Some of the news lights on the courthouse square
    HARLAN -- The downtown Christmas lighting ceremony was a huge success Saturday evening, Nov. 26 with hundreds turning out to meet Santa and kick off the festive season.
Harvest
Season
    REGIONAL – Harvest activities were virtually completed during the week ending November 20, including harvesting, baling corn stalks, tiling, terracing, hauling and spreading manure, and anhydrous application.
State runner-up participants include L to R -- Abigail Lefeber, Brooke Goshorn, Olivia Freund, Justine Buman, Lauren Andersen, Jackson Lotenschtein, Josh Rihner, Hannah Bissen, Jack Klitgaard, Camden Leinen.  (Photo contributed)
    HARLAN – A team of students from Harlan Community Middle School finished as state runners-up at the 2016 Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament Wednesday, Nov. 16.
“Jul” Love It!
    ELK HORN—2016 marks the 38th anniversary of the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa’s Christmas celebration called Julefest 2016 on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 25-26.  
Harlan Municipal Utilities and City of Harlan crews put the official Shelby County Christmas Tree in place and string it with lights Wednesday, Nov. 16 on the east side of the courthouse square.  The tree will light up and kick off the season at the annual holiday lighting festival slated for Saturday, Nov. 26.
Christmas Highlights!
Photo shown looking north on Timber Road
Some of the news lights on the courthouse square
Harvest
Season
State runner-up participants include L to R -- Abigail Lefeber, Brooke Goshorn, Olivia Freund, Justine Buman, Lauren Andersen, Jackson Lotenschtein, Josh Rihner, Hannah Bissen, Jack Klitgaard, Camden Leinen.  (Photo contributed)
“Jul” Love It!
Harlan Municipal Utilities and City of Harlan crews put the official Shelby County Christmas Tree in place and string it with lights Wednesday, Nov. 16 on the east side of the courthouse square.  The tree will light up and kick off the season at the annual holiday lighting festival slated for Saturday, Nov. 26.
Photo shown looking north on Timber Road
Officials at 9:35 am Sat. morning raced to the scene of a fatal one-car Chevy Suburban roll-over seven miles east of Harlan, near 1101 Timber Rd. Shelby Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Harlan Police Dept, Harlan Fire Dept & Medivac were at the scene. The driver died at the scene. The name of the victim...
    HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center Board of Trustees has approved the annual audit report following a presentation by Chris Nelson of Gronewold, Bell, Kyhnn & Co. P.C. CPAs, Atlantic.    Nelson outlined the highlights of the 2015-2016 fiscal year.    “A lot of positives that are shown on your...
    HARLAN – Shelby County will have to decide how to proceed with Christmas light storage and programming in the future as a four-year agreement with a Harlan company will soon come to an end.    Off Kilter Media has notified the county that the 2016 Christmas season will be its last in providing...
    COUNTY – Shelby County Auditor Marsha Carter is calling for a mid-year audit of her office to be completed as she leaves the position January 1.    Carter told the Shelby County Board of Supervisors last week that it’s an important step to make sure all is taken care of financially as she...
    COUNTY -- Four Shelby County residents were elected to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Shelby County Council in the Nov. 8 general election. They are: Kathy Fara, Irwin; Julie Klein, Harlan; Michele Monson, Irwin; and Sheila Rihner, Shelby.    Current members of the county...
Some of the news lights on the courthouse square
    HARLAN -- The downtown Christmas lighting ceremony was a huge success Saturday evening, Nov. 26 with hundreds turning out to meet Santa and kick off the festive season.
State runner-up participants include L to R -- Abigail Lefeber, Brooke Goshorn, Olivia Freund, Justine Buman, Lauren Andersen, Jackson Lotenschtein, Josh Rihner, Hannah Bissen, Jack Klitgaard, Camden Leinen.  (Photo contributed)
    HARLAN – A team of students from Harlan Community Middle School finished as state runners-up at the 2016 Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament Wednesday, Nov. 16.    This year’s mock trial case was a civil case based on a 2013 wrongful death lawsuit filed by a mother whose son died...
Harvest
Season
    REGIONAL – Harvest activities were virtually completed during the week ending November 20, including harvesting, baling corn stalks, tiling, terracing, hauling and spreading manure, and anhydrous application.    In west central Iowa, including Shelby County, 92 percent of the corn crop for...
    REGIONAL – The second adoption list of the Christmas season has been released this week, and a number of needy families have been added who could use some help this holiday season.    Dena Matthews, WCCA Outreach Worker and Family Development Specialist, is helping to administer the program for...
“Jul” Love It!
    ELK HORN—2016 marks the 38th anniversary of the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa’s Christmas celebration called Julefest 2016 on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 25-26.      The important elements of a Danish Christmas – good food, warm hospitality, flickering candles and other decorations...
relative newcomer to Harlan, has garnered Harlan Mayor Kate Kohorst’s appointment to the Harlan Municipal Utility Board of Trustees, effective Nov. 20.    Wees, the branch manager at Bank of the West, will replace Mary Johnson, whose six-year term is up Nov. 20.  Kohorst, at the announcement at...
    AVOCA – Live cold-weather animals from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo are coming to Avoca City Hall on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 3-4 p.m. as part of the community’s Christmas kick-off celebration, Holidays on Main.      All ages are invited to attend this enthralling presentation by zoo staff as they...

Sports

Harlan Community Varsity Girls Basketball Team
 Front row, L-R: Allison Bruck, Alyssa Wyman, Bailey Hansen, Maggie Langenfeld.
 Middle row, L-R: Chloe Hansen, Morgan Schaben, Molly Gubbels, Kara Weis.
 Back row, L-R: Head Coach Zach Klaassen, Assistant Coach Brian James, Lexie Holloway, Lexi Larsen, Olivia Petersen, Anna Ahrenholtz, Nicole Lange, Ellen Keast (manager), Assistant Coach Mark Kohorst. Not pictured: Morgan Goetz (manager).

 HARLAN -- Harlan Community girls basketball head coach Zach Klaassen could not have imagined a much better scenario for his first four years on the job.

Family Living

Harold Peters
    SHELBY -- Harold Peters of Tennant will celebrate his 90th birthday at an open house on Sunday, December 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the Shelby Community Hall in Shelby.    ...

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