Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 Today's Weather Outlook - Clouds spread across Iowa overnight ahead of an approaching system passing through the Plains. Winds had remained southerly over the state during the night with temperatures becoming steady and slowly rising in the early morning hours. Readings ranged from the mid teens in east central Iowa to the mid 20s along the Missouri River. Winds were brisk from the south at 10 to 20 mph with some gusts to near 30 mph. The system in the Plains is forecast to move quickly east today through the Midwest. Areas of light freezing rain are expected from eastern Nebraska into far western Iowa where some light glazing is expected. Elsewhere, light snow will occur from portions of central and northern Iowa into Wisconsin where up to an inch of snow will be possible by early this evening. The system is expected to depart tonight with high pressure moving into the Midwest. The high will limit precipitation chances from Thursday into Saturday across much of the region as temperatures slowly moderate. Highs are forecast to climb into the 40s for much of Iowa by Saturday and remain much closer to normal into early next week.
A light wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow is expected to develop this morning before changing to snow or rain. A glazing of ice will be possible, especially north of a line from Norfolk to Little Sioux, Iowa where a winter weather advisory is in effect this morning. Snow accumulations would be less than half an inch. Farther south a wintry mix is possible before switching over to light rain or sprinkles. Temperatures should warm above freezing through the day limiting impacts. 10:16 - Roadways from Irwin to Harlan are reported to be very icy. Drive with care and stay off the roads if at all possible.
November activities at the Harlan Community Library - Wednesday, November 13th - 10:30 am, Story Time: Transportation Thursday, November 14th - 6 pm, Saving Shelby County From Dangerous Obstacles
First Canvass of 2019 elections to be held Wednesday - The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will receive canvass of the 2019 school election on Wednesday, November 13th, at 12 noon in the Supervisors Chambers at the Shelby County Courthouse. This will certify the votes placed in Shelby County. The second Canvass on November 18th will certify the votes from Audubon, Carroll, Crawford and Harrison Counties. And the final votes included those counties for HCHS and IKM-Manning school Districts.
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, November 14th.
Saving Shelby County from Dangerous Obstacles will be held 6 pm, Thursday, November 14th, at the Harlan Community Library. It will be presented by the Shelby County Emergency Management Disaster Assistance Saw Team. This presentation will discuss risk assessment, tree hazards and hazard removal for both businesses and home owners.
A message from the Harlan Police Department - 2020 dog licenses are now available for purchase. The cost for the license will be $10 and you must bring proof of rabies with you at the time of purchase or your tag will not be issued to you! Please remember that all dogs that reside within the city limits of Harlan need to be licensed every year.
West Central Community Action is now accepting applications for the Annual Holiday Adoption Program. Remember, you must reside in Shelby County and be at or below 175% poverty level. Verification of income is required. Children 18 and under as well as seniors, 65 or older, are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 6th. Program sponsored gifts will be distributed to eligible families on Tuesday, December 17th. For more information, call 755-5602.
The 3rd annual Santa Claus is Coming to Town Chamber Event will be held Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th. Help them reach their goal of $1,500 to cover the cost of the toy-filled Christmas stockings for each of the Shelby County Communities and travel arrangements for Santa. As a sponsor, you will be included on all advertising and flyers. If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, call the Chamber office at 755-2114.
The Shelby County Christmas tree has been found!!!!! Remember to mark your calendars for November 30th for the Annual Christmas Lighting ceremony!
You can sign up now for the 2019-2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from West Central Community Action. They will be helping to qualify low-income Iowa homeowners and renters to pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing. When applying, please bring proof of income, Social Security Number, and a copy of your most recent heating and electrical bills. Applications are taken by appointment only, Monday through Friday 9 to 1 and 2 to 3. Call West Central Community Action at 755-5602 to schedule an appointment.
Road Conditions as of 11 am - Roadway conditions in Iowa as of 11 am this morning. Highway 59, Harlan to Denison is partially covered with snow and ice, Highway 30 from Woodbine to east of Denison is partially covered with snow and ice. And Highway 71 from I-80 to Highway 141 north of Audubon is 100% covered with snow and ice. The roadways in blue are all partially covered, the roadways in pink are 100% covered. Interstate 80 and roads in green are normal winter driving conditions. Remember, you can find the latest winter driving conditions at ia511.org.
