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    HARLAN -- The Harlan City Council is moving forward with improvements at J.J. Jensen Park by discussing the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost of phase I of the project.    The council voted 4-0 (Jay Christensen, Jeanna Rudolph, Greg Bladt and Dave Miller aye...
Lisa Hagemeier,
    DES MOINES -- Lisa Hagemeier, a 6th grade communications and high school Spanish teacher and Speech Coach in the Harlan Community School District, is a 2018 Excellence in Education Award Runner-up.    The award is sponsored by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA). Hagemeier was chosen...
Noreen Shannon with a series of photos she took with her 35 mm camera for the fair. The photo of the American flags was taken at the Harlan Cemetery and it won a ribbon at the time.
     IRWIN -- Photography has been a part of Noreen Shannon's life for more than 40 years.    Through getting married to Rodney Shannon, having two kids, Scott and Erica, and battling pancreatic and breast cancer, her hobby for photography has sustained.    Shannon bought her first nice camera, a...
    HARLAN -- At July’s Harlan Community Schools Board of Education board retreat workshop, HCS Superintendent of Schools Justin Wagner touted the district’s financial solvency and his ability to say “no” to many funding requests in order to keep the district financially viable.    While the...
    “There are many different groups of comparability within the HCSD when considering pay. So anchoring to a common set of goals when making compensation decisions is important. Those goals for the HCSD are the board axioms. One of those axioms is ‘Keep pay in the upper echelons of Schools of...
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)  with Panama Transfer owners Dean Kloewer (middle) and Mark Crall (right).
    PANAMA -- U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) stopped by Panama Transfer Tuesday, Aug. 7 to meet with owners Dean Kloewer (middle) and Mark Crall (right).  King learned more about the business and Panama Transfer trucking routes.  King was in Shelby County only for a few hours, as he also met with...
Senator Chuck Grassley talks with employees.
    HARLAN -- Senator Chuck Grassley visited employees at Conductix-Wampfler on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Following a tour of the facilities, Grassley held a question and answer conversation with the employees.  Grassley answered questions related to agriculture, trade, social security and health care.
    REGIONAL – With summer in full swing, many youngsters have headed to the pool daily to keep cool or to the baseball and softball diamonds as part of local sports teams to pass the time until August’s first day of school.    But for some others, getting a part-time or full-time job was on the...
    HARLAN – A Kansas City firm made a pitch to the Harlan City Council last month about the possibility of finishing out the Dye Street Development area/Christiansen subdivision in north Harlan with housing units.    The project would address the housing the community so desperately needs,...
Susan Christensen ...Newly appointed Iowa Supreme Court Justice
    DES MOINES -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds chose Fourth Judicial District Judge Susan Christensen of Harlan to serve on the Iowa Supreme Court.    Last week Reynolds announced Christensen as her choice during a ceremony at the Iowa Capitol. Christensen will be filling the vacancy created when Justice...

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