TODAY'S NEWS STORIES - Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 Today's Weather Outlook - Skies were partly cloudy across Iowa overnight with only patchy light fog, much less than this time last night. Early morning temperatures were well above normal, still in the 60s or lower 70s heading toward daybreak. Winds were generally southeast at 5 to 15 mph. The weather today should be much like yesterday with very warm and humid conditions under partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs should again reach the 80s or lower 90s, and with dewpoints of 70 degrees plus, peak afternoon heat indices will reach the lower to middle 90s. Although it will remain warm through the week there will be some relief midweek in the form of showers and thunderstorms during the overnight and morning hours starting across northeast Nebraska, north and west Iowa, and Minnesota later tonight. This is expected to repeat itself again later Wednesday Night into Thursday morning with showers and thunderstorms likely across much of Iowa. Although the overall severe weather potential is low, a few may still be strong with hail, wind and locally heavy rains.
The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will meet in regular session, Tuesday, September 17th, in the chambers at the Courthouse. Among items to be discussed will be any supervisor committee reports, Todd Valline will present the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry update, Brandon Burmeister will give a Secondary Roads Report and will also discuss Resolution 2019-25 – the Living Roadway Trust Fund Grant and Mark Maxwell will discuss the Solid Waste agency farm and the County farm auction on November 19th.
Activities at the Harlan Public Library - Tuesday, September 17th - 3 pm - Tech Time, downloading pictures to a USB drive - 4 pm - Book Worms and Libraries on the Go
The Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet on Tuesday, September 17th, at 10 am at the NRCS office in Harlan. The agenda includes approval of bills, review upcoming meetings, Mill-Picayune Watershed, 2019 Resolutions, State cost-share, cover crop update, Intern positions sponsored by IDALS, Filing periods for 2020 Election Cycle and the NRCS report. Also approve cost-share applications and CRP plans.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, September 17th. 4:30 to 6:30 at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. They will be serving a baked potato bar and dessert. This is open to everyone. A free will donation is asked from those that eat in.
The Harlan City Council will meet at 5:15 Tuesday evening, September 17th, in the Council Chambers. Among topics to be discussed and approved, the consent agenda, which includes the renewal application from Victoria Station for a Class B Native Wine Permit and Class C Liquor License; Representatives from the Shelby County Wellness Alliance will be present to discuss “Free Fitness 4 all” at Pioneer Park and Travis Halm will discuss Year 2040 Long Range Transportation plan. In other business, the council will receive and file the tree commission minutes from September 5th and discuss recommendations to prohibit future planting of trees in the right of way, also to be discussed, the Harlan Plaza Project, SWIPCO Agreement for general administrative services and the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program, the SWIPCO agreement for general technical services; review the completion and award a request for Harlan Nail and Spa, the upper story and façade grant; review the permit from HCHS Student Council for street closing on September 27th for the Homecoming parade and a letter of engagement – rural housing 360. There will also be the City Administrator’s Report and the Mayor’s Report.
Harlan Community High School Volleyball and Student Council want to remind the community of the Teal Out for Ovarian Cancer Tuesday, September 17th at the home volleyball game. Activities start at 5:30 pm. Please wear teal and come support Colleen's Dream Foundation!
The next meeting of the Friends of Downtown is Tuesday, September 17th at 6 pm in the Pizza Ranch meeting room. The room is reserved from 5:30 to 7 pm. Come early and enjoy supper before the meeting.
Join the Petersen Family Wellness center in celebration of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Friday, September 20th from 7 to 11 am. This is a free 30-minute comprehensive fall risk assessment including strength, balance and gait evaluations with fall prevention suggestions. Space is limited. To register, please call 755-4342. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 19th.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. To sign-up today, contact the Harlan Community Library at 755-5934 or the Elk Horn Library at 764-2013. 1000 Books before Kindergarten is an Elk Horn Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books to their infant, toddler and/or preschooler before entering kindergarten. New books, same books or story time books, all books count. Any child, ages 0 to 5 can participate. Just stop in the Elk Horn Library to pick up your reading log to get started. For more information, call 764-2013.
Turning 65? Thinking of retiring and wondering what are your options for health insurance? Check out the upcoming Welcome to Medicare Seminar, Monday, October 7th, starting at 5:15 at the Harlan Senior Center. Topics to be covered include Changes to Medicare in 2020, Medicare Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage) and D (Prescription Drug), Medicare Supplement Insurance, Extra help with Part D and Medicare. The seminar is sponsored by SHIIP. To reserve your spot, call 755-2757 by Monday, September 30th.
