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ELK HORN -- Mike and Lou Howard, Elk Horn, have announced this week that after the encouragement of a few fellow Elk Horn residents, they have decided to purchase the Danish Inn property.    The two are currently researching ideas and seeking input from Danish experts in the restaurant industry,...
REGIONAL -- The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education will see the addition of at least one new face after incumbent Angie Monson of district 4 decided not to run for re-election.    “What a great district that we have and how lucky we are to call ourselves Cyclones here,” Monson said. “Being...
DEFIANCE -- Bob Dotzler of Defiance is not afraid of death.    Dotzler has been living with prostate cancer since 2002. Currently, he is stage four and undergoing radiation treatments.    “I can tell that it’s getting tougher,” Dotzler said. “But I’ve got really good support from my children.”    ...
COUNCIL BLUFFS -- On August 11, Colton James Klein, 22, Harlan, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 120 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel this week...
ELK HORN -- A $3.9 million general obligation school bond will be on the ballot for Sept. 12 in Elk Horn and Exira.    The bond would be used to make repairs and improvements to the Elk Horn and Exira school campuses which were originally built in the 1950s. Many of the improvements would be done...
	Dave stands in front of his home in Panama,
PANAMA -- The most traumatizing moments of your life can lead you to some of the happiest.    At least, this is the case for Dave Velthoff of Panama.    Velthoff originally had no desire to come to Shelby County. He was led to this side of the state from the city of Davenport, where life was a lot...
REGIONAL -- On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will be turning day to night for 14 states in the nation.    The coast-to-coast event is being called the “national eclipse” as it is the first total eclipse to exclusively span over the U.S. mainland since the nation’s founding in 1776. It is the...
HARLAN --  Students can again enjoy an extra week of summer this year before heading back to classes as Harlan Community School District prepares for a new school year.    The first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year at Harlan Community Schools will be on Wednesday, Aug. 23.    Parents and...
HARLAN -- For upcoming major projects, Harlan Municipal Utilities accepted bids that came in over $1.3-million less than engineer’s estimates.      The projects, including final overhead to underground on electric lines, fiber to home connections, and substation switchgear work, had pleasing...
Verna Christensen with her sewing machine.  As an instructor, Christensen has worked around 30 years both in Harlan and around the nation.
SHELBY --     Verna and John Christensen lived lives that could be called congruent far before they were married.    They went to the same church, had the same mutual friends, and had children who were in school with each other. They were both married for 47 years when their spouses died.    ...

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