Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 Today's Weather Outlook - (9-23-20) - It has been another quiet night across the state of Iowa. Temperatures as we move into the early morning hours are mainly in the 50s. Some upper level cloud cover associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Beta have pushed northward into the area, but any rainfall associated with the dissipating system will remain well off to our south. Today skies will be partly to mostly sunny as highs warm to near 80 degrees. A little more widespread sunshine and a tad warmer temperatures expected for Thursday. Isolated showers and storms are possible north and east, but the vast majority of the state will likely remain dry. Very warm temperatures for the fall season are on tap for Friday as parts of the start rise into the upper 80s, possibly even cracking 90 degrees in some spots. A gradual cool down takes hold over the weekend, but highs still hold above normal for late September. Another round of isolated to scattered storms may occur on Saturday, however once again most of the state stays dry. A change in pattern is likely early next week as a strong front pushes through the region. This will bring cooler temperatures and blustery winds by late Monday into Tuesday, however at this time the front does not look likely to snap our current dry spell. Covid-19 News
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: 9-23-20 As of 8 am on September 23rd, there were 7 additional cases of COVID-19 reported in Shelby County for a total of 246 cases. 230 individuals have been released, and 16 individuals are currently being monitored. As of the last report, there are 38 tests pending results. Shelby County is reported to have a 14 day positivity rate of 6.6%.
Iowa COVID-19 Update - (9-23-20) - updated 10 am Several Iowa counties continue to report a high coronavirus positivity rate as health experts are looking into a surge of cases in northwest Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health today reported 856 new positive cases and eight additional deaths. As of 10 a.m. this morning, IDPH reported 82,006 total cases, 60,296 total recoveries and 1,293 total deaths since the pandemic began. A total of 750,918 Iowans have been tested for coronavirus. The state reports a statewide positivity rate of 8.8% over the past 14 days. Twelve Iowa counties report a positivity rate greater than 15% over the last 14 days, up from 10 the previous day. Public schools in Sioux, Osceola, Crawford, Lyon, Plymouth, Sac, Ida, Henry, Audubon, Winnebago, Dubuque and Fremont counties can apply with the state for a waiver to provide 100% online learning. Sioux, Osceola, Crawford and Lyon counties report a positivity rate greater than 20%, with Sioux County reporting 29.6% Health officials are looking into what might be causing the surge in cases in the northwest corner of the state. The latest data shows 35 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Region 4 from 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, to 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports eight additional positive cases in Crawford County, eight additional positive tests in Harrison County, seven additional cases in Shelby County, five additional positive tests in Pottawattamie County, and three additional positive cases in Cass County. Additionally, the IDPH reports two new positive cases in Montgomery County, two more cases in Audubon County, and one additional positive test in Mills County. In RMCC Region 4, there are 12 patients hospitalized, four are in ICU, three admitted in the past 24 hours, and one patient is on a ventilator. Here’s a list of positive cases, recoveries and deaths in each Region 4 county: Shelby County - 246 (230 recovered) - 1 death Adams- 29 (25 recovered) Audubon-70 (35 recovered) (1 death) Cass- 139 (119 recovered) (2 deaths) Crawford-1,022 (806 recovered) (5 deaths) Harrison- 189 (155 recovered) (2 deaths) Mills- 169 (120 recovered) (1 death) Montgomery- 90 (80 recovered) (5 deaths) Pottawattamie-2,007 (1,652 recovered) (38 deaths) In Region 1, the IDPH reports one new positive test in Guthrie County bringing the total to 232 (160 recovered) (5 deaths). The IDPH reports one new positive case in Adair County, bringing the total to 68 (46 recovered) (1 death).
Fifth COVID-19 death reported for Crawford County – Denison Bulletin & Review - (9-23-20) A fifth COVID-19 death in Crawford County was reported Tuesday, according to Kim Fineran, director of Crawford County Home Health, Hospice & Public Health. The Denison Bulletin and Review reports Fineran said the individual who died was in the 61-80 age range. Three other Crawford County residents who died from COVID-19 were also in the 61-80 age range. One individual who died was in the 80 and older age group. The first COVID-19 death in the county was reported in April. The fourth death had been reported over the September 12 weekend. That individual was Jurgen Stobbe, 76, of Manilla, owner of the Manilla Bowl. His online obituary with Ohde Funeral Home said he died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, September 8, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Before that, Crawford County had been at three COVID-19 deaths since early July. Fineran said that approximately 30 percent of the new cases her office was notified of last week were residents of Schleswig, and approximately 50 percent of the new cases were residents of Denison. The remaining cases were distributed through the rest of the county. Crawford County is among top counties for COVID-19 by percent of positive cases on a 14-day average – 22.2 percent, according to coronavirius.iowa.gov. As of Tuesday morning, that was the fourth highest percentage in the state. Sioux County has a 30 percent 14-day average of positive cases. Osceola is at 24.1 percent and Lyon County is at 22.4 percent.
