Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 Today's Weather Outlook - WOWT After we burn through a little morning fog, the air will dry out and heat up this afternoon! We're heading towards the warmest day of the year so far. Highs will reach near 80 degrees even though winds will become northwest by the afternoon at 10-20 mph. Things take a turn for the cooler starting Wednesday. There is a 20% chance of an isolated t-shower during the morning hours Wednesday. A cold front will move through around noon causing our temps to spike near 70 by noon before falling off in the afternoon. Winds will kick up and gust to near 45 mph from then on as well. Thursday will be much cooler and windy as well. Highs in the lower 50s with mostly sunny skies are likely but north winds gusting to near 40 mph will make it feel colder. Covid -19 News The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a number of cancellations and postponements. We here at KNOD are striving to keep you updated on all of them. In order to keep these announcements in one place, we ask that you go back to the top of our news page and click on the drop down box of Cancellations and Postponements. You will find all COVID-19 related items on that page. For ease of location, the announcements are listed in alphabetical order. Thank you for your understanding.
Update from the Harlan Community School District: Based on guidance from the Shelby County Public Health Department, Merrill Field will be closed indefinitely effective immediately. All school playgrounds and tennis courts are also closed for use.
State of Iowa COVID-19 update – (4-7-20) 1 additional death, 102 new positive COVID-19 cases in Iowa The Iowa Department of Public Health reported one additional death and 102 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa Tuesday. That brings the statewide total to 1,048 positive cases and 26 deaths. The death was reported in Benton County, an adult over 81 years of age. The IDPH reports 1,017 new negative tests, for a total of 11,680 negative tests. The IDPH reports 104 Iowans currently hospitalized, 89 discharged and recovering and 646 never hospitalized.
According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 102 individuals include:
Benton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Black Hawk County, 3 adults (18-40 years)
Buena Vista County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Delaware County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Des Moines County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Dubuque County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Greene County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Hamilton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Henry County, 1 child (0-17 years), 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)
Johnson County, 10 adults (18-40 years), 4 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Linn County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Muscatine County, 2 children (0-17 years), 3 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Polk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Pottawattamie County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Scott County, 6 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)
Story County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Tama County, 3 older adults (61-80 years), 3 elderly (81+)
Warren County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)
Woodbury County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Iowa Western cancels spring graduation ceremony - Graduating Iowa Western Community College students will have to wait a little longer to walk across the stage. The college has canceled its spring commencement ceremony, according to Don Kohler, vice president of marketing and public relations. Instead, a video will be posted on the college’s YouTube channel on May 16, and students will be invited to participate in a later ceremony, probably in December, he said.
Pottawattamie County records 9th positive COVID-19 case - Pottawattamie County Public Health officials said Monday, an additional positive case of COVID-19 was returned from lab tests, bringing the county’s total to nine. The individual is a Council Bluffs woman between 41-60 years old who had contact with a known case. The woman has pre-existing medical conditions. Officials say the woman was tested on April 1st and had been self-quarantining since then. On April 5th, she was admitted to Jennie Edmundson Hospital. Pottawattamie County Public Health said there are no known exposure locations. Health officials continue to conduct contract tracing investigations. Of the nine cases in Pottawattamie County, three have recovered, according to the health department.
SHELBY COUNTY DAILY UPDATE: April 6, 2020 For up to date community information in Shelby County, please visit the Facebook page of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Myrtue Medical, Harlan Newspapers and KNOD Radio.
As of 11:00 AM, April 6th, there are 7 reported cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Shelby County. There have been 40 negative tests in Shelby County and the results of 1 test is pending. Statewide, there are 946 positive cases with 75 counties affected. 99 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of the 946 positive cases, 628 individuals are under the age of 60. Eight children (age 0-17) are affected. 25 deaths have been reported in Iowa. IA Dept of Public Health is reporting 10,653 negative tests for COVID-19 in Iowa.
UPDATE: During her 11:00 AM Press Conference, Governor Kim Reynolds closed additional businesses and public services effective today through April 30th. Of local interest: Social / fraternal clubs, including but not limited to The American Legion / VFW posts, Golf Course Clubhouse (shall be closed, except that food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises and a golf course clubhouse may also be open to the minimal extent necessary to facilitate use of the golf course provided appropriate social distancing practices are implemented), Libraries and Museums, Race tracks, Outdoor / indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers, Campgrounds (all public and private campgrounds shall be closed to temporary recreational use. This order shall not prohibit the use of a campground by long-term or permanent tenants who resides at the campground. All cabins and yurts in state parks shall also be closed to temporary residents), Door-to-Door sales. The Governor also announced much stricter requirements regarding gatherings of 10 or more people whether they are public or private. Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens said Reynolds is issuing guidance this week to police officers on enforcing her orders limiting public gatherings.
