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Firefighters keep the blaze at bay.
TENNANT -- Firefighters from the Harlan Fire Department and Shelby Fire and Rescue participated in a training burn Saturday, Feb. 27 in Tennant.  New firefighters got the chance to see what it’s like to battle a fire from inside the structure as well as from the outside.The building was donated for...
    HARLAN – Extreme cold covering much of the United States in mid February forced an astronomical increase in natural gas prices to the point where utility companies are now seeing the real financial hits that number in the millions of dollars.    For the Harlan Municipal Utilities it amounts to...
Ava Miller (top, far right) performs with Breaking Cylence during dress rehearsal last week.
    HARLAN – Breaking Cylence, Harlan Community High School’s show choir group, kicked off its contest season Saturday, Feb. 20 with a seventh-place showing at the Pella Dutchmasters Show Choir Invitational, also taking home a trophy for having the top band in its class.     Madison Schumacher also...
	Winners of the virtual Gingerbread Contest held in December were Laila, Lillian and Declan Niklasen, children of Dain and LaJissa Niklasen of Kimballton.
    ELK HORN – Elk Horn’s Public Library has been named a five-star library by Library Journal, and is one of only three libraries in Iowa to receive such an honor.    Library Director Alissa LaCanne said this week the library was notified in December of the award.  Library scores for the honor are...
Stetson Thurman rides during a recent competition.  He has qualified for junior amateurs in Fort Worth, TX this week.
    HARLAN -- Six-year-old Stetson Thurman is much like any other active kindergartner.    He loves Creighton Bluejays basketball, the Omaha Lancers hockey team, and follows Toronto Bluejays baseball.  He plays tee ball with his younger brother, Oakley, and cousin, Easton.    You can find Stetson...
Macie Leinen celebrates the victory.
DENISON -- Congratulations to the Harlan Community Cyclones who defeated Denison-Schleswig 52-43 Tuesday night to earn a trip to the girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines next week!  All your game highlights inside today’s NA!
Klitgaard
    HARLAN -- Harlan Community High School announced this week that senior Jack Klitgaard, son of Dr. Don and Laurel Klitgaard, has been named a finalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.    Klitgaard is among the more than 1.5 million students in 21,000 schools throughout the nation...
A new book by author James Kenyon that spotlights a collection of accounts from student alumni of closed Iowa high schools.
    REGIONAL – A new book by author James Kenyon that spotlights a collection of accounts from student alumni of closed Iowa high schools features some interesting antecdotes from local historians in both Shelby and Kimballton.    Echoes in the Hallways: History and Recollections of 102 Closed Iowa...
	Dr. Tina Flores and Rural Health Clinic Nurse Alissa Eck review a chest x-ray of a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19.  Flores contracted the virus about a week after she received her first vaccine, likely exposed just before receiving the vaccine.
    HARLAN – Myrtue Medical Center’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of extraordinary.    Just ask Dr. Tina Flores, who has seen first hand the efforts of health care workers over the past year not only through the lens of a practitioner, but also as a patient.    While...
    COUNTY -- Shelby County has locations featured in the new Scenic Byways Passport program. Prairie Rivers of Iowa has partnered with Travel Iowa to bring a free, fun, COVID-safe, passport program to Iowa promoting travel and tourism along the participating Byways.    The Scenic Byways Passport...

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