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Rachael Cronin, operating room nurse, with the UV light protocol to decontaminate PPE, which allows for continued use.
    HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center has begun using ultraviolet light protocol to decontaminate and extend the life and usage of N95 masks.    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used every day by healthcare personnel (HCP) to protect themselves, patients, and others when providing care. PPE...
By his account, Keith Burchett (shown with his wife, Cheryl) says he had a relatively mild case of COVID-19 that was diagnosed in early April.  He’s fully recovered now and tells Shelby County residents to be diligent in practicing hygiene and social distancing guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus.  Virus cases continue to increase in Shelby County and Iowa.
    HARLAN – Keith Burchett feels lucky.    As one of the first Shelby Countians to have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 back in late March and early April, his was mild, relatively speaking.  It was no picnic, but he feels very fortunate now to be fully recovered.    “All I can say for sure is I...
This baby screech owl was rescued by local conservation officials a few weeks ago because it had a concussion.
    REGIONAL -- Spring is in full force now and over the past three weeks, Shelby County Conservation and DNR officials have received a slew of phone calls regarding baby animals.      “While I know people have the best of intentions, usually these intentions are the worst thing for these wild...
    STATE -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education today announced the state has received $26.2 million in federal relief to ensure education continues for students of all ages impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.    Iowa’s grant is part of the nearly $3 billion Governor’s...
    HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Library re-opens today, Tuesday, June 9.  It will be a grab and go event with hours as follows:  Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.    Curbsyde hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.    Following are guidelines...
    STATE – Shelby County Republican voters showed continued support for controversial U.S. Representative Steve King (R-Kiron) in Tuesday’s primary election, but statewide the embattled incumbent lost his bid for another term in the House to challenger Randy Feenstra of Hull.    Unofficial results...
	Rosie Thraen (left), outreach administrative assistant, and Dena Matthews, outreach director, are accepting donations to the food pantry.
    COUNTY -- With an expected spike for need at the beginning of June, donations of food and personal hygiene items are still very much needed at the West Central food pantry in dowtown Harlan.    West Central Community Action Outreach Director Dena Matthews said needed items include food and...
Recycling container removed
    COUNTY -- The recycling container in the former Shopko building parking lot has been removed from service.  The Shelby County Landfill Commission and county engineer’s office made the decision this week due to years of improper usage by the public.  Officials said on nearly any day of the week...
    COUNTY -- Over the past several months, Shelby Countians have experienced unprecedented times of change with COVID-19. Now, the coronavirus conversation shifts to reopening society, and looking ahead to what the “new normal” may look like.    With this in mind, Myrtue Medical Center healthcare...
    HARLAN – Harlan has re-opened its playgrounds, shelter houses, park restrooms and the skate park this week, after closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic this spring.    Portable restrooms at Little George Park and North Park are not yet available.    In addition, the city made an...

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