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    HARLAN --  The City of Harlan has signed off on an agreement that will provide forgivable loan dollars to the developer of a memory care unit to serve the community.    The council Tuesday approved a resolution that provides the loan and land to Hansen House, LLC in exchange for the creation of...
HARLAN  >>>  One of Iowa’s Happiest Cities!
HARLAN – Harlan residents are among the happiest in the state, according to a new study published this year, and based on the community’s economy, crime factors and even weather.    HomeSnacks.net is a website that combines recent data, videos and thoughts about local culture.  It gathers data to...
Harlan FFA 2015-2016 Officer Team: front row: Co-Secretary Kenzie Mumm, President Jacob Koke, Vice President Logan Peters, Co-Reporter Kelsey Schaben; back row: Advisor Justine McCall, Advisor James Shughart, Sentinel Megan Owens, Co-Secretary Jamie Schechinger, Treasurer Aaron Johannsen, Co-Reporter Lauren Blum. Photo courtesy Jacobs Photographic
    HARLAN -- The Harlan FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27. This year’s theme is Amplify! and it embraces more than 85 years of FFA traditions, courtesy Jacobs Photographic. More than half a million members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and...
    HARLAN -- The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host its 2016 awards banquet Friday, Feb. 19 at the C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center in Harlan.    Awards to be presented include citizen/volunteer of the year, non-profit of the year, new business of the year, and business of...
 Northey takes a question from the one of the Harlan Community High School FFA students.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
    HARLAN -- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was in Harlan Friday, Feb. 12 to meet with Harlan Future Farmers of America (FFA) students as part of his “Day in the District.”  Accompanying Northey in Harlan was Iowa Sen. Jason Schultz.     Besides Harlan, Northey and Schultz toured the...
    DEFIANCE – The former city clerk of Defiance was sentenced in Shelby County District Court last month to probation, community service and restitution after pleading guilty to second-degree theft for misappropriation of city funds.    Shelby County District Court Judge Kathleen A. Kilnoski...
    DES MOINES - Harlan Newspapers Sports Editor Mike Oeffner garnered third place in the weekly newspaper class category for best sports pages in the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) annual awards ceremony Feb. 5.    His award winning entries fell behind perennial national winner, the Sheldon N’...
A sun dog appeared in the eastern sky Tuesday morning, Feb. 9.
A sun dog, or parhelia, is created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere.  Not seen very often, it appeared in the eastern sky Tuesday morning, Feb. 9.
Numbers have dwindled in recent years, and the department may be forced to close its doors if new volunteers can’t be found
    KIRKMAN – Volunteer firefighters are needed in Kirkman or the department may be forced to close.    Those words come from Captain Mike Norris, who explains this week that numbers have dwindled in recent years to a total of nine firefighters, with only three of the nine certified for qualified...
HCHS Jazz band
    HARLAN -- On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Drake University hosted its annual honor jazz band festIval.  Students performing in this event are nominated by their directors and are placed into four bands based on their grade in school.    The students attend rehearsals and master classes during the day and...

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