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	Harlan Municipal Utilities and City of Harlan crews put the official Shelby County Christmas Tree in place and strung it with lights Wednesday, Nov. 20 on the east side of the courthouse square.  The tree will light up and kick off the season at the annual holiday lighting festival slated for Saturday, Nov. 30.  The tree this year was donated by Mark Rasmussen. (Photo by Alan Mores)
COUNTY -- The sixth year of the holiday lighting ceremony in downtown Harlan will kick off Saturday, Nov. 30 with lots of Christmas cheer and holiday events to start the season in Shelby County.    The kick-off to the holiday season is a special one the weekend after Thanksgiving starting on Friday...
    The Harlan Newspapers, Keast Auto Center and Hy-Vee have again teamed up to sponsor coloring contests; one for children in Pre-K thru 2nd grade, with another for kids 3rd thru 5th grades. Winning entries and artists willbe featured on the covers of this year’s Holiday Greeting issues Dec. 20...
    HARLAN – The holiday season is upon us, and the Shelby County Historical Museum is commencing the festivities with the announcement of their annual Christmas Program. The Christmas Program is a time-honored tradition featuring a sing-a-long, refreshments, the candy cane legend, and more! All...
    COUNTY – It’s almost time!  Get ready, kids, for Santa to make a stop in your community in December.  Santa Claus is Coming to Town to make his rounds with his friends from the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8.    The idea was first brought...
The StoryWalk® is a set of 20 sign posts that are featured alongside the walking path at Pioneer Park.
    HARLAN – Local residents now have a new feature to view while on their walks in Pioneer Park -- a StoryWalk® program where park-goers can read books through a series of signs spread throughout the park.  City crews recently finished installing the pedestals, and the first books were installed...
	James and Cheryl Juhl have adopted three children and also have fostered other children.  (Photo contributed)
    REGIONAL -- Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) is celebrating National Adoption Month in November. It’s a time to celebrate with community members and families who have adopted children in need of loving homes.    This month is also a time to recognize the 123,000 children across the U.S. who are...
	Students at IKM-Manning Elementary learn how to care for chickens in a chicken life cycle lesson. They learned what chickens eat and when chickens are mature enough to begin laying eggs.  (Photo contributed)
    IRWIN -- Third grade students at IKM-Manning Elementary School have been exploring the life cycles of soybeans, chickens, sunflowers, and apples. Third grade teachers Lori Petersen and Greg Polzien invited “Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom” to speak to students about life cycles. The...
Bell-Ringing Season
    REGIONAL -- A stranded motorist may be given a gas card.  A victim of domestic abuse may get a night’s stay in a safe place.      A family short on funds may receive assistance with their rent or utilities, or maybe they need winter apparel, or diapers and lice kits for their children.  An...
    REGIONAL – The annual holiday adoption program is under way with a number of needy families hoping to receive some assistance this holiday season.    Administration of the adoption program is being handled by West Central Community Action, and the Harlan Newspapers remains actively involved in...
	Eighth-grade team back L to R - Ian Shelton, Noah Schmitz, Gavin Bruck, and Darbie Argotsinger.  Middle L to R - Isabelle Gaul, Scarlett McGuinness, Kami Stork, and Joseph Bragg.  Front L to R - Cole Heronimus, Lael Taylor, and Violet Lotenschtein.  (Photos contributed)
    HARLAN -- Two Harlan Community Middle School mock trial teams will compete today-Thursday, Nov. 19-21 at the state mock trial event in Des Moines, following top showings at a regional event at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs held in early November.    The HCMS 8th grade team...

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