Harrison County reports COVID-19 outbreak at longterm care facility – (9-22-20) - Harrison County Public Health has reported a COVID-19 outbreak at Rose Vista Home in Woodbine. The county and Iowa Department of Public Health reported 12 cases — 10 among residents and two among staff. In a release, Harrison County Public Health said the facility notified residents and their families, and consistent with state guidelines, the affected residents are in isolation. Two of the individuals are currently hospitalized. There were 181 cases out of 2,544 tests in Harrison County as of Monday afternoon, according to coronavirus.iowa.gov. There have been 152 recoveries in the county and two deaths. The county’s 14-day rolling average positivity rate was 4.9% Monday afternoon. The state remains in the top 10 in cases per 100,000 population over seven days in the New York Times COVID-19 tracker. Iowa was seventh at 182 per 100,000 on Monday. Pottawattamie County was at 185 per 100,000, putting it at 41st highest out of 99 counties. Among Iowa Western Community College’s 5,100 students, there were 15 new COVID-19 cases, 12 recoveries and seven active cases.
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Myrtue Medical Center Influenza Clinics – (9-10-20) - Myrtue Medical Center will be offering Influenza Clinics. Appointments are requested at the Harlan Clinics and the Ayzlee Drive Up Clinic in Elk Horn. Masks are encouraged and you are asked to wear clothing that will allow a shot, such as a short-sleeved shirt. Drive up clinics will be held: Wednesday, September 23rd – 9 to 11 am – St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Panama Saturday, September 26th – 9 am to noon – Community Health in Harlan Monday, September 28th – 5 to 8 pm – Ayzlee’s Clinic at the Elk Horn School (this is a Drive-thru Clinic) Wednesday, September 30th – 9 am to noon – Irwin Community Building Thursday, October 1st – 3 to 7 pm – Community Health in Harlan Friday,October 2nd – 9 to 11 am - MMC Earling Clinic Friday, October 9th – 3 to 7 pm – Ayzlee’s Family Night, Community Health in Harlan (Walk-thru Clinic) Wednesday, October 14th – 9 am to 1 pm – Community Health in Harlan Saturday, October 24th – 9 am to noon – Community Health in Harlan For an appointment call 755-4422 or go to shelbycountyclinics.com.
Blood Donations Needed - Upcoming donation opportunities include: Wednesday, September 23rd - 11 to 5 pm - St Boniface Parish Center. For an appointment, call Judy at 627-4647 Walk ins are welcome. 8 am to 2 pm - AHSTW High School Monday, September 28th - noon to 6 pm - Exira Recreational Center Tuesday, September 29th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Harlan Veteran's Auditorium Wednesday, September 30th - 8:30 am to 1:30 pm - Boyer Valley High School in Dunlap Thursday, October 1st - noon to 6 pm - St. Peter's Parish Hall in Defiance. To schedule an appointment call Betty at 712/745-3271. Tuesday, December 29th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
Harlan Community School Board Joint Workshop with Shelby County Board of Health to be held this Thursday – (9-22-20) - The Harlan Community School District Board of Directors will hold a joint board workshop with the Shelby County Board of Health at 7 pm, Thursday, September 24th, at the CG Therkildsen Center in Harlan. The Board Agenda workshop will include the Board of Health Purpose and Role, Examples of their activities, review recommendations from the September 1st, Board of Health meeting, how future recommendations will be communicated to the School Board, ways to improve communication and information between the two boards, Pandemic Preventative Measures: Pillars of Prevention Review, how can they collaborate to better serve the community and school during the pandemic and other discussion/next step items.
