Many records crushed Tuesday with triple digit temperatures - (9-21-22) – Some thermometers in western Iowa hit triple digits on Tuesday. National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Trellinger says the highest temperature reported to his office in Sioux Falls was 102 degrees, just south of Akron. And Spencer hit 101 degrees. Trellinger says drought conditions played a role in yesterday’s high temperatures in northwest Iowa, as the sun’s heat bore down on parched ground. When we are not in a drought, the heat is also used to evaporate some of the moisture in the soil, so it’s not as efficient as a heating mechanism when there’s moisture in the soil. When it’s very dry, it sets us up to being warmer than usual. Several other Iowa cities broke high temperature records Tuesday. Just south of Harlan and in Avoca, temperatures were 100 degrees, Atlantic reached 99 degrees which broke a 131 year old record of 95 set in 1891. Cedar Rapids hit 96, that was also the record high in Lamoni. It was 95 in Burlington, 94 in Des Moines and 93 in Dubuque. Waterloo hit 96 degrees. A triple digit temperature had not been recorded on a September 20th anywhere in the state for 69 years. Today’s forecast calls for highs in the 60s and 70s.
Upcoming Red Cross Bloodmobiles - Wednesday, September 21st - Neola Community Center - 1 to 6 pm
Harlan Income Survey - (9-19-22) – There will be a local online, telephone and/or door-to-door survey of households in Harlan. The survey is necessary for the city to apply to the State for a Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements needed by the city’s system. The survey will determine whether more than 51% of Harlan’s population is considered low to moderate income, which is required for the grant. Surveys can be picked up at Harlan City Hall, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry or online. Please complete the survey by Friday, September 30th. If you have any questions, please contact Dani Briggs at SWIPCO at 243-4196.
September Influenza Clinics will be held at Myrtue Medical Center on Wednesday, September 21st from 10 to 2 at Myrtue's Community Health Center at 2712 12th Street in Harlan. Appointments are required at these clinics. Call 755-4422 or visit shelbycountyclinics.com to schedule an appointment. Another Influenza clinic will be held Tuesday, September 27th at St. Mary's Parish in Portsmouth from 9 to 9:30 am. No appointments are necessary at this clinic.
Myrtue Medical Center Auxiliary's Fall Bazaar - "Unique Boutique and Luncheon" will be held Thursday, September 22nd, 11 to 1 at Veteran's Auditorium in Harlan. Tickets for the event are available from any board member, the Auxiliary Gift Shop or at the door the day of the event. Luncheon tickets are $13, for a luncheon catered by Master Griller that will include a pulled pork sandwich, cheesy potatoes, baked beans and homemade poke cake. Plus you can browse through the candy and bake shop plus tree of lights ornaments, the unique boutique gift shop and don't forget raffle tickets for your chance to win hand made quilts, wellness center family membership and Hy-Vee and Fareway gift cards.
The final hike night of the season at Prairie Rose State Park will be Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. We will meet at the North Shelter House for a relatively easy hike. All ages are welcome.
DNR Seeks Help In Parks On Statewide Volunteer Day - (9-15-22) - The chief of Iowa’s Parks, Forests and Preserves Bureau is asking Iowans to mark Saturday, September 24th on their calendars to lend a hand with sprucing up our state parks. It’s the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ sixth annual Statewide Volunteer Day. Volunteer projects include putting together and painting picnic tables, picking up trash, removing invasive species, planting trees, and more. There are projects planned all across the state at about one in every four of Iowa’s state parks. To sign up, go to Iowa-dnr-dot-gov-forward-slash-volunteer.
