Thursday, January 21st, 2021 Today's Weather Outlook - 1-21-21 - We’re starting a bit warmer this morning near 30 degrees but will end up warming a little less than yesterday. We’ll likely make it into the mid 40s this afternoon even as the northwest wind picks up. Northwest winds will be a little more prevalent into the afternoon but not nearly as strong as the last couple of days. Some gusts up near 30 mph will be possible, adding a bit of a bite to the air once again. Colder air settles in Friday and that sets the stage for a snowy Saturday. Snow showers will move in Saturday afternoon and last into the evening. While amounts are expected to be light, there could be some slick roads around the area for your Saturday evening plans.Several snow chances dot the forecast Monday through Wednesday of next week as well. The details aren’t quite there regarding how much will fall but stick with us and we’ll keep you updated as we get closer. Covid-19 News
Iowa COVID-19 Update - (1-21-21) - updated 6 am - Iowa has surpassed 4,400 COVID-19 deaths but positivity rates continue to show signs of improvement. The Iowa Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 1,708 new positive COVID-19 cases and 51 additional deaths. As of 10 a.m., the health department reported 309,277 total positive cases, 271,950 total recoveries and 4,445 total deaths since the start of the pandemic. Iowa’s positivity rates continue to move in the right direction. The state reports a 14-day positivity rate of 11.3%, down from 11.6% a day earlier. The 7-day positivity rate remains at 8.5% The health department reports 1,435,645 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19. Twelve of Iowa’s 99 counties report a 14-day positivity rate at 15% or higher. That’s down from 18 the previous day. Only three counties report a rate higher than 20%, with Kossuth County leading the state at 25.4%. Thirty-five counties report a rate lower than 10%. Iowa Department of Public Health hospitalization data does not appear to have updated in the last 24 hours on the state’s website. The number of Iowa’s long-term care facilities reporting virus outbreaks remains at 71. The state reports 1,927 positive cases and 1,075 recoveries among residents and staff within those facilities. There have been 1,810 deaths reported in Iowa’s long-term care facilities. Here are the numbers from the surrounding counties: Shelby County - 1035 cases - 903 recovered - 27 deaths Audubon County - 415 cases - 360 recovered - 8 deaths Cass County - 1,139 cases - 976 recovered - 42 deaths Crawford County - 2,320 cases - 2,053 recovered - 24 deaths Harrison County - 1,567 cases - 1,360 recovered - 62 deaths Pottawattamie County - 9,047 cases - 8,001 recovered - 113 deaths
Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Grant Program- 1-21-21 - Gov. Reynolds’s Nov. 16, 2020 proclamation ordered bars, restaurants, and other establishments to limit their hours of operations and continue social distancing measures to assist in preventing the further spread of COVID-19. The Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Grant Program will provide eligible businesses with a one-time grant to assist with short-term cash flow. Eligible Businesses
An Iowa-based brick and mortar establishment in which the primary purpose is serving food or drink
The independent, Iowa-based business must not be part of a national restaurant franchise as defined by the National Restaurant Association. A restaurant franchise has 20 or more locations doing business under the same name, regardless of the type of ownership.
If restaurant, must provide full-service dining.
Must have experienced at least a 15% decrease in gross sales, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in combined Q2 and Q3 2020 compared to combined Q2 and Q3 2019 (April 1-Sept. 30).
Sales verifications will be based off Iowa Sales/Retailer’s Use Tax and Surcharge Return and verified with Iowa Department of Revenue database.
Businesses without historical gross sales revenue loss data (ie Q2 and Q3 2019, such as eligible businesses established after June, 30, 2019) will be reviewed for a possible award and as funds are available.
The business must have open for business on or before April 1, 2020.
The business must not have permanently closed. If temporarily closed, business has plan to reopen.
Must be registered to do business in the State of Iowa and have physical location in the state.
Quick Service Restaurant (QSR), Fast Food, Snacks
Delivery and Take-Away Only
Ice Cream Parlor, Frozen Dessert
Coffee Shop, Tea House
Smoothie, Juice Bars
Any organization not in good standing with the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR), Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD), Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA).
Governor Reynolds announces additional assistance through Iowa COVID-19 Local Government Relief Fund - 1-21-21 - Governor Kim Reynolds has announced the reallocation of $17 million in relief money made available to local governments for direct expenses incurred in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Of the $17 million remaining from the Local Government Relief Fund, roughly $4.7 million was previously allocated to smaller cities and. to simplify the administration of distribution, is being reallocated to the County the City resides in. These smaller cities rely on services provided by the Counties, such as public health and public safety. Counties will not have to reapply for the additional funds and the State will use the latest application from the Local Government Relief Fund to finalize the award. Reynolds said “In so many ways COVID-19 has changed the way government serves its citizens, and perhaps the greatest impact has been at the local level. These resources will provide County and City governments with additional assistance to provide essential services to Iowans as they continue to combat the pandemic.” She added “I appreciate the unprecedented collaboration we have seen at the state, county, and city level which includes the incredible teams at Iowa State Association of Counties and the Iowa League of Cities.”
