Rural Water Boil Order Update - 8-4-21 - Regional Water, Rural Water Association has lifted the boil water advisory for all of Shelby and Harrison Counties.
Water Conservation Update from HMU – 8-4-21 - HMU is currently operating under a “Tier 1 – Water Warning” which was effective Friday, June 11, 2021. First, we would like to say “Thank You” to those that are conserving. It is greatly appreciated and we are pumping at a manageable level. The Harlan Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees has revised the Water Conservation Policy pertaining to the ‘usage allocation’ section. The usage allocation will only be administered if a Water Emergency is declared and defined as follows: 5. Usage Allocation. The usage allocation of water shall be determined by a residential/commercial customer’s most recent June usage prior to when the “Water Emergency” proclamation was issued. Any usage above the June usage will be billed at ten times the residential/commercial regular billing rate. 6. Premium Rate (no change) for any customer who uses or consumes water in excess of their usage allocation shall pay a premium rate of ten times that customer’s regular usage rate. Adjustments may be granted for over-consumption on a case-by-case basis. HMU will do its best to communicate the different stages with you, our Customers. We will utilize KNOD, the Harlan Newspaper, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HMU’s website and HMU Social Media to provide timely information.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Report – 8-4-21 - Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver of a silver 2012 Volkswagen Jetta that was involved in a pursuit Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after 3 pm Tuesday, deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office attempted to stop the Jetta in the area of M Ave. and Highway 34. The vehicle fled from the deputy and a pursuit continued for about 10 miles heading south and east with speeds reaching up to 80 mph. The pursuit ended in a cornfield, just south of the Viking Lake area. The male driver fled on foot through the cornfield. Several area law enforcement agencies as well as K-9’s from both Montgomery and Mills County and the EMA drone searched the area for the suspect. During the search it was found that the vehicle was owned by Bobbi Jo Bartles of Blanchard and the suspect driving was identified as 29 year old James Robert Castillo of Bedford. Due to the heat in the cornfields and the known identity of the suspect the search was called off after 3 hours. Charges have been filed and warrants for Castillo’s arrest have been issued. It is believed that he is in the Stanton area. Castillo is a white male, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches, 150 pounds with brown hair. Anyone with information on Castillo is asked to call Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.
Fatal collision in Harrison County this morning – 8-4-21 - One person died and another was injured following a Harrison County collision shortly after midnight this morning. The Iowa State Patrol reports 39 year old Carson Stiffler of Omaha died in the crash that happened at the I-29 off ramp to exit 89 near Mondamin. Authorities say a 2006 Honda Civic driven by Carson Stiffler was traveling south in the left lane of northbound I-29 at the same time a 2017 Toyota RAV4 driven by 20 year old Serena Mailes of Sioux City was traveling north in the same lane. After the vehicles collided at the off-ramp, the Civic entered the median and rolled over. The car came to rest on its wheels in the median. Its door was torn off during the collision, resulting in Stiffler being ejected from the vehicle. The Patrol says he was wearing a seat belt. The RAV4 entered the median and struck the car. Stiffler was transported by Mondamin Rescue to the hospital in Missouri Valley, where he died from his injuries. Mailes, who was wearing her seat belt, was also transported to the Missouri Valley Hospital by Mondamin Rescue. The accident remains under investigation. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the crash scene.
Dustin Logan receives 27 votes in special Ward 1 election in Denison – 8-4-21 - Only 29 votes were cast in yesterday’s special election for the Ward 1 seat on the Denison City Council. Dustin R. Logan, who was appointed on June 15 to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat, was the only candidate who filed for the election. He received 27 votes. Only two other votes were cast; both were write-in votes. Polls were open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Boulders Conference Center. Only residents of Ward 1 were able to vote. The special election was requested by a petition filed with the Denison city clerk on Friday, June 25, which was within the 14-day time limit allowed by Iowa Code after a council appointment is made. Before Logan was appointed at the June 15 city council meeting, he said he intended to run for the Ward 1 seat in this November's municipal election. Regardless of the appointment or special election, the Ward 1 seat will be up for election for a four-year term at the regular municipal election on November 2. Logan, who is 33 years old, is the operations manager at the Andersons Denison Ethanol plant.
