be $10 and you must bring proof of rabies with you at the time of purchase or your tag will not be issued to you! Please remember that all dogs that reside within the city limits of Harlan need to be licensed every year.
West Central Community Action is now accepting applications for the Annual Holiday Adoption Program. Remember, you must reside in Shelby County and be at or below 175% poverty level. Verification of income is required. Children 18 and under as well as seniors, 65 or older, are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 6th. Program sponsored gifts will be distributed to eligible families on Tuesday, December 17th. For more information, call 755-5602.
The 3rd annual Santa Claus is Coming to Town Chamber Event will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th. Help them reach their goal of $1,500 to cover the cost of the toy-filled Christmas stockings for each of the Shelby County Communities and travel arrangements for Santa. As a sponsor, you will be included on all advertising and flyers. If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, call the Chamber office at 755-2114.
The Shelby County Christmas tree has been found!!!!! Remember to mark your calendars for November 30th for the Annual Christmas Lighting ceremony!
You can sign up now for the 2019-2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from West Central Community Action. They will be helping to qualify low-income Iowa homeowners and renters to pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing. When applying, please bring proof of income, Social Security Number, and a copy of your most recent heating and electrical bills. Applications are taken by appointment only, Monday through Friday 9 to 1 and 2 to 3. Call West Central Community Action at 755-5602 to schedule an appointment.
Construction work at the IWCC-Chamber building - As of today, the north entrance to the IWCC-Chamber of Commerce building will be closed until further notice. All visitors for the Chamber, FarmTable Delivery and Iowa Western Community College must use the west entrance. The City is tearing up all the concrete in front of the doors.
Shelby County Supervisors canvass results of the November 5th City and School Election - The Shelby County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday to canvass the results of the November 5th City and School Election. Shelby County Auditor Mark Maxwell explained that all city races in Shelby County with the exception of the City of Shelby were declared final Wednesday by signatures of the Supervisors present. The City of Shelby is the exception because the results from Pottawattamie County have not been received. This abstract will also contain School board races and measures that are shared with other Counties. The final canvass will be Monday, November 18th at 9:00 AM after results from neighboring Counties are received. The Supervisors certified the following results of the races and public measures held in Shelby County Cities, School Districts and Merged areas: In the City of Tennant, the Supervisors declare that James W. Brantner be duly elected for the office of Mayor of the City of Tennant and that Mark Tearney be duly elected for the office of City of Tennant City Council At-Large, Ralph Heese shall be duly elected for the office of City of Tennant – City Council At Large and Paula Campbell by duly elected for the office of City of Tennant – City Council at Large. In the city of Harlan, the Supervisors declare Michael Kolbe to be duly elected as Mayor of the City of Harlan, Richard Petersen to be duly elected for the office of City of Harlan- City Council Ward 2, Gregory Bladt to be duly elected for the office of City of Harlan – City Council Ward 4 and Troy Schaben to be duly elected for the office of City of Harlan – City Council At-Large. In the City of Earling, the Supervisors declare Janice Gaul to be duly elected for the office of City of Earling – Mayor and Jill Schiltz to be duly elected for the office of City Council At-Large for the City of Earling. In the City of Irwin – the Shelby County Supervisors declare James Borcher to be duly elected for the office of City of Irwin – Mayor. And declare Jonna Willadsen to be duly elected for the office of City of Irwin – City Council At-Large. Richard Wiig to be duly nominated for the office of City of Irwin – City Council At-Large. For the city of Westphalia, the Supervisors declare Jerome Gross to be duly elected for the office of City of Westphalia – Mayor and Jerome Schneider to be duly elected for the office of City of Westphalia – City Council At-Large. Brandon Eck to be duly elected for the office of City of Westphalia – City Council At-Large. In the city of Elk Horn – the Supervisors declare Stan Jens to be duly elected for the office of City of Elk Horn – Mayor and