You can sign up soon 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. Elderly, 60 and over and/or disabled can register October 1st through April 30th, 2020. All other households can start registering on November 1st. Call West Central Community Action at 755-5602 to schedule an appointment.
Farm Safety Week September 15th through the 21st – The 76th observance of Farm Safety and Health Week will be held September 15th through the 21st. The theme is “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear.” This special week of safety and health observance is important today because agriculture ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States. The fall harvest time is typically the busiest season of the year and the time when agriculture reports the largest number of injuries. During this time of year, remember to encourage others to put farm safety into high gear to prevent tragic injuries. The Iowa Farm Safety Council and Iowa State University encourages Iowans to put farm safety into practice by using only tractors that have rollover protective structures, say no to extra riders on tractors, retro fit operating tractors with rollover protective structures and understand that people near tractors may be obscured from the operators sight.
Extra Riders on Tractors Are a High Risk for Fatality - The National Children’s Center estimates one child dies about every three days in an agriculture-related incident. One common incident where children are harmed is when they are an extra rider on a farm or lawn care tractor. “Tractor rides have an intrinsic appeal for kids and a willingness for adults to allow them,” said Charles Schwab, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering with extension and outreach responsibilities at Iowa State University. “The well-intended activity of a child riding on the tractor with a parent or grandparent is an extremely dangerous situation that too often ends in death.” Around one-fourth of tractor deaths each year are from runovers. These usually happen when an extra rider falls under the back tractor wheel and is mortally crushed. An easy saying to remember is: “One seat, one rider,” and as adults it is our responsibility to keep youth safe by not allowing them to be the extra rider on tractors. Be firm and say no. Iowa and the nation will observe the National Farm Safety and Health Week Sept. 15-21. This year’s national theme is “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear.” During this special week, the fall harvest and the year to come, please persuade others to keep children safe by not allowing extra riders on tractors.
Harlan Police Report – 9-17-19 The Harlan Police Department has released their weekly activity report. On Friday, September 13th, 18 year old Masen James Schmitz was arrested following a traffic stop. Schmitz was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Also on Friday, September 13th, 20 year old Juan Carlos Lara Juarez of Harlan was arrested following a traffic stop. Lara Juarez was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with driving while suspended. There was also an accident reported on Friday September 13th. A 1999 Dodge pickup, driven by Samantha Springman of Harlan did not make a complete stop at the intersection of 10th and Pine, and struck a 2014 Ford Fusion driven by McKenna Allmon of Harlan, causing major damage to the Allmon vehicle. On Saturday, September 14th, Tom Hansen of Harlan, driving a 2014 Ford Freestar and Larry Gittens, Jr. of Harlan, driving a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, were both north bound on 16th Street. Hansen began to back up in the street to look at something and backed into the front bumper of the Gittens vehicle.
Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning - The Shelby County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Tuesday morning. Todd Valline of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry informed the board of upcoming events and projects of interest to Shelby County including an interest shown in a new use for the old Bomgaars building. Also that the old Shopko Building is larger than most interested parties want. The owners of the building are being asked if splitting the facility would be an option. Many new housing possibilities are being explored by the Chamber including contacting employers and how some of the programs available may assist employees in securing housing in the county. Brandon Burmeister, Shelby County Engineer, reported on current projects in his department as well as asking for Supervisor approval of the Living Roadway Trust Fund Grant acceptance. A motion was made by Parkhurst and seconded by Haake to approve acceptance of the approximately $8,000 needed to purchase new roadside spraying equipment. The grant for new roadside spray equipment will pay for 80% of the cost, leaving Secondary Roads with about $1,900 to pay towards the purchase. The bridge directly west of Irwin has been hampered by weather but is likely to be completed by winter. Burmeister also notified the Supervisors that a $300,000 grant has been secured for 2 bridges on old 59. One requirement that this grant had was that the design must by innovative. The design on the application completed by Burmeister met those requirements. Mark Maxwell, Shelby County Auditor, has scheduled publications to advertise the farm ground rent auction owned by Shelby County and the Solid Waste agency, it will be on Tuesday, November 19th at 9 am during the regular meeting.
