Region 4 and State Covid-19 Update - 5-11-21 - On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health said there were 346 new COVID-19 positive tests over the previous 24-hours. There were no additional deaths to report. The total number of COVID-related deaths statewide amount to 5,985. The health department reports 398,056 total positive tests since the start of the pandemic. The state’s positivity rates were unchanged from Monday, at 3.8% for the 14-day rate, and 3.6% for the seven-day rate. COVID hospitalization data show a slight decline in the numbers: There are 163 hospitalized, 43 persons in an ICU, 21 people were admitted, and 22 were on a ventilator. In RMCC Region 4 there are 12 COVID patients hospitalized; three are in an ICU; one person was admitted, and there was no one on a ventilator. There have been over 2.5-million doses of a COVID vaccine administered in Iowa, and nearly 1.2-million persons who have completed their respective vaccination series. The state reports there remains only one Long-Term Care Facility Outbreak. The Urbandale Health Care Center has 19 positive cases among residents and staff, with 17 total recoveries. The state reports 2,327 care facility deaths since the pandemic began.
Covid-19 Vaccinations in our area - 5-10-21 - Kwik R-X Pharmacy is now offering the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to all adults 18 and older! For an appointment, give them a call at 755-3823 for help with scheduling. And Pexton Pharmacy is also offering vaccinations. Vaccination appointments are available for everyone ages 18 and older. Please visit pextonpharmacy.com/covid to schedule your appointment.
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Harlan Police Report – 5-11-21 - The Harlan Police Department released their latest activity report. On Friday, May 7th, 36 year old Reid Jeffrey Hemminger of Harlan was cited for driving while suspended following a traffic stop. Also on Friday, May 7th, 37 year old Corey Christopher McCoy of Harlan was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant. McCoy was transported to the Shelby County Jail. Three Subjects were arrested on Sunday, May 2nd following a call for service. 20 year old Cameron Richard Schriber of Harlan was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with disorderly conduct. 44 year old Joseph L. Miller of Carter Lake was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with assault. And 22 year old Kenneth Clyde Miller of Harlan was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with assault. On Friday, April 30th, 46 year old Joseph Peter Scheffler of Harlan was arrested following the execution of a search warrant. Scheffler was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sunday, April 25th, 38 year old Amy Joy Carman of Avoca was cited for driving while suspended following a traffic stop. On Saturday, April 24th, 52 year old Angel Ahumada Perez of Denison was arrested following a traffic stop. Perez was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with driving while revoked, false reports to police, no proof of insurance and improper brake light. Also on the 24th, 42 year old Corey Denise Schroder of Logan was arrested following a traffic stop. Schroder was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with driving while barred, possession of drug paraphernalia, no proof of insurance and speed. Friday, April 23rd, 28 year old Jacob Patrick Sweeney of Audubon was arrested following a traffic stop. Sweeney was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with driving while barred. Also on the 23rd, 22 year old Austin Lee Thomas Dusenberry of Harlan was arrested following a traffic stop. Dusenberry was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with driving while barred. 21 year old Dawson Gage Hansen of Manilla was arrested on April 22nd, following a traffic stop. Hansen was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dakota Lynn Blum was arrested on April 22nd on an active Sac County warrant following a traffic stop. Blum was transported to the Shelby County Jail. And 28 year old Cody Duane Wills of Harlan was arrested following a traffic stop on April 22nd. Wills was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with driving while revoked, no proof of insurance and operating a non-registered vehicle.
Carson issues a Boil Water Advisory – 5-11-21 - The City of Carson has issued a Boil Water Advisory. The Carson Water System experienced a mechanical malfunction at the wells resulting in a city-wide low pressure or no water condition throughout. Citizens should boil water until further notice and water tests come back clear. Remember to bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute and cool before using. Or, used bottled water for sale from local vendors. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice. This is a precautionary measure required by the State for public safety.
