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    REGIONAL – Needy families are getting some help from generous donors this holiday season as part of the annual Adopt-A-Family Christmas program in Shelby County.    The list has grown to 87 families desiring “adoption,” and potential donors should contact West Central Community Action. Calls...
    ELK HORN -- Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) is seeking applications from low to moderate income homeowners in the City of Elk Horn.    Income-qualified homeowners who live in the target area may be eligible to receive a five year forgivable loan to provide housing repairs. 
American Legion/VFW retire colors
    HARLAN -- The Harlan American Legion Posts 150 and VFW Post 941 performed a Flag Retirement Ceremony (Dignified Disposal of Unserviceable Flags) at the Lawrence and Pam Rold acreage east of Harlan on October 17.    The ceremony pays proper respect to flags that have become unserviceable after...
Holiday Lighting Contest begins
    COUNTY -- The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with the Harlan Municipal Utilities, Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative and MidAmerican Energy, are sponsoring a holiday home lighting contest this season.    Winners will be awarded $100, $50 or $25 in...
	The varsity team, consisting of HCMS 8th graders, was crowned state runners-up.  Team members L to R -- Abby Alberti, Lucy Borkowski, Alex Schechinger, Thomas Frederick, Elise Juhl, Justina Borgman, Dani Arkfeld, Anna Nelson, Rachel Anderson, and Emma Erlbacher.
    HARLAN – Harlan Community Middle School’s Varsity Mock Trial team was crowned state runner-up at the state mock trial competition held November 16-17 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.    In addition, HCMS’s junior varsity team took home 11th place at the state level.  Both teams competed...
    HARLAN – A pet treat manufacturing firm has plans to locate in the Harlan Industrial Park, with hopes of bringing upwards of 15 initial jobs and an additional 30 to the community in the future.    Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Director Todd Valline said last week, the...
	Sen. Ted Cruz addresses a crowd of roughly 150 at a stop in Harlan.
    HARLAN – Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz makes it pretty clear that if elected commander in chief, he’ll have a very busy first day in office.    The senator from Texas has leapt into second place in Iowa this week behind Donald Trump in a poll of likely Republican voters, now ahead...
The City of Harlan’s Jeff
Musich trims the bottom of the official Shelby County Christmas tree before it’s put in place on the courthouse square last week.
COUNTY -- The third year of the holiday lighting ceremony in downtown Harlan will kick off Saturday, Nov. 28 with lots of Christmas cheer and holiday events to start the season in Shelby County.    The kick-off to the holiday season is a special one, with the lighting of the official Christmas tree...
Danish Villages ready to celebrate Julefest 2015
ELK HORN—2015 is the 37th anniversary of the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa’s Christmas celebration - Julefest on November 27 and 28.  The important elements of a Danish Christmas – good food, warm hospitality, flickering candles and other decorations – will all be a part of this...
Sports Editor Oeffner honored
by IHSAA with media award
    CEDAR FALLS - Veteran Harlan Newspapers Sports Editor Mike Oeffner has been awarded the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s media award as selected by the IHSAA Board of Control.  He, along with four others, was given the honor at the Class 3A state football championship here on Thursday,...

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