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 STATEWIDE — Earlier this week, the Iowa Legislature passed a bill to create taxpayer funded education savings accounts (ESAs) for all Iowa students attending a private, accredited school. “The Students First Act” (House File 68) passed through the Iowa House with a vote of 55-45. Nine republicans...
Several people attended the Schwery Family LLC land auction Monday.
 PANAMA — When it comes time for farmers and landowners to sell off all or a portion of their land there are different options, including private sale or a land auction.    Schaben Real Estate recently helped the Schwery Family LLC sell two tracts of land at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Panama.As the...
Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, right, with her husband Daniel, daughter Geneva and son Xavier.
    HARLAN — This year’s Iowa Mother of the Year award was given to Ellen Walsh-Rosmann of Harlan. She is the 74th woman in Iowa history to be so named. Walsh-Rosmann, along with honorees from states across the United States, will be recognized during the 88th National Convention of American...
    DES MOINES — In celebration of National Unclaimed Property Day, held annually on February 1, State Treasurer Roby Smith is sharing the newest report of unclaimed funds in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt for Shelby County.    “In 2022, more than $82,000 was reported to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt...
Iowa Rep. Steve Holt, left and Iowa Sen. Jason Schultz answered questions during the legislative coffee Saturday.
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted its first legislative coffee of the season on Saturday.   Iowa Sen. Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) and Iowa Rep. Steve Holt (R-Denison), answered questions from the audience and provided updates on the current legislative session. “The...
Sen. Joni Ernst addresses guests at the Shelby County Town Hall.
At a town hall Saturday in Harlan, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst addressed issues facing veterans as well as her concerns over  Ukraine aid actually making it to the people there who need it.Paul Arnold asked the senator about friends that have to choose between medical retirement or VA compensation. “Why...
Fay Porter, above, plays the drums at a 2021 concert at The Jewell in Omaha, Neb. He will study his last semester of college at a music school in Riga, Latvia.
Fay Porter, a 2018 Harlan graduate and drummer, is taking his music studies abroad — to Riga, Latvia — starting in February and returning in June. In Latvia, Porter will study jazz, attend master classes, composition, arranging, jazz improv classes, along with playing with one of their big bands...
Larry Wendt has resigned.
Harlan native Larry Wendt, Jr. has resigned from his role as the Shelby County Director for the Shelby County Extension Office. His last day was Monday. He started the job in February 2022. "He’s moved on to other opportunities and we wish him well in those future endeavors," said regional director...
The Harlan Community School Jazz Experience performs at a November concert.
  Every day for around 90 minutes, students bring their chosen instruments — trumpets, saxophones, guitars and more — to practice jazz music in various groups at Harlan Community High School. Those consistent 90 minutes lead many times to championships at various festivals throughout the year and...
With the backing of members of Fresh Encounter Church, a quarterly return of the community kitchen is in the air. The first community dinner is scheduled for Feb. 6 at the church. The meal is a way to bring back the community kitchen that used to be run weekly at First Baptist Church. The Lions...

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