Thursday, September 24th, 2020 Today's Weather Outlook - (9-24-20) - A front moving across the upper midwest resulted in overnight light showers across southern Minnesota, though most encountered too much dry air for rain to reach the ground in Iowa. Clouds this morning trail along the front into central and southern Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Temperatures across the area have remain in the upper 50s to low 60s overnight with wind out of the south at 5 to 10 mph. This front will continue to lift east through the day, though by this afternoon an isolated thunderstorm is possible across northeast Iowa. Highs this afternoon will warm into the upper 70s and low 80s with breezy south winds. Winds increase Friday and usher in warm temperatures with it. Expect highs in the 80s to near 90 in some locations, with much of the same again on Saturday. A cool front will move through on Saturday, and while some may see an isolated thunderstorm, most areas will remain dry. Windy conditions Monday and Tuesday as temperatures take a sharp downward turn, with highs in the 50s and 60s by midweek. Covid-19 News
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: 9-24-20 As of 8 am on September 24th, there were 0 additional cases of COVID-19 reported in Shelby County for a total of 246 cases. 231 individuals have been released, and 15 individuals are currently being monitored. As of the last report, there are 41 tests pending results. Shelby County is reported to have a 14 day positivity rate of 6.2%.
Iowa COVID-19 Update - (9-24-20) - updated 10 am Iowa’s 14-day positivity rate is climbing as 14 counties now report a coronavirus positivity rate greater than 15%. The Iowa Department of Public Health at 10 am today reported 1,341 new coronavirus cases and six additional deaths. IDPH reported a total of 83,347 positive cases, 61,466 recoveries and 1,299 deaths since the pandemic began. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the state had reported 82,006 total cases and 1,293 deaths. IDPH reports a statewide 14-day positivity rate of 9.1%, up from 8.8% the previous day. One of four Iowans have been tested for the virus, while one of 38 have tested positive. IDPH data shows 14 Iowa counties report a positivity rate greater than 15% over the last 14 days, up from 12 the previous day. That means public schools within those counties can apply for a waiver with the state to provide 100% virtual learning. Sioux, Osceola, Lyon, Crawford, Audubon, Henry, Sac, Plymouth, Fremont, Ida, Dubuque, Woodbury, Winnebago and O’Brien counties show positivity rates greater than 15%, with Sioux, Osceola, Lyon, Crawford and Audubon counties reporting a rate greater than 20%. Sioux County is now at 30.6%. State data shows 41 long-term care facilities reporting coronavirus outbreaks, unchanged from the previous day. There are 962 positive cases and 557 recoveries within those facilities. The state reports 676 deaths in Iowa’s long-term care facilities, accounting for more than half of the deaths in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health’s latest data shows 113 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Region 4 from 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23, to 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 24. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 33 additional positive tests in Pottawattamie County, 20 additional positive cases in Crawford County, 14 additional positive cases in Fremont County, 13 more in Harrison County, and 10 additional positive tests in Cass County. The IDPH reports eight additional positive cases in Page County, six additional positive tests in Audubon County, five more in Mills, and four additional positive tests in Adams County. In RMCC Region 4, there are 16 patients hospitalized, three are in ICU, six admitted in the past 24 hours, and one patient is on a ventilator. Listed below are the total number of positive cases and recoveries per county in Region 4. Shelby- 246 (231 recovered) (1 death) Adams- 33 (26 recovered) Audubon-70 (35 recovered) (1 death) Cass- 149 (119 recovered) (2 deaths) Crawford-1,042 (811 recovered) (5 deaths) Fremont- 104 (57 recovered) Harrison- 196 (155 recovered) (2 deaths) Mills- 174 (124 recovered) (1 death) Montgomery- 90 (82 recovered) (5 deaths) Page- 150 (138 recovered) Pottawattamie-2,040 (1,668 recovered) (38 deaths) In Region 1, the IDPH reports eight new positive tests in Guthrie County bringing the total to 240 (163 recovered) (5 deaths). The IDPH reports no new positive tests in Adair County, keeping the total to 68 (47 recovered) (1 death).