Gas prices rise again – Radio Iowa - An attack on oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia will lead to higher prices at gas pumps in Iowa and elsewhere. Mark Peterson of Triple-A says the world’s largest oil facility was hit, taking about 5>7 billion barrels of oil off the market, which is about six percent of the global supply. Last weekend gas prices were around 2 dollars and 40 cents a gallon. Experts predict the price will jump about 25 cents by the end of September. Peterson says how long the higher prices last depends upon how long the Saudi facilities are down. Wholesale gasoline prices were 15 cents a gallon higher nationwide by midday Monday. President Trump has said he’s prepared to tap U.S. petroleum reserves if oil production in Saudi Arabia doesn’t rebound quickly.
Another round of flooding expected along the Missouri River this week - Federal officials say the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the 2011 record and a third round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains in South Dakota. Rainfall amounts of four times normal fell in parts of Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota last week. That triggered flood warnings and forced the forecast for how much water will flow down the Missouri River. The Corps of Engineers doesn’t expect major problems or threats to cities with the latest flooding, provided the temporary repairs made to levees since the spring flooding hold up. But communities along the river are bracing for problems. Residents of Hamburg will be keeping a close eye on the repaired levees around their town that was inundated in the spring to be sure the patches will hold up. Completely repairing the levees damaged in the spring is likely to take several years and cost more than 1 billion dollars. In March massive flooding caused more than $3 billion in damage in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. In June, flooding returned and inundated many of the same places because most damaged levees remained broken. The river will remain high through the fall because the Corps of Engineers plans to continue releasing large amounts of water into the river to clear out space in the reservoirs ahead of winter.
Crop Report - 9-17-19 Heavy rains fell across much of Iowa with just 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending September 15, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities included harvesting hay and seed corn, chopping silage, and seeding cover crops. Topsoil moisture condition was rated 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Precipitation this past week helped increase topsoil moisture levels in all districts. However, the topsoil moisture rating in east central, south central and southeast Iowa districts remains above 25 percent short to very short. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Ninety-four percent of the corn crop was in or beyond the dough stage, over two weeks behind both last year and the 5-year average. Seventy-four percent of the crop has reached the dented stage, 15 days behind last year and 10 days behind average. Eight percent of corn reached maturity, 19 days behind last year and 13 days behind average. Corn condition improved slightly from the previous week to 65 percent good to excellent.Nearly all of the soybean crop has started setting pods at 96 percent statewide, over two weeks behind average. Forty percent of the crop has begun coloring, 11 days behind last year and 8 days behind average. Five percent of soybeans began dropping leaves, almost 2 weeks behind last year and 10 days behind average. Soybean condition also improved slightly from the previous week to 63 percent good to excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa hay reached 84 percent, 4 days behind average. Pasture condition rated 43 percent good to excellent. There were a few reports of high numbers of insects around livestock and concerns for livestock in permanent pastures.
Sentencing held today in Southwest Iowa murder case - A judge sentenced 34-year old Toby McCunn, of Red Oak, to life in prison, without the possibility of parole, this morning for a fatal shooting that took place in Shenandoah on April 22nd. Judge Jeffrey Larson also ordered McCunn to pay restitution in the amount of $150,000 to the family of the victim,33-year old Joshua Jordan. McCunn was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder last month.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Report – 9-17-19 Three male teenagers face charges in Pottawattamie County in connection with an incident in Carson Monday night. The teens who are 17, 15 and 13 years old were arrested after deputies were called for a report of criminal mischief. The teens were charged with 3rd Degree Arson, Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree. 38 year old Jason Anthony Vasquez of Council Bluffs was transported form the Harrison County Jail to the Pottawattamie County Jail to address a Pottawattamie County warrant for Escape from Custody. And 19 year old Zachery Evan Martin was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse Monday on a State of Iowa warrant for Theft in the 4th Degree.
WWII airport chapel to be removed from Sioux City airport land – Sioux City Journal The Sioux City City Council has approved a proposal for the removal of a World War II Chapel and airman’s housing project on Sioux City airport land. The Sioux City Journal reports that the council approved a memorandum of agreement Monday between the city, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office. The chapel anchors the entrance to Sioux Gateway Airport and is one of the last standing remnants of the wartime air base built for B-17 bomber training. City document say the two parcels containing the chapel and housing were developed with uses not compatible with operations of the airport. Plans say the chapel will be moved off airport property and a nonprofit group will take ownership and maintain it at a new location as a memorial and make it available for event rentals.