Suspicious death under investigation in Council Bluffs – 8-4-21 At 11:30 Tuesday morning, Council Bluffs officers were dispatched to the area of Lookout Point, Fairmont Park in Council Bluffs, where there was a report of a decomposed female body. This is an ongoing investigation. As of late Tuesday night, no new information was available. Authorities say additional details will be released after an autopsy is performed today.
Storm damage in Harrison county from microburst – 8-4-21 - The National Weather Service in Omaha reports a severe thunderstorm caused microburst wind damage south of Persia last Friday, July 30th. The extent of the damage suggested wind speeds around 100 mph. Several grain bins and barns sustained damage from this intense but fairly narrow wind event. Most of the damage was concentrated in a 1.15 square mile area. There were no injuries reported.
Crawford County Law Enforcement news – 8-4-21 - The Crawford County Sheriff’s office reports 34 year old Jesse Thies was arrested on Ida and Monona County warrants and 49 year old Michelle Thies was arrested for interference with official acts on July 30th at around 12:39 pm. The location of the incident was in Ute. On July 31st, 24 year old Cobi Bries Garcia was arrested for possession of cocaine, 1st offense and possession of marijuana – 1st offense. The incident took place at the Highway 59/141 junction south of Denison. A two vehicle accident occurred at 3:30 pm, Friday, July 30th on Highway 59 in Denison. 64 year old Deborah Heishman Retalic of Ute was driving a beige 2018 Ford Escape. She said she was stopped, waiting at the stop sign to turn, when her vehicle was hit in the rear by a white 2011 Ford F150 pickup being driven by 21 year old Joshua Adam Clark of Kiron. Clark stated he was not paying attention in front of him and struck the rear end of Retalic’s vehicle by not stopping in time at the intersection. Both vehicles were in the left lane headed south. Retalic stated that she may have whiplash but was fine to drive away. The investigating officer advised her to seek medical attention if she was hurt but she stated she was fine at the time. Clark was cited for following too close. His pickup received $1,000 damage to the front. Retalic’s vehicle received $200 damage to the rear middle.
More Information on IKM-Manning Bond Vote on September 14th – 8-4-21 - The IKM-Manning School District Board of Education has posted additional details about a bond vote that will take place Tuesday, September 14, 2021. If approved, the bond would enable the district to move forward with a series of projects to address facilities needs in both Irwin and Manning. School Officials say the bond would have a tax rate impact of an additional $9.88 per month or 33 cents a day on a home with a $100,000 assessed value. For agricultural properties, the impact would be between $2.63 and $3.16 per acre annually, depending on the location of the property. While there would be an increase, officials stress IKM-Manning’s tax rate would remain one of the lowest in the area if the bond is approved. There is a fact sheet available that compares the district tax rate to those of neighboring school districts. In the coming weeks, public meetings will be held to allow community members to learn more about the proposed solution and offer feedback on priorities. For more information on the district’s facility needs and the bond question, please visit www.ikmmanningbond.org.