Despite Covid cases, Exira-EHK will stay with regular school schedule – (9-24-20) - Despite staff members of Exira-EHK school district missing days due to COVID-19, Superintendent Trevor Miller says the district continues to evaluate their best learning model with the staff they have available. Miller says they have been able to stay onsite, and have enough staff to cover for subs. They are also thinking about what they would do if they have a larger outbreak. They never know what tomorrow might bring. The district has opted to continue using Wednesday as a distance learning day each week through the rest of the 2nd quarter. That day, the staff gets a chance to work with students one on one in small groups. Miller adds they are working to decide on the format of parent/teacher conferences and may do a combination of virtual and in person.
Atlantic Superintendent issues statement on cases of COVID-19 – (9-24-20) - A number of recent COVID-19 cases have been reported through the buildings of the Atlantic School District. On Wednesday, Atlantic Superintendent Steve Barber issued a statement in regards to the situation. “We continue to be notified of positive COVID-19 cases for both staff and students at multiple locations. Our partnership with Cass County Public Health is a good one, and as we are made aware of new positive cases, we work collaboratively with them in determining the appropriate response. Public Health will be in direct communication with individuals who are determined to be in close contact with a positive case. Additionally, the District will be communicating with those individuals who are affected by these positive cases. We continue to follow the CDC and IDPH guidelines as the spike in cases have occurred in Cass County. I would encourage everyone to follow our mitigation strategies of social distancing, hand-washing, mask usage, disinfecting and other strategies to help stop the spread.”
Denison High School going to hybrid schedule from September 23-October 19 – (9-23-20) The Denison Community School District announced on twitter that the high school will be going to a hybrid learning schedule beginning today -Wednesday, September 23 - and lasting until Friday, October 19. The hybrid model means that students will alternate between on-site and off-site learning in smaller groups. According to what the district posted, students whose last names begin with A-K will be in one group -called the Purple group - and students whose last names begin with L-Z will be in the Gold group.
Fifth COVID-19 death reported for Crawford County – Denison Bulletin & Review - (9-23-20) A fifth COVID-19 death in Crawford County was reported Tuesday, according to Kim Fineran, director of Crawford County Home Health, Hospice & Public Health. The Denison Bulletin and Review reports Fineran said the individual who died was in the 61-80 age range. Three other Crawford County residents who died from COVID-19 were also in the 61-80 age range. One individual who died was in the 80 and older age group. The first COVID-19 death in the county was reported in April. The fourth death had been reported over the September 12 weekend. That individual was Jurgen Stobbe, 76, of Manilla, owner of the Manilla Bowl. His online obituary with Ohde Funeral Home said he died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, September 8, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Before that, Crawford County had been at three COVID-19 deaths since early July. Fineran said that approximately 30 percent of the new cases her office was notified of last week were residents of Schleswig, and approximately 50 percent of the new cases were residents of Denison. The remaining cases were distributed through the rest of the county. Crawford County is among top counties for COVID-19 by percent of positive cases on a 14-day average – 22.2 percent, according to coronavirius.iowa.gov. As of Tuesday morning, that was the fourth highest percentage in the state. Sioux County has a 30 percent 14-day average of positive cases. Osceola is at 24.1 percent and Lyon County is at 22.4 percent. General News -
Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Campground at Lake Manawa today – (9-24-20) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and local community groups will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new campground at Lake Manawa State Park this afternoon at 1 pm. The new campground will be located west of the current beach area, and plans to open in September 2021. The new 40-site campground will have a shower/restroom facility, along with full hook-up sites and tourism opportunities while enhancing park amenities. According to Michelle Reinig, DNR Southwest Iowa District Park Supervisor of Parks, Forests and Preserves, Lake Manawa is located in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area and hosts a variety of users. It’s currently a high day-use park with over one million users annually. The addition of the new campground will provide another opportunity and avenue for people to use the state’s natural resources for overnight use. The area has all kinds of events and activities where people are looking for an overnight stay. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at Shelter $6, located near the Dreamland Playground and Lake Manawa Beach. The new campground facilities will cost $3 million, with funding from Parks and Institutional Roads fund, Land and Water Conservation Fund and state capital infrastructure funds.
