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Hartley officials confident about CAT grant

A recent trip to Des Moines left Hartley officials feeling good about the city's chances at landing a big grant. A contingent comprised of Mayor Rodney Ahrenstorff, Council Member Mary Westphalen,...

Bootsma resigns D1 supervisors seat

Eastern O'Brien County is without a supervisor. District 1 Supervisor Sherri Bootsma on Tuesday resigned her position effective Oct. 13. She had served on the board for five years, but an impending...

Hawks hold court at Homecoming

Homecoming at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn was twice as nice last week. Not only did the volleyball team win its first match of the season with a 3-2 victory over Harris-Lake Park on Oct. 4, the football...

10/14/21: Crime, Courts, Accidents & Incidents

• Traffic Jonathan Jay Koerselman, Sheldon, Trespass. Scott T. Nasers, Jr., Hartley, Speeding. Collin McKee, Hartley, Failure to Obey Stop Sign; Seatbelt Violation; Failure to Maintain Control; Open Container. Robert Raymond Hepp, Hartford, S.D.,...

Highway 18 resurfacing project on hold

Hartley businesses and residents will have to wait for a revamped highway lane layout through town. The Iowa Department of Transportation recently informed City Hall that a resurfacing project...

COVID-19 vaccine boosters being administered

The ongoing push to get people vaccinated against COVID-19 has entered its third stage. Public health officials, pharmacies and doctors' offices have started administering third doses of the Pfizer...

Emotional ride peaks with Class A District 1 title

The aftereffects of a tough loss to the No. 1 team in Class A the previous game coupled with a week of Homecoming activities affected Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn early in its football game against...

Final test before the big meets

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn cross country runners competed in the George-Little Rock/Central Lyon Invitational on Oct. 7. The meet held at the Otter Valley course was a final tune-up before the upcoming...

Winless no more

Their records may not have been stellar, but Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Harris-Lake Park battled as though the War Eagle Conference volleyball title was on the line. A two-set lead by H-M-S was...

Sentinel-News Editorial

The University of Iowa turned heads last month when it announced it would become the first Power Five conference school to add women's wrestling as a scholarship sport. The move is a landmark win for...

Pedley's Ponderings

I’ll never understand why people get so mad at social media platforms. You have to voluntarily sign up for them, and doing so puts you under their terms and conditions. It also subjects you to the idiocy, lies and unrestrained vitriol that have...

The Writer's Pen

As Cheri and I are closing in on our 50th anniversary, I have been reflecting on what has kept us together all these years. Here are some tips I have learned over the past five decades. 1. Your wife...

Former Maverick wins Spencer Homecoming queen

A former Clay Central/Everly High School student was named Spencer High School's Homecoming queen last week. Odalys Garcia, daughter of Manuel and Trina Garcia, was crowned during coronation Oct. 6...

10/14/21: Area Happenings & Accomplishments

Voter pre-registration deadline is Oct. 18 The deadline to pre-register to vote in the city/school election is Monday, Oct. 18. If an eligible elector in Clay County is not already registered to...

Niichel picked for Opus Honor Choir

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn freshman Dawson Niichel was recently selected for the 2021 Opus Honor Choir. Sponsored by the Iowa Choral Directors Association, Opus is a statewide honor choir in grades 5-9...

From Our Files

• Oct. 17, 1946 Mayor P.A. Leese warned boys with firearms, who were shooting the bulbs of street lamps in ever-increasing numbers, that anyone apprehended would find himself minus a gun and both he and his parents would be taken before the...

10/14/21: Community Calendar

Hartley-area poets to meet Oct. 28 The Hartley Poets Group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m., at the Hartley Public Library. All local poets are invited to attend. Additionally, the group will host its annual poetry reading on Wednesday,...

Dr. Ernest 'Willie' Wilson Hallford, 75, Royal

A graveside service for Dr. Ernest “Willie” Wilson Hallford was held Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in the Trimello Cemetery at Royal. Warner Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. Professor Emeritus Willie Hallford passed away on Saturday,...

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