NOTE: Age is a strong risk factor for severe illness. Starting at age 60, your risk of severe illness doubles or triples between decades of life. Underlying medical conditions also increase your risk of severe illness, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disease, or cancer. All age groups are vulnerable to the 2019 novel coronavirus andEVERYONE needs to practice social distancing measures.
UPDATE: UPDATE FROM SHELBY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Effective immediately, the Burn Ban in Shelby County has been lifted. EMA is asking everyone to call their local Fire Chief to obtain permission to burn before proceeding.
UPDATE: Per the recent CDC recommendation, the Shelby County Public Health Department is strongly urging Shelby County residents to wear a facial covering when you are in public. Please cover your mouth and nose with a mask or doubled up bandana. Please use cotton fabric material for masks and bandanas. Make sure to wash your hands frequently if you are in multiple public places throughout the day.
UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF SHELBY: PARK CLOSING NOTICE Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, Shelby City Park is closed Effective April 01, 2020 until further notice. An advisory is hereby given that none of the park features, including the playground equipment are being sanitized and IS NOT Sanitary; therefore, contact with these features is not recommended. Parents are advised to not allow their children to play in the city park.
URGENT: Please do not flush anything down a toilet other than toilet paper. Flushing any other items (paper towels, wash cloths, wipes of any kind, feminine hygiene products, etc.) WILL damage and possibly shut down our sewer systems. Cooking Grease is prohibited from being disposed into the sewer system. Please place cooking grease into an approved container or jar and dispose in the garbage.
UPDATE FROM HARLAN POLICE DEPARTMENT: If you need to make a police report, call the Harlan Police Department at 712-755-5151. Please do not come into the lobby. If you have an emergency, call 911.
UPDATE: The Shelby County COAD Grocery Shopping Service needs additional volunteers due to the volume of orders. Please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry at (712) 755-2114 for more information and to volunteer.
REMINDER: The Harlan Senior Center will be closed until further notice. They will be delivering frozen meals to the home bound every Tuesday and will continue until they are opened again. If you need meals, call 755-3779 and leave a message.
REMINDER: From the City of Harlan - Playground equipment in City of Harlan Parks is closed to the public. Restrooms and Shelter Houses in the City of Harlan parks are closed. If you are using the parks, please practice safe social distancing.
REMINDER: Shelby County State Bank announced effective Wednesday, April 1st that they will limit their operations to four (4) of their seven locations in Shelby County. The Harlan Downtown, Elk Horn, Panama and Shelby offices will continue to operate in “drive thru” mode only. These locations will be open 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday and 8-11 am Saturday. The Irwin, Portsmouth, and Harlan West branches will be temporarily closed including the night depositories. Call SCSB at 755-5112 for all questions.
REMINDER: Shelby County Public Health Department – it is strongly suggested that if you choose to pleasure travel, or travel for extended business, outside of the State of Iowa you should self-quarantine upon return for two weeks. This does not include commuter travel to the Omaha Metro Market.
REMINDER: The City of Shelby is starting a donation program for people who have self-isolated in their homes and need groceries and could use some help paying for them. Please call City Hall for more details - 712-544-2404 If you would like to donate to this program to help our neighbors or buy groceries, drop them off at the old Shelby City Hall, 419 East Street, we will leave door open during regular business hours. Monetary donations can be sent to City Hall at 417 East Street. Your donations are greatly appreciated! 100% of donated funds received go to the grocery’s assistance program.
REMINDER: The Shelby County Landfill is now open to the public again. The office will remain closed. Individuals dropping off items should use the mailbox on the wall to drop off payment.
REMINDER: If you are making surgical masks for Myrtue Medical, there is a limited supply of elastic available at the Shelby County Chamber. Some of the elastic available is 1/2” wide. If using this donated elastic, cut the 1/2” wide ribbon in half to create two 1/4” wide ribbons for use. Thank you to Variety Distributors and Rusty’s Shoe Repair (Roger Rust) for the elastic donated!
FACE MASKS FOR MYRTUE MARCH 2020
Use cotton fabric. No need to prewash as the mask will be processed after arriving at MMC.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric 8.5 inches long and 8 inches high.
Sew right sides together along the 8.5-inch side. Turn fabric pair right side out and press.
Sew a 5/8-inch seam from one sewn edge (on the 8.5-inch side) to create a “pocket” which will house a nose clip once the mask is processed at MMC.
