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    HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center Board of Trustees approved a three year renewal contract for MMC CEO Barry Jacobsen on Tuesday. Jacobsen will be awarded an annual salary of $200,600 beginning January 1, 2016.         This new approved proposal is a 4.5 percent raise from his current salary of $...
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HARLAN -- Former Arkansas Governor and winner of the Iowa 2008 Caucus Mike Huckabee, was in Harlan on Friday, Oct. 30 as part of a five city presidential campaign trip.   Also in Harlan last week was Rick Santorum, who stopped by Pizza Ranch on Thursday, Oct. 29 as part of his swing through Iowa...
    HARLAN – Harlan’s city council is expected tonight to contract with a human resource consulting firm to aid in the hiring of a new city clerk, following the dismissal of Debra Sawyer by the council last week.    Sawyer was discharged of her duties Tuesday, Oct. 27, and deputy city clerk Pam...
    COUNTY – Harlan Mayor Gene Gettys, Jr. will be seeking his third term in office, running unopposed for office in Tuesday’s municipal election.    Gettys and a host of others in communities throughout Shelby County filed nomination papers by the deadline in September, for positions as mayor or...
HARLAN – The Harlan City Council Tuesday, Oct. 27 terminated the employment of city clerk Debra Sawyer effective immediately.    City administrator Terry Cox recommended Sawyer be discharged from her duties.  “It’s been determined that the employee’s skill and competency is not adequate for...
Shown here are front L to R -- Brianna Muenchrath, Katelyn Plambeck, Paige Sonderman, and Brady Muenchrath.  Back L to R -- Ellie Gross, Abram Wilwerding, Pyper Schwarte, and Abi Namanny.  (Photo by Kim Wegener)
HARLAN -- Students at Shelby County Catholic School dressed up Monday for team spirit day as part of Red Ribbon/Character Counts Week activities.  Students at the Catholic school and Harlan Community Schools have been learning about the pillars of character -- trustworthiness, respect,...
Kevin Mills combines corn north of Prairie Rose State Park last week.  Favorable weather has allowed area farmers to harvest at near record pace this fall.  (Photo by Lori Christensen)
    REGIONAL – Warm, dry and windy conditions over the past few weeks have allowed farmers to harvest nearly half of the state’s corn for grain.    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service reports the harvest has progressed rapidly for both corn...
Rick Norland, president, Construction Solutions, Inc., Kansas City, utilizes ground penetrating radar to find graves in the Holcomb Cemetery while WIPCA members Ron Chamberlain and Craig Poole (right) watch the progress.
    REGIONAL – A ground penetrating radar unit helped locate underground graves in area historical cemeteries last week, as part of an ongoing project by local historians to renovate the region’s pioneer cemeteries.    The Western Iowa Pioneer Cemetery Association (WIPCA) welcomed Rick Norland,...
Firefighters battle blaze southeast of Harlan Monday afternoon. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
    REGIONAL -- Dry and windy conditions Monday fueled field fires throughout southwest Iowa, including this blaze southeast of Harlan Monday afternoon.  Harlan Fire Chief Roger Bissen said crews were called to the area of 700th/800th Sts. and Oak Road about 3:37 p.m. Monday where a field blaze had...
	Pictured here are members of the Iowa Supreme Court, from L to R -- Justice David Wiggins, Chief Justice Mark Cady, and Justice Dary Hecht.  Back L to R -- Justice Edward Mansfield, Justice Brent Appel, Justice Thomas Waterman, and Justice Bruce Zager.
HARLAN -- On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Harlan, in the case State of Iowa v. Taquala Monique Howse.    The proceeding will take place at Harlan Community High School’s auditorium.  The oral arguments are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.    The court...

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