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	  The center has state-of-the art equipment.
    HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center in Harlan recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).    “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Myrtue Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center on meeting the high standards...
	Pictured is the 2018-2019 Harlan FFA Chapter Officer Team. Left to right in front: Secretary Grace Kenkel, Reporter Allyssa Obrecht, Treasurer McKenna Boardman, Sentinel Lucy Borkowski and Bobbie Schechinger Secretary; Left to right in back: Advisor Justine McCall, President Jack Buman, Reporter Abigail Jacobsen, Vice President Andrew Schechinger and Advisor James Shughart.
HARLAN -- The Harlan FFA Chapter is celebrating National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23. This year’s theme is “Just One” and it embraces more than 90 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. Nearly 670,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local,...
All State Readers Theatre Cast:  1st row (L-R) Chyann Bain, Grace Luna, Baylee Meyers and Ashley Jones.  2nd row (L-R) Hope Constable, Nora Paulson  3rd row (L-R) Sophie Brockman, Autumn Dea, Emma Maassen and Bella Zortman.  4th row (L-R) Zach Stanton, Ryan Kilmer, Evan Pattee and Kailey Jones.  (not pictured: Kaitlynne Henriksen).
    AVOCA -- The AHSTW Speech team set two new school records by having a Readers Theatre performance and the same Improvisation team selected for the Large Group All-State Speech Festival for three consecutive years.    Approximately 24,000 students started competing at the district level from 347...
   Above is the 2019 membership: Front Row L-R: Patrick Gaul, Ryne Nelsen, Chad Kroger, Jordon Sanders, Richard Petersen.
    Middle Row: Robin Butler, Connie Miller, Madison Doonan, Kristi Pederson, Bruce Blum, Shane Ransom, Tim Pederson, Alex Londo, Jacub Hazen, Allison Taylor.
    Back Row: Chad Butler, Kyle Miller, Russ Lacy, Mike Kienast, Roger Bissen, Nate Pigsley, Justin Schechinger, Tom Butler, Nate Jacobsen, Shawn Bates, JR Campbell.
    HARLAN -- The Harlan Fire Department held its annual Awards Banquet and Firefighter Recognition on Saturday evening, Feb. 2 at the C.G Therkildsen Center. Firefighters were recognized for years of service and special achievements.    The Harlan Fire Department has awarded Richard Petersen...
	Bob and Glenda Mortenson, Elk Horn, were honored as Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Citizen/Volunteers of the Year at ceremonies Friday night.
    COUNTY -- Bob and Glenda Mortensen were named Citizen/Volunteers of the Year at ceremonies held Friday, Feb. 8 at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry annual awards banquet.    Additional award winners announced Friday include Iowa Community Kitchen as Non-Profit Business of the...
Doug Schmitz (left), owner of Smitty Bee Honey, and Tony Schmitz (right) president of Smitty Bee Honey, visit with Ernst.
    DEFIANCE -- Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst made a stop in Defiance Saturday, Feb. 9 to tour Smitty Bee Honey. Ernst was in western Iowa as part of her 99-county tour for 2019.  Earlier in the day she held a town hall meeting in Audubon where she met with constituents.  The stop at Smitty Bee Honey was...
    HARLAN -- The HCS Board of Education met in closed session for approximately 5 1/2 hours Monday evening, Feb. 4 before returning to open session and taking no action before adjournment.    On hand for the closed session was attorney Jim Hanks, Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., representing the board...
    HARLAN – Two Harlan residents who have spoken before at public forums, or meetings of the HCS Board of Education, again Monday addressed the school board, citing concerns for costs associated with the independent investigation into allegations made regarding Supt. of Schools Justin Wagner,...
	An independent investigation of allegations made against HCS Superintendent of Schools Justin Wagner continues.  At Monday’s regular school board meeting, the board entered closed session to evaluate an individual, but after 5 1/2 hours no action was taken.
    HARLAN – Applause broke out on two occasions at Monday’s school board meeting following speeches by teachers Brent Tucker and Randi Daniels, who said they and others were there to support the school board, which currently is awaiting the conclusion of an independent investigator’s report...
Jerzey Schmitz, Evie Richard and Brogyn Young
    AVOCA -- Cheerleaders and Little Cheerleaders Show off their Viking cheer spirit during halftime last Friday in Avoca.

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