Finish the raw edges along each 8-inch side/ends making sure to leave the 5/8-inch pocket open. Zigzag the raw edge or serge if you have a serger.
If you can find thin elastic (1/8, 1/4 or ½ inch), sew a 6-inch length to each end top and bottom taking care to secure it firmly. This creates a loop that will fit around the ears on each side so be sure the elastic is not twisted. Again, do not sew over the 5/8-inch opening where the nose clip will be inserted. You may also cut open a large elastic hair tie if elastic is not available.
Place completed masks in a paper bag and drop off in the lobby outside the Shelby County Chamber office 1901 Hawkeye Ave. Harlan
If you have begun making masks using a different pattern than the one posted, please continue and donate those also.
REMINDER: The Shelby County Courthouse is now closed to the public. Departments are answering phones. Please call 755-3831 and select the department you wish to speak to from the menu. Please call 755-3831 option 6 for an absentee ballot for the June primary to be sent to you. Additional details regarding the Court System may be announced later.
REMINDER: From the Shelby County Auditor: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has issued a directive that the June 2nd Primary will not be cancelled or postponed. The Shelby County Auditor’s Office will begin mailing absentee ballots on April 23rd or possibly later depending on when they are printed and available. Mark Maxwell, Shelby County Auditor, is encouraging everyone to request an absentee ballot. You may request a ballot by calling 712-755-3831, ext. 6 and providing your name, address, telephone number, and the number of ballots needed for your address. If you call after hours, please leave a detailed voice mail message with this information.
West Central Community Action Food Pantry is open by appointment only. If you would like to donate food, gift cards from local businesses, or need to pick up food from the pantry, you must call first: 712-755-5602.
REMINDER: Pantry items are needed for the HCSD Feed the Children Program. Needed donated items: bread, mac & cheese, fresh vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, tuna, cereal, canned goods, etc. Donated items may be dropped off at FarmTable Delivery (1901 Hawkeye Avenue). Additional volunteer drivers are needed for the Feed the Children program. If you can assist, please email Ellen Walsh-Rosmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
REMINDER: Links for business assistance and unemployment claims are available on the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry website – exploreshelbycounty.com – under the Shelby County COVID-19 Daily Updates and Resources button.
REMINDER FROM MYRTUE MEDICAL CENTER: Patients coming to Myrtue Medical Center are discouraged from bringing more than one visitor with them unless necessary. This limitation should be one healthy adult, no children. This includes one healthy visitor with a patient for doctor appointments, testing, and hospitalization. For our OB patients and their families’ safety, Myrtue is limiting Birthing Center visitors to one healthy adult during the entire stay. Children may visit in the OB waiting room but not in the locked OB corridor. The visitor limitation will not apply to our Hospice patients.
REMINDER: The City of Harlan announced that effective Monday, March 23rd the City Hall Office is closed to the public. If you need to speak to the City of Harlan, please call (712) 755-5137.
Visit your local church social media pages and websites for updates on service broadcasts during this time. Many will record services/messages that will also be broadcast on FMCTC and HMU - check those websites for schedules.
From the Shelby County Public Health Nurse: All Shelby County residents: Unless you must go out for essential supplies or services, please stay home. This recommendation is even more critical for those over 60 with underlying health conditions as seniors are more likely to have severe symptoms associated with COVID-19 infections. Social distancing makes a difference when we all do our part by staying home and reducing potential exposures. Anyone who is sick, please stay home. (This is always good advice, but particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic). If you are mildly ill, please rest and recover at home. If you need to see a health care provider, call ahead. Everything we do to reduce exposure individually is a victory for our community. If you are mildly ill with respiratory illness or fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher), stay home and isolate from others until you have gone 72 hours without these symptoms without the use of over the counter medications and 7 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and your respiratory symptoms have resolved. If you are seriously ill with respiratory illness or fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher), call ahead to (712) 755-5130 and speak directly to a nurse at Myrtue Medical to screen your needs. If you decide to go to the Emergency Room, call ahead to let them know you are coming if possible.
Please Practice Social Distancing at All Times – when considering going out for shopping, please do not make this a family outing. Have one individual from the household do your shopping.
Monitor local information at the Shelby County Chamber website and the Myrtue Medical Center website.
Purchase weekly groceries and supplies—purchasing large amounts of needed items limits exposure to others. Shop when the store is less busy and practice social distancing while in the store. Always keep six feet between yourself and other shoppers or workers. Use available hand sanitizer at the checkout counter or bring your own to use while you shop and after checking out.
