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	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,...
    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 43 families desiring “adoption,” and potential donors should contact West Central Community Action. Calls...
    Harlan Firefighter Chad Butler races to douse the flames with water as the high winds whip up the fire inside the garage Thursday.  Firefighters were on scene for about two hours making sure the hot spots did not re-kindle.  The garage was listed as a total loss.
CORLEY -- High winds made fighting a garage fire more difficult, but firefighters were able to knock down the blaze fairly quickly Thursday afternoon, Nov. 19 before it had a chance to spread to neighboring residences.    The garage/workshop located at 104 3rd St. E in Corley, the Thomas and...
    HARLAN – The City of Harlan is applying for grant funds to assist local homeowners in fixing up their homes.    The Iowa Economic Development Authority offers a community development block grant (CDBG) program for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.    If approved, the city would be able to...
Harlan FFA members pictured at the Churchill Downs horse racing track L to R, front row: Megan Owens, Lauren Blum, Jacob Henry, Brandon Nelson, Jacob Koke, Abby Schechinger, and Maggie Koke.  Back row: Kelsey Schaben, Miguel Mena, Kaleb Kaster, Jamie Schechinger, Kenzie Mumm, Claire Dresen, and Joey Fields.
    HARLAN -- Fourteen Harlan FFA members and advisors, Justine McCall and James Shughart, traveled to the National FFA Convention and Expo October 27-30 in Louisville, Kentucky. The members attended several tours and participated in various National FFA Convention activities while on the trip.    ...
Nursing students Stephanie Schmitz, Dana Tanner and Sarah Oliver work on an assignment.  IWCC enrollment has increased this year.
    COUNTY – Iowa Western Community College’s Shelby County Center has seen an uptick in enrollment this fall, attributable to everything from adults returning to college and distance learning options to community college affordability and an increase in part-time students.    “We are very lucky to...
    HARLAN – Harlan’s City Council this month forgave a $11,550 balance of a fire response bill to ROV Holdings, LLC, and pledges to re-assess the city’s need for the city’s uniform fire billing ordinance.    The council voted 5-0, and Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox said Harlan residents can...

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