Tiny Lund Memorial Races Friday and Saturday in Harlan - (9-21-22) - IT’S 2 BIG NIGHTS OF RACING – THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY DURING THE TINY LUND MEMORIAL RACES AT THE SHELBY COUNTY SPEEDWAY IN HARLAN. BOTH NIGHTS YOU CAN SEE LATE MODELS, STOCK CARS, SPORTS MODS, HOBBY STOCKS AND 305 SPRINT CARS. PLUS FRIDAY NIGHT THERE WILL BE COMPACTS AND DIRT TRUCKS AND SATURDAY NIGHT THERE’S MODIFIEDS AND WESTERN IOWA VINTAGE CARS TOO. PLUS THERE WILL BE A RACE CAR SHOW ON THE SQUARE FROM 10 TO NOON ON SATURDAY. DON’T MISS A MINUTE OF THE ACTION STARTING 7 PM FRIDAY AND 6 PM SATURDAY –
Celebrate Coca-Cola Days 2022 this weekend, in Atlantic - (9-20-22) - (KJAN) - Coca-Cola Days will be held September 23rd and 24th in Atlantic. The event is the second largest collector’s show in the United States and includes a tailgate barbecue open to the public, a Show, Swap & Sell, and a Coca-Cola themed raffle. The theme for the 2022 Coca-Cola Days is “Best in Show”. The committee wanted to tie in a Fair theme due to the event taking place at the Cass County Fairgrounds this year. Raffle items include: A Coca-Cola Cooler filled with Coca-Cola Product and Hy-Vee, Fareway, and BP gift cards worth $100 each. Tickets are available at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce for $5 a ticket or 5 tickets for 20. The winner will be announced Saturday, September 24th at 2 PM at the Show, Swap & Sell meet at the Cass County Fair Grounds. Tickets will also be available for purchase that day. T-Shirts for the 2022 Coca-Cola Days Celebration are also available for purchase. The shirts are heather grey and feature the theme, “Best in Show”. T-Shirts can be purchased for $20 at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce or day-of at the Show, Swap & Sell Saturday, September 24th. For more information on Coca-Cola Days or a full list of activities, please visit www.atlanticiowa.com, call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minutes from Harlan Community School Board meeting - (9-21-22) – The Harlan Community Schools Board of Directors met in regular session Monday evening. Paul Schwery addressed the board regarding girls wrestling. Dr. Barnett update the board regarding the redistricting map. Harlan Community School received a $42,500 grant from the Department of Education for at-risk programming and $10,000 for the Friends of Rachel Kindness Club. The new therapeutic classroom, a partnership with Green Hills AEA was discussed. The bond issue was passed, Dr. Barnett updated the board on the next steps. Davis Pattee updated the board on girls wrestling. Al Hazelton will act as a delegate for the Green Hills Area Education Agency vote in October. There were also a number of policies reviewed for first and second readings and warrants were approved to be paid.
Minden Man Sentenced for Bank Fraud - (9-21-22) - The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 60-year-old Stewart Jerome Messerschmidt, of Minden, was sentenced on Tuesday to two months in prison followed by five years of Supervised Release following his plea to a charge of bank fraud. Messerschmidt made false statements to Shelby County State Bank (SCSB) regarding collateral for his farm loans. During 2017 and 2018, Messerschmidt also provided false information on applications for Marketing Assistance Loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for Messerschmidt’s 2018 farm production. The fraud was discovered during an investigation by SCSB and FSA which showed that Messerschmidt had overstated the grain he produced, had claimed grain belonging to other producers, and falsified the number of cattle he owned. United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.
Aaron Koontz Joins SWIPCO as Grant Specialist - (9-21-22) - The Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) welcomes Aaron Koontz as a Grants Specialist. He will work with SWIPCO housing programs to ensure that the agency and the communities it serves are doing what needs to be done per grant regulations. He will help clients navigate through rules and procedures and application paperwork. SWIPCO and the Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund operate a wide range of programs, including housing repair, down payment assistance, demolition of dilapidated houses, and lead abatement. SWIPCO also provides building inspection services and currently has more than 1,500 rental units in its inspection program. Koontz will assist with all of these programs and will be an asset to the agency.
