Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 Today's Weather Outlook - Arctic high pressure settled into Iowa overnight providing clear skies and light winds. This combination over fresh snow cover allowed temperatures to quickly drop overnight into near record or record territory. Overnight readings were in the single digits above and below zero for very unusual cold lows. The cold temperatures will persist today as the high moves gradually east of the state. Winds are forecast to become southerly over much of the region by this afternoon as warmer air tries to move back into the Midwest. However, highs will remain 20 to 30 degrees below normal with wind chills in the single digits. A fast moving low pressure will move into the northern Plains tonight and pass quickly southeast on Wednesday. This will produce a band of snow from the Dakotas into northern Iowa with amounts of up to an inch or two. After this system passes, some moderation is expected into the end of the week as temperatures rebound into the lower to mid 40s by Saturday and Sunday. There will be little threat of precipitation to end the week.
November activities at the Harlan Community Library - Tuesday, November 12th - 12 noon, Library and Lunch Book Club - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Book Worms and Libraries on the Go. Wednesday, November 13th - 10:30 am, Story Time: Transportation
Farm Succession Workshop to be held - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a 2-night Farm Succession Workshop. The workshop will be November 12th and 21st from 6 to 9 pm, with a meal provided at 5:30 each night at the Four County Fairgrounds in Dunlap. Registration fee is $50 per person or $150 for a family of 4. To register, call the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office in Logan at 644-2105 or in Onawa at 423-2175. Registration is due by November 8th. Speakers include Tim Christensen, Iowa State University Farm management Specialist in West Central Iowa and Matt Minnihan, Attorney at Minnihan Law Office.
The Harlan Community High School Jazz Program in conjunction with the UNO Jazz Studies Program will host world-class jazz trombonist, recording artist and educator Andy Martin and the UNO Jazz Combo at Harlan Community High School for a day of clinics followed by a free public performance at the Harlan Community Schools High School Auditorium on Tuesday, November 12th. The concert, featuring performances by Andy Martin, the UNO Jazz I Combo and the Harlan Community High School Jazz Experience will begin at 7 pm that evening. The Harlan Community High School Jazz Experience has qualified and attended the Iowa Jazz Championships since its inception in 1976, has 9 State Championships and 12 runner-up finishes.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, November 12th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving chili and crackers, a sandwich and dessert. The First Baptist church will volunteer. A free will donation will be accepted.
West Central Community Action is now accepting applications for the Annual Holiday Adoption Program. Remember, you must reside in Shelby County and be at or below 175% poverty level. Verification of income is required. Children 18 and under as well as seniors, 65 or older, are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 6th. Program sponsored gifts will be distributed to eligible families on Tuesday, December 17th. For more information, call 755-5602.
The 3rd annual Santa Claus is Coming to Town Chamber Event will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th. Help them reach their goal of $1,500 to cover the cost of the toy-filled Christmas stockings for each of the Shelby County Communities and travel arrangements for Santa. As a sponsor, you will be included on all advertising and flyers. If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, call the Chamber office at 755-2114.
The Shelby County Christmas tree has been found!!!!! Remember to mark your calendars for November 30th for the Annual Christmas Lighting ceremony!
You can sign up now for the 2019-2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from West Central Community Action. They will be helping to qualify low-income Iowa homeowners and renters to pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing. When applying, please bring proof of income, Social Security Number, and a copy of your most recent heating and electrical bills. Applications are taken by appointment only, Monday through Friday 9 to 1 and 2 to 3. Call West Central Community Action at 755-5602 to schedule an appointment.
IKM-Manning Schools to hold Facilities Master Planning Meeting Tuesday - The IKM-Manning school district asks their patrons and friends to come to a Facilities Master Planning Meeting for the IKM-Manning Community School District, 5:30 pm, Tuesday, November 12th, at the Memorial Hall in Manilla. The meeting will kick off with a review of the initial steps of the assessment and planning process. Options to the district will then be presented. The options will allow the district to start prioritizing the next steps in their Master Planning Process. The Options were created from the data collected from surveys, Estes Facility Assessment, feedback and meetings. Once the presentation is completed, they will break into groups to discuss and provide feedback on the information and options. The feedback will provide the data and information necessary for the team to help determine their next steps in the long term facility planning as a district.