Update on last Friday’s officer involved shooting in Council Bluffs – (9-23-20) Council Bluffs police detectives have requested that arrest warrants be issued for Ian James Lybarger, charging him with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer – a Class D Felony – Leaving the scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Operation of a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent and theft 5th Degree. Lybarger has been identified as the driver of the white Mazda CX-9 involved in the incident at Wal-Mart last Friday evening. Council B luffs Police officer John Kuebler attempted to remove Lybarger from the Mazda, resulting in Kuebler being dragged several feet before he fired one round from his handgun at Lybarger. The round struck the Mazda, but did not hit Lybarger. At the time of the Wal-Mart incident, Lybarger was already wanted on an outstanding felony warrant, for Theft by Receiving, issued in Douglas County, NE. Anyone with knowledge of Lybarger’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department detectives at 712-328-4728 or call 9-1-1. Officer Kuebler remains on administrative leave while the DCI finalizes their independent investigation of the incident.
Oakland man arrested on Mills County warrants - (9-24-20) - 52 year old Darren Keith Brooks of Oakland was arrested by Mills County Sheriff's deputies on warrants for 2 counts of Violation of Probation. Brooks was served the warrants on Tuesday night at Pottawattamie County Corrections. He is being held on $10,000 bond.
Crawford County Law Enforcement News – Denison Bulletin & Review - (9-23-20) - At 11:40 a.m. on September 18, Jim Beckman reported finding a possible grenade in an abandoned house on Elm Street in Schleswig. The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were contacted to make sure it was an actual training grenade. That was confirmed, and the training grenade was turned over to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. On Friday, September 18th, 59 year old James Bernard Schiltz of Denison was arrested for driving while barred. The traffic stop took place at Avenue C/Arrowhead Road in Denison. 45 year old Chad Daniel Study of Denison was arrested for public intoxication. And 23 year old Matthew Jordan Moran of Denison was arrested for OWI-2nd offense and failure to obey a street device. The traffic stop took place on Highway 30 and South 11th Street. Saturday, September 19th, 31 year old Jose Luis Pena Sanchez was given a verbal warning for the expired plates on his vehicle and for the obstructed view of the license plate. He was issued a citation for having a suspended driver’s license. And shortly after 10 pm Saturday, an underage drinking party was reported northwest Manilla. Numerous individuals were cited for minor in possession with juvenile court referrals made. A few accidents were also reported. On Thursday, September 17th, a backing accident happened in the parking lot at Crawford County Memorial Hospital. 40 year old Nicholas Allen Rothmeyer of Woodbine, was driving a blue 2011 Ford Escape, and 65 year old Constance Susan Wight, of Denison, was driving a gold 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. Both vehicles were backing from opposite parking spaces and backed into each other. Both drivers reported not seeing the other’s vehicle. Wight’s Equinox received $1,000 damage to the rear passenger side corner. Rothmeyer’s Escape was not damaged. No injuries were reported. A parked vehicle was struck on North 20th Street. 50 year old Tina Sue Schwery, 50, of Woodbine, was driving a silver 2018 Nissan Rouge. As she pulled into 216 North 20th Street, her vehicle collided with a green 2009 Dodge van which was parked at the same residence. Schwery’s vehicle received $5,000 damage to the font middle. The Dodge van received $2,000 damage to the rear passenger side corner. And that evening, a hit-and-run accident occurred on 2nd Avenue North in Denison. A blue 2006 Chrysler Town & Country van collided with a silver 2008 Chevrolet Malibu as the van was backing from a driveway. The van left the scene without reporting the incident. The driver of the van, 18 year old Maria Rios Galan, of Denison, was later contacted. She admitted to committing the offense. The Malibu received $500 damage to the rear driver’s side. Rios Galan’s vehicle received $200 damage to the rear driver’s side corner. Rios Galan was cited for unsafe backing on a highway. On Friday, September 18th, a backing accident occurred on North Main Street in Denison. 54 year old Jody Sue Watje of Denison, was driving a maroon 2018 Jeep Cherokee. 57 year old Dennis Edward Nekuda, of Schleswig, was driving a blue 2012 Dodge Ram pickup. Watje was backing from the second angled parking stall on the east side of North Main, just south of 1st Avenue North. Nekuda was driving north on North Main and stopped at the intersection with 1st Avenue North. Watje failed to see the trailer attached to Nekuda’s pickup and her vehicle struck the right front wheel of the trailer. Watje said she did not see the trailer due to blind spots in her vehicle and did not see the trailer in her back-up camera. Nekuda’s trailer was not damaged. Watje’s vehicle received $4,000 damage to the rear middle. No one was injured. Watje was given a verbal warning for improper backing from a parking stall.
