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Willie Murillo, left, performs with Bill Kearney.
HARLAN – Nationally known songwriter, professional musician and educator Willie Murillo brought his expertise and talent to the Harlan Community School District for an educational clinic and master class for students in the jazz program. The day concluded with a career workshop and concert, with a...
HARLAN —     The Harlan Municipal Utilities Board of Trustees at their regular meeting Jan. 26 approved a 25-cent increase of the gas billing charges for HMU.    HMU contracted with Bill Lindley from Clayton Energy for their gas purchases on December 1, 2022. Lindley gave a presentation regarding...
Several ash trees have been removed at Prairie Rose State Park.
AREA — Prairie Rose State Park has begun the monumental task of removing approximately 300 mature Ash trees that have been destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer.     Campers will easily notice the absence of trees on each side of the road, which provided shade for nearly every camping spot in the park...
Des Moines Bishop Michael Joensen
HARLAN  — Students at Shelby County Catholic Schools celebrated vocations to priesthood and religious life with Des Moines Bishop Michael Joensen and Shelby County priests and religious.    Fifth-graders wrote letters to invite the religious to Mass and lunch following the Mass.  
HARLAN — The Learning for Life (LFL)  group connection of Myrtue Medical Center Department of Public Health met at the Harlan Public Library January 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and attended their Family Fun Night--making fish aquariums.   Each child,  with assistance from their family, was able...
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig
As part of his annual 99 county tour, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig stopped in Shelby County on Friday at HTS Ag in Harlan. He visited with employees, learned about the business and services they offer, and discussed issues the company is facing. The group discussed the challenges of...
 STATEWIDE — Earlier this week, the Iowa Legislature passed a bill to create taxpayer funded education savings accounts (ESAs) for all Iowa students attending a private, accredited school. “The Students First Act” (House File 68) passed through the Iowa House with a vote of 55-45. Nine republicans...
Several people attended the Schwery Family LLC land auction Monday.
 PANAMA — When it comes time for farmers and landowners to sell off all or a portion of their land there are different options, including private sale or a land auction.    Schaben Real Estate recently helped the Schwery Family LLC sell two tracts of land at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Panama.As the...
Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, right, with her husband Daniel, daughter Geneva and son Xavier.
    HARLAN — This year’s Iowa Mother of the Year award was given to Ellen Walsh-Rosmann of Harlan. She is the 74th woman in Iowa history to be so named. Walsh-Rosmann, along with honorees from states across the United States, will be recognized during the 88th National Convention of American...
    DES MOINES — In celebration of National Unclaimed Property Day, held annually on February 1, State Treasurer Roby Smith is sharing the newest report of unclaimed funds in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt for Shelby County.    “In 2022, more than $82,000 was reported to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt...

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