Harlan Municipal Utilities Recognized for reliable electric service to the community – 5-11-21 - The Electric Department of Harlan Municipal Utilities (HMU) has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2020. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities. The Association helps electric utilities track power outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities. Public power utilities have proven their commitment to serving their community by continuing to lead the nation in reliability,” said Alex Hofmann, APPA’s Vice President of Technical and Operations Services. “These utilities are the best of the best when it comes to keeping the lights on in their communities.” Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights out for less than half the amount of time that customers of other types of utilities do. Ken Weber, HMU CEO, said they are proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work of all their employees, management and Board, current and past, to ensure that they keep Harlan powered. The current high level of reliability is one of the results to placing their distribution lines underground and upgrading the electric distribution system over the past 16 plus years. When the lines are underground, you have far fewer storm and animal related outages and greater reliability. The current eReliability report shows their Average Service Availability Index to be 99.9922% with 100% as perfect. This means when their customers want power, it will be there almost 100% of the time. In a related note, in 2020 HMU earned its third Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.
Griswold School Board interviewed three more Principal candidates last night - 5-11-21 - The Griswold School Board held a special session Monday evening, to hold separate interviews with three candidates for the Middle School/High School Principal’s position. Superintendent Dave Henrichs said the candidates they’ve interviewed to-date, are all well qualified for the job. He says making a choice won’t be easy. He said the Board hopes to announce a decision on who they’ve selected, during their regular monthly meeting next Monday, May 17th. The May 17th meeting will be held in the High School Conference Room, beginning at 5:30-p.m. Henrichs says once a Principal is in place, they can concentrate more on preparing for the next school year.
Reynolds signs school-related bills - 5-11-21 - Governor Reynolds signed 17 bills into law on Monday. This year’s March 1st deadline has been waived for student open enrollment applications for transfers out the Des Moines, Davenport, Waterloo, West Liberty and Postville School Districts. A new state law that took effect yesterday gets rid of the voluntary diversity plans in those five districts that prevented some transfer requests. The governor has also signed legislative giving parents authority to certify they’ve taught their child how to drive, meaning the teenager is qualified to take the tests to get a driver’s license. After the pandemic led to cancelled fundraisers and reduced ticket sales for high school events, another bill the governor signed into law will let school boards shift general education money to cover deficits in the budgets for sports, music, drama and other extracurricular programs. The governor also approved a new law that lets delivery services like Uber Eats and Door Dash deliver beer, wine and liquor from restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers.
Iowa to end participation in federal unemployment benefit programs – 5-11-21 - Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced new measures to address the State of Iowa’s severe workforce shortage. Effective June 12, 2021, the State of Iowa will end its participation in federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs. Iowa will continue to provide regular state unemployment insurance benefits to those eligible under the applicable state code. Reynolds stated that Federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs initially provided displaced Iowans with crucial assistance when the pandemic began. But now that our businesses and schools have reopened, these payments are discouraging people from returning to work. Our unemployment rate is at 3.7 percent, vaccines are available to anyone who wants one, and we have more jobs available than unemployed people.The week ending June 12, 2021 will be the last week that the following federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs are available in Iowa: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) Additionally, effective June 13, 2021, Iowa will no longer waive employer charges for COVID-related unemployment insurance claims. Regular unemployment benefits will remain available, as they did before the pandemic, but it’s time for everyone who can to get back to work.
Elm Crest Senior Living is celebrating Nursing Home Week all this week. On Tuesday, May 11th, from 11 to 2, the Cattle Drive Food Truck will be available for the public to place orders. Their location will be in front of Elm Crest Senior living just off 12th Street. For menu information, go to cattledrivecb.com.
