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...one of Shelby County’s earliest settlers
    EARLING – Shelby County will honor one of the county’s earliest settlers in a ceremony Sunday, June 26 at the Holcomb Cemetery northwest of Earling.    The day has been declared John McIntosh Day, proclaimed by the Shelby County Board of Supervisors, and highlights of the event will include the...
    HARLAN – Harlan has been awarded a 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Iowa Economic Development for downtown building façade improvements.    The state’s grant amounts to $299,750 (50 percent) toward the total project cost of $514,500.  The city will provide a portion of the...
Heat buckles county road on Linden Road north of County Road F24
    COUNTY – Temperatures nearing 100 degrees for an extended period of time last week and weekend claimed its first victim in the form of a buckled county road in northern Shelby County.    County engineer Dan Ahart said the hot temperatures caused a portion of Linden Road north of County Road F24...
	Jaxon Rold, in front, is fighting a rare form of brain cancer, and after surgery currently is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.  He’s shown with parents Devin Mahoney and Trent Rold, and siblings Isaiah Gaer and Jayden Rold.  (Photo submitted)
    HARLAN -- As Jaxon Rold chomped down on a cooked green bean fresh out of the garden, his parents anxiously awaited his response.    “I want more of this,” Jaxon responded. “But, it could use some salt.”    Despite the lack of spice, Jaxon’s parents, Trent Rold and Devin Mahoney, were relieved....
    HARLAN –  As Randy Pash grips the steering wheel hundreds of feet above ground, he observes the land reaching for the horizon in front of him.    “I just love being up in the air and having control of the airplane,” Pash said. “[I love] looking at the earth from a different perspective. It is...
Roberta Golden points out where the motor is on the display tractor to Shawn Shouse.
    HARLAN -- Roberta Golden points out where the motor is on the display tractor to Shawn Shouse at the Kids Farm Safety Day Camp in Harlan Friday, June 10.    The annual Myrtue Medical Center/Progressive Agricultural Safety Day for kids 8-13 years old stresses ag safety.
Semi drivers injured when rigs collide
HARLAN -- Two individuals were injured in an accident involving two semis on Highway 59 north of Harlan Friday, June 10.  Shelby County Sheriff’s officials report that the accident occurred about 3:07 a.m. near 1200th St., and both drivers were transported to Myrtue Medical Center for treatment. ...
	Members of the Golden Kiwanis line up by age. (Front L to R) John Klein, 101; Dallas Havick, 99; Vern Renze, 94; Bill Shannon, 94; Howard Henriksen, 91; Art Hibray, 92; Rex Adams, 87; Lowell Harper, 85; Mel Clothier, 85; Ralph Hansen, 86. (Back R to L) Clarence Coenen, 84; Merle Lawyer, 82; Chuck Smith, 73; Lyle Walker, 73; Charlie Parkhurst, 72; Lavonne Force, 69. Not pictured: Don Plumb, Dave Pederson, Marvin Bissen and Ron Chamberlain.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
HARLAN -- “Are you Ralph?” Clarence Coenen asks a new Golden Kiwanis member. “Would you like some more coffee?”    As men and women gather at the American Legion building in Harlan every Wednesday for the Golden Kiwanis meeting, they can’t help but show up early.    One of the earliest tends to be...
	Chuck Smith stands in front of one of his 170 model farm sets. The set called Roosevelt Stock Farm by Converse Farm was built in approximately 1912 and named after Theodore Roosevelt.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    HARLAN -- In the late 1940s, Chuck Smith could be found playing “farm” with his brothers in the grove at the age of 10. With walnuts as pigs and acorns as horses, he would dig fields in the dirt.    Now, 65 years later, he’s still playing farm, but with decades of toys. Chuck began collecting...
	The  project features new sidewalks, roads and service lines for businesses, additional handicap parking, new water service lines, new storm sewers and street lighting. (Photo by Mike Kolbe)
    SHELBY-- Economic development efforts continue in Shelby this summer, as crews broke ground on the East Street streetscape project May 16.    The construction will be between Station Street and Center Street and will last 120 days from the day it began.

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