Atlantic Middle School restoration work could take up to a year – 8-4-21 - Last night, the Atlantic School Board held a special meeting to discuss the goals and ultimately approve a plan for transitioning students from the Atlantic Middle School to other District sites. The change is necessary due to a fire on July 27th that left the building with substantial water damage. Superintendent Steve Barber said last week, the building cannot be occupied when school starts August 23rd. The building is currently being cleaned, and restoration will follow. Barber said “although those working on the building are making good progress, the process should take a whole year.”Barber said he and AMS Principal Josh Rasmussen got together and came up with three goals the district must accomplish to serve the students in light of the current situation. To serve each of the middle school grades together; finding a plan that was logical and doable, making it the least disruptive to middle school students and staff; and developing a plan that would disrupt the least amount of individuals or programs in the school district. He said the proposed plan is divided into three sections. The first is with regard to 8th Grade students. The High School Media Center will be used for classrooms, with the goal of keeping MS students as separated as possible from 9-12th graders The second concerns 7th Grade students. They will be housed in the eastern third of the District’s Achievement Center, in Atlantic.The 6th Grade students will be served in the developed western third of the Achievement Center building. EOC (Educational Opportunity Center) students will be relocated to two classrooms at Iowa Western Community College, in Atlantic. Links program students and staff will find a temporary new home in the Early Learning Center, where the Home school Assistance program is located. Before the plan is put into action, there are several necessary steps: It must first be approved by the State Fire Inspector; A plan will also be developed to determine transportation needs; The back end of the Achievement Center will be cleaned-out and another location found to safely store the equipment; Technology must be ordered, also, and the necessary access points to provide internet access; They will also need to begin to furnish the spaces with the necessary equipment to conduct classes; and Mr. Rasmussen will collaborate with teachers at the Middle School to determine their needs and the best ways to educate in the new setting.In addition to approving the Transition Plan, the Atlantic School Board approved the purchase of certain pieces of technology in the amount of $80,140, from 2ndGear in Temecula, CA.
Crop Report - 8-3-21 - Most of the state received much needed rain Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31 which meant Iowa farmers had 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 1, 2021, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Field activities continue to include applying fungicides and insecticides and harvesting hay and oats. Topsoil moisture levels rated 16% very short, 34% short, 49% adequate and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 20% very short, 41% short, 39% adequate and 0% surplus. Although moisture levels improved slightly in northwest Iowa, the shortage remains evident with topsoil rated 62% short to very short and subsoil rated 82% short to very short. Corn silking or beyond reached 92%, one day ahead of the 5-year average. Corn in or beyond the dough stage reached 42%, four days ahead of average. Five percent of the corn crop has reached the dent stage. Iowa’s corn condition was rated 62% good to excellent. Ninety-three percent of soybeans were blooming, 9 days ahead of the 5-year average. Soybeans setting pods reached 73%, eight days ahead of normal. Soybean condition was rated 61% good to excellent. Oats coloring or beyond reached 97%. Seventy-two percent of oats for grain have been harvested, equal to the 5-year average. The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 92% complete. The third cutting was reported at 22% complete, 1 day ahead of the 5-year average. Hay condition rated 57% good to excellent. Pasture condition was rated 40% good to excellent. No livestock comments were received this week.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities - Wednesday, August 4th 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon 9:30 am to 3 pm - Community Center in Anita
Myrtue Medical Center's Department of Public Health is offering a Back-to-School Vaccination Clinic, 2 to 6 pm, Wednesday, August 4th for Vaccines for Children (VFC) eligible children. All childhood immunizations will be available to meet your child's healthcare needs. Appointments can be scheduled online and select Public Health Immunization Clinic. Walk-ins are also welcome at their location at 2712 12th Street in Harlan. If you have questions, please call Shelby County Public Health at 755-4422.
Cambridge Investment Research is hosting an ambassador visit on Thursday, August 5 at 10 am. Come meet Mick Allen and check out his new office space, 524 Market Street, Harlan.
The 44th Annual Carson Community Rodeo will be held August 5th thru 7th in Carson. Events include kids’ night on Thursday night, the Carson Street Dance on Friday night, and the Parade Saturday morning at 10:30 with another street dance on Saturday night. Come for all the ropin’, bull doggin’, bull riding, bronc riding, plus mutton bustin’ every night. Tickets are $20 for adults, kids just $5.