Timothy Fredericksen to be duly elected for the office of City of Elk Horn – City Council At-Large. Nate Potts to be duly elected for the office of City of Elk Horn – City Council At-Large. Danny L. Petersen to be duly nominated for the office of City of Elk Horn – City Council At-Large. In the City of Portsmouth – the Supervisors declare William J. Sondag to be duly elected for the office of City of Portsmouth – Mayor and Darci Paxton to be duly elected for the office of City of Portsmouth – City Council At-Large. Teri Dunn to be duly elected for the office of City of Portsmouth – City Council At-Large. For the city of Kirkman, the Shelby County Supervisors declare Matt Nielsen to be duly elected for the office of City of Kirkman – Mayor and Nancy Nielsen to be duly elected for the office of City of Kirkman – City Council At-Large. Steve Barratt to be duly elected for the office of City of Kirkman – City Council At-Large. James Goeser to be duly elected for the office of City of Kirkman – City Council At-Large. In Defiance, the Supervisors declare James Goetz to be duly elected for the office of City of Defiance – Mayor and Brian Kloewer to be duly elected for the office of City of Defiance – City Council At-Large. Max Powers to be duly elected for the office of City of Defiance – City Council At-Large. For the City of Panama, the Supervisors declare Larry Keane to be duly elected for the office of City of Panama – Mayor. And Steve Wegner to be duly elected for the office of City of Panama – City Council At-Large. Kathy Schafer to be duly elected for the office of City of Panama – City Council At-Large.
In the school board elections - Harlan School Director District 5 Allyson Bendorf Received Four Hundred and Thirty-Nine (439) votes Joni Larsen Received Seven Hundred and Nineteen (719) votes Scattering Received One (1) votes Total – One Thousand One Hundred and Fifty-Nine (1,159) votes Harlan School Director District 6 Tarah Devlin-Lawler Received Seven Hundred and Seventy-Three (773) votes Scattering Received Eleven (11) votes Marcy Muenchrath Received Ninety-Five (95) votes Total – Eight Hundred and Seventy-Nine (879) votes Harlan School Director District 7 Monte Schechinger Received Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five (925) votes Scattering Received Seven (7) votes Total – Nine Hundred and Thirty-Two (932) votes Harlan School Director To Fill A Vacancy District 3 Seth Piro Received Eight Hundred and forty-Three (843) votes Scattering Received Eight (8) votes Total – Eight Hundred and Fifty-One (851) votes
IKM-Manning School Director At-Large Zachery J. Meiners Received Eighty-Seven (87) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – Eighty-Seven (87) votes IKM-Manning School Director District 1 Beth C. Williams Received Seventy-Seven (77) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – Seventy-Seven (77) votes IKM-Manning School Director District 2A David Heller Received Eighty-Seven (87) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – Eighty-Seven (87) votes IKM-Manning School Director To Fill A Vacancy District 2B Roger E. Rasmussen Received Eighty-Six (86) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – Eighty-Six (86) votes
Woodbine School Director At-Large Kert A. Barnum Received Zero (0) votes Shawn A. Cogdill Received Zerio (0) votes Teresa Coenen Received Zero (0) votes Martin Murdock Received Zero (0) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – Zero (0) votes
Tri-Center School Director At-Large Cecilia Thomas Received Zero (0) votes Sara Arnold Received Two (2) votes Katie Ausdemore Received Four (4) votes Tami Harman Received Zero (0) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – Six (6) votes
AHSTW School Director At-Large Steven Kock Received Seventy-Four (74) votes Michelle Mertz Received Seventy-Three (73) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – One Hundred and Forty-Seven (147) votes AHSTW School Director District 2 Kim Wise Received One Hundred and One (101) votes Robert Bryant Received Fifty-Four (54) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – One Hundred and Fifty-Five (155) votes AHSTW School Director District 3 Allen D. Cordes Received One Hundred and Twenty-Six (126) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – One Hundred and Twenty-Six (126) votes AHSTW School Director District 5 Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Jon Mitchell Received Seven (7) votes Terri Naegle Received Four (4) votes Mark Narcott Received One (1) votes Mel Hersey Received One (1) votes Paul Mitchell Received One (1) votes Total – Fourteen (14) votes
