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The Shelby County Fair kicked off this week at the fairgrounds in Harlan.  A full schedule is planned for the upcoming weekend.  Here, photography judge Sandy Kristensen talked with Grant Petersen about his project at the 4-H Static Exhibit judging Tuesday, July 13.
    HARLAN -- The Shelby County Fair is back in full swing this year with a regular schedule of events, activities and entertainment to support agriculture and 4-H in Shelby County.    The fair will take place July 14 through 18 at the fairgrounds in Harlan.    Last year, the fair was reduced due...
    HARLAN – Harlan Community Theatre’s presentation of the classical Disney® musical Beauty and the Beast kicks off Friday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at Harlan Community High School, with five additional performances over this weekend and the following weekend.    Tickets are available at showtix4u.com/...
	The Mulligan family is ready for the county fair -- L to R -- Mallory, Andy, Meredith, Mitchell and Tiffany.
    DEFIANCE -- The Mulligan family is looking forward to participating in the Shelby County Fair this year after activities were reduced during the pandemic last summer.    Andy and Tiffany Mulligan have been avid supporters of the fair for years. It has become a tradition to camp at the...
       Bella Muller competed in the USA Olympic Weightlifting Youth Nationals in Detroit, MI earlier this month where she finished sixth in her division.
    KIMBALLTON – Bella Muller, 14, finished sixth in the nation out of 18 competitors at the USA Olympic Weightlifting Youth Nationals Competition held June 25-July 4 in Detroit, MI.    Muller, the daughter of Ilee and Michael Muller and a freshman-to-be at Elk Horn-Kimballton High School this fall...
	Queen candidates this year are front L to R -- Sydney O’Neill and Nicole Hansen.  Back L to R -- Mallory Mulligan, Sammi Wahling, Justine Buman and Reanna Obrecht.
    COUNTY -- Six young women are in the running to be crowned Shelby County Fair Queen this week.    Coronation will take place Thursday evening, July 15 in the show ring at the fairgrounds at 8 p.m. The new queen will reign over the Shelby County Fair as well as represent the county at the state...
HARLAN – A Harlan psychologist and farmer whose life’s work involves improving the behavioral health care of those in the agricultural business will be the featured speaker at a town hall for farmers Thursday, July 15 during the Shelby County Fair.    Michael R. Rosmann is being included in a 90...
    REGIONAL -- As the Shelby County Fair approaches, the Boysen family is preparing to show off months of hard work on their projects for this year’s fair.    Mitch and Cindy Boysen live on a farm outside of Wiota with their children Leah, Chet and Greta. All three of the kids participate in the...
    AVOCA – The Avoca Flower Shop is one of five Main Street programs in Iowa announced as a substate winner in a state program awarding funds for business development and expansion projects.    The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) last week awarded $40,000 to Main Street programs around...
    HARLAN – Bill Kearney will take over the helm of the tradition-rich Harlan Community Jazz Program in 2021-22, with plans to continue the standard of excellence while building on music education for the students involved.    Kearney, who will be in his sixth year as high school band director,...
	Fire departments in Shelby County unloaded water, courtesy of Hy-Vee, on Friday for Shelby County community residents affected by the water shortage due to the fire at a Regional Water Rural Water Association pump station.  Fareway also donated water for area residents.
    AVOCA – A fire at a Regional Water Rural Water Association booster station used to pump water to nearby communities was completely destroyed by fire early Friday morning, July 2 which led to a temporary, possible shortage of water, mandatory water use restrictions and a mandatory boil advisory...

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