Use credible sources for information to reduce gossip and fear. Credible sources include the Iowa Department of Public Health or the Center for Disease Control webpages. At the local level, please follow Myrtue Medical Center’s webpage and social media and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Weekly newspaper articles also provide information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay calm and be thoughtful. We are all in this together and want to make sure we are all able to have the resources and support we need to stay healthy, have essential needs met, and receive medical care as needed. For those of you who are choosing to practice social distancing to protect your family, yourself, and our community—Thank You! If you haven’t begun social-distancing practices, please start now.
Governor Reynold's Updated list of businesses/gatherings prohibited under Iowa’s COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation – (4-6-20) - To encourage further social distancing and mitigation efforts, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’proclamation orders additional closures effective at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7th until Thursday, April 30th. That includes: Malls Tobacco or vaping stores Toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie, or adult entertainment stores Social and fraternal clubs, including those at golf courses Bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks Museums, libraries, aquariums, and zoos Race tracks and speedway. Roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks Outdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers Campgrounds In addition, all unsolicited door-to-door sales are prohibited. The following establishments and behaviors that are already prohibited: Mass gatherings as outlined in the proclamation below… Restaurants and bars limited to carry out. Fitness centers Swimming pools Salons: All salons, including all establishments providing the services of cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, nail technology, manicuring, and pedicuring, all as defined in Iowa Code § 157.1, shall continue to be closed. Medical spas Barbershops Tattoo establishments Tanning facilities Massage therapy establishments Theaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or motion pictures are shown shall continue to be closed. Casinos and gaming facilities: Other nonessential retail establishments outlined in the proclamation: Bookstores; clothing stores; shoe stores; jewelry stores; luggage stores; cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores; florists; and furniture and home furnishing stores shall continue to be closed. These establishments may still serve the public through online or telephone sales, delivery, or curb-side pick-up. This closure order does not affect other retail establishments, such as discount stores, grocery stores, or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods. Senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities: All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed. Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers Livestock auctions of food animals with more than 25 people and all other auctions with more than 10 people are prohibited.
Updated guidelines for nursing home residents, staff amid COVID-19 pandemic - Radio Iowa Officials are advising Iowa nursing homes to take additional steps to protect residents and staff. COVID-19 outbreaks have been confirmed in nursing homes in Linn, Washington and Tama Counties. Sarah Reisetter, the deputy director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, says ALL Iowa nursing homes have been encouraged to screen every resident for fever and cough or breathing problems daily. “If residents do become ill, those residents may worsen on day 7 to 8 of their symptoms,” Reisetter says. Every Iowa nursing home is urged to have a plan for who to call and how to transfer a resident who needs hospital care. Reisetter says there are new guidelines for nursing home staff, too. “We are asking employees to use face masks and eye protection at all times for all resident care,” Reisetter says. “…We’ve asked them to consider gown and glove use at all times for all resident care to the extent the (personal protective equipment) is available, but certainly at facilities where outbreaks are being experienced.” No visitors have been allowed inside Iowa nursing homes since March 10th, unless it’s an ‘end of life’ circumstance for a resident that’s NOT related to COVID-19. All staff must have their temperature taken at the beginning and end of their shifts. “We’ve asked them to identify any other health care facilities where staff work, including recommendations that staff not work in other facilities, if possible,” Reisetter says, “and, at a minimum if they do need to work, to use a face mask and eye protection for all patient care in any health care setting where they may be working.” Reisetter says state officials are making other recommendations, like moving residents who have COVID-19 symptoms to a single room and ensuring staff who care for them are not interacting with other nursing home residents. “So that dedicated staff are working with ill residents and not with health residents,” Reisetter says. There are more than 440 long term care facilities in Iowa. Ten percent of all the Iowans who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 are either a nursing home resident or employee and nearly half of the Iowans who have died of COVID-19 have been nursing home residents.
COVID-19 Updates - 4/6/20Shelby County COVID-19 Cases as of 4/6/2020: Positive-7 | Negative-40 | Pending-1Do you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, before visiting PLEASE CALL 712-755-5130 to talk to a nurse.
If you think you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19), DO NOT go directly to the ER, hospital or doctor's office. Call first. Our healthcare providers will evaluate your symptoms and explain your best course of action.
Do not go to work, school or social gatherings if you have symptoms.
NEW - Starting March 31, cloth masks will be given to all visitors and clinic patients. The cloth masks will be located at the main entrance and ER. Please have visitors and patients place the mask in the linen basket as they leave the building. Symptomatic patients will still be given a surgical mask and taken to a procedure room for further evaluation.
Patients coming to Myrtue Medical Center are discouraged from bringing more than one visitor with them unless absolutely necessary. This limitation should be one healthy adult, no children under the age of 18. This includes one healthy visitor with a patient for doctor appointments, testing, and hospitalization.
