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COUNTY – Harlan’s Mike Thraen is being inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame, it was announced during award ceremonies at the Shelby County Fair last week.    The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recognizes volunteers and staff who have exhibited outstanding service to their county 4-H program.  Each county...
REGIONAL – Four of the seven seats on the Harlan Community Schools Board of Education are opening as the terms end for board members Al Hazelton, Amy Rueschenberg, Lonnie Muxfeldt and Angie Monson.    The seats are for four-year terms by director district that will expire in 2021. The current...
Emma Barnes (middle) was named fair queen.  First runner-up was Cassidy Robinson (left) and second runner-up was Jessica Buman.
    HARLAN -- Thursday was a busy night with the crowning of the fair queen and announcement of Hall of Fame honors at the Shelby County Fair.
	After three years of healing, Don Wageman is about to celebrate an anniversary which marks the end of a long road to recovery.
EARLING -- In a way, August 4 will be just another day.    In another sense, the day represents the end of a long recovery – as well as a new beginning – for Don Wageman and his family.    It is a year after the last of his eight surgeries. It signifies that his hip will be with him forever now,...
    REGIONAL -- Anyone who has encountered mosquitoes and ticks knows that they bite.    Depending on the summer season, however, there may be more or less to worry about. Weather, temperature and rainfall all affect these insects. However, according to Iowa State University Entomology Professor...
	HARLAN -- At the 4-H static exhibits judging, Mason Peters shows photography judges Amy Miller and Kristine Lingle a photo of his family-owned barn. From left to right: Amy Miller, Mason Peters and Kristine Lingle.  Tuesday was the first day of judging at the fair.
    COUNTY -- Most memories of the fair are fixated around your favorite, whether that be the food or the fun that was had.    The Shelby County Fair is attempting to make new memories with its latest performers, Balloon Artist Poppin’ Penelope and Papa Bear, a woodcarver.    “[Poppin’ Penelope is...
COUNTY – Shelby County Engineer Dan Ahart has announced his retirement effective November 15 following 21 years of service to the county.    Ahart made the announcement Tuesday, July 11 at a regular meeting of the Shelby County Supervisors.  Ahart said, “It is my intent, after thoughtful...
Brian Byrnes, the gallery owner, poses paintings against the wall to determine where to position the pieces.
    HARLAN -- How many people have original works from local artists?    That is one question that Brian Byrnes is asking as he officially opens the doors to the Brick Wall Gallery on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16.    The opening will last from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days. On Saturday,...
	Ernst talks to Kristin Mantell of Treynor about veterans’ issues in Harlan.
    HARLAN -- Health care questions hailed upon Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) during her town hall meeting Monday morning, July 10 at Harlan Community High School in Harlan.    The questions came from constituents who formed a crowd of approximately 150. For these constituents, the topics around health...
KIRKMAN -- The Kirkman 1992 Time Capsule came out on July 8 after spending 25 years inside of the town’s bell.    The time capsule was pulled out as part of the celebration for Kirkman’s Quasquicentennial, the 125th celebration of its incorporation. Its previous celebration, Kirkman’s Centennial,...

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