Operation T-Bone to be held this weekend in Audubon – 8-3-21 - It gets underway this Friday in Audubon – the 71st annual Operation T-Bone. The festivities start at 5 pm Friday with Albert’s Old-Fashioned Picnic and they will continue throughout the weekend. Also on Friday night, there will be Figure 8 races at the Audubon County Fairgrounds followed by fireworks. Saturday will include a yoga class at 8 am. Followed by a parade at 11:30, a number of vendors, lots of kids’ activities, afternoon entertainment, a beer garden opening at noon and Oreo Meatwagon will be the featured entertainment starting at 8 pm Saturday evening. On Sunday, there will be a breakfast fundraiser and open house for the Audubon Fire Station from 7 am to noon
THE 109TH ANNUAL OLD SETTLER’S PICNIC WILL BE HELD FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 6th THROUGH 8th IN HANCOCK! THE CELEBRATION BEGINS WITH POTLUCK SET-UP AT 6 PM. COME BACK SATURDAY MORNING, WITH THE MEN’S SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT 9 AM, KID’S RACES AT 1 PM, WITH THE PEDAL TRACTOR PULL FOR KIDS AND ADULTS TO FOLLOW. THEN STAY FOR THE DANCE AT THE BEER GARDEN FEATURING MURPHEY’S LAW STARTING AT 8:30 PM. IT ALL WRAPS UP SUNDAY, WITH THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT THE HANCOCK FIRE STATION AT 8 AM, AND A PARADE AT 1 PM. THE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT RESUMES AT 2 PM AND A BENEFIT AUCTION AT 4! PLUS DON’T MISS THE ANTIQUE TRACTOR DISPLAY AND THE OPEN AIR MARKET WITH GREAT FOOD STANDS AND VENDORS GALORE! PLUS GAMES LIKE KICK DARTS, HUMAN FOOSBALL, AND A DUNK TANK MEANS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Iowa’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday this coming weekend - 7-30-21 - A reminder from the Iowa Department of Revenue: Iowa’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday is the first Friday and Saturday of August. The annual break from sales tax is the perfect time to save on clothes, shoes, or advanced shopping for the holiday season. In general, select clothing and footwear are tax exempt – meaning no state sales tax will be collected, but there are restrictions. Not interested in leaving the couch? Internet sales are included if they are ordered and paid for during the exemption period. Visit the Sales Tax Holiday page for full details.
Atlantic Police report – 8-3-21 - The Atlantic Police Department arrested 26 year old Phillip Reed Thompson Jr. of Atlantic on July 20th. Thompson was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault – 2nd offense. On July 22nd, 20 year old Rachael Stanley and 33 year old James Erickson of Atlantic were arrested on charges of Disorderly Conduct – fighting/violent behavior. On July 23rd, Atlantic Police made 3 arrests. 40 year old David Thomas of Atlantic was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and then released. 29 year old Anthony Asay of Atlantic was arrested for Simple Assault. And 24 year old Brittany Ruhr of Griswold was arrested for assault Causing Bodily Injury or Mental Illness. 29 year old Stephen Root of Atlantic was arrested on Wednesday, July 28th, on a Cass County warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order. On July 27th, 57 year old Rodney Hansen of Irwin was arrested for OWI/2nd offense. And on Monday, August 2nd, 24 year old Andrew Malloy of Audubon was arrested on an Audubon County warrant for Violation of Parole.
Donna Reed to be inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame - 8-3-21 - Officials with The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, Tuesday, announced four women will be inducted into the 2021 Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame inductees. The 2021 Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame honorees include Donna Reed, from Denison. Reed was an actress, Academy Award Winner, Advocate for Peace. Donna Reed is celebrated for her successful career in entertainment, and as a trailblazer for women in television, as well as a humanitarian who advocated for social justice and world peace. Posthumous Award (January 27, 1921-January 14, 1986).
Council Bluffs man arrested on Page County warrants – 8-3-21 - 25 year old Dylan Elwood Taylor of Council Bluffs was arrested by Page County deputies at the Pottawattamie County Jail on Monday. Taylor was arrested on Page County Warrants for Violation of Probation, stemming from original charges of Theft 3rd degree and Eluding, as well as another warrant for Violation of Probation from an original charge of Driving While License Barred – Habitual offender. Taylor was transported to the Page County Jail where he was being held on $10,000 bond, pending further court proceedings.