Records broken for low temperatures Tuesday morning - All that fresh snow cover and clear skies overnight caused temperatures to drop across the state this morning. Temperatures in many parts of western Iowa were below zero. Harlan had 6 degrees below zero at 6 am this morning. Many locations in Audubon recorded 9 degrees below zero. Des Moines recorded 2 while Ottumwa had 4 degrees on this brisk morning. Temperatures will remain cold throughout the day today, with highs only reaching the mid-twenties. A weak storm system will track through the state on Wednesday, bringing light snow mostly along and north of Highway 30. Northeastern Iowa could experience snowfall amounts of one to two inches.
Crop Report - 11-12-19 - Statewide there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 10, 2019 although winter weather moved across Iowa bringing more snowfall to the northern half of the State according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were reports across the State concerning propane shortages slowing corn harvest due to the high moisture content of the crop and the need to dry it down. Topsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Sixty-four percent of the corn crop has been harvested for grain, 9 days behind last year and 10 days behind the 5-year average. Producers in the Northwest, North Central and Southeast Districts have harvested over 70 percent of their expected crop, while the Northeast District fell further behind with just 47 percent complete. Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain was at 20 percent. Ninety-one percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, one week behind average. The South Central District remained the furthest behind at 71 percent complete, but closed the gap as producers in the district harvested nearly one-quarter of their expected crop during the week ending November 10, 2019. Cattle continued to battle below normal temperatures. There were also reports of cattle grazing in corn fields and some feeding of hay in the State.
Law enforcement responds to shooting in Griswold - Law enforcement and Griswold Rescue responded to a shooting incident Monday night. The incident occurred around 9:45 Monday night and involved a female in an SUV in the parking lot of the Casey's Store in Griswold. The weapon was a .38 caliber Ruger handgun. The name has not been released on the 39 year old woman involved. It was reported that she suffered a self-inflicted, non-life threatening gunshot wound to the hand. Her vehicle was impounded as evidence Monday night and authorities were interviewing witnesses.
Families displaced from homes following weekend fires – Residents of two buildings were displaced by fires over the weekend in Council Bluffs. Firefighters responded to a blaze Friday night at a vacant building. When they arrived, there was heavy flames at the rear of the building. At 11:15 that night, firefighters were sent to a fire at a two story apartment building on Sixth Avenue. Upon arrival, they found fire at the back of the building. Occupants got out of the building, with no injuries reported. The Salvation Army was called to help residents find another place to stay. Damage to the structure was estimated at $20,000. The cause of the fire was not available Monday, as the Fire Marshal’s Office was closed. And on Saturday at 10:45 p.m., firefighters were dispatched for a fire at a 1 ½-story house. The roof had to be opened up for ventilation. No one was injured, but the residents were displaced from their home. Damage was estimated at $10,000. No cause was available Monday.
Several accidents last week in Crawford County – 11-12-19 - Several accidents were reported in the last couple of weeks in Crawford County. At 1:50 a.m. on October 24, 40 year old Dustin F. Lindblad of Omaha, NE, driver of a white 2005 semi tractor-trailer, was stopped northbound on Highway 59 at the intersection with Arrowhead Drive stop sign. Lindblad was pulling away from the stop sign when 47 year old John Cleo Melby, of Mapleton, driver of a white 1996 Chevrolet C35 pickup, struck the rear of his trailer. Lindblad exited the cab of his semi and observed that the driver of the pickup was hunched over the steering wheel and not moving. He noticed his tanker was leaking anhydrous from where the pickup struck the semi. Lindlbad pulled the semi to a safe location in the Fareway parking lot. Crawford County EMS arrived on the scene and cared for Melby; he was transported to Crawford County Memorial Hospital. The Denison Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene to assist with the anhydrous leaking from the tanker. Lindblad refused medical treatment. Melby was issued citations for following too close, failure to provide proof of financial liability - accident, driving while license denied, suspended, cancelled