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	Meeting recently to discuss mental health initiatives were L to R -- Ryan Wise, Dept. of Education Director; Katie Sandquist, Myrtue’s School-Based Therapist for 6th through 12th grade students; Governor Kim Reynolds; and Scott Frohlich, Harlan Community High School Principal.  (Photo contributed)
    HARLAN - School-based therapist, Katie Sandquist, and Harlan Community High School Principal, Scott Frohlich, were invited to the Governor’s Teachers Cabinet to discuss mental health in schools recently.      The Teachers Cabinet is a group of educators that advises the governor on education...
Campers gather around Annie Riordan as she shows off the small blue butterfly she had caught.
    HARLAN -- Day one of Camp Wilderness at Prairie Rose State Park had participants learn how to identify animals with skulls and furs as well as learn about the wildlife around the park. The event is one of 14 across many state parks in Iowa, put on by the University of Iowa, which hopes to...
    HARLAN – Iowa Senator Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, has organized a local tour on Tuesday, July 30 to help residents learn about one of the options for bottle redemption in Iowa.    “Over the last few years, one of the topics I receive the most communication on from my constituents is bottle...
Sarah LaJoye
     AVOCA – A 2017 AHSTW High School graduate and Avoca native is serving at Naval Station Mayport, FL.         Seaman Apprentice Sarah LaJoye serves as master-at-arms that is responsible for harbor patrol.  LaJoye credits her hometown for giving her opportunities she would not have had otherwise...
(Photo by Ryan Pattee)
    On Sunday, July 21, thousands came to Avoca through RAGBRAI®. Being one of the meeting towns during the cyclists’ route, Avoca hosted a number of vendors, RAGBRAI participants and others simply wishing to view the event. 
    COUNTY – Shelby County may be eligible for federal funding to help control the mosquito population in all communities due to the flooding and wet conditions the county has experienced since March.    It’s expected that mosquito populations are on the rise and will continue to be on the increase...
Hayden Grabill clings tight during mutton busting as he’s rushed around the show ring. (Photos by Ryan Pattee)
    Photo highlights from the 2019 Shelby County Fair.
	These happy festival-goers pose by the 150th anniversary sign at the recent Avoca 150th anniversary sesquicentennial celebration.  This metal sculpture, depicting bicycles, will be on display as Avoca welcomes RAGBRAI® riders Sunday.  (Photo by Ryan Pattee)
    AVOCA -- On Sunday, July 21, the 47th RAGBRAI® bicycle race across Iowa will make its way through Avoca along Highway 83 and over to Walnut. For months, cities across Iowa have been preparing for a number of riders and visitors to visit their towns. 
Terry Cox
    HARLAN – Former Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox won’t be going to jail, but will face probation, have to pay fines, costs and restitution.    During his sentencing hearing Monday, July 15 in Shelby County District Court in Harlan, Fourth District Court Judge Kathleen A. Kilnoski denied Cox’...
Jason Wickizer
    COUNTY – A county employee who was recently named in a special audit investigation by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office has filed a lawsuit against the Shelby County Emergency Management Commission (EMC), Shelby County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Shelby County, alleging they have failed...

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