Upcoming Red Cross Bloodmobiles - Thursday, February 15th - 8 am to 2 pm - Central Church in Carroll
Secretary of Agriculture to visit Southwest Iowa Friday - (2-15-24) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will be visiting a part of southwest Iowa Friday as part of his annual visit to each of Iowa’s 99 counties. He will be in Shelby County first. Secretary Naig will tour a brand new, Farm Service Cooperative Warehouse. He was unable to attend their open house last summer , so he will tour the warehouse and meet with employees and leadership to hear about current issues and how preparations for the spring planting season are going. In Harrison County, Secretary Naig will tour and learn about the IGNITE Pathways Land and Cattle Program in Woodbine. IGNITE was founded by a group of enterprising students in 2022. The program aims to provide practical learning opportunities in agriculture by renting a farm and raising chickens, goats, sheep and cattle. The students have demonstrated their commitment to the welfare of the animals by taking on the responsibility of sourcing resources, building and maintaining farm infrastructure and installing fences. Under the guidance of Justin Mills, Agriculture Instructor at IGNITE Pathways, the program has grown in scale and scope. The students gain invaluable hands-on experience in various aspects of agriculture, including caring for animals, crop cultivation and farm managements. Naig will then speak to a regional Iowa Corn Growers meeting in Missouri Valley about current topics in agriculture, provide an update on some of his priorities and initiatives, and take questions from the audience. And ahead of FFA Week next week, Secretary Naig will meet Friday with FFA members and ag students at Tri-Center and learn about their school’s efforts to partner on pollinator habitat and conservation and water quality projects with area partners, including the local Soil and Water Conservation District. Secretary Naig will also tour their livestock facility.
Child missing since October is found safe off the coast of Maine - (2-15-24) – Earlier today, Officials with the Ames Police Department reported a six-year old girl missing since October 13, 2023, was located safe Wednesday, February 14, 2024 on Peaks Island, off the coast of Portland, Maine. Authorities say Avery Lydia Doherty was unlawfully removed from the State of Iowa by her mother, 41-year-old Esther Bender, in violation of a court order. Bender, of Ames, was arrested on Peaks Island and charged with Violation of Custodial Order. The Ames Police Department issued thanks to the Story County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Portland (ME) Police Department and the FBI for their assistance in this continued investigation.
Weekly Fuel Report - (2-15-24) – The price of regular unleaded gasoline rose 11 cents this week, averaging $2.94 across Iowa according to AAA. Prices are down 31 cents from a year ago. The national average on Wednesday was $3.26 up 11 cents from last week’s price. Retail diesel prices in Iowa rose 26 cents this week with a statewide average of $3.80. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $4.14 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 28 cents lower than the national average of $4.08. Wholesale ethanol held steady and is currently priced at $2.16. Propane prices averaged $1.59 per gallon statewide. Home heating oil prices averaged $3.22 per gallon statewide and natural gas prices fell 36 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently priced at $1.61.
Fire at Glenwood auto dealer under investigation - (2-16-24) - A fire at Best Finish Auto Body in Glenwood disrupted Thursday's morning commute and resulted in an oil spill in Keg Creek. Mills County Emergency Management Agency reported a "significant incident response" at Best Finish, 209 E. Sharp St., early Thursday morning. Firefighters from Glenwood were joined by those from surrounding communities to fight the blaze. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported that it received a call on its 24-hour spill line from Mills County officials around 5:30 a.m. Local fire and law enforcement reported "an unknown amount of oil had made its way into the storm drains flowing into Keg Creek," according to a news release. Further investigation revealed a maximum of 240 gallons of oil, 120 gallons of used oil, 80 gallons of transmission fluid, and 80 gallons of antifreeze were in the facility at the time of the fire," the DNR said in the release. Sand berms were added near the storm drain to mitigate pollution. DNR staff observed an oily sheen in Keg Creek about three miles south of the incident. The DNR hired an environmental company to work on cleanup efforts. No dead fish have been observed, and an investigation of the incident is underway.
