Thursday, September 12th, 2019 Today's Weather Outlook - Scattered to widespread thunderstorms were found over much of the region early this morning. There was a line of storms that extended from southwest Minnesota into northwest Iowa and into eastern Nebraska. Another broken line of storms was found in northeast Iowa into southern Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota. Mainly gusty winds and heavy rain were associated with all of these thunderstorms. Another stormy day is forecast across the Midwest today. A round of storms will move across Iowa this morning and portions of southern Minnesota and push into portions of Illinois and Wisconsin later today. Another round of storms looks to develop this afternoon over western Iowa where strong to severe storms is possible. If storms do become severe this afternoon, hail, damaging winds, and even a few tornadoes are possible over the north to northeast portions of Iowa into southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin. There is a severe thunderstorm threat of the rest of Iowa, but mainly for hail and damaging winds. Heavy rain is also anticipated and may lead to localized flash flooding at times over northeast Iowa into southern Minnesota and southern Wisconsin. A cold front will push through the region tonight and bring milder temperatures and breezy winds on Friday. The potential for thunderstorms are forecast Saturday evening. After a cool day on Friday, temperatures rebound back into the 80s for highs over the weekend. Due to changing weather conditions, 6th Street from Elm Street to Laurel Street will be CLOSED on Thursday, September 12th for street maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As you are driving around Harlan today, you will notice a number of areas where the streets are closed. This is due to milling and overlay work in those areas.
Activities at the Harlan Public Library - Thursday, September 12th - 6:30 pm - Lego Challenge Friday, September 13th - 10 am - The Hershey Chocolate Company Program
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, September 12th
A Brown Bag Lunch program "New Nordic Cuisine" will be held at 12 noon Thursday, September 12th at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn. Tova Brandt will give an introduction to the museum's latest exhibition. Please bring your own lunch.
Alzheimer's Awareness Bucket Run will be hosted by the Harlan Community High School Student Council to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. Attend the Harlan Community High School home football game against Carroll High School on Friday, September 13th and help raise awareness and funds for the West Central Iowa Walk to End Alzheimer's by dropping a donation into the bucket.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at 10 am, Saturday, September 14th at Pioneer Park in Harlan. Registration begins at 9 am, rain or shine, with the walk starting at 10. Along with the walk, there will be information about Alzheimers, many vendors and lots of activities too.
Red Oak man to auction his collection of 93 vintage muscle cars – WOWT-Omaha Bill “Coyote” Johnson is taking a last look at his life’s work, collecting vintage muscle cars. In September, 93 of his cars will hit the auction block in Red Oak. What started as Johnson’s mother convincing him to trade in his hand-me-down Chevy for a 1969 two-door Roadrunner, turned into another, and another. Johnson works in construction but his passion has always been Detroit muscle. His collection includes Camaros, Roadrunners, Barracudas and classic 1950s Chevys. The 1969 Roadrunner that started it all, is not for sale. Johnson hopes each of his cars finds a good home. The public auction will be on Sept. 14 in Red Oak, but potential buyers can bid online now. A full moon hike will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. at Prairie Rose State Park. Please meet by the trail that goes over the dam (back by campsite 80-95). Please park car at the youth group campsite. We hope to catch a glimpse of some of our nocturnal animals and hear owls calling.
Monarch butterflies begin their long journey to Mexico in September. There are a few areas at Prairie Rose that we usually have groups of Monarchs taking a rest. We will hike to these areas on Sunday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m. Please meet at the park office for this hike.
Concerned, Incorporated's 2019 Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, September 15th, at the Harlan Golf and Country Club Registration will begin at 8:30 with a shot-gun start at 9 am. The cost is $50 per golfer or $200 for a team of 4. Proceeds will assist in purchasing accessible vehicles to transport people served by Concerned, Inc.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. To sign-up today, contact the Harlan Community Library at 755-5934 or the Elk Horn Library at 764-2013.
The Shelby County Historical Museum in Harlan needs a handful of additional items related to the War on Terror to fill a display case in the new Military Exhibit Hall. Uniforms, medals, newspapers and other post 9/11 military items, etc. Please call the museum at 755-2437 to let them know if you have an item you'd like to donate. 1000 Books before Kindergarten is an Elk Horn Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books to their infant, toddler and/or preschooler before entering kindergarten. New books, same books or story time books, all books count. Any child, ages 0 to 5 can participate. Just stop in the Elk Horn Library to pick up your reading log to get started. For more information, call 764-2013.