Harlan Community School Board Joint Workshop with Shelby County Board of Health to be held this Thursday – (9-22-20) - The Harlan Community School District Board of Directors will hold a joint board workshop with the Shelby County Board of Health at 7 pm, Thursday, September 24th, at the CG Therkildsen Center in Harlan. The Board Agenda workshop will include the Board of Health Purpose and Role, Examples of their activities, review recommendations from the September 1st, Board of Health meeting, how future recommendations will be communicated to the School Board, ways to improve communication and information between the two boards, Pandemic Preventative Measures: Pillars of Prevention Review, how can they collaborate to better serve the community and school during the pandemic and other discussion/next step items.
Myrtue Medical Center Influenza Clinics – (9-10-20) - Myrtue Medical Center will be offering Influenza Clinics. Appointments are requested at the Harlan Clinics and the Ayzlee Drive Up Clinic in Elk Horn. Masks are encouraged and you are asked to wear clothing that will allow a shot, such as a short-sleeved shirt. Drive up clinics will be held: Saturday, September 26th – 9 am to noon – Community Health in Harlan Monday, September 28th – 5 to 8 pm – Ayzlee’s Clinic at the Elk Horn School (this is a Drive-thru Clinic) Wednesday, September 30th – 9 am to noon – Irwin Community Building Thursday, October 1st – 3 to 7 pm – Community Health in Harlan Friday,October 2nd – 9 to 11 am - MMC Earling Clinic Friday, October 9th – 3 to 7 pm – Ayzlee’s Family Night, Community Health in Harlan (Walk-thru Clinic) Wednesday, October 14th – 9 am to 1 pm – Community Health in Harlan Saturday, October 24th – 9 am to noon – Community Health in Harlan For an appointment call 755-4422 or go to shelbycountyclinics.com.
Museum of Danish America needs volunteers - (9-23-20) - Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 26th at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn to help collect seeds from prairie plants. The collected seeds will be used in the park to revitalize its existing plant communities. Volunteers will be given seeds to take home with them. Volunteers should bring work gloves and a cutting tool for hard stems,and they should wear attire appropriate for the outdoors. Water and instructions will be provided. Those available to help should gather at 9 am or 1 pm on Saturday in the stone ring just east of the Museum of Danish America.
AtlanticFest 2020 Cancelled – KJAN - (8-31-20) Sister station KJAN reports officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce said AtlanticFest, which had been rescheduled for September 26th, has been cancelled. Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bailey Smith says “With COVID-19 cases rising in our county, the extension of the State Public Health Emergency and other liability concerns, AtlanticFest isn’t feasible this year. We understand how eager everyone is to get out and about. AtlanticFest draws thousands of people every year and the health of the community is our highest priority.” AtlanticFest, presented by First Whitney Bank & Trust, is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year and has been a community staple for almost 30 years. To still offer a community event, the Chamber will be hosting a Drive-In Movie September 26th. Smith said “We wanted to be able to give everyone an opportunity to get out of the house while maintaining social distancing. We’ve had a few Drive-In movie events over the last couple years that have been a hit and we’re excited to be able to offer it again.”
