Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 Today's Weather Outlook - (9-22-20) - It certainly feels like our local weather pattern is stuck on repeat with little change over the last several days, and the days ahead will be no different. Temperatures early this morning are generally in the 50s across much of the state. A few showers were noted on radar over parts of northern Iowa, but most of this precipitation was failing to reach the ground due to dry air. Southerly winds will keep temperatures above normal today as afternoon highs reach to near 80 degrees, possibly near 85 in the west. Similar story for Wednesday, although winds may be tad more breezy with afternoon gusts near 20 to 25 mph. Not much change in tune through the end of the work week as dry and mild conditions persist. Our next chance for appreciable rainfall may move through over the weekend as shower and thunderstorm chances return to the forecast. The threat for any severe weather looks low at this time. The rain chances will be followed by the potential for cooler and blustery conditions early next week. Covid-19 News
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: 9-22-20 As of 8 am on September 22nd, there was 1 additional case of COVID-19 reported in Shelby County for a total of 239. 230 individuals have been released, and 9 individuals are currently being monitored. As of the last report, there are 38 tests pending results. Shelby County is reported to have a 14 day positivity rate of 5.6%.
Iowa COVID-19 Update - (9-22-20) - updated 10 am The Iowa Department of Public Health’s latest data shows 43 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Region 4 from 5:30 a.m. on Monday, September 21, to 5:30 on Tuesday, September 22. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 13 additional positive tests in Crawford County, four additional positive cases in Audubon County, three more in Shelby County, three more in Cass County, and three additional positive tests in Harrison County. The IDPH reports one additional case each in, Mills, and Adams Counties. In RMCC Region 4, there are 11 patients hospitalized, four are in ICU, two admitted in the past 24 hours and one patient is on a ventilator. The Department also said that their have 19 additional coronavirus deaths and 517 new positive cases in the past 24 hours. As of 10 am this morning, the IDPH reported 1,285 total deaths, 81,150 positive cases and 59,164 recoveries since the pandemic began. The state reports a positivity rate of 8.8% over the last 14 days. Listed below are the total number of positive cases and recoveries per county in Region 4. Shelby- 239 (230 recovered) (1 death) Adams- 29 (25 recovered) Audubon- 68 (35 recovered) (1 death) Cass- 136 (117 recovered) (2 deaths) Crawford-1,014 (801 recovered) (4 deaths) Fremont- 90 (55 recovered) Harrison- 181 (154 recovered) (2 deaths) Mills- 169 (119 recovered) (1 death) Montgomery- 88 (80 recovered) (5 deaths) Page- 142 (138 recovered) Pottawattamie-2,002 (1,611 recovered) (37 deaths) In Region 1, the IDPH reports eight new positive tests in Guthrie County bringing the total to 231 (159 recovered) (5 deaths). The IDPH reports one new positive case in Adair County, bringing the total to 67 (45 recovered) (1 death).
Harrison County reports COVID-19 outbreak at longterm care facility – (9-22-20) - Harrison County Public Health has reported a COVID-19 outbreak at Rose Vista Home in Woodbine. The county and Iowa Department of Public Health reported 12 cases — 10 among residents and two among staff. In a release, Harrison County Public Health said the facility notified residents and their families, and consistent with state guidelines, the affected residents are in isolation. Two of the individuals are currently hospitalized. There were 181 cases out of 2,544 tests in Harrison County as of Monday afternoon, according to coronavirus.iowa.gov. There have been 152 recoveries in the county and two deaths. The county’s 14-day rolling average positivity rate was 4.9% Monday afternoon. The state remains in the top 10 in cases per 100,000 population over seven days in the New York Times COVID-19 tracker. Iowa was seventh at 182 per 100,000 on Monday. Pottawattamie County was at 185 per 100,000, putting it at 41st highest out of 99 counties. Among Iowa Western Community College’s 5,100 students, there were 15 new COVID-19 cases, 12 recoveries and seven active cases.
