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Tower Maintenance
    HARLAN -- Utility Services Group (USG), utility maintenance company serving water providers across the United States, is performing work this month on the 12th Street water tower as part of an all-inclusive service agreement with Harlan Municipal Utilities. The tank is being power washed,...
Installation was being done by Loren Black, Sterling West, Gothenburg, NE.
    HARLAN -- Crews finished installing fitness equipment in Pioneer Park this week.  The project is a partnership between the City of Harlan and the Shelby County Wellness Alliance, and includes four pads and seven pieces of Norwell Outdoor Fitness Equipment.    Pictured above is the Air Walker...
    STATE -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced this week that capacity limits will be lifted at Iowa businesses beginning today, Friday, June 12, and new COVID-19 test sites are being opened across the state, including close by in neighboring Crawford County.    Businesses have been limited in their...
    REGIONAL – The summer sports season officially gets under way next week, and with that in mind, local healthcare officials are providing guidance for athletes, coaches and spectators at upcoming contests.    Myrtue Medical Center and Shelby County Public Health have released information for...
    HARLAN -- For the second year in a row, municipal band concerts in Harlan are canceled.    Director Bill Kearney said in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and a loss of funding from the city, it was determined not to have the municipal band concerts again this year.    A year ago, Harlan’s run...
    STATE -- The Iowa State Fair Board, the governing body who oversees the Iowa State Fair, Wednesday voted to postpone the 2020 Iowa State Fair until August 12-22, 2021, amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. The decision was made to protect the health and safety of all fairgoers.    ...
Graduate Destiny Gessert with her sister, Imagen Gessert, and her mom, Breanne Gessert.
    ELK HORN -- The 2020 Exira-EHK seniors participated in a commencement parade with their families Sunday afternoon with the last stop at the high school in Elk Horn to pick up their diplomas in a drive-through ceremony. The parade traveled through Exira, Brayton, Kimballton and Elk Horn....
Rachael Cronin, operating room nurse, with the UV light protocol to decontaminate PPE, which allows for continued use.
    HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center has begun using ultraviolet light protocol to decontaminate and extend the life and usage of N95 masks.    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used every day by healthcare personnel (HCP) to protect themselves, patients, and others when providing care. PPE...
By his account, Keith Burchett (shown with his wife, Cheryl) says he had a relatively mild case of COVID-19 that was diagnosed in early April.  He’s fully recovered now and tells Shelby County residents to be diligent in practicing hygiene and social distancing guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus.  Virus cases continue to increase in Shelby County and Iowa.
    HARLAN – Keith Burchett feels lucky.    As one of the first Shelby Countians to have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 back in late March and early April, his was mild, relatively speaking.  It was no picnic, but he feels very fortunate now to be fully recovered.    “All I can say for sure is I...
This baby screech owl was rescued by local conservation officials a few weeks ago because it had a concussion.
    REGIONAL -- Spring is in full force now and over the past three weeks, Shelby County Conservation and DNR officials have received a slew of phone calls regarding baby animals.      “While I know people have the best of intentions, usually these intentions are the worst thing for these wild...

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