Trial delayed again over crash deaths of 4 from southwest Iowans – The trial of 24 year old Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez of Liberal Kansas, the man accused of the deaths of four motorcyclists from southwest Iowa is delayed again. The new date for the trial is December 3rd. Court records say Cisneros-Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in October 2017 for the four felony counts of vehicular homicide, on misdemeanor count of reckless driving and one of failing to drive in his lane. The trial had previously been set to start in July 2018, then in April, August and October of this year. Cisneros-Hernandez’s vehicle hit 2 motorcycles carrying four people on July 1, 2017 near Ogallala, NE. The four killed in the accident were 54 year old Sheila Matheny and 61 year old James Matheny of Bedford and 58 year old Michal Weese and 59 year old Jerolyn Weese of Council Bluffs.
Iowa says Iowa State took inappropriate actions against Hawkeye band - The University of Iowa says it has contacted Iowa State after the Hawkeye Marching band was subjected to inappropriate actions during last Saturdays football game. The statement from Iowa athletic director Gary Barta did not include details and just stated that they had contacted Iowa State athletics and were working to gather information. The game at Jack Trice stadium lasted 6 ½ hours after a pair of weather delays. Some fans from the Iowa State Student section ran onto the field during the second interruption before being sent back by security. Iowa’s band, like the football team, was booed heavily by the Iowa State student section when it entered the stadium before kickoff.
Many area barns to be featured on tour - A freshly restored southwest Iowa barn will be among those featured in the Iowa Barn Foundation’s 19th annual All-State Barn Tour. The self-guided tour will run from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, September 28th and 29th. The event showcases historic barns throughout the state. The barns have received either matching grants or an Award of Distinction from the Iowa Barn Foundation. A few of the barns are still being restored. New on the tour this year is the Hazel Harvey Barn near Oakland. The barn is believed to be a Sears and Roebuck Company barn, assembled in 1913 by Charles A Harvey, grandfather of the current owner Hazel Harvey. The east side was used for milking in the early 1900s and later used to raise hogs and sheep. The west side was used to feed cattle initially and later to raise hogs. The middle was used for hay and straw. Restoration work was nearing completion late this summer. Other southwest Iowa barns on the tour include the Heflin Barn at 837 Orange Road in rural Harlan. Once there were several of these unique barns, but this is the only one remaining. The barn, built in 1901 is 40 x 36 feet. It has been used by four generations of Heflins. The Wooster barn is located at 2435 2100th Street Manning. Mr. Wooster’s grandfather built the barn in 1896. It has always been used in the family farming operation and still is. And the Finken barn is located at 3005 335th Street in Logan. The land has been in the family since 1892 and the barn was built in 1917. The roof has laminated rafters that were raised into place with gin poles and horses. Each rafter is five boards thick, bolted together and cut in a curved shape. The barn was in tear-down condition when restoration was started. The Iowa Barn Foundation is a nonprofit, mostly volunteer group that was founded in 1997.
Audubon County Sheriff’s Report – 9-13-19 - On August 25th, the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 year old Desiray Michelle Elliott of Linden on an OWI – 3rd or subsequent offense charge, while she was being held in the Audubon County Jail on unrelated charges. The OWI charge stems from toxicology results after a traffic stop that occurred on June 11th. Wednesday, September 11th, 38 year old Bobby Lee Stevens of Audubon was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation – original charge, Domestic. He was being held on a $5,000 cash only bond. Thursday, September 12th, the Audubon County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 41 year old Christopher Paul Gurley of Audubon. Gurley was arrested and charged with 10 counts of Forgery, Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card, Identity Theft and Theft 4th. He was brought before the Magistrate and was being held in the Audubon County Jail on a $10,000 bond. And 32 year old Jacky Ray Walters of Atlantic was arrested Friday afternoon, September 13th. Walters was taken into custody at around 2 pm on an outstanding warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order and Tampering with a witness. Walters was being held at the Audubon County Jail without bond, pending an appearance before the magistrate.
Young cattle producers sought for leadership program - In an on-going effort to build future leadership for both the Iowa cattle industry and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, the ICA is taking applications for the 2020 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program. The application deadline is November 1th and can be downloaded from the ICA website, iacattlemen.org. Those selected for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program will meet six time in the coming year. They will tour beef production facilities, learn about trending cattle issues, enhance their leadership and communication skills, and play an active role in the legislative process. The program is free to all participants. The application for YCLP asks potential participants to explain why they are interested in participating in the program, as well as explaining their goals and giving their vision for the future of the cattle industry. Preference will be given to current ICA members.