CDC retracts its take on coronavirus spread – (9-22-20) - The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person on small droplets in the air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the virus spreads primarily through small airborne droplets, like those that fly through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. Most CDC guidance about social distancing is built around that idea, saying that 6 feet is a safe buffer between people who are not wearing masks. In interviews, CDC officials have also acknowledged growing evidence that the virus can sometimes spread on even smaller, aerosolized particles or droplets that spread over a wider area. That's one reason public health experts urge people to wear masks, which can stop or reduce contact with both larger droplets and aerosolized particles. For months, the agency's website said little about aerosolized particles. So when the CDC quietly posted an update Friday that discussed the particles in more detail, the agency's position appeared to have changed. The post said the virus can remain suspended in the air and drift more than 6 feet, and officials emphasized the importance of indoor ventilation. The post also added singing and breathing to the ways the virus can go airborne. On Monday, federal health officials said the post was a mistake and that it had been released before full editing and clearance was completed. They said the CDC plans to clarify the agency's thinking, but the agency did not immediately release a statement or revision. In a statement released Monday, the agency said the revisions to the "How COVID-19 Spreads" page happened "without appropriate in-house technical review.""We are reviewing our process and tightening criteria for review of all guidance and updates before they are posted to the CDC website," the statement said. The CDC has come under attack for past revisions of guidance during the pandemic, some of which were driven by political considerations by the Trump administration. At least one expert said the episode could further chip away at public confidence in the CDC. To rectify the latest challenge, the CDC must acknowledge that growing scientific evidence indicates the importance of airborne transmission through aerosols, making mask wearing even more critical as we head into the difficult fall and winter season.
Governor Kim Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing state Public Health Emergency Declaration - On Friday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30 days. Bars, taverns, wineries, distilleries, night clubs continue to be closed in Johnson and Story counties until 11:59 pm on September 27th. They may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises. Restaurants in the two counties are still permitted to remain open, but must stop selling and serving alcoholic beverages after 10 pm. The proclamation also extends the other public health mitigation measures currently in place for businesses and other establishments until 11:59 pm, Sunday, October 18th. This includes the requirements for open bars and restaurants to ensure 6 feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking, to ensure all patrons have a seat at a table or bar and consume alcohol or food while seated, and to limit congregating together closer than six feet. Requirements for social distancing, hygiene and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission also remain in place for gyms, casinos, salons, theaters, and other establishments. The proclamation also provides additional regulatory relief to school districts and extends many of the previously issued regulatory relief measures necessary to respond to this public health disaster, including those related to healthcare, professional licensure, educational workforce and expirations of drivers licenses. The proclamation now remains in effect until 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 18th.
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Shelby County Supervisors to meet in special session on Tuesday – (9-21-20) - The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will meet in regular session Tuesday, September 22nd beginning at 8 am. Among items on the agenda is the canvassing of the IKM-Manning Bond election as Control County; Consideration of the Alcoholic Beverage Permit for the Whimsical Wine truck; authorize the signature of the Chairman of the Board of supervisors to sign letter of retention of legal services related to disbursements and also defines the scope of work that will take place; and a possible closed session to discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation.
Myrtue Medical Center Influenza Clinics – (9-10-20) - Myrtue Medical Center will be offering Influenza Clinics. Appointments are requested at the Harlan Clinics and the Ayzlee Drive Up Clinic in Elk Horn. Masks are encouraged and you are asked to wear clothing that will allow a shot, such as a short-sleeved shirt. Drive up clinics will be held: Tuesday, September 22nd – 10 am to noon – Avoca Public Library Wednesday, September 23rd – 9 to 11 am – St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Panama Saturday, September 26th – 9 am to noon – Community Health in Harlan Monday, September 28th – 5 to 8 pm – Ayzlee’s Clinic at the Elk Horn School (this is a Drive-thru Clinic) Wednesday, September 30th – 9 am to noon – Irwin Community Building Thursday, October 1st – 3 to 7 pm – Community Health in Harlan Friday,October 2nd – 9 to 11 am - MMC Earling Clinic Friday, October 9th – 3 to 7 pm – Ayzlee’s Family Night, Community Health in Harlan (Walk-thru Clinic) Wednesday, October 14th – 9 am to 1 pm – Community Health in Harlan Saturday, October 24th – 9 am to noon – Community Health in Harlan For an appointment call 755-4422 or go to shelbycountyclinics.com.