Boil Order begins this morning in the city of Soldier - Residents of the city of Soldier will be under a boil order for their water beginning this morning. City crews in the Monona County town will be doing repair work on the city's water infrastructure. The water will be shut off from mid-morning until mid-afternoon. The city and Monona County Sheriff will post a notice when it is safe to begin using the water again without boiling it.
Harlan Police Report – 11-13-19 The Harlan Police Department has released their latest activity report. On Tuesday, November 12th, 35 year old Reid Jeffrey Hemminger of Harlan was arrested on an active Shelby County Warrant. Hemminger was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with violation of a no contact order. Also on Tuesday, 42 year old Shannon Lee Julich of Harlan was cited for driving while suspended. 61 year old Randy Lee Sorensen of Irwin was cited on Saturday, November 9th, for driving while his license was suspended. On Friday, November 8th, 21 year old Quentin James Briggs of Harlan was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to deliver and prohibited acts penalties. And on Wednesday, November 6th, 42 year old Nancy Beth Williams of Harlan was cited for driving while suspended and no insurance. There were also 2 accidents to report. On Friday, November 8th, Jeffrey Schuttloffel of Walnut was backing his 2011 Ford F150 out of a parking stall at 2902 23rd Street in Harlan and backed into the front of a 2008 Chevy owned by Peter Sorensen of Harlan. The Sorensen vehicle was legally parked. And on Monday, November 11th, Donald Thraen of Harlan was traveling east through the Veteran’s Memorial Building parking lot in a 1999 Ford Taurus. He attempted to turn north through Merrill Field parking lot and lost control of the vehicle on the ice. His vehicle struck the chain link fence causing minor damage.
Woman killed west of Stuart on I-80 - The Iowa State Patrol says a woman who was struck by a vehicle on eastbound Interstate 80, just west of Stuart, has died from her injuries. The accident happened at around 6:40-p.m. Authorities say a vehicle driven by 26-year old Kristina Schmidbauer, of Council Bluffs, was broken down on the side of the road. The woman was apparently standing in the traveled portion of the Interstate when she was struck by a 2019 Dodge Durango, being driven by 53-year old Richard Moncivaez, of Nashville, TN. The accident remains under investigation.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Report – 11-13-19 The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s office reports that two prisoners held in other jail facilities were transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail Tuesday morning on Pottawattamie County warrants. 31 year old Jarrod Leslie Voss of Council Bluffs was wanted on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a citation and 39 year old Matthew James Bearden was wanted for Violation of Probation. And 34 year old Amy A. Hollis, address unknown, was arrested at the Casey’s General Store in Crescent, on a charge of Theft in the 5th degree- shoplifting.
Atlantic Police report – 11-13-19 – The Atlantic Police Department has released a report on an accident and several arrests. An accident took place at around 1:53-p.m. Tuesday near 7th and Olive Streets. Authorities say a vehicle driven by Mervin Templeman, of Atlantic, was traveling east on 7th Street and had stopped at the traffic light. A vehicle driven by Trent Park, of Atlantic, was eastbound on 7th and came up over the hill. Park was unable to stop for traffic waiting ahead of him at the light. He took evasive action but struck Templeman’s vehicle on the passenger side. A passenger in the Templeman vehicle complained of neck pain, and was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac Ambulance. Trent Park was cited for Failure to Stop in an Assured, Clear Distance. Damage from the collision amounted to $6,000. Four people were also arrested on drug charges Saturday. They were 26 year old Jessica Mack who was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Failure to Appear on Interference with Official Acts and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. 28 year old Alex Garside was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Violation of Probabion and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 21-year old Sean Smith was arrested Saturday for Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Keeping a premises or vehicle for a Controlled Substance Violation, Possession of Meth & Marijuana/1st offenses. And, 36-year old Jolene Heistand was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Gathering where marijuana is used, and Possession of Marijuana/1st offense. On November 7th, 31-year old James Erickson, of Atlantic, was arrested for Keeping a premises or vehicle for a Controlled Substance Violation, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. And, 33-year old Vicente Martinez, of Edmond, OK., was arrested for Public Intoxication. On November 5th, 46-year old Dwayne Rollins, of Atlantic, was arrested for Theft in the 5th Degree - Shoplifting, and 39-year old Michael Parrott, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Probation Violation. November 2nd, Atlantic Police arrested 17-year old Dante Watkins, of Atlantic, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp. And, 21-year old Drew Miller, of Atlantic, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, and A Drug Tax Stamp Violation. And, on November 1st, 45-year old Dan Christensen, of Atlantic, was arrested for Harassment in the 3rd Degree, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct.