Brad Wendt, Adair Police Chief, convicted of conspiracy - (2-15-24) – On Wednesday, Bradley Wendt, the chief of police of the three-man Adair Police Department, was convicted of abusing his authority to buy or request demonstrations of dozens of federally regulated machine guns. He was found guilty on 11 of 15 federal charges following his 6 day trial. The case centered on Wendt’s dual status as both a police chief and owner of two Iowa gun stores. Under federal law, most machine guns cannot be sold or transferred unless for use by or demonstration to a law enforcement agency. The ATF requires a purchase order or authorization letter from a police agency before approving such a transfer. Prosecutors said Wendt falsely told the ATF the weapons he wanted transferred to his gun store were for his police department, when in fact he wanted them for his own use and eventual resale. He was also charged with conspiring with two other gun store owners to help them acquire machine guns on false pretenses, and with illegally using a gun registered to the Adair Police Department for a machine gun shoot organized by his private gun store. All told, Wendt signed more than 30 letters seeking approval to transfer 90 weapons, although his attorneys noted that nearly half of those transfers never took place. In each letter, he specified that the transfer would be for the official use of or demonstration for possible purchase of the guns by the city of Adair, which prosecutors argued was flatly implausible. Prosecutors focused on 13 letters in which, they argued, Wendt’s statements were clearly false. The jury found him guilty on nine of those charges. In one letter seeking approval to purchase three MP7 submachine guns, Wendt certified that the weapons were for official use and not for resale or transfer. When the guns arrived more than a year later, Wendt posted them for sale in “New in the Box” condition within six months, profiting personally by $60,000 on the sales. On Monday, Wendt testified in his defense, saying that each letter he submitted sought weapons he sincerely thought might benefit the police department. Wendt said that while working for the Denison Police Department, He’d advocated to obtain machine guns in case officers were forced to respond to an active shooter. After becoming chief in Adair, he had the same concern, and said he looked for guns with interesting or innovative features and signed demonstration letters for them. Wendt also wrote letters seeking and in some cases getting approval to purchase heavy crew-served military machine guns, one of which he mounted on his personal Humvee. Perhaps most brazen, according to prosecutors, were the letters he wrote asking for demonstrations of MP5 and MP7 submachine guns by a firearms dealer in Alabama. All in all, Wendt was found guilty on 11 of the 15 charges he faced, including: Conspiracy to make false statements to ATF False statement to the ATF-purchase law letter False statements to ATF-demonstration law letter (eight counts) Illegal possession of machine gun Wendt’s lawyers denied he did anything wrong and plan to appeal. He will be sentenced at a later date
Fire started with bible - 29 year old Robelio Cabrera Escobar of Sioux City is now facing arson charges after allegedly starting a fire using a bible. KCAU says according to court documents, the incident occurred at 3 am Tuesday morning at a residence on the 1300 block of Jones Street. The documents state that Cabrera Escobar was in his bedroom with the door locked when he set a bible on fire. Cabrera Escobar resided in the top unit of an apartment house. Three other adults and one child were in the residence. The complaint states that the bottom unit is occupied but did not specify if anyone was home. While the bible was burning, the carpet ignited causing the residence to fill with smoke. The other residents tried to enter Cabrera Escobar’s room but due to the locked door, they had to force their way in and extinguish the fire, according to officials. During a later interview, Cabrera Escobar admitted to starting the fire because he was angry, but would not offer any other reason for it. Cabrera Escobar was charged with first-degree arson and held on a bond of $25,000.
Harlan Community School Board meeting set for Monday – (2-14-24) – The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education will meet on Monday evening, February 19th. At 5 pm, they will have a public hearing on the budget for the 24-25 school year. After any public comments, they will move on to the Regular School board meeting. Discussion items include the Superintendent Report, Faculty Committee Update and Student Accolades. Action items will have a personnel report, the 24-25 school calendar, audit report, Trane contract renewal, Issuance #3 – change order #4, policy reviews, first and second readings, first and second reading of purchasing and bidding and the consent agenda.