Blood Donations Needed - Upcoming donation opportunities include: Tuesday, September 22nd - 11:30 - 5:30 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church Wednesday, September 23rd - 11 to 5 pm - St Boniface Parish Center. For an appointment, call Judy at 627-4647 Walk ins are welcome. 8 am to 2 pm - AHSTW High School Monday, September 28th - noon to 6 pm - Exira Recreational Center Tuesday, September 29th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Harlan Veteran's Auditorium Wednesday, September 30th - 8:30 am to 1:30 pm - Boyer Valley High School in Dunlap Thursday, October 1st - noon to 6 pm - St. Peter's Parish Hall in Defiance. To schedule an appointment call Betty at 712/745-3271. Tuesday, December 29th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
Iowa Community Kitchen open Tuesday, 9/22 - (9-18-20) - The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, September 22nd, from 4 to 6 pm at 1325 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. They will be serving tater tot casserole, salad, bread and dessert. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend and bring a friend. There is a minimum of $3 per meal to eat in. All take-out meals are $3.
Income Tax School to be Offered Online this Fall – (9-22-20) - Tax preparers and advisers in Iowa and Wisconsin can plan ahead for the annual tax school offered by the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University. Despite a difficult year with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 47th edition of the Federal Income Tax School is still a go – this time in an online-only format. The program will be offered on select dates from Nov. 10 through Dec. 15, with the traditional two-day option, or the option to complete the training in four morning or four afternoon sessions, depending on preference. Participants will be eligible for 16 hours of continuing professional education credits. The sessions will be presented live to registrants, with opportunities for live question and answer throughout. This is the second year that the program is also being offered in Wisconsin, with the same speakers, dates and sessions. The agenda is updated each year to include new topics and a review of the basic questions tax preparers can expect to face. An additional option this year is the choice of two bonus tracks called “Ethics and Filing Considerations,” and “Financial Distress and Agricultural Issues.” Participants can select one of the tracks for an additional $15, and receive an additional four hours of CPE. Participants should register by Oct. 20 to receive the best rate of $300 for either the two-day or four-session class, and $15 for the optional bonus track. Registration after Oct. 20 is $335 or $350 with the bonus track. For more information, call 515-294-6365 or e-mail email@example.com.
Suspects on the run after evading law enforcement in a pursuit - (9-21-20) - The suspects involved in a pursuit in Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties were able to evade law enforcement Monday. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said they assisted the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office with a vehicle pursuit that ended near 400th Street and Quince Road. The suspects were able to evade capture due to the terrain in which they fled. In a Facebook post at 3:29 p.m. Monday, the Sheriff’s Office said the suspects were believed to still be in the area and nearby residents should be extra cautious. You should still keep houses and vehicles locked. If you see a suspicious person do not approach them and call 911 right away.
Crop Progress Report - (9-22-20) - A week without measurable rainfall allowed farmers 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 20, 2020. Field activities included harvesting corn for silage, fall tillage, moving old crop grain stocks, and harvesting corn for grain and soybeans. Topsoil moisture condition rated 12% very short, 29% short, 56% adequate and 3% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 21% very short, 32% short, 46% adequate and 1% surplus. Corn was 94% in or beyond dent stage, over 2 weeks ahead of the previous year and 4 days ahead of the 5-year average. Two-thirds of the crop has reached maturity, 3 weeks ahead of last year and over a week ahead of average. Corn harvest for grain reached 4% statewide, 17 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of average. Corn condition rated 42% good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week. Soybeans coloring or beyond advanced to 90%. That is over 2 weeks ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of average. Two-thirds of the soybean crop was dropping leaves or beyond, also over 2 weeks ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of average. Soybean harvest was 7% complete, 17 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of average. Farmers in northwest and west central Iowa led the way with over 10% of their soybeans harvested. Soybean condition rated 48% good to excellent. Alfalfa hay third cutting was 97% complete, a month ahead of last year and over 2 weeks ahead of the 5-year average. Pasture condition rated 17% good to excellent. Livestock experienced little stress with cooler temperatures.