Woodbine Applefest canceled for this year – (6-25-20) – Woodbine’s Applefest has been canceled this year. Scheduled for September 26th, the organizers made the announcement on their Facebook page. Vendors who paid their fees have the option of a refund or can roll that over to next year’s Applefest, which is now scheduled for September 25th, 2021. The festival has been traditionally scheduled for the last Saturday of September and draws about 13 to 15 thousand people.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Report – (9-24-20) - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office released their weekly arrest report. On Wednesday, September 23rd, 44-year-old Charlie Raymond Bird of Hancock was arrested by Pottawattamie County authorities on an active warrant for failure to appear for initial court appearance in Shelby County Magistrate Court. Bird was released on August 29th, with a promise to appear and failed to make said appearance. Bird was seen later that evening and plead guilty to the charges and assessed a fine and released from jail. Tuesday, September 22nd, two people were arrested following a traffic stop along the 1100 block of Highway M16. 29-year-old Dale John Kraft of Bellevue NE was arrested for felon in possession of firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, no seat belt, no proof of insurance, and speeding citation. Kraft was held in jail without bond pending appearance before magistrate, where he was released later after posting a required $5,000 surety bond. The passenger, 24-year-old Isabella Lucille James from Omaha, NE was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. James was released the following morning on her own recognizance. Monday, September 21st, 40-year-old Jason Michael Parker of Avoca turned himself into authorities on an active warrant from an earlier investigation regarding a complaint filed with the Sheriff’s Office. Parker was charged with Domestic Abuse assault and attempted burglary 2nd and held in jail under no bond pending appearance before the magistrate. Parker was released the following day on his own recognizance. Also on Monday, 45-year-old Scott Allen Hall of Belmond IA, and 47-year-old Jennifer Ann Hall of Belmond were arrested on active warrants out of Shelby County for controlled substance violation, failure to affix drug tax stamp, and prohibited acts penalties: Scott Hall is being held in jail under a $25,000 cash or surety while Jennifer Hall is being held under $5,000 cash or surety bond pending future court date. Sunday, September 20th, 35 -year-old Alexander Patrick Pederson of Irwin was arrested following a traffic stop along the 1700 block of Highway M47. Irwin was charged with Prohibited Acts, Possession of Controlled substance marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to maintain control. Pederson was transported to the jail without incident and held under a $3300 cash or surety bond and was released the following morning on his own recognizance and given a future court date. Saturday, September 19th, 31-year-old Dustin Allen Delgado of Irwin was arrested following a traffic stop the 1400 block of Highway M47. Delgado was charged with driving while barred – habitual offender and transported to the jail without incident. Delgado was originally held under $2000 cash or surety bond, and after appearance with Magistrate required to post $1000 cash or surety bond. Delgado was given a future court date and released after posting the required surety bond. And on Thursday, September 17th, two people were arrested after a traffic stop along County Road M-16 and 750th St in Shelby County. Upon further investigation, 54-year-old Loni Sue Anderson of Shelby and 50-year-old James Patrick Heffernan of Dunlap were arrested for being in violation of a contact order against each other. Furthermore, Heffernan was charged with possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both parties were transferred to the jail without incident, and Anderson was released the following morning on her own recognizance. Heffernan was held in jail under a $5000 cash or surety bond, and a warrant for failure to serve previous jail time mittimus. He was released later after posting required cash bond and serving jail time from previous charge. Also on the 17th, 56-year-old Rafael Limon-Mora of Denison was arrested from the Iowa State Patrol and was charged with driving while barred habitual offender. Limon-Mora was brought to the jail and held under $2000 cash or surety bond and released the following morning on his own recognizance. And 36-year-old Jesse James Bauer of Fountain CO was arrested following a traffic stop along the 400 block of Highway M47. Bauer was charged with prohibited acts, possession of controlled substance marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding citation. Bauer was transported to the jail without incident and held under $3300 cash or surety bond, and was then released on his own recognizance, the following morning.