Train derailment west of Red Oak - Montgomery County Emergency Management reported that shortly before 4 am this morning, the Montgomery County Communications Center received a call reporting a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Coal train had derailed west of Red Oak. Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Mills County Sheriff’s Office responded and located the derailment with approximately 20-30 coal cars involved. There were no injuries and no hazards to the public. BNSF crews are on the scene and more heavy equipment is arriving to help with clean up. Boxelder Avenue is closed in the area to allow crews to clean up. Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Emergency Management
It’s Diabetes Awareness Month - Approximately 1 in 11 Iowans has some form of diabetes and about 1 in 3 Iowa adults has prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose or sugar levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and people with this condition are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and serious diabetes-related complications. It’s important to know if you have prediabetes or diabetes. According to Andrew Minear, Iowa Department of Public Health Diabetes Prevention coordinator, most people with prediabetes don’t know they have it and about 1 in 4 people who already have diabetes are also unaware they have it and are at risk for severe diabetes-related complications. The IDPH encourages Iowans who do not have diabetes to take a quick one-minute risk test at Do I Have Prediabetes.org to determine their risk. If you have prediabetes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Legionnaire’s Disease Cases Rise For Second Consecutive Year – Carroll Broadcasting Legionellosis cases in Iowa have outpaced the four-year average for the second consecutive year. Carroll Broadcasting reports that 64 cases were reported in 2018 and 59 have been identified so far this year. Around 34 diagnoses were confirmed per year from 2014 to 2017. Legionellosis, more commonly known as Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria, which can generally be found in natural, freshwater environments at levels considered too low to cause disease. It becomes potentially harmful when it makes its way into an inadequately maintained water system and is then aerosolized by cooling towers, hot tubs, fountains or other similar means. Within two to 14 days after exposure, patients begin to experience symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and headaches. In severe cases, legionellosis patients can develop pneumonia, which can be life threatening. State health officials have not identified a cause for the increase in cases but suggest it may be due to expanded testing.
Crop Report - 11-12-19 - Statewide there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 10, 2019 although winter weather moved across Iowa bringing more snowfall to the northern half of the State according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were reports across the State concerning propane shortages slowing corn harvest due to the high moisture content of the crop and the need to dry it down. Topsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Sixty-four percent of the corn crop has been harvested for grain, 9 days behind last year and 10 days behind the 5-year average. Producers in the Northwest, North Central and Southeast Districts have harvested over 70 percent of their expected crop, while the Northeast District fell further behind with just 47 percent complete. Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain was at 20 percent. Ninety-one percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, one week behind average. The South Central District remained the furthest behind at 71 percent complete, but closed the gap as producers in the district harvested nearly one-quarter of their expected crop during the week ending November 10, 2019. Cattle continued to battle below normal temperatures. There were also reports of cattle grazing in corn fields and some feeding of hay in the State.