Exira-Elk Horn-Kimbalton School Director At-Large Terri Harris Received Sixty (60) votes Joel Schlueter Received Sixty-Six (66) votes Matthew Jorgensen Received Fifty-Seven (57) votes Jodee Dixon Received Sixty-One (61) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – Two Hundred and Forty-Four (244) votes Boyer Valley School Director District 1 Candace Ueding Received Eight (8) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Craig Malone Received Five (5) votes Katie Malone Received Two (2) votes Pat Hein Received One (1) votes Total – Sixteen (16) votes Boyer Valley School Director District 2 Steve Puck Received Eleven (11) votes Paul L. Klein Received Nine (9) votes Jeffrey L. Miller Received Eight (8) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – Twenty-Eight (28) votes
Western Iowa Tech Community College Director District 9 Derrick Franck Received Two (2) votes Scattering Received Zero (0) votes Total – Two (2) votes Iowa Western Community College Director District 8 Connie Hornbeck Received Zero (0) votes Scattering – Zero (0) votes Total – Zero (0) votes
City of Elk Horn – Public Measure SX Yes Received Fifty-Three (53) votes No Received Seven (7) votes Total – Sixty (60) votes We therefore declare: Yes to be duly elected for the office of City of Elk Horn – Public Measure SX.
Harlan School Public Measure SY Yes Received Seven Hundred and Thirty (730) votes No Received Four Hundred and Seventeen (417) votes Total – One Thousand One Hundred and Forty-Seven (1,147) votes Harlan School Public Measure SZ Yes Received Seven Hundred and Ten (710) votes No Received Four Hundred and Twenty-Nine (429) votes Total – One Thousand One Hundred and Thirty-Nine (1,139) votes AHSTW School Public Measure SA Yes Received Ninety-Three (93) votes No Received Seventy-Three (73) votes Total – One Hundred and Sixty-Six (166) votes
Man sentenced to life in prison for killing former Council Bluffs woman - 40 year old Jeremiah Connelly, an ex-con who was found guilty in September of first-degree murder for killing a former Council Bluffs woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. KMTV reports that Connelly received the mandatory sentence Wednesday for killing 22 year old Jeanna Wilcoxen in September 2018. Prosecutors say Connelly confessed to police that he had abducted Wilcoxen from an Omaha park near a laundromat where he’d met her a day earlier. He said he was angry she had backed out of plans to move in with him so he forced her into his van, raped her and suffocated her. Her body was found in a ravine near Fremont, NE. Connelly carried out the killing about six weeks after he had been released from prison, where he served a term for attempted kidnapping, robbery and other crimes. Wilcoxen was the mother of a 4-year old son.
3 Chicago men sentenced for opioid trafficking - On Tuesday, 35 year old Kentriss Thomas Rhodes, 33 year old Ashley S. Fleming, and 45 year old Antoine Sanders, all of Chicago were sentenced Tuesday in Council Bluffs US District Court for their part in a Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance – Oxycodone. The investigation of the three began on August 16th of last year, when the Council Bluffs Police Department responded to a call from the Madison Avenue Hy-Vee on a report of a fraudulent prescription being presented at the store’s pharmacy. Council Bluffs police arrested two individuals who had presented the forged prescription, and then obtained assistance from the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The two agencies determined that the two arrested people were working for a Chicago organization that was sending out groups of people to obtain oxycodone by forging prescriptions and presenting them to area pharmacies. They used vulnerable adults from Cedar Rapids to present forged prescriptions for the oxycodone. Using this method, they obtained oxycodone from Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and a number of other locations in Iowa, plus Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, and South Dakota. They obtained or attempted to obtain over 6,500 oxycodone pills over a 9 month period. Rhodes was sentenced to 72 months in prison, Fleming was sentenced to 46 months in prison, and Sanders was sentenced to 110 months in prison. All three were also ordered to serve three years of Supervised Release upon release. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Report – 11-14-19 A 15 year old male was arrested Wednesday morning after a disturbance in rural Honey Creek. The teen allegedly assaulted a 33 year old woman and faces charges that include Assault with Intent to cause pain/injury, and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree – property damage ranging from $300 to $750. And 23 year old Ozzie Lee Palen of Council Bluffs was arrested Wednesday night in Underwood for Assault – use or display of a weapon and a felony charge of Harassment in the 1st Degree – by threatening the use of force. Palen was also charged with willful Injury resulting in bodily injury.