Construction moving forward for Harlan Community - (2-14-24) – Progress is now visible on the major infrastructure project in the Harlan Community School District. The $22.9 million bond issue helped finance the construction of a new intermediate building and several renovations at the high school including class room improvements, expansion of the commons area and an updated auditorium. The steel structure of the new intermediate school is going into place. The plans call for a facility housing five sections of 3rd through 5th grade, with each grade having its own pod. An extensive list of renovations is set for the high school. The new auditorium has a new sound system, lighting and curtains as well as monitors. They will be tearing down all of the walls on most of the first floor and second floor, so all the classrooms will be new. Also, the current lunch room and library will have more open space, there will be a new student services area and the offices will be facing the front of the building. There will also be a safety vestibule at the high school and middle school. Right now, it looks like things are on track to have the project done by 2025
Weekend pursuit ends in arrest - (2-14-24) – 21 year old Drake Leslie Brown of Red Oak was arrested following a pursuit that began in northwest Missouri and ended in Page County. Brown faces charges of Eluding, Interference with Official Acts, Reckless Driving and 4 scheduled motor vehicle violation citations. He was being held in the Page County Jail on a $2000 cash-only bond. Page County Sheriff’s deputies were notified at about 1:46 Sunday morning of a high speed pursuit that was entering the County on Highway 71. Officers with the Maryville, MO police, and deputies with the Nodaway County Missouri Sheriff’s Office were in pursuit of the vehicle. Page County Deputies engaged in the pursuit on Highway 71 as well. The chase continued through southern Page County until deputies lost sight of the vehicle. They later received a tip that the vehicle and two suspects were in the city of Coin. After arriving at the suspect’s location, Brown was taken into custody. .
Perry Schools awarded $150 thousand for school safety - (2-14-24) – On Monday night, school officials in Perry announced that the school district was awarded funding from the state for school safety. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management confirmed that the district was awarded $150 thousand, $50,000 for each of the three buildings. The money is part of the Governor’s School Safety Improvement Program. The $75 million school safety improvement fund is coming from Iowa’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Biden. Each public and nonpublic school district in the state may apply for up to $50,000 per school building to make minor capital security improvements aligned with each building’s completed vulnerability assessment. Perry School Superintendent said now that they’ve been approved, their next step is to meet as a safety group and assess their needs. The school district has until later this year to designate money for projects and 2025 to get the work completed and seek reimbursement.
Reynolds requests Presidential disaster declaration for January’s winter storm - (2-14-24) – On Tuesday, Governor Reynolds requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for eighteen Iowa counties due to significant snowfall during the January winter storms. Locally the Governor requested funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA Public Assistance program for Adair and Montgomery Counties for the significant record-breaking snowfall that occurred between January 8th through January 14th. Following a joint federal, state and local damage assessment of the affected counties, it was estimated the significant snowfall resulted in more than $8 million worth of damage that could be eligible under the Public Assistance program Funding from this program is used to recoup costs related to snow removal, de-icing, salting, sanding of roads and other eligible facilities, and other emergency protective measures including but not limited to search and rescue and sheltering.
Police arrest man believed to be responsible for string of burglaries - (2-14-24) – Sioux City police said they have arrested a man believed to be responsible for multiple break-ins in the last few months in Sergeant Bluff and Sioux City. The Sioux City Police Department said in a release that officers were sent to a burglary in the 2600 block of South Coral Street around 528 Monday morning. A victim told police she woke up to find a man in her residence. The suspect ran out but was then arrested by police after a short pursuit. Kaden Michael Anton-Miller was arrested. The police said that after further investigation, they learned that Anton Miller was responsible for a string of break-ins and vehicle thefts in Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff over the past few months. Anton-Miller has been charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of attempted second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, theft, eluding and failure to obey a peace officer. He was booked into the Woodbury County Jail on a bond of $60,900. An investigation is ongoing.
More State training for nursing home staff requested by House Republicans - (2-14-24) – Republicans in the Iowa House are proposing joint training of state nursing home inspectors and nursing home staff. The twice-per-year training would have to include a review of the most frequent complaints about care from the previous year. They want to make sure that complaints in the nursing home are going to be addressed and with the training, they want to make sure that both staff and inspectors are on the same page. Democrats in the Senate have been calling on state officials to hire more nursing home inspectors. Senate Democrats have also proposed more state funding to raise direct care workers’ pay and an increase in Medicaid’s allowance for things like haircuts, toiletries and clothing for nursing home residents.