Money being raised for repairs to Albert the Bull – Carroll Broadcasting - (9-22-20) - Money is being raised to help with improvements and repairs to Audubon’s Albert the Bull. According to Carroll Broadcasting, the Audubon Chamber of Commerce, Audubon Parks and Recreation Board, Audubon County Economic Development and Friends of Albert launched the “Hauling Albert into the Future” campaign to return the 28 foot bull to his original self. Albert was built nearly 60 years ago and he’s beginning to show his age. The Hauling Albert into the Future campaign is working to raise at least $50,000, which will provide funds for more than just the necessary repairs. $50,000 will be enough to cover the cost of the repairs, painting and those improvements to the surrounding area while leaving enough left over to cover future repairs for years to come. The campaign got off to a great start this summer with a $10,000 donation from the 100+ Women Who Care of Audubon County. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented any large-scale fundraising efforts, but plans are in the works to host several events when the circumstances allow. Donations of all sizes are welcome and can be dropped off at the Chamber and ACED offices or at My Way Designs in Audubon.
Man charged in fatal Sioux City stabbing – Sioux City Journal - (9-22-20) - Police say a Sioux City man has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in a stabbing earlier this month that left one man dead and injured a woman. The Sioux City Journal reports that 54-year-old Michael Landrum was charged Friday in Woodbury County for the Sept. 11 stabbings of 37-year-old Salahadin Adem and 43-year-old Natasha Drappeaux. Police say Landrum had been at Drappeaux’s apartment for a party and later returned looking for his missing cellphone, accusing Adem and Drappeaux of taking it. Police say he left and returned a second time, stabbing Drappeaux several times with a knife when she answered the door. Police say when Adem came to her assistance, Landrum fatally stabbed him.
Nebraska man tries to harm himself during arrest - (9-22-20) - The Council Bluffs Police Department reports a Bellevue man attempted to harm himself during an arrest early this morning. At 1:38 a.m. this morning, Officers made contact with 31-year-old Paul L. Pearson Jr. of Bellevue, NE at the Bucky’s Gas Station on S. 24th Street in Council Bluffs. Officers verified that Pearson had warrants out of Bellevue and took him into custody and placed him in the back of a cruiser. Officers noticed he was moving around a lot in the backseat and when they checked on him, he had gotten the handcuffs to the front of his body and wrapped a seatbelt around his neck. Officers were able to cut the seatbelt off of Pearson and get him out of the cruiser. Council Bluffs Fire then responded and Pearson was placed in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. After being seen by medical staff, he was released and taken to the Pottawattamie County Jail and booked in on Interference with Official Acts and Fugitive from Justice charges.
Bayard man arrested Saturday – (9-22-20) - The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Saturday of 35-year-old William Ray Bonar, from Bayard. Bonar was taken into custody for Theft 2nd - Possession of Stolen Property, following the execution of a search warrant in Bayard. The warrant was for property stolen in Adair County and Bonar had some of the items for sale on a Facebook swap page. Among the items seized into evidence was: a tool box with tools, valued at $500, a gas powered air compressor worth over $1200, new vehicle rotors valued at $400, and a two-way radio, worth about $300, for a total value of $2,400. Bonar was interviewed and admitted to knowing the items were stolen. He was being held in the Guthrie County Jail on a $5,000 cash/surety bond, and on a warrant out of Nebraska for Failure to Appear for sentencing.
Beebeetown’s Twisted Tail named winner of Best Burger in Iowa contest – (9-21-20) - The Twisted Tail in BeeBeeTown is well known for its ribs, which won first prize in the 2013 Iowa State Fair Farm Bureau Cookoff. And now, the restaurant can add “Iowa’s Best Burger” to its list of awards. The western Iowa restaurant has been owned by Ed and Ruth Spencer since 2011, and is managed by two of their three children, Luke and Hannah. In addition to the restaurant, the family also farms and runs a real estate and auction business. Throughout the past few months, the family has worked together to ensure that their patrons have been able to continue enjoying the Twisted Tail’s delicious meals. During the COVID shutdown the restaurant operated on a takeout only basis from March 18th to May 13th, however, they are now open again for dine in and takeout. All tables are at least six feet apart, and the former reception and party rooms now hold tables to allow for more social distancing between customers. Ed’s love for history and antiques and their auction business has contributed to the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant. Antiques, memorabilia and reminders of BeeBeeTown’s history are scattered throughout the restaurant and bar areas. Made out of 80% lean ground chuck, the winning burger patty is simply seasoned, allowing the true flavor of the meat to shine. The Certified Angus Beef is all locally sourced. Eleven different burgers are featured on the menu, all using the same 8 oz. (half pound) patty. In addition to the burgers, the Steak Philly, Prime Rib French Dip, and Filet are all fan favorites. The designation as Iowa’s Best Burger comes after a two-phase competition. The first phase took place entirely based on votes from the public. For a month starting back in February, burger lovers went online and voted for their favorite Iowa burger, submitting nearly 7,000 votes representing around 630 restaurants. At the end of March, the ten restaurants with the most votes were declared the “Top 10.” From there, three anonymous judges visit each of the restaurants, focusing on the burger patties and scoring them based on taste, doneness and presentation. The final judging occurred in August and September, and the winner was revealed on September 21.