One person injured in Council Bluffs accident Monday afternoon – 8-3-21 - One person was injured Monday afternoon in a semi vs car accident in Council Bluffs. At 3:11 Monday afternoon a 2020 Mack Semi, hauling a loaded dump trailer was westbound on Veteran’s Highway. An eastbound 2016 Honda CRV was preparing to make a left turn to go northbound on South 24th Street. Preliminary investigation revealed the traffic light was yellow when both vehicles entered the intersection and the Honda turned in front of the semi causing the collision. The driver of the Honda was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. There were no other injuries reported. The Council Bluffs Traffic Unit is investigating the crash. The names of the drivers involved are not being released at this time.
Crawford County accident report – 8-3-21 - The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office reports an accident on Highway 30 east of Denison shortly after noon on Thursday, July 22nd. 29 year old Dustin Joseph Muell of Panama was driving a 2013 Peterbilt semi eastbound on Highway 30. Muell believes that a gray 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, driven by 16 year old Kora Corinne Obrecht of Arcadia advanced too far past the yield sign on the 7th Street and Highway 30 intersection, which is what Muell believes caused the incident. He recalls seeing a dark colored Dodge Ram at the intersection but said he did not feel any impact with the vehicle. Muell admitted to taking a wide right turn from Highway 59 to Highway 30 to avoid the curb. He claimed to have stayed in the right lane until the last stoplight intersection on the east side of Denison. Obrecht claims she was traveling east on Highway 30 and mentioned she may have been in Muell’s blind spot when she initiated the lane change. Obrecht said she believes Muell did not notice the impact of his semi-trailer with her vehicle. The Dodge pickup had a destroyed passenger side mirror and no other damage. Damage to the pickup was estimated at $250. The semi-trailer was not damaged.
Rollover accident in Guthrie County injures one – 8-3-21 - 34 year old Ryan Michael Morrison of Stuart was injured last Wednesday in a rollover accident in Guthrie County. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s office stated that Morrison was driving a 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup that was pulling a camper, when the camper began to swerve, causing Morrison to lose control. The pickup and camper entered the west ditch off northbound Highway 25. The accident was witnessed by two motorists who confirmed the trailer was swaying wildly. Guthrie County deputies found Morrison laying on the ground outside the pickup, alert and conscious, but complaining of wrist pain. The man had been ejected from the pickup when it rolled. He was transported by Panora EMS to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. The truck and camper were a total loss. Authorities planned to cite Morrison for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to wear a seat belt.
Rivera will not get a new trial in Tibbets case – 8-3-21 - Christhian Bahena Rivera, the man convicted of murdering Mollie Tibbets in 2018 will not get a new trial and is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison. Attorneys for Bahena Rivera said in July that they’d heard from someone who claimed another man had confessed to the crime. Judge Joel Yates said that confession was significantly at odds with the account Bahena Rivera gave during his trial. Bahena Rivera testified two masked men forced him to participate in the crime and it was one of them who killed Tibbets. At a hearing last month, Bahena Rivera’s attorneys also sought to link Tibbet’s murder to an alleged six trafficking ring and two other missing person cases. The judge, in his ruling, said those arguments were not convincing. Bahena Rivera’s sentencing is now scheduled for August 30th. His first degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
4-County Fair begins in Dunlap this Friday – 8-3-21 - The Four-County Fair gets underway in Dunlap this Friday and runs through Wednesday morning. Friday, August 6th: Bags tournament starts at 5:30 pm Human Foosball Tournament starts at 7 pm Live Music Beer Garden and Food Stand Saturday, August 7th: Home and Garden Registration = 8 am-noon at the Expo Building Check and Weigh-in at 4-County Fairgrounds Livestock Barns: Cattle 8-10 am; Hogs 8-10 am; Rabbits 8 – 10 am, Poultry 8-10 am; Sheep 10-11:30 am; Goats 10- 11:30 am Exhibitor meeting – 1 pm – parents must also attend – Exhibitor MUST attend the meeting to get a 4-County Fair Shirt – no exceptions. 