Funnel week at the Iowa Legislature – (2-14-24) – (Iowa Capital Dispatch) – Lawmakers passed dozens of bills through committee yesterday to keep them available for discussion as they near the first deadline of the 2024 legislative session. Most bills must be approved by a committee by the end of this week to remain eligible for consideration. Bills that do not meet this deadline are often considered dead, but it does not mean that the proposals are completely out of consideration for the rest of the session. Legislator in both chambers met for 12 committee meetings Tuesday with packed agendas, the Senate Judiciary Committee had 23 bills on its schedule for discussion. Some of the bills kept alive include Gender balance. The House State Government Committee passed legislation repealing Iowa’s gender balance requirement for boards and commissions on a 15-8 vote. The bill would eliminate requirements of equal gender representation on state panels. School Buildings – Senate Study Bill 3112 was passed with an amendment by the Senate Local Government Committee. The bill would prohibit political subdivisions, like cities and school districts from any restrictions on the sale, lease or transfer of educational institutions to private schools. The bill also would require the sale of former school buildings to private schools if they are the highest bidder. The bill will ensure the best use of public funds by requiring that public school buildings can continue to be used for educational purposes, as well as prevent discrimination against private schools attempting to purchase property. Public Lands – Senate Study B ill 3129 was passed with an amendment by the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee. It would prevent the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from bidding for land and also from acquiring land from a not for profit organization that obtained it at auction. The bill aligns with current DNR policy. However, while there might be exceptions to department policy, the legislation does not provide any. Hands-free driving and speed cameras: Democrats criticized Senate Study Bill 3016 during the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting for combining two measures that have been introduced in previous sessions as separate issues: banning drivers from using cell phones outside of voice-activated or hands-free modes, and banning state and local authorities from using traffic enforcement cameras to enforce traffic laws. Law enforcement officials spoke in support of the hands-free provision at a January subcommittee meeting but asked for lawmakers to remove the traffic camera provisions, saying the technology helps reduce accidents and uphold traffic laws. Illegal immigration charges: The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate File 2211, which would make illegal immigration a state crime in Iowa. Under the bill, law enforcement would be given the authority to arrest immigrants who entered the country illegally, and state courts would be able to order the deportation of undocumented immigrants arrested in Iowa. Law enforcement officers and state agencies would be able to transport undocumented immigrants to ports of entry to ensure they comply with the order to leave the country, and those who refuse to comply with an order to return to their home country could face felony charges. Gender-neutral language instruction: Iowa foreign language teachers would be prohibited from incorporating gender-neutral language into languages that use grammatical gender systems, like French and Spanish under House File 2060.
Mercy College and Buena Vista University launch dual degree nursing program - (2-13-24) – Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines and Buena Vista University in Storm Lake have announced a new partnership to offer a 3 + 1 program that provides an opportunity for students to earn two degrees in four years while remaining on the BVU campus in Storm Lake for the entire program. Students who enroll in this degree pathway will earn a bachelor’s degree from BVU and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through an accelerated one-year pathway from Mercy College. This partnership between two schools not only allows students to earn two bachelor’s degrees from two prestigious institutions, but it will also do so with minimal disruption to the students’ educational experiences. Upon completion of their third year on BVU’s campus in Storm Lake, students who meet admission requirements for Mercy College will begin their nursing course work. Students will complete their Mercy College nursing courses on BVU’s campus while clinical experiences will be delivered in Storm Lake and the surrounding area. Upon successful completion of Mercy College’s nursing coursework, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination. The first accelerated nursing cohort offered in Storm Lake will begin in the summer of 2025. For more information, contact the admission offices at BVU.edu or MCHS.edu/BVU.
Reward raised again for information on missing Sac County man - (2-12-24) – The reward for information leading to the location of David Schultz or an arrest and conviction in his case has increased again. On Sunday, Sac County Crime Stoppers announced the reward is now $27,800. The total includes $25,000 in American Rescue Plan funds and ongoing contributions provided by the community to a Sac County Crimestoppers account specifically for David Schultz. Schultz has been missing since November 21st when his semi full of hogs was located on Highway 71 with his phone and wallet inside. If you have any information about Schultz or where he might be, call the Sac County Communication Center at 712/662-7127.