Accepting Grant Applications for Shelby County Nonprofit Organizations - 5-11 -21 - The Shelby County Health Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the advancement of healthcare services throughout Shelby County. During its 30-year existence, the Shelby County Health Foundation has given over $3 million to aid and support healthcare services and programs. Most recently, the Health Foundation awarded $180,000 within the Shelby County community to organizations that funded the following community betterment projects: education scholarships, equipment for fire and rescue departments, innovated cardiac monitoring equipment and area transportation needs to Shelby County nursing homes. Organizations providing health related services in Shelby County are eligible. They must be able to demonstrate broad community/county support; requests for general operational funds will not be considered. The Shelby County Health Foundation’s mission is to provide funds to those nonprofit and governmental agencies that are involved in community betterment through their organizations. Nonprofit organizations can apply for the grant through Friday, May 14, 2021. Grant recipients will be announced on or around May 21, 2021. For more information on the Foundation and how to apply for a grant, please visit: https://myrtuemedical.org/about-us/health-foundation/ Organizations may complete the application form and send to: Shelby County Health Foundation Attn: Jani Sorfonden 1213 Garfield Ave Harlan, IA 51537
Crop Report 5-10-21 - Much needed precipitation across much of Iowa was beneficial to crop progress during the week ending May 9, 2021. Statewide there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week due to precipitation. Other field activities such as spraying and applying anhydrous and dry fertilizer were slowed by sporadic rains. Topsoil moisture levels rated 10% very short, 27% short, 61% adequate and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 13% very short, 39% short, 46% adequate and 2% surplus. Statewide, 86% of the expected corn crop has been planted, 10 days ahead of the 5-year average. North central and central Iowa farmers have less than 10% of their expected corn crop remaining to be planted. Corn emergence improved to 22% complete, an increase of 20 percentage points from the previous week. Just over two-thirds of the expected soybean crop has been planted, 15 days ahead of the five-year average. Six percent of the expected soybean crop has emerged, 5 days ahead of normal. Seeding of Iowa’s expected oat crop is nearly complete with 74% emerged, 4 days ahead of average. Iowa’s first oat crop condition rating of the season was 2% very poor, 4% poor, 36% fair, 51% good and 7% excellent. The first hay condition rating of the season was 4% very poor, 7% poor, 31% fair, 51% good and 7% excellent. There were reports of some farmers starting their first cutting of alfalfa. Pasture condition rated 42% good to excellent. Rain during the week helped green up some pastures. Livestock were reported to be in good condition, especially in terms of calving.
Shelby County Courthouse News – Harlan Newspapers – 5-11-21 - The Harlan Newspapers reports 58 year old Dale A. Wehr of Harlan has been charged in Shelby County District Court with possession of contraband in a controlled facility and possession of a controlled substance, second offense. Wehr was taken to the Shelby County Jail on April 2nd on an active warrant. During a search, jail staff allegedly discovered marijuana in a container in Wehr’s pocket. Wehr faces a maximum penalty of 6 years in jail with an additional fine if $6,500 if convicted of the class D felony and serious misdemeanor charges. And 41 year old Terry Fields of Harlan has been charged with child endangerment. Fields is accused of choking a minor at a Harlan residence March 31st, and causing red marks, bruising and a laceration. Fields faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail with an additional $5,000 fine if convicted of the class D felony charge. Trial date for both men is June 8th.
