January 15th, 2020 Today's Weather Outlook - Temperatures across northern Iowa rapidly dropped overnight, many locations into the single digits as a result of the clear skies. Freezing drizzle has been ongoing early this morning. West-central, central, and northern Iowa saw a light glazing of ice but has made for rather slick travel. Slightly higher ice accumulations have occurred in eastern Iowa. Slick travel conditions are expected to last through much of the morning commute. Slick roads have been a factor in a few accidents that have been reported this morning. Freezing drizzle will continue through the early morning hours. This area of drizzle will push off the east by early afternoon. For the rest of the day, skies will be clear and the weather will be dry. Gusty northwest winds will begin to bring in cooler air to Iowa. Thursday weather conditions will be quiet. However, a Winter Storm is forecast to move across Iowa on Friday. Moderate to heavy snow amounts are forecast. Expect difficult if not dangerous travel on Friday across Iowa. Bitterly cold wind chills will follow the Winter Storm for Saturday and Sunday.
Winter Storm targeting Iowa for this weekend - The National Weather Service in Des Moines says they are still working out specific details, but are expecting a Winter Storm to greatly impact travel across Iowa on Friday. Exact snow amounts remain uncertain at this time, but 5+ inches is possible especially for northern and northeast Iowa. Minor to moderate storm impacts are expected across southwest and parts of far west/northwest Iowa, with moderate effects of the storm affecting much of central and west-central Iowa. January activities at Harlan Community Library - Wednesday, January 15th - 10:30 am Story Time: Shapes and Colors; 10 am, Classic Movie: Fried Green Tomatoes The Harlan Community School Board of Education will hold a board workshop, Thursday, January 16th, starting at 5:30 pm. No action will be taken during the workshop, Board discussion only will occur during this meeting.
General Signup for CRP opens - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program through Feb. 28. Farmers and ranchers who voluntarily enroll acres in CRP will receive a yearly rental payment for establishing long-term resource-conserving plants such as approved grasses or trees. These efforts help to curb soil erosion, improve water quality and create wildlife habitats on marginally productive land. For more information or to enroll in CRP, contact your local FSA county office. Free tax preparation services will be available in Shelby County for low and moderate income taxpayers as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. For more information or to make an appointment, call on or after January 13th to 755-3104. Call between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday. After an appointment is scheduled, the taxpayer will receive a confirmation letter explaining what to bring to the appointment. The VITA program is open to Iowa residents with adjusted gross income below $57,000. In Shelby County, the VITA program is a joint effort of Shelby County Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Center for Economic Success. The program is financially supported by the Internal Revenue Service and the Iowa Department of Human Services.
Iowa Finance Authority Awards more than $6.4 million to 27 Local Housing Trust Funds - The Iowa Finance Authority recently announced the award of more than $6.4 million in grants to 27 Local Housing Trust Funds to support local affordable housing initiatives. The grant awards are made available through the Local Housing Trust Fund program and are expected to assist more than 2,500 families. The grant funds will be used for initiatives such as preserving aging housing stock, subsidizing local rental and down payment assistance programs, providing low-interest loans or grants to assist Iowans with home rehabilitation, financing construction of new single-family housing for low-income Iowans and supporting housing for persons with disabilities and homeless assistance programs. FY 2019 Local Housing Trust Fund Program Awards went locally to: Pottawattamie County Housing Trust Fund, Inc. Pottawattamie County $193,500 Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund, Inc. Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie (excluding the city of Council Bluffs) and Shelby Counties $235,712
Audubon School Board passes resolution to go ahead with a Bond Election on March 3rd - The Audubon School Board this morning received petitions and approved a resolution ordering an election on the issuance of $7.5-million General Obligation Bonds. The bond election will take place March 3rd. The District is moving forward with the renovation of the Middle School/High School building. Superintendent Eric Trager said there are large portions of the building that are original 1965 vintage and those areas will be renovated. They are also currently operating with six different HVAC systems in that building, so they will consolidate that to make it more efficient and get rid of some equipment that is end of life. Trager said they are going to get a website up soon and they will be scheduling some community meetings. The polling place for the March 3rd Bond Election is at the Agri Hall in Audubon from Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Danker will not seek re-election in Pottawattamie County - Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker has announced that he will not be seeking re-election of an 8th term as Pottawattamie County Sheriff. He has been in office for 28 years, having taken office in January 1993. He states that it has been an honor to serve the citizens of Pottawattamie County for the last 43 years. Danker has no immediate plans when he retires at the end of the year.