Denison High School going to hybrid schedule from September 23-October 19 – (9-23-20) The Denison Community School District announced on twitter that the high school will be going to a hybrid learning schedule beginning today -Wednesday, September 23 - and lasting until Friday, October 19. The hybrid model means that students will alternate between on-site and off-site learning in smaller groups. According to what the district posted, students whose last names begin with A-K will be in one group -called the Purple group - and students whose last names begin with L-Z will be in the Gold group.
Former Fleet Farm worker gets probation for stealing $14,000 from store – (9-23-20) - A Bronson, Iowa, man has been placed on probation for stealing nearly $15,000 from cash registers at Sioux City's Fleet Farm store. 22 year old Robert Smith pleaded guilty Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of first-degree theft. District Judge Tod Deck deferred judgment, placed Smith on probation for three years and ordered him to pay $14,805 in restitution to Fleet Farm. Smith began taking cash from a cash register at the store on Sept. 30, 2018 -- a little more than a month after the store opened in the Sunnybrook Village shopping center -- and continued to take money from cash registers on a daily basis. He was arrested Nov. 19, 2018.
Montgomery County News - (9-23-20) - Red Oak Police arrested a Nebraska man on numerous drug charges, including trafficking Methamphetamine. Police conducted a traffic stop at 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday in the 200 block of S. 8th Street in Red Oak. During the investigation, officers arrested 46-year old Justin Matthew Dufek for violation of a no-contact order, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and drug trafficking methamphetamine. Authorities transported Dufek to the Montgomery County Jail. He is being held on a $50,000.00 bond. Red Oak Police also arrested Renea Dawn Dufek of Red Oak for possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on a $300.00 bond.
Income Tax School to be Offered Online this Fall – (9-22-20) - Tax preparers and advisers in Iowa and Wisconsin can plan ahead for the annual tax school offered by the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University. Despite a difficult year with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 47th edition of the Federal Income Tax School is still a go – this time in an online-only format. The program will be offered on select dates from Nov. 10 through Dec. 15, with the traditional two-day option, or the option to complete the training in four morning or four afternoon sessions, depending on preference. Participants will be eligible for 16 hours of continuing professional education credits. The sessions will be presented live to registrants, with opportunities for live question and answer throughout. This is the second year that the program is also being offered in Wisconsin, with the same speakers, dates and sessions. The agenda is updated each year to include new topics and a review of the basic questions tax preparers can expect to face. An additional option this year is the choice of two bonus tracks called “Ethics and Filing Considerations,” and “Financial Distress and Agricultural Issues.” Participants can select one of the tracks for an additional $15, and receive an additional four hours of CPE. Participants should register by Oct. 20 to receive the best rate of $300 for either the two-day or four-session class, and $15 for the optional bonus track. Registration after Oct. 20 is $335 or $350 with the bonus track. For more information, call 515-294-6365 or e-mail email@example.com.
Money being raised for repairs to Albert the Bull – Carroll Broadcasting - (9-22-20) - Money is being raised to help with improvements and repairs to Audubon’s Albert the Bull. According to Carroll Broadcasting, the Audubon Chamber of Commerce, Audubon Parks and Recreation Board, Audubon County Economic Development and Friends of Albert launched the “Hauling Albert into the Future” campaign to return the 28 foot bull to his original self. Albert was built nearly 60 years ago and he’s beginning to show his age. The Hauling Albert into the Future campaign is working to raise at least $50,000, which will provide funds for more than just the necessary repairs. $50,000 will be enough to cover the cost of the repairs, painting and those improvements to the surrounding area while leaving enough left over to cover future repairs for years to come. The campaign got off to a great start this summer with a $10,000 donation from the 100+ Women Who Care of Audubon County. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented any large-scale fundraising efforts, but plans are in the works to host several events when the circumstances allow. Donations of all sizes are welcome and can be dropped off at the Chamber and ACED offices or at My Way Designs in Audubon.
Man charged in fatal Sioux City stabbing – Sioux City Journal - (9-22-20) - Police say a Sioux City man has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in a stabbing earlier this month that left one man dead and injured a woman. The Sioux City Journal reports that 54-year-old Michael Landrum was charged Friday in Woodbury County for the Sept. 11 stabbings of 37-year-old Salahadin Adem and 43-year-old Natasha Drappeaux. Police say Landrum had been at Drappeaux’s apartment for a party and later returned looking for his missing cellphone, accusing Adem and Drappeaux of taking it. Police say he left and returned a second time, stabbing Drappeaux several times with a knife when she answered the door. Police say when Adem came to her assistance, Landrum fatally stabbed him.
