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    COUNTY-- Local school administrators are waiting to take further action on a new federal transgender directive until they receive additional instructions from the state level, and discuss the matter openly among themselves and with the Iowa Association of School Boards.    The directive, handed...
    HARLAN -- Local authorities are alerting the public of a scam involving Facebook, YouTube and video chatting/photo taking that occurred in Harlan recently.    Harlan Police reports indicate a Harlan male recently was contacted via Facebook by an individual who wanted to video chat.  The female...
	Kirkman firefighters L to R -- Chris Nelson, Mike Rasmussen, Danny Mickelson, Joe Vandenberg, Mike Norris, Don Sorensen and Adrian Nelson. Not pictured: Carol Norris, Adam Nelson, Victor McDowell and Seth Nelson.
    KIRKMAN -- Mike Norris responded to a call on behalf of the Kirkman Fire Department approximately 18 years ago and didn’t expect to have a spiritual experience.    When he arrived at the car accident on a back road, he was notified that one of the individuals in the car was deceased and the...
A declining ash tree as seen by the top of the tree dying, and the Emerald Ash Borer that causes so much damage.
    COUNTY -- A new predator is preying on Ash trees and was recently found in Omaha and in Missouri Valley. The Emerald Ash Borer is moving through Iowa and has the potential to appear in Shelby County.    “Now that we know it’s farther west, we know that it’s on the move,” said Tivon Feeley,...
    HARLAN -- Harlan Municipal Utility single package cable TV rates will go up a bit over eight percent effective Sept. 1 following board action July 14.      HMU Director of Telecom Jim Gedwillo said the “increases are merely covering our costs on increased programming fees,” and went on to say...
    REGIONAL -- Marne and Elk Horn Telephone Company (METC) and Walnut Communications, longtime partners during their 100 years in business, today extended that partnership further when they announced they would merge later this year.    The merger was recommended for approval by the Board of...
	Joan Potter’s last day at the intermediate building in the Harlan Community Schools was June 30.  She has spent 38 years in the district.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    HARLAN --“West Ridge Zoo,” Joan Potter, office manager and secretary, accidentally said while answering the school’s phone. That day the office of West Ridge Elementary was chaotic and Cindy Burchett, former principal, mentioned the zoo-like atmosphere.    If the school were a zoo, Potter was...
Jordan Andersen, Harlan, puts on the finishing touches to his cookie during the cooking decorating contest.
    COUNTY -- Another Shelby County Fair has come and gone, leaving many lasting memories for all who participated.
	Nate and Emily Paulson stand with their Jersey cow, Abby, who brought them together. After one year of marriage the two have big plans for Brun Ko Farm.  (Photo by Sarah Muller)
    ELK HORN -- One bottled calf brought a couple together to form Brun Ko Farm which creates produce and education for the community.    “There’s just so much of a disconnect,” Emily said. “Food comes from the grocery store. Milk comes in a gallon jug. That’s not how it is.”    Three years ago...
    WALNUT -- The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors has recently approved the dedication of a bridge to Kerrie Orozco, an Omaha Police Office who was killed in the line of duty.    Orozco graduated from Walnut High School in 2004 after growing up in Walnut. She dedicated seven years to the...

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