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    DES MOINES -- Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments in 2018. The moment you ride the big slide, the moment you share a corn dog, the moment you earn a purple ribbon, the moments are endless and unique.    With more than one million attendees and 11 fun-filled, action packed, can’t miss days,...
Caitlin Yamada
    COUNTY -- Growing up in Harlan, it was easy to think I knew everyone. I could name all the students that I had shared classrooms with for 13 years (especially the ones I grew up with at Beth’s house) and every time I left the house, I ran into at least one person I knew.    When I found out I...
Construction has been ongoing along the Highway 59 corridor where the new Bomgaar’sbuilding and the new Buck Snort Restaurant are being constructed.
HMU is in the final phase of a plan started in the early 2000s when the HMU Board of Trustees agreed to converting almost all HMU power lines from overhead to underground.  In the process, HMU has upgraded the voltage used on distribution lines from 4,160 volts to 12,470 volts.  HMU officials say changing the voltage brings the electric system up to a modern and more efficient distribution system.
    HARLAN -- Crews from contract PSC recently set the base for a new switchgear basement and vault on the south side of Chatburn Ave. at 6th St. (above).  The Harlan Municipal Utilities’ electric overhead to underground conversion project is rolling along with nice weather recently allowing crews...
Stig Hansen, Consultant
    ELK HORN -- Back in 2011 or 2012, Lou and Mike Howard had a vision to open a new restaurant in Elk Horn. Even though plans changed, the dream lived on. The Howards are currently working to open a restaurant with Danish influences in the Keysight Technology building west of where the Danish Inn...
Erin Berkley (center) with sisters Jennifer (left) and Lee.
    HARLAN -- Having world-class cancer care available in southwest Iowa has been a source of comfort and hope for Harlan resident Erin Berkley.    Erin, 41, has been named a 2018 Spirit of Courage award winner by the Jennie Edmundson Foundation. She will be honored during the Spirit of Courage...
The Shelby County Historical Society’s new management team includes Sarah McDonald, executive director (left) and Devin Sweeney, grants and development coordinator.
    HARLAN - With the departure of seasoned executive director Nate Buman and grants coordinator Aaron Hicks, the Historical Society board sprung into action and have two new leaders this summer.    The new executive director, Sarah McDonald, relocated from Dallas, TX to Harlan this April.  She...
Supt. of Schools Justin Wagner
    HARLAN – Harlan Community Superintendent of Schools Justin Wagner’s total salary and benefits package under a recently-approved contract amounts to $232,543.69 this school year.    Wagner is being paid a base salary of $173,290.11 in 2018-19 under a contract agreement approved by the Harlan...
    HARLAN – Harlan Community Schools Board of Education members this week are backing their votes approving a contract extension for their superintendent of schools, Justin Wagner, but one board member said although she voted for it, through more research she has learned there are areas where the...
L to R -- Vanessa Gunderson, Lexi Larsen, Lexie Holloway and Ashley Hall.
DES MOINES -- Fans were on hand cheering on the HCHS Cyclone baseball team to a 5-4 win over Boone Tuesday evening.    The Cyclones advanced to the semi-finals of the tourney and take on Waverly-Shell Rock today at 11 a.m. at Principal Park in Des Moines.    See sports pages today for highlights...

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