Nebraska man tries to harm himself during arrest - (9-22-20) - The Council Bluffs Police Department reports a Bellevue man attempted to harm himself during an arrest early this morning. At 1:38 a.m. this morning, Officers made contact with 31-year-old Paul L. Pearson Jr. of Bellevue, NE at the Bucky’s Gas Station on S. 24th Street in Council Bluffs. Officers verified that Pearson had warrants out of Bellevue and took him into custody and placed him in the back of a cruiser. Officers noticed he was moving around a lot in the backseat and when they checked on him, he had gotten the handcuffs to the front of his body and wrapped a seatbelt around his neck. Officers were able to cut the seatbelt off of Pearson and get him out of the cruiser. Council Bluffs Fire then responded and Pearson was placed in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. After being seen by medical staff, he was released and taken to the Pottawattamie County Jail and booked in on Interference with Official Acts and Fugitive from Justice charges.
Bayard man arrested Saturday – (9-22-20) - The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Saturday of 35-year-old William Ray Bonar, from Bayard. Bonar was taken into custody for Theft 2nd - Possession of Stolen Property, following the execution of a search warrant in Bayard. The warrant was for property stolen in Adair County and Bonar had some of the items for sale on a Facebook swap page. Among the items seized into evidence was: a tool box with tools, valued at $500, a gas powered air compressor worth over $1200, new vehicle rotors valued at $400, and a two-way radio, worth about $300, for a total value of $2,400. Bonar was interviewed and admitted to knowing the items were stolen. He was being held in the Guthrie County Jail on a $5,000 cash/surety bond, and on a warrant out of Nebraska for Failure to Appear for sentencing.
September is Library Card sign-up month – (9-14-20) September is Library Card sign up month – With a library card you can discover new and exciting worlds! From borrowing audiobooks to streaming movies to taking virtual Do It Yourself classes, there is so much you can access with a library card. Pursue your passions and dreams through your library’s resources and programs. Visit the Harlan Community Library’s website at harlanlibrary.org for more information.
Harlan Library holding book sale - (8-28-20) - The Harlan Community Library is having their Annual Used Book Sale. They have lots of great stuff including Adult and Children's books, puzzles, DVDs, Audiobooks and music CDS. They are running the sale for 3 full months. The sale will be open during regular library hours. Social distancing and face coverings are required in the library.
Museum of Danish America needs volunteers - (9-23-20) - Volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 26th at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn to help collect seeds from prairie plants. The collected seeds will be used in the park to revitalize its existing plant communities. Volunteers will be given seeds to take home with them. Volunteers should bring work gloves and a cutting tool for hard stems,and they should wear attire appropriate for the outdoors. Water and instructions will be provided. Those available to help should gather at 9 am or 1 pm on Saturday in the stone ring just east of the Museum of Danish America.
AtlanticFest 2020 Cancelled – KJAN - (8-31-20) Sister station KJAN reports officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce said AtlanticFest, which had been rescheduled for September 26th, has been cancelled. Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bailey Smith says “With COVID-19 cases rising in our county, the extension of the State Public Health Emergency and other liability concerns, AtlanticFest isn’t feasible this year. We understand how eager everyone is to get out and about. AtlanticFest draws thousands of people every year and the health of the community is our highest priority.” AtlanticFest, presented by First Whitney Bank & Trust, is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year and has been a community staple for almost 30 years. To still offer a community event, the Chamber will be hosting a Drive-In Movie September 26th. Smith said “We wanted to be able to give everyone an opportunity to get out of the house while maintaining social distancing. We’ve had a few Drive-In movie events over the last couple years that have been a hit and we’re excited to be able to offer it again.”
Woodbine Applefest canceled for this year – (6-25-20) – Woodbine’s Applefest has been canceled this year. Scheduled for September 26th, the organizers made the announcement on their Facebook page. Vendors who paid their fees have the option of a refund or can roll that over to next year’s Applefest, which is now scheduled for September 25th, 2021. The festival has been traditionally scheduled for the last Saturday of September and draws about 13 to 15 thousand people. Dutch Oven Cooking Classes at Nishna Bend have been cancelled for September 28th.
Ernst Representative in Harlan on October 1st - (9-9-20) - A representative of Senator Ernst's office, Emily McKern, will be in Harlan at the Chamber building on October 1st from 1-2 pm as part of the traveling office. This is to assist Iowans in their dealings with federal agencies. Help is available for a range of casework issues including COVID-19 assistance, derecho recovery, Social Security, Medicare benefits, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs.