Turning 65? Thinking of retiring and wondering what are your options for health insurance? Check out the upcoming Welcome to Medicare Seminar, Monday, October 7th, starting at 5:15 at the Harlan Senior Center. Topics to be covered include Changes to Medicare in 2020, Medicare Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage) and D (Prescription Drug), Medicare Supplement Insurance, Extra help with Part D and Medicare. The seminar is sponsored by SHIIP. To reserve your spot, call 755-2757 by Monday, September 30th.
You can sign up soon 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. Elderly, 60 and over and/or disabled can register October 1st through April 30th, 2020. All other households can start registering on November 1st. Call West Central Community Action at 755-5602 to schedule an appointment.
Friday the 13th full Harvest micromoon coming – Gray News We’re going to have a triple-header – moonwise, that is for Friday the 13th. According to Gray News, it’s a full Harvest micromoon. Now a Harvest Moon is the full moon that takes place nearest the autumn equinox – the official start to fall. It gets its name because it allows farmers to work later thanks to the moon’s light. A micromoon is a full moon that happens when it is farthest away in its orbit from Earth. It will look smaller than most other full moons, in fact, about 14% smaller, and a little bit dimmer. And it’s taking place on Friday, the 13th, which doesn’t happen very often. The last full moon and Friday the 13th happened together was October 13, 2000 and it won’t happen again until August 13th, 2049.The Full moon will appear here in the Central time zone after sunset Friday night.
Burmeister reports grant money for Shelby County Bridge projects - Shelby County Engineer, Brandon Burmeister learned last week that Shelby County will be receiving $300,000 of the $33 million awarded to several counties in the state to help pay for bridge replacement projects. The money will be used to replace two bridges on Linden Road north and south of County Road F24. According to Burmeister, they were for year five in their five year plan. However with the money, they can move these two projects forward into next year. The two bridges have deteriorated recently and there’s a chance load limits or postings would’ve been placed on them before repairs were done. The Competitive Highway Bridge Program allocated $225 million in funds nationwide. The $33 million awarded to Iowa counties will fix or replace around 77-bridges statewide.
Council Bluffs man Tasered and arrested after assaulting a Nebraska state trooper – Daily Nonpareil - 44-year-old, Jared Raymon of Council Bluff was arrested yesterday following an altercation with a Nebraska State Patrol trooper near Gretna, NE. Authorities were informed of a vehicle suspected of a hit and run crash near 108th and L Streets in Omaha at 7:35 Wednesday evening. The Daily Nonpariel reported that the vehicle was described as a Dodge Dakota and was traveling westbound on I-80 toward Gretna. Witnesses then reported a second hit and run in the parking lot of Nebraska Crossing. A trooper located the vehicle in the parking lot and observed the driver to be sleeping. A press release states the trooper knocked on the suspect’s car window several times to awaken him. When the driver finally awakened, he immediately threw open the door, striking the trooper in the chest. The man exited the vehicle and charged at the trooper, resulting in a physical altercation. After multiple rounds of the trooper creating separation between himself and the suspect, and many verbal and non-verbal commands being ignored, the trooper deployed a Taser. The man was then taken into custody. Troopers searched the vehicle and discovered an open alcohol container, a firearm concealed in a backpack and multiple containers of marijuana. The suspect tested with a blood-alcohol content level of .171. The man was arrested for assault on an officer, hit and run, driving under the influence of alcohol, open container, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. He's currently at the Sarpy County Jail. photo courtesy of WOWT.com
Man arrested for Public Intox almost 5 times over legal limit – Carroll Broadcasting 41 year old Jesse William Spindler of Carroll was taken into custody by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office shortly after midnight Wednesday. According to Carroll Broadcasting, Spindler has been charged with public intoxication after blowing nearly five times the legal limit or a .397 at the time of his arrest. Authorities say Spindler was walking southbound on North Main Street and showed signs of intoxication. When the deputies made contact, they observed an odor of alcohol and a lack of balance. Spindler submitted to a preliminary breath test and was then transported to St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll. He was later booked into the Carroll County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance Wednesday after appearing before the magistrate.