Atlantic Police Report - (9-21-20) On September 14th Atlantic Police Officers arrested 59-year-old Paul Jordan of Temple, TX for Public Intoxication. Jordan was taken to the Cass County Jail and booked in and held. On September 15th Atlantic Police arrested 20-year-old Kyle Gehling of Atlantic on Cass County Warrants for Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. He was booked in and held at the Cass County Jail. And on Sunday, September 20th Atlantic Police arrested 22-year-old Cainan Edwards of Brayton on a Cass County Warrant for Violation of Probation. Edwards was booked in to the Cass County Jail and held.
Cass County Sheriff’s Office Report – (9-21-20) On Friday, September 18th. the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40-year-old Matthew Bernard Steffens of Atlantic on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense – an Aggravated misdemeanor. Steffens was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance. And on Saturday, September 19th the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25-year-old Jessica Anne Davis of Atlantic on a charge of Public Intoxication – a Simple misdemeanor. Davis was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on her own recognizance.
Mills County Sheriff’s Report – (9-21-20) At 3:31 am, Friday, September 18th, Mills County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 39 year old Tonweya Willow Langille of Malvern for Domestic Abuse Assault. Langille was taken to the Mills County Jail and held on no bond. Also on Friday morning, at 7:30 am, deputies arrested 52 year old Gregory Allen Riley of Red Oak for Driving While Barred. Riley was held in the Mills County Jail on $2,000 bond. And this morning, at 2:21 am, Mills County deputies arrested 29 year old Zachary Edward Peters of Murray, NE for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Trespass 1st. The arrest occurred at the intersection of Karns Road and Lambert Avenue. Peters was taken to the Mills County Jail and held on $1,300 bond.
Montgomery County News – (9-21-20) - A traffic stop in Red Oak early Sunday morning resulted in a woman being arrested on multiple drug charges. At 1:50 Sunday morning, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 1600 block of Summit Street. After investigation, 28 year old Priscilla Ann Jones of Red Oak was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance – a Serious misdemeanor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – a Simple misdemeanor and Interference with Official Acts – a Serious misdemeanor. Jones also had an active warrant out of Douglas County, NE for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Jones was further charged with False Identification and Fugitive from Justice. Jones was taken to the Montgomery County Jail where she was held on no bond. And Red Oak police reports the arrest of 41 year old Keith Benard Johnson Jr. of Red Oak on Sunday night. Johnson was arrested for Child Endangerment – No injury and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Johnson was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.
Wind turbine blade failure in Adair County – (9-21-20) A blade from a wind turbine broke off and landed in a rural Adair County Farm field and officials with Mid-American Energy are trying to figure out why. According to KCCI in Des Moines, the incident happened sometime Thursday or Friday, when nearby farmers discovered the 177 foot long, 18,000 pound place partially crumpled up in a field. The land is farmed by Curt Beane of Adair County. Spokesman for MidAmerican Energy spokesman Geoff Greenwood said that wind turbine blade failures are a rare occurrence. He said MidAmerican crews will work to find the cause of the wing failure. Two other blade failures were caused by lightning, but they haven’t discovered why this failure happened near the hub of the turbine.
