Julia Renkly, who plays bari sax in the Experience, kicked off their set with a special performance of Fly Me to the Moon with the award-winning rhythm section.
    HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Schools Jazz Program hosted a concert Friday, Feb. 26 where the Harlan Jazz Experience, Harlan Jazz Ensemble and Harlan Middle School bands were recording for virtual contests.    Family members were able to be in...
The Museum of Danish America has re-opened to the public with new hours and exhibits.
    ELK HORN -- After closing for COVID-19 precautions last November and moving to online programming, the Museum of Danish America has reopened to the public.    The museum’s new hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Masks and social...
Justin Schechinger
    HARLAN -- Justin Schechinger has been honored as the 2021 Firefighter of the Year by the Harlan Fire Department.  He was presented the award during the department’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 15.    Schechinger joined the fire department in 2013...
Kirk and Christine Petersen (left) have been honored at Citizens of the Year.  Presenting the award is Todd Valline, executive director, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
    COUNTY – Kirk and Christine Petersen, Harlan, have been honored as citizen/volunteers of the year by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry.    The award announcement was made Friday, Feb. 19.  This year’s chamber banquet where...
Firefighters keep the blaze at bay.
TENNANT -- Firefighters from the Harlan Fire Department and Shelby Fire and Rescue participated in a training burn Saturday, Feb. 27 in Tennant.  New firefighters got the chance to see what it’s like to battle a fire from inside the structure as...
Ava Miller (top, far right) performs with Breaking Cylence during dress rehearsal last week.
    HARLAN – Breaking Cylence, Harlan Community High School’s show choir group, kicked off its contest season Saturday, Feb. 20 with a seventh-place showing at the Pella Dutchmasters Show Choir Invitational, also taking home a trophy for having the...
Julia Renkly, who plays bari sax in the Experience, kicked off their set with a special performance of Fly Me to the Moon with the award-winning rhythm section.
The Museum of Danish America has re-opened to the public with new hours and exhibits.
Justin Schechinger
Kirk and Christine Petersen (left) have been honored at Citizens of the Year.  Presenting the award is Todd Valline, executive director, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Firefighters keep the blaze at bay.
Ava Miller (top, far right) performs with Breaking Cylence during dress rehearsal last week.
Julia Renkly, who plays bari sax in the Experience, kicked off their set with a special performance of Fly Me to the Moon with the award-winning rhythm section.
    HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Schools Jazz Program hosted a concert Friday, Feb. 26 where the Harlan Jazz Experience, Harlan Jazz Ensemble and Harlan Middle School bands were recording for virtual contests.    Family members were able to be in attendance for the recording session, getting one...
The Museum of Danish America has re-opened to the public with new hours and exhibits.
    ELK HORN -- After closing for COVID-19 precautions last November and moving to online programming, the Museum of Danish America has reopened to the public.    The museum’s new hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required.    During the closure, staff...
    HARLAN -- The Myrtue Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the proposal to lower the current tax levy of $1.15366 per thousand taxable valuation to $1.13185 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.    Approval was made following the February 23 public hearing for the county tax budget where no...
Justin Schechinger
    HARLAN -- Justin Schechinger has been honored as the 2021 Firefighter of the Year by the Harlan Fire Department.  He was presented the award during the department’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 15.    Schechinger joined the fire department in 2013 and since then has worked diligently at achieving...
Kirk and Christine Petersen (left) have been honored at Citizens of the Year.  Presenting the award is Todd Valline, executive director, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
    COUNTY – Kirk and Christine Petersen, Harlan, have been honored as citizen/volunteers of the year by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry.    The award announcement was made Friday, Feb. 19.  This year’s chamber banquet where award winners were honored was canceled due to the...
Firefighters keep the blaze at bay.
TENNANT -- Firefighters from the Harlan Fire Department and Shelby Fire and Rescue participated in a training burn Saturday, Feb. 27 in Tennant.  New firefighters got the chance to see what it’s like to battle a fire from inside the structure as well as from the outside.The building was donated for...
    HARLAN – Extreme cold covering much of the United States in mid February forced an astronomical increase in natural gas prices to the point where utility companies are now seeing the real financial hits that number in the millions of dollars.    For the Harlan Municipal Utilities it amounts to...
Ava Miller (top, far right) performs with Breaking Cylence during dress rehearsal last week.
    HARLAN – Breaking Cylence, Harlan Community High School’s show choir group, kicked off its contest season Saturday, Feb. 20 with a seventh-place showing at the Pella Dutchmasters Show Choir Invitational, also taking home a trophy for having the top band in its class.     Madison Schumacher also...
	Winners of the virtual Gingerbread Contest held in December were Laila, Lillian and Declan Niklasen, children of Dain and LaJissa Niklasen of Kimballton.
    ELK HORN – Elk Horn’s Public Library has been named a five-star library by Library Journal, and is one of only three libraries in Iowa to receive such an honor.    Library Director Alissa LaCanne said this week the library was notified in December of the award.  Library scores for the honor are...
Stetson Thurman rides during a recent competition.  He has qualified for junior amateurs in Fort Worth, TX this week.
    HARLAN -- Six-year-old Stetson Thurman is much like any other active kindergartner.    He loves Creighton Bluejays basketball, the Omaha Lancers hockey team, and follows Toronto Bluejays baseball.  He plays tee ball with his younger brother, Oakley, and cousin, Easton.    You can find Stetson...
Macie Leinen celebrates the victory.
DENISON -- Congratulations to the Harlan Community Cyclones who defeated Denison-Schleswig 52-43 Tuesday night to earn a trip to the girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines next week!  All your game highlights inside today’s NA!
Klitgaard
    HARLAN -- Harlan Community High School announced this week that senior Jack Klitgaard, son of Dr. Don and Laurel Klitgaard, has been named a finalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.    Klitgaard is among the more than 1.5 million students in 21,000 schools throughout the nation...

Sports

 HCHS players in the postgame celebration following last week’s regional final win at Denison include, right-left: Shelby Sisson, Jocelyn Cheek, Macie Leinen, Jordan Heese and Maci Schmitz. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)

    DES MOINES (March 2) -- When the Harlan Community girls basketball team played at Ballard last January, it was a night to quickly forget.

Family Living

Austin and Elizabeth Euchner
    HARLAN -- Elizabeth Fields and Austin Euchner both of Omaha exchanged marriage vows at the Harlan Golf and Country Club on September 26, 2020. The bride’s godfather, Brian...

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