Several accidents last week in Crawford County – 11-12-19 - Several accidents were reported in the last couple of weeks in Crawford County. At 1:50 a.m. on October 24, 40 year old Dustin F. Lindblad of Omaha, NE, driver of a white 2005 semi tractor-trailer, was stopped northbound on Highway 59 at the intersection with Arrowhead Drive stop sign. Lindblad was pulling away from the stop sign when 47 year old John Cleo Melby, of Mapleton, driver of a white 1996 Chevrolet C35 pickup, struck the rear of his trailer. Lindblad exited the cab of his semi and observed that the driver of the pickup was hunched over the steering wheel and not moving. He noticed his tanker was leaking anhydrous from where the pickup struck the semi. Lindlbad pulled the semi to a safe location in the Fareway parking lot. Crawford County EMS arrived on the scene and cared for Melby; he was transported to Crawford County Memorial Hospital. The Denison Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene to assist with the anhydrous leaking from the tanker. Lindblad refused medical treatment. Melby was issued citations for following too close, failure to provide proof of financial liability - accident, driving while license denied, suspended, cancelled or revoked (DUS), and failure to stop in assured clear distance. There was $2,500 damage to Melby’s pickup and $20,000 damage to Lindblad’s semi. At 2:33 p.m. on October 30, 47 year old Sotelo Pio Pete, of Harlan, driver of a maroon 2013 Chevrolet C350 truck, was traveling north on Highway 59 when he lost control after sneezing. His truck entered the west ditch and hit an embankment before landing in a field. There was $10,000 damage to the truck. It was towed to Waderich’s Towing in Denison. At 5:15 p.m. on November 1, 58 year old Michael Schindler, of Manilla, driver of a silver 2008 Mazda MZ6, was traveling westbound in the Walmart parking lot when 72 year old Roger Peters, of Denison, driver of a red 2006 Ford Ranger pickup, backed out of a parking stall and struck the driver’s door of Schindler’s vehicle. There was $2,000 damage to Schindler’s vehicle and $500 damage to Peters vehicle. At 11:30 a.m. on November 4, 44 year old Scott William Girard, of Manilla, driver of a white 2005 Chevrolet K2500 pickup, was traveling east on Highway 141 when a deer ran onto the roadway and hit the vehicle on the driver’s side causing approximately $5,000 damage to both doors. At 1:57 p.m. on November 6, 62 year old Roland Paul Schneider, of Denison, driver of a red 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, was westbound on Arrowhead Drive, crossing the intersection with Highway 59. 32 year old Nicholas John Koch, of Westside, driver of a black 2016 Ford F350 pickup, was northbound in the left lane of Highway 59, crossing Arrowhead Drive, when Schneider struck the right side of Koch’s pickup causing it to come to rest on the roadway north of the intersection. The accident report said the front airbag on Schneider’s truck deployed and that the front and side airbags on Koch’s pickup deployed. There was $8,000 damage to Schneider’s pickup and $50,000 damage to Koch’s pickup. Schneider was cited for failure to obey stop or yield sign.
Bubba Sorensen to speak in Atlantic - Ray “Bubba” Sorensen will present a program at the Atlantic American Legion Building on Sunday, November 17th at 2 pm. Sorensen is known throughout the world as the creator of the Freedom Rock. Bubba has recently applied his artistic skills in another way by illustrating a book of poems honoring veterans. He also has been elected to the Iowa House of Representatives for District 20 which includes Adair, Guthrie and parts of Cass and Dallas Counties. The Atlantic History Center, Military Museum and Military Library will be open for viewing. Books may be checked out at the Library and refreshments will be available.
Certified Crop Adviser Test Prep Available Online - Iowans who want to become a certified crop adviser should take note of upcoming exam dates, as well as an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online training course intended to help them prepare. The next certified crop adviser exam is Feb. 7, and registration for the exam continues through Dec. 13. The online review course is divided into the four major exam competency areas, with a total of 26 modules and nearly eight hours of recorded programming. Each module includes a practice quiz of up to 10 questions, randomly selected from a pool of questions. A practice exam covering information from all modules is also available, and consists of 100 randomly selected questions. The practice quizzes can identify a person’s weak areas and allow them to focus on subjects where they need to improve. The online course is an ideal way for participants to prepare, because it compiles all of the necessary information into one place, in a way that allows participants to review and refresh their understanding of current standards. The online course is available through the ISU Extension and Outreach Store and is offered at a cost of $100. This does not include registration for the actual exam.