Crawford County Law Enforcement Report – (9-21-20) At 8:29 pm on Tuesday, September 15th, the Denison Police Department arrested Carolos Enrique Gozalez Sierra for domestic abuse assault – 1st offense – a Simple misdemeanor. A no-contact order was served on Gonzalez Sierra on September 16th. A pretrial conference was set for 9:30 am on September 29th. Gonzalez Sierra was released on his own recognizance. Several domestic disturbances have been received. Shortly after 10 am Monday, September 14th, a domestic problem was reported at an apartment near Arion. On Wednesday, September 16th, at 1 am, a report was received of a couple engaged in verbal and physical fighting in the alley behind a residence on 5th Avenue in Manilla. The investigating officer was unable to locate the parties involved. And at 2:33 Wednesday morning, a report was received about a domestic situation with a knife involved in Manilla.
Page County Teens hurt in ATV accident – (9-21-20) - The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2011 Kawasaki four-wheel ATV operated by a 13 year old from Clarinda was traveling westbound on 180th Street at around 3:22 Sunday afternoon, when for unknown reasons, the machine went out of control and entered the south ditch. The ATV then went airborne, causing both the driver and his 14 year old male passenger from College Springs to be ejected. The ATV came to rest on top of a fence. Both teens were transported to the Clarinda Hospital. Their names were not release. The accident remains under investigation.
September is Library Card sign-up month – (9-14-20) September is Library Card sign up month – With a library card you can discover new and exciting worlds! From borrowing audiobooks to streaming movies to taking virtual Do It Yourself classes, there is so much you can access with a library card. Pursue your passions and dreams through your library’s resources and programs. Visit the Harlan Community Library’s website at harlanlibrary.org for more information.
Harlan Library holding book sale - (8-28-20) - The Harlan Community Library is having their Annual Used Book Sale. They have lots of great stuff including Adult and Children's books, puzzles, DVDs, Audiobooks and music CDS. They are running the sale for 3 full months. The sale will be open during regular library hours. Social distancing and face coverings are required in the library.
Harlan Community School Board Joint Workshop with Shelby County Board of Health to be held this Thursday – (9-22-20) - The Harlan Community School District Board of Directors will hold a joint board workshop with the Shelby County Board of Health at 7 pm, Thursday, September 24th, at the CG Therkildsen Center in Harlan. The Board Agenda workshop agenda will include the Board of Health Purpose and Role, Examples of their activities, review recommendations from the September 1st, Board of Health meeting, how future recommendations will be communicated to the School Board, ways to improve communication and information between the two boards, Pandemic Preventative Measures: Pillars of Prevention Review, how can they collaborate to better serve the community and school during the pandemic and other discussion/next step items.
AtlanticFest 2020 Cancelled – KJAN - (8-31-20) Sister station KJAN reports officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce said today, AtlanticFest, which had been rescheduled for September 26th, has been cancelled. Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bailey Smith says “With COVID-19 cases rising in our county, the extension of the State Public Health Emergency and other liability concerns, AtlanticFest isn’t feasible this year. We understand how eager everyone is to get out and about. AtlanticFest draws thousands of people every year and the health of the community is our highest priority.” AtlanticFest, presented by First Whitney Bank & Trust, is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year and has been a community staple for almost 30 years. To still offer a community event, the Chamber will be hosting a Drive-In Movie September 26th. Smith said “We wanted to be able to give everyone an opportunity to get out of the house while maintaining social distancing. We’ve had a few Drive-In movie events over the last couple years that have been a hit and we’re excited to be able to offer it again.”
Woodbine Applefest canceled for this year – (6-25-20) – Woodbine’s Applefest has been canceled this year. Scheduled for September 26th, the organizers made the announcement on their Facebook page. Vendors who paid their fees have the option of a refund or can roll that over to next year’s Applefest, which is now scheduled for September 25th, 2021. The festival has been traditionally scheduled for the last Saturday of September and draws about 13 to 15 thousand people. Dutch Oven Cooking Classes at Nishna Bend have been cancelled for September 28th.
Ernst Representative in Harlan on October 1st - (9-9-20) - A representative of Senator Ernst's office, Emily McKern, will be in Harlan at the Chamber building on October 1st from 1-2 pm as part of the traveling office. This is to assist Iowans in their dealings with federal agencies. Help is available for a range of casework issues including COVID-19 assistance, derecho recovery, Social Security, Medicare benefits, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs.
