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volleyball s announced Go Cyclones - Beat Decorah Flag football & soccer Weather I I Date High Low Prec. 2 .......... 43 ..... 27 ........... 0 3 .......... 52 ..... 24 ........... 0 4 .......... 63 ..... 34 ........... 0 5 .......... 56 ..... 37 ........... 0 6 .......... 49 ..... 27 ........... 0 7 .......... 54 ..... 27 ........... 0 8 .......... 47 ..... 33 ........... 0 (recordings from 6 p.m. - 6 p.m.) Insert in this local edition: Briefs delivery boned for s Day to the observance of weekender Q-00e H0000fo00NEws- ADVERTISER "We care about our communi -- Holder of 157 state and national newspaper awards" ESTABLISHED IN 1870 WINNER OF 157 AWARDS SINCE 1940 1114 7th St., Hadan, Iowa 51537 REACHING 5,400 HOMES TWICE A WEEK Our 120th Year (712) 755-3111 u.s.P.S. #235 520 SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID at HARLAN, Iowa OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF SHELBY CO. & HARLAN FO ox 33 :' ': Friday, November 10, 1989 Our lllth Year, #45 22 pages plus I circular there will be no mail delivery on Nov. 11 except for and special delivery placed in postal but will be later than limited work will leave town at time. will be no collection than that mailed across from the post American is rs., Nov. 16 Terry Knapp arsday, Nov. day of the Great Harlan. so, Knapp and the Cancer Society are smokers in to demonstrate and their friends quit if they wish the smokeouL Service open m, Nov. 13 Job Service will a Veteran's Day open on Monday, Nov. 13 -3 p.m. the general pub- Refreshments license closed ..... holiday drivers' license station closed in Avoca on Harlan on Nov. of Veteran's Day. in Harlan on 13 during regu- hours. are 'any questions Call Mary at 423-3823. Club fall Lbership drive Optimist Club, fall membership host a breakfast on Nov. 21 at 6:45 a.m. members are attend the break- walk 24 &25 -- Plans rapidly finalizec for the ues Christ- Friday Nov. 24 and 25. women recently craft class to treat lunch at a rather the meal special chocolate- they went to the out and merchandise in the the hall. most embarrassed waiter came dashing waving their un- Lack of information cited- P&Z commission shoots down zoning change By Bob B join, News Editor The planning and zoning commis- sion:has voted 5-1 not to change the zoning code to ban medical waste incinerators from locating in Harlan, but the ordinance committee extended the present building permit morato- rium an extra 90 days to gather more information about the issue. The commission, in a joint meeting with the ordinance committee Monday, took into consideration Harlan City Attorney Tom Anderson's input after talking with legal counsel from Omaha and Des Moines, and cited a lack of informa- tion as the reason behind its decision. Anderson told those present at the meeting that after speaking with David Hubbard, assistant county attorney for Polk County, and Robert Hamber, assistant city attorney for Omaha, about their similar medical waste sit- uations, the legal counsel felt that Harlan was small enough that it can- not fit a zone code for medical waste incinerators. Anderson also said that appropriate procedural requirements as well as emission standards are being studied by those two governments, but since they have larger geographical areas, they felt it was necessary to inquire further at this time. Anderson concluded that it is diffi- cult or impossible to draft an ordi- nance at this time that would properly deny medical waste incinerators in Harlan, or to properly permit it. The motion to recommend that the zoning remain as it is was made by commission chairman Tom Ouren with A1 Woodraska seconding. Ouren, Woodraska, Dave Miller, Mike Bymes and Gordon von Ahsen approved the motion while Rob Hall voted against the motion. Hall made an amendment to the original motion stating that the P&Z commission supports the city coun- cil's position disallowing medical waste incinerators and retum it to the council, but the motion died for lack of a second. P&Z Please see next page Incinerator firm threatens to sue Harlan From the Des Moines Register By Louise Donahue HARLAN - Midwest Medical Waste will take "whatever action is necessary" to build an incinerator in Harlan, even if the city opposes it, the company's president said Wednesday. Asked if that could include legal ac- tion against the city, Roger Shulte said, "You bet." The city has gradually edged away from its initial support of plans to lo- cate medical waste incinerators here. INCINERATOR Please see page 14A Write-in votes decide county town elections Mayoral and city council seats in six of the 10 Shelby County cities were decided by write-in votes in Tuesday's general election. There were only two contested races this year involving the city council spots in Irwin and Elk Horn. Here are the results of the election in the 10 Shelby County cities. DEFIANCE -- Mayor: Keith Schwieso was elected with 32 write-in votes. City Council: James Bieker, Betty Keane and Marcus Gross were elected with 52, 49 and 30 votes respectively. A total of 57 persons voted (33.93 percen0. EARLING -- Mayor: Gerald Jauron was elected with 84 write-in votes. He defeated Larry Kenkel who tallied 15 votes. City Council: George Stolz (99 votes), Daniel Gaul (98 votes), Garry Gaul (88 votes), Darrell Gross (41 votes) and Leo Graeve (23 votes) were elected. Jauron also received 41 votes for city council but chose the mayor position. A total of 115 persons voted (43.89 percent). ELK HORN -- City Council: Gerald Elmquist (49 votes) and Howard Hansen (40 write-in votes) were elected. Tim Frederickson tallied 24 votes. A total of 73 persons voted (19.52 percent). IRWIN -- Mayor: James Borcher was elected with 70 total votes. City Council: Donald Ferry (50 votes), Arlene Gustafson (65 votes) and Richard Schwieso (46 votes) were elected. Don Holdsworth tallied 41 votes. A total of 77 persons voted (27.7 percent). KIRKMAN -- Mayor: Arlyn Oman was elected with 18 write-in votes. City Council: Ron Heese (12 write-in votes) and Clinton Kienast (15 write-in votes) were elected. A total of 21 persons voted (40.38 percent). PANAMA -- Mayor: Duane Assmann was elected with 73 votes. City Council: Dan Kloewer (73 votes) Alfred Pauley (69 votes) and Herb Wegner (8 write-in votes) were elected. A total of 91 persons voted (60.67 percent. PORTSMOUTH -- Mayor: Richard Leinen was elected with 40 write- in votes. City Council: Paul Leinen Jr. (39write-in votes), Dan Lefeber (28 write-in votes), Neil Petsche (27 write-in votes), Paul Kleffman (27 write-in votes) and JeffMonahan (25 write-in votes) were elected. A total of 43 persons voted (34.4 percen0. SHELBY -- Mayor: Delmon Zimmerman was elected with 41 votes. City Council: Kerry Kiesel (41 votes) and Ron Kroll (40 votes) were elected. A total of 48 persons voted (18.06 percent). TENNANT -- Mayor: Bernard Cox was elected with 11 write-in votes. City Council: Carol Kern (14 write-in votes), Lester Fox (7 write-in votes), Stephen King (16 write-in votes), Bob Jensen (14 write-in votes) and Jamie Hockett (15 write-in votes) were elected. A total of 16 persons voted (61.54 percent). WESTPHALIA -- Mayor: Jerome Gross was elected with 27 votes. City Council: Larry Goetzinger (23 votes), Frank Rueschenberg (26 votes) and Harold Rueschenberg (19 votes) were elected. A total of 31 persons voted (32.63 percent. MAYORAL CANDIDATE BEN Post headed to the polls along with more than 700 other Harlan residents Tuesday. Post was elected as Harlan's new mayor with 320 total votes. Post is the owner of Petersen Battery and Electric, and will take office on January 1,1990. Daberkow, Hatcher, Mohr gain council seats - Post elected new Harlan mayor; only 25 percent voter turnout By Bob B join, News Editor Harlan's voters chose Ben Post to succeed Terry Knapp as mayor Tuesday in an election that saw very few voters head to the polls. Post tallied 320 votes to outdistance the nearest competitor -- Darrell "Rudy" Rouhoff, a last-minute write- in candidate who received 256 votes for mayor. Darrell Burger, mayor of Harlan in 1978-79, received 77 write- in votes. Knapp and Cletus Schmidt each received one vote for the mayor spot. Post said he anticipated a low turnout this year because really there weren't any debates, discussions or hot issues in town. He said now he will be working on getting organized for when he takes office on January 1, 1990. "(I'll be) talking with other council members and getting committee as- signments put together," said Post. "We're going to try and get organized for when we get going in January." Margaret Hatcher unseated incum- bent Vernon Buschkamp for the city council seat in Ward 1. Hatcher tal- lied 93 votes to Buschkamp's 43. Voters also gave a narrow win to Michael Mohr, who tallied 381 votes to Judy Paulsen's 288 for the at-large seat. Richard Daberkow ran unop- posed for the Ward 3 seat and totalled 176 votes. All of those elected will begin their terms on January 1, 1990. The mayor position is a two-year term and the council positions are four-year terms. The voters elect three of the council seats in alternate years. Low voter turnout Voter turnout was low this year, as expected, with only 25.19 percent of the registered voters voting in the election. A total of 716 out of 2,842 registered voters participated in the election. In the 1987 election, 48.01 percent voted in a three-man contested race between Knapp, Rouhoff and Burger. This year, the most voters turned out in Ward 3 with 221 persons vot- ing or 26.5 percent of the registered voters. Ward 2 had 219 voters (27.31 percent) while Ward 1 had 139 voters (24.73 percent) and Ward 4 had 137 voters (21.27 percen0. Post swept all four wards en route to his victory, but Mohr only took two of the four wards to gain his victory. The ,ward vote totals for mayor are as follows: Ward 1 -- Post 57, Rouhoff 54, Burger 9. Ward 2 -- Post 104, Rouhoff 63, Burger 36, Knapp 1, Schmidt 1. Ward 3 -- Post 99, Rouhoff 84, Burger 24. Ward 4 -- Post 60, Rouhoff 55, Burger 8. Vote totals for the council at-large seat are as follows: Ward 1 -- Mohr 59, Paulsen 73. Ward 2 -- Mohr 129, Paulsen 84. Ward 3 -- Mohr 132, Paulsen 64. Ward 4 -- Mohr 61, Paulsen 67. Daberkow Hatcher Mohr Harlan Volunteer Fire Dept. douses two fires Wednesday The Harlan Volunteer Fire Department was called to two fires Wednesday night, Nov. 8, the first fires in the area in quite some time, said fire chief Tom Ouren. At 7:30 p.m., the department was called to 1110 Tarkington, near New Park Elementary School, the scene of a garage structure fire. On arrival, the garage, owned by Doris Nelson, was engulfed in flames. Ouren said it took the department approximately 45 minutes to douse the fire. Twenty-three volunteer firemen arrived at the scene along with four department vehicles. Damage was listed at $1,500, said Ouren. There were no injuries. At 9:55 p.m., the department was called to an abandoned farm site owned by Rich Miller four miles west of Harlan where a car was engulfed in flames. Firemen put out the fire in 20 minutes. The vehicle, a mid-1970's Ford Maverick, also is owned by Miller. No damage estimate was given, and Ouren said the cause of the fire is un- known at this time. The case is under investigation by the Shelby County Sheriffs Department. Fifteen firemen traveled to the scene along with four fire department vehicles. /