Accident report from Cass County Sheriff’s Office - (9-24-20) - On Saturday, September 19th at 1:35 p.m. the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident on White Pole Road. A 1999 Buick Century owned and driven by 59-year-old Jeffrey Gene Johnson of Atlantic, was traveling northeast on White Pole Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle, entering the west ditch and flipping over into a utility pole. The driver was transported to the hospital via private vehicle. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3,000. Johnson was cited for Failure to Maintain Control. Tuesday, September 22nd at 2:19 p.m. the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle accident near Olive Street and Echo Road. A 2004 Ford F350 driven by 40-year-old Nicholas Gene Paulsen of Atlantic, was traveling south on Olive Street when the driver crossed into the northbound lane, sideswiping a 2007 Peterbilt semi driven by 23-year-old Hank Andrew Hackett of Carson, and traveled further south, entering the east ditch. Paulsen reported minor injuries; a passenger was uninjured. Hackett reported no injuries. Damage to Hackett’s vehicle is estimated at $3,500; damage to Paulsen’s vehicle is estimated to be a total loss. Upon further investigation, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Paulsen on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense - a Serious Misdemeanor. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on $1,000 bond. And at 6:55 this morning, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident on Richmond Road (Highway 92). A 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette owned and driven by 58-year-old Donald William Chupp of Cumberland, was eastbound on Richland Road when it was struck in the rear by a 2003 Chevy Impala driven by 34-year-old Patrick Nathaniel West of Atlantic. No injuries were reported. Damage to Chupp’s vehicle is estimated at $3,000; damage to West’s vehicle is also estimated at $3,000. West was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.
Head-on fatality west of Creston Wednesday night – (9-24-20) - 25 year old Todd M. Murray of Creston suffered fatal injuries following a head-on collision Wednesday night west of Creston. The Iowa State Patrol reports the accident occurred at 11:52 pm, 1 mile west of Creston on Highway 34. Troopers said that a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Murray was eastbound on Highway 34 and for unknown reasons crossed the center line of the roadway and collided head-on with a 2021 Kenworth semi driven by 42 year old William J. Caraway of Bondurant. Both vehicles left the roadway and came to rest in the ditch. Murray was wearing a seat belt but suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Caraway was not listed as suffering any injuries.
Update on last Friday’s officer involved shooting in Council Bluffs – (9-24-20) After requesting arrests warrants for Ian James Lybarger yesterday, the Council Bluffs police department reports that Lybarger was arrested last night in northwest Missouri, following a pursuit that began in Red Oak. Lybarger is currently being held at the Atchison County Jail in Rock Port, MO. Lybarger has been charged by the Council Bluffs Police Department with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer – a Class D Felony – Leaving the scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Operation of a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent and theft 5th Degree. Lybarger has been identified as the driver of the white Mazda CX-9 involved in the incident at Wal-Mart last Friday evening. Council Bluffs Police officer John Kuebler attempted to remove Lybarger from the Mazda, resulting in Kuebler being dragged several feet before he fired one round from his handgun at Lybarger. The round struck the Mazda, but did not hit Lybarger. At the time of the Wal-Mart incident, Lybarger was already wanted on an outstanding felony warrant, for Theft by Receiving, issued in Douglas County, NE.
Name released of motorcyclist killed on Vet’s Highway in Council Bluffs – Daily Nonpareil - (9-24-20) - Police have released the name of a motorcyclist that was killed following a wreck on Veteran’s Memorial Highway last Saturday in Council Bluffs. Patricia Ehlers died Monday from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle wreck that occurred around 7:40 pm. The wreck happened on Veteran’s Memorial Highway at the South 24th Street intersection. A driver in a 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup traveling eastbound on Veterans Memorial Highway turn in front of Ehlers, who was riding a 2017 Harley Davidson westbound on the highway, Police have not released the name of the pickup driver. The name will be released after the investigation into the accident is completed.
Oakland man arrested on Mills County warrants - (9-24-20) - 52 year old Darren Keith Brooks of Oakland was arrested by Mills County Sheriff's deputies on warrants for 2 counts of Violation of Probation. Brooks was served the warrants on Tuesday night at Pottawattamie County Corrections. He is being held on $10,000 bond.