Virtual Outdoor Cooking Series – (8-25-20) - The Iowa becoming an Outdoors Woman Program is hosting outdoor cooking classes virtually where participants are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. Classes will be held October 5th and October 19th. Workshops are geared toward adults but are open to everyone. Participants under 18 are welcome with an adult present. Classes begin at 5:30 pm and last about 90 minutes. Participants will receive an ingredient list ahead of each session and are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. The relaxed format will allow for participants to ask questions during the class. The sessions will be led Christina Roelofs, Naturalist for the Shelby County Conservation Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Shawnell Richter and Lydia Goehring both Dutch Oven enthusiasts and instructors. Classes are Simple Campfire Recipes, Sandwich Makes and Dutch Oven Cooking. To register go to register-ed.com./events.
The Skate Park in Harlan located adjacent to the Stamp Aquatic Center is temporarily closed for repairs. Signs are posted and the area is fenced off.
The Shelby County Conservation Board is in need of four or five people to fill vacant spots for our Halloween event at Nishna Bend the weekend of October 10. This year will be a little different. We still want people to camp and decorate their campsites, but this year we do not want anybody handing out candy. We are going to make it a drive thru event. The Nishnabotna Conservation Foundation will provide candy, which they will package up and hand to vehicles as they pull in. Then people will drive around to look at the Halloween decorations and leave (and not get out of their cars). If you are interested in a site, please call Christina at 712-744-3403. There will be 1st and 2nd places prizes for decorations.
2020 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival canceled for October - (7-17-20) The Madison County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors says it has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival that was to be held October 10-11. We are saddened by this outcome and will miss the joy of coming together and making memories with family, friends, and guests to our community.
Arrowhead Park Chili Fest – (9-10-20) - Enjoy autumn at Arrowhead Park & join us for our annual Chili Fest this year done “Social Distance Style”. Pick up a tasty chili dinner at the park on Saturday, October 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. & have dinner at the park or take home to enjoy. Chili dinners include a large serving of tasty chili & crackers, all prepackaged & ready to go. Dinner is free but free will donations are gratefully accepted at the pickup window & will be used to support further improvements & low-cost programming at Arrowhead Park. No pre-registration is required. Due to COVID-19 the format for this annual event has been changed. Meals will be pre-packaged with cutlery included. Guests will enter Breezy Lodge, place their order & then proceed to the pickup station to retrieve their food. We will not be providing any covered & congregated seating options & we will not be hosting our traditional campground trick or treat, pumpkin painting, or hayrack rides. Chili Fest guests are welcome to remain at the park to enjoy their dinner if they like, picnic tables are available throughout the park. Guests are reminded to observe social distancing recommendations of at least 6’ between groups during their time at the park. Masks are recommended during pickup at Breezy Lodge. For questions not answered online please call Arrowhead Park at 712-485-2295.
Blood Donations Needed – (9-22-20) - LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive. There will be a blood drive Monday, October 12th, from noon to 5 pm at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. Remember appointments are required. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
Shrine Circus now cancelled in Sioux City – (7-29-20) – The 70th annual Shrine Circus in Sioux City that was postponed from the spring to late October has now been cancelled. David Krogh, spokesperson for the Shriners in Sioux City said they just want to make sure that their community stays safe. For more than two decades, the Shriners in Sioux City have had a contract with Carden International, the family-owned company that tours with the animals and circus act. Last week, the firm announced all its circuses for the rest of 2020 are cancelled. Organizers will now shift their focus on preparing to host the circus in mid-April of 2021.
Atlantic Trick-or-Treating set for October 31st - (9-17-20) - Atlantic Mayor Jones has designated Trick-or-Treating for Saturday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Due to COVID-19, the mayor requests participation in the following guidelines for 2020 Halloween: Keep your family and children in a group and don not mix or mingle with other children or families. Maintain a 6-foor distance if waiting to approach a house. Candy should be handed out, not presented in a container for everyone to put their hands in and choose from. Alternatively, participating households could set out individualized plastic or brown paper bags for children to tak individually. Masks or face coverings should be worn when approaching houses to accept candy being handed out and should be worn by those handing out candy, or when within 6 feet of those outside your family or social circle. Houses that wish to participate should turn their outdoor lights on.
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