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	Ronald Paasch stands with the new model plane, a replica of the B-24 Liberator bomber that crashed in 1944. 
	The memorial is located about 500 yards from the crash site at the intersection of M-47 and G-30 south of Walnut.  The plaque lists the names of the seven men who died in the crash.
    WALNUT -- On March 8, 1944, Ronald Paasch witnessed the tragic death of seven men in a bomber crash in Walnut.    Today, Paasch owns the land where the accident occurred and has dedicated a memorial to the victims with a replica of the B-24 Liberator aircraft that crashed.    Paasch, now 93,...
	Jeff Johannsen (center), the son of Seth and Kay Johannsen, Harlan, was the musical director for the award-winning Mary Poppins production at Des Moines Christian.  Pictured with fellow directors.  (Photo contributed)
    DES MOINES – A Harlan alum and former student musician from Harlan Community High School has helped lead his theater students at Des Moines Christian (DMC) High School to top awards in the state’s high school musical theater awards showcase.    Jeff Johannsen was the musical director this past...
	The new Monogram Farm children’s play area is pictured at the Harlan Community Library Wednesday, May 26.
    HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Library recently revamped the children’s area of the library with a rural theme and a new play area.    The play area, called Monogram Farm, opened to the public last week after nearly three months of construction. The farm includes a silo bookshelf, a play house...
	Thunder Guns West owner Vernon Schwarte stands next to the ammunition shelf at his store after a recent restock. The shelf carries the store’s entire supply of ammunition, and many varieties are out of stock or in short supply. “Normally, this entire shelf and another one would be full,” Schwarte said. “There are dozens and dozens of rounds of ammo that we cannot get in stock.”
    REGIONAL -- Businesses nationwide have recently experienced shortages and price increases on a wide variety of products, from beef to bullets.    Many of the shortages are a result of slowed production during the pandemic and increased demand as the economy reopens.    Firearms and ammunition...
Reporter Molly Blanco spent an evening photographing some t-ball at J.J. Jensen last week. Nothing quite like a beautiful evening at J.J. Jensen Park, where the Braves took on the Royals and the Twins battled the White Sox last Wednesday. A few highlights.....  
Curtis Schnack
    SHELBY COUNTY – Curtis Schnack is excited to be back home doing the things he loves, meaning anything that has to do with the outdoors.    A 2016 graduate of Harlan Community High School, Schnack has joined the Shelby County Conservation Department as a naturalist and park technician.      He’s...
	Providing entertainment at the May Roar into Harlan were L to R -- Rick Dotzler, Steve Lawson, Craig Nance and Bill Kearney.
    HARLAN – The popular motorcycle bike night Roar Into Harlan is returning this summer with a series of events following a 2020 year that was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    Celebrating its 10th anniversary, organizer Seth Johannsen said each night will host live entertainment, food,...
	U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) held a meeting with Myrtue Medical Center and Shelby County Public Health officials Wednesday, June 2 to discuss health care and public health initiatives.
    HARLAN – U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) says his interest in health care brought him to Shelby County last week, to visit with hospital and public health officials as part of his twice-a-year, 39-county tour across Iowa.    “I’m very involved in health care,” Feenstra told the small group...
	Jason Monson is pictured at his farm in Irwin Friday, May 28. Monson finished his planting nearly a month earlier on April 29.
    REGIONAL -- Many Iowa farmers have completed their planting for the season, finishing up early due to warm weather and rain early in the season.    “Planting of Iowa’s expected corn crop is nearly complete at 97 percent, two weeks ahead of the five-year average,” Iowa secretary of agriculture...
    HARLAN – Harlan Community High School band and vocal students will have the opportunity to travel and clinic next year as part of a music adventure trip to Nashville and Memphis.    The HCS Board of Education has approved the out-of-state trip, tentatively scheduled for March 13-17, 2022.    “...

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