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 email@example.com. 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 -
One winner for $730 million Powerball jackpot – 1-21-21- A single winning ticket for the $730 million Powerball jackpot has been sold in Maryland. The Powerball jackpot in Wednesday night’s drawing was the fifth largest ever. The drawing was only a day after nobody won the larger Mega Millions prize, which now stands at $970 million. Winning Powerball numbers from last night’s drawing were 40-53-60-68-69 and the Powerball was 22. It was the first time both lottery jackpots topped $700 million. You still have a chance to win the Mega Millions Friday night. Your chances are one in 302.5 million!
Iowa Workforce Development will reissue 1099-G tax forms to claimants following identified error 1-21-21 - Today, Iowa Workforce Development announced that it will reissue new 1099-G tax forms to all claimants on Jan 25, 2021. After recently mailing the 1099-G forms, IWD discovered the forms may not have included all of the benefits received by claimants in 2020. The form is used to report unemployment compensation, and state and federal taxes withheld. The reason for the error has been identified and corrected. If you receive a 1099-G prior to Jan. 25, we ask that you please disregard and destroy it. There is no need to contact IWD at this time to notify us of an incorrect 1099-G amount. IWD is committed to ensuring that all claimants receive accurate 1099s, and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this process. Unemployment insurance benefits are taxable, and payments of $10.00 or more are reported annually to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance. An IRS Form 1099-G is mailed by January 31 of each year to individuals who received unemployment insurance benefits during the prior calendar year. This form provides important tax information that must be reported on your state and federal income tax returns, including the amount of benefits paid during the tax year and the amount of state and federal taxes withheld.
Carroll man pleads guilty to firearm and methamphetamine charges – 1-21-21- 41 year old Jeremy Werneburg of Carroll was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Werneburg pled guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Sioux City. Werneburg was previously convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in November 2007. This conviction prohibited Werneburg from legally possessing firearms. At a plea hearing, Werneburg admitted that from November 2017 through about December 2018, he and others distributed more than 150 grams of pure methamphetamine. On October 7, 2018, law enforcement, utilizing a confidential informant, bought over 27 grams of pure methamphetamine from Werneburg. On November 9th, 2018, law enforcement received a tip that Werneburg’s vehicle contained drugs. On the same date, Weneberg’s vehicle was searched and law enforcement seized approximately one ounce of methamphetamine, pre-packaged in smaller amounts, and a handgun. The methamphetamine and gun were located in two separate hidden compartments in the vehicle. Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Werneburg remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000 fine and at least 10 years of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the firearm conviction, the possible maximum sentence is 10 years imprisonment; a $250,000 fine and not more than 3 years of supervised release.
Council Bluffs man sentenced for possession of Molotov Cocktail – 1-21-21 - 25 year old Steven Fitch of Council Bluffs has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for having a Molotov cocktail during racial injustice protests in downtown Omaha last year. Fitch was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for unlawful possession of destructive device. He will serve three years of supervised release after his prison term. Prosecutors said Omaha police found Fitch with a Molotov cocktail in his front pants pocket during protests on May 31st. The device contained a clear liquid inside the bottle with a red rag attached. The rag had gasoline on it and Fitch had several lighters in his pocket.
Montgomery County News – 1-21-21- Red Oak Police report a juvenile was arrested Wednesday for Interference with official Acts. The youth was taken into custody, cited and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs. Additional details were not released.
Kennedy receives two more felony charges in alleged child abuse case – 1-21-21 - 73 year old Leslie Kennedy Sr. of Council Bluffs ended up back in jail last Wednesday after a warrant containing two new felony charges against him was issued. Kennedy now faces two counts of child endangerment causing bodily injury, in addition to initially filed charges of domestic abuse by strangulation, 2 counts of child endangerment causing serious injury and a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. Kennedy was first arrested on December 16th, 2020 and held until the end of the month, when he posted a $20,000 bond with a 10% release option. Appearing before a county court judge last Thursday, the defendant was released on a personal recognizance bond after being ordered to appear back in court for a February 16th preliminary hearing relating to the two new charges. Court records show the original four charges stem from a December 10th incident, while the two new charges occurred on November 26th, 2020. Court records show that as a result of an investigation, three children were placed in protective custody on December 10th. All three children claimed Kennedy choked them during the past 3 years. One child was allegedly duct-taped to a chair on at least one occasion as a form of punishment, while having his or her mouth taped shut.
