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    HARLAN – Shelby County will have to decide how to proceed with Christmas light storage and programming in the future as a four-year agreement with a Harlan company will soon come to an end.    Off Kilter Media has notified the county that the 2016 Christmas season will be its last in providing...
    COUNTY – Shelby County Auditor Marsha Carter is calling for a mid-year audit of her office to be completed as she leaves the position January 1.    Carter told the Shelby County Board of Supervisors last week that it’s an important step to make sure all is taken care of financially as she...
    COUNTY -- Four Shelby County residents were elected to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Shelby County Council in the Nov. 8 general election. They are: Kathy Fara, Irwin; Julie Klein, Harlan; Michele Monson, Irwin; and Sheila Rihner, Shelby.    Current members of the county...
Some of the news lights on the courthouse square
    HARLAN -- The downtown Christmas lighting ceremony was a huge success Saturday evening, Nov. 26 with hundreds turning out to meet Santa and kick off the festive season.
State runner-up participants include L to R -- Abigail Lefeber, Brooke Goshorn, Olivia Freund, Justine Buman, Lauren Andersen, Jackson Lotenschtein, Josh Rihner, Hannah Bissen, Jack Klitgaard, Camden Leinen.  (Photo contributed)
    HARLAN – A team of students from Harlan Community Middle School finished as state runners-up at the 2016 Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament Wednesday, Nov. 16.    This year’s mock trial case was a civil case based on a 2013 wrongful death lawsuit filed by a mother whose son died...
Harvest
Season
    REGIONAL – Harvest activities were virtually completed during the week ending November 20, including harvesting, baling corn stalks, tiling, terracing, hauling and spreading manure, and anhydrous application.    In west central Iowa, including Shelby County, 92 percent of the corn crop for...
    REGIONAL – The second adoption list of the Christmas season has been released this week, and a number of needy families have been added who could use some help this holiday season.    Dena Matthews, WCCA Outreach Worker and Family Development Specialist, is helping to administer the program for...
“Jul” Love It!
    ELK HORN—2016 marks the 38th anniversary of the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa’s Christmas celebration called Julefest 2016 on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 25-26.      The important elements of a Danish Christmas – good food, warm hospitality, flickering candles and other decorations...
relative newcomer to Harlan, has garnered Harlan Mayor Kate Kohorst’s appointment to the Harlan Municipal Utility Board of Trustees, effective Nov. 20.    Wees, the branch manager at Bank of the West, will replace Mary Johnson, whose six-year term is up Nov. 20.  Kohorst, at the announcement at...
    AVOCA – Live cold-weather animals from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo are coming to Avoca City Hall on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 3-4 p.m. as part of the community’s Christmas kick-off celebration, Holidays on Main.      All ages are invited to attend this enthralling presentation by zoo staff as they...

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