Shelby County Supervisors met last Tuesday – 5-10-21 - The Board of Supervisors of Shelby County met Tuesday morning, May4th in the Meeting room at the Courthouse. Lonnie Maguire updated the Board on her department’s current activities and her concerns over the State Legislatures pending action to take over some aspects of funding by Counties. She mentioned in her career, the State has taken the reigns in funding before and It led to delays and complications. Kyle Lindberg, Shelby County Jail Administrator, discussed his budgets as he has three to oversee, as well as prisoner population and staffing challenges he faces. Alex Londo Shelby County EMA Coordinator was on hand to discuss the updated County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan must be approved by all cities and the Supervisors when the plan is completed. Todd Valline, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced that the last family food box drive through will be this Saturday. The Shelby County Chamber is also having a business plan competition with cash awards for first and second place. Details are available at his office. Brandon Burmeister was present to inform his Secondary Roads Department’s current activities and projects including roadway grooming that was made possible by the recent rain. The County is now accumulating rock from two sources to replenish stockpiles. Burmeister also asked for the Supervisors to consider the following resolution to his departments 5 year plan. Unforeseen circumstances have arisen since adoption of the approved Secondary Road Five Year Program and previous revisions, requiring changes to the sequence, funding, and timing of the proposed work plan. After an explanation Kenkel made a motion to approve the resolution, Parkhurst seconded the motion. A vote was held with Haake, Kenkel and Parkhurst all voting in favor of passing the resolution. The Sheriffs department put forth the following resolution numbered 2021-19. Parkhurst made a motion to accept the resolution of appointment, Kenkel seconded the motion. This resolution is for appointing a deputy county official for the 2021 calendar year. The Supervisors then considered the Application from BV Ridge for a new Master Matrix application. A hearing asking for any public comment was set for May 17th at 9:00 AM at the Shelby County Courthouse. Supervisor Kenkel then made a motion to set a budget amendment hearing date of June 1st, 2021 for a budget year 2021 amendment. Parkhurst seconded the motion. Auditor Maxwell mentioned that General fund revenues other than property taxes were coming in over budget projections. Mark Maxwell , Auditor notified the Supervisors that painting bids are now being received by his office for the Clerk of Courts office. The down payment has been made on the new carpet in the Clerk’s office. This was all put in action when the Judicial district decided to upgrade office furniture and equipment and the Judicial district will be covering the expense of the new office including moving in and out of the office. There is County owned furnishings in the those offices and disposal may be up to the County, if it is determined there is any value to the furnishings moved out of the offices. Bids were then considered for the reroofing project at the Sheriffs complex. This will include as specified by the Supervisors to slope and drain to the roof edge and not through the existing flat roofed center drain system. The bid from Leinen Construction was accepted. Time was then made for the Supervisors to tour the Courthouse and inspect general housekeeping and maintenance as well as other project inspections. A tour of the boiler rooms and the new projection and audio system in the Courtroom was taken by the supervisors. Some upstairs furnishings will be available to other departments, some possibly sold, and others disposed of. The State of Iowa is paying for the replacement furnishings. Some discussion was made on the north side of the Courthouse grounds and any updating it may need.
Denison Police Report – 5-10-21 - The Denison Police Department arrested 39 year old Philip Sharon of Denison at 1:40 pm Thursday near Broadway. He was booked on an active warrant for indecent contact with a child. 77 year old Paul Launderville of Denison was involved in an accident on Thursday. Landerville had slowed to take a left turn on South 9th Street in a 2021 Chevy Equinox. 21 year old Jefferson Gomez of Denison was driving a 2017 GMC Yukon and rear-ended the Equinox. Gomez later told authorities that Launderville had not place this turn signal on. No injuries were reported. Launderville was able to drive the Equinox away with repairs on that vehicle expected to be $10,000. Gomez was arrested for driving while his license is suspended. He was also cited for failure to provide proof of financial liability, operating a non-registered vehicle, and failure to stop at an assured clear distance. The damage estimate from the Yukon totaled $3000 and it was towed from the scene. Another traffic accident took place at 6:30 pm Sunday evening near 1st Avenue North. The related document states that a 2018 Ford F-150 was parked in front of the Law Enforcement Center. 27 year old Juan Torres was backing a 2017 Ford Explorer out of a parking spot when he struck the rear drivers corner of the pickup. There was damage to the rear passenger area of the truck. There was damage to the driver side rear area and taillight of the Explorer. Damage estimates total $1,500 with $1,200 of that applying to the Explorer.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Report - 5-10-21 - Two people were arrested on separate charges Friday night, in Pottawattamie County. The Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Noel Kerrie Dominguez was arrested at around 10:20-p.m., following a disturbance at a motel in Underwood. Authorities were told a man and a woman were verbally arguing, and that the female allegedly struck the male. An investigation resulted in Dominguez taken into custody for Domestic Abuse/2nd offense. She was transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail and later released. And, at around 10-p.m., Friday, a report about a vehicle all over the road, coming into oncoming traffic and stopping in the middle of the road, resulted in the arrest near Treynor, of 26-year-old Jenaro Aguilar-Ramos. He was arrested on Highway 92 at 320th Street, for OWI/1st offense. Aguilar-Ramos was transported to the Pott. County Jail, and later released.
