HARLAN —“Your car warranty is about to expire. Press 1 for more details.”    “You may be eligible for refinancing of your student loans.”    Chances are you have received phone calls like this. Or perhaps an e-mail has come through saying a friend...
Kristen Westergaard-Bladt
HARLAN — Kristen Westergaard-Bladt, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine, began practicing at Harlan Veterinary Associates & Referral Center this week. She will completely take over in January as Matthew Sternberg, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine,...
Second-graders perform.
 HARLAN — Harlan Community Elementary second- and third-graders entertained family and friends Monday with Christmas music.      Principal Jeff Moser even got in on the fun and helped with one of the songs. The choirs are directed by Taylor Peek,...
River Dillavou, 5, sits with Santa Claus to tell him his Christmas wishes at the Courthouse Square in Harlan. River was the first out of a long line of visitors to Santa on Saturday night.
HARLAN — Christmas came to Harlan on Saturday with the annual tree lighting. Santa Claus arrived on a fire truck, the tree was lit and many children gave their wish list to jolly old St. Nicholas.  River Dillavou, 5, sits with Santa Claus to tell...
Andrea Rietveld with her rescue league donation.
HARLAN — Andrea Rietveld joined Girl Scouts in first grade. The Harlan Community High School sophomore is now a member of Troop #417 and tries to practice both the Girl Scout Law and the Girl Scout Promise everyday. Andrea has completed several...
Bill Kearney, Band Director; Cole Heronimus, Band; Eric Torneten, Band; Kaiden Millikin, Chorus; Ian Shelton, Chorus; Keyton Francis, Band; Seth Anderson, Band. Daniel Novotony-Vocal Director.
HARLAN – Congratulations to the six Harlan music students that were selected to participate in the 76th Annual All  State Music Festival on November 19.   All State Music auditions were held in October with over 4,500 music students across Iowa...
Kristen Westergaard-Bladt
Second-graders perform.
River Dillavou, 5, sits with Santa Claus to tell him his Christmas wishes at the Courthouse Square in Harlan. River was the first out of a long line of visitors to Santa on Saturday night.
Andrea Rietveld with her rescue league donation.
Bill Kearney, Band Director; Cole Heronimus, Band; Eric Torneten, Band; Kaiden Millikin, Chorus; Ian Shelton, Chorus; Keyton Francis, Band; Seth Anderson, Band. Daniel Novotony-Vocal Director.
HARLAN —“Your car warranty is about to expire. Press 1 for more details.”    “You may be eligible for refinancing of your student loans.”    Chances are you have received phone calls like this. Or perhaps an e-mail has come through saying a friend is in trouble in a foreign country and needs money...
Kristen Westergaard-Bladt
HARLAN — Kristen Westergaard-Bladt, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine, began practicing at Harlan Veterinary Associates & Referral Center this week. She will completely take over in January as Matthew Sternberg, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine, moves on to other opportunities with Virbac Animal...
Second-graders perform.
 HARLAN — Harlan Community Elementary second- and third-graders entertained family and friends Monday with Christmas music.      Principal Jeff Moser even got in on the fun and helped with one of the songs. The choirs are directed by Taylor Peek, bottom right.  
River Dillavou, 5, sits with Santa Claus to tell him his Christmas wishes at the Courthouse Square in Harlan. River was the first out of a long line of visitors to Santa on Saturday night.
HARLAN — Christmas came to Harlan on Saturday with the annual tree lighting. Santa Claus arrived on a fire truck, the tree was lit and many children gave their wish list to jolly old St. Nicholas.  River Dillavou, 5, sits with Santa Claus to tell him his Christmas wishes at the Courthouse Square in...
Andrea Rietveld with her rescue league donation.
HARLAN — Andrea Rietveld joined Girl Scouts in first grade. The Harlan Community High School sophomore is now a member of Troop #417 and tries to practice both the Girl Scout Law and the Girl Scout Promise everyday. Andrea has completed several projects throughout her years in Girl Scouts and has...
Bill Kearney, Band Director; Cole Heronimus, Band; Eric Torneten, Band; Kaiden Millikin, Chorus; Ian Shelton, Chorus; Keyton Francis, Band; Seth Anderson, Band. Daniel Novotony-Vocal Director.
HARLAN – Congratulations to the six Harlan music students that were selected to participate in the 76th Annual All  State Music Festival on November 19.   All State Music auditions were held in October with over 4,500 music students across Iowa auditioning for the 200 member Orchestra, the 600...
HARLAN — Zachariah Rush is facing several charges after allegedly stealing a police cruiser Nov. 24 outside of Myrtue Medical Center around 1:50 a.m.Harlan police chief Derrick Yamada said it’s unclear how Rush gained access to the vehicle.“A male was brought in from the county with active severe...
Other Shelby Co. Trails Committee members pictured include (l-r) Joe Rueschenberg, Greg Roecker, Joe Miller, Nick Preston, Denise Van De Berg, Todd Valline, Pat Stessman, Dean Kloewer and Ed Rueschenberg.
Shelby County- The Shelby County Trails Committee received a $6,000 donation from organizers of the Bikeapalooza Bike ride during it’s monthly meeting November 22 in Panama.  This is the most recent of several generous gifts from proceeds of the Bikeapalooza ride held in August. The annual...
Sulma Baches, left, receives a certificate from instructor Regina Guinn.
HARLAN — Eight people graduated Monday night from the ESL class at Monogram Foods. The program was taught by Regina Guinn, a teacher from the Omaha area.Jessica Castaneda, Leo Marquez, Xipatli Marquez, Selena Gomez, Sulma Baches, Azucena DeLeon, Elica Noriega and Faby Oro were this year’s graduates...
The Jazz Ensemble performed.
HARLAN — Guests at Harlan Community High School were treated to  the kickoff of the Jazz Band season with several performances. The seventh- and eighth-grade jazz groups were directed by Matt Polson. The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Tom Cronin and the Jazz Experience is directed by Bill Kearney.    
The tree is moved to the square for Christmas.
HARLAN — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the Christmas tree made its way across town to the square. Mike and Tammy Kolbe donated the tree.    Street superintendent Jeff Musich said the decision on what tree becomes the holiday tree depends on if they see one they may ask if people...
 COUNTY ­— Summit Carbon Solutions filed a law suit against Shelby and Story counties late last week. The law suit, Couser v. Shelby County, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. It states the ordinance adopted by the Shelby County Board of Supervisors earlier this...

Sports

Exira-EHK Spartan Sophomore Bella Muller (center) stands proudly as the winner of the Iowa-Nebraska WSO Championship in Omaha. Muller took home first place in both her age and weight class.

Exira-EHK Sophomore Bella Muller continues to dominate in weightlifting taking home first place in the Iowa-Nebraska Weightlifting State Organization Championship.

Family Living

Margaret “Peggy” Pine
DEFIANCE — Margaret “Peggy” Pine (Kirschbaum) of Defiancewill celebrate her 80th birthday on November 6, 2022.  Her family is hosting a card shower in honor of her birthday....

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