Naloxone provided free to Iowans - In response to the nationwide opioid crisis, the Iowa Department of Public Health and University of Iowa Health Care have partnered to provide naloxone (Narcan nasal spray) to all Iowans who need or want it. The drug, used to reverse opioid overdose, will be provided free of charge to Iowans through a new program called “Tele-Naloxone,” funded by the Federal State Opioid Response grant. Opioid overdoses across the country and in Iowa have risen over the years. The state of Iowa has done a great job of identifying and rolling out programs such as the Tele-Naloxone project. As a result, Iowa has one of the lowest opioid overdose rates in the country. Individuals who wish to obtain a kit can participate in a brief consultation with a UIHC pharmacist using a mobile phone platform. Following the consultation, the kit will be mailed to the individual anywhere in Iowa. The partners encourage anyone who may be in a position to assist in the event of an opioid overdose to receive Narcan education and have a supply on hand. For more information, or to order naloxone, visit www.naloxoneiowa.org.
Montgomery County Law Enforcement Report - 1-15-20 - Red Oak Police report the arrest of 54 year old Jeffrey Allen Buell of Red Oak shortly after midnight this morning. Buell was taken into custody for Harassment in the 2nd Degree. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond. And at 6:12 Tuesday evening, Red Oak Police arrested 26 year old Lindsey Sue Rhodes of Red Oak on a Mills County warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Driving While Intoxicated - 1st Offense. Rhodes was transferred to the Mills County Jail and held on $1,000 bond. A man and woman from Nebraska were arrested early this Wednesday morning in Red Oak, following an investigation into fake $20 bills passed at the Cubby’s Convenience Store on the north side of Red Oak. Officers were called to the store at around 3:45-a.m. The suspects who allegedly passed the currency had left the premises by the time officers arrived, but a clerk was able to obtain an accurate description of their vehicle and a license plate. While on patrol, Red Oak Police observed the suspect vehicle …a 2008 Nissan Maxima …parked in the 300 block of East Prospect Street. Two people were standing outside the car. Authorities learned the car had been reported stolen out of Council Bluffs January 13th. The suspects were found to be in possession of additional counterfeit currency, as well as narcotics - Meth & marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia. Police arrested 37-year old Sondra Mae Cobb and 19-year old Dyllan Cole Cattano, both of Omaha. Both were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cobb was additionally charged with Forgery - a Class-D felony. Cattano was additionally charged with Possession of Meth. The pair were transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where their bonds were set at $5,000 each. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation and eventual arrest of the suspects.
Harlan Police Report – 1-14-20 The Harlan Police Department reports that on Monday, January 13th, 67 year old Larry Meurer of Harlan was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant. Meurer was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with harassment. And on Friday, January 10th, 20 year old Elizabeth Nadine Smith of Plattsmouth, NE was arrested following a traffic stop. Smith was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Man asks judge’s permission for sword battle with ex-wife, lawyerfrom Harlan – AP A Kansas man has asked an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he can “rend their souls” from their bodies. 40 year old David Ostrom of Paola Kansas said in a January 3rd court filing that his former wife, 38 year old Bridgette Ostrom of Harlan and her attorney, Matthew Hudson, had destroyed him legally. The Ostroms have been embroiled in disputes over custody and visitation issues and property tax payments. The judge had the power to let the parties resolve their disputes on the field of battle, legally, according to David Ostrom, adding in his filing that trial by combat has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in the United States. He also asked the judge for 12 weeks time so he could secure Japanese Samurai swords. His motion filed in Shelby County District Court stemmed from his frustrations with his ex-wife’s attorney, Ostrom told The Des Moines Register. Hudson argued in his legal response that because a duel could end in death, “such ramifications likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issues.” Hudson asked the judge to reject the request for trial by combat. Judge Craig Dreismeier said in his own filing Monday that he won’t be issuing a decisions anytime soon, citing irregularities with both sides’ motions and responses. “Until the proper procedural steps to initiate a court proceeding are followed, this court will take no further action concerning any motion, objection or petition filed by either party at this time,” the judge said.