Carroll Man Accused Of Crafting Weapons In Jail Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison – Carroll Broadcasting – 5-10-21 - Carroll Broadcasting reports 30 year old Brice Edward Shrimpton pled guilty at the end of April to possession of a weapon in a correctional facility, a class C felony, and has now been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Shrimpton’s 10 year sentence will be served concurrently with a 14 year term handed down following a second-degree burglary conviction and probation revocation earlier this year. The charges were filed against Shrimpton after a makeshift plexiglass knife and shiv fashioned from a toothbrush were located in his cell while he was awaiting sentencing following the February conviction.
Atlantic Police report - 5-10-21 - On Saturday, May 8th, the Atlantic Police Department arrested 59 year old Ginnie Jo Schroeder of Atlantic for OWI-first offense. Friday, May 7th, 18 year old Bradley Dennis of Atlantic was cited for OWI – 1st offense and released. On Tuesday, May 4th, 30 year old Scott Belew of Audubon was arrested in Atlantic for Driving while Barred, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Saturday, May 1st, 29 year old Devin Gardner of Atlantic was arrested for Driving while Barred. Thursday, April 29th, Atlantic Police arrested 41 year old Charles Shroyer of Griswold on a Cass County warrant for Failure to Appear on a Driving while barred charge. And on Wednesday, April 28th, Atlantic Police cited 19 year old Dylan Thomas of Atlantic for Contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
"Water Watch" Being Implemented by HMU Monday - 4-23-21 Harlan Municipal Utilities is implementing a Water Watch effective Monday, April 26th, in an attempt to limit the depletion of its water supply. In a statement Friday, HMU CEO Ken Weber says they’re asking customers take the following measures regarding potable water: * No watering of lawns, shrubs, trees, flower or vegetable gardens between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. * No washing of streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks or building exteriors, cleaning of equipment, machinery, or interior spaces. * Washing of vehicles/equipment is prohibited except in commercial establishments that provide a washing service (eg. Commercial car wash). * Water should be served at restaurants only upon the request of the customer. * The use of fire hydrant meters is prohibited. Anyone who needs a personal swimming pool, hot tub, or other recreational structure that needs filling is asked to contact HMU to schedule a time.
Registration now open for Summer Iowa Games – Radio Iowa – 4-7-21 - Registration is now open for the majority of sports in the Summer Iowa Games, which will be held in the Ames area and at Iowa State University in late July and early August. Cory Kennedy, a spokesman for the games, says the pandemic has forced a few changes, but organizers are thrilled to be moving forward with this year’s events. While the 2020 edition of the Summer Iowa Games was abbreviated due to COVID, this year’s version will see competition in more than 50 sports. Some of the popular sports for teams are soccer, baseball, and softball. Individual sports, track and field is a large sport, archery is an up-and-coming, growing sport, and another large sport that is continually growing is pickleball. The main weekend of the games is scheduled for July 29th through August 1st, with 27 sports and competitions. Some events will start on July 10th, while others will begin in just a few weeks. They will host a high school trap-shooting event in May, as well as their annual Big Fish Classic fishing tournament. Billed as Iowa’s premier multi-sports festival, the event will attract thousands of participants from across the state. The Opening Ceremony will be held virtually this year on July 30th. Learn more and register at www.iowagames.org. Upcoming events -
Monogram Loves Kids Foundation is now accepting grant applications. The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation will award over $350,000 to charitable organizations that sponsor programs benefitting kids. For more information, contact Sally Vaughan - Communications Coordinator at email@example.com or call (901)681-9873.
Harlan Pool Passes are now available online at cityofharlan.com/ParksRecreation.htm. The cost is $131.25 for families and $75 for singles. The price is good through May 28th.