Nebraska City Woman Sentenced for Methamphetamine Offense - (9-21-22) - 34 year old Tabitha Standley of Nebraska City was sentenced Tuesday in Council Bluffs U-S District Court, on a drug charge. Standley was sentenced to serve 10-years in prison, following her plea to a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. On October 18, 2021, Standley was arrested at the Horseshoe Casino on an unrelated felony warrant. Officers performed a probable cause search of the Standley’s vehicle and located over 300 grams of methamphetamine which Standley had intended to distribute. United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Council Bluffs Police Department, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Division of Narcotics Enforcement investigated the case.
Dallas County Accident Tuesday morning - (9-21-22) – 97 year old Arnold Whitney died in a collision in Dallas County east of Redfield late Tuesday morning. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Whitney of Redfield was southbound on I Avenue when he failed to yield as he proceeded to turn east onto Old Highway 6. A 2018 KIA Sorento, driven by 76 year old Jeffrey Lynn Lyon of Adel was traveling east on Old Highway 6, struck the van in the rear sending it into the westbound lane, directly into the path of a westbound 2010 Honda Odyssey van, driven by 34 year old Savannah Louise Corbett of Adel. The Dodge and the Honda collided in the westbound lane before the Caravan came to rest in the north ditch. The Honda van spun around and came to rest facing east in the westbound lane. Corbett and her 11 year old passenger, Olivia Corbett were injured and transported to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.
Flu season could be severe so get your shots now - (9-21-22) – (Radio Iowa) – Health officials are encouraging Iowans to get flu shots as soon as possible. The experts say Australia is already experiencing its worst flu season in five years. A spokeswoman for the Polk County Health Department in Des Moines says it could indicate that it could be bad in the US as well, plus we are still seeing many COVID-19 cases. Since early 2020, more than 46 thousand Iowans have been hospitalized for treatment of Covid, and the state’s death toll from the virus is expected to exceed 10 thousand when the official numbers are released later today. Covid is not slowing down. Cases aren’t stopping and you can get COVID and the flu at the same time. People who are interested can get a flu shot and a COVID booster in one visit. In the past few years, Iowa’s average life expectancy has fallen about a year and a half due to Covid.
Audubon school district secures grant for replacement of ash trees – (9-21-22) – Funding has been obtained by the Audubon School District to help replace Ash trees that will be removed from the district property. A grant from the Iowa DNR will replenish the trees. Around 29 trees were removed this year and another 20 or more will be removed next year. A tree planting event will be held on April 30th to get some new trees planted to replace the ones that were dead or dying. Eric Trager, Audubon Superintendent reported at Monday night’s school board meeting almost every non-evergreen tree on the middle and high school property is an ash tree. Trager says a variety of Iowa species will be planted. Danner Lawnscapes is working with the school on the project.
Early woman offered plea deal on animal neglect - (9-21-22) – (Radio Iowa) – 34 year old Elana Laber of Early has been offered a plea agreement in a case involving the deaths of over a thousand pigs at two hog confinements in Sac County in June. Laber was responsible for the care of the pigs. The company that owned the animals estimates it lost 150 thousand dollars due to the deaths of the pigs. Court records indicate Laber will plead guilty to one count of first degree criminal mischief and one count of livestock neglect. She faces up to 10 years in prison for the felony charge of criminal mischief. The sentence for animal neglect could be as long as a year. Her plea hearing is scheduled for next Monday, September 26th.
Montgomery County News - (9-21-22) - Police in Red Oak reported two arrests Tuesday. At around 2:55 am, Red Oak Police arrested 45 year old Anthony Dean Morris of Red Oak for Driving While Suspended. His bond was set at $300. And at 11:15 Tuesday morning, 39 year old Blair Alder Redd of Lampasas, TX was arrested in Red Oak for Public Intoxication, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree and Burglary in the 3rd Degree. Redd was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $5,000 bond. And the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports 35 year old Thomas James Delgado of Red Oak was arrested at about 8:25 Tuesday evening in Red Oak. Thomas was taken into custody in the 200 block of South 2nd Street on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault by impeding the flow of air and/ or blood. He was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.