or revoked (DUS), and failure to stop in assured clear distance. There was $2,500 damage to Melby’s pickup and $20,000 damage to Lindblad’s semi. At 2:33 p.m. on October 30, 47 year old Sotelo Pio Pete, of Harlan, driver of a maroon 2013 Chevrolet C350 truck, was traveling north on Highway 59 when he lost control after sneezing. His truck entered the west ditch and hit an embankment before landing in a field. There was $10,000 damage to the truck. It was towed to Waderich’s Towing in Denison. At 5:15 p.m. on November 1, 58 year old Michael Schindler, of Manilla, driver of a silver 2008 Mazda MZ6, was traveling westbound in the Walmart parking lot when 72 year old Roger Peters, of Denison, driver of a red 2006 Ford Ranger pickup, backed out of a parking stall and struck the driver’s door of Schindler’s vehicle. There was $2,000 damage to Schindler’s vehicle and $500 damage to Peters vehicle. At 11:30 a.m. on November 4, 44 year old Scott William Girard, of Manilla, driver of a white 2005 Chevrolet K2500 pickup, was traveling east on Highway 141 when a deer ran onto the roadway and hit the vehicle on the driver’s side causing approximately $5,000 damage to both doors. At 1:57 p.m. on November 6, 62 year old Roland Paul Schneider, of Denison, driver of a red 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, was westbound on Arrowhead Drive, crossing the intersection with Highway 59. 32 year old Nicholas John Koch, of Westside, driver of a black 2016 Ford F350 pickup, was northbound in the left lane of Highway 59, crossing Arrowhead Drive, when Schneider struck the right side of Koch’s pickup causing it to come to rest on the roadway north of the intersection. The accident report said the front airbag on Schneider’s truck deployed and that the front and side airbags on Koch’s pickup deployed. There was $8,000 damage to Schneider’s pickup and $50,000 damage to Koch’s pickup. Schneider was cited for failure to obey stop or yield sign.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report - 11/12/19 The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports numerous arrests took place over the past five days. 46-year old Salomon Martinez, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the sheriff’s office a little before 2-a.m. Tuesday, on warrants for Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree/1st offense, and Violation of Probation. His bond was set at $10,000. 27-year old Alan Mauricio Colin-Zarate, was arrested Monday night, following a traffic stop. He was charged with Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. Early Monday morning, 52-year old Warren Ward Karlen was arrested for OWI/1st offense. Sunday night, 58-year old Michele Marie Callahan was arrested for Absence from custody, following a traffic stop. 23-year old Kasi Juliana Thomas was arrested Sunday night for OWI/1st offense. 21-year old Dakota Scott Eccles was arrested Sunday night in Pott. County, for Driving While Barred/Habitual Offender. Early Sunday morning, 20-year old Cody Andrew Kidwell was arrested in Council Bluffs for OWI/1st offense. Early Saturday morning, 25-year old Jeremy James Taylor was arrested for Operating Under the Influence/3rd or Subsequent Offense. Friday morning, 55-year old Odies Jerome Scott, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Oakland, for Domestic Abuse Assault/strangulation, and on a hold for another agency.
More Election Results – A number of area towns had their municipal elections decided by write in votes, and we now have those numbers for you. In the City of Kirkman - Matt Nielsen was the winner with 6 votes. Terry Fiscus, Ron Heese and Mike Norris each received 1 vote. For City Council, with 3 seats available, Nancy Nielsen had 6 votes, Steve Barratt 5 votes and James Goeser getting 3 votes. Jim Baughman and Mike Norris got 2 votes, each. In the city of Panama- Larry Keane received 18 votes for mayor with Dean Kloewer and Terry Schwery each receiving 2 votes. Two seats were available for Panama City Council. Kathy Schafer got 12 votes with Steve Wegner 6 votes. Matt Schmitz and Roland Smith each got 3 votes. In Defiance - James Goetz got 12 votes for the Mayor’s seat. Allan Wilwerding had 11 votes and Jeff Theulen 4 votes. In the City Council race, there were 2 seats available, Brian Kloewer got 24 votes, Max Powers 22, MaryAnn Anastasi, 9 votes and Jeff Theulen 6. In the City of Tennant – Two were elected for 3 seats on the City Council by ballot. They were Ralph Heese with 14 votes and Mark Tearney with 10 votes. Two people were written in for the 3rd seat. They were Paula Campbell with 9 votes and Chris Buck with 2. And in Westphalia - Jerome Gross is the mayor with 19 votes. Frank Rueschenberg received 1 vote. And for City Council, Jerome Schneider received 20 votes with Brandon Eck receiving 2 write-in votes.