The Shelby County Business plan competition 2021 is going now. Develop your business plan for a chance to win $15,000 for First Place, $5,000 for second place. Entries are due by Friday, May 28th at 5 pm.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, May 11th at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving hot dogs, mac and cheese, apples, oranges, yogurt and dessert. The menu is subject to change. Face masks are no longer required. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and bring a friend. Due to the rising cost of food and supplies, there is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities - Tuesday, May 11th 11:30-5:30 pm Vet's Auditorium in Harlan For an appointment, contact Sue at 755-5725. Thursday, May 13th 12 Noon - 6 pm YMCA in Atlantic 11 to 5 pm - Central Church of Christ in Griswold Monday, May 17th 12 Noon - 6 pm - Exira REC Center Tuesday, May 18th 12 Noon - 6 pm - Woodbine High School Wednesday, May 19th 12 Noon-6 pm - Logan Community Center Thursday, May 20th 12 Noon- 6 pm - Rand Community Center in Mo Valley Monday, May 24 12:30-5:30 pm - American Legion Hall in Arcadia Tuesday, May 25th 11:30-5 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church Wednesday, May 26th 11-5 pm - St Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Thursday, May 13th at St. Joseph's Parish Hall in Earling. They will be serving meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, vegetable and dessert. The menu is subject to change. Masks are required and meals will be served at your table. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and bring a friend. Due to the rising cost of food and supplies, there is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
There will be a plant and Bake Sale, Saturday, May 15th, 8 am to noon at the Congregational United Church of Christ at 19th and Durant in Harlan.
Shelby's Craft and Vendor Market - Spring 2021 will be held from 9 to 3 pm Saturday, May 15th at the Cardinal Lofts at 304 Western Avenue in Shelby. Booths will be located in the gym, south of the old school. Some vendors might be located outside on the pavement across the street. Masks will not be required but are encouraged. Food will be available along with a bake sale. All proceeds from the booth rentals will go toward the City of Shelby's 150th Celebration in June. Food sale proceeds will go to the Shelby Fire and Rescue Hotspots to support the events they will be sponsoring during the 150th celebration.
NAMI Connection - National Alliance on Mental Illness Recovery Support Group = In-Person Support Group will meet 6:30-8 pm Monday, May 17th, at the SCCO Building - Hero's Attic- at 1105 8th Street in Harlan. For more information call 712-542-7904.
Lifeserve Blood Center will hold a blood drive Monday, May 17th, from 1 to 4:30 pm at the Schleswig Community Building. Appointments are required. Make your appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
Have you or someone you know wanted to visit the Shelby County Historical Museum in Harlan, but couldn’t find the right time? Well, now you can! This summer the museum is extending their hours every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 8 am to 8 pm. Stop by the museum to experience hands on interactive exhibits, find out what life was like in the past and to learn more about the unique history of Shelby County! Extended hours once again are 8 am to 8 pm the 1st and third Tuesday of each month including: May 18th, June 1st, June 15th, July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd and August 17th.
All families with children under 12 years of age are invited for some fishing fun, Tuesday, May 18th, from 5:30-6:30 pm at Nishna Bend Recreation Area. A sack meal will be provided for all and there will be prizes for children! Each adult planning to fish must have a valid 2021 fishing license. Learning for Life will reimburse $20 towards the cost of a fishing license. There is a limit of 2 fishing licenses per family. Pre-registration is required by May 14th. For more information, or to register, please call 755-4422 or go to shelbycountyclinics.com and click on 2021 Fishing for Fun Day.
LEGO contest to be held during Tivoli Fest - 4-30-21 - The Elk Horn Public Library invites LEGO builders to enter the 2021 Tivoli Fest LEGO contest. The Tivoli theme this year is “Tivoli Lite.” Entries may be taken to the Elk Horn Library from Wednesday, May 19th until Thursday, May 27th. They will be on display at the Library from noon to 3 on Saturday, May 29th during Tivoli Fest, where the Library will also be hosting other children’s programming, including many giant outdoor games! Entries can be made using LEGOS at the library or at home in 2 categories – freestyle or kit. A person can have 1 entry in each class. Teams of no more than 2 can enter. The contest is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded to winners in a variety of areas.