Manning Safe Routes program receives funds from IA Transportation Commission - The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved more than $1.3-million in funding for four statewide Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program projects. The program supports projects related to trails, Safe Routes to School initiatives, National Scenic Byways, and the preservation or rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities. Funding is available to cities, counties, school districts, or other eligible organizations through an annual application-based program. Among the projects and approved funding amounts is the Manning Safe Routes to School program – South Phase I (Manning): $49,200.
Council Bluffs Man Sentenced to Prison - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced Tuesday, that 39-year old Dustin Shawn Morrison, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced in U-S District Court, to 12 and a half years in prison, for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. His sentence also includes a supervised term of release of five years, once he is released from prison. On April 26, 2019, law enforcement was conducting a routine check of parolees when officers stopped Morrison. Morrison was found in possession of a bag containing three pounds of methamphetamine. The case was investigated by the Council Bluffs Police Department, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, and the Iowa State Parole Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
Torneton appointed to Southwest Regional STEM Advisory Board - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced appointment to Iowa’s boards and commissions on Monday. Appointed to the Commission of Deaf Services was Chris Nepper of Council Bluffs, the Iowa Autism Council, Cheryl Mulligan of Shenandoah. These appointments are subject to senate confirmation. Appointed to the Armory Board was Virginia Taylor of Exira. Appointed to the Southwest Regional STEM Advisory Board was Terry Torneton of Harlan, Nadine Jessen of Exira, Stephanie Lane of Creston and Deb Sprecker of Woodbine and appointed to the STEM Advisory Council was Barbara Crittenden of Creston. These appointments do not require Senate confirmation.
Cass County Sheriff’s report – 1-14-20 The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has had a busy month so far. On New Year’s Day, 58-year old Myron Lee Flathers, of Anita, was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana 3rd-Subsequent - a Class-D Felony and OWI 1st Offense. Flathers was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance. On Jan. 2nd, 22-year old Jessica James Harrison, of Dallas Center, was arrested in Cass County on charges of Possession of Marijuana - 1st Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. James was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later on $1,000 bond. Jan. 6th, 51-year old Lenny Lee Biggs, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Des Moines PD warrant. Biggs was taken to the Cass County Jail and later released to Des Moines authorities. On January 7th, Cass County deputies arrested 19-year old Devin Joel Hilliard, of Council Bluffs, on two Sheriff’s Office warrants, one for four counts of Unauthorized Use of Credit Card, and one for Theft 5th Degree. Hilliard was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on his own recognizance. On Jan. 8th, an investigation into a single-vehicle accident on Highway 6 at the AT&T curve, resulted in the arrest of 67-year old Joseph Francis Emert, from Atlantic. Emert was arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and released the following day on his own recognizance. Last Thursday,January 9th, 41-year old Travis Lee Demey, of Carroll, was arrested on two District Court warrants for Probation Violation. Demey was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $20,000 bond. On Monday, January 13th, deputies arrested 35-year old Allen Michael Shampang, of Atlantic, on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault. Shampang was taken to the Cass County Jail and released later that day on $1,000 bond. There were also four accidents over the past couple of weeks. Three of the incidents were weather-related, and took place on January 3rd. Authorities say at about 8:25 p.m. the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a one-vehicle weather-related accident on I-80 eastbound. A 2004 Toyota Tundra driven by 22-year old Ryker Lee Stabenow, of Marion, IA, exited the roadway and flipped into the south ditch. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $4,000. On Jan. 3rd at around 8:53 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle weather-related accident on I-80 eastbound. A 2004 Chevy Impala driven by 63-year old Vicki Jo Nelson-Forbes, of Woodland Park, CO, lost control on the snow-covered road, striking the cable barrier and coming to rest on the south side of the road. