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Numbers have dwindled in recent years, and the department may be forced to close its doors if new volunteers can’t be found
    KIRKMAN – Volunteer firefighters are needed in Kirkman or the department may be forced to close.    Those words come from Captain Mike Norris, who explains this week that numbers have dwindled in recent years to a total of nine firefighters, with only three of the nine certified for qualified...
HCHS Jazz band
    HARLAN -- On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Drake University hosted its annual honor jazz band festIval.  Students performing in this event are nominated by their directors and are placed into four bands based on their grade in school.    The students attend rehearsals and master classes during the day and...
    HARLAN -- The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host its 2016 awards banquet Friday, Feb. 19 at the C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center in Harlan.    Awards to be presented include citizen/volunteer of the year, non-profit of the year, new business of the year, and business of...
 Northey takes a question from the one of the Harlan Community High School FFA students.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
    HARLAN -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was in Harlan Friday, Feb. 12 to meet with Harlan Future Farmers of America (FFA) students as part of his “Day in the District.”  Accompanying Northey in Harlan was Iowa Sen. Jason Schultz.     Besides Harlan, Northey and Schultz toured the...
    COUNTY – Elected officials in Shelby County will see a 2.5 percent raise next year following approval by the Shelby County Board of Supervisors.    Supervisors Steve Kenkel, Roger Schmitz and Charlie Parkhurst approved the raise after discussion of the county compensation board’s recommendation...
    HARLAN – The Harlan Community School District is planning for future expected losses in enrollment and the financial decreases that will come with fewer students in the classroom.    At a meeting of the board of education January 25, HCS Superintendent of Schools Justin Wagner said it’s...
    HARLAN – A committee of community members, school staff and school board members is working to develop a recommendation for next year’s Harlan Community School District calendar.    An initial meeting was held in January, and additional meetings are planned.    The committee’s challenge is to...
Board members include front, l-r: Justin Ahrenholtz, Brandi Huddle, DVM, Tim Hastert, Tim Graeve, president, George Langenfeld, Dave Kramer, treasurer and Dave Schomers. Back row: Steve Leinen, secretary, Ernie Peters, Kevin Goshorn, vice president; Kent Andersen, Todd Berndt, Mike Fara and Ken Schechinger. Not pictured Maria Wingert, Matt Schechinger and Gary Gubbels.
    The Shelby County Cattlemen board and their spouses along with more than 700 guests helped raise more than $60,000 on Sat., Feb. 6 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall.    Funds raised will go toward the Shelby County Fair trophy awards, college scholarships, heifer scholarship program, beef promotion and...
Special Olympics athletes from Harlan Community include front L to R – Angelina Wells, Billy Joe Harvey, Mark Kenkel, Mike Kenkel, Chloe Hays and Matt Kenkel.
	Back L to R – Morgan Haggard, Julia Jepsen, Emily Holloway, Cameron Hicks, Jon Ayers, Lake Goetz, Dylan Denitelli, Dylan Janssen, Jason Anderson, Billy Yoder, Reed Waldron, and Tyler Mumm.  (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
    HARLAN – A standing ovation greeted a group of Harlan Community High School athletes Friday night, as family, friends and the community recognized the district’s Special Olympics athletes.     The students were introduced and ran through a tunnel of high school boys and girls basketball players...
    COUNTY – Shelby County’s tax asking will increase roughly $129,000 under a budget proposed to be adopted by the Shelby County Board of Supervisors today, Tuesday, Feb. 9.    A hearing on the 2016-17 county budget will be held at 9 a.m. in the supervisors’ room at the Shelby County courthouse. ...

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