DNR to recap hunting seasons and discuss possible rule changes at public meeting - (1-30-24) – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of town hall-style meetings where local staff provide updates on recently completed hunting season, discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations and address other topics as requested. Locally the Iowa DNR will be at Bass Pro Shops, in the Green Room at 2901 Bass Pro Drive in Council Bluffs on Tuesday, February 20th, starting at 6 pm. The Meetings are open to the public. Comments collected will be considered along with other related comments received by the Iowa DNR prior to proposing changes to hunting rules and regulations. Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment.
Nishna Botna Valley REC Board of Directors recently voted to offer several additional scholarships, prioritizing students planning to attend a trade school or two year technical school. The change brings the total amount of scholarship funds potentially available to $7,000 for the 2024-25 school year. For more information and applications, please visit NVREC.com. All entries must reach the REC office no later than Friday, February 23rd. If you have questions, please contact Janell Leinen at the REC office in Harlan at 755-2166.
Cover Crops and Relay Intercropping workshop to be held February 29th in Atlantic - (2-2-24) – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop and relay intercropping workshop on Thursday, February 29th from noon to 2 pm at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. Farmers and Landowners are welcome to attend these free workshops and join them for a complimentary meal. Cover Crops provide many benefits to farmers and landowners, including reduced soil erosion, weed suppression, reduced nutrient loads entering water bodies, increased organic matter in the soil and forage for livestock. In a relay intercropping system, where three crops are grown in two years, the benefits include a marketable small grain cover crop and additional revenue for the farmer. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to compare and contrast these two conservation practices, discuss new relay intercropping opportunities, ask questions and share their experiences. The event is free, though they require reservations to ensure adequate space and food. To RSVP, contact Alena Whitaker at 515-294-2473 or email@example.com.
Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation Scholarship application now open - (2-6-24) – Senior students throughout southwest Iowa can apply now for multiple scholarships using one application, thanks to local non-profit Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation. The foundation solicits, awards and manages more than 100 scholarships for southwest Iowa students in partnership with the Community Foundation for Western Iowa. Last year, more than 150 students from more than 30 area high schools received more than $600,000 in scholarships toward college. The deadline to apply for the Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation scholarships is March 15th. This application can be found on Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation or the Community Foundation of Western Iowa’s websites. For more information about the foundation, visit swiowaeducationalfoundation.org.
First Day to file candidacy papers is March 4th - (2-6-24) – March 4th will be the first day that candidacy papers can be turned into the Shelby County Auditor’s office for Supervisor, Auditor, Sheriff and township Trustees. March 22nd is the deadline at 5 pm for the following races. Supervisors – 2 seats, Auditor and Sheriff. You will need affidavits and petitions correctly filled out with 50 signatures of eligible electors. And for the General Election – all township seats, only an affidavit is needed, no petition is needed. Monday August 5th is the first day for the Auditors office to accept Soil and Water Conservation, Hospital Trustee and County Extension Affidavits and petitions. These are all non-partisan races. Papers will be accepted through August 28th at 5 pm. The Hospital Trustees require at least 50 signatures from eligible electors in Shelby County. The Soil and Water Conservation and Shelby County Extension Council require 25 signatures. If you have any questions, call the Shelby County Auditors office at 755-3831, ext 6.
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting its 2024 Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, March 15th at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. This year's theme is "No Time to Siesta, It's Time to Fiesta!" Doors open at 5 pm, networking and cash bar at 5:30. At 6 pm, the meal will be served. After dinner it's game time: 50.50 Heads or Tails and Trivia, followed by the awards ceremony. During this time, The Chamber will unveil award winners for 2023 Citizen/Volunteer of the Year, 2023 Non-Profit of the Year, 2023 New Chamber Member of the Year, and 2023 Business of the Year. In keeping with tradition, they will hold a live auction, immediately after the awards ceremony. Silent auction items will be available for bidding throughout the evening. New to this year's banquet - a pinata game/raffle and table prizes. Cost to attend is $40 per person or tables of 8 are $320. Get your tickets by Friday, March 8th.
Guthrie's River Ruckus Moving to Altoona in 2024 - (1-10-24) - The Ruckus is on the move to Altoona. A Facebook post Wednesday announced that Guthrie’s River Ruckus country music festival is moving locations and changing dates for 2024. The event will now take place June 7th and 8th at Adventureland Resort after spending 15 years in its hometown of Guthrie Center. According to the post, the move offers festival goers a wider selection of lodging options and all festival tickets will include admission to Adventureland theme park and Adventure Bay water park. More information is available at their website at guthriesriverruckus.com.