2 pm – Poultry Show 6:30 pm – Farm Tractor Pull – Admission - $10 for Adults and $5 for children 12 and under Beer Garden and Food Stand Sunday, August 8th: Home and Garden exhibits at Expo Building – Open 10 am-7:30 pm 11 am – Goat Show Sheep Show to follow Goat Show Youth Open Sheep and Goat Show to follow Sheep Show 3:30 pm – Mud Volleyball Tournament Beer Garden and Food Stand Monday, August 9th: Livestock exhibitors Breakfast 7-9 am sponsored by Cogdill Farm Supply 8-8:30 am Feeder Calf weigh-in Home and Garden exhibits at Expo Building – Open 9 to 5 9 am - Beef Show 3 pm – Rabbit Show 6:30 pm – ATV Drags – Admission - $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under Beer Garden and Food Stand Tuesday, August 10th: Livestock exhibitors Breakfast 7-9 am sponsored by Cogdill Farm Supply 9-5 – Home and Garden exhibits at Expo Building – pick up from 5-7 pm 8 am – Swine Show 3 pm – Pet Show Discover and Open Swine Show to follow 5 pm – Family Night BBQ 6 pm – Bucket Bottle Calf Classic for children 8 and under Showman of Showman Class following Bucket Bottle Show Drawing for a 4 wheeler 8 pm – Release non-sale Livestock Wednesday, August 11th: 8 am – Bonus Auction at Dunlap Livestock Auction
Severe blood shortage continues – 7-26-21 - Officials with the Nebraska-Iowa Region of the American Red Cross report, as uncertain as the past year has been, one constant has been the need for lifesaving blood. Patients rushed to emergency rooms, those battling sickle cell disease and mothers with complicated childbirths rely on the generosity of volunteer donors to help receive the blood transfusions they rely on. And right now, the blood supply has fallen to critical levels. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries. Patients need the help of the American people, who can make a difference by making an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. In thanks for helping meet patient needs, all who come to give between now and July 31st will receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year – a $5,000 value – and a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Additional information and details are available at rcblood.org/fuel. If you donate between August 1st and 15th, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win and exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival. And those that come to give throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email.
Alzheimer’s Assoc. invites Council Bluffs & Harlan area residents to join 2021 Walk to End Alzheimers – 7-12-21 - Registration is open for the 2021 Council Bluffs Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Council Bluffs area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by starting a team and walking on September 25 at River’s Edge Pavilion. Harlan area residents can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by starting a team and walking on September 18th at Pioneer Park. On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease. While plans are moving forward to host the Walk in person, the health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities as decisions are made about event details. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Iowa alone, there are more than 66,000 people living with the disease and 73,000 caregivers. To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit: alz.org/walk. Upcoming events -
The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn is resuming its monthly, in-person Brown Bag Lunch programs. On Thursday, August 5th at noon, this summer's Prairie Intern, Wren Klump, will share about observing animal and plant ecosystems to understand the effects some changes can have on the organisms living there. Wren will also explain the ease of keeping your own records and how you can share them with the environmental community. The luncheon is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, August 10th at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving Ham/Bacon sliders, bacon ranch salad and dessert. The menu is subject to change. 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 $5 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
Grief Classes, sponsored by Myrtue Medical Center Hospice will start on Tuesdays: August 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st and September 7th and 14th, from 9:30 to 11 am in the Myrtue Board Room. Please use the Business Center Entrance. Pre-registration is needed by Thursday, August 5th, by calling Cathy Jensen at 755-4424. This class is provided at no cost.
The Iowa Community Kitchen in Earling will be open 4 to 6 pm, Thursday, August 5th, at St. Joseph's Hall in Earling. They will be serving Sloppy Joes, Corn on the Cob, Sliced tomatoes and watermelon. The meal is sponsored by the Foxhoven Family. The menu is subject to change. 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 $5 per meal to eat in. Children 15 years and younger are free.