Riverside Hall of Fame Class of 2022 to be inducted September 29th - (9-21-22) – The Riverside Hall of Fame Class of 2022 has been announced. The Induction Ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm, Thursday, September 29th at the Middle/High School Gym in Oakland. Members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 include: Kenneth Finnegan – the Oakland Elementary Principal from 1974-1994 Gary Funkhouse – Oakland Band Director from1967-1978, Superintendent from 1978 to 1980 in Flemme and Superintendent at Carson-Macedonia, Oakland and Whiting from 1980-1993. David Fahrenkrug, a distinguished graduate of Carson-Macedonia in 1978. Steven Pierce – a distinguished graduate of Oakland 19065, former Oakland School Board member and Oakland/Riverside Sports Announcers “Voice of the Bulldogs.” The 1992 Oakland Yellowjacket Football Team – District 15 Champs with a record of 9 and 1. Coach Marv Thompson and Assistant Coach Tom Grobe. And 1986 Oakland Yellowjacket Boys Basketball Team – 3rd in State, WIC Tournament champions, WIC Conference Runner up and regular season record of 19 and 1 and total record 25 and 2 and coaches Larry Miller and Daryl Nelson.
Crop Report - (9-20-22) - Widespread rainfall across the State resulted in 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 18, 2022, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Row crop harvest has begun, and other fieldwork included chopping silage, cutting hay, and seeding cover crops. Producers were also preparing equipment and bins for harvest. Topsoil moisture condition rated 14 percent very short, 28 percent short, 57 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 19 percent very short, 31 percent short, 49 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Corn in the dent stage or beyond was 93 percent, 5 days ahead of the 5-year average. Forty-two percent of Iowa’s corn crop was mature, 2 days behind last year but equal to the average. Harvest of the State’s corn crop began with 2 percent complete. Corn condition was 64 percent good to excellent. Seventy-five percent of soybeans were coloring or beyond, 3 days behind last year. Soybeans dropping leaves were at 30 percent, almost 1 week behind last year and 3 days behind the 5-year average. Soybean condition remained 63 percent good to excellent. Ninety-four percent of the State’s third cutting of alfalfa hay was complete. Pasture condition rose slightly to 34 percent good to excellent. Some producers have livestock on dry lots due to lack of water in pastures.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Report - (9-20-22) – The Shelby County Sheriff’s office reports a number of arrests during the first part of September. On September 1st, 20 year old Baliee Ranae Rutherford of Harlan was arrested following a traffic stop on 12th St. Rutherford was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Driving While License Denied, Suspended, Canceled or Revoked, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, and Operating Non-Registered Vehicle. 37 year old Tosha Dawn Johnson of Alta was arrested on September 2nd following a traffic stop on Hwy 59. Johnson was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Open Container. Also on September 2nd, 18 year old Aundrea Jean Burr of Alta was arrested following a traffic stop on Hwy 59. Burr was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Keeping Premises or Vehicle for Controlled Substance Violation, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Valid Driver’s License, Speeding, and Operating Non-Registered Vehicle. And 21 year old Dawson James Williams of Walnut, IA was arrested following a foot patrol of the Harlan High School parking lot. Williams was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Supplying Alcohol to Person Under Legal Age, Public Intoxication and Driving While License Denied, Suspended, Canceled or Revoked. September 3rd, 46 year old Jeremy Ronald Peterson of Shelby was arrested following a traffic stop on Center St in Shelby. Peterson was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Driving While Barred and Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle. 30 year old Michael John Tremayne of Harlan was arrested on September 4th, on an active Pottawattamie County Warrant. Tremayne was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with OWI 2nd in Shelby County. On Monday, September 5th, 41 year old Triston Gabriel Johnson of Omaha was arrested following a traffic stop on Hwy 59. Johnson was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with 4 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance, Failure to Affix Drug Stamp, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Also on September 5th, 30 year old Thomas Morgan Lathrop of Omaha, NE was arrested following a traffic stop on Hwy 59. Lathrop was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with 3 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance, Keeping Premises or Vehicle for Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, OWI 3rd, and Speeding. On September 7th, 51 year old Chad Ian Dills of Shelby was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant. Dills was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Stalking. 