Crawford County Law Enforcement News – Denison Bulletin & Review - (9-23-20) - At 11:40 a.m. on September 18, Jim Beckman reported finding a possible grenade in an abandoned house on Elm Street in Schleswig. The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were contacted to make sure it was an actual training grenade. That was confirmed, and the training grenade was turned over to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. On Friday, September 18th, 59 year old James Bernard Schiltz of Denison was arrested for driving while barred. The traffic stop took place at Avenue C/Arrowhead Road in Denison. 45 year old Chad Daniel Study of Denison was arrested for public intoxication. And 23 year old Matthew Jordan Moran of Denison was arrested for OWI-2nd offense and failure to obey a street device. The traffic stop took place on Highway 30 and South 11th Street. Saturday, September 19th, 31 year old Jose Luis Pena Sanchez was given a verbal warning for the expired plates on his vehicle and for the obstructed view of the license plate. He was issued a citation for having a suspended driver’s license. And shortly after 10 pm Saturday, an underage drinking party was reported northwest Manilla. Numerous individuals were cited for minor in possession with juvenile court referrals made. A few accidents were also reported. On Thursday, September 17th, a backing accident happened in the parking lot at Crawford County Memorial Hospital. 40 year old Nicholas Allen Rothmeyer of Woodbine, was driving a blue 2011 Ford Escape, and 65 year old Constance Susan Wight, of Denison, was driving a gold 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. Both vehicles were backing from opposite parking spaces and backed into each other. Both drivers reported not seeing the other’s vehicle. Wight’s Equinox received $1,000 damage to the rear passenger side corner. Rothmeyer’s Escape was not damaged. No injuries were reported. A parked vehicle was struck on North 20th Street. 50 year old Tina Sue Schwery, 50, of Woodbine, was driving a silver 2018 Nissan Rouge. As she pulled into 216 North 20th Street, her vehicle collided with a green 2009 Dodge van which was parked at the same residence. Schwery’s vehicle received $5,000 damage to the font middle. The Dodge van received $2,000 damage to the rear passenger side corner. And that evening, a hit-and-run accident occurred on 2nd Avenue North in Denison. A blue 2006 Chrysler Town & Country van collided with a silver 2008 Chevrolet Malibu as the van was backing from a driveway. The van left the scene without reporting the incident. The driver of the van, 18 year old Maria Rios Galan, of Denison, was later contacted. She admitted to committing the offense. The Malibu received $500 damage to the rear driver’s side. Rios Galan’s vehicle received $200 damage to the rear driver’s side corner. Rios Galan was cited for unsafe backing on a highway. On Friday, September 18th, a backing accident occurred on North Main Street in Denison. 54 year old Jody Sue Watje of Denison, was driving a maroon 2018 Jeep Cherokee. 57 year old Dennis Edward Nekuda, of Schleswig, was driving a blue 2012 Dodge Ram pickup. Watje was backing from the second angled parking stall on the east side of North Main, just south of 1st Avenue North. Nekuda was driving north on North Main and stopped at the intersection with 1st Avenue North. Watje failed to see the trailer attached to Nekuda’s pickup and her vehicle struck the right front wheel of the trailer. Watje said she did not see the trailer due to blind spots in her vehicle and did not see the trailer in her back-up camera. Nekuda’s trailer was not damaged. Watje’s vehicle received $4,000 damage to the rear middle. No one was injured. Watje was given a verbal warning for improper backing from a parking stall.
Former Fleet Farm worker gets probation for stealing $14,000 from store – (9-23-20) - A Bronson, Iowa, man has been placed on probation for stealing nearly $15,000 from cash registers at Sioux City's Fleet Farm store. 22 year old Robert Smith pleaded guilty Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of first-degree theft. District Judge Tod Deck deferred judgment, placed Smith on probation for three years and ordered him to pay $14,805 in restitution to Fleet Farm. Smith began taking cash from a cash register at the store on Sept. 30, 2018 -- a little more than a month after the store opened in the Sunnybrook Village shopping center -- and continued to take money from cash registers on a daily basis. He was arrested Nov. 19, 2018.