For our OB patients and their families’ safety, Myrtue is limiting Birthing Center visitors to one healthy adult during the entire stay. Children may visit in the OB waiting room but not in the locked OB corridor.
Hospice visitation will be evaluated by the Hospice nurse on a case-by-case basis.
All patients and visitors will continue to be asked screening questions.
Postponements, Cancellations and Closings - please check back frequently for updates
Dr. Music - Neurosurgery Clinic - April 8 - Cancelled
Dr. Larose - Orthopedic Clinic - April 8 - Cancelled
Non-emergent Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and Cardiology appointments are being evaluated on an individual basis to determine if a face-to-face appointment is necessary. You will be notified by your outpatient medical team if your appointment needs to be rescheduled.
Prenatal Sneak Peek Ultrasounds - Cancelled until May 1
Cardiac Rehab - Closed until further notice
Elective surgeries are cancelled starting Monday, March 23, 2020. We are communicating with patients who may be affected.
Wellness Center - Closed until further notice
Cafeteria Seating Area - Closed until further notice
What You Need to Know
Limited Entrances - Myrtue is limiting the access points that patients and visitors can use to enter our buildings starting Friday, March 13. This is to ensure that everyone who enters our buildings has been screened. Here is a listing of open entrances:
Main Clinic Entrance—1220 Chatburn Ave, Harlan
Monday – Thursday – 6:30 AM–8:00 PM
Friday – 6:30 AM–6:00 PM
Saturday – 6:30 AM–12:00 PM
Emergency Room—1213 Garfield Ave, Harlan
24 hours – 7 days a week
Visitor Parking - We encourage visitors to use the ER parking lot and the available street parking by the ER entrance.
Screening Questions - At these two entrances, screening questions will be asked of each person entering the facility. The screening questions include:
Do you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath)?
Have you traveled outside of Iowa or Omaha in the last 14 days?
Do you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Have you been on a cruise in the last 14 days?
Masking and Hand Hygiene - The public may notice the increased number of Myrtue staff wearing masks in order to protect our community. You will also notice extra signage and supplies throughout the facility to encourage masking, hand hygiene, and other preventive measures.
Current COVID-19 Testing Framework for Iowa (Updated 3/25/2020)
All hospitalized patients (of any age) with fever and respiratory illness
Older adults (>60 years of age) with fever and respiratory symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing) and chronic medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, or chronic kidney disease).
Persons of any age with fever or respiratory illness who live in congregate setting (i.e., long term care facilities, dormitories, residential facilities, correctional facilities, treatment facilities)
Healthcare workers, essential services personnel, first responders and critical infrastructure workers with fever or respiratory illness (ex. healthcare workers, fire and EMS, law enforcement, residential facility staff).
Reminders and Additional ResourcesEveryday prevention methods are very important:
Wash your hands frequently.
Stay home if you are ill.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.
Keep children home when they are sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Perform routine cleaning:
Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with the cleaners typically used. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label.
Use credible sources for information to reduce gossip and fear:
Grand Jury hearing and criminal jury trials suspended until mid-July - The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an order suspending grand jury hearings and criminal jury trials until mid-July in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Chief Justice Susan Christensen issued the order Thursday that says trials and hearings already in progress will continue. But those that have not begun and are scheduled to begin over the coming weeks have been postponed. Non-jury criminal trials, in which a judge issues a verdict, are scheduled to resume June 1 under the order. Grand juries and jury trials scheduled through June are now pushed back until at least July 13.
City of Carson extends orders to April 30th - in an effort to limit exposure to COVID-19, the City of Carson will keep all City public facilities closed to the public. This includes: City Hall, Community Center, Fitness Center, Public Works Facilities, and the Fire Station Hall. The City Clerk will continue to report for work during regular business hours and can be reached by phone or email. Water bill payments and other city hall remittance should be deposited in the drop box at 127 Broadway in Carson. If you pay by cash and are due change, it will be credited to your utility account. You can also pay your utility bill or other city service fees online at carsongov.com with a credit or debit card, or electronic check. The park campground, playground equipment, shelters and restrooms are closed. The remainder of the City’s park and trails remain open, but the public should continue to practice social distancing in these areas. The April 13th, Council meeting will be conducted at 7:30 pm. The public will be allowed to attend, but they will be limited the total number in the room to 10 including the Mayor, Council and city staff that are present.
