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Stig Hansen, Consultant
    ELK HORN -- Back in 2011 or 2012, Lou and Mike Howard had a vision to open a new restaurant in Elk Horn. Even though plans changed, the dream lived on. The Howards are currently working to open a restaurant with Danish influences in the Keysight Technology building west of where the Danish Inn...
Erin Berkley (center) with sisters Jennifer (left) and Lee.
    HARLAN -- Having world-class cancer care available in southwest Iowa has been a source of comfort and hope for Harlan resident Erin Berkley.    Erin, 41, has been named a 2018 Spirit of Courage award winner by the Jennie Edmundson Foundation. She will be honored during the Spirit of Courage...
The Shelby County Historical Society’s new management team includes Sarah McDonald, executive director (left) and Devin Sweeney, grants and development coordinator.
    HARLAN - With the departure of seasoned executive director Nate Buman and grants coordinator Aaron Hicks, the Historical Society board sprung into action and have two new leaders this summer.    The new executive director, Sarah McDonald, relocated from Dallas, TX to Harlan this April.  She...
Supt. of Schools Justin Wagner
    HARLAN – Harlan Community Superintendent of Schools Justin Wagner’s total salary and benefits package under a recently-approved contract amounts to $232,543.69 this school year.    Wagner is being paid a base salary of $173,290.11 in 2018-19 under a contract agreement approved by the Harlan...
    HARLAN – Harlan Community Schools Board of Education members this week are backing their votes approving a contract extension for their superintendent of schools, Justin Wagner, but one board member said although she voted for it, through more research she has learned there are areas where the...
L to R -- Vanessa Gunderson, Lexi Larsen, Lexie Holloway and Ashley Hall.
DES MOINES -- Fans were on hand cheering on the HCHS Cyclone baseball team to a 5-4 win over Boone Tuesday evening.    The Cyclones advanced to the semi-finals of the tourney and take on Waverly-Shell Rock today at 11 a.m. at Principal Park in Des Moines.    See sports pages today for highlights...
	Accepting a plaque from Dr. John Lawrence, Iowa State University Vice President in recognition of 100 years of extension services in Shelby County are extension council members L to R -- Lorie Knudsen, Elaine Baughman, Julie Klein and Jo Kenkel.  Missing were Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, Michele Monson, Renee Hansen and Kathy Fara.
    COUNTY – Shelby County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work this year, and was honored with a plaque presented by Dr. John Lawrence, Vice President for Extension and Outreach, during the Shelby County Fair held July 8-16 in Harlan.    Lawrence lauded the long-established...
    EARLING – The City of Earling has filed a petition in Shelby County District Court seeking title to an abandoned property within the city limits.    The city filed the petition July 5 under Chapter 657A.10A of the Iowa Code regarding abandoned property.  Defendants in the petition include...
The white shaded boxes at right are the proposed easement areas the city will require per FAA regulations.
    HARLAN – The Harlan City Council has passed a resolution allowing for the acquisition of permanent easements near the Harlan Municipal Airport, as per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required guidelines.    The council voted 5-0 (Jay Christensen, Jeanna Rudolph, Sharon Kroger, Greg Bladt...
    HARLAN – An Ankeny firm will be the headliner at an open town hall in Harlan tonight for anyone interested in building a new home in the future in Shelby County.    Classic Builders representatives will be available at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, July 24, at the C.G. Therkildsen Center to answer...

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