GM recalls nearly 3.8M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues - Under pressure from the federal government, General Motors is recalling nearly 3.8 million pickups and SUVs in the U.S and Canada to fix a brake problem. There have been 113 reports of crashes and 13 injuries related to the problem, according to GM. The recall covers the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Also included are the Cadillac Escalade from 2015 to 2017, and the GMC Yukon and Chevy Suburban and Tahoe from 2015 through 2018. GM says that as it ages, the pump in the power-assist brakes can put out less vacuum power than needed, increasing stopping distance and the risk of a crash. The company is recalling 3.46 million vehicles in the U.S., and it recalled another 310,000 in Canada back in June. GM said global numbers for the recall weren't available. Dealers will recalibrate the electronic brake control module at no cost to customers. Owners were to be notified starting Sept. 6. GM also is recalling over 177,000 Chevrolet Malibu sedans from the 2018 model year in the U.S. because the fuel injectors can fail. The cars have 1.5-Liter turbocharged engines. GM says in documents posted Wednesday on the NHTSA website that a software error can corrupt data used by the engine control computer. That can cause the computer to send a signal disabling the fuel injectors. Engines may not start, or in rare cases, could stall without warning.
Harlan Police Report – 9-11-19 - The Harlan Police Department has released their latest activity report. On Sunday, September 8th, 47 year old Jody Kay Bails of Audubon was arrested following a traffic stop. Bails was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with operating while intoxicated, child endangerment, permitting unauthorized person to drive, operating a non-registered vehicle and open container. And on Friday, August 30th, 29 year old Cameron Stuart Cunningham of Harlan was arrested following a call for service. Cunningham was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with public intoxication and supplying alcohol to a minor.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report 9-12-19 - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a Cass County man being held in the Pott. County Jail on drug and other charges, was served Wednesday afternoon with a Pott. County warrant for Violation of Parole. 32-year old Jessie Bruce Fitzwater, of Lewis, was presented with the warrant and then returned to the custody of Corrections staff. His bond on the other charges was set at $1,300. Wednesday morning, 26-year old Cody Michael Doss, of Council Bluffs, was served at the Pott. County Jail, with a Fugitive from Justice warrant, out of Douglas County, Nebraska. And, 36-year old Joshua R. Knappert was arrested at Old Town Park in Macedonia, Wednesday morning, after a deputy was called to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Knappert was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests took place, Tuesday. At around 8:30-p.m., dispatch advised deputies of a disturbance at a residence on N. Pine Street, in Avoca. Deputies made contact with 32-year old Blake Ashley Behrens, who was taken into custody for Interference with Official Acts. At around the same time, a Macedonia man was arrested in Oakland, following a reported incident of alleged Domestic Abuse. 37-year old Jacob Lee Robertson was arrested For Domestic Abuse Assault, Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear on a citation. His bond was set at $300. And, 34-year old Ashley Nichole Rubio, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Council Bluffs at around 9:55-p.m. Tuesday, for Violation of a No Contact or Protective Order – Contempt of Court.
Council Bluffs Squirrel Cage Jail to air on Travel Channel in October - The Travel Channel will feature the Council Bluffs Squirrel Cage Jail on an episode of “Ghost Adventures” in October as part of the “Ghostober” event. In the series, the crew will explore haunted locations associated with infamous serial killers and seek to document whether malicious energy has been left behind by sadistic killers and their evil acts. Every Saturday, throughout October, viewers will follow the crew as they investigate locations such as the Squirrel Cage Jail, John Wayne Gacy’s prison cell, H.H. Holmes’ murder house and more. The series is set to premiere October 5th. The episode featuring the Squirrel Cage Jail will premiere October 19th. The Squirrel Cage Jail housed the infamous killer Jake Bird. After attacking a Carter Lake couple with an ax in 1925, Bird spent some time in the jail before being shipped to the state penitentiary in Fort Madison. In the late 1940s, Bird would confess to killing 44 people around the country.