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,000. And, at around 9:46 p.m., Jan. 3rd, deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on I-80 eastbound. A 2012 Chevy Cruze driven by 33-year old Charles Lawrence Elmore, of Bellevue, NE, slid into the south ditch and struck a pole. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $4,000. Minor injuries were reported. Upon investigation of the accident, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Elmore on a US Marshals warrant. Elmore was held at the Cass County Jail and later released to the US Marshals Service. On January 8th at around 10:12-a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident at Richland Road and 750th Street. Officials say a 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by 58-year old Bobby Ray Jeanes, of Fontanelle, was turning southward onto 750th Street from Richland Road when the trailer began to roll, causing both the trailer and power unit to roll on its side on the west shoulder of 750th Street. No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at $35,000. And, last Sunday at around 5:41-p.m. a single-vehicle, weather related accident happened on I-80 westbound at the 63 mile marker. A 2005 Ford Taurus driven by 19-year old Ethan J. Cherry, of Chicago, struck a guardrail and entered the north ditch. No injuries were reported. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $3,500.
Denison Man Sentenced To Up To 15 Years In Prison – Carroll Broadcasting - 30 year old Gerardo Emmanuel Medina of Denison has been ordered to serve up to 15 years in prison. The order against Medina was handed down Friday after he reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. Carroll Broadcasting reports Medina pled guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, a class C felony with a habitual offender enhancement, and carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor. He was sentenced to up to 15 years on the trafficking charge and will not be eligible for parole until serving at least three years. For the aggravated misdemeanor, Medina was sentenced to two years in prison to be served concurrently with the 15-year prison term. In exchange for his guilty plea, one count of third-offense possession of marijuana, a class D felony, two counts of driving while barred, aggravated misdemeanors, and failure to provide proof of financial liability and fraudulent use of registration charges were dismissed. Medina was arrested by the Manning Police Department on March 6, 2019 after he was found in possession of nearly 6 grams of marijuana, 13 grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials and a switchblade knife.
Trout stocking on Big Lake postponed - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources trout stocking at Big Lake on January 18 has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions. The stocking will be rescheduled as soon as there is safe ice or open water this spring, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a release. Winter trout stockings are dependent on favorable weather and safe ice conditions. With this year’s mild winter weather, use caution when venturing out on any ice. Find tips for staying safe on the ice on the DNR website at iowadnr.gov/icefishing.
IRS Free File program now available - Free tax filing of your 2019 return is now available from the Internal Revenue Service. I-R-S spokesperson Diane Fox says you can find the information on their website - I-R-S-dot-gov-slash-free-file and get started on your taxes. Free File does all the hard work for you. Frankly, it makes taxes less taxing in a lot of ways,” Fox says. She says the program is based on your income. Anyone who made 69-thousand dollars or less last year can use Free File. They even have a special offer for active duty military personnel. And they offer one product in Spanish. Fox says they have a variety of name brand Free File options. “It’s do it yourself software — but it leads people through — so that people don’t leave money on the table — that they get all the benefits that are available to them for their refund,” according to Fox. “And makes sure that it checks everything for them before they electronically file.” Fox says there is added benefit to going through the I-R-S site to get the Free File software. “You end up with the guardrails that we have in place for this program to make sure that you are getting the Free File program that has some protections for you,” she says. “In fact, we even have some of those protections listed on our website — so you can readily see what to expect when you are using the program.” Fox says around 22-thousand people in Iowa used Free File last year. She says that is well below the number of people who are eligible to use the program.