Auditor Mark Maxwell encourages Iowans to participate in National Voter Registration Month - Shelby County Auditor Mark Maxwell joins Secretary of State Paul Pate and auditors across Iowa in encouraging all eligible residents to participate in National Voter Registration Month by registering to vote or making sure their voter information is current. The goal of the having the combined school and city elections is to increase turnout, make sure you take that first step and register to vote now, if you have recently moved, change your address in the election system by notifying the auditor's office. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established September as National Voter Registration Month in 2002 to encourage voter participation and increase awareness. Voting for the city and school elections begins in just a few weeks and the Iowa Caucuses are on the horizon, so now is a great time to make sure you’re registered to vote, and your information is current. Iowa is one of the top states in the nation for voter registration and voter participation. The goal is for us to be number one. Tuesday, September 24 is National Voter Registration Day. Last year, nearly 5,000 Iowans used the state’s online voter registration system on that day last year. Registering to vote in Iowa has never been easier. There are several options are available and it only takes a few minutes. You can register anytime online, through the mail, at various government agency offices, at a voter registration drive, at military recruiting centers, and in-person at your polling place. Approximately 90 percent of eligible Iowans are registered to vote, and there are more than two million active registered voters in the state. To check your voter registration status, register to vote or update your information visit VoterReadyIowa.org or shco.org
Loess Hills Alliance Protection Committee accepting grant proposals - The Protection Committee of the Loess Hills Alliance is soliciting proposals that protect and / or preserve the natural and cultural resources of the Loess Hills, while assuring economic viability and protection of property rights. Projects may include conservation easements, educational components of land protection, restoration of conservation easement protected lands and public lands and any other proposals that meet the Mission of the Protection Committee and strive to protect and preserve the Loess Hills. The Committee anticipates awarding up to $12,500 in 2019. Grant awards will be made from available funds provided by the Iowa Legislature. Projects must be located in the Loess Hills landform. Any person, agency, group or community in the Loess Hills landform is eligible to apply. Applications are due October 4th at 4:30 pm. Forms can be found at loesshillsalliance.com.
Activities at the Harlan Public Library - Wednesday, September 18th - 10 am - Classic Movie: Groundhog Day - 10:30 am - Story Time: Music - 4 pm- Nancy Drew: Iowa's Heroine to the world Thursday, September 19th - 4 pm - Kids Movie: Dumbo - 6:30 pm - Flannel Pumpkins Saturday, September 21st - 10 am - Babies and Books - Lapsit Stories and Songs for Babies Monday, September 23rd - 4 pm - Young Writers Workshop Tuesday, September 24th - 3 pm - Tech Time - 4 pm - Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, September 25th - 10:30 am - Story Time: Apples - 7 pm - 5 o'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, September 26th - 5 pm - Adult Creative Writing Group - 6:30 pm - Family Fun Night - paper airplanes. A Shelby County Chamber Ambassador visit will be held at 9 am, Wednesday, September 18th at Schumacher Family Chiropractic in Harlan. Dr Dan and Sarah are celebrating Chiropractic Founder's Day.
Blood Donations Needed - The Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood. Individuals can schedule an appointment to give now by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Upcoming donation opportunities include: Wednesday, September 18th - 11 to 5 pm - St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia. For an appointment, call Judy at 627-4647. Walk-ins are also welcome. Thursday, September 19th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA 11:30 to 5:30 pm - Treynor Community Center Monday, September 23rd - 12 Noon to 6 pm = Exira REC Center Tuesday, September 24th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church Wednesday, September 25th - 1 to 6 pm - Neola Community Center Tuesday, October 1st - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan. Wednesday, October 9th - 7:30 am to 1:30 pm Harlan High School Friday, October 18th - 8 am to 2 pm - IKM-Manning High School in Manning Tuesday, October 22nd - 7:30 am to 1 pm - Atlantic High School Tuesday, October 29th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Thursday, November 7th - 7:30 am to 1 pm - Conductix in Harlan 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
"City Lights" is the theme for this year's Myrtue Medical Center Auxiliary's bazaar, Thursday, September 19th, from 11 to 1 at Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan. Come and shop for great items from the home shop to the Christmas Store....and even Masquerade jewerly. Admission is $11 and includes a delicious Staley's Chicken Dinner plus apple crisp or brownie.