3 arrests made following disturbance at IWCC - The Council Bluffs Police Department reports a large disturbance broke out at the Council Bluffs campus of Iowa Western Community College just before 1 am Wednesday morning. Authorities say the offenders got into two cars and attempted to flee the area. One vehicle was described as a red Honda Accord and the other a black Volvo. Officers located the Honda Accord on the college property headed towards Valley View Drive. Three of the occupants in the Honda Accord were arrested and charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury. The other vehicle has not been located and the offenders not identified. The offenders who were arrested are 19 year old Jalen Black Harris, 19 year old Malik L. Kidd, and 34 year old Titus Quinell Smith. All three offenders were charged with serious Assault.
Dains released from parole – Denison Bulletin - 42 year old Erica Marlys Dains, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for second-degree burglary and 2 years for accessory after the fact in the murders of Alice Husenga and Marvin Huelsing in 2014 was released from parole on Friday. Dains had been paroled to the supervision of the Iowa Third Judicial District Department of Correctional Services back in February. On September 24, 2018 she was released from the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women at Mitchellville and entered a work-release program at the residential facility in Sioux City. Dains had been in prison for 3 years, 3 months and 19 days at that time.
Pair from Texas arrested in Sioux City for use of fake credit cards - 35 year old Yuniel Sanchez of Grand Prairie, TX and 35 year old Shannon Marlow of Fort Worth, TX face federal charges after they were arrested in Sioux City with a moving van full of items authorities believe were purchased using stolen credit card numbers. The pair are scheduled to appear in US District Court in Sioux City today. A complaint filed Monday charges each with conspiracy to distribute interstate stolen property.
$28,534 donated to Treynor Fire and Rescue and $23, 546 to Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency from Firehouse Subs for equipment - Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation benefited multiple fire departments and communities in the Council Bluffs and Omaha area Tuesday morning by donating $162,892 in equipment. Treynor Fire and Rescue specifically received $28,534 for a monitor/defibrillator. Representatives from the Treynor Fire and Rescue, Pilger (Nebraska) Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Tekamah Rural Fire Department, Omaha Fire Department, Child Saving Institute and more gathered at Firehouse Subs, on West Maple Road in Omaha. Firehouse Subs was created in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and has since donated $44 million worth of life saving equipment in 49 states along with Puerto Rico and Canada. Patrons have donated by rounding up their tab to the nearest dollar, purchasing a recycled pickle bucket for donations, donating to the spare change canister, and, throughout October, purchasing medallions to hang on the wall for first responders month. Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency also received $23,546, for a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) with rock/brush guards, off-road LED lighting, a mirror and storage rack
USDA approves payments for flood-spoiled grain in SW Iowa bins - Radio Iowa - Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig says the USDA disaster relief package unveiled Monday includes money for southwest Iowa farmers who had stored grain destroyed by this spring’s flooding. According to state officials, farmers in Fremont, Mills and Pottawattamie Counties lost nearly $11 million worth of corn and soybeans when Missouri River floodwaters swamped their grain bins. In some cases, the submerged grain swelled as it spoiled and the walls of the bins ruptured. Officials estimate more than $11.5 million worth of damage was done to 418 Iowa grain bins this spring. Naig said Iowa farmers have sustained significant losses from spring weather events and the USDA payments for stored grain that was ruined are welcome relief. The USDA is also preparing bonus payments for some farmers who could not get their flooded fields planted this spring. A USDA news release indicates stored-grain payments will be based on 75% of the crop’s 2018 value, on the assumption that the grain was harvested last year release. Farmers can begin signing up for the federal disaster aid this Wednesday, September 11th.
Montgomery County News – 9-11-19 At 6 pm, Tuesday night, officers of the Red Oak Police Department were dispatced to North 2nd Street in Red Oak for a fight in progress. Officers arrested 42 year old Pegge Williams and 39 year old Penny Griggs both of Red Oak for breach of peace. Both were transported to the Montgomery County Jail and are being held on 300 dollars bond. Shortly after noon Tuesday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office arrested 44 year old Alan Paul Gray of Villisca at a residence in Villisca. Gray was arrested on a Page County warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card. He was taken to the Page County Jail and held on $2000 bond.
$20,000 drop in tuition at Central College in Pella - There’s been a dramatic drop in the price of tuition for students starting fall 2020 at Central College in Pella. Central will offer annual tuition at $18,600, that in a statement today from the College. That’s a $20,000 decrease from the tuition of $38,600 for the 2019-2020 school year. The change offers more transparency to what students and families actually pay. The college will still offer scholarships and financial aid. Central’s new tuition and financial aid pricing is clearer and easier to understand. President Mark Putnam says it’s an important commitment to their students, families, alumni and donors.