Montgomery County News - (9-23-20) - Red Oak Police arrested a Nebraska man on numerous drug charges, including trafficking Methamphetamine. Police conducted a traffic stop at 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday in the 200 block of S. 8th Street in Red Oak. During the investigation, officers arrested 46-year old Justin Matthew Dufek for violation of a no-contact order, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and drug trafficking methamphetamine. Authorities transported Dufek to the Montgomery County Jail. He is being held on a $50,000.00 bond. Red Oak Police also arrested Renea Dawn Dufek of Red Oak for possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on a $300.00 bond.
Income Tax School to be Offered Online this Fall – (9-22-20) - Tax preparers and advisers in Iowa and Wisconsin can plan ahead for the annual tax school offered by the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University. Despite a difficult year with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 47th edition of the Federal Income Tax School is still a go – this time in an online-only format. The program will be offered on select dates from Nov. 10 through Dec. 15, with the traditional two-day option, or the option to complete the training in four morning or four afternoon sessions, depending on preference. Participants will be eligible for 16 hours of continuing professional education credits. The sessions will be presented live to registrants, with opportunities for live question and answer throughout. This is the second year that the program is also being offered in Wisconsin, with the same speakers, dates and sessions. The agenda is updated each year to include new topics and a review of the basic questions tax preparers can expect to face. An additional option this year is the choice of two bonus tracks called “Ethics and Filing Considerations,” and “Financial Distress and Agricultural Issues.” Participants can select one of the tracks for an additional $15, and receive an additional four hours of CPE. Participants should register by Oct. 20 to receive the best rate of $300 for either the two-day or four-session class, and $15 for the optional bonus track. Registration after Oct. 20 is $335 or $350 with the bonus track. For more information, call 515-294-6365 or e-mail email@example.com.
September is Library Card sign-up month – (9-14-20) September is Library Card sign up month – With a library card you can discover new and exciting worlds! From borrowing audiobooks to streaming movies to taking virtual Do It Yourself classes, there is so much you can access with a library card. Pursue your passions and dreams through your library’s resources and programs. Visit the Harlan Community Library’s website at harlanlibrary.org for more information.
Harlan Library holding book sale - (8-28-20) - The Harlan Community Library is having their Annual Used Book Sale. They have lots of great stuff including Adult and Children's books, puzzles, DVDs, Audiobooks and music CDS. They are running the sale for 3 full months. The sale will be open during regular library hours. Social distancing and face coverings are required in the library. Dutch Oven Cooking Classes at Nishna Bend have been cancelled for September 28th.
Blood Donations Needed - Upcoming donation opportunities include: Monday, September 28th - noon to 6 pm - Exira Recreational Center Tuesday, September 29th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Harlan Veteran's Auditorium Wednesday, September 30th - 8:30 am to 1:30 pm - Boyer Valley High School in Dunlap Thursday, October 1st - noon to 6 pm - St. Peter's Parish Hall in Defiance. To schedule an appointment call Betty at 712/745-3271. Tuesday, December 29th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
Ernst Representative in Harlan on October 1st - (9-9-20) - A representative of Senator Ernst's office, Emily McKern, will be in Harlan at the Chamber building on October 1st from 1-2 pm as part of the traveling office. This is to assist Iowans in their dealings with federal agencies. Help is available for a range of casework issues including COVID-19 assistance, derecho recovery, Social Security, Medicare benefits, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs.
Virtual Outdoor Cooking Series – (8-25-20) - The Iowa becoming an Outdoors Woman Program is hosting outdoor cooking classes virtually where participants are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. Classes will be held October 5th and October 19th. Workshops are geared toward adults but are open to everyone. Participants under 18 are welcome with an adult present. Classes begin at 5:30 pm and last about 90 minutes. Participants will receive an ingredient list ahead of each session and are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. The relaxed format will allow for participants to ask questions during the class. The sessions will be led Christina Roelofs, Naturalist for the Shelby County Conservation Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Shawnell Richter and Lydia Goehring both Dutch Oven enthusiasts and instructors. Classes are Simple Campfire Recipes, Sandwich Makes and Dutch Oven Cooking. To register go to register-ed.com./events.