SWIPCO will hold a Mini-Conference and meeting in Woodbine on Thursday, September 19th. Enjoy informative tours of Woodbine development projects and Sessions by SWIPCO staff. The conference begins at 9:30 with lunch and a program at noon. Please RSVP to Dee Holtz at 712-243-4196. The event and lunch are free, but you do need to RSVP to reserve your place.
Volunteers are needed for the 2019 Southwest Iowa Mobile Pack for Feed My Starving Children September 20th and 21st, at Vet’s Memorial Building in Harlan. They are planning on packing 108,864 meals over the 2 days. Set up will be held on Friday, September 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 with packing on Friday from Noon to 2 pm and Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Clean up will be held on Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30. You may volunteer online at give.fmsc.org/swia or contact Charlie or Joyce Poggensee at 755-2264.
St. Mary's Church in Avoca is the setting for an ecumenical women's morning of reflection on Saturday, October 5th. Brunch and registration are at 9 am. Attendees are invited to bring a freewill donation canned good for the local food pantry. RSVP by September 21st to 784-3570.
The 43rd annual Greenridge Steam and Gas Show will be held Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd one mile south, one mile west and 1 1/2 miles south of Irwin. Come and enjoy Birds of Prey presentation including a live eagle, hawk and owl, a feal market, sorghum cooking, threshing, corn shelling, stationary baler, broom making, saw mill, shingle making, blacksmith shop, statioonary gas engines, apple cider making, grist flour mill, rock crusher, antique machinery, quilt show, talent show, country music, homemade ice cream, field demonstrations, a parade each day and Sunday morning worship services.
The Southwest Iowa Art Tour will be held at the Brick Wall Gallery in downtown Harlan Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 4.
The Walnut Antique Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 21st from 8 to 5 and Sunday, September 22nd from 8 to 3. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. Come and see a variety of antiques, primitives, toys, stoneware, advertising, furniture, upcycled and repurposed items.
Harlan Community Schools will celebrate Homecoming the week of September 23rd through the 27th. The theme this year is “Groovin’ Our Way to Victory.” Queen candidates are Rachel Anderson, the daughter of Bill and Rhonda Anderson, Justina Borgman, the daughter of Jennifer and Jamie Kistner, Cathy Morris and John Borgman, Chloe Hays, the daughter of Chris and DeAnn Hays, Cierra Hoegh, the daughter of Joe Hoegh and Anna Hoegh and Courtney Mumm, the daughter of Mike and Connie Mumm. King candidates include Carter Bendorf, the son of Adam and Erin Bendorf, Nathan Henry, the son of Chad and Charissa Henry, Cole Kramer, the son of Doug and Stef Kramer, Connor Bruck, the son of Randy and Julie Bruck and Johnathan Monson, the son of Dave and Angie Monson. Coronation will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 in the High School Auditorium. A parade will begin in downtown Harlan Friday afternoon at 2:30. The Parade Marshal this year is Jim Bruck. Crownbearers are Truman Kjergaard, the son of Brian and Paula Kjergaard and Brinkley Reischl, the daughter of Brad and Tina Reischl. Ushers are Lokahi Smith and Sydney O’Neill. Escorts are Lucy Metzger, Jocelyn Cheek, Tyler Mumm and Carter Wagner, speakers, Anna Shelton and Ashley Sonderman and Master of Ceremonies is Camron Buck. The Cyclones will play the ADM Tigers Friday night at Merrill Field, beginning at 7 pm.
The Travel and Food Writers Familiarization Tour of the Danish Villages Workshop will be held at 7 pm, Monday, September 23rd at the Elk Horn Town Hall. This workshop is for all retailers, business owners and employees and anytone that wants to get involved in collaborating with travel and food writers and bloggers also known as influencers.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, September 24th. 4:30 to 6:30 at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. This is their Annual Awareness Night, sponsored by Hy-Vee, The Buck Snort and the Congregational Church. The meal is in honor of a wonderful friend.
The First United Methodist Church of Harlan will have a Staley's Chicken Dinner on Wednesday, September 25th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Vet's Auditorium in Harlan. The cost for adults is 11 dollars, kids age 4 to 10 years, only $5, and 3 and under eat for free. Come and enjoy chicken, potatoes and gravy, corn and homemade salads and pies, too! Dine in or carry out.