Crawford County accidents - 11-14-19 - A number of accidents have occurred in the past week in the Crawford County Area. At 7:36 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 57 year old Dennis Hamblen, of Dunlap, driver of a red 1999 Ford F150 pickup, was traveling east on Highway 30 when a deer entered the roadway. Hamblen swerved to miss the deer and slid on the snow/ice and came to rest on the driver’s side door in the south ditch. Hamblen was transported to Crawford County Memorial Hospital. There was approximately $5,000 damage to the vehicle. Also on Wednesday, at 7:48 p.m. 58 year old Dennis Edward Nekuda, of Schleswig, driver of a red 2007 Ford F150 pickup, was traveling south on Highway 59 when a cow, belonging to Nathan Groth, entered the roadway. Nekuda struck the cow, causing approximately $5,000 damage to the vehicle. At 7:46 a.m. on Friday, November 8, there was a report of a single-vehicle accident at T Avenue and Meeves Ridge Road in Denison. Travis Webster was traveling south on L51 when for unknown reasons he left the roadway and went into the east ditch, rolling the vehicle. Webster was transported to Crawford County Memorial Hospital. At 6:16 p.m. on Friday, November 8, Shane Kepford, driver of a black 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, collided with a deer near the intersection of L51 and I Avenue north of Charter Oak. And at 10:07 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, Dustin Darbin, of LaVista, Nebraska, was traveling south on 230th Street and the Buck Grove Highway when a deer ran onto the road. Darbin swerved to miss the deer and went into the east ditch.
Propane shortage leads to emergency declaration – Radio Iowa Due to the extreme demand for propane, an emergency declaration is being issued for Iowa and several other Midwestern states by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Deb Grooms, C-E-O of the Iowa Propane Gas Association, says part of the problem is that farmers across the region are trying to complete their harvest at the same time. Farmers are saying that it’s taking a lot more to dry the corn because it’s coming out so wet, so they’re using a lot more propane than anticipated for drying the corn this year. The emergency declaration means truckers hauling the propane don’t have to count the time they sit in line at a terminal against the hours they’re on the road transporting it. The other states covered under the declaration are Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota. Some farmers have volunteered to delay drying their corn so deliveries can be made to homeowners and livestock producers who depend on the propane to keep themselves and their animals warm.
Combatting loneliness is a must for all, particularly older Iowans – Radio Iowa Loneliness is becoming a serious epidemic among senior citizens nationwide, especially in states like Iowa with much older populations. Loneliness has been linked to greater risk of heart disease. It has been found that being lonely on a regular basis is the equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We know that loneliness may speed the onset of dementia. We also know that loneliness shortens life. While the signs of loneliness can be concealed, they often come during a change of circumstance in a person’s life. Retiring from a career, health issues, or the death of a loved one can all lead to isolation. Forty-three percent of America’s seniors are lonely. Often, folks are suffering from loneliness and don’t even necessarily know how incredibly serious it is — or can be — for their health. Potential signs of loneliness may include: poor eating habits, loss of interest in personal hygiene or appearance, significant clutter in the home, a general lack of interest or withdrawal. Combatting loneliness is a five-part process, with the first steps being: learn about the epidemic, take an online loneliness assessment, discover what help is available, and then seeking out that help. Step five is to make the choice of which solution is best for you. There’s a lot of different options out there that can help you combat loneliness or a loved one combat loneliness. Raising awareness and fighting loneliness are priorities as a sense of community can make a world of difference in seniors’ lives.