Shelby County Fair needs your help for improvements - (12-1-23) – Each year, the Shelby County Fairboard strives to put on a high quality, fun and educational fair experience for the entire community. In addition to the fair, the fairgrounds annually hosts many other events. Their goal is to continue to hold these great attractions, promote agriculture hands on learning experiences and improve the grounds and facilities for current and future generations. The fairboard would like you to help them improve. Improvements are planned in 4 phases: Phase 1 will be the Ag Education Pavilion, Morgan Hall Addition and fencing. The Pavilion will feature baby animal barn during the fair, various ag related education displays, space for educational presentations, open air stage for outside presentations. The structure will offer agriculture based education throughout the year. Phase 2 will focus on bathhouse and storm shelter and purchase tables and chairs. Phase 3 will include livestock barn structures and an amphitheater and phase 4 will be an equine complex and grandstand replacement. To donate to the fairgrounds “Build Our Future with Us” project, make checks payable to Shelby County Fair Build Fund and mail to Shelby County Fair – “Build Our Future” Project – PO box 528 – Harlan, Iowa 51537.
For a $50 annual fee, the Boy Scout Troop 90B and 90G will place a 3 by 5 foot flag on a 10 foot pole in front of your house on five national holidays - Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran's Day. Subscription forms can be found online or in the Harlan Tribune.
Iowa poets are invited to enter their best work in the annual Iowa Poetry Association contest underway January 1st through February 28th. Cash prizes are offered and the competition is open without entry fee to adults, college and high school students, as well as students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Prize winners and other poems receiving high ranking in each category will be published in the association’s annual anthology “Lyrical Iowa.” Some school poems are also selected to go on to national competition. There is no obligation for either membership or purchase to enter these contests. Postmark deadline is February 24, 2024. Complete rules are needed in order to enter the contest. Send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Marilyn Baszczynski 16096 320th Way, Earlham Iowa 50072.
The Global Methodist Women, Learning for Life and Myrtue Medical Center are sponsoring a diaper drive through the month of February. They need diapers in size 4, 5, 6 and 7; pull-ups; diaper wipes and rash cream. Drop box sites are at Community Health, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Myrtue Clinic Gift Shop and Global Methodist Church at 9th and Durant.
Upcoming Red Cross Bloodmobiles - Thursday, February 15th - 8 am to 2 pm - Central Church in Carroll Wednesday, February 21st - 7:30 am to 1:30 pm - Harlan Community High School Thursday, February 22nd - 8 am to 2 pm - Missouri Valley High School Wednesday, February 28th - Noon to 6 pm - St. Mary's Parish Center in Panama Thursday, March 7th - Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Friday, March 8th - 8:30 - 2:30 pm - Griswold High School Tuesday, March 12th - 11:30 to 5:30 - Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan Wednesday, March 13th - 8 am to 1:30 pm - Boyer Valley High School Thursday, March 14th - 10 am to 4 pm - Logan-Magnolia High School
THE HARLAN KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FISH DINNER WILL BE SERVED EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT OF LENT FROM 5:30 TO 7 PM AT THE ROSEMAN PARISH CENTER. THE MENU THIS YEAR INCLUDES FRIED, OR BAKED FISH OR FISH TACOS, FRENCH FRIES AND BAKED POTATOES, COLE SLAW, MACARONI AND CHEESE, A DINNER ROLL, AND DESSERT. THE COST IS $15 FOR ADULTS, CHILDREN AGES 4 TO 10 - $5, CHILDREN 3 AND UNDER ARE FREE. DINE IN OR DRIVE THROUGH. THE DRIVE THRU MENU DOES NOT INCLUDE FISH TACOS. THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FISH FRYS, EVERY FRIDAY OF LENT FROM 5:30 TO 7 AT THE ROSEMAN PARISH CENTER IN HARLAN.
The Shelby County Farm Bureau invites you to a Legislative Coffee, Saturday, February 17th, at 10 am at the Shelby County Farm Bureau Office at 908 6th Street in Harlan.
