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	Dave stands in front of his home in Panama,
PANAMA -- The most traumatizing moments of your life can lead you to some of the happiest.    At least, this is the case for Dave Velthoff of Panama.    Velthoff originally had no desire to come to Shelby County. He was led to this side of the state from the city of Davenport, where life was a lot...
REGIONAL -- On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will be turning day to night for 14 states in the nation.    The coast-to-coast event is being called the “national eclipse” as it is the first total eclipse to exclusively span over the U.S. mainland since the nation’s founding in 1776. It is the...
HARLAN --  Students can again enjoy an extra week of summer this year before heading back to classes as Harlan Community School District prepares for a new school year.    The first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year at Harlan Community Schools will be on Wednesday, Aug. 23.    Parents and...
HARLAN -- For upcoming major projects, Harlan Municipal Utilities accepted bids that came in over $1.3-million less than engineer’s estimates.      The projects, including final overhead to underground on electric lines, fiber to home connections, and substation switchgear work, had pleasing...
Verna Christensen with her sewing machine.  As an instructor, Christensen has worked around 30 years both in Harlan and around the nation.
SHELBY --     Verna and John Christensen lived lives that could be called congruent far before they were married.    They went to the same church, had the same mutual friends, and had children who were in school with each other. They were both married for 47 years when their spouses died.    ...
Cooler weather has helped offset the lack of rain in the region the past two weeks.
REGIONAL -- Areas of western Iowa are lacking rain in what has been an uncharacteristically dry summer season.    “It’s a pretty typical year until you get into June and July, where the rainfall numbers really started to go downhill,” said Iowa’s State Climatologist Harry Hillaker.    The state of...
COUNTY – Local governments in Shelby County have debt obligations totaling $36.7 million, most of which can be attributed to the City of Harlan and Harlan Community Schools.    Much of the school’s debt, totaling $10.9 million as of June 30, 2016, directly correlates to construction projects,...
Randy Pryor stands, holding one of the ears of corn on his crop.  Pryor tests out different strands of seed to see the varying yields.
    REGIONAL -- Depending on what area you’re in, it’s a pretty average season for the crops in Iowa.    Randy Pryor has been fortunate. Areas around western Iowa have had differing levels of luck with rainfall, causing some dry pockets in areas around the state such as Harlan. Pryor, who is...
    HARLAN -- Crews from Suez Water Advanced Solutions are performing an annual five point inspection of the water tower at Cyclone Avenue and Highway 59. In the process, the tank will be power washed outside to remove mildew and the paint refreshed. A routine internal tank inspection will be...
SHELBY -- Bobby socks and saddle shoes. A can of Green River down at The Chatterbox. Playing volleyball over telephone lines.    This is what life looked like for Norma “Jeanie” Kiesel when she was growing up as a teenager in Avoca during the 1940s. These were the times when her classmates didn’t...

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