Young cattle producers sought for leadership program - In an on-going effort to build future leadership for both the Iowa cattle industry and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, the ICA is taking applications for the 2020 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program. The application deadline is November 1th and can be downloaded from the ICA website, iacattlemen.org. Those selected for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program will meet six time in the coming year. They will tour beef production facilities, learn about trending cattle issues, enhance their leadership and communication skills, and play an active role in the legislative process. The program is free to all participants. The application for YCLP asks potential participants to explain why they are interested in participating in the program, as well as explaining their goals and giving their vision for the future of the cattle industry. Preference will be given to current ICA members.
Farm Safety Week September 15th through the 21st – The 76th observance of Farm Safety and Health Week will be held September 15th through the 21st. The theme is “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear.” This special week of safety and health observance is important today because agriculture ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States. The fall harvest time is typically the busiest season of the year and the time when agriculture reports the largest number of injuries. During this time of year, remember to encourage others to put farm safety into high gear to prevent tragic injuries. The Iowa Farm Safety C council and Iowa State University encourages Iowans to put farm safety into practice by using only tractors that have rollover protective structures, say no to extra riders on tractors, retro fit operating tractors with rollover protective structures and understand that people near tractors may be obscured from the operators sight.
Auditor Mark Maxwell encourages Iowans to participate in National Voter Registration Month - Shelby County Auditor Mark Maxwell joins Secretary of State Paul Pate and auditors across Iowa in encouraging all eligible residents to participate in National Voter Registration Month by registering to vote or making sure their voter information is current. The goal of the having the combined school and city elections is to increase turnout, make sure you take that first step and register to vote now, if you have recently moved, change your address in the election system by notifying the auditor's office. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established September as National Voter Registration Month in 2002 to encourage voter participation and increase awareness. Voting for the city and school elections begins in just a few weeks and the Iowa Caucuses are on the horizon, so now is a great time to make sure you’re registered to vote, and your information is current. Iowa is one of the top states in the nation for voter registration and voter participation. The goal is for us to be number one. Tuesday, September 24 is National Voter Registration Day. Last year, nearly 5,000 Iowans used the state’s online voter registration system on that day last year. Registering to vote in Iowa has never been easier. There are several options are available and it only takes a few minutes. You can register anytime online, through the mail, at various government agency offices, at a voter registration drive, at military recruiting centers, and in-person at your polling place. Approximately 90 percent of eligible Iowans are registered to vote, and there are more than two million active registered voters in the state. To check your voter registration status, register to vote or update your information visit VoterReadyIowa.org or shco.org
Survey for Community Center project being sent out in Avoca - Avoca City Manager Cling Fichter said the city of Avoca has been discussing a Community Center for several years and now a survey is being sent out to residents regarding that potential community center project. A large donation was made towards a possible community center a few years ago. The purpose of the survey is to go back to step one and gather information to see if they support the project and what kind of project they would support. This will be a random survey of residents within the community and it will be sent out by Iowa State University through the mail this week. One donor has committed $500,000 to the project and the City has committed another $500,000. Fichter says they are looking at about 1.5 million dollar project. For the remaining funds, Fichter says a bond is a possibility, but if they had to do that, it would require a public vote and a large amount of public support as well.
Loess Hills Alliance Protection Committee accepting grant proposals - The Protection Committee of the Loess Hills Alliance is soliciting proposals that protect and / or preserve the natural and cultural resources of the Loess Hills, while assuring economic viability and protection of property rights. Projects may include conservation easements, educational components of land protection, restoration of conservation easement protected lands and public lands and any other proposals that meet the Mission of the Protection Committee and strive to protect and preserve the Loess Hills. The Committee anticipates awarding up to $12,500 in 2019. Grant awards will be made from available funds provided by the Iowa Legislature. Projects must be located in the Loess Hills landform. Any person, agency, group or community in the Loess Hills landform is eligible to apply. Applications are due October 4th at 4:30 pm. Forms can be found at loesshillsalliance.com.