27 year old Ryan Jonathan Holling of Omaha was arrested on September 10th, following a traffic stop on Hwy 191. Holling was transported to the Shelby County Jail and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Federal officials take Glenwood-based home care provider to court citing lack of overtime pay – (9-20-22) – (KMA) - A southwest Iowa in-home health care provider has agreed to a settlement with federal labor officials over failing to pay its workers overtime wages. Embrace Iowa, based out of Glenwood, has been taken to court by the U.S. Department of Labor so that a settlement has the effect of an enforceable court order -- which entails the company paying a total of $3,888 to four employees. The person who runs the business -- which provides elderly and disabled clients with respite care, personal care services, and other forms of health care and nonmedical home assistance. The Department of Labor claims the person who handles "all significant financial decisions and is involved in day-to-day activities" violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act when they failed to pay employees one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for time over 40 hours per week. The Department also alleges that Embrace Iowa failed to keep complete and accurate payroll records -- specifically not accurately indicating the hours worked each day by employees. According to original reporting from the Iowa Capital Dispatch, Embrace Iowa has agreed to pay the $3,888 to four employees and refrain from any retaliatory action against employees over complaints related to alleged wage-and-hour violations.
Mills County News - (9-20-22) - The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two, non-injury accidents occurred over the weekend. Saturday afternoon, a 1997 Dodge driven by 55-year-old Todd Lasswell, of Red Oak, was traveling north/northeast on W. Railroad Street, approaching the intersection with 287th Street, when the vehicle went out of control and drove through the driveway of the Silver City Historical Society. The vehicle continued onto the grass and struck a utility pole, before crashing into an embankment on 287th Street, and coming to rest. Lasswell told authorities that as he was coming down the gravel road he saw another vehicle headed southbound on 287th. When he tried to slow down, his vehicle, which he claimed has had “Bad ball joints,” began to slide when he hit the brakes, causing the vehicle to impact the pole and embankment. And, at around 7:50-p.m. Sunday, 65-year-old Theresa Olsen, of Omaha, was driving a 2017 BMW northbound in the left lane of I-29 in Mills County, when the car struck a square bale of hay in her lane. The bale was from an unknown source. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office also reports numerous arrests from over the past week. At around 6:40-a.m. Monday, 26-year-old John Thomas Lawrence Cannon, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in the area of Ives Avenue & Highway 34, for Disorderly Conduct. His bond was set at $300. Sunday night, 39-year-old Michael David Barton, of Glenwood, was arrested for Harassment in the 3rd Degree. There were two arrests in Mills County on Saturday: 30-year-old Aaron Ray McDaniel, of Malvern, was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a Driving Under Suspension, charge. His Bondwas set at $2,000; and, 20-year-old Jacob Anthony Bowman, of Missouri Valley, was arrested on I-29 at Bunge Avenue, for OWI/1st offense with a Bond of $1,000. Four people were arrested on separate charges last Thursday, in Mills County: 41-year-old Donovan Edward Hankins, of Tabor, was arrested on warrants for two counts of Violation of Probation with a $20,000 bond; 20-year-old Mykla Christine Montgomery was arrested for Theft in the 3rd Degree with a $2,000 bond; 45-year-old Justine Elaine Gregory, of Glenwood, and 65-year-old Jo Ann Rae Delashmutt, of Council Bluffs, were each arrested on charges of Burglary in the 3rd Degree. Their bonds were set at $5,000 each. And, on Sept. 14th, 39-year-old Daniel Charles Meggison, of Malvern, was arrested for Assault while Displaying a Dangerous Weapon with a Bond of $2,000, and, 19-year-old Nolan Michael Cherek, of Plattsmouth, NE, was arrested in Mills County on two counts of Theft in the 1st Degree. His Bond was set at $20,000.
