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    HARLAN -- At the Myrtue Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, June 29, Laboratory Director Jason Eckerman said COVID-19 testing has slowed down to the point that the hospital is now processing all of the tests in house.    “Out of that 8,357 tests that we’ve done, 1,034 were...
    STATE -- The Iowa legislature passed a number of new laws that went into effect July 1 with a wide range of changes impacting Iowa and Shelby County citizens.    Rep. Steven Holt (R-Denison) highlighted a tax cut bill, a “constitutional carry” bill and a bill banning teaching of divisive...
    HARLAN --  After the citywide garage sale last week, SCCO/Hero’s Attic saw this pile of items left outside its building.  It was then rained upon over the weekend, and when officials returned on Tuesday, all the items had to be taken to the landfill at the volunteer organization’s cost.    At...
    HARLAN – Harlan Community Schools finished 41st on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of Iowa’s top high schools.    The magazine annually ranks nearly 18,000 schools based on how well they prepare students for college, graduation rates and on how well students perform on state...
Jerry Henscheid works on the exterior windows of the building last fall.  Work is progressing substantially on the renovations.
    HARLAN – Work is progressing on a downtown building rehabilitation project being funded in part by an Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) catalyst grant that helps communities stimulate growth in their downtown areas.    The building at 601 Court St., the corner of 6th and Court Sts.,...
    REGIONAL -- Lack of rain has kept mosquitoes and ticks at bay so far this summer, but a change in weather could lead to an increase in population later in the season.    Iowa State Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis said the dry weather in Iowa this summer has resulted in fewer mosquitoes and...
A new species of earthworm, nicknamed the “crazy worm” has been found in the region.
    REGIONAL -- Homeowners may want to watch out for a new species of earthworm, nicknamed the “crazy worm,” on their properties this summer.    The worm, commonly referred to as the Asian jumping worm, is similar in appearance to a common earthworm, but is easily identifiable by its erratic, snake...
Lauren Jones (right) and Sarah McDonald are the Shelby County Historical Museum’s only two employees. The women, who each moved to Harlan within the past few years, are pictured outside of the museum earlier this month.  (Photo by Molly Blanco)
    HARLAN -- When Lauren Jones and Sarah McDonald moved to Harlan to begin their careers at the Shelby County Historical Museum, they had never even heard of the town.    Now, they are well-versed on the history of Shelby County and apply their expertise to update and enhance the museum.    ...
Nolan Havens and Ashton Bissen sit in the cockpit of a plane on display while Larry Chapman tells them about the aircraft.
    HARLAN -- The 75th annual Flight Breakfast carried on despite rain Sunday, June 20 at Rushenberg Field in Harlan. More than 400 people attended the Father’s Day event to enjoy breakfast and view the airplanes, while five planes flew in for a free breakfast. The event is sponsored by the Harlan...
Pastor Donna Ewert with some of the memorabilia on display.
    HARLAN -- Congregational United Church of Christ, Harlan, is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a special worship service Sunday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m.    Pastor Donna Ewert said she hopes parishioners past and present will stop by for the service and view the tables of memorabilia...

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