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Andersen
    REGIONAL – Jason Andersen has joined the USDA Service Center in Audubon as a Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist serving Shelby, Audubon and Cass Counties.    Andersen’s role is to work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, the Iowa Department of...
Night scene in downtown Harlan complete with lighting provided by the Harlan Municipal Utilities back in 1911
    HARLAN – The Harlan Municipal Utilities will mark its 125th anniversary this year, with plans for a celebration this summer to highlight the years of service provided by the governmental agency to the community.    HMU’s annual municipal celebration is scheduled for June 14 and will be expanded...
Keast
    DES MOINES – Past and future officers of the Iowa Association of Student Councils (IASC) met here to honor past officers and induct the new officers for the 2015-2016 school year and HCHS sophomore Ellen Keast was named as the new IASC president.    Keast previously served on the HCHS Student...
    COUNTY – Local governments in Shelby County have debt obligations totaling $39.6 million, most of which can be attributed to the City of Harlan and Harlan Community Schools.    Much of the school’s debt, totaling $12.7 million as of June 30, 2015, directly correlates to construction projects,...
    COUNTY – The Shelby County Compensation Board will meet this month to discuss salary compensation for the county’s elected officials.    The date and time has yet to be determined.    Members of the compensation board are selected by the elected officials they represent and include: Ron Rosmann...
    REGIONAL -- The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) says flu activity in Iowa is increasing, prompting IDPH to increase the level of geographic spread of influenza from local to regional spread.    All three flu viruses covered by this year’s vaccines - influenza A (H3), influenza A (H1N1...
HCHS Senior Alex Dotzler plays the four bass drums
HCHS Senior Alex Dotzler plays the four bass drums during pep band at a Cyclone basketball game recently.  The bass drums have become a tradition for the pep band in recent years.
Jay helps Christensen with her official robe while youngest son Cass watches.
    HARLAN -- Friends, family and colleagues filled the Shelby County Courthouse courtroom Friday, Jan. 8 in support of Susan Larson Christensen, who officially took the oath of office as District Court Judge of the Fourth Judicial District of Iowa.    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad selected Christensen...
    REGIONAL – The Iowa Department of Education released its Iowa School Report Card Wednesday, Dec. 16, with area schools rating from commendable to acceptable on the new system’s scale.    Iowa’s schools are rated on certain educational measures, including math and reading proficiency, college...
    HARLAN – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating reports of land application of process wastewater potentially entering a stream after receiving numerous telephone calls from concerned citizens.    A contractor was land applying wastewater from Essentia, a processing facility...

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