First Canvass of 2019 elections to be held Wednesday - The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will receive canvass of the 2019 school election on Wednesday, November 13th, at 12 noon in the Supervisors Chambers at the Shelby County Courthouse. This will certify the votes placed in Shelby County. The second Canvass on November 18th will certify the votes from Audubon, Carroll, Crawford and Harrison Counties. And the final votes included those counties for HCHS and IKM-Manning school Districts.
Body found in Page County could be missing Clarinda man - Radio Iowa A body was found in a field Saturday morning in southwest Iowa’s Page County. The body was found about one-mile north of Clarinda and the individual’s remains were sent to the state medical examiners office for an autopsy. No other information was released, pending autopsy results. The remains may be those of 68-year old Dale Allen Hodtwalker, of rural Clarinda, who disappeared from his home during the early morning hours of October 22nd. An extensive search was conducted for Hodtwalker, who has dementia, and was last seen wearing a blue or gray t-shirt, gray and black pajama pants and white socks. Family members say he left the residence without shoes or a coat.
Bubba Sorensen to speak in Atlantic - Ray “Bubba” Sorensen will present a program at the Atlantic American Legion Building on Sunday, November 17th at 2 pm. Sorensen is known throughout the world as the creator of the Freedom Rock. Bubba has recently applied his artistic skills in another way by illustrating a book of poems honoring veterans. He also has been elected to the Iowa House of Representatives for District 20 which includes Adair, Guthrie and parts of Cass and Dallas Counties. The Atlantic History Center, Military Museum and Military Library will be open for viewing. Books may be checked out at the Library and refreshments will be available.
Iowans to get more money on payday starting January 1st - The Iowa Department of Revenue is updating its income tax withholding tables for 2020 to comply with recent tax law changes. Revenue spokesman John Fuller said employers will be trimming the amount of Iowa tax withheld from employees' paychecks starting January 1st. Fuller stated that there is a withholding calculator where they can get some information in and see where they might end up. It’s hard to say how much everyone will see on their paychecks because everyone’s situation is different. If you marked zero on your withholding you may consider raising that to a one or two. And while it may seem like a nice reward to get a fat tax refund check every spring, Fuller says many Iowans like to adjust their earnings to come out closer to the break-even point. The Iowa legislature enacted sweeping tax reforms in 2018 and the changes are being put in place gradually for the 2019 and 2020 tax years. You can find the new tax tables and the withholding calculator at the Iowa Department of Revenue website: tax.iowa.gov.
Certified Crop Adviser Test Prep Available Online - Iowans who want to become a certified crop adviser should take note of upcoming exam dates, as well as an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online training course intended to help them prepare. The next certified crop adviser exam is Feb. 7, and registration for the exam continues through Dec. 13. The online review course is divided into the four major exam competency areas, with a total of 26 modules and nearly eight hours of recorded programming. Each module includes a practice quiz of up to 10 questions, randomly selected from a pool of questions. A practice exam covering information from all modules is also available, and consists of 100 randomly selected questions. The practice quizzes can identify a person’s weak areas and allow them to focus on subjects where they need to improve. The online course is an ideal way for participants to prepare, because it compiles all of the necessary information into one place, in a way that allows participants to review and refresh their understanding of current standards. The online course is available through the ISU Extension and Outreach Store and is offered at a cost of $100. This does not include registration for the actual exam.
November activities at the Harlan Community Library - Thursday, November 14th - 6 pm, Saving Shelby County From Dangerous Obstacles Saturday, November 16th - 10 am, Babies and Books - Baby Storytime Monday, November 18th - 4 pm, Young Writers Group Tuesday, November 19th - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, November 20th - 10 am, Classic Movie: About Schmidt - 10:30 am, Story Time: Pets - 7 pm, 5 )'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, November 21st - 5 pm, Adult Creative Writing Group - 6:30 pm, Let's Paint Saturday, November 23rd - 10 am, Make your own Thanksgiving placemat - Saturday morning kids' craft Tuesday, November 26th - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, November 27th - 10:30 am, Story Time: Thankfulness Thursday, November 28th and Friday November 29th - Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
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, November 14th Thursday, December 12th Thursday, January 9th Thursday, February 13th Thursday, March 12th Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th
Saving Shelby County from Dangerous Obstacles will be held 6 pm, Thursday, November 14th, at the Harlan Community Library. It will be presented by the Shelby County Emergency Management Disaster Assistance Saw Team. This presentation will discuss risk assessment, tree hazards and hazard removal for both businesses and home owners.
