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Cooler weather has helped offset the lack of rain in the region the past two weeks.
REGIONAL -- Areas of western Iowa are lacking rain in what has been an uncharacteristically dry summer season.    “It’s a pretty typical year until you get into June and July, where the rainfall numbers really started to go downhill,” said Iowa’s State Climatologist Harry Hillaker.    The state of...
COUNTY – Local governments in Shelby County have debt obligations totaling $36.7 million, most of which can be attributed to the City of Harlan and Harlan Community Schools.    Much of the school’s debt, totaling $10.9 million as of June 30, 2016, directly correlates to construction projects,...
Randy Pryor stands, holding one of the ears of corn on his crop.  Pryor tests out different strands of seed to see the varying yields.
    REGIONAL -- Depending on what area you’re in, it’s a pretty average season for the crops in Iowa.    Randy Pryor has been fortunate. Areas around western Iowa have had differing levels of luck with rainfall, causing some dry pockets in areas around the state such as Harlan. Pryor, who is...
    HARLAN -- Crews from Suez Water Advanced Solutions are performing an annual five point inspection of the water tower at Cyclone Avenue and Highway 59. In the process, the tank will be power washed outside to remove mildew and the paint refreshed. A routine internal tank inspection will be...
SHELBY -- Bobby socks and saddle shoes. A can of Green River down at The Chatterbox. Playing volleyball over telephone lines.    This is what life looked like for Norma “Jeanie” Kiesel when she was growing up as a teenager in Avoca during the 1940s. These were the times when her classmates didn’t...
Max Kenkel and Brylie will both be performing at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday.
REGIONAL -- Max Kenkel and his niece, Brylie, discovered something special in late July: both of them would be performing at the Iowa State Fair – on the same day – just a few hours apart.    Brylie, who turns eight today, Tuesday, August 8, earned an early birthday present by placing second in her...
COUNTY -- Non-profit agencies within Shelby County will have until the end of August to complete applications for funding from Shelby County Community Chest. Funds from SCCC are made possible by the generosity of local donors to the SCCC annual fund drive which will be taking place this fall.    ...
	The Danish Windmill as it stands in Elk Horn without its sails and several other parts.
    ELK HORN -- To put the Danish Windmill simply, “it’s a good thing,” according to manager Lisa Steen Riggs.    In more elaborate terms, the Danish Windmill signifies home to Elk Horn Mayor Stan Jens. It is tradition that adds to the Danish foundation the town is built on. And, aside from...
    REGIONAL -- Shelby County’s population has decreased for another consecutive year since 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent estimates, but hopes are that efforts to attract business and develop affordable housing will reverse that trend in the near future.    The population...

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