Audubon School Board to act on ordering a special election for $7.5-million in Bonds - The Audubon School District’s Board of Education will hold a brief, Special session this Wednesday morning. January 15th, to act on approving a Resolution Ordering an Election to be held in March on the issuance of $7.5-million in General Obligation Bonds. The meeting takes place 7:30-a.m. in the Boardroom at the Audubon High School. If approved by voters in the Audubon Community School District, the bonds would be used to pay for a school improvement project at the high school, which was built over 50-years ago and saw an addition constructed in 2006. School officials have said the building is in need of a replacement HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system, as well as simple upgrades to classrooms. The School Board had previously decided to handle the projects all at once, in order to save money, as opposed to piecing work on the various projects out over a period of time. And, they voted to approve Denovo as the Construction Manager for the projects, which would begin in the Summer of 2021. Public meetings are planned to better explain the work needed, as well as the bond issue.
Shelby County Democratic Caucus to be held February 3rd - The Shelby County Democratic Caucus is set to take place in sites across the county on Monday, February 3, 2020. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the caucus will begin at 7 p.m. Caucus members will elect central committee members, convention delegates and alternates, and develop the party platform. Iowa is first in the nation for the presidential selection process, and caucusing is the only way to register your preference in the presidential race. Anyone eligible to vote in Iowa can caucus. In order to participate, you must be registered as a Democrat and must be at least 18 years old by Nov. 3, 2020. You may register to vote or change your address or party affiliation on caucus night. You must caucus at the site for your precinct. The Iowa Democratic Party has a tool to locate your caucus site at https://iowademocrats.org/2020-caucuses/ Precinct Caucus locations for Shelby County Democrats are as follows: Grove-Union-Westphalia: St. Joseph Hall, Earling Douglas-Greeley-Jefferson-Polk: Kirkman Community Building Cass-Center-Jackson-Lincoln: Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Fairview-Shelby: Shelby Community Hall Clay-Monroe: Elk Horn Town Hall Harlan's ALL 4 Wards: Therkildsen Activity Center If you have questions, need childcare or a ride, or would like to volunteer to help on caucus night, you may email Shelby County Democrats Co-chairs Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and Amber Mohr at email@example.com
Laborshed Study to be conducted in Shelby County - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Shelby County area. This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Harlan’s workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns. The purpose of this Laborshed study is to measure the availability and characteristics of Harlan area workers. Laborshed studies are useful tools for economic development teams and existing or prospective employers to understand the local labor market, make informed expansion and site selection decisions, and maintain/recruit a high-quality workforce. For the success of this study, we will be sending letters to employers in Harlan asking that they provide us with aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This will allow us to define a commuting pattern for the Harlan area and determine what the scope and scale of Harlan’s Laborshed area is and better understand where Harlan’s workforce resides. A confidential survey of residents will also be conducted to collect workforce characteristic information specific to the area. Residents will receive a letter directing them how to take the survey online and/or they will receive a telephone call to take the survey. The survey call originates out of Cedar Rapids, IA, therefore, the incoming number will have the 319 area code. It is possible that you may receive a text message from their 888 number as well, alerting you to expect a call from them. Survey questions will cover topics such as: employment status, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level, and type of occupation among other things. However, Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers identifiable information such as: name, social security number, or date of birth. Every year Iowa Workforce Development conducts Laborshed studies across the State. The results of each analysis are publicly available online at www.iowalmi.gov/laborshed. If you have any questions about the Laborshed project, please contact Katie Lippold at 515-281-3035 or Todd Valline at 755-2114. Surveys and letters will be mailed to employers and residents starting the week of January 20th.
Citizen of the Year Nominees Requested by Shelby Co Chamber - The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry is looking for Shelby County Citizen of the Year nominees. Chamber Director Todd Valline is asking people to submit short paragraphs to the Chamber on citizens they believe deserve the award. “We’re looking for that longevity, you know, that person who’s just been involved and stays involved and does things around the community that just make everybody else’s life better throughout the community,” Valline told KNOD News Monday. Voting for Business of the Year and New Business of the Year will also be taking place. The winners will be announced during the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry Annual Banquet on Friday, February 28th, at the C.G. Therkldsen Center in Harlan.