General News -
Crop Report - 3/30-4/5/20 Fields remained wet across most of Iowa during the week ending April 5, 2020, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Wet conditions slowed field work activities; however, there were reports of producers applying anhydrous, spreading manure and planting oats. Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 22 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 22 percent surplus. Eight percent of the expected oat crop has been planted, 5 days ahead of last year but 2 days behind the 5-year average. Pastures and hay have started to green. Livestock conditions were generally good with calving going well for most cattle operations.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Report (4-7-20) – The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports three people were arrested, Monday. At around 8:30-p.m., a Deputy was dispatched to a residence on Cornelia Lane in Missouri Valley, for an assault between a father and his son. While the deputy was en route, he was advised the son was walking toward the DeSoto Avenue Mini-Mart. The deputy made contact with 19-year old Ethan Soderstrom, who had a visibly bloody nose and several scratches on his face. The deputy waited with him until Soderstrom’s mother arrived and then went to the residence, where 44-year old Jeffrey Nichols Soderstrom was placed under arrest for Domestic Abuse Assault causing bodily injury/1st offense. And, at around 4-p.m. Monday, a deputy served 21-year old Jordan Walter Love with a temporary protection order, in Council Bluffs. Another deputy made contact with Jordan and placed him under arrest for having an active warrant out of Pottawattamie County, for Domestic Abuse Assault/1st offense, and Carrying a concealed weapon. 21-year old Julies Akeen Winston was arrested at the same location, for Carrying a Concealed Weapon.
Judge Denies Carroll County Inmate’s COVID-19 Release Request - Carroll Broadcasting - Last week, a 27-year-old Coon Rapids man who is being held in the Carroll County jail asked the courts to grant his release in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Carroll Broadcasting reports this week, the answer came in loud and clear as well as short and sweet. District Court Judge, Joseph McCarville, simply wrote, “that Defendant’s Motion for Release is Denied.” Joshua Alexander Greene, who has been incarcerated since a probation violation hearing on March 12 awaiting an opening at a residential treatment facility, said in his request there is an increased risk of someone with the virus coming into the jail and potentially spreading it to other inmates. The response, filed by Carroll County Attorney, John Werden, refuted any claims that the risk is heightened while at the same time pointing out that the flight risk following Greene’s release would be high since he has a history of non-compliance with previous court orders. Prior to the probation violation, Greene was arrested in two separate incidents involving damage and threats of violence in a single Coon Rapids neighborhood. In July of 2019, Greene kicked in the door of a family member’s home and threatened the life of an occupant. On Jan. 22 of this year, he again kicked in a door in the same neighborhood and then slashed all four tires of a neighbor’s vehicle.
Audubon School Board approves Budget Guarantee - Members of the Audubon School District’s Board of Education held a Special electronic meeting by Zoom, Monday night. During their session, Superintendent Eric Trager said an error on the budget meant that a hearing on the budget would have to be postponed until their regular meeting on April 20th. Trager said the error showed the FY 2020 Tax Levy was $11.69/$1,000 valuation. What was published in the local paper for the Monday meeting, showed a Tax Levy of $11.67/$1,000, which includes the bond payment on the $7.5-million. Trager said he missed including the Dropout Prevention Levy, which he said “Is a pretty significant levy. Without that our tax levy actually went down.” The corrected budget, which was submitted to the paper, includes: the DOP (Dropout Prevention Levy); Debt Service for Building Project (the $7.5-million bond) and the refinancing of the 2013 Bond. Trager said “The levy is still well below the 73-cent increase we promised to stay below, with the new building project.” The levy will come in 21-cents over last year’s mark, which was keeping in-line with what was promised. In other business, The Audubon School Board approved a Pre-Levy Issuance Resolution authorizing the issuance of $9.11-million in General Obligation School – and Refunding- Bonds, and the levy of tax for payment thereof. The Resolution allows the district to sell Refunding Bonds to pay-off the existing debt from the 2013 Bond. It includes the $7.5-million in new G.O. issue plus $1.61-million in Refunding Bonds. The Board also approved contracts for DeAnn Leiting as School Social Worker for the 2020-21 School Year. Her services will be shared 50/50 with the Coon Rapids-Bayard School District. And, they approved a contract for Elena “Lanie” Pelzer as 5th Grade Teacher. And, the Audubon School Board approved a recommendation from Superintendent Eric Trager, for a 3.25% raises for those employees not represented by a Collective Bargaining Unit, with the exception of: Natalie Lange, Office Business Manager (5%); Sam Graeve. K-4 Principal/Curriculum Director (a flat dollar amount of $27.50 for each year (this is the second year of his agreement), and Cass Muzney – Head Custodian (3.25% plus $1,000).