Shelby County Voters – Combined City and School Elections Notice - New legislation will be used this fall as the regular city and school elections will be held on the same day. The most noticeable change from past school elections may by your polling place. 1. If you live in a city, your polling place does not change from your last City election. The applicable school races will be on your ballot. 2. If you live outside of city limits your polling location may change. The best way to remember where to vote is the past November elections and future November elections, will be in the same place from now on. If you voted in the last presidential election, in Shelby County, you will vote in the same place for the city/school election this fall. 3. If your residence in Shelby County, you will vote in Shelby County. The City of Elk Horn as well as the residents of Monroe and Clay townships will vote in Elk Horn. The Cities of Kirkman and Irwin as well as all residents of Greeley, Jefferson, Douglas and Polk townships will vote in the Irwin Community Hall. The Cities of Portsmouth and Harlan will vote in Harlan as well as all residents of Cass, Lincoln, Center and Jackson townships. The cities of Tennant and Shelby as well as all residents of Fairview and Shelby townships will vote in Shelby. And the cities of Panama, Westphalia, Portsmouth and Earling will vote in Earling as well as all residents of Washington, Westphalia, Grove and Union Townships. LifeServe Blood Center is urging blood donors to roll up a sleeve to save local hospital patients this September. There will be a LifeServe blood donation opportunity on Monday, September 16th from 2 to 5:30 pm at Schleswig Community Building in Schleswig. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 800-287-4903.
Activities at the Harlan Public Library - Tuesday, September 17th - 3 pm - Tech Time - 4 pm - Book Worms and Libraries on the Go Wednesday, September 18th - 10 am - Classic Movie: Groundhog Day - 10:30 am - Story Time: Music - 4 pm- Nancy Drew: Iowa's Heroine to the world Thursday, September 19th - 4 pm - Kids Movie: Dumbo - 6:30 pm - Flannel Pumpkins Saturday, September 21st - 10 am - Babies and Books - Lapsit Stories and Songs for Babies Monday, September 23rd - 4 pm - Young Writers Workshop Tuesday, September 24th - 3 pm - Tech Time - 4 pm - Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, September 25th - 10:30 am - Story Time: Apples - 7 pm - 5 o'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, September 26th - 5 pm - Adult Creative Writing Group - 6:30 pm - Family Fun Night - paper airplanes. The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, September 17th. 4:30 to 6:30 at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. They will be serving a potato bar and dessert. This is open to everyone. A free will donation is asked from those that eat in.
A Shelby County Chamber Ambassador visit will be held at 9 am, Wednesday, September 18th at Schumacher Family Chiropractic in Harlan. Dr Dan and Sarah are celebrating Chiropractic Founder's Day.
Blood Donations Needed - The Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood. Individuals can schedule an appointment to give now by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Upcoming donation opportunities include: Wednesday, September 18th - 11 to 5 pm - St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia Thursday, September 19th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA 11:30 to 5:30 pm - Treynor Community Center Monday, September 23rd - 12 Noon to 6 pm = Exira REC Center Tuesday, September 24th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church Wednesday, September 25th - 1 to 6 pm - Neola Community Center Tuesday, October 1st - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan. Wednesday, October 9th - 7:30 am to 1:30 pm Harlan High School Friday, October 18th - 8 am to 2 pm - IKM-Manning High School in Manning Tuesday, October 22nd - 7:30 am to 1 pm - Atlantic High School Tuesday, October 29th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Thursday, November 7th - 7:30 am to 1 pm - Conductix in Harlan 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
"City Lights" is the theme for this year's Myrtue Medical Center Auxiliary's bazaar, Thursday, September 19th, from 11 to 1 at Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan. Come and shop for great items from the home shop to the Christmas Store....and even Masquerade jewerly. Admission is $11 and includes a delicious Staley's Chicken Dinner plus apple crisp or brownie.
SWIPCO will hold a Mini-Conference and meeting in Woodbine on Thursday, September 19th. Enjoy informative tours of Woodbine development projects and Sessions by SWIPCO staff. The conference begins at 9:30 with lunch and a program at noon. Please RSVP to Dee Holtz at 712-243-4196. The event and lunch are free, but you do need to RSVP to reserve your place.