The Defiance Fire and Rescue Department will hold their annual Fireman's Chicken Supper, Sunday, February 18th at the Defiance Fire Station. This is a drive through only event with serving from 4 to 7 pm. The cost is $14 for all orders. Additional free-will donations are greatly appreciated. Local deliveries are available and large orders are available, just call 748-3473. Dinners will include 1 breast and 1 leg, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes with brown gravy and a dinner roll. Funds raised will help recoup the investments made this last year expanding the department with newgear, updating equipment and critical training.
Come and enjoy a Free Family Day, Monday, February 19th from 10 to 4 at the Museum of Danish America. It’s the Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual event that takes place from February 16th though the 19th. The results are reported using either the Merlin Bird ID app or the eBird Mobile App. Come join the world to celebrate and county birds to assist scientists in their research. Binoculars are available to borrow from the front desk of the museum for use in the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park. Activity bags will be available for the kids, including a grab and go bird feeder kit while supplies last.
There will be a blood donation opportunity on Thursday, February 22nd from 1:30 to 6 pm at 200 Main Street in Westside. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
Shelby's Annual Soup Cook-off will be held Saturday, February 24th. Come and enjoy unlimited samples of 12 soups from 5 to 7 pm at the Cardinal Lofts Gym in Shelby. Cost is $6 for adults, kids ages 5-12-$3, and kids age 4 and under free.
The Manilla American Legion Auxiliary will be holding a soup and sandwich luncheon followed by Bingo on Sunday, February 25th at the Memorial Hall in Manilla. The luncheon will be served from 11 to 2 for a free will offering with the Bingo starting at 2. Lunch includes soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage. Proceeds go to sending girls to Girls State.
The Harlan Elementary School is having a Family Literacy Night on February 29th. The theme is Literacy Game Night and will be held from 5 to 6:30 at the Elementary School.
The Knights of Columbus - Council 3900 - invite you to St. Michael's Catholic Church Spring Fundraiser and Auction, Saturday, March 9th with a cocktail reception at 5:30, dinner at 6 pm and auction at 7. Tickets are available at the door at the Rosman Parish Center in Harlan.
The Shelby County Historical Museum announces that they will host Educator’s Night at the Shelby County Historical Museum at 1805 Morse Avenue in Harlan on Thursday, March 14th from 4:30-7:00PM. The event will bring together eight local educational organizations - Danish Windmill, Elk Horn Public Library, Harlan Community Library, Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom, ISU Extension and Outreach Shelby County, Museum of Danish America, Shelby County Conservation Board/Iowa DNR, and the Shelby County Historical Museum – to present a resource fair for local educators. Each organization will have information available about their resources for local educators, including field trips and classroom activities. Educators will have the chance to win door prizes from local businesses such as the Museum of Danish America, Danish Windmill, the Purple Door, and the Harlan Theatre, as well as Oriental Trading and Kendra Scott Jewelry.” In addition to the resource fair, Educator’s Night will feature light refreshments, door prizes, and goodie bags. The event is not intended for children or families, but it is open and free to all informal and formal educators, including teachers, homeschoolers, daycare workers, and youth club leaders. Educators are encouraged to register for the event by visiting https://www.shelbycoiamuseum.org/event-5457840 or calling 712-755-2437.
The Danish Villages Improvement Organization will hold a Legislative Coffee, Saturday, March 16th at 10 am at Kringleman Pastries at 4234 Main Street in Elk Horn.
Attention Hunters! A Hunter Education Online Field Day will be held Saturday, March 23rd from 8 am to noon at Nishna Bend Recreation Area. this Field Day is for anyone born after January 1st, 1972 who must complete a hunter safety education course in order to obtain and Iowa hunting license. You must be at least 12 years old to take the class. Register for this field day online at license.gooutdoorsiowa.com. Complete the online class before coming to the field day. Go to iowadnr.gov/huntered to sign up and get started. You must bring your online completion voucher to be admitted to the field day. For more information, call 744-3403.
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Fun China Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24th at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. They are looking for businesses and individuals to decorate tables. The traveling trophy will be awarded to the best decorated table, which is voted by luncheon attendees. If you are interested in decorating a table, please contact the Chamber office at 755-2114
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