Manning Finalist for Healthiest State Award - Manning is among the finalists for the 2020 Healthiest State Annual Awards. They’re among seven communities looking to win the Healthy Hometown Powered by Wellmark Community Award. The Healthiest State Annual Awards are sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Hy-Vee, and Nemours. Award winners will be granted a monetary gift to continue their work focused on improving the health and well-being of their employees, students, or citizens. The winners will be announced on February 6th during the Healthiest State Annual Awards Ceremony in Des Moines.
Shelby, Harrison and Audubon County’s Community Foundation Spring Grant Program Now open - The Shelby, Harrison and Audubon County’s Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted from organizations providing charitable services in those counties. As part of this spring grant cycle, approximately $115,000 is available to support Shelby, Harrison and Audubon County nonprofit organizations and community projects. The deadline to apply for funds through the online application process is February 1st. Beginning December 15th, application details, a fact sheet and a link to the application form can be found only by selection your county under the County Listing at swiowafoundations.org. Applications will only be accepted through the online system.
U.S. Census Bureau will start hiring in Iowa next month for 2020 count – Radio Iowa - The federal government is launching a campaign to hire thousands of people across Iowa and the nation to help with the 2020 Census. The bureau’s Sam Fettig urges anyone who’s interested to apply right away. “There may only be a certain number of jobs in any given area, so once those jobs in a certain area are filled, they’re filled,” Fettig says. “So if someone’s interested, the sooner, the better to get that application in.” Fettig says workers go door-to-door to follow up when someone doesn’t respond to census questions on-line, by phone or on the paper form: “We’re hoping to hire really locally,” he says, “so that when someone comes knocking at your door, it’s someone you know and it’s someone who knows your community.” Fettig says work hours are flexible and the pay starts at 14-dollars an hour and is in some cases 16 or even 20-dollars an hour. “For someone even who might have a 9 to 5 job already, it’s a good way to get involved, to help your community, ensure that you have the federal resources and political representation for the next 10 years,” he says. Fettig says the application review and hiring process will begin in January. “It’s important that we hire workers who have connections in the community, who already have pre-existing relationships and trust,” he says. “To help bridge those gaps in understanding or to help address concerns, it really helps if we can hire from local communities.” To apply, visit: 2020census.gov/jobs.
GriefShare Seminar and Support Group will meet Mondays now through March 23rd from 5:30 to 7 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. For more information, call the church office at 755-2711.
January activities at Harlan Community Library - Thursday, January 16th - 6:30 pm Lego Challenge Saturday, January 18th - 10 am Art for Kids Monday, January 20th - 2 pm, Kid's Movie and Craft - Abominable Tuesday, January 21st - 3-4 pm Tech Time; 4-5 pm, Libraries on the Go; 4 pm, Book Worms Youth Volunteers Wednesday, January 22nd - 10:30 am, Story Time: A.A. Milne and Winnie the Pooh Thursday, January 23rd - 5 pm, Adult Creative Writing; 6 pm, Iowa Habitats with Shelby County Conservationist Christina Roelofs Saturday, January 25th - 10 am, Babies and Books, Baby Bouncy Time Monday, January 27th - 12 Noon - OWLS: Older Wiser Learning Seniors at the Harlan Senior Center, History of the Sled Tuesday, January 28th - 3-4 pm, Tech Time; 4-5 pm, Libraries on the Go; 4 pm, Book Worms Youth Volunteers Wednesday, January 29th - 10:30 am, Story Time, Dinosaurs; 7 pm, 5 o'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, January 30th - 6:30 pm, Family Fun Night - Amazing Library Race
Blood Donations Needed - The American Red Cross is asking the public to kick off 2020 by doing something big: Give blood now to address the critical need for donations after the holidays. As a special thank-you, those who come to give now through January 19th, will be entered for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LIV! Upcoming donation opportunities include: Thursday, January 16th - noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Tuesday, January 21st - Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan - 11:30 to 5:30 Walk Ins are welcome. For an appointment, call Sue at 755-5725 or visit RedCrossBlood.org Wednesday, January 22nd - 11 to 5 pm - St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia. Monday, January 27th - noon to 6 pm - Exira Recreational Center Tuesday, January 28th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church Wednesday, January 29th - noon to 5:30 pm - Lewis Community Center Thursday, January 30th - noon to 6 pm - Halbur Community Center
Be mindful and attend a mindful lunch: Supporting Mental Health in the workplace, Thursday, January 16th from 11 to 1 at Myrtue Medical Center's Auble Room. Join them for a look at mental health in the workplace. When employees are operating from a healthy place mentally, emotionally and socially, they are more motivated and engaged. This mindful lunch will empower business leaders, Human Resource representatives and company health and wellness coordinators with fresh ideas and resources to build engagement in your team. Please register by Tuesday, January 14th, 712/304-0164.
