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Nancy Boettger, Harlan, Iowa Mother of the Year.
    HARLAN -- Nancy Boettger of Harlan was selected as the 2022 Iowa Mother of the Year®.    She is the 73rd woman in Iowa history to hold this honor. In the early 1980s, after working beside her husband on the farm and also raising their four children for 15 years, Boettger earned a BA in...
Ed Goetzinger was named Citizen/Volunteer of the Year.  (Photo by Lori Christensen)
From Staff Reports    HARLAN -- Ed Goetzinger was named Citizen/Volunteer of the Year at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s annual awards banquet held Friday evening, Feb. 25 at the C.G. Therkildsen Center in Harlan.    Goetzinger was recognized for his many volunteer efforts,...
    HARLAN -- Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan has been named one of the 100 highest-ranked Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.    This annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the...
    HARLAN – The Harlan Jazz Experience has qualified for the 2022 Iowa Jazz Championships (IJC) with a first-place showing in Class 3A at the Dick Bauman District Jazz Festival held Monday, Feb. 21 in Glenwood.    First and second place winners at districts are automatic qualifiers for IJC. ...
    HARLAN – The City of Harlan currently is seeking applications for mayor through March 18 following the resignation of Mayor Mike Kolbe effective March 31.    The Harlan City Council formally accepted Kolbe’s resignation at its February 15 council meeting, and will proceed with an appointment...
	Christine Kluver walks her dog, Murphy, in Pioneer Park during a nice winter day last week.  Drought conditions continue in Shelby County and Iowa, as evidenced by the receding water line in the park’s pond.
DEFIANCE – The City of Defiance has begun the process of seeking funding to rehabilitate its older water tower in an effort provide an additional water source for the community and surrounding area.    Defiance Mayor Jamie Goetz said last week it’s become apparent that drought conditions have taken...
   ELK HORN – Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says she’s working diligently at the federal level on a number of issues to address child care challenges, and praised the efforts of the Elk Horn community to team with its school for daycare space to meet childcare needs locally, an initiative Ernst said she...
    REGIONAL -- Members of the Shelby County Farm Bureau approved a $5,000 donation to Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom (LHAITC) to support in-classroom programming, educational support, and teacher professional development. Shelby County Farm Bureau has supported LHAITC since it was...
    COUNTY – Shelby County has authorized ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds to pay for an imaging effort that will allow Shelby County Recorder documents to be available for public search online.    The county last month approved a bid from Cott Systems – Records Management Solutions of Ohio at...
    AVOCA -- The City of Avoca took a step forward Tuesday night in the establishment of its budget for the 2023 fiscal year.    Following a public hearing in which no written or oral comments were received, the city council passed a resolution setting the maximum levy at 10.68259.    Tax dollars...

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