A Virtual Brown Bag Lunch Program "Square Stories from Danish author Louis Jensen" will be presented by Lise Kildegaard, professor of English at Luther College Thursday, May 20th, starting at 12 noon. Please join on the museum's Facebook and YouTube pages at noon to watch the free, monthly presentations as they premier. These programs are sponsored by Danish Sisterhood Donning Margrethe Lodge #15 Milwaukee, WI.
Roar Into Harlan Bike Night - On the Historic Downtown square in Harlan will be held 6 to 9 pm, Thursday, May 20th. There will be live entertainment, food, fun and prizes. For additional information and weather-related notices, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Friday, May 21st, at 10 am at Thunder Guns West at 1101 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Fitness Equipment at Pioneer Park in Harlan on Sunday June 6th. Meet at the pavilion on Pine Street. This event is hosted by the Shelby County Wellness Alliance.
The First ever Gallery of Artisans event will be held over Tivoli Fest weekend on Main Street in Kimballton. On Friday, May 28th from 4 to 9 pm, there will be wine tasting and a pottery demonstration. On Saturday, May 29th from 8 am to 5 pm, there will be coffee and artists at work with pottery, macrame, leathercraft and basketry demonstrations. Plus jewelry, paintings, photography and more on display.
Tivoli Fest to be held May 28th and 29th - Tivoli Fest, Elk Horn, Iowa’s annual Danish festival celebrating their Danish heritage is a fun and exciting time for Danes as well as visitors from around Iowa and the nation. This 41st annual festival has an assortment of activities and is sure to please visitors of all ages. After having to cancel the 2020 Festival due to the pandemic, organizers decided to make this year’s festival a little more “lite” by keeping traditional elements by cutting out Sunday’s portion of the event. Most activities are enjoyed outdoors so it will be safe for attendees and volunteers through social distancing and wearing masks in indoor settings. To kick off the shortened festival, there will be pre-Tivoli Fest activities on Friday, May 28th. The “Third Wish Band” will perform at the Elk Horn Fire Station from 8 to 11 pm. Free-will donations will be accepted at the gate for this concert. Enjoy the music with a cold beef from the Iowa Craft Beer Tent and Danish hot dogs will be available, too. Opening ceremonies kick off Saturday at 8 am at the Danish Windmill and the Mill to Mermaid Run will start at 8:15. At 11 am, the Tivoli Parade will begin. Take in Danish Foods, the Viking encampment, all the shops, the Museum of Danish America, and the Lego display at the Library. And new this year is the Gallery of Artisans Exhibit in Kimballton. They look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day weekend.
Mark your calendars for the Harlan Community Library Foundation annual Grill Out, Thursday, June 3rd. The event will be held 4:30-6:30 pm and will be a "Grab and Go" style this year. The meal will include a hotdog, chips, cookie and a drink. They will be serving in the alley on the north side of the library. The annual event is the Foundations way of saying thank you for continuing to support the Harlan Community Library.
8-Ball Aviation Club's Flight Breakfast will be held 7 to 11 am, Sunday, June 20th at the Harlan Municipal Airport. More details to come. Beyond BOW - Women, Water and Wine - 5-10-21 - Registration is now open for Beyond BOW (becoming an outdoors woman - Women, Water and Wine. The event will be held between Nishna Bend Recreation Area and Prairie Rose State Park on August 27th to 29th. On Friday evening, we go over kayaking basics and paddle at Prairie Rose. That evening they will have a bonfire and encourage participants to bring their favorite bottle of wine. Saturday morning they will begin the day paddling the Nishnabotna River. They will pack lunches and take their lunch break on a sandbar. That evening they will be making butterfly wing earrings. Sunday will be a day of hiking, wild edibles and Dutch oven cooking. They will end the event after lunch. You can check it out and sign up at constantcontact.com/register/event.
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