Joan Potter’s last day at the intermediate building in the Harlan Community Schools was June 30.  She has spent 38 years in the district.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    HARLAN --“West Ridge Zoo,” Joan Potter, office manager and secretary, accidentally said while answering the school’s phone.
Jordan Andersen, Harlan, puts on the finishing touches to his cookie during the cooking decorating contest.
    COUNTY -- Another Shelby County Fair has come and gone, leaving many lasting memories for all who participated.
	Nate and Emily Paulson stand with their Jersey cow, Abby, who brought them together. After one year of marriage the two have big plans for Brun Ko Farm.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    ELK HORN -- One bottled calf brought a couple together to form Brun Ko Farm which creates produce and education for the community.
Pictured L to R are Ferry, Mumm, Ahrenholtz and Schechinger.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
HARLAN -- Congratulations to Emma Ahrenholtz who was crowned Shelby County Fair Queen during coronation ceremonies held Thursday, July 14 at the fairgrounds in Harlan.  Ahrenholtz, 18, Defiance, is the daughter of Troy and Lyn Ahrenholtz, and repr
  Joe Wilson shows off some of the goods he’s selling at the farmer’s market.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    COUNTY -- The location for the Shelby County Farmer’s Market will be held at the Shopko parking lot this summer into mid-fall.
Ev Carroll, Harlan, representing the Lincoln Bluebirds 4-H Club, gets judged on his photography by Sandy Kristensen on Tuesday, July 12 at the Shelby County Fair.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    COUNTY -- The sound of carnival rides, smell of various foods and the sight of people gathering for the Shelby County Fair has returned after almost a year of planning by the Shelby County Fair Board.
	Joan Potter’s last day at the intermediate building in the Harlan Community Schools was June 30.  She has spent 38 years in the district.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
Jordan Andersen, Harlan, puts on the finishing touches to his cookie during the cooking decorating contest.
	Nate and Emily Paulson stand with their Jersey cow, Abby, who brought them together. After one year of marriage the two have big plans for Brun Ko Farm.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
Pictured L to R are Ferry, Mumm, Ahrenholtz and Schechinger.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
  Joe Wilson shows off some of the goods he’s selling at the farmer’s market.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
Ev Carroll, Harlan, representing the Lincoln Bluebirds 4-H Club, gets judged on his photography by Sandy Kristensen on Tuesday, July 12 at the Shelby County Fair.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    HARLAN -- Harlan Municipal Utility single package cable TV rates will go up a bit over eight percent effective Sept. 1 following board action July 14.      HMU Director of Telecom Jim Gedwillo said the “increases are merely covering our costs on increased programming fees,” and went on to say...
    REGIONAL -- Marne and Elk Horn Telephone Company (METC) and Walnut Communications, longtime partners during their 100 years in business, today extended that partnership further when they announced they would merge later this year.    The merger was recommended for approval by the Board of...
	Joan Potter’s last day at the intermediate building in the Harlan Community Schools was June 30.  She has spent 38 years in the district.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    HARLAN --“West Ridge Zoo,” Joan Potter, office manager and secretary, accidentally said while answering the school’s phone. That day the office of West Ridge Elementary was chaotic and Cindy Burchett, former principal, mentioned the zoo-like atmosphere.    If the school were a zoo, Potter was...
Jordan Andersen, Harlan, puts on the finishing touches to his cookie during the cooking decorating contest.
    COUNTY -- Another Shelby County Fair has come and gone, leaving many lasting memories for all who participated.
	Nate and Emily Paulson stand with their Jersey cow, Abby, who brought them together. After one year of marriage the two have big plans for Brun Ko Farm.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    ELK HORN -- One bottled calf brought a couple together to form Brun Ko Farm which creates produce and education for the community.    “There’s just so much of a disconnect,” Emily said. “Food comes from the grocery store. Milk comes in a gallon jug. That’s not how it is.”    Three years ago...
    WALNUT -- The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors has recently approved the dedication of a bridge to Kerrie Orozco, an Omaha Police Office who was killed in the line of duty.    Orozco graduated from Walnut High School in 2004 after growing up in Walnut. She dedicated seven years to the...
Pictured L to R are Ferry, Mumm, Ahrenholtz and Schechinger.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
HARLAN -- Congratulations to Emma Ahrenholtz who was crowned Shelby County Fair Queen during coronation ceremonies held Thursday, July 14 at the fairgrounds in Harlan.  Ahrenholtz, 18, Defiance, is the daughter of Troy and Lyn Ahrenholtz, and represents the Lincoln Leaders 4-H Club.  First runner-...
  Joe Wilson shows off some of the goods he’s selling at the farmer’s market.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    COUNTY -- The location for the Shelby County Farmer’s Market will be held at the Shopko parking lot this summer into mid-fall.    “It’s great fun to meet the public and to have those relationships with the same customers week after week and year after year,” said Elaine Baughman, market manager...
Ev Carroll, Harlan, representing the Lincoln Bluebirds 4-H Club, gets judged on his photography by Sandy Kristensen on Tuesday, July 12 at the Shelby County Fair.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    COUNTY -- The sound of carnival rides, smell of various foods and the sight of people gathering for the Shelby County Fair has returned after almost a year of planning by the Shelby County Fair Board.    “The Shelby County Fair means the world [to the community],” said Justin Ahrenholtz, Shelby...
	Members of the Elk Horn Clover Kids 4-H Club include front L to R -- Annabelle Baggett, Ben Baggett, Leah Boysen, Kylie Christensen, Lily Bricker, Kaitlyn Christensen, Cameron Dixon, Lillian Niklasen.  Back L to R -- Kyle Hansen, Gus Greving, Madeline Blake, Brylie Andersen, Justin Hansen, Emily Bricker, Dylan Pitzen.  (Photo contributed)
    ELK HORN -- When the school bell rings indicating the end of the day, Kristen Rutherford walks from the high school part of the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Schools to the elementary side once a month to pick up her students for Clover Kids.    “When you’re little you get to explore,” Rutherford...
Jaxon Rold
    HARLAN -- Tori’s Angels Foundation has recently accepted 8-year-old Jaxon Rold, son of Trent Rold and Devin Mahoney of Harlan, as their 20th sponsored child.      He is undergoing chemo and radiation treatments to fight a brain tumor.      Jaxon is Tori’s Angels’ third sponsored child with ties...
 Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad
    HARLAN -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad met with about 30 people in Harlan Friday, July 8 as part of an ag forum sponsored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry.    Discussion centered on ag related job creation, tourism, funding for roads and bridges, and economic development.

Sports

 HCHS will play Bishop Heelan on Tuesday, July 26, in a Class 3-A state quarterfinal game at Principal Park. Front row, L-R: Logan Klaassen, Nick Foss, Dillon Sears, Jacob Wingert, Connor Bruck, Brett Sears, Jared Moser, Matt Gubbels (statistician). Middle row, L-R: Head Coach Steve Daeges, Kyle Schmitz, Jacob Croghan, Brett Croghan, Josh Cheek, Jon Owens, Nick Tarney. Back row, L-R: Ryan Doran, Kyle Juhl, Nolan Heese, Coach Mark Vande Berg, Coach Joe Heese, Coach Heath Stein, Coach Eric Croghan.

 HARLAN -- Only three other baseball programs in the state have accomplished what Harlan Community just did Wednesday night.

Family Living

Lois and Ron Heese
    KIRKMAN -- Ron and Lois Heese of Kirkman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 9.    Their children are Janlin Heese and friend, Christian Avery, Norfolk...

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