Shelby County Auditor reports General Election Info - (9-15-22) - Shelby County Auditor, Mark Maxwell, reminds every eligible elector in Shelby County to get any voting information needed as soon as possible from the Auditors office. Absentee ballot requests are now being accepted for the November 8th General election. If you plan on voting absentee, get the process completed before any deadline has passed. Call 755-3831 ext.6 with any questions. Election deadlines are fixed by Iowa Code to ease any confusion caused by documents not returned in time to be valid. Some of the important dates to remember are: Wednesday October 19, 2022—Absentee Ballots Ready. First day absentee ballots may be voted in the Auditor’s office and placed in the US postal service process, to the electors whose valid request have been received.
October 24, 2022—Voter Pre-Registration Deadline. The deadline to pre-register to vote for the General Election is 5:00 p.m. Voters may still register after this date but need to show both ID and proof of residence.
Monday October 24, 2022—Absentee Ballot by Mail Request Deadline. Deadline is 5:00 p.m. Postmarks do not count for requests.
Saturday November 5, 2022—Auditor’s office open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday November 7, 2022—Absentee Ballot In-Person Deadline. Last day to request and vote an absentee ballot in person at the Auditor’s Office.
November 8, 2022--GENERAL ELECTION DAY. Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Absentee Ballot Deadline to Auditors office 8:00 p.m.
Shelby County Candidate Filings - (9-2-22) - The Shelby County Auditor’s Office has released a list of candidates for the November Election. They include: County Supervisor – vote for 1 Republican – Bryce Schaben Democrat – None County Treasurer - Republican – Carolyn Blum, Harlan Democrat – None County Recorder - Republican – Geralyn S. Greer, Harlan Democrat – none County Attorney - Republican – None Democrat – Marcus Gross Jr – Harlan Hospital Trustee – vote for 5 Kathleen Kohorst, Harlan Terry R. Torneton, Harlan James Zimmerman, Harlan Tom Cannon, Elk Horn Janis Norgaard, Shelby Shelby County Extension – vote for 5 Elaine Baughman, Kirkman Kristina Larsen, Harlan Brenda Arkfeld, Portsmouth Mike Kolbe, Harlan Katelin Weis, Earling Soil and Water Conservation – vote for 2 Cathy Johannsen, Harlan Allan Reinig, Portsmouth Township Clerk and Trustees – vote for 1 Cass Township Clerk – Kenneth Stein, Portsmouth Trustee – James Voge, Sr, Portsmouth Center Township Clerk – Keith Burchett, Harlan Trustee – Steve Ineson, Harlan Clay Township Clerk – Steve Jacobs, Marne Trustee – Gene Mardesen, Elk Horn Douglas Township Clerk - Suzanne Rasmussen, Kirkman Trustee – H. Jay Nielsen, Defiance Fairview Township None Greely Township Clerk – None Trustee – Norman Campbell, Irwin Grove Township - Clerk – Brad Gross, Earling Trustee – Joseph Jonathan Klein, Dunlap Joseph Jonathan Klein - to fill a vacancy Jackson Township Clerk – Dan Buman, Harlan Trustee - Mark Rold, Elk Horn Trustee – Troy Doonan, Harlan - to fill a vacancy Jefferson Township Clerk - Cathy Clark, Manilla Trustee – Lyle Campbell, Irwin Lincoln Township Clerk – H. David Boettger, Harlan Trustee – Duane Errett, Harlan Monroe Township Clerk – Bryan Greve, Walnut Trustee – John Clayton, Walnut Polk Township Clerk – Matt Bartelson, Irwin Trustee – Karl Hanson, Kirkman Shelby Township Clerk – Chris Evans, Shelby Trustee – None Union Township Clerk – Jim Scheuring, Defiance Trustee – Neal Gaul, Earling Trustee – Brandon Scheuring, Defiance Washington Township Clerk – Connie Klein, Panama Trustee – None Westphalia Township Clerk – None Trustee – Anthony Goetz, Harlan Upcoming events -
Need a ride? Southwest Iowa Transit Authority - SWITA - is now available online - swita.com. Through the website you can schedule a ride, setup your student's transportation for the upcoming school year, schedule medical transportation, schedule work routes for you employees, schedule a special trip, check rates and make payments on your account.
