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REGIONAL -- After having fallen in each of the three previous years, the average value of an acre of farmland in Iowa saw an increase in 2017. The average statewide value of an acre of farmland is now estimated to be $7,326. This represents an increase of 2.0 percent, or $143 per acre, from the...
From left: Isa Marques of Spain, Clara Brunner of Germany, Hannah Bläsius of Germany and Anna Bornhøft of Denmark are foreign exchange students at HCHS for the 2017-2018 school year.
HARLAN -- With half the school year now over, the four foreign exchange students at Harlan Community High School this year took a moment to share memories they have made during their first few months in Harlan.    Anna Bornhøft, Isa Marques and  Hannah Bläsius will be students at HCHS until May...
in in the Harlan Newspapers’ First Baby of 2018 contest. The first baby born at Myrtue Medical Center will be the recipient of several great prizes from greater Shelby County merchants.    And the person to predict the time and date of the first baby born will win a year’s subscription to the...
Grand Opening Photo from 1974
See the video at: http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Fourth-generation-retail-shop-in-Harlan...   HARLAN, Iowa (WOWT) -- This holiday season many shoppers let their fingers do the walking, and those record internet sales forced some brick and mortar businesses out of business. But there’s a little...
Chamberlain presents the cake to the supervisors.  Shown is supervisor Roger Schmitz.
COUNTY -- The Shelby County Courthouse is 125 years old this year, and local historian Ron Chamberlain brought a cake celebrating the birthday to the county supervisors’ meeting Tuesday.  Chamberlain, left, said the courthouse where it stands today was built in 1892.  Eighty boxcar loads of stone...
	The 8th grade team includes L to R -- Sam Buman, Amelia Scarf, Mallory Mulligan, Avery Carter, Julia Renkly, Allison Curren, Evan Finken, Kaia Bieker, Ellie Gross and Savannah Musich.
HARLAN – The Harlan Community Middle School 8th Grade Mock Trial team earned state runner-up honors recently at the 34th annual Iowa Middle School Mock Trial Tournament held in Des Moines.    Team members Sam Buman, Kaia Bieker, Avery Carter, Allison Curren, Evan Finken, Ellie Gross, Mallory...
COUNTY – Bomgaars has plans to build a new, larger facility in Harlan, on the south edge of town south of Settle Inn and adjacent to the proposed Buck Snort Restaurant in the Harlan Plaza subdivision.    Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Director Todd Valline said hopes are...
COUNTY – Employees of the Shelby County Emergency Management Association (EMA) who may have received a positive performance review this fall won’t be getting a one percent salary increase come January 1 due to alleged management error.    The Shelby County Board of Supervisors said they had not...
Iowa Sen. Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig)  (right) and Iowa Rep. Steve Holt (R-Denison)
HARLAN -- A small group turned out Saturday morning, Dec. 16 for a pre-legislative meeting with Iowa Sen. Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig)  (right) and Iowa Rep. Steve Holt (R-Denison) in Harlan.  The legislators held the meeting to inform residents about issues facing the Iowa Legislature this upcoming...
COUNTY – The annual holiday adoption program has come to an end this week, with many families receiving help this Christmas season.    Dena Matthews, who manages the program through West Central Community Action, said as of early this week there still were quite a few families needing adoption. ...

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