Virtual Outdoor Cooking Series – (8-25-20) - The Iowa becoming an Outdoors Woman Program is hosting outdoor cooking classes virtually where participants are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. Classes will be held October 5th and October 19th. Workshops are geared toward adults but are open to everyone. Participants under 18 are welcome with an adult present. Classes begin at 5:30 pm and last about 90 minutes. Participants will receive an ingredient list ahead of each session and are encouraged to cook along with the instructors. The relaxed format will allow for participants to ask questions during the class. The sessions will be led Christina Roelofs, Naturalist for the Shelby County Conservation Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Shawnell Richter and Lydia Goehring both Dutch Oven enthusiasts and instructors. Classes are Simple Campfire Recipes, Sandwich Makes and Dutch Oven Cooking. To register go to register-ed.com./events.
The Skate Park in Harlan located adjacent to the Stamp Aquatic Center is temporarily closed for repairs. Signs are posted and the area is fenced off.
The Shelby County Conservation Board is in need of four or five people to fill vacant spots for our Halloween event at Nishna Bend the weekend of October 10. This year will be a little different. We still want people to camp and decorate their campsites, but this year we do not want anybody handing out candy. We are going to make it a drive thru event. The Nishnabotna Conservation Foundation will provide candy, which they will package up and hand to vehicles as they pull in. Then people will drive around to look at the Halloween decorations and leave (and not get out of their cars). If you are interested in a site, please call Christina at 712-744-3403. There will be 1st and 2nd places prizes for decorations.
2020 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival canceled for October - (7-17-20) The Madison County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors says it has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Madison County Covered Bridge Festival that was to be held October 10-11. We are saddened by this outcome and will miss the joy of coming together and making memories with family, friends, and guests to our community.
Arrowhead Park Chili Fest – (9-10-20) - Enjoy autumn at Arrowhead Park & join us for our annual Chili Fest this year done “Social Distance Style”. Pick up a tasty chili dinner at the park on Saturday, October 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. & have dinner at the park or take home to enjoy. Chili dinners include a large serving of tasty chili & crackers, all prepackaged & ready to go. Dinner is free but free will donations are gratefully accepted at the pickup window & will be used to support further improvements & low-cost programming at Arrowhead Park. No pre-registration is required. Due to COVID-19 the format for this annual event has been changed. Meals will be pre-packaged with cutlery included. Guests will enter Breezy Lodge, place their order & then proceed to the pickup station to retrieve their food. We will not be providing any covered & congregated seating options & we will not be hosting our traditional campground trick or treat, pumpkin painting, or hayrack rides. Chili Fest guests are welcome to remain at the park to enjoy their dinner if they like, picnic tables are available throughout the park. Guests are reminded to observe social distancing recommendations of at least 6’ between groups during their time at the park. Masks are recommended during pickup at Breezy Lodge. For questions not answered online please call Arrowhead Park at 712-485-2295.
Blood Donations Needed – (9-22-20) - LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive. There will be a blood drive Monday, October 12th, from noon to 5 pm at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. Remember appointments are required. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
Shrine Circus now cancelled in Sioux City – (7-29-20) – The 70th annual Shrine Circus in Sioux City that was postponed from the spring to late October has now been cancelled. David Krogh, spokesperson for the Shriners in Sioux City said they just want to make sure that their community stays safe. For more than two decades, the Shriners in Sioux City have had a contract with Carden International, the family-owned company that tours with the animals and circus act. Last week, the firm announced all its circuses for the rest of 2020 are cancelled. Organizers will now shift their focus on preparing to host the circus in mid-April of 2021.
Atlantic Trick-or-Treating set for October 31st - (9-17-20) - Atlantic Mayor Jones has designated Trick-or-Treating for Saturday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Due to COVID-19, the mayor requests participation in the following guidelines for 2020 Halloween: Keep your family and children in a group and don not mix or mingle with other children or families. Maintain a 6-foor distance if waiting to approach a house. Candy should be handed out, not presented in a container for everyone to put their hands in and choose from. Alternatively, participating households could set out individualized plastic or brown paper bags for children to tak individually. Masks or face coverings should be worn when approaching houses to accept candy being handed out and should be worn by those handing out candy, or when within 6 feet of those outside your family or social circle. Houses that wish to participate should turn their outdoor lights on.
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