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    HARLAN – The Harlan Community Schools has approved a 2021-22 budget that calls for a steady levy but an increase in tax asking for expenses associated with its management fund and from property valuation increases.    The HCS Board of Education Tuesday, March 23 unanimously approved the...
Performing at Lewis Central last Friday was the middle school band with drummer Grant Petersen and saxophonist Katy Schmitz.
HARLAN -- The annual HCS Jazz Dance will be held Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium.  The HCMS Jazz Band will kick things off at 7 p.m. followed by the HCHS Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. and HCHS Jazz Experience at 8 p.m.  The audience is limited to family members of...
    COUNTY – Shelby County residential and commercial property owners should anticipate a significant increase in their property valuations this year when receiving their valuations from the county assessor’s office in April.    Shelby County Assessor Tony Buman said this week based on 2020 sales...
Congratulations to L to R -- Hannah Bissen, Jack Klitgaard, Griffin Schleimer, Eric Torneton, Keyton Francis and Emma Herzberg (alternate).
    HARLAN -- Six Harlan Community High School music students have been selected for the prestigious Class 3A All-State Jazz Band, and will perform with the band in a concert slated for Saturday, June 12 in Pella.    Congratulations to L to R -- Hannah Bissen, Jack Klitgaard, Griffin Schleimer,...
Extreme weather can strike at any time, and this week, March 22-26, is Severe
Weather Awareness Week in Iowa and Nebraska
    COUNTY – This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 22-26, as declared by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service.     Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in Iowa,...
    HARLAN – An attorney for the Harlan Municipal Utilities explained last week that a petition asking for a public vote to discontinue and dispose of the HMU communication utility is based solely on a misunderstanding of general accounting practices regarding depreciation, and in the end could...
A recently-constructed culvert.
    COUNTY – Shelby County has signed off on its five-year secondary roads construction plan that includes some innovative solutions to bridge, culvert, and other road-related projects.    Among the most cutting-edge answers is happening now, where old railroad tank cars are re-purposed to use for...
    HARLAN – A Change.org petition signed by more than 600 individuals requesting electric utility competition in Harlan has no legal standing in Iowa, while gas utility competition is deemed unnecessary duplication and financially unfeasible, according to attorneys who addressed the Harlan City...
Ken Weber
...HMU CEO
HARLAN -- “You want to blame somebody, blame me.  But don’t blame the employees.”    Those sentiments come from Harlan Municipal Utilities Chief Executive Officer Ken Weber this week, who is making a request of the Harlan community at-large.    He knows residents are upset with their utility bills...
Ben Wegner
    HARLAN -- Manning native Ben Wegner said it has always been a dream of his to work in law enforcement. His first day as an officer with the Harlan Police Department was February 22.    Wegner is a graduate of IKM-Manning High School and Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville, where he earned...

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