Carroll Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possession of a Firearm – 1-21-21- 19 year old Buomkuoth Lol of Carroll was sentenced Tuesday in Sioux City to more than 2 years in federal prison. Lol allegedly possessed a gun after a previous attempted burglary conviction in 2019. Lol received the prison term after an August 24th, 2020 guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon. At the guilty plea, Lol admitted on May 8th, 2020, that he possessed a gun and .40 caliber ammunition. He admitted to knowing he was prohibited from possessing guns after being convicted of attempted burglary in Buena Vista County on November 5, 2019. Lol was sentenced to 27 months in prison. He must also serve a 3 year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Lol is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
Governor Reynolds honored for biodiesel advocacy – 1-21-21 - The national biodiesel industry has honored Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds with one of its highest awards for her dedicated biodiesel advocacy. She accepted the National Biodiesel Board’s Impact Award during the trade association’s annual conference, held virtually in January. The Iowa Biodiesel Board congratulated her. Governor Reynolds has served Iowans with a passionate dedication to industries and products that improve the economy and quality of life for her constituents, and biodiesel is front-and-center in that enthusiasm. In 2019, the governor signed an executive order requiring all new state-owned diesel-powered vehicles be able to use at least 20 percent biodiesel (B20). She also supports and has led the expansion of renewable fuel infrastructure in the state, including installation of biodiesel pumps at retail fuel stations in Iowa. Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from agricultural byproducts and co-products, such as soybean oil. The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a state trade association representing the biodiesel industry.
Arrest Report: Shelby County Sheriff’s Office - 1-20-21 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office released their latest arrest report Wednesday. On Sunday, January 17th, 32-year-old Cory John Petersen of Marion, IA was arrested following a traffic stop along Highway 44 in Shelby County. Upon further investigation it was determined that Petersen’s driving privileges are suspended with multiple withdrawals in effect, therefore he was placed under arrest for driving under suspension and cited for failure to provide financial liability. Petersen was transported to the jail without incident and released the following morning on his own recognizance. Also on the 17th, Authorities arrested 37-year-old Natalie Marie Ringen of Shelby following a traffic stop in Harlan. Ringen was charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense, and failure to stop at flashing red signal. Ringen was taken to the jail without incident and held until released later that morning on her own recognizance. On Thursday, January 14th, 24-year-old Jeffery James Gulick of Harlan was arrested following a traffic stop in the early morning hours of January 14th in Harlan for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation Gulick was charged with prohibited acts, possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of prescription pills, possession of drug paraphernalia, and citied for open container as a driver, and driving on the wrong side of a two-lane road. Gulick was transferred to the jail without incident and held under $5300 surety bond and released later that morning on his own recognizance. On Wednesday, January 13th, 24-year-old Casey Richard Kobjerowski of Omaha NE was taken into custody from the Pottawattamie County Jail on an outstanding active warrant for Burglary 3rd, a Class D felony. Kobjerowski had an initial appearance and is being held under a $5000 cash or surety bond.
Shelby County Sheriff's Office reports more scams in the area - 1-20-21 - Attempted scams are being reported again. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind citizens not to give any personal information over the phone. Some citizens are reporting that the IRS and Publisher's Clearing House are calling. The IRS will not call you over the phone and ask for personal information and you are unable to win contests that you do not enter into. Please do not fall for these scams.
Minutes From Tuesday's Shelby County Supervisors meeting - 1-20-21 - The Shelby County Board of Supervisors met in a regular session at 9:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 19th, at the C.J. Therkildsen Center. Brent Scheve was on hand to present insurance options to the Board. Explanations of deductibles and other details of Shelby County coverage were discussed. The umbrella coverage for Shelby County was increased raising coverage limits for fidelity theft, computer fraud and transfer of funds coverages. Todd Valline was present to present to the Supervisors recent activities and future events in his organization. The Board also passed a motion to continue to fund the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $25,000.00 as planned in the fiscal year 2022 budget. Concerns with the Shelby County Covid Policy were then discussed, with federal requirements ending on December 31st, 2020 the county is not obligated to continue those federal requirements. All Shelby County Covid policies were limited to the date of April 1st, 2021. Brandon Burmeister, Shelby County Engineer, then asked the board to approve the low bid from Farm Service Cooperative for fuel in the coming 12 month period. Supervisor Kenkel then made a motion to approve Resolution #2021-7 – the Construction Evaluation resolution or Master Matrix. It was then presented by Shelby county GIS Coordinator the contract budgeted for fiscal year 2022 for the aerial photography to take place two times in the next 6 years. The new contract calls for higher resolution photography as well as a locked in priced for 6 years. A motion was made by Parkhurst and seconded by Kenkel to close the session in pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5(1)(c). To discuss litigation that may be pending or certain. The Board went into closed session at 9:42 AM and adjourned at 11:11 am.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report - 1-20-21 - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, Tuesday, reported three arrests. Authorities say 45-year old Jeremy Wayne Redmond was presented with a warrant early Tuesday morning, for Contempt of Court/Violation of No Contact or Protective Order. He was already at the Pott. County Jail when the warrant was served. Monday night, 61-year old Eddie Habte Mekasha was arrested for OWI/2nd offense, after he was observed driving in the wrong direction on I-29. And, Sunday morning, 33-year old Christopher James Watson was arrested in Avoca on a warrant for Operating Under the Influence/3rd or subsequent offense.