November activities at the Harlan Community Library - Saturday, November 16th - 10 am, Babies and Books - Baby Storytime Monday, November 18th - 4 pm, Young Writers Group Tuesday, November 19th - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, November 20th - 10 am, Classic Movie: About Schmidt - 10:30 am, Story Time: Pets - 7 pm, 5 )'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, November 21st - 5 pm, Adult Creative Writing Group - 6:30 pm, Let's Paint Saturday, November 23rd - 10 am, Make your own Thanksgiving placemat - Saturday morning kids' craft Tuesday, November 26th - 3 pm, Tech Time - 4 pm, Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, November 27th - 10:30 am, Story Time: Thankfulness Thursday, November 28th and Friday November 29th - Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
A breakfast Fundraiser will be held 7 to 11 am Saturday, November 16th, at the American Legion Hall in Harlan. This is a benefit for the Iowa Community Kitchen. The cost is $10 for adults, kids 4-8, $5, kids 3 and under eat free. All proceeds will help purchase food and supplies for the Iowa Community Kitchen. They will be serving waffles, biscuits and gravy, breakfast casserole, juice and coffee.
The Viking Vendor and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, November 16th, from 9 am to 3 pm at the AHSTW High School Cafeteria. There's all different vendors and crafters, plus the After Prom committee will be serving lunch. Be on the lookout for limited edition viking merchandise, many items made by the AHSTW Engineering class as well as limited edition Viking and Lady Viking homemade soap.
The Shelby Community Feather Party will be held Saturday, November 16th, with Bingo starting at 6 pm at the Shelby Community Building. Come play bingo and win a turkey! Food will be available during the evening.
The Iowa Community Kitchen Breakfast Fundraiser will be held 7 to 11 am, Saturday, November 16th, at the American Legion Building in Harlan. The cost is $10 for adults, kids 4 to 8, $5 and 3 and under eat free.
The SCCO Pancake Brunch, Bake Sale and silent Auction will be held 8:30 to noon Sunday, November 17th, at the Harlan High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH INVITES PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS TO A THREE DAY MISSION ENTITLED “JOURNEY TO JOY” ON NOVEMBER 18TH, 19TH, AND 20TH IN ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH AT 2001 COLLEGE PLACE IN HARLAN. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, WILL BE THE GOSPEL OF LUKE: STORIES ON THE ROAD. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, WILL BE THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT FROM THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, WILL GE A FAMILY COMDY CALLED SALT AND LIGHT, FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL PRESENTATION CALLED HOLLYWOOD VS. FAITH. MONDAY AND TUESDAY WILL BEGIN AT 7 PM; WEDNEDAYS PRODUCTIONS WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 PM. ALL SHOWS ARE FAMILY FRIENDLY AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS. STAY TO MEET THE ACTOR AND ENJOY SOME TREATS. “JOURNEY TO JOY” IS BEING BROUGHT TO ST. MICHAEL’S BY THE SHELBY COUNTY COUNCIL OF CATECHSIS. *****CAT-UH-KISS-US*****
Renee Hansen and Emily Barrett of the Relay for Life Team, Caffeinating for a Cure will hold “Crafting for a Cure”, a step by step craft project to create your own wooden Christmas Door Hanger. The event will be held Tuesday evening, November 19th, starting at 6:30 pm at 1606 Highway 44 in Harlan. The cost is $30 per person with light snacks and drinks provided during the evening. Please RSVP to 579-1597 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, November 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Harlan. They will be serving their Thanksgiving meal. The Congregational Church will volunteer. A free will donation will be accepted.
The Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca will host their Aebleskiver and Sausage Supper Thursday, November 21st from 4 to 7 pm. Call-in carry out orders will be taken from 1 to 5 pm at 343-2518, no call in, carry out orders after 5 pm, with a limit of 2 dozen aebleskiver and 1 dozen sausages. There will also be a group bake sale.
Blood Donations Needed - As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross if urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well. Upcoming donation opportunities include: Thursday, November 21st - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Wednesday, December 4th - 8 am to 2 pm - AHSTW High School in Avoca Friday, December 20th - 12 noon to 6 pm - Sacred Heart Church in Manning Thursday, December 26th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Friday, December 27th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be closed on Tuesday, November 26th so their volunteers may be home with their families.
----- The Shelby County Public Health Department has an Immunization Clinic scheduled for Wednesday December 4th from 2 to 6 pm at Community Health 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 appoint there. Appointments are recommended to save time but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Make appointments by call 755-4422.
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, December 12th Thursday, January 9th Thursday, February 13th Thursday, March 12th Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th
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