The Skate Park in Harlan located adjacent to the Stamp Aquatic Center is temporarily closed for repairs. Signs are posted and the area is fenced off.
The Iowa Community Kitchen at 1325 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan will be open Tuesday evenings from 4 to 6 pm. Here's their menus: October 6th - Chicken or Cheese enchiladas made by Carmen Mendez, Indian Rice, salad and dessert October 13th - Turkey bacon sliders, baked beans, chips and dessert October 20th - Chicken Pot Pie Soup, sandwich, chips and dessert October 27th - ground beef and rice casserole, green beans, bread and dessert.
The Shelby County Conservation Board is in need of four or five people to fill vacant spots for our Halloween event at Nishna Bend the weekend of October 10. This year will be a little different. We still want people to camp and decorate their campsites, but this year we do not want anybody handing out candy. We are going to make it a drive thru event. The Nishnabotna Conservation Foundation will provide candy, which they will package up and hand to vehicles as they pull in. Then people will drive around to look at the Halloween decorations and leave (and not get out of their cars). If you are interested in a site, please call Christina at 712-744-3403. There will be 1st and 2nd places prizes for decorations.
2020 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival canceled for October - (7-17-20) The Madison County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors says it has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival that was to be held October 10-11. We are saddened by this outcome and will miss the joy of coming together and making memories with family, friends, and guests to our community.
Arrowhead Park Chili Fest – (9-10-20) - Enjoy autumn at Arrowhead Park & join us for our annual Chili Fest this year done “Social Distance Style”. Pick up a tasty chili dinner at the park on Saturday, October 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. & have dinner at the park or take home to enjoy. Chili dinners include a large serving of tasty chili & crackers, all prepackaged & ready to go. Dinner is free but free will donations are gratefully accepted at the pickup window & will be used to support further improvements & low-cost programming at Arrowhead Park. No pre-registration is required. Due to COVID-19 the format for this annual event has been changed. Meals will be pre-packaged with cutlery included. Guests will enter Breezy Lodge, place their order & then proceed to the pickup station to retrieve their food. We will not be providing any covered & congregated seating options & we will not be hosting our traditional campground trick or treat, pumpkin painting, or hayrack rides. Chili Fest guests are welcome to remain at the park to enjoy their dinner if they like, picnic tables are available throughout the park. Guests are reminded to observe social distancing recommendations of at least 6’ between groups during their time at the park. Masks are recommended during pickup at Breezy Lodge. For questions not answered online please call Arrowhead Park at 712-485-2295.
Blood Donations Needed – (9-22-20) - LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive. There will be a blood drive Monday, October 12th, from noon to 5 pm at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. Remember appointments are required. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
Shrine Circus now cancelled in Sioux City – (7-29-20) – The 70th annual Shrine Circus in Sioux City that was postponed from the spring to late October has now been cancelled. David Krogh, spokesperson for the Shriners in Sioux City said they just want to make sure that their community stays safe. For more than two decades, the Shriners in Sioux City have had a contract with Carden International, the family-owned company that tours with the animals and circus act. Last week, the firm announced all its circuses for the rest of 2020 are cancelled. Organizers will now shift their focus on preparing to host the circus in mid-April of 2021.
Atlantic Trick-or-Treating set for October 31st - (9-17-20) - Atlantic Mayor Jones has designated Trick-or-Treating for Saturday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Due to COVID-19, the mayor requests participation in the following guidelines for 2020 Halloween: Keep your family and children in a group and don not mix or mingle with other children or families. Maintain a 6-foor distance if waiting to approach a house. Candy should be handed out, not presented in a container for everyone to put their hands in and choose from. Alternatively, participating households could set out individualized plastic or brown paper bags for children to tak individually. Masks or face coverings should be worn when approaching houses to accept candy being handed out and should be worn by those handing out candy, or when within 6 feet of those outside your family or social circle. Houses that wish to participate should turn their outdoor lights on.
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