Man charged with 5 new felonies in Iowa Trump rally shooting - AP - 1-20-21 - Prosecutors have added five felony weapons and assault counts against a white man already charged with attempted murder for shooting into a car carrying four Black girls during a rally for President Trump in Iowa. The Polk County Attorney’s Office has filed a formal charging document against 25-year-old Michael McKinney who has been jailed since his arrest hours after the Dec. 6 shooting near the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. Army veteran Michael McKinney, is shown in a Dec. 6, 2020 booking photo released by the Polk County Jail in Des Moines, Iowa. McKinney is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old Black girl who was arguing with supporters of the president at a Trump rally, a case authorities have not detailed to the public. (Polk County Jail via AP) In addition to attempted murder, the document charges McKinney with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, willful injury, assault while participating in a felony, reckless use of a firearm and going armed with intent. He has said he fired in self-defense.
Carroll man files not guilty plea – KDSN – 1-20-21 - 38 year old Nickolas Downs of Carroll filed a not guilty plea to charges of domestic abuse on Thursday, January 14th. Downs was charged in December with a felony for domestic abuse, a Class D felony. Downs was arrested on December 18th by the Carroll Police Department after their investigation about an incident from December 10th. Downs is accused of striking a victim approximately 40 times, choking and holding a knife to the victim’s neck. A police affidavit reports the victim’s injuries were so severe, the victim was not immediately recognizable. Downs filed the not guilty plea and waived his right to a speedy trial. Jury proceedings are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 23rd with a pre-trial conference on March 11th. If found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of five years of imprisonment and up to $5,000 in fines.
Right-wing conspiracy theorist remains in custody – 1-20-21 - A right-wing conspiracy theorist from Iowa who was among the first to break into the US Capitol on January 6th, remains in custody after a court hearing where his attorneys asked a federal magistrate judge to let him go home until his trial. 41 year old Douglas A. Jensen, appeared in court for a detention hearing by way of video from jail in Des Moines on Tuesday. An FBI agent says Jensen said in an interview two days after the riot that he went to Washington to receive big news from Donald Trump and that would include the arrests of Vic President Mike Pence and certain members of Congress. A judge says she will issue a ruling today. A second Iowa man, 35 year old Leo Kelly of Cedar Rapids, arrested for his involvement in the Capitol riot was released yesterday afternoon.
New charges proposed for excessive speed in fatal accidents – 1-20-21 – A Bill under consideration in the Iowa House creates a new charge for driving an at “excessive speed” and causing someone’s death. According to the State Patrol, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of tickets issued to drivers caught going more than 100 mph. Last year, 69 people died in speed related crashes in Iowa. A lobbyist for the Iowa State Sheriff’s and Deputies Association says under current law, it’s difficult to appropriately charge a speeding driver involved in a fatal crash if they weren’t intoxicated or intentionally targeting someone. If this bill becomes law, a driver could be sentenced to a decade in prison if their vehicle was going 25 mph or more above the speed limit and it directly or indirectly caused the death of another person. A member of the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers says excessive speed is grounds for a conviction on already existing charges of vehicular homicide or involuntary manslaughter. The bill, which was introduced, but never passed in the 2020 Iowa legislature, has cleared a House subcommittee.
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 -
Upcoming American Red Cross Bloodmobiles - 1-7-21 - 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.
Special Harlan Community School Board meeting Thursday - 1-20-21 - The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:50 pm in the media center. The Board will go into closed session to review or discuss records of 8 semi-finalists for the Superintendent. They will then continue in closed session to evaluate the semi-finalists.
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.
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.
Cattlemen's Banquet to be held Saturday, February 6th - The Annual Shelby County Cattlemen's Banquet will be held the first Saturday, February 6th, only this year it will be drive-through style! serving will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 pm with meals delivered straight to your vehicle. The cattlemen will be featuring their famous smoked New York Strip with all the fixin's! No tickets will be sold, free will donations are appreciated with proceeds used to fund scholarships in 2022. All attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for $20 each. Winners will be drawn and announced on the Shelby County Cattlemen Facebook page and on KNOD Monday morning. The first ticket drawn wins a $1000 gift certificate to Nelson Farm Supply. Second ticket drawn wins a 65 inch Smart TV!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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