The Riverside Community School District is excited to get the playground equipment installed and have a great play space for their students at Carson Elementary. Superintendent Tim Mitchell says Madeline Gordon, a Girl Scout in the community, has been working on her Gold Award Project over the last two years to make the playground a reality. Mitchell said she has been working to help raise money and to get the project completed. All the playground pieces have now finally been delivered to Carson and Madeline is moving onto her next steps. She has organized a group of people to come in and complete the install on Saturday, September 28, 2019 and Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 8:00 AM on both days. With the supervision of Scott, the building coordinator, from Cunningham Recreation, she has volunteers ready to go. Mitchell says Madeline and Jamie Meek, Grade PK-5 Principal, have also been working on getting together everything that is needed for the installation. If you have questions or would like to donate something for those days, please contact us at 712-484-2212.
The Defiance Fire and Rescue Department will be holding their annual Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, September 29th, from 8 am to noon at the Defiance Fire Station. For a free will donation, they will serve pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, milk, juice and coffee. Carry outs are available.
The 6th annual Immanuel Lutheran Breakfast will be held Sunday, September 29th, from 9:30 to 12:30 in the fellowship hall at the church in Kimballton. Enjoy an egg bake, pancakes, sausage, waffles, rolls and muffins, fruit and yogurt and beverages, all for a free will offering. The Sunday School kids will also have a bake sale.
The Harlan Masons will hold their annual Breakfast Fundraiser, Sunday, September 29th, from 8:30 to 12:30 at the American Legion Building on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. For a free will donation, you can enjoy biscuits and gravy, eggs, pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee. The event is sponsored by Parian Masonic Lodge No. 321.
The Fifth Sunday Sing will be held at the First Baptist Church in Harlan on Sunday, September 29th, at 7 pm. Everyone is invited to bring their voices and their instruments and join in. Coffee and cookies will be served afterwards.
The first installment of property taxes are due Monday, September 30th. To avoid penalty on the first installment, payment must be received in the Treasurer's office or postmarked by Monday, September 30th. Property tax information may be obtained online at iowatreasurers.org or by call 755-5847 option 2. Payments can be posted online by E-check, credit card payments may be made online as well.
----- The Shelby County Public Health Department will hold an Immunization Clinic for Children, Wednesday, October 2nd from 2 to 6 pm at Community Health. Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations including Hawk-I please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-4516 to schedule an appointment there. Influenza vaccination clinics will also be held in October at the Community Health Building at 2712 12th Street in Harlan. To schedule an appointment, call 755-4422.
The first Shelby County Longest Table will be held October 5th. The event, which has been gaining popularity around the country, features a community table and a meal that features local food. The goal for this event is to educate consumers by providing new experiences, build community and create awareness of locally produced food. Profits from this event will be donated to the Community Chest to benefit multiple Shelby County Programs. The meal will be 5 courses, feature area producers and prepared by Chef James Calkins from Milk and Honey. The meal will take place on the west side of the court house on the square in downtown Harlan. In case of inclement weather it will be held at New Park Coffee. Tickets are $35 per plate and available online at Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased directly from the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A limited amount of tickets are available.
Farmhand Brewing Company at 101 Main Street in Earling will hold an Open House Saturday, October 5th, starting at 11 am. Come and meet the newest Chamber member and check out this great brewer in Earling.
Women Connect will be held Saturday, October 5th, from 9:30 to 11 am, at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. Scott Mathiasen, a Harlan native, is a family and individual counselor and has been for over 28 years. Also a singer, songwriter, who suffered a life changing fall the spring of 1986, he will share his walk of faith through testimony and music.
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, October 10th Thursday, November 14th Thursday, December 12th Thursday, January 9th Thursday, February 13th Thursday, March 12th Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th
Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 12th with activities starting a 3 pm and going late into the night! Join them for beer, food, games, music and friends. The Hausbarn-Heritage Park offers 2 options for admission. A $10 general admission which includes admittance and the evening's entertainment or a $25 Oktoberfest Package, which includes self-guided tours of the park from 3 to 5, the authentic German meal, all of the evening's dancing and entertainment and access to the late night patio party. This package must be reserved by Saturday, October 5th . For more information, call 655-3131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Michael's Roseman Parish Center in Harlan will hold their fall festival, Sunday, October 13th, from 11 to 2. A Staley's Broasted Chicken Dinner will be served. Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children 3 to 10. Under 3 is free. CArry-outs are avilable. There will be fun activities including a paddle wheel, a cake walk and Country Store, plus a raffle for a queen size quilt, 2 large yard spinners and 2-$100 cash prizes.
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