Harlan area MOPS ( a mom's group in Harlan) - is offering a child care night Friday, September 23rd to give parents the opportunity to have a date night. Children must be registered and you can sign up at eventbrite.com/e/parents-night-out-tickets or you can go to the facebook page Harlan Area MOPS.
This Friday, September 23, there are two ambassador visits scheduled in Harlan. 10:30 am. Ambassador Visit for Myrtue Medical Center’s new general surgeon, Dr. Leroy Hodges. This event will be held in the Atrium of the Specialty Clinic. Please enter through the Surgery/ Outpatient Specialty Clinic entrance on Chatburn Avenue. 11:30 am. Ambassador Visit for Conductix-Wampfler, 1605 Industrial Parkway, Harlan to celebrate their 30th anniversary of having a facility in Harlan. Staff will be providing tours of the facility during their open house 12 – 2 pm.
Woodbine Applefest set for September 24th - (9-16-22) – The last Saturday in September means its time for the festival that is everything apple in the City of Woodbine….It’s Woodbine Applefest! The city will host one of Iowa’s largest car shows, attracting over 350 makes and models. In addition to the car show, there will be a tractor display, a craft show, and an outdoor market, that covers several blocks throughout the town. There will also be live music, historical tours, a kids corner and more. New this year is the hay bale toss, open to all ages. A number of food vendors will be on hand, free entertainment with a live band and a beer garden. You can even take in a helicopter ride.
The City of Exira’s Fall Festival is this weekend!, with many activities for participants to enjoy. The event is on Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Events are a vendor fair, pie baking and scarecrow contest, kid’s activities, and much more. For more information on the Fall Festival, individuals can visit the Exira Community Club on Facebook.
JOIN THE IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN KIMBALLTON THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th FOR THEIR 9th ANNUAL BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER! FROM 9 AM TO NOON IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL, ENJOY AN EGGS, BACON, PANCAKES, SAUSAGE, BISCITS AND GRAVY, ROLLS, MUFFINS, YOGURT AND FRUIT, AND A BEVERAGE FOR A FREE WILL OFFERING.. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL ALSO BE HOSTING A BAKE SALE. THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12THTH, ENJOY BREAKFAST AT THE IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN KIMBALLTON FROM 9 TO NOON THIS SUNDAY.
THE MINDEN AMERICAN LEGION POST 437 INVITE YOU TO JOIN THEM AT THE GOLD STAR MOTHER’S AND FAMILY’S DAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH AT THE MINDEN COMMUNITY HALL FROM 5 TO 8 PM. DINNER WILL BE SERVED AT 5:30 AND WILL FEATURE BROSTED CHICKEN AND PRIME SMOKED LOIN, POTATOES AND GRAVY, BUTTERED CORN, SALAD AND DESSERTS INCLUDING WOODBINE APPLEFEST PIE! ALL THIS FOR A FREE WILL DONATION. A PROGRAM WILL START AT 6:30 RECOGNIZING AND HONORING SURVIVING MOTHERS AND FAMILIES OF FALLEN SERVICE MEMBERS. IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO DESERVES THIS AWARD CALL 483-2233 OR 402/680-2505. THE GOLD STAR MOTHER’S AND FAMILY’S DAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH AT THE MINDEN COMMUNIITY HALL FROM 5 TO 8 PM.
