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    HARLAN – Chad Kroger has been named Harlan’s Firefighter of the Year during ceremonies held at the annual Harlan Fire Department banquet and awards ceremony Saturday, Feb. 12 in Harlan.    Kroger joins a long list of firefighters who have been honored by the department, and is the first three-...
Mitch and Nancy Osborn
    Each day is a success. When the sun goes down, you may not be in the right spot to see it, but there is beauty and victory. Moving one foot in front of the other, taking the breath to face the next thing- the weight of success in these tasks is unmeasurable.    The loads people carry often go...
    HARLAN -- Veda Tucker gave a presentation Tuesday morning, Feb. 15 to Harlan Community High School students about Rachel’s Challenge, the highly-effective violence and self-harm prevention program focusing on school culture and creating safer, more connected school communities.      Tucker...
	IKM-Manning speech students to perform at all-state include:  Front L to R:  Emma Branning, Maeve Nielsen, Eryn Ramsey, Sarah Christensen, McKenna Mullen, Regan Grau, Avery Henkelman, Adrianna Williams.  Middle L to R:  Keegan Haskins, Emily Albertsen, Kasche Huehn, Josiah Conner, Kavin Beam, Katy Wooster, Jessica Christensen.  Back L to R:  Eli Haskins, Ben Niles, Nolan Ramsey, Luke Ramsey, Max Nielsen.  Missing:  Eli Guzman, Brody Blom, Justine Koski.  (Photo contributed)
    MANNING – IKM-Manning has had an incredible 23 students across four speech groups be nominated for all-state status and asked to perform at the all-state festival this weekend in Ames.    “Our kids did a super job at state and we received four All-State nominations -- the most our school has...
    HARLAN – It doesn’t look as if the Harlan Municipal Utilities is considering any sale of its telecommunications utility soon as it continues to gather data and information in an effort to position the utility better for its customers in the future.    HMU Board Chairman David Tyrrel said HMU...
    NEOLA – A teacher and coach in the Tri-Center (Neola) School District charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee and dissemination and exhibition of obscene materials to minors has had April 26 set as the date for her jury trial.    Ag/FFA Teacher and Girls Softball Coach Josie Mae...
    HARLAN – Harlan Community jazz musicians will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with some of Iowa’s finest college musicians when the University of Iowa Latin Jazz Ensemble comes to town April 9.    Through a partnership effort with the Western Iowa Regents Resource Center (WIRRC) and...
    NATIONAL --  In early April, 2021, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) began providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the              ...
    ELK HORN -- A standing room only crowd turned out Friday, Feb. 4 for the halftime performance of Villa Dance at the Exira/EH-K girls and boys basketball games.    Each year students from the dance troupe, comprised of dancers from across southwest Iowa including Atlantic, Elk Horn, Kimballton...
    COUNTY – Shelby County employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1014-2 and 1014-4 have presented their initial bargaining proposals to Shelby County as contract negotiations officially get under way.    Initial proposals from the...

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