Branstad’s request to get rid of jury verdict rejected - A request by former Governor Terry Brandstad’s lawyers to set aside a jury verdict that concluded Branstad had discriminated against a former state official because he’s gay has been rejected by a district court judge. The ruling filed Tuesday rejects dozens of arguments, including challenges to legal rulings during trial and jury instructions. Branstand’s attorneys asked the judge to set aside the July 15th jury verdict of $1.5 million awarded to former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey. The jury had concluded Godfrey was the victim of discrimination and retailiation when Branstad tried to force him to quit in 2011 and when Godfrey didn’t, cut his pay. Branstad’s attorney Frank Harty asked McCall in a July 31 motion to dismiss the lawsuit or order a new trial. Harty says the verdicts are unsupported by substantial evidence and are contrary to law. McCall concluded that substantial evidence exists to support the jury’s conclusions. The bill to Iowa taxpayers for the case stands now at about $8 million if the verdict isn’t reversed.
Harlan Police Report – 11-13-19 The Harlan Police Department has released their latest activity report. On Tuesday, November 12th, 35 year old Reid Jeffrey Hemminger of Harlan was arrested on an active Shelby County Warrant. Hemminger was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with violation of a no contact order. Also on Tuesday, 42 year old Shannon Lee Julich of Harlan was cited for driving while suspended. 61 year old Randy Lee Sorensen of Irwin was cited on Saturday, November 9th, for driving while his license was suspended. On Friday, November 8th, 21 year old Quentin James Briggs of Harlan was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to deliver and prohibited acts penalties. And on Wednesday, November 6th, 42 year old Nancy Beth Williams of Harlan was cited for driving while suspended and no insurance. There were also 2 accidents to report. On Friday, November 8th, Jeffrey Schuttloffel of Walnut was backing his 2011 Ford F150 out of a parking stall at 2902 23rd Street in Harlan and backed into the front of a 2008 Chevy owned by Peter Sorensen of Harlan. The Sorensen vehicle was legally parked. And on Monday, November 11th, Donald Thraen of Harlan was traveling east through the Veteran’s Memorial Building parking lot in a 1999 Ford Taurus. He attempted to turn north through Merrill Field parking lot and lost control of the vehicle on the ice. His vehicle struck the chain link fence causing minor damage.
Atlantic Police report – 11-13-19 – The Atlantic Police Department has released a report on an accident and several arrests. An accident took place at around 1:53-p.m. Tuesday near 7th and Olive Streets. Authorities say a vehicle driven by Mervin Templeman, of Atlantic, was traveling east on 7th Street and had stopped at the traffic light. A vehicle driven by Trent Park, of Atlantic, was eastbound on 7th and came up over the hill. Park was unable to stop for traffic waiting ahead of him at the light. He took evasive action but struck Templeman’s vehicle on the passenger side. A passenger in the Templeman vehicle complained of neck pain, and was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac Ambulance. Trent Park was cited for Failure to Stop in an Assured, Clear Distance. Damage from the collision amounted to $6,000. Four people were also arrested on drug charges Saturday. They were 26 year old Jessica Mack who was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Failure to Appear on Interference with Official Acts and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. 28 year old Alex Garside was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Violation of Probation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 21-year old Sean Smith was arrested Saturday for Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Keeping a premises or vehicle for a Controlled Substance Violation, Possession of Meth & Marijuana/1st offenses. And, 36-year old Jolene Heistand was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Gathering where marijuana is used, and Possession of Marijuana/1st offense. On November 7th, 31-year old James Erickson, of Atlantic, was arrested for Keeping a premises or vehicle for a Controlled Substance Violation, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. And, 33-year old Vicente Martinez, of Edmond, OK., was arrested for Public Intoxication. On November 5th, 46-year old Dwayne Rollins, of Atlantic, was arrested for Theft in the 5th Degree - Shoplifting, and 39-year old Michael Parrott, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Probation Violation. November 2nd, Atlantic Police arrested 17-year old Dante Watkins, of Atlantic, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp. And, 21-year old Drew Miller, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, and A Drug Tax Stamp Violation. And, on November 1st, 45-year old Dan Christensen, of Atlantic, was arrested for Harassment in the 3rd Degree, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct.