Upcoming Red Cross Bloodmobiles - Tuesday, September 27th - Veteran's Memorial Building - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF HARLAN INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM FOR A STALEY’S CHICKEN DINNER ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH FROM 5 TO 7 PM AT THE VET’S AUDITORIUM IN HARLAN. COST FOR ADULTS IS 12-DOLLARS, KIDS AGE 4 TO 10 YEARS, ONLY 5-DOLLARS, AND 3 AND UNDER EAT FOR FREE! ENJOY STALEY’S CHICKEN, POTATOES AND GRAVY, CORN, HOMEMADE SALADS, DESSERTS, PIES, TOO. PURCHASE TICKETS AT THE DOOR OR STOP BY THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OFFICE IN HARLAN AND ENJOY STALEY’S CHICKEN, WEDNESDAY,
HERE’S A FRIENDLY REMINDER FROM CAROLYN BLUM, SHELBY COUNTY TREASURER – THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH. TO AVOID PENALTY ON THE FIRST INSTALLMENT, PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE TREASUER’S OFFICE OR POSTMARKED BY FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2022. PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED ONLINE AT IOWA TREASURERS DOT ORG OR BY CALLING THE TREASURER’S OFFICE AT 755-5847 EXTENSION 2. PAYMENTS MAY ALSO BE POSTED ONLINE BY E-CHECK FOR LESS THAN THE COST OF A POSTAGE STAMP. JUST 25 CENTS PER TRANSACTION! CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ARE ALSO ACCEPTED ONLINE. ALL CITIZENS OF SHELBY COUNTY ARE INVTED TO VISIT THE WEBSITE WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOUR CONTY TREASURER 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK.
JOIN THEM FOR THE FUN AND FESTIVITIES AT OKTOBERFEST 2022 AT MANNING HAUSBARN HERITAGE PARK ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.! ENJOY A DELICIOUS GERMAN MEAL CATERED BY HY-VEE AND MUSIC BY BAREFOOT BECKY AND THE IVANHOE DUTCHMEN. DOORS OPEN AT 5 PM, THE KEG WILL BE TAPPED AT 5:30. DINNER RESERVATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED THROU FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, BY CALLING 712/655-3131. DINNER PLUS ENTERTAINMENT IS $25. ENTERTAINMENT ADMISSION AT THE DOOR IS $15. OKTOBERFEST 2022, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST AT THE MANNING HAUSBARN HERITAGE PARK.
The Harlan Lion's Club will host a Mobile Drive-Thru Food Pantry Monday, October 3rd from 4:30 until all the food is gone. The event will be held at Veteran's Memorial Building at 1104 Morningview Drive in Harlan. Please enter from 12th street, you will be directed where to line up. There is a limit of 2 boxes per vehicle, to serve a total of 300 households. There will be 1 box of non-perishable food, 1 box of produce, 1 loaf of bread plus frozen meat purchased by the Lions Club. If you have questions, call Sharon at 579-0286. The food pantry is open to everyone.
The north parking lot of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce building will be closed due to work on electrical wires above the lot on Tuesday, October 4th and Wednesday, October 5th. All Chamber visitors are asked to use the Iowa Western Community College parking lot on the south side of the building, enter through the south doors of the college and then proceed to the chamber office. If you have any questions, call 755-2114.
Seventh Biennial lighted Halloween Campground to be held - (9-21-22) – Cass County Conservation is hosting their 7th Biennial Lighted Halloween Campground, Saturday, October 22nd at Cold Springs Park in Lewis from 7 to 9 pm. This event is a great, non-scary, family friendly free drive into the night! Prizes will be for the top 3 voted sites, and for some special categories. Sign up to decorate a site in their lighted Halloween campground. Deadline for decorating a site sign up is October 14th and the groups will have October 22nd from noon on to decorate. If you choose to camp overnight, camping will be free. Call the Cass County Conservation office to get involved at 712/269-2372!
Harlan's 21st annual Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, October 29th. This year's theme is "Beach Party". There will not be a parade this year, but it will kick off at 10 am with the $1 Movie at the Harlan Theatre. They'll also have a petting zoo, kids' games, costume contest for kids and pets, Harlan Library's Spooky Storytime, face stickers and free hotdogs served with free lemonade or hot chocolate, depending on the weather. They're also bringing back the cookie decorating. And something new this year, the Hansen House Train.
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