St. Mary's Parish Picnic will be held in Panama Friday, August 6th and Saturday August 7th. On Friday, enjoy Bingo from 7 to 9:30 pm and music provided by Taxi Driver from 8:30 to 12:30. Mass will start at 4 pm Saturday, the chicken dinner will be held from 4 to 7 with carry outs available. there will be bingo from 6 to 9:30 and the auction starts at 7 pm. Plus the drawing for $7,500 on Saturday evening too. Both days you can enjoy kettle corn, fancy work, the paddle stand, beer garden, hamburger stand, numerous games, screamer slide and bounce house, too. THE AVOCA CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALES WEEKEND IS SET FOR FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH. THERE’S 30 INDIVIDUAL SITES. MAPS AND SALE ITEM LISTS CAN BE PICKED UP AT TILLIE’S BOUTIQUE, FRED’S BAR, THE AVOCA GOLF COURSE AND CLUBHOUSE, THE HAIR FACTORY AND AVOCA CITY HALL. THERE’S SAVINGS THROUGHOUT THE TOWN…..AND JUST IN TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL! THE AVOCA CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE WEEKEND AUGUST 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH. DON’T MISS OUT ON THE BARGAINS!
LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to give blood to help patients in local hospitals this summer. Appointments are required so schedule a blood donation online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903. There next blood drives will be: Monday, August 9th 1-6 pm Manilla Community Center
Myrtue Medical Center's 2021 Blood Analysis Screening will be held August 10th through 20th - no Mondays - from 6:30 am to 11 am. The Earling Clinic will be held Wednesday, August 25th, from 7 am to 8:45 am. The Elk Horn Clinic will be held Tuesday, August 31st from 7 am to 8:45 am and the Shelby Clinic will be held Wednesday, September 8th, 7 am to 8:45 am. Schedule your appointment at 755-4288 from 8 am to 4 pm. Results will be available on your MyChart Patient Portal at myrtuemedical.org. Results will be mailed only if you bring a self-addressed stamped envelope.
The SCCO Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held Tuesday, August 10th. This is a 9 hole-4 player scramble. The cost is $35 per person. Shotgun start is at 6 pm. For more information, call 235-7226.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities - Tuesday, August 10th 12:30-5:30 pm - American Legion Hall in Arcadia 11 am to 5 pm - Dewitt Community Building in Macedonia Wednesday, August 11th 10 am to 4 pm - West Harrison High School in Mondamin
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: August 17th.
The town histories of Irwin and Kirkman will be discussed Wednesday, August 18th, at 2:30 pm at the Shelby County Historical Museum in Harlan. Come join the Irwin and Kirkman class of 1959 to learn about the history of these two important Shelby County towns. The public is invited to this free event.
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.
The Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield will hold its 28th annual Wings Fly-In/Drive-in and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for 2020 and 2021 on Saturday, August 28th. An omelet breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 11 am. At 10:30 am, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held for Burns M. Byram, Philip Larry Turner, John F. Langer and T. Lowell Weir. The cost of $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12, includes admission to the museum. For more information call 641-343-7184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myrtue Medical Center Auxiliary’s Fall Bazaar will be held on Thursday, September 9th, at Vet’s Auditorium in Harlan from 11 am to 1 pm. This year’s theme is “City Shopping in a Small Town.” Staley’s will be catering the luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon are $12 each and may be purchased from any Auxiliary board member, at the Gift Shop, or at the door the day of the event. Take-out meals will be available as well. Raffles will be available for your chance to win a TV, hand-made quilts and Wellness Center memberships. The Gift Shop will be filled with baby items, games, children’s books, puzzles, stuffed animals, accessories, wall art, jewelry, clothing, hand bags and totes, Halloween and Thanksgiving décor, too. Plus there will be the Candy and Bake Shop and Tree of Light Ornaments.
The Concerned Inc Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, September 29th, at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. It is a 4 person Best Ball Format. The cost is $200 per team. Registration will start at 8:30 am with a shotgun start at 9 am. For more information contact Shilo at 755-5834.
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