Multiple injuries in Mills County accident - A two-vehicle accident in Mills County Tuesday, resulted in four people transported to the hospital. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred at approximately 10:18 a.m. on Highway 34. 42-year-old Mary Furst, of Omaha, Nebraska, was driving a 2001 Honda westbound on Highway 34 near 188th Street and failed to see a 2016 Kia, driven by 59-year-old Alan Achenbach of Tabor, stopped at a red light. Furst rear-ended Achenbach’s vehicle. Mary Furst and a passenger, 49-year-old Rhonda Watkins of Omaha, were transported to UNMC. Alan Achenbach and a passenger, 57-year-old Eva Achenbach of Tabor, were transported to hospitals by private vehicle. Mary Furst was issued a citation for Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability and Failure to Stop in Assured Clear Distance.
It’s Diabetes Awareness Month - Approximately 1 in 11 Iowans has some form of diabetes and about 1 in 3 Iowa adults has prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose or sugar levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and people with this condition are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and serious diabetes-related complications. It’s important to know if you have prediabetes or diabetes. According to Andrew Minear, Iowa Department of Public Health Diabetes Prevention coordinator, most people with prediabetes don’t know they have it and about 1 in 4 people who already have diabetes are also unaware they have it and are at risk for severe diabetes-related complications. The IDPH encourages Iowans who do not have diabetes to take a quick one-minute risk test at Do I Have Prediabetes.org to determine their risk. If you have prediabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Bubba Sorensen to speak in Atlantic - Ray “Bubba” Sorensen will present a program at the Atlantic American Legion Building on Sunday, November 17th at 2 pm. Sorensen is known throughout the world as the creator of the Freedom Rock. Bubba has recently applied his artistic skills in another way by illustrating a book of poems honoring veterans. He also has been elected to the Iowa House of Representatives for District 20 which includes Adair, Guthrie and parts of Cass and Dallas Counties. The Atlantic History Center, Military Museum and Military Library will be open for viewing. Books may be checked out at the Library and refreshments will be available.
Certified Crop Adviser Test Prep Available Online - Iowans who want to become a certified crop adviser should take note of upcoming exam dates, as well as an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online training course intended to help them prepare. The next certified crop adviser exam is Feb. 7, and registration for the exam continues through Dec. 13. The online review course is divided into the four major exam competency areas, with a total of 26 modules and nearly eight hours of recorded programming. Each module includes a practice quiz of up to 10 questions, randomly selected from a pool of questions. A practice exam covering information from all modules is also available, and consists of 100 randomly selected questions. The practice quizzes can identify a person’s weak areas and allow them to focus on subjects where they need to improve. The online course is an ideal way for participants to prepare, because it compiles all of the necessary information into one place, in a way that allows participants to review and refresh their understanding of current standards. The online course is available through the ISU Extension and Outreach Store and is offered at a cost of $100. This does not include registration for the actual exam.
November activities at the Harlan Community Library - Saturday, November 16th - 10 am, Babies and Books - Baby Storytime Monday, November 18th - 4 pm, Young Writers Group Tuesday, November 19th - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, November 20th - 10 am, Classic Movie: About Schmidt - 10:30 am, Story Time: Pets - 7 pm, 5 )'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, November 21st - 5 pm, Adult Creative Writing Group - 6:30 pm, Let's Paint Saturday, November 23rd - 10 am, Make your own Thanksgiving placemat - Saturday morning kids' craft Tuesday, November 26th - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, November 27th - 10:30 am, Story Time: Thankfulness Thursday, November 28th and Friday November 29th - Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
A breakfast Fundraiser will be held 7 to 11 am Saturday, November 16th, at the American Legion Hall in Harlan. This is a benefit for the Iowa Community Kitchen. The cost is $10 for adults, kids 4-8, $5, kids 3 and under eat free. All proceeds will help purchase food and supplies for the Iowa Community Kitchen. They will be serving waffles, biscuits and gravy, breakfast casserole, juice and coffee.