Crawford County Law Enforcement Report – (4-6-20) - The Crawford County Law Enforcement Center has released their latest activity report. On Wednesday, April 1st, 50 year old Michelle Smires was arrested for domestic abuse assault, a simple misdemeanor. On March 30, at about 2:20 p-m, Lyla Bruck of Vail reported the theft of several items from a machine shed. The items included a ¾-inch drive complete socket set, Homelite 3 or 4 horsepower gas-powered water transfer pump, 16 inch Stihl Easy Start chainsaw, Husqvarna chainsaw. The total value of the items was estimated at $1,000. At 4:08 in the afternoon on March 30th, Steve Mathies of Deloit reported the theft of an aqua-colored 1971 Honda SL350 motorcycle. It had been under a tarp outside his house. There were also several field fires. On March 30th, just before noon, a grass fire was reported at 1135 110th Street northwest of Ricketts. Fire departments from Ricketts, Charter Oak and Danbury were called. Also on the 30th, at 3:45 pm, a field fire was reported southeast of Charter Oak. Fire Departments from Denison and Charter Oak were called. A field fire northwest of Dow City was reported on the 30th at 7:45 in the evening. Fire departments from Dow City, Charter Oak and Dunlap were called. On Tuesday, March 31st, a grass fire at 2176 Deloit Boulevard was reported at 3:15 in the afternoon. And a field fire southwest of Denison was reported at 4:18 pm. The original page reported a structure fire. Fire departments from Denison, Dow City, Vail and Manilla and the Crawford County Ambulance were initially paged.
Harlan City Council - The Harlan City Council will meet electronically Tuesday, April 7th, at 5:15. Among topics to be discussed is the renewal application for Mi Casa, Class C Liquor License and Sunday Sales; Renewal application for Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits for Class B Wine Permit, Class C Beer Permit for carryout beer, Class E Liquor License and Sunday Sales; also the renewal application for Gussied Up for a Class C Liquor License, Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales. Pam Bormann, from the State of Iowa Office of the Auditor will be speaking on the FY20 audit review. In other business they will review the permit from the Shelby County Fair Board for a street closing for the Fair Parade. Review a permit from Roar into Harlan for a seasonal street closing; Resolution No. 2398 – a resolution approving budgeted transfers for FY19-20; Ordinance 2020-01 an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Harlan; and reviewing the Infections Disease Action Plan; there will also be a City Administrator’s Report and the Mayor’s Report.
Shelby County Board of Supervisors met last week - The Board of Supervisors of Shelby County, Iowa, met in a remote meeting via teleconference of the Shelby County Supervisors last week. Marcus Gross, Shelby County Attorney put forth a proposed plan that will set forth federal and state compliance and implementation of a Infectious Disease Action Plan. This includes protection for essential services. Gross noted that this plan can be amended or changed at any time. The seven page Infectious Disease Action Plan will be made available by calling the Auditors office. The plan describes procedures for all county employees to follow and possibly for cuts in hours if warranted by County leadership, and many avenues paved by the recent passing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. After discussion and Haake made a motion and Kenkel seconded the motion to approve the policy. Parkhurst, Haake and Kenkel all voted in favor of approving the plan, which expires December 31, 2020.
Learn How to Succeed with Cover Crops and No-Till in April 8 Webinar - With spring field days now postponed, Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar Wednesday, April 8, at noon, to provide information on how to succeed with cover crops and no-till for 2020. Liz Ripley, conservation and cover crop outreach specialist with Iowa Learning Farms at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Mark Licht, assistant professor in agronomy and extension cropping systems specialist at Iowa State, will share results from a variety of cover crop projects. These projects include a 10-year cereal rye cover crop study, species selection information, water quality impacts, and tips for spring termination. Cover crops continue to grow in popularity in Iowa due to their many benefits: reduced soil erosion, weed suppression potential, reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies, and increased soil organic matter. To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon on April 8: Click the following URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172. Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing: +1 312-626-6799 or +1 646-876-9923. The meeting ID is 364 284 172The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, and can be watched at a later time. Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
MONOGRAM LOVES KIDS FOUNDATION NOW ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS - The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation, the charitable arm of Monogram Meat Snacks in Chandler, MN, will award $50,000 in 2020 to charitable organizations that sponsor programs benefiting children and their families. Registered 501(c)3 public organizations interested in applying for these grants, which will range from $500 to $10,000, should visit monogramfoods.com/values/mlkf to access the application form. All submissions must be mailed in to the address listed on the application by Friday, May 29th 2020 at 5PM CST. All applicants must be located within 100 miles of Monogram Prepared Meats, 1231 870th St. Harlan, IA 51537. A committee of team members at the Monogram Prepared Meats plant will review the grant applications from Harlan area organizations. The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation was founded in 2010 as Monogram Foods’ charitable fund to raise money for children’s charities in areas of the country where Monogram team members live and work. Between 2010 and 2019, Monogram has donated over $3 million to charities focused on children and their families.
