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	Mike Wohlhutter sits on his classic Harley Davidson.
    REGIONAL -- Some came to stand and gawk at them like living fossils. Others were moved in nostalgia. Many were  simply amazed that they still exist.    Antique motorcycles had their own night when Roar Into Harlan hosted its classic bike night on July 20 in the Historic Downtown Square of...
    REGIONAL -- Hands off.    As of July 1, that’s the new rule regarding phone usage while driving. With the law now a primary offense, officers can stop citizens simply for being on their mobile devices. The law is clear that phones can, however, be used for GPS. If you are caught in violation,...
COUNTY -- Brandon Burmeister has been hired as the new Shelby County Engineer effective November 16, taking over for long-time engineer Dan Ahart, who last week announced his retirement effective in November.    Burmeister currently is assistant county engineer, a position he has held for four...
    HARLAN – Three Harlan residents have asked the Harlan City Council to review its fireworks policy, requesting that the time for shooting off displays be more limited when the July 4 holiday rolls around next year.    Jeff Branstetter, Deb Jauron and Gordon von Ahsen each had their own stories...
Many kids are now playing with fidget spinners that can vary in size, texture, type and colors. Some even light up.
REGIONAL -- Across the nation, fidget spinners are stirring up a fuss. https://youtu.be/eUlkXosWlC8     The spinners, which have a bearing in the center circular pad, are meant to be held while they spin.     The toy is designed with the intent to relieve stress and is advertised as assisting...
    HARLAN -- Harlan Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees has approved a three-step water rate increase, effective Sept. 1, 2017.      The first step is a 3.25 percent increase in service charges for all classifications of water customers.      The second step is a 3.25 percent increase in usage...
A child waits for candy to be thrown at the Shelby County Fair parade
COUNTY -- There’s always a lifetime of memories to be made at the Shelby County Fair. From kids competing in the new 4-H Bottle-bucket Calf Competition to tots eating their cookie after the Pee Wee Cookie Decorating Contest, here are the highlights.
COUNTY – Harlan’s Mike Thraen is being inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame, it was announced during award ceremonies at the Shelby County Fair last week.    The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recognizes volunteers and staff who have exhibited outstanding service to their county 4-H program.  Each county...
REGIONAL – Four of the seven seats on the Harlan Community Schools Board of Education are opening as the terms end for board members Al Hazelton, Amy Rueschenberg, Lonnie Muxfeldt and Angie Monson.    The seats are for four-year terms by director district that will expire in 2021. The current...
Emma Barnes (middle) was named fair queen.  First runner-up was Cassidy Robinson (left) and second runner-up was Jessica Buman.
    HARLAN -- Thursday was a busy night with the crowning of the fair queen and announcement of Hall of Fame honors at the Shelby County Fair.

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