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From top:  L to R -- Spencer Dozler, Cassie Riley, Bobbie Schechinger (hidden), Allen Fries, Aaron Porter, Tim Mumm, Maggie Nollen and Parker Jones.  Katelyn Kluver as Tracy Turnblad.  Camron Buck as Seaweed J. Stubbs.  Gabe Madson, Caitlin Bissen and Macy Neese
HARLAN – It’s the 1960s and there’s change in the air!    The Harlan Community High School Drama Department will present this week its production of Hairspray, the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and...
HARLAN – The City of Harlan on Wednesday, Nov. 1 will begin enforcement of a long-standing regulation prohibiting any signs within the public right-of-way.    An uptick in the number of yard signs being placed in the city right-of-way has led to a two-month educational effort by the city giving...
    HARLAN – The Harlan City Council has approved the first reading of an ordinance amending its fireworks code, limiting the display of fireworks in Harlan to only two days.    The council voted 6-0 Tuesday, Oct. 17 amending chapter 41 of the city’s ordinance regarding dates and times of fireworks...
COUNTY -- Shelby County Auditor Mark Maxwell says absentee ballot requests were sent to all mailing addresses available to his office, to the available addresses in Portsmouth, Kirkman, Westphalia, Panama, Tennant and Defiance.    Absentee ballots postmarked on Monday, Nov. 6  or earlier and...
Chelsey Buman-Olsen is working this harvest season with her grandfather, Lud (left), and father, Bill.  She’s excited to get back on the farm.
By Kim Wegener, Family Living EditorURAL HARLAN -- Chelsey Buman-Olsen is right where she wants to be - back on the farm. She beams as she says the best part of her job as a farmer is that each day is different and brings new challenges.    She returned a year ago with her young family to Shelby...
REGIONAL – Acceptable harvest weather finally greeted farmers this past week allowing the agricultural community to make up some time after a less than ideal early October.    Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, said rainy weather in late September and early October kept farmers out of...
Those in attendance met the candidates for municipal office in Harlan, including L to  R -- Phil Perkins, Larry Trickel, Jeanna Rudolph and Sharon Kroger.
HARLAN -- Approximately 25 people turned out Tuesday, Oct. 24 at a Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry-sponsored candidates forum at the Harlan Community High School auditorium.     The candidates were given the opportunity to make statements and answer questions.  Perkins and Kroger are...
  Mary Hoch HCHS Football video: https://youtu.be/6DvuXEtH2Ow   Harlan turned the renewal of its lengthy playoff series with Bishop Heelan into a rout early as the Cyclones jumped to a 35-0 halftime lead on their way to a 42-7 win in a Class 3A first-round football playoff game Friday....
Under the Sea is the theme for this year's Harvest Fest
The 16th-annual Harvest Fest celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 complete with something for the whole family, from a parade and kids events to a street market and craft fair.    Event organizer Lori Christensen with the Harlan Newspapers said Harvest Fest has continued to grow over the...
REGIONAL – Shelby County is exploring an option of sharing county attorney services with neighboring Audubon County, which reached out to local officials here to discuss the sharing possibility.    Board of supervisors chairman Steve Kenkel said one of the supervisors in Audubon County contacted...

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