This from the Shelby County Emergency Management - Effective immediately Shelby County is under an Extreme Fire Danger. No prescribed burns will be allowed until further notice. This includes ALL outside burning.
Urgent Notice from the City of Harlan - Do NOT flush paper towels, wash cloths or baby wipes (of any kind, no matter what the packaging says) into the City Sewer Systems. These items cannot be processed and will clog the pumping systems, eventually SHUTTING DOWN our systems. If you must use these items, dispose of them into a waste basket and throw them out with the rest of your trash. PLEASE - THIS IS URGENT. The only flushable items are toilet paper and facial tissue.
Applications for healthcare educational grants from the Endowment for Education are now being accepted. The grants are made available through the Lucille Petersen Endowment Fund, which was established in 1988. The funds will be distributed to selected applicants seeking short or long-range educational assistance to pursue healthcare occupations. An April 30th deadline has been set for applications to be submitted for the summer 2020 semester. Application forms and more information are available by contacting Ruth Pitkin at Myrtue Medical Center, 1213 Garfield Ave, Harlan, IA 51537, call 755-4316 or email email@example.com. The grants can be for new, entry-level or advanced training or certifications.
Shelby County Relay for Life Luminaria bags are now available! Each bag represents a loved one lost to cancer, or brings support to those affected by it and honors survivors! Get your luminarias now – they are only $5 through May 21st and $10 from May 22nd through June 5th. There are caregiver bags available too! Luminarias are available from any Relay for Life Team Member, Julie Ziola at 813-245-4851 or Cindy Schechinger at 579-1212. They are also available online for $10 with decorating included at relayforlife.org/shelbycountyia. The Luminary lighting ceremony will be held during the Shelby County Relay for Life Event on June 5th at Merrill field in Harlan.
GriefShare Seminar and Support Group will meet Mondays now through March 23rd from 5:30 to 7 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. For more information, call the church office at 755-2711.
Seeds of Hope, support group for people with mental illness diagnosis, will meet Mondays, 6:30 – 8 pm, Shelby County Community Outreach.
Blood Donations Needed - Upcoming donation opportunities include: Saturday, April 11th - 8 am to 2 pm - Shelby Community Building 9 am to 3 pm - Harrison County Home and Public Health Friday, April 17th - 7:30 am to 1 pm - Conductix-Wampfler in Harlan Monday, April 20th - 8 am to 2 pm - Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan Monday, May 4th - 7:30 am to 1:30 pm - Harlan High School Tuesday, May 12th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Veteran's Memorial Building - Harlan Thursday, May 14th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Tuesday, May 19th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Wednesday, May 27th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia Wednesday, June 3rd - 12 Noon to 5 pm - Manilla Memorial Hall 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Ceenter in Audubon Friday, July 24th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Sacred Heart Church in Manning Saturday, July 25th - 8 am to 1 pm - American Legion Building in Avoca Saturday, August 1st - 7:30 am to 12:30 pm - Shelby Community Building Wednesday, August 5th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patricks Parish Center in Audubon Tuesday, December 29th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
AS a preventative action, the Carson Fire Department has postponed the Fish Fry Event that was scheduled for March 28th. It has been rescheduled for September 12th. St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs invites you to the Roaring 2020's Annual Benefit Auction, Saturday, March 28th, at St. Albert High School Gymnasium. at f pm, the evening will start with cocktails, hors d'oeurves and a silent auction. A welcome, blessing and dinner at 7 pm, and a live auction at 7:30. Don't forget your raffle tickets for a chance at $10,000.
The Carson Fire and Rescue presents their 2nd annual Fish Fry, Saturday, March 28th, from 5 to 8 pm (or while supplies last) at the Carson Community Building. The cost is a free will donation. All proceeds will go to benefit the Carson Fire and Rescue Department. ----- An Immunization Clinic for Children will be held on Wednesday April 1st, 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. Appointments are recommended to save time, but are not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Make appointments by calling 755-4422 or at shelbycountyclinics.com. Please ask for Cathy Buman if you have questions or need to make an appointment for a different day or time.
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, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th ------ Upcoming events - Defiance Parish Picnic - June 13th - dinner only - June 14th Panama Parish Picnic - June 19-20 Westphalia Parish Picnic - July 3-4 Earling Parish Picnic - July 10-11 Shelby County Fair - July 12-20 Portsmouth Parish Picnic - July 25-26
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