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Three finalists for top city position, Gene Gettys, Matthew Mardesen and Todd Valline
    HARLAN - Two Harlanites, along with the city administrator for the City of Monroe, IA, are finalists for the Harlan City Administrator position to replace former administrator Terry Cox.    Cox resigned effective June 30 after having served 39 years as the city’s administrator.    The  search...
    STATE -- People across Iowa will have the opportunity to purchase select items at a lower price during the tax free days.    “If people didn’t [know about tax free weekend] it’s really a savings of seven percent,” said Sandy Ronfeldt, owner of Rubi J clothing.    From August 5-7, the seven...
    COUNTY -- Dave Tyrrel will take over the reigns of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry following elections at their annual meeting July 19.    Moving up from vice-president, Tyrrel takes over for Brent Scheve who remains on the board as immediate past president.
	Kat Eenhuis says when she gives readings, it makes her feel thankful if she can help someone.  She first learned about her abilities when she was 10 years old.  She can perceive events in the future and interact with the dead.
    HARLAN -- A 10 year-old Kat Eenhuis remembers sitting in the coat room at a family party back in 1974 in Broomfield, CO.    She had found an acquaintance to talk with who looked much like Santa Claus with long white hair and rosy cheeks.    As she left her friend in the coat room, she ran into...
Harlan native Rob Klinkefus
    HARLAN -- While TJ Otzelberger was in the midst of his press conference, April 21, about his new position as head basketball coach at South Dakota State, he announced that Rob Klinkefus, Harlan native, will be remaining as an assistant coach.    Community members, players and faculty gave a...
    REGIONAL – The number of registered sex offenders that call the greater Shelby County area their home has decreased in the past two years, according to Iowa’s state sex offender registry.    Shelby County and areas surrounding the county have 26 registered sex offenders as of this month, as...
	Pat and Amy Hoffmann are excited about the arrival of the still that will be the backbone of the Lonely Oak Distillery.  (Photo courtesy Jacobs Photographic)
    EARLING -- As Pat Hoffmann sat and observed the sunset across his fields one evening, he noticed one isolated oak tree without a leaf on its branches and he began to smile.    Lonely Oak would become the name of his new distillery. He frantically called his wife, Amy, with the exciting news...
HCHS assistant coach Joe Heese hugs winning pitcher Brett Croghan following Saturday’s state title victory over Carlisle. (photo by Mike Oeffner)
HCHS now has 27 state titles in nine sports. See Sports inside the Tuesday, August 2.
    COUNTY-- Local school administrators are waiting to take further action on a new federal transgender directive until they receive additional instructions from the state level, and discuss the matter openly among themselves and with the Iowa Association of School Boards.    The directive, handed...
    HARLAN -- Local authorities are alerting the public of a scam involving Facebook, YouTube and video chatting/photo taking that occurred in Harlan recently.    Harlan Police reports indicate a Harlan male recently was contacted via Facebook by an individual who wanted to video chat.  The female...

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