Volunteers are needed for the 2019 Southwest Iowa Mobile Pack for Feed My Starving Children September 20th and 21st, at Vet’s Memorial Building in Harlan. They are planning on packing 108,864 meals over the 2 days. Set up will be held on Friday, September 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 with packing on Friday from Noon to 2 pm and Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Clean up will be held on Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30. You may volunteer online at give.fmsc.org/swia or contact Charlie or Joyce Poggensee at 755-2264.
St. Mary's Church in Avoca is the setting for an ecumenical women's morning of reflection on Saturday, October 5th. Brunch and registration are at 9 am. Attendees are invited to bring a freewill donation canned good for the local food pantry. RSVP by September 21st to 784-3570.
The 43rd annual Greenridge Steam and Gas Show will be held Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd one mile south, one mile west and 1 1/2 miles south of Irwin. Come and enjoy Birds of Prey presentation including a live eagle, hawk and owl, a feal market, sorghum cooking, threshing, corn shelling, stationary baler, broom making, saw mill, shingle making, blacksmith shop, statioonary gas engines, apple cider making, grist flour mill, rock crusher, antique machinery, quilt show, talent show, country music, homemade ice cream, field demonstrations, a parade each day and Sunday morning worship services.
The Walnut Antique Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 21st from 8 to 5 and Sunday, September 22nd from 8 to 3. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. Come and see a variety of antiques, primitives, toys, stoneware, advertising, furniture, upcycled and repurposed items.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, September 24th. 4:30 to 6:30 at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. This is their Annual Awareness Night, sponsored by Hy-Vee, The Buck Snort and the Congregational Church. The meal is in honor of a wonderful friend.
The First United Methodist Church of Harlan will have a Staley's Chicken Dinner on Wednesday, September 25th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Vet's Auditorium in Harlan. The cost for adults is 11 dollars, kids age 4 to 10 years, only $5, and 3 and under eat for free. Come and enjoy chicken, potatoes and gravy, corn and homemade salads and pies, too! Dine in or carry out.
The 6th annual Immanuel Lutheran Breakfast will be held Sunday, September 29th, from 9:30 to 12:30 in the fellowship hall at the church in Kimballton. Enjoy an egg bake, pancakes, sausage, waffles, rolls and muffins, fruit and yogurt and beverages, all for a free will offering. The Sunday School kids will also have a bake sale.
The Harlan Masons will hold their annual Breakfast Fundraiser, Sunday, September 29th, from 8:30 to 12:30 at the American Legion Building on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. For a free will donation, you can enjoy biscuits and gravy, eggs, pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee. The event is sponsored by Parian Masonic Lodge No. 321.
----- The Shelby County Public Health Department will hold an Immunization Clinic for Children, Wednesday, October 2nd from 2 to 6 pm at Community Health. 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 appointment there. Influenza vaccination clinics will also be held in October at the Community Health Building at 2712 12th Street in Harlan. To schedule an appointment, call 755-4422.
The first Shelby County Longest Table will be held October 5th. The event, which has been gaining popularity around the country, features a community table and a meal that features local food. The goal for this event is to educate consumers by providing new experiences, build community and create awareness of locally produced food. Profits from this event will be donated to the Community Chest to benefit multiple Shelby County Programs. The meal will be 5 courses, feature area producers and prepared by Chef James Calkins from Milk and Honey. The meal will take place on the west side of the court house on the square in downtown Harlan. In case of inclement weather it will be held at New Park Coffee. Tickets are $35 per plate and available online at Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased directly from the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A limited amount of tickets are available.
Farmhand Brewing Company at 101 Main Street in Earling will hold an Open House Saturday, October 5th, starting at 11 am. Come and meet the newest Chamber member and check out this great brewer in Earling.
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, October 10th Thursday, November 14th Thursday, December 12th Thursday, January 9th Thursday, February 13th Thursday, March 12th Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th
Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 12th with activities starting a 3 pm and going late into the night! Join them for beer, food, games, music and friends. The Hausbarn-Heritage Park offers 2 options for admission. A $10 general admission which includes admittance and the evening's entertainment or a $25 Oktoberfest Package, which includes self-guided tours of the park from 3 to 5, the authentic German meal, all of the evening's dancing and entertainment and access to the late night patio party. This package must be reserved by Saturday, October 5th . For more information, call 655-3131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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