A Legislative Coffee will be held at 10 am, Saturday, January 18th. It will be hosted and sponsored by Town and Country Credit Union at 1414 Chatburn Avenue in Harlan.
Winter is a great time to look for animal signs. Tracks and scat can be very easy to see on top of the snow. Learn about track and scat identification and then go for a short hike to look for these things on Saturday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. We will meet at the park office at Prairie Rose State Park. We will start out inside and then head outside. Please listen to KNOD or check the Friends of Prairie Rose Facebook page for any weather related announcements.
The Harlan Community Theater Planning Retreat will be held Saturday, January 18th, and Saturday, January 25th at 9 am at New Park Coffee in Harlan. Anyone interested in helping in the areas of directing, stage managing, set design, sound and lighting is invited to attend the meetings. No experience is necessary, only a will to learn and be involved. Auditions will be announced at a later date. Please RSVP or send questions to Kayla Weis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, January 21st at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn in Harlan. They will be serving spaghetti, garlic bread, a salad and a dessert. Everyone is welcome. A free will donation will be accepted. Harlan High School FFA is volunteering.
St. Patrick's Church in Neola will hold their annual Parish Auction, Saturday, January 25th. Mass will begin at 4 pm, the Staley's Chicken Dinner and raffle will begin at 4:30 pm and Live Auction will start at 6. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for those 8 and under.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open 4 to 6 pm, Tuesday, January 28th at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn in Harlan. They will be serving pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, fruit and a dessert. Everyone is welcome. A free will donation will be accepted. The Congregational Church is volunteering. ------- The Shelby County Cattlemen's Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 1st at St. Mary's Hall in Panama. Social hour starts at 5 pm, with a New York Strip dinner starting at 6 pm. The annual meeting plus the Trophy and Scholarship Fund Auction will follow. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. An Immunization Clinic for Children will be held on Wednesday, February 5th, from 2 to 6 pm at the Community Health office in Harlan. Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations, including Hawk-I, please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-4516 to schedule an appointment there. Appointments are recommended to save time but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Make appointments by calling 755-4422 or at shelbycountyclinics.com. Please ask for Cathy Buman if you have questions or need to make an appointment for a different day or time.
A Murder Mystery Event will be held Thursday, February 6th from 5:30 to 8 pm. It is hosted by the Harlan Community Library. Join them for a night of mystery. It takes place within the walls of the dark and tainted Deadwood Saloon. This is a free event, but you must reserve your spot by calling the library at 755-5934. Their night of mystery is much like a game of Clue and each attendee will be assigned a character. All attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion. Dinner will be served during the event.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet every month at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm. The monthly meetings will be held on: Thursday, February 13th Thursday, March 12th Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th Friday, February 28th is the date set for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annual Awards Banquet at the C.G. Therkildsen Center in Harlan. It will be a night of great dining, fun, and the Annual Business Awards. ----- The 34th annual Harlan Newspapers Home, Garden and Living Show will be held 10:30 am to 5 pm Saturday, March 28th, at Vet's Auditorium in Harlan. Admission is free
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