The Viking Vendor and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, November 16th, from 9 am to 3 pm at the AHSTW High School Cafeteria. There's all different vendors and crafters, plus the After Prom committee will be serving lunch. Be on the lookout for limited edition viking merchandise, many items made by the AHSTW Engineering class as well as limited edition Viking and Lady Viking homemade soap.
The Shelby Community Feather Party will be held Saturday, November 16th, with Bingo starting at 6 pm at the Shelby Community Building. Come play bingo and win a turkey! Food will be available during the evening.
The Iowa Community Kitchen Breakfast Fundraiser will be held 7 to 11 am, Saturday, November 16th, at the American Legion Building in Harlan. The cost is $10 for adults, kids 4 to 8, $5 and 3 and under eat free.
The SCCO Pancake Brunch, Bake Sale and silent Auction will be held 8:30 to noon Sunday, November 17th, at the Harlan High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH INVITES PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS TO A THREE DAY MISSION ENTITLED “JOURNEY TO JOY” ON NOVEMBER 18TH, 19TH, AND 20TH IN ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH AT 2001 COLLEGE PLACE IN HARLAN. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, WILL BE THE GOSPEL OF LUKE: STORIES ON THE ROAD. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, WILL BE THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT FROM THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, WILL GE A FAMILY COMDY CALLED SALT AND LIGHT, FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL PRESENTATION CALLED HOLLYWOOD VS. FAITH. MONDAY AND TUESDAY WILL BEGIN AT 7 PM; WEDNEDAYS PRODUCTIONS WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 PM. ALL SHOWS ARE FAMILY FRIENDLY AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS. STAY TO MEET THE ACTOR AND ENJOY SOME TREATS. “JOURNEY TO JOY” IS BEING BROUGHT TO ST. MICHAEL’S BY THE SHELBY COUNTY COUNCIL OF CATECHSIS. *****CAT-UH-KISS-US*****
Renee Hansen and Emily Barrett of the Relay for Life Team, Caffeinating for a Cure will hold “Crafting for a Cure”, a step by step craft project to create your own wooden Christmas Door Hanger. The event will be held Tuesday evening, November 19th, starting at 6:30 pm at 1606 Highway 44 in Harlan. The cost is $30 per person with light snacks and drinks provided during the evening. Please RSVP to 579-1597 or email@example.com. The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, November 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving their Thanksgiving meal. The Congregational Church will volunteer. A free will donation will be accepted.
The Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca will host their Aebleskiver and Sausage Supper Thursday, November 21st from 4 to 7 pm. Call-in carry out orders will be taken from 1 to 5 pm at 343-2518, no call in, carry out orders after 5 pm, with a limit of 2 dozen aebleskiver and 1 dozen sausages. There will also be a group bake sale.
Blood Donations Needed - As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross if urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well. Upcoming donation opportunities include: Thursday, November 21st - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Wednesday, December 4th - 8 am to 2 pm - AHSTW High School in Avoca Friday, December 20th - 12 noon to 6 pm - Sacred Heart Church in Manning Thursday, December 26th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Friday, December 27th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be closed on Tuesday, November 26th so their volunteers may be home with their families.
----- The Shelby County Public Health Department has an Immunization Clinic scheduled for Wednesday December 4th from 2 to 6 pm at Community Health in Harlan. Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations including Hawk-i, please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-4516 to schedule an appoint there. Appointments are recommended to save time but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Make appointments by call 755-4422.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet every month at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm. The monthly meetings will be held on: Thursday, December 12th Thursday, January 9th Thursday, February 13th Thursday, March 12th Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th
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