A breakfast Fundraiser will be held 7 to 11 am Saturday, November 16th, at the American Legion Hall in Harlan. This is a benefit for the Iowa Community Kitchen. The cost is $10 for adults, kids 4-8, $5, kids 3 and under eat free. All proceeds will help purchase food and supplies for the Iowa Community Kitchen. They will be serving waffles, biscuits and gravy, breakfast casserole, juice and coffee.
The Viking Vendor and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, November 16th, from 9 am to 3 pm at the AHSTW High School Cafeteria. There's all different vendors and crafters, plus the After Prom committee will be serving lunch. Be on the lookout for limited edition viking merchandise, many items made by the AHSTW Engineering class as well as limited edition Viking and Lady Viking homemade soap.
The Shelby Community Feather Party will be held Saturday, November 16th, with Bingo starting at 6 pm at the Shelby Community Building. Come play bingo and win a turkey! Food will be available during the evening.
The Iowa Community Kitchen Breakfast Fundraiser will be held 7 to 11 am, Saturday, November 16th, at the American Legion Building in Harlan. The cost is $10 for adults, kids 4 to 8, $5 and 3 and under eat free.
The SCCO Pancake Brunch, Bake Sale and silent Auction will be held 8:30 to noon Sunday, November 17th, at the Harlan High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH INVITES PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS TO A THREE DAY MISSION ENTITLED “JOURNEY TO JOY” ON NOVEMBER 18TH, 19TH, AND 20TH IN ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH AT 2001 COLLEGE PLACE IN HARLAN. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, WILL BE THE GOSPEL OF LUKE: STORIES ON THE ROAD. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, WILL BE THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT FROM THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, WILL GE A FAMILY COMDY CALLED SALT AND LIGHT, FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL PRESENTATION CALLED HOLLYWOOD VS. FAITH. MONDAY AND TUESDAY WILL BEGIN AT 7 PM; WEDNEDAYS PRODUCTIONS WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 PM. ALL SHOWS ARE FAMILY FRIENDLY AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS. STAY TO MEET THE ACTOR AND ENJOY SOME TREATS. “JOURNEY TO JOY” IS BEING BROUGHT TO ST. MICHAEL’S BY THE SHELBY COUNTY COUNCIL OF CATECHSIS. *****CAT-UH-KISS-US*****
Renee Hansen and Emily Barrett of the Relay for Life Team, Caffeinating for a Cure will hold “Crafting for a Cure”, a step by step craft project to create your own wooden Christmas Door Hanger. The event will be held Tuesday evening, November 19th, starting at 6:30 pm at 1606 Highway 44 in Harlan. The cost is $30 per person with light snacks and drinks provided during the evening. Please RSVP to 579-1597 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, November 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving their Thanksgiving meal. The Congregational Church will volunteer. A free will donation will be accepted.
The Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca will host their Aebleskiver and Sausage Supper Thursday, November 21st from 4 to 7 pm. Call-in carry out orders will be taken from 1 to 5 pm at 343-2518, no call in, carry out orders after 5 pm, with a limit of 2 dozen aebleskiver and 1 dozen sausages. There will also be a group bake sale.
Blood Donations Needed - As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross if urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well. Upcoming donation opportunities include: Thursday, November 21st - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Wednesday, December 4th - 8 am to 2 pm - AHSTW High School in Avoca Friday, December 20th - 12 noon to 6 pm - Sacred Heart Church in Manning Thursday, December 26th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Friday, December 27th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be closed on Tuesday, November 26th so their volunteers may be home with their families.
----- The Shelby County Public Health Department has an Immunization Clinic scheduled for Wednesday December 4th from 2 to 6 pm at Community Health in Harlan. 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 appoint there. Appointments are recommended to save time but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Make appointments by call 755-4422.
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