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    HARLAN – Harlan Municipal Utilities management is seeking remediation financial solutions for its ratepayers due to the high costs of natural gas and electricity during last month’s unprecedented cold weather.    The extreme cold drove energy prices high for utilities nationwide.  Locally those...
Members of the Lions Club who participated in the food box distribution recently.
    HARLAN -- The Harlan Lions Club donated enough food for 200 families during its latest mobile food drive, a key to the continued efforts to tackle food insecurities in Shelby County, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Lion’s Club Representative Sharon Hoffnagle said it was another...
Cathryn Hol waiting for a bite.
  HARLAN – Hitting the outdoors has been the theme this past month for Iowa State University Extension’s after-school program, designed to get students to experience nature during the spring semester.    On Thursday, Feb. 25, approximately nine kids in 3rd-5th grade took part in ice fishing at...
Taking their turn at rescue techniques are Allison Taylor and Madison Doonan (right).
HARLAN -- Members of the Harlan Fire Department last week trained on ice rescues at Little George Lake in south Harlan.    Harlan Fire Chief Roger Bissen said this type of training is key to prepare firefighters when they respond to an emergency related to recreational activities involving frozen...
Pictured are L to R -- Shelton, Lotenschtein and Buman.
    HARLAN -- Three Harlan Community High School speech students have qualified to compete at the state level after earning Division I ratings at districts this week.    On March 2, the HCHS Speech Team competed at a virtual Iowa High School Speech district competition held through Johnston High...
Julia Renkly, who plays bari sax in the Experience, kicked off their set with a special performance of Fly Me to the Moon with the award-winning rhythm section.
    HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Schools Jazz Program hosted a concert Friday, Feb. 26 where the Harlan Jazz Experience, Harlan Jazz Ensemble and Harlan Middle School bands were recording for virtual contests.    Family members were able to be in attendance for the recording session, getting one...
The Museum of Danish America has re-opened to the public with new hours and exhibits.
    ELK HORN -- After closing for COVID-19 precautions last November and moving to online programming, the Museum of Danish America has reopened to the public.    The museum’s new hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required.    During the closure, staff...
    HARLAN -- The Myrtue Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the proposal to lower the current tax levy of $1.15366 per thousand taxable valuation to $1.13185 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.    Approval was made following the February 23 public hearing for the county tax budget where no...
Justin Schechinger
    HARLAN -- Justin Schechinger has been honored as the 2021 Firefighter of the Year by the Harlan Fire Department.  He was presented the award during the department’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 15.    Schechinger joined the fire department in 2013 and since then has worked diligently at achieving...
Kirk and Christine Petersen (left) have been honored at Citizens of the Year.  Presenting the award is Todd Valline, executive director, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
    COUNTY – Kirk and Christine Petersen, Harlan, have been honored as citizen/volunteers of the year by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry.    The award announcement was made Friday, Feb. 19.  This year’s chamber banquet where award winners were honored was canceled due to the...

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